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FIRST TEAM

PITCHERS

Reece Bird

School: Durant

Year: Senior

Stats: 5-2, 1.43 ERA, 1 save, 49 IP, 51 Ks, 9 walks; .284 average, 16 walks

Quick hit: The Wildcats' ace earned River Valley Conference Elite team and 1A first team all-district honors. He beat state-ranked Wilton in regular season.

Colin McCrabb

School: Wilton

Year: Sophomore

Stats: 12-1, 1.22 ERA, 69 IP, 33 hits, 27 walks, 96 Ks, .120 opponents; .320 average, 13 doubles, 5 HR, 29 RBIs

Quick hit: Led Class 2A in pitching victories and third in strikeouts as he earned first team all-state honors by coaches and second team by INA.

CATCHER

McGwire Eden

School: Central DeWitt

Year: Senior

Stats: .346 average, 44 hits, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 24 RBIs; 4-6 pitching, 2.40 ERA, 49 2/3 IP, 54 Ks

Quick hit: Was the team leader in average, doubles and RBIs. He collected all-Wamac East honors and Class 3A first team all-district accolades.

FIRST BASE

Lowden Gabriel

School: Louisa-Muscatine

Year: Senior

Stats: .437 average, 38 hits, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 26 RBIs, 5 SB

Quick hit: The INA third team all-state selection led the Falcons in average, doubles and RBIs. He also had four pitching wins for Louisa-Muscatine.

INFIELDERS

Leo Callison

School: Durant

Year: Senior

Stats: .456 average, 27 runs, 36 hits, 13 doubles, 3 HR, 32 RBIs, 5 SB, .539 on-base percentage, .759 slugging

Quick hit: An all-RVC Elite team choice and third team all-stater in 1A by INA, Callison had the best single-season average for Durant in more than a decade.

Evan Reifert (captain)

School: Wilton

Year: Senior

Stats: .454 average, 44 runs, 44 hits, 14 doubles, 9 HR, 34 RBIs, 24 walks, 20 SB, .571 on-base pct., .897 slugging

Quick hit: Captain of 2A all-state team by coaches and an INA first team all-stater, he led class in home runs and helped Beavers reach substate final. Reifert will continue career at North Iowa Area Community College.

Justin Snyder

School: Maquoketa

Year: Senior

Stats: .383 average, 36 hits, 5 doubles, 6 RBIs, 21 walks, 22 SB, .517 on-base percentage; 1-4, 1.25 ERA, 28 IP, 41 Ks

Quick hit: A first team all-district selection in 3A, Snyder was team's top hitter by nearly 140 points and was caught stealing just once in 23 tries.

OUTFIELD

Kyle Dell

School: Northeast

Year: Senior

Stats: .427 average, 33 runs, 44 hits, 10 doubles, 32 RBIs, 20 SB, .528 on-base percentage; 4-4, 2.02 ERA, 55 1/3 IP, 33 Ks

Quick hit: Class 2A second team all-stater was second in RVC North in OBP and third in average along with serving as team's top pitcher.

Trace Howard

School: Wapello

Year: Junior

Stats: .440 average, 32 runs, 37 hits, 6 doubles, 2 HR, 19 RBIs, 29 SB, .490 on-base percentage

Quick hit: The two-time all-stater led the Indians in average and stolen bases. He was first team all-conference, all-district and first team all-state by INA.

Jared Townsend

School: Wilton

Year: Sophomore

Stats: .452 average, 47 hits, 5 doubles, 4 triples, 32 RBIs, 11 SB, .521 on-base percentage

Quick hit: All-RVC Elite selection was named second team all-state by coaches and third team by INA. Had 14 multi-hit games in 33 contests for the Beavers.

UTILITY

Garrett Finley

School: Central DeWitt

Year: Sophomore

Stats: .342 average, 38 hits, 15 doubles, 22 RBIs, 21 walks, .460 on-base percentage; 3-1, 1.18 ERA, 47 1/3 IP, 37 Ks, 6 walks

Quick hit: Second team all-district honoree was second in hitting for the 25-win Sabers, and yielded only eight earned runs in 47-plus innings. 

