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The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association released its All-State teams for the 2020-21 baseball season Tuesday, and the Union area had two representatives make the lists.
The area’s top two teams each had one player honored. In Class 2A, Mid-Prairie senior Aidan Rath was a first-teamer. In Class 1A, New London’s Tucker Gibbar found a spot on the third team.
Rath made the Class 2A team as an outfielder. The Golden Hawks’ star had a big year at the plate, hitting .494 with 12 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 40 RBIs.
After a competitive home run chase, Rath’s 12 homers were good enough for a tie for third in the state. He led all Class 2A batters.
Despite making the team as an outfielder, Rath did have a good year on the pitcher’s mound. He went 5-2 this season with a 1.60 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP and a team-leading 63 strikeouts.
In no surprise to anybody, Gibbar earned his spot on the Class 1A third team as a catcher.
The Tiger junior hit .427 this season, second best on the team. He led the team with nine doubles and 31 RBIs, and also finished with four triples, one of which coming in the state tournament.
Gibbar was fantastic behind the plate this season, finishing with a .994 fielding percentage. He threw five runners out trying to steal and had just one error all year.
Gibbar pitched nine innings for the Tigers this season. He went 1-0 with a 1.56 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and 11 strikeouts.
Each All-State team had one player chosen as “captain.” The captain of the team must be a senior and must be on the first team.
Remsen, St. Mary’s pitcher Blaine Harpenau was picked as the Class 1A captain. In Class 2A, Van Meter outfielder Zach Pleggenkuhle earned the honors. The Class 3A captain was utility player Owen Puk of Marion, and the Class 4A honor went to Ankeny pitcher Brody Brecht.
Below are the full All-State teams for all four classes.
CLASS 1A FIRST TEAM: P: Blaine Harpenau (12), Remsen St. Mary’s (captain); P: Austin Hilmer (11), North Linn; P: Leyton Nelson (12), Tri-Center; C: Max Burt (10) Newman Catholic; 1B: Isaac Sherrill (12), St. Albert; INF: Cy Patterson (12), St. Albert; INF: Cael Frost (12), Don Bosco; INF: Ryan Cole (12), St. Ansgar; OF: Brendon Monaham (10), St. Albert; OF: Ryan Naughton (11), Don Bosco; OF: Carter Bleil (11), Woodbury Central; UTIL: Lane Spieker (11), CAM; UTIL: Nash Holmgaar (11), Newman Catholic.
CLASS 1A SECOND TEAM: P: Evan Neumann (10), Kingsley-Pierson; P: Doug Taylor (10), Newman Catholic; P: Dalton Dibert (11), Kee High; C: Carter Salz (12), St. Ansgar; 1B: Reed Stallman (12), Alburnett; INF: Levi Waldschmitt (12), Remsen; INF: Jaixon Frost (10), Mount Ayr; INF: Casey Hanson (12), Lake Mills; OF: Damon Schmid (11), Kingsley-Pierson; OF: Tyson Cota (11), Kee High; OF: Cade Molyneaux (11), Sigourney; UTIL: Parker Stemhagen (12), Maquoketa Valley; UTIL: Colby Rich (11), CAM;
CLASS 1A THIRD TEAM: P: Spencer Hansen (10), Colo-Nesco; P: Kale Rose (12), Alburnett; P: Ethan Luzum (12), South Winneshiek; C: Tucker Gibbar (11), New London; 1B: Jace Genzt (12), Northwood-Kensett; INF: Jackson Howe (11), Kingsley Pierson; INF: Trent Kozeal (12), Tri-Center; INF: Kasey Carter (11), Martensdale-St. Mary’s; OF: Brady Templeton (12), Marquette Catholic; OF: Kuphus Goche (12), Bishop Garrigan; OF: Ryan Greenfield (10), Newell-Fonda; UTIL: Brayden Sawyer (11), Grundy Center; UTIL: Matthew Henrich (11), Newman Catholic.
CLASS 2A FIRST TEAM: P: Dante Dolash (12), South Hardin; P: Nolan Faber (12), Roland-Story; P: Gannon Archer (11), Van Meter; C: Brody Boehnke (12), GHV; 1B: Merrick Mathews (12), Centerville; INF: Trey Oehlertz (12) Pocahontas Area; IF: Brodie Kresser (12), Jesup; OF: Zach Pleggenkuhl (12), Van Meter (captain); OF: Kaden Davis (12), West Marshall; OF: Aidan Rath (12), Mid-Prairie; UTIL: Brady Kauzlarich (12), Centerville; UTIL: Drew Taylor (12), Panorama.
CLASS 2A SECOND TEAM: P: Jake DJoode (11), Pleasantville; P: Jack Erner (12), GHV; P: Nate Cagley (11), Jespu; C: Evan Taylor (12), Panorama; 1B: Carter Hewitt (12), South Hamilton; IF: Mike Delzell (11), Camanche; IF: Bryce Phelps (12), Denver; INF: Clayton Bosman (12), Unity Christian; OF: Jaxson Schumacher (10), Treynor; OF: Seth Busch (11), Estherville, Lincoln Central; OF: Jacob Blomgren (12), Van Meter; UTIL: Reese Moore (11), Forest City; UTIL: Tyler Oberfoell (11), Osage.
