Vote: Ames Tribune Athletes of the Week for June 24-30 (2024)

Joe RandlemanAmes Tribune

This past week saw the Ames softball team clinch its first Iowa Star Conference North Division championship.

The Little Cyclones split with Class 4A No. 4 Fort Dodge, winning 7-1 and losing 6-5 in nine innings, on June 27 at Fort Dodge to claim the IAC North title with a 14-2 conference record.

The Ames baseball team ran its winning streak to eight games by sweeping doubleheaders from Mason City (8-4, 11-9) and Fort Dodge (5-0, 7-4). The Little Cyclones ended the week at 15-1 in the conference and 23-14 overall.

The Gilbert baseball team avenged an earlier loss to Ballard with a 7-6 win over the Bombers on June 26 at Slater and the Tigers suffered a 6-1 loss at home to Winterset on June 27. The 4A No. 15 Gilbert softball team won at Des Moines Roosevelt (4-2) on June 24 and at home over Nevada (8-2) on Friday, June 28, and the 1A No. 5 Collins-Maxwell softball team defeated Don Bosco (5-1), English Valleys (10-0) and South Hamilton (3-1) to improve to 23-2.

Here are the Ames Tribune's female and male Athlete of the Week candidates for the week of June 24-30. readers vote to determine the winners, who will be announced at the end of the week.


Josie Theilen, Ames

Theilen was huge for the Ames softball team during its doubleheader with Fort Dodge on June 27.

She was the winning pitcher during the Little Cyclones' 7-1 victory. Theilen held the Dodgers to five hits, and she had four strikeouts against just one walk in seven innings.

During the 6-5 loss in the night cap, Theilen went 2-for-5 at the plate with a home run and three RBIs.

Erica Houge, Collins-Maxwell

Houge threw a masterful game in the circle for the Class 1A No. 5 Collins-Maxwell softball team during a 10-0 victory at English Valleys on June 26.

Houge fired a no-hitter with a school-record 19 strikeouts during the game. She also was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two runs and RBIs apiece.

Katie Sniezek, Gilbert

Sniezek had some timely hits for the Gilbert softball team during its victories over Roosevelt and Nevada last week.

In the win over Roosevelt, Sniezek doubled and drove in one run. She was 1-for-3 against Nevada with one run and two RBIs.

Avery Phillips, Ballard

Phillips came up with a big hit for the Ballard softball team during its 9-1 victory over Gilbert on senior night at Gary Telford Field in Huxley June 26.

Phillips, one of four seniors playing for the Bombers on senior night, homered and drove in four runs.

Mya Geffre, Ames

Geffre homered twice for the Ames softball team during the week.

During an 11-1 victory as part of a doubleheader split with Mason City on June 24 at Ames, Geffre homered once and drove in three runs. She also went deep during the 7-1 win over Fort Dodge on June 27.


Anthony Eaton, Nevada

Eaton smacked two doubles for the Nevada baseball team during a 12-2 victory over Roland-Story in six innings one June 24 at Nevada and he went deep during the Cubs' 12-2 win over Clayton Ridge at the Field of Dreams Field in Dyersville on June 25.

In the win over Roland-Story, Eaton finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. He went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs versus Clayton Ridge.

Carter Geffre, Ames

Geffre homered three times for the Ames baseball team during its doubleheader sweep over Mason City on June 24 at Ames.

Geffre hit two home runs and drove in four runs during the Little Cyclones' 11-9 victory, and he went deep once and finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs during their 8-4 triumph.

Alden Short, Gilbert

Short led the Gilbert baseball team's offensive charge during its victory over Ballard on June 26.

Short went 3-for-4 with a double. He scored once and drove in a run for the Tigers.

Cael Faber, Roland-Story

Faber tossed a shutout for the Roland-Story baseball team during a 2-0 victory over South Hardin on June 27 at Story City.

Faber gave up six hits and he struck out seven batters with no walks to keep the Tigers off the board.

Drew Banks, Colo-NESCO

Banks threw 5 2/3 strong innings to get the win for the Colo-NESCO baseball team during a 9-3 victory over Melcher-Dallas on June 26 at Melcher.

Banks gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts to get the win. He also doubled once and drove in a run at the plate.

Joe Randleman covers high school sports for the Ames Tribune. Contact him at Follow him on Twitter at @JoeRandleman

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