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Most of the top Iowa high school girls' basketball seniors gather this weekend at Kirkwood

Other than Ashley Joens, the top area players will attend

Marion's Chloe Rice (4) grabs a rebound against Grinnell in the Class 4A final at the girls' state basketball tournament. Rice will be among the top area players at the IGCA Larry Niemeyer Senior All-Star Games this weekend at Kirkwood Community College. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Marion's Chloe Rice (4) grabs a rebound against Grinnell in the Class 4A final at the girls' state basketball tournament. Rice will be among the top area players at the IGCA Larry Niemeyer Senior All-Star Games this weekend at Kirkwood Community College. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most of Iowa’s top-level girls’ basketball players will be in attendance for the IGCA/Larry Niemeyer Senior All-Star Games this weekend.

Most, but not all.

Iowa City High’s Ashley Joens is not among the 120 girls that will make up the two-day, six-game extravaganza at Johnson Hall on the campus of Kirkwood Community College. An Iowa State University signee who was named Miss Iowa Basketball 2018 last month, Joens has another basketball commitment.

Still, it’s another strong field.

The other seven seniors of the Gazette all-area team are slated to participate. Logan Cook of Iowa City West, Hailey Dolphin of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Chloe Rice of Marion and Allie Wooldridge of Center Point-Urbana will play in Saturday’s 3A/4A/5A Select game at 2 p.m.

A University of Iowa signee, Cook led West to the 5A state championship. Rice is a Saint Louis University recruit and helped Marion capture the 4A title, which capped a 26-0 season.

Mikayla Nachazel and Rylee Menster — the duo that led Springville to three consecutive Class 1A state titles — will be playing in the 1A/2A Select game at 2 p.m. Sunday. West Branch’s Tatum Koenig will represent the 2A Select squad.

Action begins at noon both days. On Saturday, it starts with 3A White vs. 3A Gray, then it’s the 3A/4A/5A Select game at 2. and 4A/5A White vs. 4A/5A Gray at 4.

On Sunday, it’s 1A White vs. 1A Gray at noon, then the 1A/2A Select game at 2 and the 2A White/Gray game at 4.

Admission is $6 at the gate for everyone.

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Two area coaches have been selected to participate. Mike Sconsa of 2A state champion Cascade will pilot the 2A Select team, and Elkader Central’s Mark Wiley is in charge of the 1A Gray team.

IGCA Larry Niemeyer Senior Games

At Kirkwood Community College (Johnson Hall)

Saturday

Noon — 3A White vs. 3A Gray

2 p.m. — 3A/4A/5A Select Teams

4 p.m. — 4A/5A White vs. 4A/5A Gray

Sunday

Noon — 1A White vs. 1A Gray

2 p.m. — 1A Select vs. 2A Select

4 p.m. — 2A White vs. 2A Gray

3A/4A/5A SELECT WHITE (Coach: Mark Tiby)

Kiana Barney, Cedar Falls

Amber Nicole Buch, Fairfield

Isabelle Gradwell, West Marshall

Maegan Holt, Lewis Central

Sienna Durr, Grinnell

Ellie Spelhaug, Pleasant Valley

Grace Berg, Indianola

Hailey Dolphin, Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Shiloh McCool, Southeast Polk

Emily Ivory, Bettendorf

3A/4A/5A SELECT GRAY (Coaches: Bob & Sharon Hanson)

Shannon Pisney, Crestwood

Lexi Toering, Sioux Center

Allie Wooldridge, Center Point-Urbana

Chloe Rice, Marion

Jennah Johnson, Johnston

Logan Cook, Iowa City West

Kamryn Finley, Cedar Falls

Jenna Borchers, Dallas Center-Grimes

Rachael Saunders, Iowa City West

Paige Bradford, Davenport North

3A WHITE (Coach: Rodd Mooney, Humboldt)

Ivy Swarthout, Chariton

Hannah Anderson, Forest City

Marly Bussa, Camanche

Bailey Brown, Davenport Assumption

Torie Alexander, Eddyville EBF

Jenna Clark, Roland-Story

Hannah Isley, Albia

Jordyn Barragy, Clear Lake

Katie Schmidt, Saydel; Sydney Lane, Humboldt

3A GRAY (Coach: Tony Sargent, Central Lee)

