The IGHSAU blog features feel-good stories about the athletes and moments that make Iowa girls' high school sports unique.
Monica Ayabarreno spent her early life serving her family and playing the game of basketball. Now, she serves her country in the United States Army.
Meet Lily Hamilton, one Iowa Girl who transitioned from being a leader on her tennis team to being a leader in her community (and soon, her world).
2019 Softball Hall of Famer Alex Jacobson of Cedar Rapids Jefferson reflects on her high school career.
Winterset's Kelsey Rethmeier Reflects on how growing up in Iowa has provided her a foundation.
Burlington 2019 Softball Hall of Fame inductee Miranda Kramer continues to be involved in the game she loves
Newell-Fonda alum and 2019 Softball Hall of Fame Inductee Susan Kies credits her community for her athletic development.
Rachel Rhoads, Newton Class of 2019, shares a "thank you" note to athletics. Rhoads was named the 2019 Dr. E Wayne Cooley Scholarship Award recipient and will attend the University of Iowa in the fall to pursue studies in human health and physiology.
Devon Gurnett, Certified Athletic Trainer at Select Physical Therapy and Megan Brady, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Drake University discuss how proper nutrition can boost the performance of student-athletes.
Waukee High School Senior Jori Nieman reflects on her experience as an intern at the IGHSAU and shares her appreciation for the commitment the organization has for serving the Iowa Girl across the state.
Enjoy a letter from Mary Foley Schutjer about her girls' basketball memories and stories.
Great moments in Iowa Girls High School State Basketball? We've had lots of them. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girls State Basketball Tournament, retired Associated Press writer Chuck Schoffner found 100 of the greatest moments in the history of the IGHSAU State Basketball Tournament.
Catch all that Greater Des Moines has to offer during your visit for the 2019 Iowa Girls High School State Basketball Tournament. Read about the 10 Must-See Itinerary Additions for Greater Des Moines provided by Catch Des Moines!
Faded newspaper clipping and photos-- scanned and shared online these days--provide a 21st Century look at a pastime deeply rooted in the 1900s. Towns like Correctionville, Numa, Ida Grove, Hansell, and Wiota emerged as state champions of the only show in town; Iowa girls’ basketball. A century later, lifetime memories remain.
Twin swimmers Paige and Madison Braun of Mason City High School overcame adversity during their early high school years before becoming state swimming qualifiers.
At Starmont, a life-changing accident, and a 'miracle season'. Story by Jeff Linder, The Gazette.
Maia Bumgardner of Waukee is a varsity swimmer who battles cystic fibrosis. She works incredibly hard during practices trying to get better as well as a form of CF therapy, knowing that swimming is literally saving her life.
Megan Ginsberg of Iowa City West always thinks of others before herself. After losing her brother to a sudden illness and overcoming acoustic neuroma herself, she continues to hold her head high through adversity.
Darby Thomas is a State Champion in the Long Jump from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln. Photo from Council Bluffs Nonpareil
Anna Ascheman of Spirit Lake competed at state team tennis before heading to New York City to make her debut on a Broadway stage as part of the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in June. Photos courtesy of Matt Heinrichs, Dickinson County News and Des Moines Performing Arts
Camryn overcame health complications at a young age and has qualified for state softball three years in her varsity career.
Kaitlyn Van Der Swaag has spent most of her life on the softball diamond. Since 4th grade, she has been pitching and playing the infield. She also excelled on the court as a volleyball player.
Brooke Anderson overcame a diagnosis of Graves' disease to compete as a varsity golfer after medical professionals recommended she not participate in contact sports for three to five years.
Ellie will be a sophomore at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School and is actively involved in choir, band, and color guard in addition to her commitment as a student-athlete.
Morgan Krug is a graduating senior of Dubuque Hempstead High School and is in her fifth year on the varsity softball team. In addition, she played four seasons of basketball and two years of volleyball.
Catch Des Moines is a proud partner of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. We will regularly shine the spotlight on our partners to learn more about them. We encourage you to support all of our partner organizations as they have invested much into the IGHSAU and the overall championship experience for the Iowa Girl.
Camryn Cleveringa is a four-sport student-athlete at Sioux Center High School.
Hannah Folkerts of Dowling Catholic battled illness her senior season, but didn't let that hold her back as she advanced to the state tournament.
Elizabeth Comried shared the story of four Alburnett High School female athletes, who are pictured above. From left to right, they are Kylie Volesky, Maddie Schuchmann, Remington Comried, and Madison Osborn.
Welcome to the IGHSAU blog site. We will periodically publish news items and stories that relate to the Iowa Girl and our activities. Our first blog post features one of the most legendary teams in Iowa Girls’ High School Basketball history: the 1968 Union-Whitten girls basketball team. The 1968 Cobras were led by six-on-six scoring legend Denise Long. The Cobras are being recognized at the 2018 Girls State Basketball Tournament as this year’s Honor Team. The following story was written by Chuck Schoffner in honor of the 50th anniversary of their thrilling state championship game victory.
Not every girl is lucky to grow up with the support system she needs. Realizing this, Erica Douglas created She Plays, a nonprofit that works to empower female athletes across the state of Iowa.