The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association was formed February 2018 to help carry on the tradition of selecting all-state teams, which aim to honor Iowa’s best high school athletes in football, boys basketball, girls basketball and baseball.
The association will be overseen by a board of directors. The current board of directors are:
- Scott Spurgeon (President), Bloomfield Democrat
- Kyle Ocker (Vice President), Ottumwa Courier/Oskaloosa Herald
- Lori Wiser (Secretary/Treasurer), Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News
- Jeff Linder, Cedar Rapids Gazette
- Perry Bell, Marion County Tribune
- Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times-Republican
- Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times-News
The Iowa Daily Press Association began picking all-state teams in 1934. The Iowa Press Association and the Iowa Daily Press Association combined in 1982 to form the Iowa Newspaper Association. The then-newly formed Iowa Newspaper Association continued the all-state program under the new association name. After the Iowa Newspaper Association’s board of directors voted on Jan. 31, 2018 to end their all-state program, the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association was formed in February 2018 to continue the program.
For more information on the association or for how you can become involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet us @iasportswriters. Also, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/iasportswriters.
Dan Voigt, formerly of the Emmetsburg Reporter, was a long-time sports writer that regularly participated in the all-state program. Voigt died Jan. 17, 2020 at the age of 61. Prior to his passing, Voigt was a founding member of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. Voigt’s touch on the all-state program and the IPSWA organization will be sorely missed.