Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck duo earn consensus all-state
The results are in, and Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck seniors Taylor Gienger and Madison McMartin are consensus all-staters.
Gienger and McMartin were honored as selections to both all-state girls soccer squads, as each were first-team selections by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association (IAHSSCA) and second-team picks by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA).
The Rebel duo were two of GC/G-R’s five postseason honorees after the team finished a 13-6 season ranked 14th in Class 1A with a regional finals loss to No. 4 Gilbert.
Gienger spearheaded a Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck defense that handed out 10 shutouts in its 13 wins this season. She also scored five goals to go with three assists from her defensive position.
McMartin led the Rebels with 21 goals and 15 assists, scoring a total of 57 points to rank 11th in all of 1A. McMartin’s 15 assists ranked 16th in her class and her 21 goals ranked 17th in 1A as well. She was 3-for-3 on penalty kicks, too, this spring.
Also honored with selection to the IAHSSCA all-state teams were fellow Rebels Carsen Hamann and Jacque Kuester. Hamann, a senior goalkeeper, played a part in eight of Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s 10 shutouts this season, finishing the year with a 1.675 goals-against average by making 118 saves on 143 shots on goal. Kuester, a sophomore forward who was the only GC/G-R non-senior to be honored, was second on the team with 18 goals and six assists.
In addition to their all-state honors, Gienger and McMartin were both named first-team all-Northeast District in 1A, while Hamann and senior midfielder Sydney Mathews were second-team all-district picks. Mathews finished the year with five goals and four assists.
South Tama County/East Marshall had one player honored with a postseason award, too, as junior Olivia Terrones was picked for the Class 2A all-Central District second team.
Terrones tallied nine of the Trojans’ 12 goals this season, highlighted by a hat trick against West Delaware in one of STC/EM’s two wins this spring.