Seniors Blake Meacham of Sioux City North and Dom Thompson-Williams of Sioux City East head a group of 18 western Iowa baseball players who have been named all-staters by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
The coaches’ teams are different from the Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state teams, which are chosen by the state’s sportswriters.
Meacham and Thompson-Williams were named to the 16-player Super Team, comprised of the state’s top players, regardless of class.
Making the first team in their respective classes were Sioux City Heelan’s Brady Mayo in 3-A; Carroll Kuemper’s Chris Halbur, Council Bluffs St. Albert’s Jake Lewis, Treynor’s Alec Sorensen and IKM-Manning’s Casey Berg in 2-A; along with Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Brendan McAlister in 1-A.
Ten others earned second-team honors: Sioux City East’s Trey Lapke and Brandon Carlson in 4-A; Denison-Schleswig’s Robert Lyons, Sioux City Heelan’s Connor Niles and Harlan’s David Ratigan in 3-A; Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto’s Korey Kuhlmann, and Treynor’s Braxton Mittan and Avery Umphreys in 2-A; and Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Brett Carstens and Logan-Magnolia’s Brennan Azinger in 1-A.
The overall state player of the year is Iowa City West’s Reid Bonner.
P: Jacob Hadaway, Sr., North Polk; Derek Burkamper, Sr., Muscatine; Gavin Sheakley, Sr., Clear Lake. C: Jake Thumann, Sr., DeWitt Central; Nate Hunter, Jr., WDM Dowling. 1B: Keaton McKinney, Sr., Ankeny. 2B: Reid Bonner, Sr., Iowa City West. SS: Jordan Baughman, Sr., Chariton. 3B: Blake Meacham, Sr., Sioux City North. OF: Dom Thompson-Williams, Sr., Sioux City East; Tanner Hinkle, Sr., WDM Valley; Jacob Lamoreux, Sr., Le Mars; Austin Peterson, Sr., Chariton. UT: Cole Crawford, Sr., Wilton; Joey Lehmann, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; Colby Carmichael, Jr., Des Moines East.
Player of the year: Bonner, Iowa City West.
First team: P: Kyle Duncan, Sr., WDM Valley; Austin Stroschein, Sr., Linn-Mar; Joe Hawks, Sr., Johnston. C: Phil Velez, Sr., Southeast Polk; Trent Hermann, Jr., Muscatine. 1B: Joe Bappe, Jr., Ames. 2B: Cody Collender, Sr., Clinton. SS: Ty Mougin, Sr., CR Prairie. 3B: Brandon Engler, Sr., North Scott. OF: Ezra Reiners, Sr., Iowa City West; Malique Ziegler, Jr., Des Moines East; Josh Crosby, Sr., Iowa City High; Seth Griffiths, Sr., Ottumwa. UT: Chino Alcala, Jr., Des Moines East; Ben Miller, Sr., WDM Valley; Matt Johnson, Sr., Ankeny.
Second team: P: Justin Hill, Sr., Bettendorf; Brennan Hammer, Sr., CR Prairie; Tyus Adkins, Jr., Iowa City West. C: Jordan Niehaus, Sr., Waukee; Trey Lapke, Sr., Sioux City East. 1B: Jimmy Roth, Sr., Linn-Mar. 2B: Brent Jones, Jr., Ankeny. SS: Collin Schulz, Sr., Ottumwa. 3B: Brandt Ollinger, So., Linn-Mar. OF: Logan Augustine, Jr., Urbandale; Zach Patterson, Sr., Davenport Central; Brandon Carlson, Sr., Sioux City East; Luke Fegen, Jr., Waukee. UT: Robert Hanson, Jr., Des Moines East; Michael Kinning, Sr., Johnston; Austin Suhr, So., Pleasant Valley.
First team: P: Ethan Kenkel, Sr., Storm Lake; Dylan Nelson, Sr., ADM; Parker Rolfes, Sr., Le Mars. C: Logan Essy, Jr., ADM; Kendall Candor, Sr., Le Mars. 1B: Brett Slight, Jr., Boone. 2B: Cody Marine, Sr., Williamsburg. SS: Mitch Moser, Sr., Benton Community. 3B: Ben Jacobson, Sr., Humboldt. OF: Will Whiton, So., Perry; Jordan McFarlane, Sr., Benton Community; Austin Lechtenberg, Sr., DeWitt Central; Brady Mayo, Jr., Sioux City Heelan. UT: Kyle Herrick, Sr., ADM; Aaron Krier, Sr., Storm Lake; Anthony Ruden, Sr., Dubuque Wahlert.
Second team: P: Taylor Gilson, Sr., Oelwein; Joseph Hietpas, Jr., Fairfield; Jerry Kockler, Sr., Clear Lake. C: Alex Wright, Sr., Chariton; Matt Hoffman, Jr., Dubuque Wahlert. 1B: Robert Lyons, Sr., Denison-Schleswig. 2B: Derek Rupp, Jr., MOC-Floyd Valley. SS: Kolby Greenslade, Sr., Norwalk. 3B: Josey Jewell, Sr., Decorah. OF: Mitch Keeran, So., Clear Lake; Ben Oglesby, Sr., Dubuque Wahlert; Connor Niles, Jr., Sioux City Heelan; Jake Gervase, Jr., Davenport Assumption. UT: David Ratigan, Sr., Harlan; Jonny Frese, Sr., Benton Community; Grant Goeden, Jr., ADM.
