Twenty western Iowa baseball players have been named all-staters by the Iowa Newspaper Association, including 10 first-team selections.
A statewide panel of sports writers gathered recently in Des Moines to select the INA’s all-state teams. Six of the 10 first-team selections from WI were named in Class 2-A: senior pitcher Chris Halbur and senior outfielder Kolby Hilgenberg of Carroll Kuemper; senior catcher Jake Lewis and senior outfielder Jimmy Hawk of Council Bluffs St. Albert; senior infielder Casey Berg of IKM-Manning; and senior infielder Alec Sorensen of Treynor.
Sioux City Heelan had a pair of first-team picks in Class 3-A: junior outfielder Brady Mayo and junior utility man Tyler Cropley. In Class 4-A, Sioux City East senior outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams and Sioux City North senior infielder Blake Meacham also earned first-team honors.
In addition, Thompson-Williams was named the honorary captain of the 4-A team. The Iowa Western baseball and football recruit batted .448 with 10 doubles, six triples, four homers, 30 RBIs and 34 stolen bases while leading the Black Raiders to a runner-up finish.
Second-team honors from The World-Herald’s coverage area went to Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto sophomore Korey Kuhlman and Treynor sophomore Ben Chapin in 2-A; Harlan seniors Jake Daeges and David Ratigan in 3-A; and Sioux City East seniors Brandon Carlson and Tyler Franko in 4-A.
Third-team recognition went to seniors Nick Gantt of Council Bluffs St. Albert and David Hogue of Shenandoah in 2-A, along with Glenwood senior Justin Fisher and Sioux City Heelan junior Philip Jacobson in 3-A.
The other captains selected were Clear Lake’s Gavin Sheakley in 3-A, Dyersville Beckman’s Joey Lehmann in 2-A and Mason City Newman’s Casey Hall in 1-A.
Sheakley led Clear Lake to its first state title, going 12-0 with a 1.07 ERA and hitting .446 with 54 runs scored and 29 stolen bases. He had two of the Lions’ three wins at state.
Lehmann led Beckman to back-to-back 2-A crowns, finishing undefeated as a varsity pitcher with a two-year record of 22-0. This season, the Iowa Central recruit was 13-0 with two saves and a 0.47 ERA while batting .311 with 36 RBIs.
Hall led Newman to the 1-A title with an 8-2 record and a 1.05 ERA. He batted .417 with 28 RBIs and finished his three-year varsity career with a 99-16 record and three straight state appearances.
Among those on the selection committee were western Iowa sports writers Kevin White of The World-Herald, Larry Peterson of the Creston News-Advertiser, Mike Oeffner of the Harlan Newspapers and Matt Gengler of the Missouri Valley Times-News.
INA All-State Baseball
First team: P: Otis Roby, So., Twin Cedars; Jonathan Van Beek, Sr., West Lyon; Matt Wesselman, Jr., Remsen St. Mary’s. C: Hunter Embray, Jr., Twin Cedars. 1B: Alex Bagby, So., Don Bosco. IF: Brandon Brittain, Jr., Van Meter; Cory Harrell, Jr., Twin Cedars; Gage Gavin, Sr., Martensdale-St. Marys. OF: Trent Verwers, Sr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Cody Scroggie, Sr., Murray; Tanner Utesch, Sr., Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn. UT: Casey Hall, Sr., Mason City Newman; Robby Laughlin, Jr., Van Buren. Captain: Hall, Mason City Newman.
Second team: P: Zach Bergman, Sr., Clarksville; Trent Roose, Jr., North Mahaska; Zac Freese, Jr., BGM. C: Jacob Wrage, Sr., North Tama. 1B: Zach Gibson, Sr., Montezuma. IF: John Burns, Sr., Algona Garrigan; Jake Chevalier, Jr., Van Meter; Matt Smith, Sr., Lawton-Bronson. OF: Nate Beck, Sr., BGM; Joey Verstegen, So., Mason City Newman; Tim Swanson, Sr., Janesville. UT: Patrick Sheehey, Jr., Pleasantville; Tyler Backes, Sr., Don Bosco.
Third team: P: Eddy Kraber, Jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Logan Jurgensmeier, So., Hinton; Reece Wadle, So., Algona Garrigan. C: Lane Nichols, So., Woodbury Central. 1B: Jack Jennett, Sr., Kee. IF: Garrett Saunders, So., Van Buren; Tyler Swenson, Sr., Montezuma; Austin Lefler, Sr., Lawton-Bronson. OF: Peter Lapointe, Jr., Mason City Newman; Kyle Neher, Sr., Moulton-Udell; Brent Parker, Jr., Twin Cedars. UT: Coy Moore, Jr., Twin Cedars; Joe Burgmeier, Jr., Mason City Newman.
First team: P: Chris Halbur, Sr., Carroll Kuemper; Jacob Hadaway, Sr., North Polk; Joey Lehmann, Sr., Dyersville Beckman. C: Jake Lewis, Sr., CB St. Albert. 1B: Jared Manternach, Sr., Cascade. IF: Casey Berg, Sr., IKM-Manning; Dylan Preston, Jr., Clayton Ridge/Central; Alec Sorensen, Sr., Treynor. OF: Jimmy Hawk, Sr., CB St. Albert; Tanner Felton, Jr., Monticello; Kolby Hilgenberg, Sr., Carroll Kuemper. UT: Cole Crawford, Sr., Wilton; Justin Shaffer, Sr., Durant. Captain: Lehmann, Dyersville Beckman.
