Prep Baseball

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Levi Usher named Metro Player of the Year

Hawks lead the way with three first-team picks; Xavier's Dan Halter named Coach of the Year

Levi Usher of Cedar Rapids Prairie is the Metro baseball player of the year. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Levi Usher of Cedar Rapids Prairie is the Metro baseball player of the year. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Prairie senior Levi Usher was named Player of the Year and Cedar Rapids Xavier Coach Dan Halter received Coach of the Year honors, highlighting the 2018 All-Metro teams.

Usher finished the season with a .381 batting average and a .531 on-base percentage. Usher, who has committed to play at Kirkwood, had 45 hits, including seven doubles, eight triples and two home runs with 37 RBIs. He was joined by teammates Griff Clark and Harrison Cook.

In his first year as head coach, Halter helped the Class 3A second-ranked Saints to a 30-10 record and a district final appearance. Senior Gabe Lux and Kyle Moeder were first-team picks.

Cedar Rapids Washington was the lone Metro team to reach the state tournament. The Warriors’ Lincoln Riley and Jacob Bockenstedt made the first-team.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson opened the season with a Bob Vrbicek Metro tournament title. Chase Keeney and Brayden Frazier, the program leader for career doubles, were first-team selections.

Linn-Mar’s Nate Annis and freshman Coy Sarsfield were chosen to the first-team. Sarsfield has already committed to play at the University of Iowa.

Marion ace Rick Atkins and Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Graham Woods rounded out the first-team.

2018 All-Metro Baseball

FIRST TEAM

Rick Atkins, jr., Marion

Graham Woods, sr., C.R. Kennedy

Gabe Lux, sr., C.R. Xavier

Kyle Moeder, jr., C.R. Xavier

Levi Usher, sr., C.R. Prairie

Griff Clark, sr., C.R. Prairie

Harrison Cook, sr., C.R. Prairie

Lincoln Riley, jr., C.R. Washington

Jacob Bockenstedt, sr., C.R. Washington

Chase Keeney, jr., C.R. Jefferson

Brayden Frazier, sr., C.R. Jefferson

Nate Annis, sr., Linn-Mar

Coy Sarsfield, fr., Linn-Mar

SECOND TEAM

Nick Cole, jr., Marion

Chase Zielke, sr., Marion

Garrett, jr., C.R. Xavier

Aaron Bartels, sr., C.R. Xavier

Drew Christensen, sr., C.R. Washington

Joe McKinstry, jr., C.R. Washington

T.J. Kuennen, sr., C.R. Jefferson

Jon Cross, jr., C.R. Jefferson

Jaylynn Smith, sr., C.R. Prairie

Caleb Fuller, sr., C.R. Prairie

Mason Hook, sr., C.R. Prairie

Reed Zahradnik, sr., Linn-Mar

Josh Hilsenbeck, jr., Linn-Mar

HONORABLE MENTION

Luke Golla, sr., Marion

Austin Prier, jr., Marion

Nolan Behn, sr., C.R. Kennedy

Lane Thole, sr., C.R. Kennedy

Nick Nading, sr., C.R. Washington

Nolan Cavanaugh, sr., C.R. Washington

Cole Wright, sr., Linn-Mar

Trent Davis, jr., Linn-Mar

Logan Pady, sr., C.R. Jefferson

Drake Frazier, jr., C.R. Frazier

Will Angstman, sr., C.R. Xavier

Bryson Bastian, jr., C.R. Xavier

Blake Wheeler, sr., C.R. Prairie

Ryan Kilpatrick, jr., C.R. Prairie

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