The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association has selected its all-state teams for the 2019 baseball season.
The Class 2A team featured a pair of N’West Iowans on the first team — West Sioux junior pitcher Hunter Dekkers and West Lyon junior infielder Jalyn Gramstad. West Lyon junior Gavin Lorenzen was on the second team as a utility player and Wildcats’ junior infielder Josh Van Beek was on the third team.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley junior Eric Salazar was named to the first team in Class 3A as an outfielder.
No N’West Iowa players made the list in Class 1A.
The Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association has not released its all-state teams yet, but has released its all-district lists.
In Class 1A, Central Lyon senior pitcher Kaden Huisman and Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn senior utility player Ivan Abonce made the first-team all-district list. Central Lyon senior second baseman Zach Springer, South O’Brien senior utility player Taylor Steffens and Gehlen Catholic sophomore utility player Zach Kraft were on the second team.
In Class 2A the first-team all-district list included Dekkers, Lorenzen (as a catcher), Gramstad, Van Beek (as a utility player), Okoboji senior outfielder Cris Halbur and Sioux Center sophomore utility player Lane Kamerman. West Lyon junior pitcher Isaac Bruggeman, West Lyon freshman first baseman Easton Fleshman, Sioux Center senior shortstop Cade Bleeker, West Lyon sophomore outfielder Jackson Kramer and Unity Christian sophomore utility player Tanner Schouten were among those on the second team.
Salazar made first-team all-district in Class 3A. MOC-Floyd Valley junior second baseman Adam De Boer, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley sophomore outfielder Alex Godfredsen and MOC-Floyd Valley senior utility player Eli Te Grotenhuis were on the second team.
Levi Henrichs, a member of the sports shooting team at Northwest Iowa Community College, participated in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2019 clay target program and action shooting program national championships on July 13-20.
The competition was held at the Cardinal Shooting Center near Marengo, OH. There were nearly 3,000 participants from around the nation.
Henrichs finished 223rd out of 2,018 in the 200 target singles trap shoot, hitting 191 of 200 and 45 of 50 in his two rounds. Woodrow Glazer of New Prague, MN, won the event. He did not have a miss.
GPAC preseason favorites
The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced the results of its preseason polling in several fall sports.
In football, defending NAIA national champion Morningside is the favorite in both the coaches’ poll and the media poll. In each case, the Mustangs received all but one first-place vote. Northwestern got one first-place vote and finished second in each of the polls. Dordt was selected to place third by both groups. Morningside is first in the initial American Football Coaches Association Top 25. Northwestern is 11th and Dordt is 24th. In the NAIA coaches’ national poll Morningside is first, Northwestern is 12th and Dordt is 24th.
Northwestern is the favorite in the preseason poll of the GPAC coaches. The Red Raiders got 10 of the 12 first-place votes and placed 13 poll points ahead of Midland. Dordt got one first-place vote and finished third in the poll. Hastings, which finished fourth in the poll, got the other first-place nod.
Hastings was the pick of the GPAC coaches in men’s soccer, earning 10 of the 12 first-place votes. Morningside got second and earned one first-place vote. The other first-place vote went to Midland, which finished fifth in the poll. Northwestern finished sixth and Dordt finished ninth.
Midland won the vote in women’s soccer, earning 10 of 13 first-place votes. Hastings got the other three and finished second. Dordt was seventh in the poll and Northwestern finished ninth.