Addie Rath, Mid-Prairie

Kristen Elliott, Mount Vernon

Paityn Hagberg, Cherokee

Taylor McDonald, Monticello

Brianna Smith, Solon

Sierra Athen, Red Oak

Sophia Wilt, Anamosa

Gabby Schwarting, Osage

Kendra Offerman, West Delaware

Anna Krehbiel, Central Lee

Isabel Leichtman, New Hampton

4A/5A WHITE (Coach: Gregg Groen, Cedar Falls)

Krystal Tranel, Dubuque Wahlert

Caitlynne Shadle, Boone

McKenzie Maahs, Western Dubuque

Morgan Krug, Dubuque Hempstead

Hallie Dicus, Sioux City West

Shae Campbell, Norwalk

Kira Arthofer, Pleasant Valley

Danielle Sheppard, Des Moines Lincoln

Claire Jones, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln

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Michaela Davis, Keokuk

4A/5A GRAY (Coach: Judd Kopperud, LeMars)

Keeley Petzenhauser, Spencer

Sidney Baumgartner, LeMars

Cassidy Nerland, Webster City

Amara Lipsey, Ames

Vanessa Eniola, Cedar Rapids Washington

Kalynn Batey, Mount Pleasant

Shareece Smith, Fort Dodge

Tarae Warner, Burlington

Anna Wanek, West Des Moines Dowling

Hannah Ambrosy, Maquoketa

1A SELECT (Coach: Nicole Goodwin, Kingsley-Pierson)

Erin Weber, Boyer Valley

Brianna Jensen, Kingsley-Pierson

Jenna Boelter, Algona Garrigan

Mandy Willems, Ackley AGWSR

Emily Hurley, Grand View Christian

Rylee Menster, Springville

Abbey Jamison, West Monona

Sophia Peppers, Exira-EHK; Mikayla Nachazel, Springville

2A SELECT (Coach: Mike Sconsa, Cascade)

Ashtyn Veerbeek, Western Christian

Tatum Koenig, West Branch

Madelyn Deitschler, Treynor

Mackenzie Rogers, Mediapolis

Kenzie Cunard, Logan-Magnolia

Devyn Kemble, Panorama

Ashley Tull, North Linn

Kia Rasmussen, IKM-Manning

Rebecca Schroeder, Bellevue Abbie Ruggeberg, Cascade

1A WHITE: (Coach: Shane Rowlands, Southeast Warren)

Lexee Hartsock, Winfield-Mount Union

Katie Sobotka, Diagonal

Molly Barton, Colo-Nesco

Kenzie Squires, West Central

Kiana Miller, WACO

Peyton Olson, Mason City Newman

Kealey Nelson, Exira-EHK

Mateya Peters, Griswold

Cherrise Ward, Iowa Valley

Sidney McFee, East Union

1A GRAY (Coach: Mark Wiley, Elkader Central)

Nicole Heeren, North Butler

Ashley Schwartzhoff, Lansing Kee

Kelly Leerar, West Hancock

Emily Busta, Turkey Valley

Gabrielle Lenth, Elkader Central

Mariah Vos, Lynnville-Sully

McKayla Boeschen, Dunkerton

Hailey Messerich, Easton Valley

Brianda Bane, Collins-Maxwell

McKensie Vaske, Garwin GMG

2A WHITE (Coach: Dan Druvenga, Panorama)

Danielle Boettcher, Sioux Central

Autum Barthelman, Sigourney

Mia Hoogeveen, West Lyon

Grace Dupuy, West Central Valley

Kennedy McShane, MFL MarMac

Kylan Straight, Logan-Magnolia

Kelsee Van Haalen, Pleasantville

Kelcie Hale, Earlham

Sydney Petersen, Dike-New Hartford

Anna LeGrand, North Linn

2A GRAY (Coach: Bret Larson, Manson-NW Webster)

Kaylee Parks, Central Springs

Maci Gambell, Pekin

Samantha Hagedorn, North Union

Abbie Ericson, West Sioux

Emma Kelchen, Bellevue

Anne Ryan, Cascade

Payton Ries, Maquoketa Valley

Karley Larson, Underwood

Baylee Petersen, Dike-New Hartford

Shayla Peters, Madrid

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