CEDAR RAPIDS — Joe Wieskamp actually played a basketball game Wednesday night in which he didn’t face a triple team defensively. Crazy.
There wasn’t much guarding done anywhere during the 2018 edition of the Eastern Iowa All-Star boys’ and girls’ double-header at Kirkwood’s Johnson Hall. Some of the area’s best prep talent got to show off their scoring abilities.
That included Wieskamp, the 6-foot-6 senior from Muscatine and Iowa’s Mr. Basketball.
“Yeah, it was a lot of fun,” said Wieskamp, whose South beat beat the North, 133-127. “I knew coming in here that I just wanted to have fun. Obviously I know a lot of these guys. They are good friends of mine, and I’ve played with and against them through the years. I just think we all came out and had a good time.”
It was a good time watching kids like him fly to the hoop for a flurry of dunks. He finished with 36 points and was named the boys’ game MVP.
Class 4A’s all-time leading scorer took a couple of weeks off after his team played at the state tournament, heading to Jamaica with family and friends to unwind. He is ratcheting things back up now as he prepares to head to the University of Iowa, where he hopes his role will be significant.
Chances of that have increased, with the announced departures of Ahmad Wagner and Brady Ellingson and possible departure of Tyler Cook, who will investigate his NBA stock, without hiring an agent.
“I think I’ll know more this summer, once I get a feel for the team and how I fit in,” Wieskamp said. “Where the coaches see that I can help them out at. Obviously, any kid is going to go in there and want to start and try to contribute as much as they can. I’m training to hopefully do that, but we’ll see what happens.”
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This was the final game together for Cedar Rapids Xavier’s dynamic duo of Jackson Joens and Matt Mims, They helped the Saints win back-to-back 3A state championships and earn a third-place finish this season.
Mims and Iowa City West junior Patrick McCaffery announced Wednesday they are selling T-shirts with the word “Community” on them to benefit adolescent and young adult cancer research. McCaffery, of course, has overcome thyroid cancer.
“Last fall, Patrick and I would just tweet ‘For the community,’” explained Mims, headed to D-I South Dakota State. “People wouldn’t really know what it was, except us. Some people would start to ask us about it. It’s basically we’re just trying to spread positivity, with all the negative stuff going on in the world and stuff.”
The ‘Community’ T-shirts run from $14 to $35 and can be purchased online at www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/COMMUNITY.
The girls’ all-star game was won by the North squad, 89-76, with West Branch’s Tatum Koenig named MVP. Emily Ivory of Bettendorf won the girls’ 3-point shooting contest, bested by A.J. Green of Cedar Falls in a unisex shootoff.
Green is headed to Northern Iowa.
AT JOHNSON HALL
NORTH GIRLS (89): Chloe Rice (Marion) 2 points, Hailey Dolphin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 5, Kamryn Finley (Cedar Falls) 14, Tatum Koenig (West Branch) 21, Shannon Pisney (Crestwood) 11, Mia Laube (Marion) 5, Kiara Barney (Cedar Falls) 17, Allie Wooldridge (Center Point-Urban) 6, Ashley Tull (North Linn) 8.
SOUTH GIRLS (76): Ashley Joens (Iowa City High) 22, Amber Buch (Fairfield) 2, Rachael Saunders (Iowa City West) 4, Emily Ivory (Bettendorf) 5, Rylee Menster (Springville) 2, Autum Barthelman (Sigourney) 0, Logan Cook (Iowa City West) 16, Maci Gambell (Pekin) 8, Mikayla Nachazel (Springville) 17.
NORTH BOYS (127): A.J. Green (Cedar Falls) 24, Matt Mims (Cedar Rapids Xavier) 11, Lucas Duax (Dubuque Hempstead) 19, Carter Stevens (Dubuque Senior) 6, Jackson Joens (Cedar Rapids Xavier) 12, Carondis Harris-Anderson (Waterloo West) 18, Cade Daugherty (Bellevue) 5, Keith Johnson (Dubuque Hemsptead) 13, Ryan Miller (North Linn) 7, Alec Oberhauser (Aplington-Parkersburg) 12.
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SOUTH BOYS (133): Spencer Touro (Benton Community) 8, Darius Moore (Clear Creek-Amana) 8, Logan Hoffman (Tipton) 10, Brady Sartorius (Mount Pleasant) 4, Seybian Sims (Iowa City West) 23, Brett Givens (Lisbon) 9, Corvon Seales (North Scott) 14, Joe Wieskamp (Muscatine) 36, Trenton Massner (Wapello) 8, Luke Empen (Northeast Goose Lake) 13.
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