The South Tama County girls basketball team held its banquet March 19 at the high school to cap off the 2011-2012 season. Assistant coach Jake Jacobson was master of ceremonies for the evening.
Freshman coach Julie Berger summarized the season and recognized the ninth graders. She noted that although they had a losing season record, many of the games were close and they usually found themselves playing teams which included sophomores and even JV teams.
South Tama JV coach Chelsea Ahrens pointed out the fine season the JV had this year. The girls were undefeated in the NICL West and undefeated at home. Looking ahead, Ahrens commented that "the cupboard isn't bare" and South Tama has "a lot of good players coming up."
The South Tama girls basketball team held their end of season awards banquet March 19. Recognized that evening were (from left) Taylor Van Dyk, Amelia Hoskey, Shelby Bradley, Brooklyn Dvorak, Kourtne Smith, Samantha Magpie, Anita Townsley, Madison Baier, Kendra Bradley, Jade Rohach, Trisha Walz, and Paige Van Dyk. Chronicle/Jeff Barker
Jacobson took a moment to reminisce about the team, particularly the seniors, whom he has coached for about ten years beginning with 3rd grade recreation ball. He discussed success and successful people noting, "success for a coach shows itself in five, ten, fifteen years as the kids become successful."
He continued, calling the varsity the best team in the state, pointing out that they had pulled the community together and no team had the crowd South Tama had.
Assistant coach Larry Rohach then reiterated many of the same sentiments, acknowledging what a great group of kids they are. After sharing some favorite memories, he told them he knew they were going to be successful in the future and expressed his thanks to the girls for being able to coach them.
Head coach Nate Roberts discussed the season and the last four years with the seniors.
"Good teams take coaches places," he explained, "This team has taken me to some good places."
He recapped some of the highs and lows of the season, but in the end stated that, "these girls brought pride back to South Tama girls basketball! I know how many hours, how much work it takes."
Roberts shared some senior memories and recognized several people who contributed and helped out during the season.
The late Charley Townsley, former sports editor for The Chronicle and News Herald, and his wife, Anita, were recognized by the team for their positive impact on the coaches and the team over the years. The team then presented Mrs. Townsley with the game ball from the 2011 district final against Dallas Center-Grimes which sent the South Tama girls to state for the first time in five-on-five history.
Roberts then presented awards. "Most Improved" went to Shelby Bradley. The "Oil Can" award goes to the player who makes the team run smoothly. Kourtne Smith collected that honor.
The "Eraseer" and "Queen of the Boards" was given to Madison Baier. The "Dial if from Distance" award went to Kendra Bradley and Kaleigh Sieck. Kendra Bradley also received the "Defensive" award.
"Trojan Spirit" was given to Brook Dvorak, Taylor Van Dyk, Amelia Hoskey and Katelyn Behounek.
"All Conference" was given to Kendra Bradley (1st team) and Madison Baier (1st team and Most Outstanding Player). Kourtne Smith landed on the 2nd Team and Jade Rohach was an Honorable Mention.
Finally, all-state awards were recognized. Receiving 1st Team Iowa Newspaper Association, D.M. Register and Iowa Girls Coaches Association awards was Madison Baier. Baier also collected "All District" and "All Region" awards.
Kendra Bradley is a member of the NICL All-Senior game, as well as a member of the Gatorade Senior Class 3A Team. Baier is a member of the Gatorde senior Class 3A select sam and the Senior Iowa Girls Coaches Association team.
The Trojans have rewritten the record book, and Baier was one of the principle authors. Among other records, she now holds the career mark for rebounds (850), blocks (350) and scoring (1129). She is the all-time, any-brand-of-basketball leader in rebounds and blocks. Her career scoring mark is just as remarkable. You have to go back 21 years to another era which emphasized scoring to find higher marks.
Even then, only six players from the six-on-six era (Tracy Landuyt 2779, Tally Hempy 1758, Kim Kajer 1631, Jill Ridout 1331, Sandy Hagge 1323, and Sarah Smith 1164) scored more career points playing a different kind of basketball that concentrated the scoring into the hands of three forwards.
In total, 14 records were set or tied this season by the Trojans.
The evening closed with a slideshow of the season dedicated to Charley Townsley.