On Friday, June 5, 2020, South Iron High School became the fifth client school of Ameritime Sports. The Panthers join the original three schools, Hillsboro, Jefferson, and Ste Genevieve, who began in 2018. The fourth school, Cape Central, was added in 2019.
“South Iron High School is looking forward to partnering with Ameritime Sports for the 2020-21 sports seasons,” Dusty Dinkins, athletic director, stated. “We are thoroughly impressed with their ability to promote the successes of student-athletes and their athletic teams. We believe this partnership will be enjoyed by all of our athletes, parents, coaches, and community!”
The Panthers are a Class 1 power. Located in Annapolis, South Iron has an enrollment, according to DESE, of 122 students (7-12). This past school year, despite the cancelation of spring sports, the Panthers had another banner athletic year. Baseball, which plays both fall and spring schedules, finished 11-0 in the fall. The boys basketball team won 29 straight games before losing a sectional game to Dora, the eventual state champ. SIHS finished 29-1. The girls basketball team made it to the state Final Four, losing to South Nodaway in a semifinal game. They finished with a stellar 25-5 record. Both boys and girls cross country teams had state qualifiers, and the volleyball team secured a 22-8-1 record, falling in a district semifinal match to end its season.
Todd Gurnow, from Ameritime Sports, said South Iron checks all the boxes. “Just like last year, we didn’t have to add a school,” Gurnow explained. “But South Iron adds so much to our profile. It’s a great school, with an athletic director that wants to do anything and everything to get the kids the recognition that they deserve. Add a very supportive administration and faculty, top-notch coaches, and student-athletes that represent all that is good about sports in our state…why wouldn’t we add the Panthers?”
Ameritime Sports now has schools that basically represent four different classes within MSHSAA. Its largest school is Cape Central (1185 enrollment), followed by Hillsboro (1133), Ste. Genevieve (592), Jefferson (310), and now South Iron (122). “This move just continues our mission of trying to bring the best coverage to our followers,” Gurnow added. “We’re growing. The interest in our product is at an all-time high, and our credibility continues to rise. Our readership and our schools know that we’re going to provide the same coverage for the freshman and JV teams, as we will the varsity. Family and friends will be able to follow these schools from all over the United States, as well as in foreign countries. We’re proud of what we’ve been able to do in the last two years.”
South Iron plays in the Black River League with Bunker, Clearwater, East Carter, Ellington, and Lesterville.