Twenty-six western Iowa baseball players have been named all-staters by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.
The IPSWA on Saturday convened at Principal Park to select three, 13-player all-state teams in each of Iowa’s four classes.
Five players from The Daily Nonpareil’s coverage area earned first-team honors in their respective classes: Ar-We-Va senior utility player Drew Schurke in Class 1-A; Missouri Valley senior catcher Connor Lange in 2-A; and Harlan Community senior infielder Brett Sears, Sioux City Heelan senior infielder Mike Pithan and Sergeant Bluff-Luton junior utility player Spencer Kleene in 3-A.
Twelve more picked up second-team recognition: Coon Rapids-Bayard pitcher Christian Cook, Nodaway Valley catcher Tyler Vandewater and infielders Cy Patterson of Council Bluffs St. Albert and Layne Pryor of Woodbine in 1-A; Carroll Kuemper pitcher A.J. Schreck, Treynor catcher Jaxon Schumacher and Underwood infielder Nick Ravlin in 2-A; infielders Chase McLaren of Atlantic and Jared Sitzmann of Sioux City Heelan, along with utility man Daniel Wright of Sergeant Bluff-Luton in 3-A; and Sioux City North infielder Trenton Frerichs and Sioux City East utility man Alec Patino of Sioux City East in 4-A.
Nine others were awarded third-team honors: Coon Rapids-Bayard utility man Kade Schlepp in 1-A; MVAOCOU pitchers Zak Scott and Aaron Michael, Treynor first baseman Nate McCombs and Underwood outfielder Drake Adair in 2-A; Harlan pitcher Connor Bruck and Sioux City Heelan utility man Brant Hogue in 3-A; and Sioux City West pitcher Alec Nieman and Council Bluffs Lewis Central outfielder Jonah Pomrenke in 4-A.
The IPSWA also named four team captains: Josh Fitzgerald of Mason City Newman in Class 1-A, Jake Hilmer of North Linn in 2-A, Garrett Finley of Central DeWitt in 3-A and Peyton Williams of Johnston in 4-A.
Fitzgerald led Newman to a 38-3 record and the 1-A title. The Kirkwood Community College recruit stroked 10 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs while driving in 42 runs. He added a .626 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Hilmer is the first athlete to captain an Iowa Newspaper Association or IPSWA all-state baseball team and also win the Mr. Basketball award in Iowa. The Lynx finished 40-6, falling to Van Meter in the 2-A title game. He had a 15-2 pitching record with 168 strikeouts and four walks to go with a 0.75 ERA in 85.1 innings. The Upper Iowa baseball and basketball recruit hit .559 with 42 RBIs and 55 stolen bases in 55 attempts.
Finley propelled Central DeWitt to a 38-4 season and a runner-up finish in 3-A to Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Central College recruit finished second in 3-A in RBIs (53), third in batting average (.498) and among the top 10 in doubles (15). He also was 6-0 on the mound with a 2.01 ERA.
Johnston’s Williams, an Iowa recruit, led the state with 16 home runs. He batted .480 with 17 doubles and 57 RBIs, leading the Dragons to a 36-6 record and a runner-up finish to Urbandale in 4-A. He finished his career with 27 homers and 160 RBIs.
IPSWA All-State Baseball Teams
P: Blaine Harpenau, So., Remsen St. Mary’s; Keaton Parker, Sr., Alburnett; Caleb Banowetz, Jr., Calamus-Wheatland. C: Colby Page, Sr., Southeast Warren. 1B: Reed Stallman, So., Alburnett. IF: Evan Paulus, Sr., Mason City Newman; Cael Frost, So., Don Bosco; Tyler Tscherter, Jr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck. OF: Josh Fitzgerald, Sr., Mason City Newman; Hunter Rickels, Sr., Calamus-Wheatland; Dylan Fry, Sr., Belle Plaine. UT: Colin Kramer, Sr., Saint Ansgar; Drew Schurke, Sr., Ar-We-Va.
P: Christian Cook, Sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Brody Wolf, Jr., HLV; Nathan Keck, Sr., Kingsley-Pierson. C: Tyler Vandewater, Jr., Nodaway Valley. 1B: Aaron Fleming, Sr., GMG. IF: Bryce Coppock, Jr., Newell-Fonda; Layne Pryor, So., Woodbine; Cy Patterson, So., St. Albert. OF: Dean Schaull, Sr., HLV; Luke Oleson, Jr., Kingsley-Pierson; Kendall Becker, Sr., Don Bosco. UT: Bryce Schares, Sr., Don Bosco; Skylar Waldschmitt, Jr., Remsen St. Mary’s.
P: Carter Nelson, Jr., Baxter; Isaac Gavin, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Doug Taylor, 8th, Mason City Newman. C: Kody Timm, Jr., HLV. 1B: Trey Baker, So., Martensdale-St. Marys. IF: Hunter Caves, Sr., Alburnett; Landon Gilliland, So., Lamoni; Tanner Bainbridge, Sr., Pekin. OF: Damon Schmid, Fr., Kingsley-Pierson; Austin Huber, Jr., Alburnett; Carson Butz, Jr., Moravia. UT: Kade Schlepp, Jr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Noah Tieskoetter, Jr., South Winneshiek.
