Nathan Karsjens

AGWSR

Senior

Basketball

Karsjens reached the 1,000 career point milestone by Christmas break and has been impacting games beyond the scoring column for 7-3 AGWSR. The 6-foot-7 senior forward is averaging 18.5 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks, while approaching 600 career rebounds. “He’s effective in the post and he can step out and shoot the 3,” AGWSR coach Russ Banzhaf said. “He’s probably one of the most offensively gifted players that I’ve worked with in my coaching career. There’s a variety of ways he can score. He’s really done a good job for us.” Karsjens also competes in baseball, is a state track runner-up in the discus and a first-team all-stater in football.

Derek Holschlag

Union

Senior

Wrestling

Holschlag continues to build on his legacy of success. The three-time state placewinner improved to 23-0 Saturday with a tournament championship at Benton. Holschlag is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A’s 132-pound weight class by The Predicament and has placed seventh, second and third in his previous state meets. The Union senior owns a career record of 153-13. “He’s pretty focused,” Union coach Pat Hogan said. “He’s been wrestling for a long, long time. He knows wrestling, how to do it correctly and what it takes to succeed at the level he has.” Holschlag plans to join UNI’s wrestling team in college. He has also competed in cross country.

Briana Baker-Bruce

Janesville

Sophomore

Basketball

Baker-Bruce has helped lift Janesville to an 11-0 start during her first season as the team’s regular starting point guard. The 5-foot-7 sophomore averages 11.4 points per game on 52.7 percent shooting. She also averages 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 4.5 steals. “She’s so quick and she’s able to bring the ball up against any sort of pressure,” Janesville coach Steve Chidester said. “She’s done a really nice job of distributing the ball and has really cut down on her turnovers. She does a really nice job of directing the offense.” Baker-Bruce also competes in volleyball and track and field.

Chase Pabst

Waterloo Warriors

Sophomore

Hockey

Pabst put together a memorable performance Sunday with a single-game league-record 72 saves in addition to key stops during a shootout win over the Midwest High School Hockey League-leading Des Moines Capitals. Warriors assistant coach Dan Lichty says the sophomore who attends Waterloo West is blessed with a combination of athleticism and focus. “He hasn’t had that many starts over the last two years, and to step in and be able to battle through that was quite a show for him,” Lichty said. “It’s nice to have two goalies like we do right now. ... He’s just a battler. He doesn’t want the kids in practice to score on him, let alone in a game.”

Caleb Wilson

Denver-Tripoli

Junior

Wrestling

Wilson showcased his ability to compete with some of the state’s best this past weekend in front of a familiar crowd. The Predicament’s No. 6-ranked 138-pounder in Class 2A won a bracket at the Denver-Tripoli Invite that featured four ranked wrestlers. Wilson is 21-4 this season with his lone losses to wrestlers ranked among the top four. He’s part of a dual team ranked No. 9 in 2A. “Caleb has put a ton of time into the sport and is reaping the benefits,” D-T coach Chris Krueger noted. “He is exceptionally strong for 138 pounds and has grown into a leader on our young team.”

Tahya Campbell

Waterloo West

Senior

Basketball

A third-year starter with a passion for basketball, Campbell is a two-time all-Mississippi Valley Conference selection who has become a versatile weapon for the Wahawks. Last week, Campbell finished with 23 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal as West handed Class 3A’s No. 3 Union its first loss, 56-43. The 5-foot-9 senior co-captain also led her team with 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists during a loss to 5A’s No. 2 Iowa City High. “She’s really coming on strong right now and excelling at the all-around game, playing defense, scoring, passing and giving good leadership for our team,” West coach Tony Pappas said. “She’s a hard worker and she loves the game of basketball.” The honor roll student has signed to play basketball at NIACC.

Kaleb Boleyn

Columbus

Senior

Wrestling

Boleyn has put together an intense training regimen as he attempts to cap his wrestling career with a trip to the state tournament. The Predicament’s No. 10-ranked 152-pounder in Class 1A, Boleyn improved to 25-5 with a title at last weekend’s Denver-Tripoli Invite. “He has the passion to pursue his dream of making the Iowa state tournament since he was in first grade,” Columbus coach Denny Boleyn noted. “He has put the time in and it’s showing on the mat this season.” Boleyn trains with the Elite Takedown Club in Waverly. He also competes in football and baseball and is a member of Columbus’ student government and student ambassador program.

Bryce Staver

Waterloo East

Senior

Bowling

Staver has been a valuable teacher and contributor for East’s bowling team this season, posting a 205.6 average with a high game of 232 and a high series of 446. “Bryce is our team leader who is always there to help his teammates excel,” East coach Mike Weber noted. “Our boys know they can count on Bryce to help them on the lanes, which builds our team chemistry.” Staver also excels as an honor band selection and is a strong academic student with a 3.83 GPA while working part-time and bowling in the Cedar Valley youth league.

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