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Here are the five male finalists for Gazette Athlete of the Year 2021. The winner will be announced next Sunday.
Marcus Morgan, Iowa City West
Holds numerous school records as a quarterback. Accounted for 25 touchdowns (17 passing) and 1,880 all-purpose yards as a senior, in just seven games. Completed 67 percent of his passes and averaged 44.2 yards per punt.
Injuries slowed his basketball career, and he scored 317 career points.
A 6-4 high jumper as a sophomore, qualifying for the Drake Relays and state meet.
Owned a 13-3 career pitching record heading into his senior baseball season.
Will play baseball at the University of Iowa.
Justin Recker, Monticello
Earned 14 varsity letters — four each in basketball and baseball, three apiece in football and golf.
A two-time all-district football performer, he was third in Class 2A in touchdown receptions.
A three-time all-stater in basketball, including first-team honors as a senior, he is the leading scorer in school history.
Two-time Elite all-conference in golf and an all-conference baseball player as a sophomore and junior.
Will play basketball at Kirkwood Community College.
Trey Shearer, Montezuma
A dominant performer in basketball. Led the Braves to three state basketball tournaments, highlighted by a Class 1A state championship in March. They were fourth in 2019, third in 2020.
A four-year starter and a three-time first-team all-stater, he closed with 2,299 career points, 456 assists and 254 steals. Braves were 91-12 in his four years.
A four-year starter in football, earning 8-Player first-team honors as a senior. Caught 52 career touchdowns, compiled 1,636 receiving yards in his senior season, including 389 in one game.
A state track participant in 2018, turned his spring focus to golf as a senior.
Will play basketball at Truman State University.
Jared Voss, West Delaware
A key member of five state-championship teams in wrestling, he placed fifth individually as a junior and senior and compiled a career record of 131-37.
Earned first-team all-state football honors after leading Class 3A in total touchdowns scored (38) while accumulating 2,576 all-purpose yards as a senior.
A first-team all-Wamac Conference East Division baseball player last year, he compiled a 1.54 ERA.
Participated in track and field as a freshman and sophomore.
Will wrestle at Coe College.
Max White, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Four-sport athletes aren’t all that common at the big schools, but White was a good one.
Earned Class 4A first-team all-state football honors as a senior. He was top-five in the state in seven different categories. He accounted for 47 career touchdowns, fifth most in Metro history. Second-team all-state as a junior.
A starter on Kennedy’s basketball team and an all-conference baseball player as a junior.
He advanced to the state track and field meet in three relays, including a runner-up shuttle hurdle relay and also won a Drake Relays title.
Will play football at the University of Iowa.