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AOW Cody Zellmer
Coach Thomas of Woodbury Central selected senior Cody Zellmer to be this week’s Athlete of the Week.  “Cody was our lone state participant this year but is being chosen for his leadership qualities and work ethic,” says Coach Thomas about Cody who qualified for the State meet and competed at the 138-lb weight class on Feb. 19 in Des Moines.

             “Cody does everything you ask of him and more and does so with a great attitude,” adds Coach.  “He leads by example and was a great role model for the underclassmen.”


Freshman Seth Stamn is chosen for Woodbury Central’s Wrestler of the Week. Jake Thomas, one of Seth’s coaches says, “Seth filled in during the Conference tournament at the 152 pound weight class, two weight classes above his normal weight 138, and received third.”

According to Coach Thomas, “Stamn and his drilling partner, Anthony Baird, are consistently one of the hardest working groups in the room.” Coach also adds, “With continued effort like that, it’s only a matter of time before placing this high in tournaments is a weekly routine for Mr. Stamn.” 

Halle Gray

Junior Halle Gray is chosen as Woodbury Central high school basketball Athlete of the Week. Her coaches Matt Jenness and Kati Steffen choose Halle because “she has improved every aspect of her game from her sophomore year to now.”

             “She has really become a great scorer for us and she is so quick off the dribble,” Coach Jenness adds. “She has really had a great year.”  

Jacey Stratton

Woodbury Central senior Jacey Stratton was chosen for girl’s basketball Athlete of the Week by Coach Matt Jenness. Coach Jenness chose Jacey because “she has really stepped up as a leader this year.”

“Jacey has had a great career at WC,” says Coach Jenness. “She has scored a ton of points and dished out a lot of assists, but also did a great job learning to play defense without fouling.”

JaceyEthanWendy’s High School Heisman

By Alec Still

            Woodbury Central seniors Jacey Stratton and Ethan Schultzen were recently recognized by the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award as outstanding scholar-athletes. The award highlights high school seniors that have excelled in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.

            Schultzen has participated in football, 4 years; basketball, 4 years; and track and field, 3 years. During his sophomore year, he was on the team that finished second in the 4x800 relay at the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines. He was also a part of the KP-WC track team that earned second place in team standings at the State Meet as a junior. As quarterback and a junior, Schultzen led WC to a 10-2 football season, advancing to the State Quarterfinals against Logan Magnolia; during his senior year, he helped WC to a 5-5 record, losing to Logan Magnolia in the first round of the State Playoffs. Schultzen has also been involved in choir and show choir, 3 years; theater, 4 years; individual and group speech, 4 years; National Honor Society, 2 years; Quiz Bowl, 3 years; and student council, 4 years. 

            Stratton has been involved in volleyball and basketball all four years of high school. She was on the 2013-2014 basketball team that competed at the State Tournament in Des Moines, the first team in WC history to do so. Stratton was involved in speech, 1 year; choir, 3 years; show choir, 2 years; and is also a member of the National Honor Society.

            For the past 22 years, Wendy’s has partnered with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, and has recognized outstanding students nationwide for their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics and community.

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Photo included Athlete of the Week

Cross Country By Alec Still

                Woodbury Central sophomore Suzanne Putze was chosen by Coach Gallagher as the top runner of the week. Mrs. Gallagher explains that Suzanne has already excelled at high levels of competition with 2 first place finishes, and 4 second place finishes in meets against larger schools.

                “Suzanne came into the season with a great attitude,” says Coach Gallagher, adding that Suzanne also excelled during track season last spring and qualified for State in the 1500. She finished in ninth place as a freshman. “She worked hard all summer,” adds Coach Gallagher, “and because of that, she had made the transition from the 4k race to the 5k race with no problem.”

“Hopefully Suzanne’s dedication and determination will end in another State appearance after achieving that last year,” comments Coach Gallagher.