Stover does it all

Free time has been rare for Andrew Stover over the past four years.

After staying active in four different sports, the Fort Dodge senior is now focused on ending his high school career on a positive note.

In baseball, Stover owns a career .325 batting average with 37 hits, 37 runs and 23 RBI in 87 games. The Iowa Central recruit has also posted three wins on the mound in 59 1/3 innings of work.

Stover helped the Dodgers to an outright CIC Northern Division title last summer, earning honorable mention all-division status. He saw limited duty on both the 2011 and 2012 FDSH state squads.

Ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge is currently 13-10 overall this season, including 2-3 in the league.

“We started off so well, but we lost a few games once we hit the toughest part of our schedule (the Dodgers have now dropped seven straight games after winning nine of their first 10),” Stover said. “I think we’re getting things turned around, though, and are gelling and starting to play team baseball again. I feel we’ll come together at the right time and be pretty tough by tournaments.”

On the gridiron, Stover landed on the 4A-2 all-division second team the past two years. Stover etched his name in the FDSH record books by finishing second to only Dodger great Randy Reiners (4,385 yards, 39 touchdowns) for both passing yards (3,265) and TDs (27) by a quarterback.

Last fall, Stover threw for 1,261 yards and 13 scores against only six interceptions.

“I had such a blast on the football field, too,” said Stover. “There was nothing like going out there and playing each Friday night.”

Stover compiled 333 points, 181 rebounds, 160 assists and 60 steals in 66 varsity basketball games. He was picked to the all-CIC Northern Division second squad as a junior, while receiving honorable mention accolades in his senior campaign.

“I’m always going to remember how we were penciled in as the underdog against teams that were 6-foot-5 across the board,” Stover said. “Hitting that 75-foot shot (against Ames as a junior) and beating Dowling (with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer this past winter) were two of my most memorable moments.”

Stover was also a three-time 2A state doubles qualifier in tennis. He led the Dodgers to a fourth-place state team showing last month. Stover and freshman Jon Bowser went 16-1 overall in doubles play this year, finishing fifth at state.

“I had the most overall fun in tennis, and I excelled in it,” said Stover. “We had the smallest number of guys, so I got to know everybody well.”

For all his standout individual efforts, Stover was recently selected as the 2014 Henry W. Schultz Award winner, which is presented annually to the top senior male athlete at FDSH.