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Rebels lead area haul on INA all-state teams

March 22, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

DES MOINES - The Rebels made quite the showing in their first-ever state basketball tournament appearance.

Bringing home a state title to punctuate a perfect season, Gladbrook-Reinbeck was rewarded with three selections on the Iowa Newspaper Association's all-state boys basketball teams.

The Rebels' dynamic backcourt of senior Cam Kickbush and sophomore Joe Smoldt earned Class 1A first team honors, while senior center Zach Pierce garnered second team distinction.

Kickbush and Pierce earned second and third team recognition, respectively, last season, while Smoldt claimed his first INA accolade and was the lone underclassmen recognized on the 1A all-state team.

Smoldt, who was named the captain of the 1A all-state tournament team after pouring in 61 points over three games, led the Rebels' attack with 18 points per game and set a new single-season record for points scored at 504. He led the NICL West Division in scoring, while also averaging 5.1 assists and 2.6 steals. He also made 60 3-pointers at a 42.6 percent clip en route to being named the league's Most Outstanding Player.

Kickbush, who missed the first six games of the season while recovering from a collarbone injury suffered in football, ranked second in the league at 17 points per outing. The senior also tallied 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game and finished fifth in Class 1A with a school single-season record 72 treys at 47.7 percent. Kickbush scored a team-high 20 points in G-R's state title win over Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto and finished with 57 points at Wells Fargo Arena to make the six-member all-tournament team.

Pierce provided a strong interior presence for the Rebels (28-0) amassing 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, ranking 10th and third respectively in the NICL West.

Colo-NESCO junior Christian Reischauer and North Tama senior Paul Kaufmann each attained Class 1A third-team recognition. Reischauer led the Royals' to a second straight Iowa Star Conference South Division title while scoring 19.9 points per game, good for second in the league. The junior standout also led the Royals (21-2) in rebounding (7.2 per game) and steals (3.3), while also contributing four assists per game.

Kaufmann, making his second straight third-team appearance, paced the Redhawks' attack in scoring (17.7), rebounding (10) and assists (4). Kaufmann led the Iowa Star South in rebounding and finished fourth in scoring, while North Tama finished the year at 12-11.

South Hardin point guard Eric Mulder garnered a Class 2A third-team selection. Mulder, who joined the Rebels backcourt tandem as the three guards selected to the NICL West Division's first team, ranked second in Class 2A in both assists (7.5) and steals (4.5), while also ranking fifth in the NICL West in scoring (15.8). He led the Tigers to a 16-8 record.

Sioux City North senior Daniel Tillo was named as Iowa's Mr. Basketball. The 6-foot-5 forward scored a Class 4A-best 24.5 points while also contributing nine rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Tillo led the Stars to three consecutive state tournament appearances and finished his high school career with 2,016 points, joining former Mason City and University of Iowa standout Jeff Horner in becoming the second athlete from a Class 4A school to crack the 2,000-point club.



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