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Madi Wiley Dalton Bowers

Bowers, Wiley Named OHS Athletes of the Year

By Jason Van Arkel, May 10, 2017

On a plaque in the halls of Ottumwa High, near the main office, is a long list of names honoring the school’s outstanding athletes of the year. Tuesday night, at the Ottumwa ‘A’ Club honors banquet, Dalton Bowers and Madi Wiley had their names added to the list, when they were honored as the OHS Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Wiley will become a four-year starter for the Bulldog softball team this summer, and has also starred in track and field. She said winning athlete ofthe year is a dream come true.

“It’s something that I’ve been working for, all four years, “Wiley said, “so it’s a good payoff to get this.” Still, she didn’t expect her name to be called Tuesday night. “There were some really good competitors out there,” she said. “You look at Sammy Garrett, Ellie Hammack. I really didn’t think I’d be up there with them, but I’m proud to say that I am.”

Bowers has never had an off-season in his four years at Ottumwa. He’s run cross country in the fall, played basketball in the winter, run track and field in the spring, and played baseball in the summer. He said he knew it would be challenging, but the payoff would be worth it in the end.

“I’m constantly trying do stuff for track and cross country, while playing baseball and basketball at the same time,” Bowers said. “I knew that it was going to be tough to play four sports for four years, but I’m really glad that I did it.” Like Wiley, he said he was surprised to win the award Tuesday night. “It was really exciting. I’m part of a great group of athletes with my class, so to be at the top of that, it means a lot. I’d like to thank all of my coaches for doing a great job.”

Both Bowers and Wiley still have more left to accomplish for OHS. They’ll compete alongside their teammates at their state qualifying track and field meet on Thursday, hoping to reach the state meet in their final season. They’ll also play key roles on the OHS baseball and softball teams, respectively, and both teams enter the summer with legitimate state tournament aspirations.

The other nominees for Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year were Ellen Carlson, Jaylin Carter, Janielle Cobler and Alexis Nelson. The other nominees for Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year were Kane Brumbaugh, Justin Budan, Wyatt Crosby, Roger Cruz, Alec Hensley, Chris Hensley, Dennis Kurtz, Ryley Robinson, Austin Shotts and Trey Thomas.