Tscherter heads trio of honorees

Rebel junior garners first-team laurels; Canaday, Fleming earn spots on second team

DES MOINES — There might have been better pitchers and there could have been better hitters, but there were few baseball players in the state of Iowa who were better in both facets of the game in their respective classes than Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior Tyler Tscherter and Marshalltown senior Wade Canaday.

Tscherter has been named first-team all-state by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association as an infielder in Class 1A and Canaday collected second-team honors in Class 4A while leading their respective teams statistically on both sides of the ball.

And for the first time in more than 20 years, a GMG player has been honored, too. Senior first baseman Aaron Fleming represented the Wolverines on an all-state team for the first time since Ryan Boege was an honorable mention selection in 1998. Fleming was voted to the second team in 1A.

The all-state honor for Tscherter is his second in as many years after the G-R standout scored third-team all-IPSWA honors in 2018. This summer, Tscherter finished third in 1A with a .545 batting average, fourth in on-base percentage (.632) and fifth with 11 home runs. He struck out only three times all season.

On the mound, Tscherter went 8-2 with 106 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings while posting a 1.61 earned run average, and at shortstop he was simply electric. Tscherter committed just two errors in 102 chances for a .980 fielding percentage and recorded 62 assists — good for seventh in 1A.

He’s the first Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball player to be named first team by the media since Scott Benson was a first-team choice in Class 2A in 2009.

Canaday collects his first all-state honor on his way to play baseball at Morningside College in the fall, becoming the first Bobcat to be named to the media’s second team or higher since Kyle Carnahan earned first-team honors in 4A in 2012.

Canaday did it on the mound and at the plate for MHS this summer, going 8-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings pitched while also hitting 13 doubles, four home runs and driving in 31 runs for the Bobcats. He batted a team-best .378 and fielded the ball at a .899 clip while playing second or third base or pitching.

Fleming finished the season for GMG with a .420 batting average, five doubles and 24 RBIs while scoring 32 runs and successfully stealing 20 bases. He made just two errors in 146 chances for a .986 fielding percentage. On the mound, Fleming led the Wolverines in innings pitched (37) while striking out 36 batters.

Captains of the respective all-state teams were Josh Fitzgerald of Mason City Newman Catholic, in 1A; North Linn’s Jake Hilmer in 2A; in 3A it was Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Garrett Finley; and in 4A Johnston’s Peyton Williams.

Fitzgerald led Newman Catholic to a 38-3 record and the 1A state title in an 11-1, six-inning win over Alburnett. During the season he had 26 doubles, three triples and 15 home runs, driving in 42 runs with a .568 batting average. In 15 mound appearances, he had a 1-0 record with three saves and an ERA of 1.71

Hilmer added 2A captain to his collection of accolades, which also includes Mr. Basketball. He is the first athlete in the state to earn both awards. He and the Lynx, who finished the year at 40-6, fell 6-0 to Van Meter in the title game. He boasts a 15-2 record with one save in 18 pitching appearances. Over 85 2/3 innings he finished with an ERA of 0.75.

Finley propelled Central DeWitt to the best season in program history. The catcher and three-year starter led the Sabers to a 38-win campaign and a state runner-up finish in the 3A tournament. Finley hit safely in 37 games for Central DeWitt, including 21 contests with two hits or more. Headed to play baseball at Central College in Pella this fall, Finley was second in 3A in runs batted in (53), third in batting average (.498) and among the top 10 in doubles (15). Finley, the WaMaC East Division Player of the Year, also was 6-0 on the mound with a 2.01 ERA.

No one hit more home runs in the state of Iowa this season than Johnston’s Peyton Williams, the 4A captain. The first baseman and University of Iowa recruit finished the season with a .480 average, 17 doubles, 16 home runs and 57 RBIs in leading the Dragons to a 36-6 record and a state runner-up finish. A four-year starter, Williams was part of four state tournament teams and 140 victories. He finished his career with 27 home runs and 160 RBIs for the Dragons.

CLASS 4A

Captain — Peyton Williams, sr., Johnston.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher — Marcus Morgan, so., Iowa City West; Jacob Tobey, sr., Johnston; Ty Langenberg, jr., Urbandale.

