In a new series where we look at former Iowegian athletes continuing to carry the torch for their schools in college, we now look at Moravia. There are 10 former Mohawks currently continuing their athletic careers in college. There are a variety of sports represented with three in football, three in basketball, two in softball, one in baseball and one in wrestling.
Alex Cloyed (Class of 2016, Central, Football)
The former district Defensive Player of the Year in 2015, Cloyed has since taken his talents from Moravia to Central College.
Cloyed was one of those cases where a player got better every year with experience. His freshman year he only recorded 2.5 tackles. His sophomore season he would nab 16.5 tackles including one sack and one fumble recovery. That jumped up to 25 tackles his junior season along with two sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries.
Finally, his senior season saw Cloyed help Moravia to an undefeated regular season and overall record of 10-1. Cloyed was voted the district’s Defensive Player of the Year that season after finishing with 58 tackles while leading the team in tackles for loss (24) and sacks (10).
Cloyed is in his third season with the Dutch. The 5-foot-11, 205 pound linebacker saw his first collegial action earlier this season getting in a game against Luther. The junior didn’t see the field during his first two seasons with Central. Cloyed is an Exercise Science major.
Central (8-2) wrapped up their regular season play with a 37-34 win over Loras on Saturday.
Kendall Brown (Class of 2016, Central, Basketball)
Brown was named to the Class 1A third team all-state her senior season while helping Moravia to a 22-3 season that saw their season end in the regional semifinals.
Brown ended a three-year career (missed sophomore season) with the Lady Mohawks with 1,121 points. Over 47 percent of those points came in her senior season, as she scored 526 points. She averaged a double-double that year with 21 points and 12 rebounds per game while shooting 59.7 percent from the field.
She ended her career with 762 rebounds, after leading Class 1A in rebounding with 294 boards her senior year. Brown was also a force on the defensive end that season averaging 3.8 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
Brown is just starting up her junior season at Central. She won the team’s Rookie of the Year award her freshman season when she appeared in 24 games off the bench averaging 4.7 points (on 47.8 percent shooting), 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while averaging 15 minutes per game. She climbed the ladders to rank eighth in school history as a freshman in blocked shots in a season (39) and a tie for eighth in blocked shots per game as a freshman (1.6).
She would enter the starting lineup last season starting in 24 of the Dutch’s 25 games. As a sophomore, she averaged 7.8 points (on 50 percent shooting) and 5.4 rebounds per game with three double-doubles. Brown was also awarded as the team’s Defense Player of the Year after averaging 1.9 blocks per game and was also second in the league with 48 blocked shots on the season.
Brown, an Elementary Education major, is the Dutch’s lone returning starter this season. Central is coming off of a 7-18 campaign and opened up play on Thursday in a 59-55 overtime win at Grinnell. Brown led the way with a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds on 6-of-9 shooting.
Brown then helped the Dutch get to 2-0 with a 70-64 win over Millikin over the weekend. The junior would finish with seven points and 12 rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting.
Trevor Cormeny (Class of 2016, Central, Basketball)
A second team all-conference guard his senior season, Cormeny did a little bit of everything that year to help Moravia that year and get him a spot on the Central College basketball team in the fall.
Cormeny led the team in points (15.9 at 41.2 percent shooting), rebounds (7.1) assists (3.7) and steals (2.9) per game. The guard made significant steps his final two seasons at Moravia but he was always a high-end passer and defender.
He led the Mohawks in assists and steals in each of his final three seasons. In his high school career, Cormeny totaled 685 points, 239 assists and 152 steals.
Cormeny is now a sophomore for the Dutch. He has yet to crack the lineup as Central looks to improve on last year’s 12-16 record. Central’s season started on Saturday in with a 103-77 loss to Wisconsin-River Falls.
Autumn McDanel (Class of 2016, Belmont, Softball)
One of the best to put on a Moravia softball uniform, McDanel racked up the accolades in her time with the Lady Mohawks. After spending one year at Des Moines Area Community College, McDanel has now moved to Nashville, Tennessee to play for Belmont University.
McDanel was a five-year starter for Moravia earning first team all-conference three times while being tabbed to first and second team all-state. The pitcher led all of Class 1A in ERA and strikeouts her senior season owning a 0.65 ERA with 345 strikeouts (second in the state) in 184 innings pitched. She also wasn’t a slouch at the plate. That same year she would lead in the team in batting average (.404), doubles (12), triples (4), home runs (2), RBIs (25) and stolen bases (13).
She set many school records at Moravia including single game strikeouts (19), single season strikeouts (345), single season strikeouts per game (13.2), career strikeouts (872) and single season slugging percentage (1.085).
McDanel began her collegiate career at DMACC where she posted a 3-1 record on the rubber for the Bears with a 1.38 ERA and 22 strikeouts over 25 1/3 innings. At the plate, she would collect nine RBIs while having a .356 batting average.
McDanel then transferred to Belmont where has already began her sophomore season. Belmont finished up fall ball with a 5-1 record as McDanel got a taste of Division I action. McDanel would help seal a combined no-hitter in her first game before going through some ups and downs in her remaining outings of the fall. She would also hit a double in their final game of the fall season.
Belmont will resume their season in spring. They owned a 25-25 record last season.
Dallas Greene (Class of 2017, William Penn, Football)
A former first team all-district player, Greene had the ability to take over a game on both sides of the ball. Now, he focusing on the offensive side as a running back at William Penn University.
Greene became an impact player in his elder years at Moravia. Greene had 29.5 tackles and two sacks his junior year. He made his biggest impact his senior year where he finished fourth on the team in tackles with 49.5 while leading the team in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (7).
