With 2016 wrapped up, it’s time once again to look back at the past year’s accomplishments in area sports.
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire had its share of highlights in 2016.
Girres named Iowa 8-Man Player of the Year
In March, Michael Girres was named the 2015 Iowa 8-Man Player of the Year as selected by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Girres amassed 292 points in a variety of ways. He had 37 rushing touchdowns (222 points), returned four kickoffs and two punts (36 points) for touchdowns), ran in 11 two-point conversions (22 points) and caught two passes (12 points) for touchdowns. He finished with 2,055 yards on 235 carries, an average of 8.7 yards per carry. He also passed for 723 yards as he was 45-of-77 with 11 touchdowns to just three interceptions on the season. He finished second on the team in total tackles with 83 points and 42 assists.
Roth takes fifth at state wrestling
The GT/RA wrestlers had plenty of success during the regular season, but only Kolton Roth (132) made it to the state tournament. Ranked fifth in Class 1A, Roth wrestled wrestlers ranked sixth, 10th, first, seventh, third and eighth before finishing up fifth overall at the state tournament.
Earlier in the season, Roth had garnered a Twin Lakes Conference individual championship while leading the Titans to a third-place finish at the league tournament.
Senior teammates Alex Hoffman and Tyler Hoffman also both surpassed 100 career victories during the season.
Geelan leads team to substate game for second year
Andy Geelan has been synonymous with Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire basketball the past four seasons.
For the second straight year, Geelan led the Titans to a Class 1A State Substate game, but fifth-ranked West Hancock, 86-76, would deny the Titans.
The senior heavy-squad also included Taylor Enderson, Jared Sikora, Nick Josephson, Michael Girres and Travis Meyer.
After reaching 1,000 career points in early January, Geelan would wrap up his career with 1,295 points-424 in his senior season, 449 as a junior, 347 as a sophomore and 75 as a freshman.
Even after losing 2015 8-Man Player of the Year Michael Girres to graduation, the Titans still wrapped up an impressive 7-2 season. With the state reducing the number of playoff teams per district from four to two in 2016, GT/RA did not make the postseason with both losses coming to district rivals. With leading offensive threats quarterback Jacob Conlon and running back Kolton Roth, the Titans could return to the playoffs in 2017.
Titan girls’ basketball turns fortunes around
After posting a 2-19 record a season ago, GT/RA has already turned things around to start the 2016-17 season. The Titans are 7-1 entering 2017 with a balanced attack with three players averaging double digits-Madison Hough (11.8 ppg), Madison Norris (10.6 ppg) and Toni Alesch (9.9 ppg). GT/RA will face some stiff competition in the Twin Lakes Conference, including defending Class 3A Champion Pocahontas Area, but GT/RA could still make a run in the Class 1A postseason.