CLASS 2A THIRD TEAM: P: Nate Dierickx (12), Durant; P: Brady Seuntijens (12), MVAOCOU; P: Cade Hughes (11), Northeast; C: Dawson Townsend (11), Davis County; 1B: Easton Stusse (11), Hinton; INF: Ben Orr (11), Durant; INF: Michael Shull (12), Clarinda; INF: Aaron Wilkins (12), Pleasantville; OF: Levi Weldon (12), Williamsburg; OF: Alex Feldman (12), Columbus Catholic; OF: Cade Ward (11), Interstate 35; UTIL: Caleb Wulf (11), West Liberty.
CLASS 3A FIRST TEAM: P: Bode Rahe (11), Marion; P: Aaron Savary (11), Dubuque Wahlert; P: Alex Neal (11), Cedar Rapids Xavier; C: Kannon Coakley (12), Maquoketa; 1B: Sawyer Nauman (12), Western Dubuque; INF: Myles Davis (9), Marion; INF: Jack Lux (12), Cedar Rapids Xavier; INF: Sam Pedersen (12), Ballard; OF: Jake Brosius (12), Dubuque Wahlert; OF: Gage Franck (12), Marion; OF: Mike Hudson (12), Knoxville; UTIL: Boomer Johnson (12), Central DeWitt; UTIL: Owen Puk (12), Marion (captain).
CLASS 3A SECOND TEAM: Tyler Olson (12), Webster City; P: Joe Husack (12), North Polk; P: Mark Eddie (12), Storm Lake; C: Keegan Schmitt (11), Independence; 1B: Ian Gill (11), Bishop Heelan; INF: Kayden Anderson (9), Glenwood; Blake Timmons (10), Solon; INF: Blake Timmons (10), Solon; INF: Chance Key (11), Waverly-Shell Rock; OF: Carson Jager (10), MOC-Floyd Valley; OF: Max Stein (11), Davenport Assumption; OF: Dawson Foggy (11), Winterset; UTIL: Justin Hackett (11), Winterset; UTIL: Cael Luzman (12), Decorah.
CLASS 3A THIRD TEAM: P: Jett Neuberger (11), Clear Lake; P: Brady Steward (11), Grinnell; P: Morgan Smith (12), Boone; C: Jack Walsh (10), Dubuque Wahlert; 1B: Clayton Campidilli (10), Dallas Center-Grimes; INF: Brett White (9), Solon; INF: Slade Sibenaller (12), Carroll; INF: Jason Thurman (12), Fort Madison; OF: C.J. Hisler (10), Webster City; OF: Justin Recker (12), Monticello; OF: Alex Godfredsen (12), Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley; UTIL: Myles Butkowski (12), Cedar Rapids Xavier; UTIL: Noah Mack (11), Davenport Assumption.
CLASS 4A FIRST TEAM: P: Brody Brecht (12), Ankeny; P: Seth Clausen (12), Pleasant Valley; P: Jackson Wetnworth (12), Waukee; C: Gehrig Christensen (12), Urbandale; 1B: Weston Fulk (12), Ankeny; INF: Jesus Jaime (12), Ottumwa; INF: Ben Wilmes (12), Johnston; INF: Kellen Strohmeyer (11), Dubuque Hempstead; OF: Dylan Davis (11), Cedar Rapids Kennedy; OF: Bronx Lewis (12), Cedar Rapids Prairie; OF: Carter Thomas (11), Mason City; UTIL: Marcus Morgan (12), Iowa City West; UTIL: Alex Clemson (12), Pleasant Valley.
CLASS 4A SECOND TEAM: P: Evan Borst (12), Norwalk; P: Blake Larson (9), Dowling Ctholic; P: Jackson Nove (12), Cedar Rapids Prairie; C: Dominic DeLaPaz (12), Davenport West; 1B: John Doty (12), Waukee; INF: Jase Bauer (12), Ankeny; INF: Mitch Wood (12), Ottumwa; INF: Gabe Swansen (12), Johnston; OF: Shea Stickell (11), Des Moines Roosevelt; OF: Logan Runde (12), Dubuque Hempstead; OF: Ryan Mumey (12), Pleasant Valley; UTIL: Charlie Corell (12), Dowling Catholic; UTIL: Alex Gold (12), Mason City.
CLASS 4A THIRD TEAM: P: Colton McKinnon (12), Ottumwa; P: Jake Pemble (11), Johnston; P: Cade Obermueller (11), Iowa City High; C: Brandon Vicko (11), Cedar Rapids Prairie; 1B: Ben Phillips (11), Cedar Falls; INF: Gable Mitchell (11), Iowa City High; INF: Sam Skarich (11), North Scott; INF: Gavin Guns (12), Dubuque Senior; OF: Kael Kolarik (11), Indianola; OF: Max White (12), Cedar Rapids Kennedy; OF: Dillon Kuehl (11), Urbandale; UTIL: Cael Boever (12), Sioux City East; UTIL: Evan Helvig (12), Sioux City North.