The Ballard girls’ basketball team had five players given all-Raccoon River Conference honors after placing second in the conference in 2017-18.
Freshmen Molly Ihle and Josie Fleischmann, sophomore Maggie Larson and seniors Tara Sanders and Ana Vier were all rewarded by the conference coaches after helping Ballard go 11-3 in the RRC.
Ihle was named to the all-RRC first team. She was joined by Boone’s Claire Sandvig, Caitlynne Shadle and Emma Dighton; Carlisle’s Molly Hoekstra and Meredith Hoffman; Winterset’s Madison Wauters and Adel-Desoto-Minburn’s Abbie Hlas.
Sandvig, Shadle, Hoekstra and Wauters were all unanimous selections.
Ihle was a tremendous all-around player in her first season for Ballard. She averaged 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 steals and 3.5 assists in conference games.
Fleischmann made the all-RRC second team. The rest of the second team is comprised of Bondurant-Farrar sophomore Taylor Berggren, ADM sophomore Delaney Bertman, Boone junior Madlyn Danner, Perry sophomore Molly Lutmer and Winterset junior Mia Olson.
Fleischmann led Ballard with a 7.9 scoring average in RRC games. She also averaged 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
Larson, Sanders and Vier were all named all-conference honorable mention.
Larson averaged 6.5, points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals. Sanders put up 6.9 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals and Vier 7.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game against RRC foes.
Boone’s Jim McPartland was named the RRC Coach of the Year after leading the Toreadors to the conference title with a perfect 14-0 record.
All-RRC girls’ basketball teams
First team: Molly Hoekstra (So.)*, Carlisle; Claire Sandvig (Sr.)*, Boone; Caitlynne Shadle (Sr.)*, Boone; Madison Wauters (Jr.)*, Winterset; Emma Dighton (Fr.), Boone; Abbie Hlas (So.), ADM; Meredith Hoffman (So.), Carlisle; Molly Ihle (Fr.), Ballard.
Second team: Taylor Berggren (So.), Bondurant-Farrar; Delaney Bertman (So.), ADM; Madlyn Danner (Jr.), Boone; Josie Fleischmann (Fr.), Ballard; Molly Lutmer (So.), Perry; Mia Olson (Jr.), Winterset.
Honorable mention: Ella Collison (Fr.), Carroll; Abby Curtis (Sr.), Carlisle; Avery Fried (Fr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Riley Gilroy (Fr.), Bondurant-Farrar; Aliyah Graham (So.), Boone; Madison Hoekstra (Sr.), Carlisle; Emma Jacobsen (Jr.), ADM; Maggie Larson (So.), Ballard; Taylor Mohr (Jr.), Carroll; Corry Pickering (Jr.), Winterset; Tara Sanders (Sr.), Ballard; Grace Stewart (Sr.), Perry; Ana Vier (Sr.), Ballard.
RRC Coach of the Year: Jim McPartland, Boone.
Final RRC standings