First team: P: Justin Shaffer, Sr., Durant; Preston Church, Sr., Ogden; Chris Halbur, Sr., Carroll Kuemper. C: Jacob Webb, Sr., Central Springs; Jake Lewis, Sr., CB St. Albert. 1B: Jared Manternach, Sr., Cascade. 2B: Alec Sorensen, Sr., Treynor. SS: Jared Riemenschneider, Sr., West Marshall. 3B: John Ries, Sr., Iowa City Regina. OF: Reed Smith, Sr., North Polk; Austin Croson, Sr., Wilton; Tanner Felton, Jr., Monticello; Jake Brinkman, So., Iowa City Regina. UT: Casey Berg, Sr., IKM-Manning; Grant Lang, Jr., North Polk; Ian Ross, Sr., Dyersville Beckman.
Second team: P: Zach Hovick, Jr., Roland-Story; Cole McDonald, So., New Hampton; Korey Kuhlmann, So., Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto. C: Braxton Mittan, Sr., Treynor; Todd Carter, Jr., Wilton. 1B: Gage Carpenter, Sr., Wapello. 2B: Fritz Wagner, Sr., Iowa City Regina. SS: Dylan Preston, Jr., Clayton Ridege/Central. 3B: Jake Alexander, Sr., Colfax-Mingo. OF: Connor Hainer, Sr., Colfax-Mingo; Avery Umphreys, Sr., Treynor; Charlie Marcucci, Jr., Northeast; Hank Crimmins, Jr., Fort Dodge St. Edmond. UT: Cole Jackson, Jr., North Polk; Tanner Poor, Jr., Wilton; Tyler Newsom, Sr., West Liberty.
First team: P: Casey Hall, Sr., Mason City Newman; Otis Roby, So., Twin Cedars; Jonathan Van Beek, Sr., West Lyon. C: Jacob Wrage, Sr., North Tama; Brendan McAlister, Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard. 1B: Zach Gibson, Sr., Montezuma. 2B: Tyler Swenson, Sr., Montezuma. SS: Brandon Brittain, Jr., Van Meter. 3B: Corey Harrell, Jr., Twin Cedars. OF: Trent Verwers, Sr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Austin Lefler, Sr., Lawton-Bronson; Nate Beck, Sr., BGM; Tanner Utesch, Sr., MMC. UT: Eddy Kraber, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Trent Roose, Jr., North Mahaska; Patrick Sheehey, Jr., Pleasantville.
Second team: P: Zac Freese, Jr., BGM; Brett Carstens, Jr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Matt Wesselmann, Jr., Remsen St. Mary’s. C: Hunter Embray, Jr., Twin Cedars; Hunter Caspers, Sr., Lisbon. 1B: Brennan Azinger, Sr., Logan-Magnolia. 2B: Dylan Gibson, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys. SS: Matt Smith, Sr., Lawton-Bronson. 3B: Joe Burgmeier, Jr., Mason City Newman. OF: Dalton Helme, Sr., North Tama; Carter Brock, Sr., Hinton; Blake Jack, Sr., BGM; Joey Verstegen, So., Mason City Newman. UT: Trey Kehoe, Sr., Prairie Valley; Robby Laughlin, Jr., Van Buren; Reece Wadle, So., Algona Garrigan.
Carroll County finishes 2-2 in regional tournament
FARGO, N.D. — The Iowa champion Carroll County Legion baseball team turned in a strong showing at the Central Plains Regional Tournament, finishing 2-2.
Six players from The World-Herald’s western Iowa coverage area saw action in the tournament for Carroll County — Carroll Kuemper’s Chris Halbur, Carter Ludwig, Bryce Wessels and Kolby Hilgenberg, along with Coon Rapids-Bayard’s Brendan McAlister and Caylor Deeth.
Carroll County opened 2-0 in the double-elimination event after victories over Omaha Westside (4-2) and Omaha Creighton Prep (3-2). In the Westside win, Halbur allowed one earned run in eight innings of work while contributing two hits. Wessels finished 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Hilgenberg was 2 for 3.
In the win over Prep, Halbur and Hilgenberg each had a pair of hits, with Hilgenberg driving in two runs.
Carroll County then lost 4-3 to eventual champion Burnsville, Minn., falling behind 4-0 after three innings before rallying. Ludwig had a pair of hits in defeat.
That sent Carroll County into an elimination game with Westside. The Iowans took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but allowed five runs and were eliminated. Ludwig finished 3 for 4, while Wessels and McAlister added two hits each.
Ludwig led the team in the tournament with a .438 average. Also from Kuemper, Wessels batted .375, Hilgenberg .313 and Halbur .294.
Large Schools West takes all-star series
DES MOINES — The Large Schools West won the recent IHSBCA all-star series at Principal Park, finishing with a 4-0 record.
The Large West beat the Small West (9-1), Small East (8-3) and Large East (5-1), and then defeated the Small East (7-3) in the championship game.
Among the Large West players were Sioux City East’s Trey Lapke and Tyler Franko, Sioux City North’s Blake Meacham and Denison-Schleswig’s Robert Lyons. Don Lyons of Denison-Schleswig was the head coach.
The Small West finished 0-4. Council Bluffs St. Albert catcher Jake Lewis was named the team MVP.