Prince of Peace supporters cheer during a Class 1A quarterfinal matchup Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. St. Mary's defeated the Irish 58-55.

Player of the Year

Caleb Delzell, jr., Camanche

The season: Delzell was a triple-threat option for the Indians, supplying the team as a talented scorer, passer and rebounder. Delzell averaged 14 points this season and led the conference in assists while ranking third in total rebounds. He also earned second-team all-state and elite team RVC.

The last word: “He is a matchup nightmare for opposing team with the ability to go inside, outside and handle the ball.” -Camanche coach Josh Davis

First team

Kaidion Larson, sr., Prince of Peace

The season: Larson’s scoring surge this season differed from others in the area in the sense that the senior did not require 3-pointers to fill the stat sheet. He averaged a team-high 19.6 points – many of which derived from slippery moves in the lane. He earned second-team all-state and first-team Tri-Rivers Conference.

The last word: “Kaidion has a true passion for the game of basketball, always wanting me to open the gym so he can improve his skills. He has the amazing ability to get to the rim and finish, draw fouls or dish to an open teammate. He made everyone around him better.” -POP coach Gerry Murphy

Braeden Hoyer, sr., Northeast

The season: Hoyer used his uncanny athleticism to lead the Rebels in a series of statistics, including points (15.6), rebounds (10.1) and blocks (30). Hoyer, a 6-foot-5 senior, is a threat in all facets of the game, and, thus likely will not be missed around the conference next season. He earned a spot on the River Valley Conference elite team.


In this Clinton Herald file photo, Northeast's Braeden Hoyer drives to the basket during a regular season game of the 2018-19 season. Hoyer, a senior, is averaging 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. 

The last word: “The most athletic player in the area. Averaged a double-double with points and rebounds and even better person than he is a player which is saying something. Most athletic player I have ever coached and shot 65 percent from the field.” -Northeast coach Travis Eversmeyer

Connor Barnett, so., Fulton 

The season: Barnett stepped into the driver’s seat of Fulton’s offense as a sophomore in 2018-19 and did not miss a beat. He had a knack for knocking down timely shots or making a clutch defensive play during key moments, all the while engineering the offensive flow this season for Coffey and the Steamers.

The last word: “Connor came in as a young guy and exceeded expectations. He scored for us, he got his teammates shots and handled pressure for us all year. He is a hard worker and will be a leader of our program for the next couple of years.” -Fulton coach RJ Coffey

LJ Henderson, jr., Clinton 

The season: Henderson held an advantage in many of his matchups during the 2018-19 campaign, as opposing wings often struggled containing the strong, six-foot guard. Henderson led the River Kings with 11.5 points while also pitching in defensively and on the boards.

Cam Soenksen, jr., Camanche

The season: When Camanche needed a bucket this season, Soenksen probably had the ball in his hands. The 6-foot-2 junior averaged a sizzling 20 points and made the most 3-pointers of all River Valley Conference (North) competition. For his efforts, he earned a spot on the all-state third team and the elite RVC team.

The last word: “He is extremely explosive on both ends of the floor. Can make a highlight dunk on one end then take a big charge on the other end.” -Camanche coach Josh Davis

Second team

Bret Myli, sr., Clinton 

The season: Myli joined Henderson to help propel a relatively stagnant River Kings offense this season, offering 10.6 points to complement 8.3 rebounds per contest. At 6-foot-7, Myli also challenged several shots and rejected a team-high 33 others.

The last word: "He is really one of the guys that make us go and I think there have been games this year that he has struggled, that we have struggled." -Clinton coach Troy Ersland

Patrick Mulholland, sr., Prince of Peace

The season: Mulholland was the emotional "rock" for the Irish during a historic run to the state tournament. He also found the bottom of the net to the tune of 12.1 points per contest, while also leading the team in assists (80) and steals (68). He earned first-team all conference in the TRC for the second year as a unanimous pick.


Prince of Peace's Patrick Mulholland (left) and head coach Gerry Murphy (right) embrace after the Irish clinched the program's first trip to state since 1994, defeating Dunkerton 63-60 Saturday at Midland High School. 

The last word: “Patrick last year was our leading scorer at 16.6.ppg. But going into this season, Patrick knew we needed to become a better defensive team. He took it upon himself to become our defensive stopper. With positive leadership and determination, he helped mold a winning attitude to this year’s team. A joy to coach these last 4 years.” -POP coach Gerry Murphy

Dawson Stoll, sr., Northeast

The season: Stoll was the only other Rebel (Hoyer) to average double figures this season, posting over 12 points per contest and firing 32 percent from long-distance. Stoll, a senior, possessed a leadership quality that will be difficult to replace in 2019-20. He was on the North Divisional team for the River Valley Conference.

The last word: “Athletic guard who can score on three levels. His pull-up game is as good as anyone’s that I have coached. One of our primary players/players.” -Northeast coach Travis Eversmeyer

Curtis Hartung, sr., Easton Valley 

The season: Hartung quickly blossomed into a reliable scoring option for the high-powered River Hawks. Hartung, who stands 6-foot-5, averaged 12.5 points and was a legitimate force in the post, leading the team in blocks (29) and trailing just teammate Kaleb Cornilsen in rebounds. He was a unanimous first teamer in the TRC.

