35 Waukee Student Athletes Celebrated on National Signing Day 2021
35 Waukee High School student athletes were involved in Wednesday’s National Signing Day celebration. 35 is a record number of athletes in a single year. The group combined to earn 137 varsity letters and 27 conference or district titles. In the classroom they compiled a combined GPA of 3.733. Congratulations to all 35!
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Lucas Bartachek (Soccer – Central College) – Lucas was a varsity letter winner as sophomore before his junior season was canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore he accumulated one goal and two assists. Lucas also was a kicker for the Warriors on the football field and earned IPSWA third-team all-state football honors.
Jacob Barton (Baseball – Iowa Central CC) – Jacob enters his senior season as a returning starter and a one-year varsity letter winner. He had the second best batting average on the team a year ago. The outfielder also was second on the team in stolen bases last year.
Maia Bumgardner (Swimming – Luther College) – Maia is a four-year letter winner in swimming and is a distance specialist. She is a two-time state qualifier in the 500 freestyle.
Evan Correll (Para Track and Field – University of Illinois) – Evan is a four-year letter winner in track and field and is a five-time individual state champion. He is a two-time wheelchair state team champion (2018 and 2019). He is a two-time Junior National runner-up and raced for the Chicago National GLASA track team.
Tucker DeVries (Basketball – Drake University) – The three-year varsity letter winner has been among the best players in Iowa during his time at Waukee. Tucker led class 4A in total points, field goals made, and was tied for first in three-pointers made. He was also third in assists and fifth in rebounds. He was an elite all-state selection as a junior. DeVries will play for his father at Drake.
Katie Dinnebier (Basketball – Drake University) – Katie is a three-year varsity letter winner entering her senior season. She led the team in points, steals, and three-pointers made last year. Dinnebier was also named to the 2020 all-tournament team for her efforts in the state tournament. Katie has been a key player in Waukee’s recent string of success.
John Doty (Baseball – North Iowa Area CC) – Doty will enter his senior year as a one-year varsity letter winner. Doty was primarily a first baseman and a designated hitter while also pitching for the team (2-1, 3.38 ERA). The Warriors made it to the state tournament again in 2020 after missing the mark the year prior.
Megan Earney (Basketball – Fort Hays State University) – Megan is a three-year varsity letter winner going into her senior season. She was second on the team in total rebounds from a year ago. She also carried the third-best field goal percentage last year for the Warriors, earning all-conference recognition.
Will Ecklund (Tennis – Drake University)– Ecklund enters his senior year as a two-year varsity letter winner while having his junior year taken away due to COVID-19. As a sophomore, Will was part of the state doubles team that took home the Class 2A state title. Also in 2019, the team placed third in the state singles tournament.
Ben Everhart (Baseball – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville) – He earned a varsity letter as a junior and was one of the most reliable members of Waukee’s pitching staff a year ago. As a junior, Everhart racked up a 3.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his six appearances for the 2020 state-qualifying team.
Cole Ferguson (Wrestling – Oklahoma University) – Cole is a transfer from Yorkville High School in Illinois where he was a two-time state qualifier. Cole has had a dominant senior season thus far as he has compiled a perfect 22-0 record and is ranked 1st at 138 pounds in class 3A rankings.
Layanna Green (Volleyball – University of Northern Iowa) – The three-year starter for the Warriors helped lead the team to the state tournament twice. Layanna was among the top hitters in Iowa as she was fifth in Class 5A for kills with 297. Green was also first on the team in total blocks, kill efficiency, and second in digs. Along with volleyball, Green also participates in track & field at Waukee where she was the 2019 Class 4A state champion in the high jump also leading the Warriors to the team title.
Aiden Gutierrez (Football – Iowa Central Community College) – A transfer from Sioux City West who played on the defensive line for the Warriors this season. Aiden racked up a total of 26 tackles with six of those coming for a loss. He was also named to second-team all district for his play in the trenches this season.
Cole Hartnett (Golf – Central College) – Cole played on the state champion Waukee Boys Golf Team, earning a spot on the varsity roster. He will now join the roster of the Central Dutch in Pella, Iowa.
Haley Horman (Soccer – Drake University) – Haley enters her senior year a two-year varsity letter winner while also having her junior season canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore Haley started in 18 games while racking up three goals and four assists while playing midfield and defender for the state runner-up.
Blake Jones (Soccer – Carleton College) – Jones has had a great career in limited time due to the cancellation of his junior season. As a sophomore, Blake started in 15 games scoring three goals. He was also able to rack up five assists as well on the Warriors’ state title team.
Matt Kapustka (Track and Field – University of Northern Iowa) – Matt leaves Waukee as a decorated multi-sport athlete. He is a two-year letter winner in track. He is a two-year letter winner in football, starting two years on the offensive line. He is also a two-year letter winner in wrestling.
Lindsey Kelderman (Basketball – Northwest Missouri State University) – Lindsey will enter her senior season as a three-year varsity letter winner and a three-year starter for the Warriors. Lindsey was second on the team in total field goals made a year ago. She was also second on the team in three-pointers made. Lindsey also was part of the back-to-back state champion track & field teams and participated in cross country.
