Area quartet named IPSWA all-state
DES MOINES — The inaugural Iowa Print Sports Writers Association all-state boys’ basketball teams welcomed representatives from a pair of area schools for the first time in a long time.
Marshalltown senior forward Luke Appel was named to the Class 4A second team while South Tama County senior guard Gabe Shields was a third-team selection in 3A at Saturday’s all-state meeting.
East Marshall was represented for the second consecutive year as senior forward Zaine Leedom was named to the 2A second team, while Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s tradition continued as Caden Kickbush was chosen to the third team in 1A.
Appel, who surpassed 1,000 points for his career this season, helped Marshalltown to its first eight-win winter since 2011 — when then-senior Trent Trowbridge was selected to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state second team.
Appel averaged a double-double of 22 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, which ranked sixth and third, respectively, in 4A. He earned all-CIML Iowa Conference first-team honors and was chosen to The Des Moines Register’s All-CIML Elite squad.
Shields is South Tama’s first all-state honoree since Ben Gates made the 3A second team in 2001. The Trojans’ first-team all-WaMaC West Division point guard helped STC go 15-9 this season with a division championship. Shields averaged 15 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while finishing second in 3A with 70 steals.
Leedom followed up Zane Johnson’s third-team selection last season with a second-team bid this winter after helping to lead the Mustangs back to the 2A substate finals. Leedom led East Marshall with 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as well as 26 blocked shots, and the team claimed an undefeated NICL West Division championship.
Kickbush garnered third-team honors in 1A after being selected as the NICL West’s Outstanding Player for Gladbrook-Reinbeck, leading the Rebels by scoring 20 points per game while averaging 7.1 rebounds. Both Leedom and Kickbush were unanimous first-team all-NICL West selections.
Muscatine senior Joe Wieskamp was selected as Mr. Basketball by print sports writers and coaches. The University of Iowa signee averaged 33.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game as the Muskies reached the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in 16 years.
Wieskamp, who accounted for nearly 60 percent of his team’s scoring, shot 56 percent from the field and almost 85 percent from the free-throw line. He finished his career with an Iowa Class 4A-record 2,376 points, sixth on the all-time scoring list. A consensus top-75 recruit in the 2018 class, Wieskamp ta