The Iowa Press Sports Writers Association selected eight North Iowa athletes for its annual all-state girls basketball team. Of the eight, two were named to the first team in their respective classes - Mason City's Megan Meyer and Bishop Garrigan's Jenna Boelter.
Boelter, a senior, topped Class 1A, earning a spot on the first team. Boelter led the Golden Bears to their first state tournament since 2000. She finished her season with 508 points and shattered the school’s previous career-record of 1,507 points with 1,520 points. Boelter shot 43.3 percent from the field this year, including 96 3-pointers. She also led the team with 89 steals and 77 assists.
West Hancock freshman Rachel Leerar and Newman Catholic senior Peyton Olson grabbed spots on the second team all-state list. Leerar led the Eagles to a Class 1A regional final, leading the team with a 48.8 field goal percentage for 478 points. Leerar averaged 19.7 points per game and posted a team-high of 88 steals.
Olson made 58 3-pointers this year tying her own school record of making six in a single game against Nashua-Plainfield on Jan. 16. She amassed 393 points on the year, averaging 16.4 points per game and leading the Knights to a regional semifinal appearance.
Sophomore Amanda Chizek was the second player from West Hancock to earn all-state honors as she was selected to the third team. Chizek was the Eagles’ second-leading scorer behind Leerar, shooting 61.9 percent from the field for 289 points this season. The 6-foot sophomore used her height to her advantage, adding a team-high 73 blocks on defense, and she averaged 11 rebounds per game.
Central Springs senior Kaylee Parks was the lone representative from North Iowa on the Class 2A all-state list, earning a spot on the second team.
Parks was the top-scorer for the Panthers, averaging 23.3 points per game for 537 points this season. She also led the team with 86 steals and 44 assists.
Clear Lake sophomore Sara Faber and Forest City senior Hannah Anderson sketched their names on the Class 3A third team all-state list.
Faber led the Lions to the state tournament shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line to total 418 points on the year. Faber averaged 16.7 points per game and collected 87 steals and 73 assists.
Anderson put together 328-point performance this year, shooting 70.3 percent from the line and 40.5 percent from the field, including 49 3-pointers. She added 56 assists and 44 steals.
Meyer, a junior, stood at the top of the first team all-state list. Meyer amassed 602 points on the year, averaging 25.1 points per game. She shot 47.6 percent from the field, including 71 3-pointers and 75.8 percent from the line. Meyer also added team-highs of 81 steals and 72 assists this year to lead the Mohawks to the state tournament.