Catcher — Calvin Harris, sr., Western Dubuque.

First Base — Peyton Williams, sr., Johnston.

Infield — Alex Pentergast, jr., Des Moines Roosevelt; Sam Link, sr., Dubuque Senior; Adam Schneider, sr., Southeast Polk.

Outfield — Andrew Nord, sr., Johnston; Jason Strunk, sr., Iowa City West; Evan Martin, jr., Southeast Polk.

Utility — Jack Young, jr., Pleasant Valley; Carter Baumler, jr., Dowling Catholic.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher — Wade Canaday, sr., Marshalltown; Sam Goodman, sr., Western Dubuque; Jackson Wentworth, so., Waukee.

Catcher — Ryan Vermeer, jr., Ankeny Centennial.

First Base — Drew Longel, sr., Muscatine.

Infield — Max Holy, jr., Clinton; Trenton Frerichs, sr., Sioux City North; Ben Wilmes, so., Jonston.

Outfield — Brock Heinen, so., Urbandale; Logan Gluba, sr., Davenport West; Nolan Frey, jr., Iowa City Liberty.

Utility — Alex Patino, jr., Sioux City East; Hallison Cook, sr., Cedar Rapids Prairie.

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher — Nick Crandell, jr., Johnston; Graysen Drezek, jr., North Scott; Alex Nieman, sr., Sioux City West.

Catcher — Cade Moss, sr., Johnston.

First Base — Ben Sheridan, sr., Dowling Catholic.

Infield — Andrue Henry, jr., Dubuque Hempstead; Carson Schau, sr., Waukee; Bryce Crabb, sr., Des Moines East.

Outfield — Greg Hall, sr., Linn-Mar; Jonah Pomrenke, so., CB Lewis Central; Lincoln Riley, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington.

Utility — Brody Brecht, so., Ankeny; Liam McComas, sr., Iowa City High.

CLASS 3A

Captain — Garrett Finley, sr., Central DeWitt.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher — Rick Atkins, sr., Marion; Lucas Bixby, sr., Central DeWitt; Bryson Bastian, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier.

Catcher — Garrett Finley, sr., Central DeWitt.

First Base — Austin Simpson, sr., Fairfield.

Infield — Kyle Moeder, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier; Brett Sears, sr., Harlan; Mike Pithan, sr., Sioux City Heelan.

Outfield — Casey Young, jr., Winterset; Brady Kauzlarich, so., Centerville; Eric Salazar, jr., Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley.

Utility — Nick Gottilla, sr., Davenport Assumption; Spencer Kleene, jr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher — Tyler Olson, so., Webster City; Cam Miller, jr., Solon; Alex McAleer, jr., Central DeWitt.

Catcher — Garrett Ries, sr., Cedar Rapids Xavier.

First Base — Isaiah Henrich, sr., Carlisle.

Infield — Trevor Paulsen, sr., Marion; Chase McLaren, sr., Atlantic; Jaen Sitzmann, jr., Sioux City Heelan.

Outfield — Brett Price, sr., Boone; Tyler Miller, jr., Oskaloosa; Nate Schlichting, jr., Davenport Assumption.

Utility — Dylan Steen, sr., Webster City; Daniel Wright, jr., Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher — Logan Smith, jr., Dallas Center-Grimes; Clark Hooks, sr., North Polk; Connor Bruck, jr., Harlan.

Catcher — Kosta Papazogolou, sr., Fairfield.

First Base — Owen Newton, sr., Humboldt.

Infield — Jeff Lamp, sr., North Polk; Marcus Klemme, sr., Spencer; McCann Oden, jr., Centerville.

Outfield — Gage Franck, so., Marion; Nile Foss, jr., Carlisle; Easton Darling, jr., Winterset.

Utility — Colton Butler, jr., Oskaloosa; Brant Hogue, jr., Sioux City Heelan.

CLASS 2A

Captain — Jake Hilmer, sr., North Linn.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher — Jake Hilmer, sr., North Linn; Briar Rowley, sr., Estherville-Lincoln Central; Hunter Dekkers, jr., West Sioux.

