DFJ Male Athlete of the Year: The Finalists
(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Brock Galetich, Junior, South Hamilton High School
Combine a strong work ethic with plenty of talent and you get South Hamilton junior Brock Galetich, who put together a year that rivals anyone in Hamilton County.
Starting last fall, Galetich earned Class 1A all-state honors on the football field after he shared the class lead in interceptions with 9. And when the dependable defensive back didn’t get the pick, he made the tackle — 33 in all, including 27 stops.
A role player for the Hawks’ basketball team last winter, he averaged 2.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game for a squad that reached the 2A substate round.
Galetich was a first-team all-Heart of Iowa Conference baseball player this summer. The shortstop and pitcher hit at a .375 clip with 21 hits to help the Hawks reach the 2A district final round. On the mound, he went 2-0 with a 5.35 ERA.
Quinton Grove, Senior, South Hamilton High School
Mentally tougher than most if not all of his area contemporaries, South Hamilton senior Quinton Grove squeezed every drop of talent out of his body throughout his career.
Grove was an all-state cross country runner, and an all-HOIC basketball and baseball player in 2019-20.
Last fall, Grove set South Hamilton’s cross country record with a time of 16:24 at a Class 2A state qualifying meet, and a week later he placed ninth in the 2A field in a time of 16:41.2 in Fort Dodge. It was his second straight balcony finish.
A guard for the South Hamilton basketball team, he was a bulldog on defense and led the team in rebounding at 7.8 per game. He also tossed in 9.4 points and dished out 3.0 assists per night.
Grove hit .327 in baseball this summer and also saw some time on the mound and went 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA.
Tyler Olson, Junior, Webster City High School
Football, basketball, baseball — the supremely talented Webster City junior starred in them all during his junior year.
All he did on the gridiron last fall was set a single-season school record and lead the entire state, regardless of class, in interceptions with 12 on his way to a Class 3A first-team all-state honor.
Olson was a second-team all-NCC basketball player for the Lynx. A hybrid guard/forward, he averaged 12.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Olson topped off his remarkable year with a baseball season where he was one of the top players in Class 3A. He led the NCC both offensively and on the mound en route to a unanimous first-team all-conference honor.
On the mound, Olson went 6-1 with a 0.69 ERA and 70-plus strikeouts and led the Lynx to their second straight NCC title. At the plate, he hit .468.
Cam Phetxoumphone, Sophomore, Webster City High School
Small in size, but a giant in terms of talent, Webster City sophomore Cam Phetxoumphone made history this past winter by becoming just the sixth Lynx individual to ever win a state wrestling title and only the second grappler to ever go through the season unbeaten.
No. 1-ranked Phetxoumphone capped a 42-0 campaign with a 5-0 win over second-ranked McKinley Robbins in the Class 2A 106-pound state final in February. Over the three-day tournament, he outscored his four foes 27-2 in match points and beat the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers.
His season included 14 wins over state qualifiers and 11 wins over state medalists. He had 34 wins with bonus points attached, including 22 pins.
A two-time state medalist and North Central Conference champion, Phetxoumphone is 82-6 in his career entering his junior campaign in 2020-21.
Chase Rattenborg, Junior, Webster City High School
Chase Rattenborg went from two sports to three as a junior, and it was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
Playing baseball for the first time in three years, Rattenborg was a key piece to Webster City’s North Central Conference title run this summer, as he garnered first-team all-league honors. Hitting out of the lead-off spot, he hit .333 with 20 runs scored and 9 RBIs. He also became a solid No. 2 pitcher behind Tyler Olson and went 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA.
On the wrestling mat this past winter, Rattenborg went 30-11 at 132 pounds and was within moments of reaching the state tournament for the first time. He’ll take 98 career victories into his final season in 2020-21.
Rattenborg also played football last fall where he served as the back-up spinback for the Lynx. He saw plenty of time on special teams where he recorded 15 tackles.
Lane Swenson, Junior, South Hamilton High School
A three-sport contributor for South Hamilton, junior Lane Swenson had one of the more successful wrestling seasons in the recent history of the Hawks’ program while gliding under the radar this past winter.
The winner of his first 19 matches without being ranked, Swenson eventually cracked the Class 1A 170-pound top 10 and then validated it by placing seventh at the state tournament in February. His 41-5 season included a Heart of Iowa Conference crown, and he’s set up to be a podium contender during the 2020-21 season.
Swenson was also a starter in football and baseball.
He rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown, and also made 281⁄2 tackles on the gridiron last fall.
And this summer, Swenson was one of the Hawks most productive hitters and versatile defenders on the diamond. He had three extra base hits and a .286 average.
WINNER ANNOUNCED IN FRIDAY’S DFJ