Post season awards for Meskwaki, South Tama basketball
Meskwaki’s Navarro set for IBCA All-Star Games
Meskwaki Settlement School senior Deandra Navarro has been selected to participate in the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association’s Senior All-Star Games on March 27 at Dallas Center-Grimes High School near Grimes.
Navarro is a member of the Northeast Iowa squad, a 10-player team coached by Dike-New Hartford’s Bruce Dall and Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Josh Bentley.
Navarro is one of only two Class 1A players on her all-star squad, joined in that distinction by Turkey Valley’s Ali Hoffert. Hoffert was 1A’s ninth-leading scorer at 18.7 points per game while Navarro ranked 25th at 16.1 points per game.
The Northeast squad will face the Southeast All-Stars in a 10:15 a.m. game in the Meadows Gym at Dallas Center-Grimes. The winner advances to the 4:15 p.m. championship game, while the loser plays in the 1:45 p.m. consolation final.
Iowa Star South conference honors
Following a season where she averaged 16.1 points and 2.5 steals per game, she became the first member of Meskwaki girls’ basketball in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Her spot on the first team comes after two years of honorable mentions and a second team appearance last season.
Geanna Bear, the Warriors’ second-leading scorer with 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.4 assists per game, was named to the second team after an honorable mention in 2019-20. Junior Summer Youngbear was named an honorable mention. She was the team’s leading post player, averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
All-Iowa Star Conference
South Division Teams
Player of the Year —
Reagan Franzen, sr., Collins-Maxwell
Coach of the Year –Eric Padget, Baxter
Elie Tuhn, JR, Baxter
Lile Vansice, JR, Baxter
Reagan Franzen, SR, Collins-Maxwell
Alexis Houge, JR, Collins-Maxwell
Deandra Navarro, SR, Meskwaki
Rylee McLean, SR, North Tama
Sophie Meyer, SR, Baxter
McKenzie Eslinger, SR, Baxter
Erica Houge, FR, Collins-Maxwell
Jenna Banks, SR, Colo-NESCO
Geanna Bear, JR, Meskwaki
Emily Vaughn, SR, GMG
Maddie Pierce, SR, Baxter
Brooke Christie, SR, Collins-Maxwell
Izabell Voelker, JR, Colo-NESCO
Jenna Yilek, JR, GMG
Summer Youngbear, JR, Meskwaki
Abby DeBoef, SR, North Tama
Taylor Mauser, SO, Valley Lutheran
Grant named to all-state list
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association announced their all-state basketball teams last week. On the second team is Meskwaki senior Taurice Grant, who is on an all-state team for a second-consecutive year after receiving third-team honors in 2019-20. Grant is the first Meskwaki player to make an all-state basketball team in school history, and he became the fifth-leading scorer in Meskwaki history by reaching 1,000 points in his senior season.
Grant fought through ankle and knee injuries to average 17 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game for the Warriors as they went 20-4 and reached the substate finals for the first time ever, after falling short in the district finals multiple times earlier in Grant’s career. Grant was named to the All-Substate first team in Class 1A Substate 5 by the other coaches in the group. He was also named the Iowa Star South Player of the Year.
Tucker DeVries of Waukee was selected as Mr. Iowa Basketball by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. DeVries is a Drake University commit, where he’ll play for his father and Drake head coach Darian DeVries.
IPSWA All-State Boys Teams
Trey Shearer, sr., Montezuma; Angelo Winkel, sr., Bishop Garrigan; Alex Koppes, sr., Springville; Kaleb Cornilsen, sr., Easton Valley; Austin Hillmer, jr., North Linn; Dashawn Linnen, sr., Lake Mills; Kayden Ames, sr., West Fork; Trey Baker, sr., Martensdale-St. Marys.
Blaise Porter, so., New London; Maddox Griffin, jr., Wapello; Carson Michels, sr., Marquette Catholic; Cole Watts, sr., Montezuma; Keaten Bonderson, so., Le Mars Gehlen; Manny Hammonds, jr., Grand View Christian; Tate Haughenbury, so., North Linn; Taurice Grant, sr., Meskwaki.
