Aden Reeves winning his second straight state wrestling championship was the top sports story of the year. Reeves was named to the “Iowa Eight” as one of the top eight wrestlers in the state in all classes and all weights. He was also a Dan Gable runner-up, finishing the year with a 50-0 record. To add to all of that, Reeves earned two All-American awards in Greco and Freestyle wrestling over the summer months.

The Albia boys track team producing a state championship in the shuttle hurdle relay along with Hannah Isley’s eighth place Drake Relays finish in the high jump and third place state finish in the high jump made the spring seasons exciting.

And the Albia girls softball team finishing fourth in state, along with both the boys and girls cross country teams qualifying for the state meet, were other top stories.

Three other big stories involved coaches. Girls Coach Larry Achenbach earned his 300th softball victory as Lady Dee coach, then resigned after the state tournament run to become superintendent at Chariton. Coach Dave Wenger in wrestling and Coach Kevin Archer in boys basketball reached their 200-win milestones.

Another story from the fall came from sophomore Blake Chance and senior Nathan Crall who rewrote passing and receiving records for the Blue Demon football team.

January

The Albia wrestling team moves to 16-0 in the dual season with wins over Keokuk, Fairfield and Oskaloosa.

The Blue Demon wrestling team sweeps Knoxville, EBF and Chariton to win its third straight conference title.

The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont boys stay perfect in the South Central Conference with a 66-52 victory over Albia.

In one of the most exciting basketball games of the season, the Lady Dees score a two-overtime victory over the Rockets of EBF with a 28-foot three-point shot by Hannah Isley sending the game into the second OT. The Dees win it 63-61.

Aiden Reeves, defending 2A state champion, beats defending Class 1A state champion Cael Happel in the Lisbon tournament.

The Albia Lady Dee basketball team shocks conference unbeaten Chariton 39-37 with Jade Van Polen scoring the winning basket on an assist from Hannah Isley.

Albia Coach Dave Wenger notches his 200th coaching victory.

Albia boys basketball Coach Kevin Archer earns his 200th coaching victory with his Blue Demons beating Davis County 48-26.

The Albia Lady Dees earn their 11th win of the season with a 52-39 victory over Davis County.

Returning from an injury, Nick Maddison torches the nets for 27 points in a win over Clarke. The same week, Albia rocks a ranked Lynnville-Sully team 65-57 behind Cade Crall’s 20 points, his career high.

The Lady Dees beat Pleasantville at Wells Fargo Arena to move to 12-6 on the season.

February

Aiden Reeves and Ben Mason advance to districts. Five other Blue Demons finish in third place and out of the running for state.

EBF qualifies three to the district tournament, including Alex Hanna, Sage Walker and Tyler Landgrebe.

The Lady Dee basketbll team loses in a first round District Tournament upset to Clarke, a team they had bested twice in the season, 52-42. Albia fell behind by 20 points in the first half before rallying to cut the lead to three points, 43-40. Albia ends the season at 12-10.

The Blue Demon boys team crushed Davis County in a first round district tournament game 68-30.

Aiden Reeves and Ben Mason qualify for the state tournament, Reeves as 120-pound champion and Mason as 195-pound runner-up.

Trent Garver and Brandon Persons are named Academic All-State football players.

Tyler Landgrebe and Sage Walker qualify for the state wrestling tournament for EBF.

Albia beats Williamsburg 53-51 in the second round of district play, then met Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont for the third time, this time in district tournament play and fall 80-44. The Rockets head to sub-state to meet highly ranked Van Meter.

Hannah Isley of Albia and Torie Alexander of EBF are unanimous first team All-SCC basketball players. Jenah McCarty earns second team honors.

Aiden Reeves wins his second straight state title for Albia at 120 pounds. Ben Mason finishes off the medal stand with a 44-9 record.

Trey Moore and Gabe Larkin of EBF and Nick Maddison of Albia were first team All-SCC boys basketball picks. Albia’s Trent Garver and EBF’s KJ McCrea and Wyatt Klyn were second team picks.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont boys basketball team ran into a huge Van Meter team, losing 57-41 in the sub-state final.

March

Albia’s Bryan Crosser wins his 15th national racquetball title in a tournament in Tempe, Ariz.

Trent Garver, a first team all-state offensive lineman for Albia, is chosen to play in the Shrine All-Star game.

Albia’s archery team heads to state with 70 archers in three divisions qualifying. Ellie Cloyed returns a state champion in the middle school division. Jatin Moore, EBF earns a title at the high school level.

Albia’s all-state softball pitcher, Jenna Lawrence, commits to playing for Division I Creighton University as a sophomore in high school.

Hannah Isley sets a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.96.

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