Catcher — Connor Lange, sr., Missouri Valley.

First Base — Brock Farley, sr., Denver.

Infield — Christian Davidson, so., Pocahontas Area; Jalyn Gramstad, jr., West Lyon; Aiden Brock, jr., Hinton.

Outfield — Owen Grover, sr., Dyersville Beckman; David Seber, sr., North Linn; Tyler Hopp, sr., Central Lee.

Utility — Jace Davidson, sr., Pocahontas Area; Colin McCrabb, sr., Wilton.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher — Brett Shelton, sr., Des Moines Christian; Jared Townsend, sr., Wilton; A.J. Schreck, sr., Carroll Kuemper.

Catcher — Jaxon Schumacher, 8th, Treynor.

First Base — Brett Berg, jr., Van Meter.

Infield — Nick Ravlin, jr., Underwood; Matt Paulsen, jr., West Branch; Will Dembski, sr., Pella Christian.

Outfield — Kayden Kruse, sr., Ogden; Ryan Anderson, jr., Pocahontas Area; Jon Mootz, sr., Monticello.

Utility — Anthony Pothoff, jr., Van Meter; Gavin Lorenzen, jr., West Lyon.

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher — Brad Tornow, sr., Mid-Prairie; Zak Scott, sr., MVAOCOU; Aaron Michael, sr., MVAOCOU.

Catcher — Michael Ryherd, jr., Alta-Aurelia.

First Base — Nate McCombs, jr., Treynor.

Infield — Josh Van Beek, jr., West Lyon; Grant Christy, sr., Des Moines Christian; Chase Becker, so., Iowa City Regina.

Outfield — Drake Adair, sr., Underwood; Jacob Blomgren, so., Van Meter; Hunter Pesek, jr., New Hampton.

Utility — Austin Hilmer, fr., North Linn; Keelan Klommhaus, jr., Mount Ayr.

CLASS 1A

Captain — Josh Fitzgerald, sr., Mason City Newman.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher — Blaine Harpenau, so., Remsen St. Mary; Keaton Parker, sr., Alburnett; Caleb Banowetz, jr., Calamus-Wheatland.

Catcher — Colby Page, sr., Southeast Warren.

First Base — Reed Stallman, so., Alburnett.

Infield — Evan Paulson, sr., Mason City Newman; Cael Frost, so., Don Bosco; Tyler Tscherter, jr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

Outfield — Josh Fitzgerald, sr., Mason City Newman; Hunter Rickles, sr., Calamus-Wheatland; Dylan Fry, sr., Belle Plaine.

Utility — Colin Kramer, sr., St. Ansgar; Drew Schurke, sr., Ar-We-Va.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher — Christian Cook, sr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Brody Wolf, jr., HLV; Nathan Keck, sr., Kingsley-Pierson.

Catcher — Tyler Vandewater, jr., Nodaway Valley.

First Base — Aaron Fleming, sr., GMG.

Infield — Bryce Coppock, jr., Newell-Fonda; Layne Pryor, so., Woodbine; Cy Patterson, so., CB St. Albert.

Outfield — Dean Schaull, sr., HLV; Luke Oleson, jr., Kingsley-Pierson; Kendall Becker, sr., Don Bosco.

Utility — Bryce Schares, sr., Don Bosco; Skylar Waldschmitt, jr., Remsen St. Mary.

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher — Carter Nelson, jr., Baxter; Isaac Gavin, jr., Martensdale-St. Marys; Doug Taylor, 8th, Mason City Newman.

Catcher — Kody Timm, jr., HLV.

First Base — Trey Baker, so., Martensdale-St. Marys.

Infield — Hunter Caves, sr., Alburnett; Landon Gilliland, so., Lamoni; Tanner Bainbridge, sr., Pekin.

Outfield — Damon Schmidt, fr., Kingsley-Pierson; Austin Huber, jr., Alburnett; Carson Butz, jr., Moravia.

Utility — Kade Schlepp, jr., Coon Rapids-Bayard; Noah Tieskoetter, jr., South Winneshiek.