Greene would also emerge as a big play running back for the Mohawks. He lead the team with 725 rushing yards on 84 carries (8.6 yards per carry) with 15 touchdowns.
That helped the 6-foot-0, 160 pound Moravia native grab a spot on the William Penn football roster this year. Greene didn’t see any time on the field this year as a freshman. With a very deep roster of running backs, he will likely need to bulk up and stay patient as he tries climb up the depth chart.
Willam Penn wrapped up their season on Saturday in a 23-20 loss to Grandview. The Statesmen finish the season with a 4-7 record.
Quinton Casteel (Class of 2017, William Penn, Football)
Casteel was a force on the Moravia defense becoming a two-time second team all-state performer while leading the Mohawks in tackles his senior year. He is now looking to help the defense line at William Penn University.
Casteel was a four-year starter for Moravia coach Denny Whitlow. As a freshman, he finished fifth on the team in tackles with 21.5 while claiming two sacks. His numbers would jump up to 41.5 tackles in his sophomore campaign before he helped a couple of dominant defenses his final two seasons.
He would tally 77 tackles his junior season, good for third on the team. Casteel finished second on the Mohawks in tackles for loss with 18.5 and sacks with six. His senior season saw him lead the team with 83.5 tackles with a team-high 24.5 of them going for a loss. Casteel would also nab eight sacks, which was second most on Moravia.
Now a sophomore at William Penn, Casteel saw his first action at the varsity level for the Statesmen this season. The defensive lineman has appeared in two contests and has totaled three tackles. Casteel is majoring in Sociology with an Emphasis in Criminology.
Willam Penn wrapped up their season on Saturday in a 23-20 loss to Grandview and will finish the season with a 4-7 record.
Payton Rogers (Class of 2017, Central, Basketball)
Rogers was another one of those dominant Moravia post players in recent years. In her time with the Lady Mohawks, Rogers was a four-year starter and a four-year Bluegrass all-conference selection. Now, Rogers has reunited with her former teammate Kendall Brown at Central College.
As a Lady Mohawk, Rogers scored 1,237 points, had 952 rebounds, 223 steals and 227 blocked shots. She was also one of only 15 athletes statewide to average more than 20 points per game her senior year.
She averaged a double-double that year ranking 10th in the state in points with 20.5 per game and 12th overall in rebounds with 11.7 per game. Rogers pulled in numerous honors that year including first team Bluegrass Conference, South-Region all-district team, Class 1A third team all-state and the IGHSAA All Star Senior Games White Team MVP.
As a freshman with the Dutch, Rogers only saw a total of 20 minutes on the floor scoring four points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The 6-foot-0 sophomore should see an increased roll this year as Central’s season has already begun. She would record three points and two rebounds in a 59-55 overtime win for Central over Grinnell. Rogers would then follow that up with a four point, four rebound outing in a Central 70-64 victory over Millikin.
Nick Martin (Class of 2018, Northwestern College, Wrestling)
The four-time state qualifier for the Mohawks will now have to work his way back up against better talent as Martin now wrestles at Northwestern College in Orange City.
Martin was a four-time state qualifier and a two-time state medalist finishing in sixth place twice. He finished with a 41-11 record his senior year at 145 pounds, ending his high school career with 208 wins.
Martin has now moved up to 149 pounds where he will battle with two upperclassmen at the same weight for time on the mat for the Red Raiders. He is a Biology and Pre-Dental major.
Martin already has his first collegiate tournament under his belt this season, going 2-2 and just falling short of placing at the Yellowjacket Open in Rochester, Minnesota.
Payton Maddy (Class of 2018, Davis & Elkins, Softball)
A player with a lot of heart and leadership, Maddy emerged as a first team all-conference outfielder her senior year as she will now roam the outfield in Elkins, West Virginia at at Davis & Elkins College.
Maddy was a four-year varsity player for the Lady Mohawks, who enjoyed a really nice breakout senior season. The slap hitter led off for Moravia batting .324 with 11 RBIs and a team-high 14 stolen bases. She was great in center field making some impressive plays showing off her speed and glove.
She would hit a bump the road late in her senior season going down with a foot injury that would lead to an eight-game absence. Maddy would have to watch from the dugout as her team finished runner-up for the conference title and advance to the regional semifinal.
Maddy wouldn’t miss that opportunity as she would return for the regional semifinal finishing 0-for-2 at the plate with two walks and would leave to a standing ovation as she was pulled from the game in the final inning.
The 5-foot-5 Maddy is one of eight incoming freshman for Davis & Elkins and will be a Nursing major. She will look to crack the lineup when the Senators open the season on Feb. 15 in a doubleheader at Mars Hill.
Tucker Babbitt (Class of 2018, Quincy, Baseball)
Babbitt was a Class 1A third team all-state selection this past season helping Moravia to a 21-7 record. He is now taking his talents to Quincy University where he will play baseball and major in Aviation.
A five-year letter winner with Moravia, Babbitt was a hitting machine in his high school career. He had a batting average over .400 in each of his final three seasons with the Mohawks. He also was a very productive pitcher in those last three seasons. He would finish with a 9-2 record with 119 strikeouts in 96 innings.
After seeing a lot of time at third base, Babbitt shifted to a full time in center field for his senior season. It was a seamless transition as Babbitt would own a 0.958 fielding percentage that year.
As the leadoff hitter for the Mohawks, he would hit .433 with eight doubles, two home runs, 23 RBIs and score a team-high 41 runs. Babbitt was one of four Mohawks to draw 20 or more walks and he flashed his speed with a team-high 21 stolen bags.
Now with Quincy, Babbitt and the Hawks will start up their season on Feb. 16 at Mississippi College. Quincy are coming off a NCAA Division II Tournament appearance after finishing with a 41-18 record.
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