CMB and NP get two selections, Ballard one

Five area athletes were named all-state in football by the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2013.

Ballard’s Marcus Johnson made the Class 3A third team at linebacker and Collins-Maxwell-Baxter’s Bryce Kemp was a second-team pick at receiver in 2A. CMB offensive lineman Patrick Girard was joined by North Polk receiver Russell Greene and defensive lineman Collin Hoshaw as third-team selections in 2A.

Johnson – a 6-1, 185-pound junior – racked up 151 tackles, including 79 solo stops, to help Ballard return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Johnson also recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass on the season.

Kemp had a big junior year at receiver. He hauled in 28 receptions for 604 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Raiders.

Girard helped CMB average 35.9 points and 387.3 yards per game this fall.

Greene – a senior – was the top receiver for a North Polk team that went 9-2 and shared the Class 2A District 7 championship. Despite missing significant time due to injury Greene had 28 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Hoshaw was the anchor of the North Polk defensive line. He made 52 tackles with eight tackles for loss, five sacks and a fumble recovery during his senior year.

Bishop Heelan’s Trent Solsma was named captain of the 3A all-state teams after leading the Crusaders to a 14-0 state championship run. The 6-1, 205-pound quarterback completed 220 of 316 passes for 3,586 yards and 45 touchdowns.

Kuemper Catholic quarterback Cole Neary was the 2A captain. Neary threw for 3,113 yards and 39 touchdowns and added 276 yards and nine touchdowns rushing for the unbeaten 2A state champions.