CLINTON — A pair of first cousins who helped their teams reach the state tournament were honored today with first-team all-state honors by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Kyle Bauer, who spearheaded Central DeWitt’s drive to a second-place finish in the state, was named to a utility spot on the eight-player first team in Class 3A. Meanwhile, Chase Zaruba, the leading scorer on Easton Valley’s team that made it to Des Moines, was one of three backcourt players honored on the first team in Class 1A. Zaruba’s father and Bauer’s mother are brother and sister.
Adding to the deep talent pool in the area, Clinton’s Jalen Jones was named to the second team in Class 4A.
“That’s awesome,” Central DeWitt coach Jeff Frick said he learned the news about his 6-foot-2 senior guard.
Led by Bauer, Central DeWitt (23-4) reached the 3A championship game, where it lost to Dubuque Wahlert for the second time in the season. But playing three games in the state tournament benefited Bauer individually, according to Frick.
“He has been wanting to play college ball for a long time, and he’s getting more looks now,” Frick said.
Bauer led the Sabers with 15 points a game; shot 48 percent from the field, 73.3 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from 3-point range; and led the team with 42 3-pointers. He also finished second in rebounding at 3.9 a game, had a team-high 57 steals and blocked 15 shots and made 60 assists for the Sabers.
“The biggest strength of Kyle this year was he became more well-rounded,” Frick said. “I think he became a better scorer because he was a better player all-around.”
Zaruba also led his team to the state tournament, and Easton Valley finished with a 21-3 record after losing to Keota in the Class 1A quarterfinals.