Preps to watch

2014-01-08T07:00:00Z 2014-01-08T07:11:25Z Preps to watchNICK PETAROS nick.petaros@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

April Hall

  • Senior
  • Waterloo Christian
  • Basketball

Averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10.9 rebounds, Hall has helped fill a void created by the graduation of one of Waterloo Christian's top post players from a year ago. Hall's rebounding average leads the Iowa Star South, and her scoring is up an average of six points from a year ago. "April has improved not just statistics, but she's taken more of a leadership role on the court," Coach Tyson Roberts said. "We really needed another senior to step up and April has done a really good job. She's become a lot more physical in the post." Hall also is a second-team all-conference middle hitter in volleyball.

Bryce Steiert

  • Waverly-Shell Rock
  • Junior
  • Wrestling

Steiert reached a career milestone Saturday as he surpassed 100 wins while capturing a championship against a field of some of the Midwest's top wrestling programs at the Cheesehead tournament in Wisconsin. The Go-Hawks' junior 145-pounder is a two-time state placewinner coming off a runner-up finish at last year's state tournament. " I think what he's brought this year is a desire to continuously get better," W-SR head coach Eric Whitcome. "He's got an uncanny feel for positions. He just feels comfortable in a lot of positions that most kids don't. He's so quick and explosive on his feet." Steiert is an honor student active in FFA.

Ethan Steinbronn

  • West Central
  • Junior
  • Basketball

Steinbronn has been putting up monster numbers that more than complement his 6-foot-10 frame. The West Central center set a single-game school record for blocked shots with a triple-double of 36 points, 21 rebounds and 16 blocks Saturday against Kee High. That effort came one night removed from a 26-point, 10-rebound, 10-block effort against Ed-Co. The junior already has 969 career points and 278 blocks, ranking in his school's top three. "He works hard for us, creates a lot of mismatches that we try to take advantage of," Coach Darin Lockard said. "Everybody else does a pretty good job of realizing what our strengths and weaknesses are with him available."

Brandon Schmitz

  • Waterloo West
  • Senior
  • Bowling

Schmitz has only been bowling competitively for three years, yet that hasn't stopped him from achieving perfection. The senior from Hudson recorded his first perfect game Friday at Lancer Lanes against Cedar Rapids Washington. He is now averaging 202 for the season. "Brandon is one of the team leaders and is always willing to help his teammates make adjustments as lane conditions change," West coach Todd Bracken said. "Brandon seems to have a natural talent when it comes to the sport of bowling." Schmitz is an honor roll student who plans to continue his education at Hawkeye Community College.

Jacob Sessler

  • Waterloo Warriors
  • Senior
  • Hockey

The Warriors came on strong this past weekend as they handed Kansas City its first two Midwest High School Hockey League losses of the season. Sessler, a senior and a third-year letterwinner from Denver, finished the two-game stretch with a goal and three assists. He currently leads the team with 16 assists and has 10 goals. Sessler also leads the team with two short-handed goals. "He's one of our mainstay guys that I count on as a leader on and off the ice," Coach Doug Dietz said. "I like his penalty kill capability. ... He knows his role on this team. He's not any bigger than the team itself being a senior this year."

Savannah Lentz

  • Crestwood
  • Senior
  • Basketball

Lentz is among the well-rounded weapons for a Crestwood team that has climbed to the No. 9 ranking in Class 3A. Lentz drained five 3-pointers for 16 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and three steals as the Cadets handed Dike-New Hartford its first loss on Saturday. "Savannah's strength is she really understands the game of basketball and puts herself in situations where she can be successful," Coach Doug Sickels said. "She is also a very unselfish teammate whose main goal is to win the game. Savannah is one of those players who has put countless hours in the gym to make herself better." Lentz is a second-team all-conference softball player who also competes in cross country.

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Football

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Dubuque Senior 1 0 0 1.000 1 1 0 0.500
Linn-Mar, Marion 3 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000
Cedar Falls High School 5 1 0 0.833 8 3 0 0.727
Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2 1 0 0.667 2 1 0 0.667
Cedar Rapids Jefferson 1 2 0 0.333 1 2 0 0.333
Iowa City West 0 0 0 0.000 0 1 0 0.000
Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.000

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