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Posted On: 02/25/19 10:16 AM
Izic Mackey (Alburnett)
Alburnett got by a very tough WACO, Wayland squad in a Substate game and is headed to its first state tourney in program history. Senior big-man Izac Mackey was critical to the state tourney run last week. In three wins, over Springville, Calamus-Wheatland and WACO, Mackey averaged 16.7 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks.
Colton Harberts (Dike-New Hartford)
Harberts and Co. got by Denver and Madrid last week, and are headed to their first state tourney since 2016. Harberts is known more for his football prowess, but he can certainly get it done on the hardwood, too. In the pair of wins last week, the 6’5 big-man averaged 16.5 points on sterling 63 percent shooting, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
Ryan Schmitt (Van Meter)
The Bulldogs of Van Meter are back in the state tourney for the third-straight season. Schmitt, a 6’10 big-man has been integral to each of those teams. He was dominant in the district and Substate run last week, averaging for 17 points on 58 percent shooting, 11 rebounds and a block in wins over PCM and Pella Christian.
Cole Berg (South Hamilton)
Once again South Hamilton finds itself among the 2A state tourney field, and they have a show to do some serious damage next week at Wells Fargo Arena. A senior-laden squad, it was guard Cole Berg who shined the brightest last week during the Hawks district and Substate run. South Hamilton got wins over G-H-V and New Hampton last week, Berg averaged 18.5 points and shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the wins.
Adam Jackson (Hoover)
Death taxes and Des Moines Hoover playing in a Substate final. After hitting a rough patch in the middle of the season,. The Huskies are back in full force and peaking at the right time. They’ve gotten by Des Moines East and Johnston so far in their Substate, adam Jackson has been exceptional in the wins, averaging 21 points on 63 percent shooting, 3.5 assists and 3 steals. Jackson and Co. will face Waukee for a chance to go to state.
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