Ceaser is hitting her stride after battling back from an offseason knee operation. During a three-game win streak, the West sophomore followed a 20-point game against Union with balanced stat lines of 14 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists against Jefferson and 19 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block against Turkey Valley. Ceaser leads the Wahawks with an average of 15.6 points and is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range. “She’s made a big jump this year, probably our most improved player from last year,” West coach Tony Pappas said. “She’s proved herself to be one of the best shooters in the state.” Ceaser also competes in track and field.
Swatek-Briggs recorded a high game of 268 and a high series of 514 Friday as Cedar Falls finished with a school-record score of 3,400 during a win over Cedar Rapids Washington. The junior placed 10th individually at last year’s state meet for a Cedar Falls squad that captured the team championship. Swatek-Briggs has an average game score of 195 to go with a series average of 390 this season. “Dalton is an extremely hard worker and always makes sure to lead by example,” Cedar Falls coach Brad Baker said. “We have a good leadoff and anchor, and Dalton is our bridge guy.”
Meister has made the transition from guard to forward this season, averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game for 12-0 Janesville. Her defensive impact has been perhaps even more crucial to the Wildcats’ success. “We put her on their best post players and she’s done a nice job of keeping them at their average or shutting them down,” Janesville coach Steve Chidester said. “Having been a guard, she can get a rebound and take off down the floor. She’s a hard worker and very coachable.” Meister also competed on Janesville’s state championship volleyball team in addition to serving as a softball pitcher and competing in track and field.
Fain’s move from forward to the point guard position has helped spark a Columbus team (6-7) that has already matched its combined win total from the previous two seasons. The junior averaged 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals over the past three games as Columbus picked up two victories during that stretch. That included a career-high 21 points during a win over Hudson. “It’s made a big difference for us, just having the ball in her hands and being able to create,” Columbus coach Cory O’Brien said. “She’s an all-around player. She gets us going offensively with her defense a lot of the time.” Fain competed on Columbus’ state-qualifying soccer and volleyball teams, while winning individual and team titles in tennis.
Schmitz is among the leaders in Don Bosco’s wrestling room this season. The two-time state qualifier recorded three pins Saturday en route to a championship in the Hudson Invitational’s 152-pound bracket. His Don Bosco team also won a title in the 11-team tournament. “Saturday he was better at staying aggressive, and not putting himself in bad positions,” Don Bosco coach Tom Hogan said. “He’s a good leader for us. He always works hard in the room and gives us the best effort he can give us.” Schmitz also competed on Don Bosco’s state championship football team.
Conrad has been a valuable four-year contributor for a Cedar Falls basketball team coming off back-to-back state tournament appearances while sporting a 10-1 record with a No. 5 ranking in Class 5A this season. The senior starter is contributing across the board with averages of 8.1 points, four rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals. “Ally usually gets the assignment of having to defend the other team’s best player,” Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen said. “Not only does she defend really well, but she anticipates well. ... She’s also very productive on the offensive end and she plays a lot of minutes. We’re asking a lot out her and she’s doing a great job of responding.”