Kickbush has taken on a primary scoring role within a Gladbrook-Reinbeck team that reached the state finals a year ago. The 6-foot-5 senior is averaging 21.3 points a game and shooting near 40 percent from distance. He’s also among the team leaders in rebounds and blocked shots. Last week, Kickbush tallied 23 points as G-R handed No. 6 Dunkerton its first loss. “Caden is offensively versatile,” G-R coach Scott Kiburis noted. “He can bring the ball up for us and shoot from the perimeter one possession, and then post up on the block the next. ... His defensive rebounds have also been very important.” Kickbush also competes in baseball and soccer.
Yant built his body up and embraced the physicality that accompanies a jump from the 106-pound weight class, where he placed sixth at state, to 126, where he’s currently ranked No. 6 by The Predicament. Yant backed up a championship at Bettendorf’s Midwest Shootout with a title at last weekend’s Rick Caldwell Invitational in Waverly. “He’s been a pretty steady and consistent performer for us,” W-SR coach Eric Whitcome said. “He’s been a driving force for the team, a guy that other guys can look towards and count on having success.” Yant’s success comes following an active summer of competition. He was part of the Iowa Cadet dual team and qualified for Cadet nationals in Fargo.
Boeschen ranks among Dunkerton’s top all-time rebounders with more than 625 in her career. The four-year starter and returning unanimous first-team Iowa Star North selection is averaging 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot per game for the 13-3 Raiders. “McKayla provides great leadership and is a very unselfish player,” Dunkerton coach Nathan Kimball noted. “She is always looking to keep her teammates involved. She is a versatile player who not only can play in the post, but she also can handle the ball and play away from the basket.” Boeschen also competes in volleyball and softball.
Schrader has used a blend of quickness and explosiveness to develop shots and control matches. Last weekend, the Wapsie Valley 145-pounder secured a first-period pin in the championship match of the Bearcat Invitational. “He was able to control the ties, he had good finishes to his shots and stayed in good position,” Wapsie Valley coach Danny Adams said of Schrader’s performance. “I think his attitude is contagious in a sense. Guys feed off his personality pretty well.” Schrader has qualified for state twice, placing fifth as a freshman. He owns 126 career wins. Schrader also competes in football, track and baseball.
A talented multi-sport athlete, Fain has played an instrumental leadership role for a Columbus team that has put together back-to-back wins. The senior guard filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five steals during Saturday’s overtime victory over Waterloo East before recording 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a Monday win over Don Bosco. “Olivia is as fierce a competitor as I’ve ever coached,” Columbus coach Cory O’Brien noted. “She’s a special talent, not just as a basketball player, but in everything she does.” Fain has competed on state championship tennis and volleyball teams and has also helped Columbus reach state in soccer. The 3.99 GPA student plans to compete in tennis at UNI.
After starting competitive swimming as a freshman, Reinart has blossomed over the past four years. He placed second in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while also swimming on championship 200 and 400 freestyle relays to earn Athlete of the Year honors at last weekend’s Mississippi Valley Conference meet. His effort helped Cedar Falls win its first boys’ swimming MVC Supermeet title since 2011. “He works just as hard or harder than everyone else on the team,” Cedar Falls coach Jordan Wessels said. “He comes ready to compete, wants to win, and see everyone else win around him.” A returning state competitor in four events, Reinart currently ranks third in the backstroke and seventh in the individual medley. He’s also part of a 200 freestyle relay that owns the state’s top time this season.