Barney continues to add to her legacy as a successful member of a Cedar Falls basketball program that has reached the past three state tournaments. The UNI recruit entered this week four 3-pointers shy of Cedar Falls’ career record of 108 set by Laura Johnson. She set a school single-season record as a junior by making 86.7 percent of her free throws. The returning second-team all-stater has more than 1,000 career points for a Tigers’ team currently ranked No. 2 in Class 5A. “Team is a big thing to her,” Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen said. “She really does a lot for us, not only on the court, but off the court organizing team activities. ... I think she’s done a great job of stepping into that role as a senior leader.”
Standing 6-foot-6, Harberts has given the Wolverines a valuable post presence. The D-NH junior averaged 26 points last week during wins over Wapsie Valley and Waterloo Columbus. Harberts leads the team with 17 points a game on 64 percent shooting. D-NH coach Greg Moore says his center has developed into a stronger defender and passer. “His size in the middle, in our conference, has been pretty big for us,” Moore added. “He’s really our only true post player. That presence, both defensively and offensively, has been important.” Harberts is also a starter on the football team.
Thomsen has been undefeated this season since moving from the 126-pound weight class to 120 after a fourth-place finish in the Keith Young Invitational. A seventh-place finisher in last year’s state tournament debut, the Union sophomore enters this weekend’s district meet ranked No. 4 in his Class 2A weight class by The Predicament. “He’s been working hard along with everyone else and stepping into somewhat of a leadership role,” Union coach Bart Mehlert said. “He does a lot of offseason wrestling. I think he’s confident and he’s put the work in. He has the weapons, he just has to put them to use.” Thomsen also competes in cross country.
Kolterman has been an important part of Hudson’s growth — from winless in the NICL East last season to an 8-8 league record this year. The senior came up big last week, leading her team to wins over Columbus and Union after scoring 20 and 19 points, respectively. Kolterman is averaging 10 points a game on 56 percent shooting and leads her team in rebounds. “She has had a great senior season and is a big reason for our improvement this season,” Hudson coach Jeff Curley noted. “We will look for her leadership as we enter regional play later this week.”
Hicks has dominated the paint with an Iowa Star North conference-leading 18.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The returning second-team all-conference selection is also shooting 68.7 percent from the field and averaging 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in his second full season of varsity action. “He worked hard to improve in the offseason and has been more assertive this season,” Janesville coach Troy Ersland noted. “He demands the ball on offense and has embraced being a leader and working on his leadership skills.” Hicks is also a member of the football and track teams, National Honor Society and a D.A.R.E. leader.
Schwarting has combined lights-out shooting with accurate passing and quality defense for a 20-0 Osage team ranked No. 5 in Class 3A. The senior guard is making 44 percent of her 3-point attempts and 55 percent of her field goals, averaging 11.6 points per game. She has a team-high 65 assists and is near the team lead in steals (74) and rebounds (76). “She’s always been a great shooter, but even that has taken a step up this year,” Osage coach Chad Erickson said. “Defensively, she’s much improved. At the back of our press, she gets a bunch of steals and really understands the game and sees the floor.” Schwarting also throws shot and discus in track, plays shortstop in softball and runs on the cross country team. She plans to play basketball at Wartburg College.