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ADM boys play golf, track and field teams win conference titles, esports advances to state

This week was nothing short of championship status for ADM. (Note: events from May 1-6)

Boys Golf

The Tigers took another big step this season by winning the Raccoon River Conference tournament hosted by Ballard on Monday.

Unlike last season’s match, in which the Tigers took second place, just four strokes behind Gilbert, ADM’s victory was a dominant performance. ADM hit a 290 the entire 18 laps, leaving North Polk a distant second at 303 and Gilbert even further away at 311 for third.

That was achieved by a remarkable three-way tie at the top, with Grant Jansen, Easton Korell and Joey Currans all scoring 71 points for the day for championship status.

In addition to the RRC win, head coach Nolan Gitch was named the conference’s coach of the year.

Girls Golf

ADM repeated for second at the RRC meeting on Monday in Ames.

The team was led by Celie Gardiner with a score of 96 and finished in eighth place overall. She also earned all-conference honors and led the team with a combined grade point average of 48.6 for her senior year. That was almost an improvement of three strokes. Aubrey Winter and Annelise Kreifels were honorable mentions throughout the conference.

Boys job

After finishing second at the Raccoon River Conference meet the past three years, the Tigers broke through for first place on May 1 in Carlisle. With 180 points, ADM had the equivalent of four events in first place, ahead of second place North Polk.

At the end of the night, the Tigers walked away with eight championship events. And even if Brevin Doll didn’t win the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Aiden Flora was right behind in second place in both events. A span of 0.16 seconds separated them over both races.

Girls follow

Like the boys’ team, the Tigers dominated the RRC competition with 176 points won – 60 points ahead of second-best Gilbert. But even with winning a total of seven events, the evening was not without drama.

With a new best time of 1:06.90 in the 400 meter hurdles, Madi James won by 0.08 seconds ahead of her competition from Winterset, who currently sits second in Class 3A with her season PR. James’ new PR moved her up to fourth on the leaderboard.

Boys soccer (12-1)

Branded with the No. 3 ranking in their class, ADM made easy work of their May 2 conference bout against Boone (3-9). That puts the Tigers on a seven-game win streak, with one game remaining at ninth-place Carlisle (9-4).

But that won’t be the last time on their field in Adel, as the Tigers will host Boone of Central Iowa United as the top seed in their substate bracket. The next top-seeded teams Cedar Rapids Washington (7-7) and Mount Vernon (6-8) have the best chances to keep the Tigers out of the state tournament for the third season since making the cut in 2021.

Girls football (5-7)

The Tigers’ only appearance this week came Monday against Dallas Center-Grimes, where the Mustangs lost 5-0.

ADM’s regular season concludes with two conference road games with Carlisle (6-3) and Boone (5-7) on Friday and Monday, respectively. With regionals starting the following week, the Tigers still have a chance for multiple wins and can avoid the program’s first losing season in more than a decade.

esports

ADM earned a berth at the spring esports state tournament after a 113-87-64 win over Clear Lake and Spirit Lake on May 2 in Mario Kart. This is the Tigers’ second straight state appearance in the game.