Second team: P: Korey Kuhlman, So., Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto; Zach Hovick, Jr., Roland-Story; Hunter Bergfeld, Sr., Cascade. C: Spencer Halloran, Jr., West Fork. 1B: Gage Carpenter, Sr., Wapello. IF: Ian Ross, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; Jared Riemenschneider, Sr., West Marshall; Christian Bambrook, Sr., Eddyville-Blakesburg. OF: Brett Leshen, Jr., Albia; Reed Smith, Jr., North Polk; Ben Chapin, So., Treynor. UT: Jacob Webb, Sr., Central Springs; Cole McDonald, So., New Hampton.
Third team: P: Brandon Stoll, Sr., Spirit Lake; Sawyer Doocy, Sr., North Union; Isaac Tuttle, Sr., Forest City. C: Brandon Lincoln, Sr., Wapello. 1B: Nick Gantt, Sr., CB St. Albert. IF: Jordan Rommes, So., South Winneshiek; Jake Alexander, Sr., Colfax-Mingo; David Hogue, Sr., Shenandoah. OF: Charlie Marcucci, Jr., Northeast; Austin Croson, Sr., Wilson; Jake Brinkman, So., Iowa City Regina. UT: Austin Gehl, Sr., Cascade; Grant Lang, Jr., North Polk.
First team: P: Gavin Sheakley, Sr., Clear Lake; Dylan Nelson, Sr., ADM; Joseph Hietpas, Jr., Fairfield. C: Jake Thuman, Sr., DeWitt Central. 1B: Brett Slight, Jr., Boone. IF: Mitch Moser, Sr., Benton Community; Jordan Baughman, Sr., Chariton; Kolby Greenslade, Sr., Norwalk. OF: Austin Peterson, Sr., Chariton; Jacob Lamoreux, Sr., Le Mars; Brady Mayo, Jr., Sioux City Heelan. UT: Tyler Cropley, Jr., Sioux City Heelan; Cody Marine, Sr., Williamsburg. Captain: Sheakley, Clear Lake.
Second team: P: Anthon Ruden, Sr., Dubuque Wahlert; Andrew Quested, Jr., Davenport Assumption; Brandon Hodges, Jr., Saydel. C: Matt Hoffmann, Jr., Dubuque Wahlert. 1B: Justin Dilks, Jr., Mount Pleasant. IF: Josey Jewell, Sr., Decorah; Jake Daeges, Sr., Harlan Community; Kevin Woodhouse, So., Knoxville. OF: Will Whiton, So., Perry; Jake Lewis, Sr., Dallas Center-Grimes; T.J. Sikkema, Fr., DeWitt Central. UT: David Ratigan, Sr., Harlan Community; Eli Dunne, Jr., Grinnell.
Third team: P: Taylor Gilson, Sr., Oelwein; Chris Comito, So., Norwalk; Justin Fisher, Sr., Glenwood. C: Logan Essy, Jr., ADM. 1B: Andy Heffner, Sr., Le Mars. IF: Ben Jacobson, Sr., Humboldt; Aaron Krier, Sr., Storm Lake; Brett Braida, Jr., Chariton. OF: Philip Jacobson, Jr., Sioux City Heelan; Austin Lechtenberg, Sr., DeWitt Central; Mitch Keeran, So., Clear Lake. UT: Kolton Gonnerman, Jr., Centerville; Parker Rolfes, Sr., Le Mars.
First team: P: Derek Burkamper, Sr., Muscatine; Colby Carmichael, Jr., Des Moines East; Keaton McKinney, Jr., Ankeny. C: Nate Hunter, Jr., WDM Dowling. 1B: Chino Alcala, So., Des Moines East. IF: Reid Bonner, Sr., Iowa City West; Brandon Engler, Sr., North Scott; Blake Meacham, Sr., Sioux City North. OF: Dom Thompson-Williams, Sr., Sioux City East; Robert Hansen, Jr., Des Moines East; Malique Ziegler, Jr., Des Moines East. UT: Ben Miller, Sr., WDM Valley; Matt Johnson, Sr., Ankeny. Captain: Thompson-Williams, Sioux City East.
Second team: P: Tyus Adkins, Sr., Iowa City West; Austin Stroschein, Sr., Linn-Mar; Joe Hawks, Sr., Johnston. C: Trent Herman, Jr., Muscatine. 1B: Joe Bappe, Jr., Ames. IF: Cody Collender, Sr., Clinton; Brandt Ollinger, So., Linn-Mar; Ty Mougin, Sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie. OF: Tanner Hinkle, Sr., WDM Valley; Brandon Carlson, Sr., Sioux City East; Ezra Reiners, Sr., Iowa City West. UT: Collin Schulz, Sr., Ottumwa; Tyler Franko, Sr., Sioux City East.
Third team: P: Nick Belzer, Sr., Ankeny; Justin Hill, Sr., Bettendorf; Jake Reinhardt, Sr., WDM Dowling. C: J.T. Sole, Jr., Cedar Falls. 1B: Hunter Hillygus, Sr., Marshalltown. IF: Jimmy Roth, Sr., Linn-Mar; Zack Brown, Sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Chris Tomkins, Jr., Dubuque Hempstead. OF: Seth Griffiths, Sr., Ottumwa; Zach Patterson, Sr., Burlington; Austin Halligan, So., Fort Dodge. UT: Kyle Duncan, Sr., WDM Valley; Devin Raffensperger, Jr., Iowa City West.