Assistant Coaches attend their 1st ABCA

Independence baseball coaches attend ABCA Convention

January 6, 2020 (Independence, IA) – Three of Independence’s baseball coaches recently attended the 2020 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention from January 2 to January 5 in Nashville. Coaches Chico Lizarraga, Blake Willenborg, and Austin Czerwiec appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the latest in baseball technology and to grow as coaches.

“The ABCA is a tremendous opportunity to continue to learn and build relationships with other coaches,” said Lizarraga. “I was very excited to take my staff to their first ABCA experience this year. We all enjoyed the baseball knowledge shared and we continued to grow our bond as a staff.”

The convention had over 7,200 coaches in attendance, and featured a Trade Show with the top baseball products and technology, presentations and clinics presented by some of baseball’s best, hot stove discussions for coaches to share ideas, and highlighted speakers from baseball greats including Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt, JT Maguire of the Cleveland Indians, former MLB Manager Buck Showalter, Rick Heller of the University of Iowa, and many more.

Throughout the presentations, clinics, and discussions with other coaches, Lizarraga felt reassured that the Independence Baseball program is heading in the right direction.

“The ABCA provides reassurance that Indee Baseball is not just keeping up with the game or falling behind, but is rather forward-thinking with its player development,” said Lizarraga.

The Mustangs will make their debut on Monday, May 25 at Charles City. Until then, coaches are helping their players prepare in the batting cages at RiversEDGE.

The 77th annual ABCA Convention will be held January 7 through January 10, 2020 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

 

 

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Moffatt Signs with Missouri State

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Dylan Moffatt signed today to swim with Missouri State next year. Moffatt is a senior who specializes in mid-distance to distance freestyle. He won the Iowa high school state title in the 500 free in both his freshman and sophomore years, setting the state record in the latter with 4:27.77. As a junior, he was runner-up in the both 500 free (4:31.97) and 200 IM (1:52.14) and contributed to the 5th-place 200 medley relay (24.13 leadoff backstroke) and 7th-place 400 free relay (46.52 anchor).

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:40.97
  • 500 free – 4:27.77
  • 1000 free – 9:17.21
  • 1650 free – 15:27.61

 

He told Swimming World:

“I choose Missouri State because when I was on campus, I really felt like part of the family. I’m excited to call Missouri State my home for the next 4 years. Go Bears!!”

Mustang Football Makes a Mark in All-District Awards

The Independence Mustang Football team concluded their 2019 campaign with an undefeated season, district championship and first round state playoff competition. The team dominated the Class 3A District #3 Awards.

 

The 2019 Class 3A District #3:

 

1st Team All-District Defense

Christian Kremer- Defensive Line

Cole Davis-Linebacker

Kaine Millard-Linebacker

Matthew Doyle- Linebacker

Kaleb Lamphier- Defensive Back

 

1st Team All-District Offense

Dylan Reuther-Offensive Line

Landry Jones- Offensive Line

Blake Bartz- Wide Receiver

Logan Schmitt- Quarterback

 

2nd Team All-District

Ben Moore

Marcus Beatty

Brady Webb

Brandon Haas

 

Academic All-District

Spencer Cambell

Koby Donley

Matthew Doyle

Michael Higgins

Brayden Holt

Kaleb Lamphier

Dylan Reuther

Logan Schmitt

 

 

Volleyball Earns Six WaMaC All Conference Awards

The Independence Volleyball team finished the regular season with a 27-11 record. Six players received recognition, highlighting a tremendous regular season for the Mustangs.

 1st Team:

  • Brooke Beatty
  • Reese Martin

 

2nd Team:

  • Elle Greiner
  • Allie Jo Zieser

 

WaMaC Recognition:

  • Alaina Butters
  • Grace Bohlken

 

 

 

 

Number 2 makes a catch

Week 5 Game Day Notes vs. West Delaware

The Series: 

This is the 106th meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 48-54-3, 29-23-1 at home, and 18-31-2 on the road against West Delaware.  The first meeting took place on November 4th, 1899, in Independence where the Mustangs won 15-0.

 

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 23-21-0. His overall coaching record is 28-26-0 in seven seasons with three playoff appearances.

Doug Winkowitsch is the head coach of the West Delaware Hawks.

 

Read the FULL GAME DAY NOTES

Week 4 Game Day Notes vs. CPU

The Series: 

This is the 2nd meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 0-1-0, 0-0-0 at home, and 0-1-0 on the road against Center Point-Urbana.  The first meeting took place on September 14th, 2018, in Center Point where the Stormin’ Pointers won 34-14.

 

Homecoming Record:

This will be the 106th Homecoming Football Game.  Independence is 48-52-5 while playing in Homecoming.  This will be the first time playing Center Point-Urbana for a homecoming football game.

 

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 22-21-0. His overall coaching record is 27-26-0 in seven seasons with three playoff appearances.

 

Dan Burke is the head coach of the Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers.

 

 

Read the FULL GAME DAY NOTES

Week 3 Game Day Notes vs. Maquoketa

The Series: 

This is the 43rd meeting between these two teams.  Independence overall is 24-18-0, 16-5-0 at home, and 8-13-0 on the road against Maquoketa.  The first meeting took place on September 16th, 1949, in Independence where the Mustangs won 13-0.

 

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.

 

Kevin Bowman is the head coach of the Maquoketa Cardinals.

 

Read the FULL GAME DAY NOTES

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.

Read the FULL GAME DAY NOTES

 

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.

 

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1st Team WAMAC West All-Conference Catcher- Keegan Schmitt