Matthew French

School: Northeast

Year: Junior

Stats: .377 average, 27 runs, 40 hits, 9 doubles, 2 HR, 36 RBIs, 10 SB; 2-0, 3.12 ERA, 24 2/3 IP, 17 Ks

Quick hit: RVC All-Elite team selection was the Rebels' top run producer and led them in extra-base hits (13). Raised his average 131 points from last year.

Brett Kelting

School: Calamus-Wheatland

Year: Senior

Stats: .460 average, 30 runs, 46 hits, 15 doubles, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 25 walks, .790 slugging; 7-4, 1.04 ERA, 54 IP, 46 Ks

Quick hit: Class 1A all-district and second team all-stater by INA and coaches has compiled more than 100 hits and drove in almost 90 runs past two years.

SECOND TEAM

Logan Belzer

Pitcher, jr., Wapello

Stats: 5-1, 1.75 ERA, 40 IP, 41 Ks, 13 walks

Garrett Rickels

Pitcher, sr., Calamus-Wheatland

Stats: 6-1, 1.80 ERA, 42 2/3 IP, 27 Ks, 21 walks

Caleb Banowetz

Catcher, fr., Calamus-Wheatland

Stats: .405 average, 23 runs, 47 hits, 14 doubles, 4 HR, 28 RBIs, 18 walks

Austin Weiss

First base, sr., Central DeWitt

Stats: .333 average, 30 hits, 11 doubles, HR, 18 RBIs, 15 walks

Jake Conley

Infielder, sr., Durant

Stats: .344 average, 31 runs, 31 hits, 16 RBIs, 29 SB, .469 on-base pct.

Zach Parson

Infielder, sr., Northeast

Stats: .330 average, 32 runs, 36 hits, 5 doubles, 11 RBIs, 14 SB

Austin Smith

Infielder, jr., Midland

Stats: .424 average, 28 runs, 42 hits, 12 doubles, 22 RBIs, 19 SB; 5-1 pitching, 3.14 ERA

Blayne Banowetz

Outfield, jr., Bellevue Marquette

Stats: .410 average, 31 runs, 41 hits, 9 doubles, 5 HR, 29 RBIs, 13 SB

Jerad Haack

Outfield, sr., Central DeWitt

Stats: .319 average, 29 hits, 4 doubles, 16 RBIs, 8 SB, .415 on-base pct.

Jake Lenker

Outfield, sr., Wilton

Stats: .326 average, 23 runs, 4 triples, 15 RBIs, 6 SB, 0 errors

Cory Anderson

Utility, so., Wilton

Stats: .293 average, 33 runs, 29 hits, 17 RBIs, 17 SB, .446 on-base pct.; 2-1, 2.06 ERA, 5 saves, 37 1/3 IP, 45 Ks, 10 walks

Austin Leopard

Utility, sr., Louisa-Muscatine

Stats: .427 average, 24 runs, 38 hits, 12 RBIs, 10 SB; 3-6 pitching, 3.07 ERA, 54 2/3 IP, 50 Ks, 15 walks

Curtis Lilienthal

Utility, jr., Durant

Stats: .348 average, 31 hits, 8 doubles, 21 RBIs; 4-1 pitching, 1.80 ERA, 35 IP, 49 Ks, 16 walks

HONORABLE MENTION

Bellevue: Devon Kueter, sr.; Corbin Stillmunkes, sr. Bellevue Marquette: Hunter Michels, jr.; Nate Brinker, jr. Calamus-Wheatland: Brant Boeckmann, so.; Max Hansen, so. Camanche: Evan Hall, jr.; Andy Smith, jr. Central DeWitt: Brad Gannon, sr. Durant: Mason Compton, so.; Brendan Paper, fr.; Colin Weih, sr. Easton Valley: Dustin Lippens, sr.; Hunter Holgrapher, fr.; Billy Trenkamp, jr. Louisa-Muscatine: Karson Cantrell, so. Midland: Connor Harms, sr.; Fisher Bisinger, jr. North Cedar: Aaron Woodward, sr. Northeast: Axel Dondiego, sr.; Travis Mickelson, jr. Tipton: Luke Becker, so. Wapello: Trenton Massner, jr. West Liberty: Justis Dengler, jr. Wilton: Tyler Hartman, jr.; Nolan Leaton, jr.; Kaleb Timmsen, sr.

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Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.