(KMAland) – The KMA Sports All-Decade series is back on. I had a great weekend celebrating the nuptials of some wonderful people, but I woke up before my 4:45 alarm this morning with nothing but All-Decade greatness on my mind.
Before we go…
THE FINAL AUDUBON VOTE
PREVIOUS ALL-DECADE BLOGS
THE BEDFORD FILE
FOOTBALL – Record: 54-36. Another school that made the move from 11-man down to 8-man. Regardless of the level, they continued to win. Out of the nine seasons in the decade, they had six winning years and five playoff trips, including deep runs in 2010 and 2011 when they combined for a 19-5 record.
VOLLEYBALL – Record: 194-153-7. Coach Deb Bonde’s teams at the beginning of the decade were on point. The ‘Dogs went 35-5 in the 2010 season, 30-8-1 in 2011 and then 27-11-2, 21-25-1, 30-14-2 and 28-16 in the next four. If not for Kadie Subbert, maybe we’re talking about a state tournament team here, too.
CROSS COUNTRY – The biggest success in cross country over the last decade has come over the last two seasons when Emma Lucas finished second in 2017 and won the championship in 2018.
GIRLS BASKETBALL – Record: 156-82. The volleyball success was mirrored by the girls basketball team, and that makes sense since they were a lot of the same girls. Bedford went to state in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 – and played for a championship in 2012 (a 40-31 loss to North Mahaska). After a couple lean years, they nabbed their eighth winning season of the decade this past winter.
BOYS BASKETBALL – Record: 134-96. Oh look, another successful decade for Bedford sports. The Bulldogs had six winning seasons, including a 23-2 outfit in the 2009-10 season that is among the best teams I covered that didn’t go to state (they lost in an incredible overtime battle with St. Albert in a substate final). After three losing seasons immediately following that season, they’ve recovered to post winning records in five of their last six years.
WRESTLING – Bedford teams with Lenox during the wrestling season, and they’ve had some successes through the years. That includes a sixth-place finish from Chance Strough at 220 this past season. Willie Lawrence is another place-winner that went to Bedford, as he finished 8th at 171 in 2010.
TRACK & FIELD: Bedford had six athletes earn individual medals at state track during the decade:
-Milo Blake (Class of 2011): Blake finished second in the 400 meters.
-Callie Calfee (Class of 2016): Calfee was fifth twice and sixth once in the long jump during her track career.
-Kayla Lindenmeyer (Class of 2013): Lindenmeyer finished fifth in the long jump twice.
-Emma Lucas (Class of 2018): Lucas won four state championships (3000 twice, 1500, 800), had two runners-up (1500, 800) and a fifth place (3000) in her career.
-Charissa Mogler (Class of 2017): Mogler had four medals – two each in the high jump and 100 hurdles. She had second and fifth-place medals in the hurdles and a third and a seventh in the high jump.
-Colt Scott (Class of 2016): Scott finished fourth in the high jump in 2016 and sixth in 2015.
GOLF: There have been some nice golfers over the years at Bedford, but this is a bit of a difficult sport to research. Hit me with any state qualifiers that I missed in my research and/or memory.
SOFTBALL: Record – 64-181. This year’s Bedford team currently has 10 wins, and that would equal the most of any season in the decade. There were two other years where they won 10, but it’s been pretty lean. Coach Dan Musich is doing a really nice job growing and improving this group.
BASEBALL: 84-136. Bedford had a state-type team in 2010. It didn’t materialize into a trip to state, but they weren’t far off. That actually was their lone winning season (they were 17-6) so far. They’ve had teams that were right around .500 – multiple teams, in fact – but none over that mark.
THE ATHLETES/THE POLL
Fallyn Beemer, Class of 2016
Beemer could bomb it from anywhere, making 169 3-pointers and scoring 1,067 points during a three-year career with the ‘Dogs.
Cole Bonde, Class of 2013
He went from 132 total tackles and 20 solo tackles for loss in his junior season to a premier role on the offense and 1,484 rushing yards as a senior.
