DES MOINES — Seventeen western Iowa senior girls basketball players are expected to compete in the Larry Niemeyer Senior All-Star Games on April 6 and 7 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
Western Iowa players selected include Brittany Stoelk of Ar-We-Va, Savanna Thornton and Kayla Lindenmeyer of Bedford, Molly Goltz of Nishnabotna, Emily Beerman of CAM, Ragen Anderson of Stanton, Amanda Focht of Villisca, Sydney Reeves of Nodaway Valley, Kaylee Blake of IKM-Manning, Lexi Albrecht of Carroll Kuemper, Breanna Allely of Shenandoah, MacKenzie Teut of OA-BCIG, Grace Newman of Glenwood, Brittany Holdsworth of Carroll, Aubrey Norville of Council Bluffs Lewis Central, MaKayla Augustine of Sioux City Heelan and Rachel Koch of Denison-Schleswig.
Among the coaches picked are Boyer Valley's Larry Neilsen, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto's Alden Berkenpas and Shenandoah's Jon Weinrich.
Five western Iowa girls basketball players and three boys have been named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association academic all-state teams.
The 22-member girls team has an average ACT score of 27.2, an average GPA of 3.99 and a 13.7 scoring average. The team includes Sioux City Heelan's MaKayla Augustine, IKM-Manning's Kaylee Blake, Audubon's Emily Nelsen, Council Bluffs Lewis Central's Aubrey Norville and Denison-Schleswig's Chelsey Van Ness.
The 24-member boys team has a 29.5 average ACT score, a 3.99 average GPA and a 14.8 scoring average. It includes Dan Ehrsam and Alex Welsch of Nodaway Valley, and Colby Taylor of Creston.
The Iowa Girls Coaches Association also selects an academic all-state team. Among its 86 honorees are Audubon's Nelsen, Carroll's Lisa Daringer, Council Bluffs St. Albert's Faye Assmann, Denison-Schleswig's Karli Wittorf, Griswold's Serena Robinette, IKM-Manning's Sarah Schlichte, Carroll Kuemper's Lexi Albrecht, Nodaway Valley's Julie Bricker and Sydney Reeves and Villisca's Jill Vanderhoof.
IHSAA Hall of Fame
Among the five men who will be inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame as players on Saturday night is Dean Schnoes.
Currently the superintendent at Exira-EHK, he was a two-time, first-team all-stater at Washington High School in Cherokee. He was a three-time All-Tri-Conference pick at Northwestern College in Orange City, finishing his career eighth in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
Among those picking up administrator awards on Saturday will be Clarinda's Harley Schieffer and Bridgewater-Fontanelle's James Wood.
Schieffer's last 16 years were spent at Clarinda as an assistant principal and activities director. He was named the state activities director of the year in 2009.
Wood served Bridgewater-Fontanelle for 25 years, as a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. He helped form the Nodaway Valley school district.
Council Bluffs St. Albert graduate Shawn Kenney was among those picking up a media award on Friday night. Kenney graduated from Iowa in 1998 and has broadcasted over 1,400 high school events in the Perry area for the Raccoon Valley Radio Network.
Kenney has also done NCAA wrestling and college football play-by-play television work since 2009 on ESPN3 and ESPNU.
Also Friday, Jill White was presented a sports medicine award. White is a Carroll Kuemper and University of Iowa graduate, and is in her 20th year as the athletic trainer at St. Albert High School. White worked the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and coordinates high school football playoff coverage among trainers around the state.
In Class 2-A, Nodaway Valley senior Brad Baudler won the Student-Athlete Achievement Award, presented by the Iowa Bankers Association.
Boys tournament officials from western Iowa this week have included Brad Baker of Creston; Randy Baxter, Bill Gillman and Mark Royer of Council Bluffs; Shawn Petersen of Atlantic; Royce Ranniger of Sioux City; Rollie Wiebers of Denison and Jeff Wright of Sergeant Bluff.
— Kevin White