Disney tabs top postseason honor
Five more preps selected for all-state honors
The final set of postseason honors for the summer sports have been officially announced, and West Marshall senior David Disney has been honored with a first-team selection on the Iowa Newspaper Association Class 2A all-state squad.
Disney was part of a core group of seniors who led West Marshall to a 29-7 record this season and a substate qualification, as well as a 12-0 record in North Iowa Cedar League West Division play and a conference title.
He hit .457 this season with 48 hits, 40 RBIs and 44 runs scored, as well as a .581 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage. Disney is the first West Marshall first-team selection since his brother Joe Disney earned the honors as a first baseman in 2009.
Joining Disney as a 2A selection is West Marshall senior Ross Randall, who made the second team as an infielder. Randall, the NICL West Most Outstanding Player this season, hit .440 on the year with 48 hits, 32 RBIs and 45 runs scored while also hitting three home runs and 11 doubles.
Randall also led the Trojans on the mound, going 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings pitched. West Marshall had one all-state selection last season, with Brady Petermeier earning a third-team nod as an outfielder.
BCLUW junior Brad Barkema was selected as one of the top players behind the plate in 2A, earning a nod as the third-team catcher. He hit .417 on the year while leading the Comets in extra-base hits with 15 doubles, one triple and three home runs. Barkema also led the team in stolen bases, going 14-14 in his attempts.
Three area players were selected to the Class 1A teams, as Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Joe Smoldt earned a second-team accolade as an infielder, North Tama senior Cameron Hoeg was selected as a second-team utility player, and Redhawks senior Will Earley got the nod as a third-team pitcher.
This was Smoldt’s second-straight all-state laurel, as he was third-team infielder in 2016. Despite missing the first few games of the season with a foot injury, Smoldt recorded 32 hits with a .427 average, including 8 doubles and 25 RBIs. He was also a major starter on the mound for the Rebels, going 4-2 on the year highlighted by a 16-strikeout no-hitter in the district semifinals against North Tama.
Hoeg also earned his second-straight all-state honor, adding to his second-team selection as a pitcher in 2016. He was one of the most consistent players on a Redhawks squad that went 25-5, recording a .440 average with 40 hits, 43 RBIs and 41 runs scored. He also was 7-2 on the mound for North Tama, going 7-2 with 86 strikeouts and a .79 ERA in 53 innings pitched.
Earley was the main starter for North Tama at pitcher, going 8-1 on the season with his only loss coming to G-R in the district semis. He had a 1.41 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings pitched.
The four seniors selected as team captains were Jack Dreyer of Johnston; Trenton Wallace from Davenport Assumption; Riley LeGrand from Dyersville Beckman and Ben Fitzgerald from Mason City Newman Catholic.
Jack Dreyer was selected as the 4A captain. The University of Iowa baseball signee recorded a 10-0 mark, a class-best 0.34 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 62 innings to power Johnston to a 41-3 record and the program’s fourth state championship. In the state final against Dowling Catholic the southpaw pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts.
Wallace, also an Iowa baseball signee, paced the Knights to a state-record 10th summer baseball crown with a three-hitter and 13 strikeouts in the championship game against Harlan. Wallace was 11-0 with a class-best 0.29 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 72 innings. The three-year starter also batted .420 with 16 extra-base hits and 33 RBIs as the Knights finished with a 41-5 record.
LeGrand was named the 2A captain after leading the state champion Blazers with a .480 batting average. He tallied 50 hits, 43 runs and 20 RBIs.
Fitzgerald was named 1A captain as the big bat all season for Davenport Assumption, which won its sixth state title. Fitzgerald batted .524 with a state-leading 29 doubles and 71 RBIs. Fitzgerald is signed to play baseball at North Iowa Area Community College.