INA all-state girls basketball 2009

By Jeff Linder

The Gazette

DES MOINES — Even through the tears of a stinging defeat, Jaime Printy found perspective.

“It was the best year I could ever ask for,” said the guard from Linn-Mar High School.

The Lions were ranked No. 1 throughout the season and finished 24-1 after falling to Ames in the Class 4A state semifinals.

It was a sour end to a special season.

Printy and teammate Kiah Stokes were honored as first-team all-staters in Class 4A by sportswriters representing the Iowa Newspaper Association. Voting was conducted Saturday morning.

Amanda Zimmerman of 3A state champion Ballard was named Miss Iowa Basketball 2009. Zimmerman, a 6-foot-2 post headed to Iowa State, led the Bombers to four state tournament appearances. She averaged 16.1 points and 6.2 rebounds this season as the Bombers went 26-1.

Behind Printy and Stokes, Linn-Mar rolled through the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Printy, a guard signed with Iowa, averaged 17.8 points per game and led the state in free-throw shooting at 91.1 percent. She is a first-teamer for the third time.

Stokes, a 6-3 sophomore, added 15.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and a state-leading 6.4 blocks per game.

Her 160 blocks this season were the most ever by a sophomore.

“It’s nice having her back there,” Printy said. “It allows the rest of us to take a few more risks (defensively).”

Gazette-area players accounted for half of the eight-player 4A first team. The Linn-Mar duo is joined by Jade Rogers of state semifinalist Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Virginia Johnson of Iowa City High.

Rogers, a junior and another Iowa commitment, battled back from an ACL tear suffered last spring and averaged 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

Johnson, a sophomore, averaged 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as City High reached the regional finals. She helped the Little Hawks to a state title last season as a freshman.

Other area first-team picks are Morgan Paige of Marion in 3A, Emily Blietz of MFL MarMac and Alicia Goetz of Tipton in 2A and Katie Eiben of Springville in 1A.

Paige led Marion to its second straight Wamac Conference championship, averaging 20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

Marion went 22-2, with both losses coming to Dubuque Wahlert — the last one in a regional final.

Goetz took over the leadership role when all-state candidate Missy Miller tore an ACL in the seventh game of the season and guided Tipton (24-2) to state.

She averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Behind Blietz, MFL MarMac was the top-ranked 2A team all season.

The Bulldogs were bumped off by Cascade in a regional final.

She averaged 16 points and shot 62 percent from the floor as the Bulldogs (23-2) won their sixth straight Upper Iowa Conference crown.

Eiben led Springville (26-2) to the 1A state final for the second straight year.

The Orioles were dethroned by Ackley AGWSR, 28-27, Friday night. Eiben averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.


Class 4A

First Team

Kiah Stokes, 6-3, soph., Linn-Mar

Jade Rogers, 5-11, jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Jalyssa Ceasar, 5-10, sr., Sioux City North

Jaime Printy, 5-11, sr., Linn-Mar

Trisha Nesbitt, 5-7, sr., Ames

Riley Norman, 6-1, jr., Des Moines Roosevelt

Virginia Johnson, 6-1, soph., Iowa City High

Jamie Elbert, 5-7, sr., Indianola

Second Team

Kionna Kellogg, 6-1, jr., Ames

Camille Marie-Lidd, 6-1, sr., Cedar Rapids Washington

Amy Vos, 5-11, sr., Newton

Brittni Donaldson, 5-7, soph., Sioux City North

Amber Harrington, 5-9, jr., Davenport North

Kyley Symmons, 5-7, soph., Lewis Central

Emma Krieger-Kittle, 6-0, sr., Iowa City West

Laura Johnson, 5-11, sr., Cedar Falls

Third Team

Megan Hogg, 6-0, jr., Waukee

Emily Guenther, 6-1, sr., Southeast Polk

Markisha Wright, 6-1, soph., Des Moines East

Mariah Duke, 5-7, jr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Jordyn Thompson, 5-9, sr., Newton

Kate Nielsen, 5-10, sr., Johnston

Brianna Mozer, 5-10, sr., Sioux City East

Jadyn Spencer, 5-10, soph., Waterloo West

Class 3A

First Team

Amanda Zimmerman, 6-2, sr., Ballard (Miss Iowa Basketball 2009)