The last word: “He has a nice variety of moves inside and is a tough match-up for anyone. His development late last season made a big difference for us and that continued into this season. Curtis is a quick jumper with excellent timing on shot blocks and offensive tip-ins. We will miss him sorely next year.” -Easton Valley coach Dan Beck

Nate Trenkamp, sr., Easton Valley

The season: Trenkamp was one of five River Hawks to average over 10 points, shooting 48 percent from the 3-point line. He also ended up with 100 assists on the season and 34 steals. He was a unanimous first team selection in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

The last word: “Nate is one of our most versatile and intelligent players. His skill set allows him to play any position on the floor for us and he does a good job of transferring information from the coaches to the other layer on the floor.” -Easton Valley coach Dan Beck

Tucker Kinney, jr., Central DeWitt

The season: Kinney led a well-balanced Central DeWitt attack this season with 13.7 points a game while converting on 44 percent of his attempts. Kinney, a junior, will be heavily relied upon for the Sabers next season alongside fellow juniors Alex McAleer and Logan Paulsen.

The last word: “Tucker is one of the best all-around athletes in our school. He really stepped up for us offensively this year and we expect big things from him in the future.” -DeWitt coach Grady Gallagher

Third team

Zach Erwin, fr., Camanche

The season: It can't be easy to step into the role of operating an explosive offense as a freshman, but Erwin made it look that way. The 14-year-old smoothly served as the general for the Indians this season while adding a stout defensive prowess, which served as an attribute not lost on his coach.

The last word: “He runs the show for a 20-win team as a 14-year-old. He also takes on the responsibility of guarding the other teams’ best perimeter player.” -Camanche coach Josh Davis

Kyle Schipper, sr., Fulton 

The season: Schipper served as a senior leader for the Steamers on both ends of the court. He was a smooth operator with the ball and played tight-knit defense against some of the best scorers in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference on a nightly basis. Schipper was named to the TRAC's second-team.


Fulton senior Kyle Schipper (24) shoots over Erie-Prophetstown defense during the Eric Ottens Shootout on Jan. 26.

The last word: “Kyle has been a three year player for us and ended his career with a solid season. He put a lot of time and effort into the Steamer basketball program.” -Fulton coach RJ Coffey

Kaleb Cornilesen, so., Easton Valley 

The season: Kornilsen emerged onto the area scene in a hurry, immediately becoming a force for the River Hawks. The sophomore, who stands 6-foot-3, averaged 16.3 points a game and reeled in 171 total rebounds – both of which led the team.

The last word: “Kaleb has incredible talent for a sophomore and should be a match-up nightmare for people next year. His size and athleticism will be hard to contend with if he continues to work on his skills.” -Easton Valley coach Dan Beck

Cade Jargo, jr., Easton Valley 

The season: As the River Hawks primary ball handler and perimeter defense, the point guard shot 50 percent from the field, draining a team-high 55 threes in the process. he also had 38 steals and 123 assists from his spot at the top of the key.

The last word: “Cade's combination of quickness, jumping ability, ability to handle the ball, as well as his incredibly deep range on 3's makes him an extremely tough guard. He improved a lot over last summer and if he improves as much this summer he will be a joy to coach and watch!” -Easton Valley coach Dan Beck

Nathan Moeller, jr., Prince of Peace

The season: The Irish’s second-leading scorer, Moeller shot 61 percent from the field and drained an additional 20 long distance shots this year. He pulled down 209 rebounds and had 39 blocks, second in the conference in each. He was named to the Tri-Rivers Conference second team.

The last word: “Nathan made a huge improvement from last year to this year. He almost doubled his scoring from 8.8 to 15.5, rebounding from 114 to 209 and tripled blocked shots from 13 to 39. Nathan provided that inside scoring and rebounding we needed to have a successful season this year.” -POP coach Gerry Murphy

Alex McAleer, jr., Central DeWitt

The season: McAleer served as the second leading scorer for the Sabers and did a little bit of everything. He drained a few threes while shooting 48 percent from the field and going to the line 75 times. He led the team in blocked shots and was high on the team in rebounding, assists and steals.

The last word: “Alex was our best two-way player this year. He always guarded the other teams best player, never complained and did a great job putting pressure on opposing defenses. We expect big things from him as well.” DeWitt coach Grady Gallagher

Honorable mentions

Max Holy, jr., Clinton 

Kyler Pessman, so., Fulton 

Jessen Weber, jr., Easton Valley 

Calvin Ottens, sr., Camanche

Carson Seeser, sr., Camanche

Dakota Stevenson, jr., Northeast

Trey McAleer, jr., Northeast

Logan Paulsen, jr., Central DeWitt

Michael Matthew, sr., Prince of Peace

Payton Schnier. sr., Prince of Peace