Krueger has battled through plenty of adversity to enter the state meet on a 25-match win streak. Denver’s No. 9-ranked 152-pounder is 47-3 this season after avenging a loss to No. 7 Trae Pecinovsky en route to a district title. Krueger was 24-2 as a freshman before an injury forced him to withdraw prior to districts. During this season, he unexpectedly lost his aunt, and his grandfather was diagnosed with cancer. “Somehow through all of that he has stayed the course and raised his level of wrestling each time he takes the mat,” Coach Chris Krueger said. “He sets lofty goals and does all the right things to put himself in position to attain them.”
Pisney has recovered from an ACL injury suffered last season after playing a key role during Crestwood’s state tournament run as a freshman. The junior is averaging 17.6 points on 56.5 percent shooting to go with nine rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals, helping Class 3A’s No. 4 Cadets compile a 20-1 record and a share of the Northeast Iowa Conference championship. “What Shannon brings to us is versatility and toughness,” Crestwood coach Doug Sickles noted. “Shannon can play and guard almost any position on the court. This allows us a lot of flexibility in what we do both offensive and defensively.”
Gerst’s impressive finish to his prep wrestling career will conclude at the state tournament. The Wahawk 220-pounder has defeated top 10 opponents in seven of his last nine wins — following his first ever tournament victory at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet with district wins over No. 8 Payne Johnson and No. 4 Jacob Eggleston. “I think finally he’s believing in himself and his ability,” West coach Alex Dolly said. “The sky is the limit for where he could finish in his bracket at state. There’s no better time to peak than now, so I’m very excited for him.” Gerst is also an all-district linebacker and has signed to continue his football career at Ellsworth Community College.
Wolf has been a force in the paint for Class 5A’s No. 5-ranked Tigers. The 6-foot-3 junior is averaging 12 points, 6.6 rebounds, one steal and one block a game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line. “Cynthia’s efficiency in the post area has forced teams to focus in on her and often frees up our perimeter players to create an important inside-out game for our team,” Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen noted. “Each year, Cynthia gets stronger and more confident in what she can do on the court, and with her work ethic, she is only going to get better each time she steps on the court.” Wolf is a returning second-team all-conference and All-Metro selection. She also contributed to Cedar Falls’ state volleyball finals run.
Alberts helped Aplington-Parkersburg open postseason play with a win as he knocked down six 3-pointers during a 66-54 victory over a strong AGWSR team. The third-year varsity contributor was a reserve on A-P’s state tournament run as a sophomore before starting last season. He’s coverted 53 3-pointers at a 40.5 percent success rate. “He’s given us very good leadership,” A-P coach Aaron Thomas said. “The thing I’m most impressed with is he’s really picked it up on the defensive end, and he’s taking the ball to the basket. ... He’s one of the best pure shooters I’ve been able to coach, and has really good range.” Alberts also participates in golf.
Morgan has been instrumental in East’s growth this season. The fourth-year varsity starter is a reliable contributor and owns a single-game average of 182. “He is one of the most consistent bowlers we have on the team and his attitude on the lanes is always positive,” East coach Mike Weber noted. “He strives to be the best and is always working on his game.” Morgan also bowls in junior leagues with his Trojan teammates.