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Area basketball players receive Heart of Iowa Conference honors

Prairie City-Monroe, Colfax-Mingo and Collins-Maxwell/Baxter basketball players, 20 all told, received postseason conference honors when coaches selected the 2014 Heart of Iowa Conference All-Conference teams recently.

Landing on the HOIC boys’ first team unit were PCM’s Logan Gilman, who was the lone player to be selected unanimously for the conference boys, Mustang teammate Dillon Bruxvoort and CMB’s Bryce Kemp. CMB’s Abbi Haupert and PCM’s Courtney Van Houweling each earned HOIC girls’ first team honors.

Named to the boys’ second team was CMB’s Austin Moorman while CMB’s Lexi Breon and PCM’s Abbi Gilson and Rachel Freland received HOIC second-team girls’ honors.

Colfax-Mingo’s McKenzie Cogley and Jena Teed and Colin Lourens earned honorable mention by their respective division coaches in the conference. 

Garnering honorable mention on the boys’ side were PCM’s Zach Uhlenhopp and Ryan Jennings and CMB’s Zach Samson and Seth Balke. Receiving honorable mention from girls’ coaches were CMB’s Mackenzie Schmitz and Bridget Hurley and PCM’s Leix Kain and Rachel Gulling.

Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustang basketball teams had banner seasons in 2013-14. The Mustang boys opened the season on a 10-game winning streak and finished strong for a 17-5 season. The Mustang girls dropped their first two games of the season then went 15-6 over the rest of the season to end up 15-8.

The Mustang boys placed second in the Heart of Iowa Conference race at 15-3. PCM’s girls ended up third in the HOIC at 13-5.

Gilman, a 6-3 sophomore, led the Mustangs in scoring with 428 points, which was second best in the conference. He pulled down 159 rebounds, second on the team and eighth in the conference.

Gilman shot 57 percent, 177-of-312, from the field overall and went 21-of-48, 44 percent, from behind the three-point arc. He was a 67-percent free throw shooter, hitting 53-of 79.

Bruxvoort, 6-5 senior, was the Mustangs’ second-leading scorer with 339 points, which was fifth best in the conference. He led the Mustangs in rebounds, 177, assists, 78, steals, 45, and blocked shots, 27. Those numbers put him seventh in rebounds, fifth assists, fourth in steals and fourth in blocked shots among conference players.

Bruxvoort was 127-of-268 from the field for 47 percent. He downed 71-of-114 free throw attempts and hit 14 3-pointers for the Mustangs.

Uhlenhopp and Jennings are seniors for the Mustangs. Uhlenhopp fired in 159 points and had 108 rebounds on the season. He shot 43 percent from the field (58-of-134), hit five 3-pointers, and cashed in on 38-of-62 free throw attempts. He had 39 assists and 37 steals. Jennings led the Mustangs in 3-pointers made, draining 23-of-70 long-range shots. He scored 182 points, controlled 76 rebounds, dished out 39 assists and had 17 steals.

PCM’s girls were led by VanHouweling, a 5-10 junior,  in six categories on the basketball court this season. VanHouweling’s play earned her 2014 All-HOIC first team honors. She scored 330 points, which was fifth best in the conference.

VanHouweling’s 92 steals not only led the Mustangs but the Heart of Iowa Conference, plus placed her fourth in Class 3A. She had 134 rebounds, 82 assists and nine blocked shots. She had the hot hand from outside, drilling 30-of-123 3-pointers. She shot 36 percent from the field overall, 110-of-304. She also downed 80-of-153 free throw shots.

Gilson, a senior, finished with 278 points, which was eighth best in the conference. She had 119 rebounds, 24 assists and 53 steals. She shot 47 percent, 101-of-213, from the field, hit 10 3-pointers, and shot 71 percent, 66-of-92, from the free-throw line.

Freland, a junior.  fired in 174 points and was the Mustangs second-best outside threat, hitting 27-of-107 3-pointers. She had 43 rebounds, 12 assists and 66 steals. She hit 23-of-38 free throw attempts for 60.5 percent.

Kain, a senior, had 105 points, 74 rebounds, 31 steals and 14 assists. Gulling, a junior, was second on the team with 69 steals. She scored 166 points, grabbed 54 rebounds and handed out 26 assists.

FOR COLFAX-MINGO, Cogley, a 6-foot senior, led the Tigerhawk girls, who finished 1-20 overall and 1-17 in conference play, in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals. She scored 193 points, pulled down 151 rebounds, which was 10th in the conference.

Cogley’s 33 blocked shots were third-best in the conference. She had 27 steals. She shot 38 percent, 81-of-211, from the field and was 30-of-53 from the free-throw line.

Teed was the Tigerhawk girls’ leading 3-point field goal shooter, draining 16-of-80, from the long range. She also led the team with 30 assists. Teed, a 5-4 senior, scored 112 points, made 15 steals and grabbed 50 rebounds. She went 24-of-46 from the line.

Lourens, a 6-3 sophomore, poured in 203 points to lead the Tigerhawks. He had 119 rebounds, 18 steals, 11 blocked shots, and 11 assists. Lourens shot 47 percent, 76 of 163, from the field and 55 percent, 51-of-93, from the free-throw line. The Tigerhawk boys were 0-22.

CMB’s BOYS finished fourth in the Heart of Iowa Conference at 11-7 and had a 15-8 overall mark. The CMB girls went 4-14 in conference play for eighth place and were 7-17 overall.

Kemp, a 6-5 junior, was the Raider boys’ top scorer with 304 points and top rebounder with 203 rebounds. He shot 50 percent, 117-of-235, from the field and was a 74.5- percent free throw shooter, hitting 70-of-94 attempts. He had 51 assists, 32 steals and 32 blocked shots, which led the team.

Moorman, a 6-1 senior, poured in 235 points and dished out a team-leading 52 assists. Moorman led the team from 3-point range, hitting 32-of-90 attempts. He was 74-of-186 from the field overall and downed 55-of-77 free throw attempts. He had 25 steals and 49 rebounds.

Balke was the team’s leader in steals with 33, while scoring 231 points. The 6-3 junior drained 25-of-50 3-pointers and shot 51 percent, 73-of-143, from the field overall. He cashed in on 60-of-80 free throw attempts. Balke pulled down 91 rebounds and had 47 assists.

Samson, a 6-1 senior, controlled 189 rebounds, which was second on the team, and scored 179 points. He went 73-of-124 from the field and downed 33-of-58 free throw attempts. Samson dished out 35 assists and made 26 steals.

Haupert, a 6-foot senior, reached the 1,000-point career mark during the season in which she led the Raider girls with 394 points. Haupert had a team-leading 294 rebounds, 63 steals and 64 blocked shots. She went 152-of-303 from the field and 84-of-135 from the free-throw line.

Leading the CMB girls in assists with 141 was Breon, a 5-7 junior, who also was their top long-distance shooting threat. Breon drilled 31-of-133 attempts from 3-point range. She went 84-of-249 overall from the field and hit 34-of-43 free throw attempts. She had 55 rebounds and 22 steals.

Schmitz, a 5-5 junior, dished out 50 assists, made 31 steals and had 58 rebounds. She scored 63 points, hitting 26-of-94 from the field and 11-of-22 from the line.

Hurley, a 5-8 sophomore, scored 125 points and controlled 118 rebounds. She connected on 20-of-72 attempts from beyond the three-point arc. She was 44-of-145, 30 percent, from the field and sank 17-of-38 free throw tosses. Hurley made 32 assists and had 23 steals.

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