P: Jake Hilmer, Sr., North Linn; Briar Rowley, Sr., Estherville-Lincoln Central; Hunter Dekkers, Jr., West Sioux. C: Connor Lange, Sr., Missouri Valley. 1B: Brock Farley, Sr., Denver. IF: Christian Davidson, So., Pocahontas Area; Jalyn Gramstad, Jr., West Lyon; Aiden Brock, Jr., Hinton. OF: Owen Grover, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; David Seber, Sr., North Linn; Tyler Hopp, Sr., Central Lee. UT: Jace Davidson, Sr., Pocahontas Area; Collin McCrabb, Sr., Wilton.
P: Brett Shelton, Sr., Des Moines Christian; Jared Townsend, Sr., Wilton; A.J. Schreck, Carroll Kuemper. C: Jaxon Schumacher, 8th, Treynor. 1B: Brett Berg, Jr., Van Meter. IF: Nick Ravlin, Jr., Underwood; Matt Paulsen, Jr., West Branch; Will Dembski, Sr., Pella Christian. OF: Kayden Kruse, Sr., Ogden; Ryan Anderson, Jr., Pocahontas Area; Jon Mootz, Sr., Monticello. UT: Anthony Potthoff, Jr., Van Meter; Gavin Lorenzen, Jr., West Lyon.
P: Brad Tornow, Sr., Mid-Prairie; Zak Scott, Sr., MVAOCOU; Aaron Michael, Sr., MVAOCOU. C: Michael Ryherd, Jr., Alta-Aurelia. 1B: Nate McCombs, Jr., Treynor. If: Josh Van Beek, Jr., West Lyon; Grant Christy, Sr., Des Moines Christian; Chase Becker, So., Iowa City Regina. OF: Drake Adair, Sr., Underwood; Jacob Blomgren, So., Van Meter; Hunter Pesek, Jr., New Hampton. UT: Austin Hilmer, Fr., North Linn; Keelan Klommhaus, Jr., Mount Ayr.
P: Rick Atkins, Sr., Marion; Lucas Bixby, Sr., DeWitt Central; Bryson Bastian, Sr., CR Xavier. C: Garrett Finley, Sr., DeWitt Central. 1B: Austin Simpson, Sr., Fairfield. IF: Kyle Moeder, Sr., CR Xavier; Brett Sears, Sr., Harlan; Mike Pithan, Sr., Sioux City Heelan. OF: Casey Young, Jr., Winterset; Brady Kauzlarich, So., Centerville; Eric Salazar, Jr., Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. UT: Nick Gottilla, Sr., Davenport Assumption; Spencer Kleene, Jr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
P: Tyler Olson, So, Webster City; Cam Miller, Jr., Solon; Alex McAleer, Jr., DeWitt Central. C: Garrett Ries, Sr., CR Xavier. 1B: Isaiah Henrich, Sr., Carlisle. IF: Trevor Paulsen, Sr., Marion; Chase McLaren, Sr., Atlantic; Jared Sitzmann, Jr., Sioux City Heelan. OF: Brett Price, Sr., Boone; Tyler Miller, Jr., Oskaloosa; Nate Schlichting, Jr., Davenport Assumption. UT: Dylan Steen, Sr., Webster City; Daniel Wright, Jr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
P: Logan Smith, Jr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Clark Hood, Sr., North Polk; Connor Bruck, Jr., Harlan. C: Kosta Papazogolou, Sr., Fairfield. 1B: Owen Newton, Sr., Humboldt. IF: Jeff Lamp, Sr., North Polk; Marcus Klemme, Sr., Spencer; McCann Oden, Jr., Centerville. OF: Gage Franck, So., Marion; Nile Foss, Jr., Carlisle; Easton Darling, Jr., Winterset. UT: Colton Butler, Jr., Oskaloosa; Brant Hogue, Jr., Sioux City Heelan.
P: Marcus Morgan, So., Iowa City West; Jacob Tobey, Sr., Johnston; Ty Langenberg, Jr., Urbandale. C: Calvin Harris, Sr., Western Dubuque. 1B: Peyton Williams, Sr., Johnston. IF: Alex Pentergast, Jr., DM Roosevelt; Sam Link, Sr., Dubuque Senior; Adam Schneider, Sr., Southeast Polk. OF: Andrew Nord, Sr., Johnston; Jason Strunk, Sr., Iowa City West; Evan Martin, Jr., Southeast Polk. UT: Jack Young, Jr., Pleasant Valley; Carter Baumler, Jr., WDM Dowling.
P: Wade Canaday, Sr., Marshalltown; Sam Goodman, Sr., Western Dubuque; Jackson Wentworth, So., Waukee. C: Ryan Vermeer, Jr., Ankeny Centennial. 1B: Drew Logel, Sr., Muscatine. IF: Max Holy, Jr., Clinton; Trenton Frerichs, Sr., Sioux City North; Ben Wilmes, So., Johnston. OF: Brock Heinen, So., Urbandale; Logan Gluba, Sr., Davenport West; Nolan Frey, Jr., Iowa City Liberty. UT: Alec Patino, Jr., Sioux City East; Harrison Cook, Sr., CR Prairie.
P: Nick Crandell, Jr., Johnston; Graysen Drezek, Jr., North Scott; Alec Nieman, Sr., Sioux City West. C: Cade Moss, Sr., Johnston. 1B: Ben Sheridan, Sr., WDM Dowling. IF: Andrue Henry, Jr., Dubuque Hempstead; Carson Schau, Sr., Waukee; Bryce Crabb, Sr., DM East. OF: Greg Hall, Sr., Linn-Mar; Jonah Pomrenke, So., Lewis Central; Lincoln Riley, Sr., CR Washington. UT: Brody Brecht, So., Ankeny; Liam McComas, Sr., Iowa City High.