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TR FILE PHOTOS – West Marshall senior Kinnick Christensen, left, and North Tama senior Gabe Kopriva have been named to their respective all-district baseball teams for the fourth time in as many years after helping lead their teams on the mound and at the plate this hums. Christensen was twice named first-team all-district, while Kopriva was a three-time first-team honoree.


With the area baseball season at an end, All-District teams have been announced, with six players from the TR coverage area getting first team honors and five landing on the second team in their respective districts. Jordan Bly of South Tama was given an honorable mention as well.

Marshalltown junior Nick Rebik was a first-team selection in the Central District of Class 4A, batting .463 from the leadoff spot with 44 hits, two home runs and 15 RBIs with 10 strikeouts. He put in 10 2/3 innings of work as a pitcher with a 17.06 ERA while spending time at catcher, center fielder and a short stint at second base.

Leading the way in Class 1A was returning first-teamer Gabe Kopriva of North Tama. Kopriva was a first-team selection in the Central District for the third-consecutive season after a senior year in which he was in the top-five of Class 1A for stolen bases with 46, good enough for a tie for second. Koprive hit .433 in 26 games with a total of 39 hits, 36 runs and 13 RBIs at the plate. In 11 appearances as a pitcher he went 5-2 with a 1.67 ERA and struck out 69 batters in 58 2/3 innings. He allowed 40 hits and 34 runs (14 of them earned).

Two Gladbrook-Reinbeck players also received 1A Central District first team honors in pitcher William Kiburis and catcher Nick Tscherter. Kiburis was fifth in Class 1A in stolen bases with 42 and was a force as a pitcher for GR.

In 12 appearances (10 of them starts) Kiburis was 9-0 with a .89 ERA in 55 innings of work, striking out 95 batters and allowing 34 hits and 21 runs. As a batter he hit .393 in 112 at-bats with 44 hits and two home runs, driving in 27 runs and scoring on 56 occasions. He struck out just nine times and walked 25 times.

Tscherter was the starting catcher for GR and hit .451 for the season with 51 hits and two home runs, driving in 49 runs and walking 18 times while striking out just 13 times. Tscherter also made 14 appearances as a pitcher for the GR with a 4-4 record in eight starts. He recorded a 5.03 ERA and struck out 32 batters while allowing 52 runs (34 of them earned).

Two second-teamers from the area were North Tama’s Michael Schrier and BCLUW’s Walker Ashton.

Schrier was a catcher mainly for the Redhawks and hit .333 with 28 hits and 22 RBIs, scoring 21 times and drawing 10 walks.

Ashton hit .397 and recorded 27 hits while driving in eight runs. In 37 1/3 innings of work as a pitcher, Ashton had a 2-4 record and recorded a 3.38 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 37 hits allowed, giving up 30 runs (18 earned) and walking 17 batters.

West Marshall’s 28-9 season and run to the substate finals resulted in four Class 2A Central District honors — seniors Parker Reese and Kinnick Christensen on the first team and Owen Siegert and Will Dawley on the second team.

Reese had a strong season at the plate, hitting .398 with 43 hits and two home runs. He drove in 32 runs and reached base via walks on 32 occasions while holding down third base for the Trojans.

Christensen had an all-around campaign at shortstop and pitcher, with good numbers at the plate and from the mound. After getting second team as a freshman, first team as a sophomore and second team again as a junior, Christensen hit .386 with 39 hits and six home runs, driving in a team-best 46 runs over the course of the campaign and reaching base on 22 walks. He struck out 10 times.

As a pitcher, Christensen made 11 appearances and posted a 1.24 ERA and 6-1 record in 45 innings of work, striking out 59 batters and allowing just 25 hits and 15 runs (only eight of which were earned).

Owen Siegert made his second straight appearance on the second team after a sterling season on the mound, recording a .94 ERA in 52 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out 90 batters while giving up 23 hits and 13 runs (seven of which were earned) with 23 walks. At the plate he hit .281 with 32 hits, 27 RBIs and 22 walks.

Senior Will Dawley had a solid pitching season with a 5-1 record and a 1.63 ERA in 32 1/3 innings on the mound. Dawley allowed 17 hits and 12 runs (eight earned) while striking out 38 batters.

In Class 3A, Jordan Bly of South Tama County was given honorable mention honors in the Northeast District a year after earning second team honors in 2021. Bly hit .360 for the Trojans with 32 hits, 21 RBIs and 17 walks.

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