Category: Uncategorized

Assistant principal Dewey Hupke and head baseball coach Matt Miller accept a check for $2500.00 from Lisa and Scott Soifer of Soifer McDonald’s. The Soifer’s are supporting a project to improve batting cages, storage and seating opportunities at Mustang Way Park.

McDonalds Donates to Mustang Way Park Campaign

INDEPENDENCE – A committee recently launched a new fundraising campaign, through the Mustang Foundation, Inc. to help fund enhancements to Mustang Way Park, the home of Independence baseball and softball.  The fundraising committee is securing private donations, in-kind gifts, and other non-cash assets to cover the costs of various improvements.

The local McDonald’s, owned by Scott Soifer and Lisa Soifer, recently donated $2,500 to this project.  If the $100,000 fundraising goal is met, these projects will be completed by spring of 2021.  To date, the committee has raised just over $40,000!

Mustang Way Park is already a state-of-the-art baseball and softball facility. Due to increased attendance and use of the facilities in recent years, the fundraising committee is looking to add additional spectator seating, sun screens, batting cages, and a larger utility shed. Signage will also be added to display team and individual records and accomplishments.

If you are interested in making a donation to the campaign, please contact baseball Coach Matt Miller, softball Coach Jordon Pilcher, or Dewey Hupke.

The Mustang Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and scientific purposes which benefit or support extra curricular activities of the Independence Community School District. A 13 person board appointed in staggered terms by the Independence Community School District Board governs the Foundation. Questions regarding the Foundation can be directed to board member and Treasurer Rob Robinson at 319-334-7181 or

Volleyball celebration

Mustang Volleyball Players Earn All-Conference Honors

Seven of Independence’s volleyball players  earned all-conference honors  at the conclusion of the 2020 regular season:

  • First Team
    • Senior Reese Martin (unanimous)
    • Junior Elle Greiner (unanimous)
    • Senior Brooke Beatty
  • Second Team
    • Senior Grace Bohlken
    • Junior Lexi Hearn
  • WaMaC Recognition
    • Senior Hannah Johnson
    • Junior Shanna Kleve

For a complete  list of the WaMaC All-Conference Teams, click the link below:

2020 WaMaC VB All-Conference Teams

The Mustangs swept Vinton-Shellsburg in Regional Semi-Final play on October 21,  and will head to the Regional Finals against Union High School next Tuesday, October 27 in Center Point. Match will start at 7:00pm with a trip to State on the line. Good luck Mustangs!

Week 2 Game Day Notes vs. South Tama County

The Series:

This is the 10th meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 4-5-0, 2-2-0 at home, 1-3-0 on the road, and 1-0 at neutral sites against South Tama County.  The first meeting took place on October 13th, 1990, in the UNI-Dome where the Mustangs won 20-6.

Coaching Records:

Justin Putz is in his 6th season as head coach of the Independence Mustangs and 7th overall.  Currently, his record at Independence is 20-21-0. His overall coaching record is 25-26-0 in seven seasons with three playoff appearances.

Nate Doran is the head coach of the South Tama Trojans.



2019 Indee Boys Youth Basketball Camp

The INDEE Youth Boys’ Basketball Camp continues to be well attended annually and this year was no different.  44 campers attended during the evenings throughout last week.  There were campers in grades 5th through 9th register from East Buchanan/Winthrop, Independence, Jesup, and Maquoketa.

A common theme that sets Independence Youth Basketball Camp apart are the guest clinicians and guest speakers who attend each year.  This year’s camp featured Clinician Marcus Hall on Sunday and Monday, while Coach Paxton Molinari spoke on Tuesday, and Coach Robbie Sieverding spoke to the campers on Wednesday.

Coach Marcus Hall coached several seasons at Highland High School in Riverside, Iowa and now directs the Kalona YMCA and runs several basketball clinics through his Hardwood Academy Training and Breakthrough Basketball.

Coach Paxton Molinari has coached at DIII Luther, NAIA Benedictine College, NAIA & DII Nebraska Lutheran, and now is the Associate Head Coach at DIII Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Coach Robbie Sieverding is a local high school graduate of Bellevue, Iowa who went on to play one year at (JUCO) Marshalltown Community College before transferring to DI University of Northern Iowa to finish out his college basketball career.  Coach Sieverding got his start in coaching as an assistant at the University of Dubuque and then in 2007 was promoted to the Head Men’s Basketball coach for the DIII Spartans.

Along with the guests, Head Coach Chad Beatty along with his junior high, high school coaching staffs, and high school players coordinate drills, contests, concepts, and competitions throughout the week.  Each camper received a pair of NIKE ELITE socks for attending camp.  Two “Hustlers of the Day” were named each evening and were nominated by the coaches and at least two contests were incorporated within the drills and activities for the night.  Sunday evening camp was held from 6 to 9 PM, while Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday was from 7:00 to 9:30 PM.

“Youth Camp week continues to be one of the best weeks of the year for our players and staff.  It allows me and our staff to meet and greet the younger players entering our program and evaluate where we are at with potential future participation and interest with the sport of basketball here in Independence.  Getting to know the names and faces is an important component to the stability of the Boys Basketball Program.  Kids want you to recognize them and know who they are, it’s important to them and I that we continue to take pride in knowing our past, present, and future INDEE Basketball Players” said Coach Beatty.



Hustlers of the Day:

Carson Cameron and Chase Kiler

Gabriel Kuennen and Isaac Wilcox

Ethan Cahalan and Lucas Sidles

Brady McDonald and Keelan Hoover


Trivia Winners and Special Mention Players:

Christopher Meyer * Josh Beatty * Kyle Williams


Block to Block Champions

Dawson Fuelling (5th & 6th Grade)

Chase Kiler (7th thru 9th Grade)


Free Throw Line Layup Champions

Dawson Fuelling (5th & 6th Grade)

Josh Beatty (7th thru 9th Grade) and Kyle Williams (7th thru 9th Grade)


HotShot Champions

Dawson Fuelling (5th & 6th Grade)

Brayden Ridder (7th thru 9th Grade) and Dylan Eisele (7th thru 9th Grade)


Knockout Champions

Jacob Mulford (5th & 6th Grade)

Ethan Wilcox (7th thru 9th Grade)

Drew Beatty (7th thru 9th Grade)


Free Throw Champions

Jacob Mulford (5th & 6th Grade)

Trey Weber (7th thru 9th Grade)



Mustang Baseball garners five WAMAC West Awards

The Independence Mustang Baseball team finished the season at 12-27. The future is bright for this young Independence Mustang ball club as they continued to show improvement all year long. The Mustangs captured five WAMAC West All-Conference awards during the 2019 season.

Freshman catcher, Keegan Schmitt hit .455 avg. with 35 hits during conference play and led the way behind the dish all season for the Mustangs. Schmitt received 1st Team WAMAC West All-Conference.

His older brother, Logan Schmitt achieved 2nd Team WAMAC West All-Conference as a pitcher. He had a 1-1 record, with 28 innings pitched, holding a 2.75 ERA, with 47 strikeouts during conference play. 8th grader, Korver Hupke received 2nd Team WAMAC West All-Conference as an infielder for the Mustangs. Hupke hit .352 avg. with 17 RBI’s during conference play.

Freshman players, Marcus Beatty and Teegan McEnany both garnered WAMAC Recognition.


Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports and outdoor
1st Team WAMAC West All-Conference Catcher- Keegan Schmitt