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IPSWSA announces 2018 Boys Basketball All-State Teams

March 13, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By Allison Graham

Sports Editor


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Gabe Shields

The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association announces the 2018 Boys Basketball All-State Teams following a meeting held on Saturday, March 10.

The teams are selected by print sports writers in Iowa and honor the top 24 high school boys basketball players in each class.

South Tama's Gabe Shields was selected to the Third Team in Class 3A. Shields was second in Class 3A in steals and led the Trojans in scoring, averaging 14.5 ppg.

Class 3A First Team:

Brady Sartorius, Mount Pleasant

Luke Vaske, Norwalk

Zach Lester, Clear Lake

Elijah Hazekamp, Bishop Heelan

Jarad Kruse, Oskaloosa

Nate Mohr, Glenwood

Andrew Blum, Glenwood

Matthew Mimms, Xavier Cedar Rapids

Second Team:

Cole Henry, Oskaloosa

Derek Krogmann, West Delaware

Jackson Molstead, Charles City

Cooper Ross, Carroll

Xavier Foster, Oskaloosa

Bowen Born, Norwalk

Steve Borneman, Dallas Center Grimes

Owen Coburn, Spirit Lake

Third Team:

Connor Groves, Sergeant Bluff-Lutton

Spencer Touro, Benton

Scott Leonard, Atlantic

Chase Zielke, Marion

Luke Velky, Waverly-Shell Rock

Jackson Joens, Xavier Cedar Rapids

Gabe Shields, South Tama County

Shane Chamberlain, Harlan

Muscatine senior Joe Wieskamp was selected as Mr. Basketball by print sports writers and coaches. The University of Iowa signee averaged 33.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game as the Muskies reached the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in 16 years.

Wieskamp, who accounted for nearly 60 percent of his team?s scoring, shot 56 percent from the field and almost 85 percent from the free-throw line. He finished his career with an Iowa Class 4A-record 2,376 points, sixth on the all-time scoring list. A consensus top-75 recruit in the 2018 class, Wieskamp tallied double-figure points in 88 of his 91 career games, including the last 62, and registered 46 double-doubles.

To be selected as Mr. Basketball, a player must be a senior and must have been selected to first-team all-state in their respective class. After a nomination process, discussion takes place and a vote is taken of sports writers and coaches in attendance. The player receiving a majority of the votes is declared Mr. Basketball.

Sports writers attending the meeting: Perry Bell, Knoxville Journal-Express; Matt Coss, Quad-City Times; Nick Peters, Waterloo Courier; Kevin White, Omaha World Herald; Troy Banning, Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal; Thorn Compton, Marshalltown Times-Republican; Ross Eberhart, DeWitt Observer; Greg Grabianowski, Algona Publishing; Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times-News; Jeff Johnson, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Mike Oeffner, Harlan Newspapers; Mark Schafer, Carroll Daily Times-Herald; Troy Hyde, Newton Daily News; Colin Peters, Centerville Daily Iowegian; Kyle Ocker, Centerville Daily Iowegian; Jim Gries, Oskaloosa Herald; Scott Spurgeon, Bloomfield Democrat; Lori Wiser, The Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News; Kristi Nixon, Hampton Chronicle; Kaleb Carter, Creston News-Advertiser; Allison Graham, Tama News Herald-Toledo Chronicle; Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times-Republican; Dale Wenger, The Sac Sun.

Coaches attending the meeting: Don Logan, Iowa Basketball Coaches? Association; Larry Carlson, Benton Community; Jay Wright, Bishop Heelan; Joel Rankin, Dallas Center-Grimes; Alan Jenkins, Atlantic; Paul Rundquist, Mount Pleasant; Chris Larsson, Norwalk; Tyler Miklo, IBCA; Aaron Thomas, Aplington-Parkersburg; Jason Van Mersbergen, Des Moines Christian; Nick Schauf, Oelwein; Ken Spielbauer, Wapello; Nick Noring, Colfax-Mingo.; Mike Hilmer, North Linn; Travis Temple, Janesville; Frank Sefrit, Bedford; Jesse Cox, Lenox; Brian Luenberger, George-Little Rock, Dwight Gingrich, Iowa Mennonite; Doug Newton, Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton; Harry Condoleon, Bishop Garrigan.

For the 2018 all-state basketball teams, the board of directors voted to change the team format to eliminate positions. Formerly, each all-state team was comprised of three front-court, three back-court, and two utility positions. This year?s teams included the top-8 for each team, regardless of the position the players play. The players were decided by sports writers voting in each class.

ABOUT IPSWA: The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association was formed in February 2018 to carry on the long-standing tradition of the all-state program. The Iowa Newspaper Association voted to end their involvement in the program in January, and agreed to transition it into the purview of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. Founding members included former members of the Iowa Newspaper Association all-state committee. Other sports writers were added to the IPSWA board of directors following its formation.

The current board of directors for the organization are: Scott Spurgeon (President), Bloomfield Democrat; Kyle Ocker (Vice President), Centerville Daily Iowegian; Lori Wiser (Secretary/Treasurer), Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News; Jeff Linder, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Kevin White, Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil; Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Reporter/Democrat; Perry Bell, Knoxville Journal-Express/Pella Chronicle; Ross Thede, Marshalltown Times Republican; Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times; and Jeff Budlong, Sioux City Journal.



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