Hempstead Hoofprints

April 2013


  • The class of 2013 will graduate on May 26, 2013 at 6 PM at the Five Flags.
  • Rehearsal will be held at 9 AM at Five Flags on Friday, May 24. It is essential that every senior be present. If you do not plan to attend graduation, please call 552-5200 and let the secretary know your intentions. (non attendees can pick up their diploma in the Main Office at Hempstead, after May 26.)
  • Senior Awards night is May 20, 2013 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Moody Gym
  • Cap and Gowns may be picked up on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:00-11:00 AM in the Auditorium. If you are unable to pick your cap and gown up at this time, it will be available during graduation practice at Five Flags.
No tickets are needed to attend graduation.

PROM-- MAY 4, 2013

THEME: Sweet Escape
DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2013
PLACE: Grand River Center
COST: $25.00 per ticket ( on sell in the Hempstead Business Office from April 29-May 3)


Commitment + Hard Work = Success. This equation is fundamental to Mustang swimming. Our team believes swimming is a peaking sport. Much like taking a final exam in a class, the swimmers train all season and prepare for their end of year swims. They commit to working hard for their success. This year Mustang swimmers once again came through when it mattered most. Our swimmers earned several awards; at the conference level our 200 Medley relay (Charlie Warren, Brien Nugent, Mark Fuchs, Sean Johnson) received honorable mention, while Alec Rutkowski was honorable mention in the 200 Freestyle and 2nd team in the 100 Freestyle. Then it was on to the district meet, ranked the 6th best team going into the meet we finished 3rd and Alec Rutkowski won two events (200 Freestyle & 100 Freestyle). According to team rankings from the state we were the 26th ranked team going into Districts and emerged 16th. From Districts we qualified in 7 out of the 11 events for the state meet. Qualifiers were; Seniors Brien Nugent (200 Medley & Free relays, 400 Free relay, 200 IM) and Mark Fuchs (200 Medley Relay), Junior Alec Rutkowski (200 & 100 Freestyle, 200 & 400 Free relays), Sophomores Charlie Warren (200 Medley & 400 Free Relay, 100 Backstroke) and Nate Hermann (200 & 400 Free relays), and Freshman Sean Johnson (200 Medley and Free relays). At the state meet the team continued to improve and finished 11th overall behind several stellar performances. Alec Rutkowski swam the 2nd fastest swims as a Hempstead swimmer in the 200 Freestyle & 100 Freestyle scoring huge points for the team. Then our 200 & 400 Free relays also scored very well. In fact our 200 Free relay was the school’s 2nd fastest ever.

While we were very proud of how we finished as swimmers, perhaps our team’s biggest accomplishment came in the classroom. The team earned the Iowa High School Athletic Association Excellence in Academic Achievement award for obtaining a team GPA of 3.09. We want to be more than just swimmers, we want to improve ourselves for the future, and achieving this goal shows that we’re on our way. We’d like to thank all of the Mustang community for their support and we’re excited as we look toward the future.

Hempstead Sophomore Boys Basketball Team

The Hempstead sophomore boys basketball team finished with a record of 9-12, 8-8 in the MVC. The 8-8 record was good enough to tie for 4th place in our division of the conference. The sophomores were particularly tough at home, with a stout 7-3 record inside of Moody Gymnasium. The team was led by Avery Butler, who averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Hempstead Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball

Season Review 2012-2013

This season of Hempstead boys’ basketball ended with the team finishing 4-12 in conference games and 4-18 overall. The team was very competitive throughout the season but unfortunately lost too many games that were ultimately decided within the last few minutes. This year’s varsity team was able to pick up a great win at Moody Gymnasium against Wahlert in December. That night the Mustangs were led in points by sophomore Josh Carter (16) and seniors Jake Weber (15) and Josh Dolson (13). Later in the season the Stangs were able to pick up hard fought conference road wins at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Waterloo West.

The 2012-2013 Mustangs were led by our seniors. Captains Jake Weber and Josh Dolson helped round out an 8 player senior class. Other seniors included Kevin Thurman, Casey Link, Keanu Arnold, JJ Breitfelder, Austin Newkirk and Nick Klein. In addition to our seniors there were five juniors who helped the Mustangs improve throughout the season. They were Ty Putchio, Chris Francis, Jacob Harrison, Eddie Miller and Aaron Schultz. The final two roster spots were earned by two up and coming sophomores; Josh Carter and Martell Wilson.

The Mustangs were able to place four players on the all-conference teams. Jake Weber was rewarded with a unanimous 2nd team all-conference selection for averaging 12 points per game and being crowned the conference rebounding champion at 10 rebounds per game. Josh Dolson, 11 points per game, and Kevin Thurman, 3 points per game, were honorable mention all-conference picks. In addition, Josh Dolson and Casey Link were selected to the all-conference all-academic team. Finally, the Mustangs were able to gain some much needed experience and will return four letter winners (Ty Putchio, Chris Francis, Josh Carter and Martell Wilson) for next season. This is exciting and the Mustang boys’ basketball program is looking forward to a fun and successful season next year.

Mustang Bowling

he Mustang Bowling teams had another great year.

The boys' team finished in 2nd place in the conference with a 3047 average. There were high expectations for the season, and they had a great year. They won a very talented Regional by 160 pins to return to the State tournament. In Des Moines, the boys had a slow start for the first game, but came back strong for the second game, putting us in 4th place going into the Baker round. After the delay to present the individual awards, we struggled to refind the line. The Mustangs finished the tournament with a team score of 3127 and fifth place. Phill Breitbach (12) started the night with a 189 game, but found his shot for the second game. He started by leaving a solid 10-pin, then threw the next 11 strikes to finish his high school career with a 290 game. This gave him a 479 2-game series and a 7th place individual finish. Kevin Scheffert (11) and Andrew Sanders (11) finished in 16th and 17th place individually with series of 459 and 458 respectively. Alex Kenniker (11), Kody Klein (11), and Tyler Koehler (11) also contributed to this state tournament team.

The very young girls' teams had a great year of growth. They finished 3-8 in the middle of a very strong conference. As a team, they improved their average over last year by almost 100 pins. This year's team consisted of 2 freshman, 2 sophomores, 1 junior, and we will lose one senior. Now that this young team has a little experience behind them, I am looking forward to what they can accomplish next year.

Hempstead's Business Partners

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