Athletes of the Month

The Register is on the lookout for our area’s top athletes! Whether it’s on the court, field, course, track or otherwise, we want to honor the best our area has to offer.

Each month, we’ll pick three male and female athletes as nominees for our Allen County Area Athletes of the Month. Readers can vote for their choices right here on this page. The poll will go live at the end of the month and will remain up until Thursday at midnight. We’ll announce the winners that Saturday in both our print and online editions.

Now, most athletes will come from the high school ranks, but if you know a seven-year-old who’s the Babe Ruth of tee-ball or a 57-year-old who is pickleball’s Serena Williams, we will happily include them as well.

Know a superstar you think should be nominated? Email us at sports@iolaregister.com. Be sure to include stats and reasons why they deserve to be honored. Include a picture if they’re not a high school athlete, and they very may end up a nominee!

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As if on schedule, frigid temperatures are signaling the conclusion of the fall sports season. Most fall sports are wrapping up this month before the winter sports season kicks off. Here are this month’s nominees…

The reigning Pioneer League cross country champion Iola Fillies began the 2019 season with holes to fill. Iola had lost the sisters Elka and Ursula Billings to Crest High. And track star Elysia Kunkler had…

Some say, ?If you?re not first, you?re last.?  That quote could define Iola High?s Jack Adams. This season, the Mustangs? number-one cross country runner has finished first individually in three of five meets. Most recently,…

For the first time in the Register’s history of Allen County Area Athletes of the Month… we had a tie! Iola’s Jack Adams and Humboldt’s Conor Haviland received 58 votes apiece to be the male…

With high school sports in full swing, the Register announces its September candidates for Allen County Area Athletes of the Month.  Jack Adams — The Iola Mustang’s number-one runner has been in fine form to…

HUMBOLDT ? Elizabeth ?Lulu? Melendez has taken the Humboldt High cross country scene by storm. Despite being a freshman, Melendez is the Lady Cubs? fastest runner who began training as a middle-schooler. Current Crest head…

What senior Casen Barker lacks in size, he makes up for in his dedication to perfection. ?It is a trait I have always had,? Barker said.  This fall, the senior tailback and inside linebacker is…

Iola and Humboldt will share a piece of the pie as senior Casen Barker and freshman Elizabeth Melendez were voted August’s Allen County Area Athletes of the Month.  Barker is a two-sport athlete at Iola…

The month of August is coming to a close, which means it is time to announce the nominees for Allen County Area Athletes of the Month. Milo Franklin — This youngster gives 110% in everything…

For Major League Baseball stars, playing into their 40s is a luxury. Compare that to Iola native David Heard, who at age 76 is still a competitive force. Heard competes for the Midwest Driving School…