The IGHSAU blog features feel-good stories about the athletes and moments that make Iowa girls' high school sports unique.
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.
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.