Callie Calfee, Class of 2016
Calfee starred on the basketball court with over 800 points, 184 steals and 126 assists in two seasons with the Bulldogs. She also had 628 kills in volleyball and the aforementioned track exploits.
Travis Dougherty, Class of 2011
Dougherty was one of two 1,500-yard rushers in the 2010 season, going for 1,547 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for over 1,000 yards in the 2009 year, but….ya know, that wasn’t this decade.
Justin Folkerts, Class of 2016
The leading rusher and leading receiver for the 2015 Bedford team, he also led the team with 881 yards rushing in his junior year (2014). He was also a key player for successful Bedford basketball teams, averaging right around double figures in scoring.
Chris Lindenmeyer, Class of 2010
The 2010 class is always a tough one, but after some misses in previous All-Decade polls I’m just going to include them from now on. Lindenmeyer averaged 19.8 points per game and led the Bulldogs in steals (50) in his senior season. He also hit .400/.585/.446 and posted a 1.96 ERA in his senior baseball season. He was as smooth as they come.
Kayla Lindenmeyer, Class of 2013
Here’s Chris’ younger sister, who made her impact almost entirely with this decade. She was one of the most relentless defensive players I’ve covered, finishing her career with 459 steals and over 1,000 career points. She also had 782 career kills in volleyball and the two long jump medals in track.
Emma Lucas, Class of 2019
One of the greatest – the greatest? – track athletes in Bedford history. Lucas had the four state track titles to go with her state cross country championship. She also had a state cross country runner-up and two state track runners-up medals.
Charissa Mogler, Class of 2017
Mogler was a four-time state track medalist with a second, a third, a fifth and a seventh place medal. She also hit .347/.434/.542, .449/.527/.692, .351/.400/.514 and .348/.396/.438 in her senior, junior, softball and freshman seasons, respectively.
Cody Morris, Class of 2012
Cody Morris was locked in a deep backfield in his junior season, but when three other backs graduated he turned out a monster senior year in 2011. We’re talking 2,112 yards and 29 touchdowns-type monster senior year.
Cooper Nally, Class of 2020
He’s not done yet, but he’s off to a fine start. He’s been key in turning Bedford hoops back into a consistent winner, averaging 16.5 points and grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game this past year. He also had 40 blocks, which followed up 15.9 and 8.6 averages and 76 swats as a sophomore. And he’s been a two-year starter at quarterback in the fall.
Caila Raymond, Class of 2012
A huge star for Bedford’s state runner-up basketball team, Raymond averaged nearly 15 points per game and shot over 60 percent from the field in her senior season. She also scored 12.7 points per game and shot 50.7 percent in her junior year – also a trip to the state tournament.
Hunter Russell, Class of 2016
A multi-year starting quarterback that also led his team in tackles in his junior year. He probably would have done the same as a senior, but an injury felled him. Russell was also a key player on the baseball diamond, hitting .452/.511/.571 and posting a 1.94 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 47 innings as a senior.
Makinna Russell, Class of 2019
A key defensive standout in volleyball, Russell can absolutely crush on the softball field. She blasted five home runs and had a .724 slugging percentage as a junior and another five with a monstrous .804 SLP as a sophomore.
Peyton Russell, Class of 2013
Peyton was the straw that stirred the drink for the great basketball teams of the decade. In her senior season, she averaged 12.0 points per game and led the team with 88 assists against just 33 turnovers. She was also really, really good at softball with a ridiculous .528/.570/.708 line in her senior summer. And as it turns out, she was an elite javelin thrower. Who knew?
Tim Schweitzer, Class of 2010
The dude could straight ball. In his senior year, he scored 11.4 points per game, but he had a ridiculous 171 assists, 143 blocks and 40 steals while averaging 10.4 rebounds per contest. He was a triple-double threat every single night. He could also crush in baseball, hitting .549/.656/.958 with five doubles, three triples and six home runs as a senior.
Colt Scott, Class of 2016
He scored over 900 points in his final two years of basketball and finished his career with 1,280. His senior season he averaged 21.5 points per game, which is pretty good I’ve heard. He was also a two-time state high jump medalist as noted previously.
