Ballard's Wacha, Krogh named all-state in football: Wacha makes 3A first team, Krogh second team

Joe Randleman
Ames Tribune
Nick Wacha

The Ballard football team had two players given all-state honors for the 2021 season by the Iowa Print Writers Association.

Defensive end Nick Wacha and offensive tackle Kale Krogh were the two Ballard players named all-state in Class 3A. Both players were instrumental in helping a young Bomber team overcome a 0-2 start to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row and finish 5-5 overall.

Wacha made the first team after recording 59.5 tackles, 13 stops behind the line, three sacks and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Krogh landed on the second team after the Iowa recruit fought through injuries to anchor the Bomber offensive line.

Kale Krogh

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley running back Landyn Van Kekerix was named captain of the 3A all-state team. Van Kekerix ran for 707 yards and 18 touchdowns on 10.7 yards per carry and also caught 32 passes for 811 yards and 15 scores for the 3A state runner-up Comets.