Peyton Kelderman (Basketball – Northwest Missouri State University) – Peyton enters her senior year a three-year varsity letter winner. Peyton was second on the team in total points from last year. She also was second on the team in assists. Peyton also was a part of the back-to-back state champion track & field teams placing in the 3000 meter run in both years. She also participated in cross country and was a four-time individual qualifier for the state meet and an all-state selection as a freshman.
Abby Kinney (Track and Field/Cross Country – Missouri Western State University) – Abby was able to crack the starting lineup for her senior year. She was a part of the state qualifying team this past season placing in the top 100 at the state meet. She also placed 22nd at the state qualifying meet. She is a four-year letter winner in track and a three-year letter winner in cross country.
Olivia Lovell (Soccer – Indiana State University) – Olivia is a four-year letter winner in soccer. She was 2nd on the team in goals scored as a freshman, helping lead Waukee to the state semifinals in 2018.
Aiden McGee (Baseball – Minnesota State University) – Going into his senior year, Aiden will be a two-year varsity letter winner for the Warriors. McGee led the team in home runs, RBI’s, and walks as a junior last year. The outfielder was also third on the team in runs scored and batting average. McGee also made three pitching appearances striking out twenty batters and holding a 0.00 ERA.
Braden Menz (Football – St. Olaf College) – Braden was a two-year starter and team captain playing a handful of positions for the Warriors. As a senior Braden played tight end, defensive line, and offensive line. He compiled four catches for 33 yards and one touchdown on offense. He also had three tackles, one coming for loss on defense. Braden also earned second-team all district honors as a tight end this past season. He is also a two-time letter winner in basketball, one-year letter winner in track and field.
Garrett Morris (Football – Wayne State College) – A transfer from Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Garrett played both linebacker and defensive back for the Warriors this season. Morris had 19.5 tackles and captured one interception this season. He also blocked a punt and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Caleb Paulus (Football – Minnesota State University) – Caleb was a three-year starter and team captain as a senior for the Warriors. As a junior, Caleb was second on the team in sacks and third in tackles for loss playing both offensive and defensive line. Caleb had 3.5 sacks in just two games before suffering a season-ending injury.
Taryn Reitsma (Soccer – University of Minnesota) – Entering her senior season, Taryn will be a two-year varsity letter winner as her junior year was canceled due to COVID-19. As a sophomore, Taryn started in two games and made five saves while playing goalie for the state runner-ups. Taryn also played basketball and was the team’s leading rebounder a year ago.
Eddie Saidat Jr. (Football – University of Sioux Falls) – Saidat was one the team’s best passing targets placing second in receptions, yards, and touchdowns on the receiving end. Eddie was a main reason for the Warriors offensive success which ranked fifth in yards. He also played a crucial role on the defensive side playing valuable downs as a defensive lineman earning one sack and four total tackles. He is a three-year letter winner in football and a two-year letter winner in track and field.
Payton Sandfort (Basketball – University of Iowa) – Payton will be entering his senior year as a two-year varsity letter winner and a returning starter for the Warriors. Sandfort returns from a strong junior season where he was awarded first-team all-state honors. Payton was second in the state in total points and rebounds from a year ago. As a senior, he is averaging over 20 points per game and is shooting 63% from the field.
Beau Schaller (Football – University of Nebraska) – Beau was the leader of the offensive line that helped the Warriors offense to the fifth most yards in the state of Iowa. Beau was also able to earn both IPSWA first-team all-state honors and first-team all-district.
Aaron Smith (Football – Yale University) – Smith was a force on the offensive side of the ball leading the team in receiving touchdowns, receiving yards, and receptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns and averaged fourteen yards a carry. Defensively, Aaron was fifth on the team in total tackles and had two interceptions returning one for a touchdown. Smith earned elite all-star honors as a senior for the second straight year. He is a three-year letter winner in football and a four-year letter winner in track and field.
Dale Stout (Baseball – Des Moines Area CC) – Dale is a three-year letter winner in football, transferring to Waukee from Kansas where he received all-league honors. He will join the Warriors as a pitcher and outfielder this summer.
Jaxon Van Pelt (Baseball – Buena Vista University) – As a junior he batted a .246 batting average with six hits and seven RBIs. On the defensive side. He was also 4th on the team with a .440 slugging percentage. Jaxon played a large role at the catcher position with a .985 fielding percentage with 63 putouts, only making one error.
Jackson Wentworth (Baseball – Kansas State University) – The two-year varsity letter winner was a pitcher and infielder for last year’s state-qualifying team. Wentworth was second on the team in strikeouts and pitching starts for the Warriors. As a hitter, Wentworth was second on the team in RBI’s and was also third on the team in batting average. Wentworth has received all-state honors the last two years. He has a career pitching record of 11-4, tallying 119 strikeouts in 85 innings pitched.
Heidi Wheeler (Softball – Drake University) – Entering her senior season, Wheeler is a three-year varsity letter winner and three-year starter for the Warriors. She was among the best in the state on the base paths ranking in the top five in stolen bases. Heidi was also the team leader in batting average, on-base percentage and hits. She is a two-time all-state selection. She has a career batting average of almost .450.
Eve Wiltse (Swimming – William Jewell College) – Eve has been a big part of the Warriors’ past success during her time in high school. Eve has had a strong season placing in the 100M butterfly and the 100M backstroke. Eve is a four-time state qualifier and a multiple time state place winner.