Meet The Gazette's 2016 Male Athlete of the Year finalists
The Gazette's Athlete of the Year finalists not only represent some of the best talent in Eastern Iowa, but the entire state.
A lengthy list of nominations was narrowed down to five candidates by the staff.
This marks the 34th year the awards are given to graduating high school seniors. It began in 1983 as a tribute to the journalism career of the late Jack Ogden, a former Gazette sports editor and sportswriter.
Male finalists this year are Shaun Beyer and Dalles Jacobus of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Jordan Bohannon of Linn-Mar, Carter Happel of Lisbon and Jalen Rima of Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Winners will be announced next Sunday.
Shaun Beyer, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Named captain of the Class 4A all-state football team after leading the Cougars to the state finals.
His fingerprints were all over Kennedy’s stunning climb. Caught 43 passes for 853 yards and 11 touchdowns, and collected 53.5 tackles. His interception for touchdown was instrumental in the Cougars’ playoff win over Cedar Rapids Washington. Averaged 44.6 yards per punt.
Placed in four events at the state track meet — second in the long jump and shuttle hurdle relay, fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles, sixth in the high jump.
Averaged 3.9 points per game in basketball.
Will play football at the University of Iowa.
Jordan Bohannon, Linn-Mar
Voted Mr. Iowa Basketball 2016 by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
The youngest of the four Bohannon basketball brothers, he ranks third all-time among Metro scorers (behind Marcus Paige and brother Jason) with 1,591 career points.
Averaged 25.8 points per game as a senior, which led Class 4A and ranked third in all classes. Shot 43 percent from 3-point range and 92 percent from the free throw line.
Will play basketball at the University of Iowa.
Carter Happel, Lisbon
Became the 25th wrestler in Iowa history to win four state championships, claiming the Class 1A 145-pound championship in February.
Preceded that with titles at 120 pounds as a freshman, then 132 (sophomore) and 138 (junior).
Finished his career with 169 consecutive victories and a career record of 209-1.
Lisbon was the 1A state runner-up in the dual and traditional tournaments.
Will wrestle at the University of Iowa.
Dalles Jacobus, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
The heart and soul of Kennedy’s football team that underwent a startling transformation, from 3-8 in 2014 to 13-1 and all the way to the Class 4A state championship game last fall.
A first-team all-state football player who followed that with a 220-pound seventh-place finish at the state wrestling tournament.
Capped his high school career with a clutch heave in the shot put (60 feet, 6 inches) at the state track meet to win the Class 4A championship. He was fifth in the discus.
Will play football as a preferred walk-on at the University of Iowa.
Jalen Rima, Cedar Rapids Prairie
A six-time state champion in track, Rima earned four titles in May as the Hawks claimed the Class 4A team championship.
Rima won the 100, 200 and 400, and anchored the triumphant 400-meter relay. He also won the 200 and 400 as a junior.
That speed made him a playmaker in football; he caught 22 passes for 567 yards and six touchdowns last fall, and added three touchdowns on special teams.
Averaged 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in basketball, and batted .352 with 26 stolen bases for the baseball team in his junior season.
Will play football at the University of Northern Iowa.