Cox has been a key part of a Dunkerton offense that has averaged 71 points en route to a 3-0 start. The 6-foot-1 forward creates match-up problems with his speed, strength and athleticism. Cox is averaging 18 points and five rebounds after leading his team in scoring and rebounds as a sophomore. During Saturday’s win over previously unbeaten North Tama, Cox erupted for 28 points, seven rebounds and six steals. “He has an extremely versatile offensive game and rebounds very well for his size,” Dunkerton coach Todd Kuntz noted. “He is physically gifted and has so much raw ability, he’s just scratching the surface on how good he can be.” Cox also participates in football, baseball and golf and maintains a 3.8 GPA.
After averaging nearly a double-double in points and rebounds last season, Jesup’s returning unanimous first-team all-conference forward has helped the J-Hawks get off to a 5-0 start this season. Wall is a fourth-year starter averaging 13.4 points on 68.8 percent shooting to go with an average of 6.4 rebounds during her team’s five victories. “She’s just been very steady through the last three years,” Jesup coach Tom Klein said. “We kind of run our offense through her. She has a tremendous work ethic.” Wall also competes in cross country, basketball and track, and is active in the school play and choir.
Gorman is the type of athlete in which New Hampton coach Nick Hemann has seen leadership characteristics emerge since his freshman year. The returning state qualifier recently followed up a junior season that included several big tournament wins with a 160-pound championship this past weekend at the Independence Invitational, defeating The Predicament’s No. 4-ranked Class 3A wrestler, Alex Streicher of Linn-Mar, in the championship match. “He’s not going to do anything real flashy, but he’s going to be hard to score on,” Hemann said. “To win a tournament like Independence puts a start on his season and reaching the goals that he has, which are pretty high goals.”
Cabrera’s determination as a 5-foot-5 forward has become contagious for the Columbus basketball team. Last week, the senior finished with a near triple-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds and eight steals during a win at Hudson. “She’s very undersized at that position, but she’s got so much heart and toughness,” Coach Cory O’Brien said. “She shows the younger kids how to work on getting better every day in practice. She has the will to do whatever it takes for her team to win a ballgame.” Cabrera maintains a 3.9 GPA and is looking to compete in soccer at the collegiate level.