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Three metro area players, including a pair of standouts from Cedar Falls, have been named to the Iowa Newspaper Association all-state basketball teams announced Tuesday.

Senior center Tra’Von Fagan and sophomore guard A.J. Green each earned first-team spots in Class 4A. Joining them is Waterloo East upperclassman Isaiah Wade, who made the third team.

Fagan and Green were instrumental in the Tigers’ run to the state tournament, ending a three-year absence for the team. Displaying a more diversified game in 2015-16, the 6-foot-7 Fagan averaged 19 points and 8.8 rebounds. His two free throws with under one second left in regulation time bought Cedar Falls a quarterfinal round victory over Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln at state.

Green, in his second full season as a varsity starter, hit his share of big shots for the Tigers as a sophomore. His jumper at the horn lifted Cedar Falls past Linn-Mar in the 4A substate final.

Overall, the 6-1 guard averaged 17.4 and three assists per game while shooting 43 percent from 3-point range.

Wade, who joined East after transferring in from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, made an impact for the much-improved Trojans. At 6-7, he averaged 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

In his still-young high school basketball career, Joe Smoldt has earned plenty of honors, among them two selections as the captain of the Class 1A all-tournament team at state. He’s also an all-stater for the second time at the end of 2015-16.

After leading the Rebels to fourth place in 1A action at Wells Fargo Arena, the 6-1 junior guard finished with an average of 25 points and 4.8 assists per game. Smoldt shot 51 percent from the field, including 42.2 percent from beyond the arc.

In Class 3A, Waverly-Shell Rock junior center Austin Phyfe earned a spot on the second team. Phyfe, who will continue his career at Northern Iowa after his high school days conclude, scored 14.2 points per game while hauling in 8.1 rebounds. He shot just under 64 percent from the field.

A pair of area stars were named to the INA squad in Class 2A.

Connor Neuroth, the point guard for Dike-New Hartford, was a second-teamer. He scored just 8.8 points per game, but dished out 6.5 assists for a balanced roster that reached the state tournament undefeated.

Nick Ellis represented Aplington-Parkersburg on the 2A third team. Ellis led the Falcons in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg).

Joining Smoldt on the 1A all-state team were Jesup’s Ethan Wyant and Janesville’s Danny Amlie. Wyant, who helped the J-Hawks return to state, scored a team-high 18.3 points per game. Amlie, part of Janesville’s success over the past few years, tallied 18.4 points each night.

Linn-Mar senior guard Jordan Bohannon was named the 2016 Mr. Basketball.

Bohannon, a University of Iowa recruit, averaged 25.8 points per game this season, which led Class 4A and was third overall in the state. He led the state with 92 3-pointers made, shooting 42.8 percent from that range.

INA All-State


First team

FRONT LINE—Spencer Brown (Lenox), Andy Geelan (GTRA), Kyle Wagner (IKM-Manning)

BACKCOURT—Joe Smoldt (Gladbrook-Reinbeck), Jackson Lamb (Nodaway Valley), Connor Sonius (West Hancock)

UTILITY—Damon Struve (South O’Brien), Peyton Pedersen (Central Decatur)

Second team

FRONT LINE—Christian Reischauer (Colo-Nesco), Jacob Kuhlmeier (West Fork), Riley Van Wyhe (Central Lyon)

BACKCOURT—Eli Gingerich (IMS), Dalton Moser (Boyden-Hull), Ethan Wyant (Jesup)

UTILITY—Jovonte Squiers (Lone Tree), Blake Bormann (Easton Valley)

Third team

FRONT LINE—Brad Fisher (Ankeny Christian), Colt Scott (Bedford), Jacob Taylor (Diagonal)

BACKCOURT—Jake Hillmer (North Linn), Travis Miller (Council Bluffs St. Albert), Dillon Sanchez (Danville)

UTILITY—Danny Amlie (Janesville), Nate Paulus (West Hancock)


First team

FRONT LINE—Josh Van Lingen (Hull Western Christian(, Devin Green (Cascade), Keaton Van Soelen (Des Moines Christian)

BACKCOURT—Kolin Schulte (Anamosa), Levin Jungling (Pella Christian), Jaylon White (I-35)

UTILITY—Matt Dentlinger (Carroll Kuemper), Collin Hill (South Hamilton)

Second team

FRONT LINE—Granger Kingland (Lake Mills), Marcus Winterfeld (Sioux Center), Logan Gilman (PCM)

BACKCOURT—Will Martens (Van Buren), Connor Neuroth (Dike-New Hartford), Derek Manternach (Monticello)

UTILITY—Nolan Chapman (Treynor), Jay Small (Tipton)

Third team

FRONT LINE—Tyler Zumbach (Anamosa), Makonn Anderson (Shenandoah), Nick Ellis (Aplington-Parkersburg)

BACKCOURT—Colin Squiers (Dyersville Beckman), Nate Stenger (Iowa City Regina), Will Hasker (NE Goose Lake)

UTILITY—Canyon Hopkins (Earlham), Ben Juhl (Des Moines Christian)


First team

FRONT LINE—Ryan Hawkins (Atlantic), Cordell Pemsl (Dubuque Wahlert), Ryan Kriener (Spirit Lake)

BACKCOURT—Levi Jansen (MOC-Floyd Valley), Brady Sartorius (Mt. Pleasant), Shammond Ivory (Perry)

UTILITY—Landon Rash (Algona), Ryan Van Wyk (Pella)

Second team

FRONT LINE—Kyle Juhl (Harlan), T.J. Hockenson (Chariton), Austin Phyfe (Waverly-Shell Rock)

BACKCOURT—DeAndre Burnside (Sioux City Heelan), Daric Laing (Chariton), Billy Brown (Spirit Lake)

UTILITY—Will Warner (Pella), Connor Gholson (Newton)

Third team

FRONT LINE—MaxTechau (Cedar Rapids Xavier), Jake Kluender (Spencer), Cade McKnight (Grinnell)

BACKCOURT—Alec Fuhs (Webster City), Trenton Hillbrands (LeMars), Nate Mohr (Glenwood)

UTILITY—Dylon Storey (Bondurant-Farrar), Riley Till (Wahlert)


First team

FRONT LINE—Will Carius (Pleasant Valley), Joe Wieskamp (Muscatine), Tra’Von Fagan (Cedar Falls

BACKCOURT—Jordan Bohannon (Linn-Mar), Turner Scott (West Des Moines Valley), Connor McCaffery (Iowa City West)

UTILITY—A.J. Green (Cedar Falls), Connor Murrell (Sioux City East)

Second team

FRONT LINE—Douglas Wilson (Des Moines Hoover), Ted Brown (West Des Moines Dowling), Tony Bonner (Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln)

BACKCOURT—Dontre English (Des Moines North), Derrick Howard (Clinton), Devontae Lane (Iowa City West)

UTILITY—Kyle Crowl (Abe Lincoln), Quinton Curry (Valley)

Third team

FRONT LINE—Isaiah Wade (Waterloo East), Wali Parks (Iowa City West), Van Rees (Sioux City East)

BACKCOURT—Bailey Basala (North Scott), Adam Rose (Waukee), Drew Maschoff (Ankeny)

UTILITY—Colby Shane (Ames), Laveechie Williams (Cedar Rapids Washington)


Sports reporter for The Courier

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