Kristen Lipps, 5-11, jr., Algona

Alyson Spinas-Valainis, 6-3, jr., Davenport Assumption

Brittany Peterson, 5-10, sr., Spencer

Carli Tritz, 5-10, jr., Sioux City Heelan

Morgan Paige, 5-9, jr., Marion

Taylor Greenfield, 6-1, soph., Ballard

Lindsay Smith, 5-6, soph., DeWitt Central

Second Team

Brooke Gritters, 6-0, sr., Pella

Mary Halvorson, 6-0, jr., Waukon

Amber Leinen, 5-11, sr., Harlan

Sam Abens, 5-5, jr., Knoxville

Laura TerHark, 5-5, soph., Algona

Ally Jensen, 5-7, sr., Ballard

Millie Niggeling, 6-1, jr., Sioux City Heelan

Slone Masters, 5-9, jr., Storm Lake

Third Team

Sam Meyer,  5-11, sr., Williamsburg

Natalie Hackbarth, 6-2, jr., Algona

Karissa Schindelar, 6-1, sr., Decorah

Kirstin Nelson, 5-8, sr., Oelwein

Ashton Yossi, 5-8, soph., Dallas Center-Grimes

Abby Mendlik, 5-8, sr., Denison-Schleswig

Sam Rinehart, 5-10, sr., Marion

Chandra Hampton, 5-8, jr., Hampton-Dumont

Class 2A

First Team

Katie Schechinger, 6-3, sr., IKM-Manning

Amber Kirschbaum, 6-0, sr., Spirit Lake

Chelsea Poppens, 6-2, sr., Aplington-Parkersburg

Kendra DeJong, 5-11, sr., Unity Christian

Alicia Goetz, 5-6, sr., Tipton

Jamie Drees, 5-9, sr., Carroll Kuemper

Emily Blietz, 5-10, sr., MFL MarMac

Amy Dentlinger, 6-1, sr., Carroll Kuemper

Second Team

Mika Rodewald, 6-1, jr., Manson-NW Webster

Chanda Goedken, 5-11, sr., Cascade

Bailey Halbur, 6-1, sr., IKM-Manning

Megan Howard, 5-6, jr., North Polk

Bobbi McManaman, 5-8, sr., West Sioux

Lindsey VandeWall, 5-8, sr., Monroe PCM

Taylor Smith, 5-9, sr., Central Decatur

Hannah Redenius, 5-7, sr., Battle Creek-Ida Grove

Third Team

Tessa Westpfahl, 5-8, sr., Jesup

Nicole Strasko, 5-8, sr., Roland-Story

Jessica Ackerman, 6-0, sr., Sibley-Ocheyedan

Mackenzie Small, 5-9, jr., Hinton

Elly Argenbright, 5-4, jr., Panorama

Miley Hunziker, 5-11, sr., Okoboji

Ali Browning, 6-0, jr., Iowa City Regina

Ashley Hadedorn, 5-9, jr. IKM-Manning

Class 1A

First Team

Lindsay Hoehns, 5-9, jr., Twin Cedars

Jessica McDowell, 6-0, sr., Ackley AGWSR

Hallie Christofferson, 6-5, jr., Exira

Briana Schaeuble, 6-1, sr., Kingsley-Pierson

Holly Hinderman, 5-10, sr., Mason City Newman

Alyssa Schwartz, 5-8, sr., Crystal Lake WCLT

Katie Eiben, 6-2, sr., Springville

Emily Westrand, 5-9, sr., Essex

Second Team

Macy Ubben, 6-2, sr., Ackley AGWSR

Joscelyn Coleman, 5-10, jr., Essex

Kate Hartman, 6-1, jr., Northwood-Kensett

Marla Metzger, 5-4, sr., Valley Community

Jordan Hemmingsen, 6-7, soph., Alta

Molly Boylan, 5-7, sr., Exira

Sarah Davidson, 5-11, sr., Springville

Malarie Gilley, 6-1, jr., East Greene

Third Team

Abbie Grote, 5-8, sr., Odebolt-Arthur

Mackenzie Morrison, 6-4, soph., Martensdale-St. Marys

Tiffany Bormann, 6-1, sr., Preston

Molly Bolt, 5-8, sr., Janesville

Ciara Allen, 5-5, sr., New London

Elizabeth Schroeder, 5-10, sr., North Butler

Shelby Nagel, 5-8, sr., George-Little Rock

Kadie Subbert, 5-11, soph., Stanton




9 Responses to “INA all-state girls basketball 2009”

  1. waukongirlsbball Says:

    I like and agree with most of these picks, and as always there will be dissagreements etc. I am not making a big deal out of this but in my opion Kirsten Nelson of Oelwein who made third team, does not get the credit for the player she is. She probably was not watched by many that voted but if she isn’t one of the top 8 players, let alone 16 in 3A then I don’t know anything!

    Congrats to all that made the rosters and it is a very good list of players.

  2. INA all-state girls basketball 2009 | Says:

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  3. Debv Says:

    Since you are on the inside Jeff, maybe you can tell us what the criteria are, and how you decide who is on the ballet (without giving away any trade secrets, of course). I would find that interesting

    PS…”dethroned” is such a harsh word…OUCH…and really, we don’t “give up” our 08 crown, we just don’t get to wear the 09 version…

    • jtlinder Says:

      First, players are nominated. Each team consists of eight players (three frontcourt, three backcourt and two “utility” — basically the two best players that weren’t previously selected). There is discussion … criteria includes team’s success, stats, etc., then the sportswriters vote.

  4. jtlinder Says:

    I was on the 4A committee Saturday. I compiled a list of deserving area players in the other three classes and left them with a member of each committee that I trusted would give “my kids” a fair judgment.

  5. Debv Says:

    Well, at leat you guys wait til AFTER the final tourney game to cast your votes…much more sensible than the way all tourney teams are picked.

  6. jtlinder Says:

    Actually, the all-state selections are made Saturday morning, before the 3A and 4A finals.

  7. jtlinder Says:

    Wanted to reply about “dethroned.” I’m sure that the word applies in this case. Didn’t mean it to be harsh. I felt (and still feel) that it was the most accurate verb. Nobody can take away Springville’s 2008 title. Springville is still a champion. It will be in the record book until the end of time. But not the reigning champion. AGWSR took that title away from the Orioles … thus, “dethroned,” I believe, is justified.

  8. Debv Says:

    Oh it’s justified…it’s still harsh…but justified.
    It’s ironic, because coach O’Donnell gave a LOT of talk time to trying to dispell the notion that we were “defending” champs. He insisted that we were not defending anything…we were 08 champs and that was that. Now we were trying for e new title. I can’t even count how many times I read or heard him say that.

    I’m sure it was his way of downplaying the expectations…but I don’t think anyone really bought it.

    I understand his reasoning though….because it seems likely the intense pressure was a factor in the way we played in Des Moines.

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