Brennan Sefrit, Class of 2020
The last of the Sefrit boys, Brennan has some ridiculous natural talents that guide him in four sports. In basketball, he averaged 21.2 points while shooting 42.0/40.4/83.2 in his junior season. He’s already over 1,000 for his career. He’s also recovered from Tommy John surgery to post some great numbers in baseball. For example, he has 46 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings so far this year. He’s also a solid contributor in football and golf.
Kolten Sefrit, Class of 2013
Kolten Sefrit is probably best known for his golden voice on our Friday night coverage. However, he could also play a bit. He hit .377/.494/.536 in baseball and averaged over 14.4 points per game in basketball in his senior year, and he was a multi-year starter at quarterback in football.
Quentin Sefrit, Class of 2017
There weren’t many hitters as intimidating and powerful as this Sefrit brother. It wasn’t often he got something to hit when he was a senior, but he finished the year with a .512/.676/1.070 line. Yes, that’s a slugging percentage over 1.000, which you don’t see a whole lot. He was also a solid contributor in basketball and football.
Noah Thornton, Class of 2015
A really, really fantastic athlete that could smoothly operate on the hardcourt, Thornton averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds in his senior year. He actually led the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game and had 7.0 rebounds per contest as a junior.
Savanna Thornton, Class of 2013
She scored over 1,000 career points and made 160 3-pointers in the process of doing it. I think she worked pretty hard on it, too, going from six 3-point makes as a freshman to 42 as a sophomore. Thornton also averaged 1.96 kills per set in her senior volleyball season.
Jordan Walston, Class of 2011
The other end of the two-headed monster for the 2010 Bedford football team, Walston had 1719 yards and 26 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 9.2 yards per tote. He also led the team with 107 total tackles and 14 solo tackles for loss. An absolute stud.
Madison Walston, Class of 2014
Madison was highly athletic and always-improving in hoops. She played vital roles for some of their best girls’ basketball teams and finished her senior year with 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She also had a team-high 2.44 kills per set with a .348 kill efficiency in her senior softball season.
Shane Walston, Class of 2011
Shane had a monster senior season on the baseball diamond, hitting .486/.561/.757 with 10 doubles, three homers and a team-high 26 RBI. He also averaged just over nine points and right at seven rebounds per game in basketball as a senior. And he had a team-best 15 solo tackles for loss in the 2010 football season.
There are definitely some others that deserve mentioning. Chad (2018) and Sam McMillin (2017) had recent football impacts. Caleb Johnson (2017) and Clell Beason (2017) were key defensive players during their careers.
Rachel Armstrong (2016) was an outstanding, prolific setter in volleyball while Haley Raymond (2013) and Danielle Rowe (2011) also had major impacts in the sport.
In basketball, Jordan Perkins (2020) had a huge breakout year this past winter while Ryley Thornton (2010) is another member of the 2010 class that was hugely impactful for the decade’s best team. Paige Oldenkamp (2019) averaged a double-double this past season and was really, really difficult to stop on the block during her career.
Brandon Sleep (2012) is someone that was a very solid multi-sport standout and went on to play football at Northwest Missouri State. Selena Valenzuela (2020) has carved out a nice career in softball and in track, and Kendyl Gruttemeyer (2013) was key in their basketball success and on the softball diamond. I’ve also already mentioned the exploits of Milo Blake (2011) in track and Willie Lawrence (2010) and Chance Strough (2019) in wrestling.
YOUR PICK & MY PICK
There’s a lot to choose from here. You don’t have the kind of success Bedford had through the decade without some top-notch athletes. If Chris Lindenmeyer and/or Tim Schweitzer had more than just half a year to give to this decade, they would be tough to pick against. However, my pick – and what looks like will be your pick – is Kayla Lindenmeyer.
She was an elite volleyball player that played the sport at the next level, an elite basketball player that played the sport at the next level and an elite level track athlete that nabbed a couple top five state medals. If you want to talk about someone that made a lasting impact individually and at the team level, this is the one. But there are some others I wouldn’t argue too much about, either. For today, this Lindenmeyer is the choice.
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