Mazour threepeats on all-state
Bobcat senior among four locals honored
Marshalltown senior outside hitter Regan Mazour has been selected to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 5A All-State volleyball team as an honorable mention for the third year in a row.
Mazour finished her illustrious career with the Bobcats on a fantastic note, leading the team in kills with 302 and finishing second in digs with 322. She has been selected as an honorable mention each of the last three years, and Mazour was a major factor in the Bobcats finishing the year ranked 15th.
Also earning yet another all-state selection was Grundy Center junior middle hitter Kylie Willis, who was named to the 2A second team for a second-straight season. Willis led the Spartans in kills with 298, a feat considering the diverse attack Grundy Center wielded this season. She also led the team in blocks with 94, ranking fourth in 2A in that category.
Willis was the offensive leader for the Spartans during the state tournament, where she combined for 20 kills in the team’s two games against Sidney and Western Christian. Her efforts were good enough to earn her a spot on the Class 2A All-Tournament Team.
Willis repeated as the NICL West Division’s Most Outstanding Player this fall, leading Grundy Center to yet another undefeated conference record and a ninth-straight division title.
Spartan senior outside hitter Landry Luhring also earned an all-state selection, the first of her career. She was tabbed as a 2A honorable mention after finishing the season with 208 kills, 263 digs and 68 aces. Luhring’s ace mark was good enough for fifth in 2A.
North Tama sophomore Katie Kopriva was the lone area selection on the 1A all-state team, coming in on the second team for the Redhawks. Kopriva, a right-side hitter, finished third in 1A with a school-record 464 kills this season to go with 48 aces. She was a key offensive piece for a Redhawks team that made its first-ever appearance at the state tournament.
In the 1A state quarterfinal loss to Springville, Kopriva had 12 kills to lead North Tama, as well as six digs. Her 24 kills against Montezuma in the regional semifinals was the 11th-best single-game mark in 1A this season.
All four all-state selections were among the area’s nine all-district picks. Mazour was named to the 5A West District squad for the third year in a row, while Willis represented the Spartans on the 2A Northeast District list for the second-straight fall and Kopriva returned to the 1A Northeast District squad.
Willis was joined by a pair of first-time all-district honorees from Grundy Center, as Luhring and sophomore utility Emerson Kracht were named to the Northeast unit. Kracht was second on the Spartans with 218 kills, 55 service aces and 381 assists while ranking fourth with 56 blocks.
Kopriva was one of three North Tama players named to the 1A Northeast District team, joined by junior outside hitter Karly Jans and sophomore setter Isabel Sierra. Jans ranked 14th in 1A with 325 kills, while Sierra finished sixth with a school-record 818 assists.
BCLUW senior Easton Swanson was named to the 2A Central District squad after finishing the season ranked seventh in the class with 436 kills and 4.27 kills per set.
West Marshall senior middle hitter Lexi Keigan collected her first all-district honor as well after being selected to the 3A Central squad. Keigan totaled 273 kills, 32 aces, 236 digs and 38 blocks to help the Trojans advance to the regional semifinals.
Five local student-athletes also received Academic All-State honors in 2017, highlighted by a trio of Colo-NESCO volleyball seniors. Molly Barten, Rylie Reischauer and Halley Buseman achieved the feat, along with Marshalltown’s Ciara Feldman and North Tama’s Lydia Schafer.