‘Offensive weapon’ Jadyn Rausch named North Tama’s first TR player of the year | News, Sports, Jobs


TR PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING – Jadyn Rausch, junior of North Tama, poses with the school’s third state qualifying banner in the past six seasons. Rausch helped the Redhawks volleyball program expect banners hanging like this in the Redhawks Nest.

TRAER – North Tama volleyball does things its own way.

Molded by head coach Channing Halstead from a program that had never made it to the state volleyball tournament to a program that now expects to be at Cedar Rapids at the end of each year, North Tama s ‘is touted to be rambling, aggressive and play a unique style.

The linchpin of that style over the past two years has been passer Jadyn Rausch – a junior whose strong 2021 season gave the Redhawks their first Times-Republican All-Area Player of the Year.

Selected to the Class 1A First Team of All States and a member of the Redhawks’ All-Tournament semi-final squad, Rausch was a key cog in a collective that came together to match the deepest playoff race of North Tama in the history of the school.

With some time removed from an overwhelming sweep of the semi-finals at the hands of eventual state runner-up Springville, Rausch said the trip to that state was a highlight of his career at this point.

“It didn’t quite go as we wanted, obviously, in the end, but it was a good experience and I’m ready to go back” said Rausch. “It’s crazy to look back. Like, we all did that. It took us so many hours to get to where we wanted to be, it was cool to see him pay off.

Rausch has played with the same group of players since elementary school and middle school, which brought the group to a heightened level of understanding on the pitch. This is important because his style of play is something you have to get used to. She admitted that sometimes she could always surprise her own teammates with her decisions to place, hit or pass the next one.

The genesis of Rausch’s role as an offensive all-rounder comes from Halstead’s preference for executing her attack in a unique way.

“I kind of always liked it”, Halstead said. “To have a daughter as athletic as Jadyn in the passer-by position was a good opportunity to try and go down that route. It’s not easy, as she’s not left-handed, so her skills had to catch up with her athleticism to be able to do that.

There’s a lot of athleticism, quick thinking and creativity going into the role, along with a lot of responsibility to dictate how the offense plays. Over the past two seasons, Rausch has worked a lot in this position and Halstead said they continually try to add things to his game to keep his opponents off guard.

It’s all the more unorthodox as Rausch is right-handed, meaning she gets killed with her left hand most often in her position. This could be especially important next season, as Rausch and the rest of the Redhawks put together a lot of gangs in big wins over Lisbon and Gehlen Catholic in the playoffs.

Rausch said working with Halstead changed the way he played.

“It was a bit of a big expectation, but it’s fun for me because I’m a very competitive person,” said Rausch. “The first year was definitely my year of building, and the last two years I’ve definitely found what I’m good at.

Working in that direction and having something to work towards was fun.

She was third with the Redhawks in kills this season with 243, behind only outside hitters Shae Ewoldt and Lainey Willenbring. Rausch was also second for the team in hitting percentage at 0.274, behind only rotating player Breanna Sebetka. These aren’t normal attacking numbers for a passer – and certainly not for the one who led the team with 703 assists.

It is also not a finished product at this end of the floor. Halstead said they have a primary goal for Rausch to further develop his event next year.

“She’s got the power part broken, so now we’re working more on the finesse shots as well,” Halstead said. “Everyone expects its power, so we are working on the finesse and the placement of things too

“We’re going to see her outside of the system a lot, so it’s kind of the next step that allows her to swing a few [in system]. “

It was a tough group at times to work together on all cylinders, Halstead said, but Rausch has become a leader in that junior core for the Redhawks. One thing Halstead highlighted about Rausch as a defining quality is his aggressiveness when making decisions on the pitch. Halstead said she behaves very calmly off the pitch and is not a loud person – but when she’s on a volleyball court her competition fire shines through.

Some of this was learned in her freshman year as she was on the bench for the 2019 North Tama squad that advanced to the state semi-finals. This group of seniors had a big impact on Rausch, and Halstead said they have told the current generation of juniors that they will be back to watch them play in the state.

“We talked about ‘It’s our turn'” Halstead said. “They were part of it in ’19 but they weren’t the ones doing it. As a coach, too, you look at how much time they’ve put in and how many weekends and how much we’re committing to that, the fact that the circle has finally come full circle with all this money, all this travel, all this time. with the teams and those teammates, that’s what it’s all about.

“I know they haven’t finished yet, I think they want more.”

Once this mission is accomplished, Rausch and the Redhawks now have the ability to aim even higher.

Returning much of their offensive production – including last season’s top three hitters to Ewoldt, Rausch and Willenbring – expectations for next season from away will be higher than before.

North Tama’s unique style is what helped make him a disruptor in 1A volleyball. Now there is no more to hide the unorthodox Redhawks and their “offensive weapon”.

“I think you will see us next year” said Rausch. “There are several of them [of motivation] there is more than I even say.

TR 2021 all-zone volleyball team

Player of the Year – Jadyn Rausch, jr., North Tama

Co-Coaches of the Year – Channing Halstead, North Tama, and Paula Kelley, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

FIRST TEAM

Megan Cooley, jr., MH, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Shae Ewoldt, jr., Ohio, North Tama

Autumn Finch, sr., Marshalltown

Katy Reyerson, jr., RS / OH, West Marshall

Eden Wilson, sr., OH, BCLUW

Ava Wyatt, jr., Ohio, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

SECOND TEAM

Katie Clark, sr., MH, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Allison Engle, sr., S / MH, BCLUW

Halie Hohnstein, so., MH / OH, West Marshall

Emma McClintock, jr., S, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

Lainey Willenbring, jr., Ohio, North Tama

Sophie Younkin, sr., Ohio, Marshalltown

HONORABLE MENTION

Sydney Anderson, therefore., S / OH, BCLUW; Emma Averill, sr., L, BCLUW; Kortney Babinat, jr., OH / RS, South Tama; Kaitlyn Calderwood, sr., L, North Tama; Reilly Jensen, sr., S, West Marshall; Aubree Monat, sr., DS, North Tama; Mahayla Olson, sr., Ohio, Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Keatan Pfantz, jr., L, West Marshall; Khloe Shipley, jr., S, Marshalltown; Adelyn Sienknecht, So., OH, GMG; Gracie Vest, sr., OH, South Tama; Camy Weeks, sr., L, East Marshall.

Former players of the year:

2020 – Saari Kuehl, sr., Ohio, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

2019 – Saari Kuehl, jr., Ohio, Gladbrook-Reinbeck

2018 – Easton Swanson, sr., Ohio, BCLUW

2017 – Regan Mazour, sr., Ohio, Marshalltown

2016 – Regan Mazour, jr., Ohio, Marshalltown

2015 – Regan Mazour, so., Ohio, Marshalltown

2014 – Rachel Whaley, jr., Ohio, Marshalltown

2013 – Riley Sents, sr., L, Grundy Center

2012 – Heather Hook, sr., S, Grundy Center

2011 – Sam Meyers, jr., Ohio, Grundy Center

2010 – Jordan Loney, sr., Ohio, Marshalltown

2009 – Lauren Lockhart, sr., MH, Marshalltown

2008 – Macy Ubben, sr., Ohio, AGWSR

2007 – Tahler Johnston, Sr., Ohio, Marshalltown

2006 – Ali Dolphin, sr., OH, Marshalltown, and Kelsey Sents, S / OH, Grundy Center

2005 – Megan Ewoldt, sr., MH, Eldora-New Providence

2004 – Kristin Harris, sr., OH, and Nicole VanderPol, sr., MH, Grundy Center

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