- Don Bosco
Kimball has been dominant since suffering his lone loss to Mason City's Cullan Schriever in the finals of the Keith Young Invitational. The Don Bosco junior recently helped his team capture a championship at the Hudson Invitational, winning the 106-pound title match over No. 3 Brock Dietz by technical fall. "He's a real solid technician, and when he opens up, he's really tough to beat for anybody," Don Bosco coach Tom Hogan said. "He was a JV kid his first year, and last year he got the opportunity to start for us and took advantage by getting fourth (at state). This year he's ranked first right now and has still got that goal ahead of him to win the (state) tournament. He's put the work in, and now he can hopefully reap the benefits." Kimball has also competed in cross country.
- Waterloo West
Waterloo West coach Cliff Berinobis has seen plenty of growth from Johnson, a sophomore in his second season of playing major varsity minutes. The Wahawk wing averaged 14.5 points, three assists and one steal last weekend during wins over Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Union. Johnson leads West in 3-point percentage as he has knocked down a blistering 14 of 28 shots from distance this season. "We're always asking him to play the team's best player on defense," Berinobis said. "He's a great team player. He's a kid that can shoot the three. In my opinion, he's one of the best wing players as far as getting out on the break, that I've seen this year."
- Cedar Falls
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Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen says Finley has put all the little things together to make herself a complete player. The senior entered this week seven points shy of 1,000 for her career. Finley is averaging 12.9 points within a balanced offense to go with a team-high 4.2 assists and 3.5 steals for Class 5A's No. 2-ranked Tigers. "She has a great understanding of the game and where people are going to be," Groen said of the UNI basketball recruit. "She finds a quick way to find the open person, whether it's in transition or in the half-court penetrating and kicking. ... On the defensive end, she always has an engine that goes. She's very intense and she doesn't take a play off."
Johnson was a catalyst during a big week for Class 1A's No. 5 Dunkerton. After scoring 20 points during a 59-55 win over previously undefeated Don Bosco, Johnson tallied 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds Friday en route to an 86-60 win over Tripoli. A returning first-team all-conference selection, Johnson is averaging 16 points, 4.5 assists and three rebounds. "He is a great outside shooter, handles the ball extremely well and is one of the best passers I have seen play at the high school level," Dunkerton coach Todd Kuntz noted. "More importantly, he continues to develop defensively and has become a versatile, well-rounded floor leader." Johnson also competes in cross country and golf.
- Dike-New Hartford
Fuller has been a valuable leader for a Dike-New Hartford basketball team (10-3) that doesn't have a senior on its roster. After playing a sixth man role last season, the first-year starting guard is averaging 16.7 points, two assists and one steal per game. "He's been the captain and kind of the on-floor leader for us just with his experience from last year and being a quarterback on the football team," D-NH coach Greg Moore said. "He's quick, he's got a nice jump shot and he can get to the rim and finish. ... We usually put him on one of the two best offensive players. He's definitely one of our better defenders." Fuller is also a state track qualifier and honor roll student.