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The all-state progression is complete for Ellie Spelhaug. 

After earning third-team accolades in basketball as a sophomore and second-team honors last winter, the Pleasant Valley senior was selected to the Class 5A first team in the inaugural Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state teams.

The Iowa Newspaper Association decided to do away with its all-state program earlier this winter. The IPSWA was formed in February to carry on the long-standing tradition of all-state teams.

Spelhaug averaged a Mississippi Athletic Conference-best 17.1 points per game and propelled the Spartans to a top-10 ranking and 21-2 season. She finished her career with a school-record 1,372 points.

The Bradley recruit was one of eight players named to the top team that included Miss Basketball and Iowa State signee Ashley Joens of Iowa City High and Iowa recruit Logan Cook of state champion Iowa City West. 

Spelhaug was one of four players from the Quad-Cities area recognized on an all-state squad.

Her teammate, Kira Arthofer, was named to the third team in 5A. The Eastern Illinois recruit returned from a knee injury last season to average 13.2 points per game and was the conference leader with 97 steals. 

North Scott sophomore post Grace Boffeli was voted to the second team in 4A. A year after helping the Lancers to a state title, the 6-foot-1 Boffeli registered 12.4 points and a MAC-leading 9.7 rebounds per contest. North Scott finished 20-3 and tied PV for the league championship. 

Davenport Assumption senior Carlye Brown made the third team in 3A. Brown paced the state-qualifying Knights in scoring at 12.7 points per game and shot better than 80 percent at the foul line. 

Joens, regarded as a top-25 recruit in the 2018 class, was selected as Miss Basketball in a vote among coaches and sportswriters. She averaged 30.7 points and 11.4 rebounds per game for the Little Hawks (25-1). She ended her career with 2,178 points, which ranks 13th in five-player state history.


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.