William Kiburis, so., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Brody Ward, jr., Iowa Valley; Leyton Nelson, sr., Tri-Center; Gunner Meyer, jr., Wapsie Valley; Dallas Kluender, jr., Woodbury Central; Jacob Herold, sr., South Winneshiek; Caleb Bacon, sr., Lake Mills; Parker Rochford, sr., Edgewood-Colesburg.
Keahna nets second team WaMaC West
One-win South Tama boys’ basketball had a difficult season. But at the end of another rough run of games, the Trojans were rewarded with a player making it onto the second team of the WaMaC West’s All-Conference teams.
Senior forward Eli Keahna, who led the team in scoring, scoring 8.8 points per game and also leading the team in rebounds with 5.6 a contest. He also blocked 2.2 shots per game.
Keahna also participated in the WaMaC All-Star Shootout for the West Division on March 19.
Two Trojans were named honorable mentions — juniors Lance Davenport and Kenny Balderas. Davenport averaged 1.5 points per game, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Balderas scored 3.4 points per game and grabbed 1.8 rebounds per game. He also assisted 1.7 times per contest.
All-WaMaC West Boys Teams
(* denotes unanimous selection)
Player of the Year –
Christian Withrow, Sr., CCA
*Christian Withrow, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; *Mike Potter, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; *Michael Kascel, Jr., Independence; Ryan Navara, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; CJ Rickels, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Levi Weldon, Sr., Williamsburg; Trey Johannes, Sr., Center Point-Urbana
Kyle Schrepfer, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Brock Reade, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; Ethan Rollinger, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Jake Weber, Jr., Williamsburg; Keegan Koppedreyer, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Aiden Harris, Jr., Benton Community; Eli Keahna, Sr., South Tama
Colin Buch, Jr., Benton Community; Blake Daugherty, Soph., Benton Community; Gabe Hansen, Jr., Center Point-Urbana; Joey Metzen, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Ben Swails, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Daniel Brock, Jr., Independence; Sawyer Wendling, Jr., Independence; Lance Davenport, Jr., South Tama; Kenny Balderas, Jr., South Tama; David Lapan-Islas, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Ryan Moore, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Will DeSmet, Jr., Williamsburg; John Steinmetz, Sr., Williamsburg
South Tama girls tabs two on
honorable mention list
A winless season for South Tama girls’ basketball team after winning just one game in 2019-20 meant the postseason honors were not high, but the Trojans still had two players who earned honorable mentions from the WaMaC conference.
Seniors Carissa Musgrave and Shelby Slaven were the honorees. Musgrave led the Trojans in scoring with 9.9 points per game this season, while also leading the team in rebounding at 4.2 per game.
Slaven scored 2.8 points per contest but was active on the boards with 4.1 per contest.
All-WaMaC West Girls Teams
(* denotes unanimous selection)
Player of the Year –
Ryley Goebel, Jr., Center Point-Urbana
*Jenna Twedt, Soph., Benton Community; *Calia Clubb, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; *Ryley Goebel, Jr., Center Point-Urbana; *Alyssa Griffith, Soph., Vinton-Shellsburg; *Charlotte Wetjen, Sr., Williamsburg; Whitney Traetow, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; Lucy Howes-Vonstein, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg
Grace Embretson, Jr., Benton Community; McKenna Kramer, Fr., Benton Community; Morgan Etscheidt, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Kayla Griffith, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Kendra Eichhorn, Jr., Williamsburg; Teegan Schaefer, Jr., Williamsburg; Taylor Winegarden, Jr., Williamsburg
Peyton Pfiffner, Sr., Benton Community; Alyse Harvey, Sr., Benton Community; Emma DeSmet, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Claire Neighbor, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Kalin Rotzoll, Jr., Clear Creek Amana; Emily Sly, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; Annie Johnston, Soph., Independence; Madyson Ristvedt, Soph., Independence; Carissa Musgrave, Sr., South Tama; Shelby Slaven, Sr., South Tama; Brylee Bruce, Soph., Vinton-Shellsburg; Abby Davis, Soph., Vinton-Shellsburg; Lauren Pope, Sr., Williamsburg; Olivia Stratton, Sr., Williamsburg