Prep Basketball

Behind Derek Krogmann, as usual, West Delaware beats Waverly-Shell Rock

Senior center approaches 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds

West Delaware's Derek Krogmann (24) grabs a rebound over Center Point-Urbana's Grant Dirks (32) during the first half of a Class 3A Boys' Substate final basketball game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, February 27, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
West Delaware's Derek Krogmann (24) grabs a rebound over Center Point-Urbana's Grant Dirks (32) during the first half of a Class 3A Boys' Substate final basketball game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, February 27, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — He admits it was different: seeing the guy whose school records he has obliterated sitting on the opposing team’s bench.

That’s the way it was Saturday afternoon for Derek Krogmann. Perhaps the best player in West Delaware High School history beat the new team of perhaps the second-best player in West Delaware history.

B.J. Hermsen is an assistant coach for Waverly-Shell Rock. Krogmann had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Hawks’ 49-39 win as part of the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“I have always had a ton of respect for B.J.,” Krogmann said. “I know him pretty well, just because he’s been around my first years of high school. It’s definitely weird having him on that bench. We’d rather have him on our bench.”

Hermsen was an assistant at West Delaware before moving to Waverly. Best known as a high-round baseball draft pick of the Minnesota Twins, he had one heck of a hoops career, too.

But Krogmann has surpassed him this season in scoring and rebounding. The 6-foot-7 senior is close to reaching 1,500 points in his career and went over the 1,000-rebound mark here.

Only 27 players in state history have gotten the 1,500/1,000 double.

“That’s probably an impossible question to answer,” West Delaware Coach Matt Uthoff said, when asked what Krogmann has meant to his program. “It’s everything, from his leadership, to the example he sets for the youth in this community. He is the perfect kid to coach. The first one in and the last to leave, a 4.0 student. If you could hand pick a kid to have in your program for four years, it’s Derek Krogmann.”

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Krogmann is a preferred walk-on at the University of Northern Iowa. He and his teammates finally pulled away from an expected, low-scoring tug of war in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks (10-4) led after a quarter, trailed at halftime but went back ahead after three quarters, 34-32.

Logan Woellert added 10 points for West Delaware. Second-leading scorer Kyle Kelley (averaging 15.6 points per game) was limited to four, as Waverly-Shell Rock (7-7) employed a box-and-one defense on him throughout the game.

West Delaware won despite not making a 3-point shot (0 for 9). Freshman Hogan Hansen led the Go-Hawks with 16 points, with Nebraska football recruit Mosai Newsom adding 11.

“It took us a little while to recognize what they were in,” Krogmann said. “We made some adjustments in the third quarter, and things started to go our way. We set more screens, worked it middle and inside a little better.”

“We are very similar programs. Big, tough athletes. A lot of athletes,” Uthoff said. “Their program is one of the tops in the state consistently, we’re trying to get there. Both teams really defend, both teams don’t really play a crazy pace. I thought tonight the first team to 50 would probably win.”

Turned out it was the first team to 40.

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK (39): Cade Pruhs 0-4 0-0 0, Mosai Newsom 4-10 3-5 11, Trey Angel 0-1 0-0 0, Hogan Hansen 5-11 5-7 16, Kurby Vowels 0-7 0-0 0, Keaton Farmer 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Burks 1-2 1-2 3, Josh Halverson 3-3 0-0 9, Ethan Reichert 0-1 0-0 0, Ben Heyer 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Ramker 0-0 0-0 0, Conner Havlovic 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Eckenrod 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Flege 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-40 9-14 39.

WEST DELAWARE (49): Kyle Kelley 1-6 2-2 4, Logan Winn 0-0 3-4 3, Derek Krogmann 8-14 4-9 20, Gavin Soppe 0-4 0-2 0, Logan Woellert 3-9 4-6 10, Mitch Krogmann 3-3 2-6 8, Jamison Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Isaiah Rich 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Stratton 0-0 0-0 0, Lonnie Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Eric Salow 0-0 0-0 0, Shaun DeMoss 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-37 17-31 49.

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Halftime — Waverly-Shell Rock 27, West Delaware 24. 3-point goals — Waverly-Shell Rock 4-16 (Pruhs 0-1, Angel 0-1, Newsom 0-1, Hansen 1-5, Vowels 0-5, Halverson 3-3), West Delaware 0-9 (Woellert 0-4, Soppe 0-4, Kelley 0-1). Rebounds — Waverly-Shell Rock 30 (Newsom 6), West Delaware 31 (Krogmann 14). Total fouls — Waverly-Shell Rock 21, West Delaware 15. Fouled out — Angels. Turnovers — Waverly-Shell Rock 9, West Delaware 3.

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