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Morgan Phillips Named to NICL All-Academic Team

Union senior Morgan Phillips has been selected to the North Iowa Cedar League (NICL) All-Academic Girls’ Basketball Team. To achieve this honor an athelete must be a Junior or Senior and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.33, and have earned a varsity letter in the sport.

Trio Earns All-Conference Honors

For the second consecutive year Union senior basketball player Brady Driscol earned First Team All-Conference in the North Iowa Cedar League (NICL) East Division. He led the Knights in scoring (367 pts.), shot 40.7% from the field and averaged 16.7 ppg., the best scoring average in the conference and recorded a league leading 116 steals. Driscol was also named to the Class 3A, Substate 2, All Sub-State team.
Sophomore John Boisen was named to the Second Team All-Conference based on his 14.0 ppg scoring average (5th highest in the conference). Boisen hit 43.2% of his shots from the floor and made 38 3-pointers during the season.
Union’s third honoree, senior Dylan Bear, received Honorable Mention honors. Bear led the team in rebounds (187) and assists (66).
All-Academic NICL awards were earned by four seniors: Brady Driscol, Tate Hadachek, Caleb Larison and Jess Larison.
Union finished the season with a 10-12 record, under the direction of Head Coach Scott Denner.

Block, Powell Earn Post Season Honors

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 3A Northeast All-District Team

Center Point-Urbana: Arika Wooldridge, Allison Wooldridge
Crestwood: Karlee Grabau, Madison Sickles
Dyersville Beckman: Blair Klostermann
Hampton-Dumont: Jessica Speake, Kennedy Wohlford, Jordan Prantner
South Hardin: Sarah Boomgarden
Union: Kaeli Block

Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Regional (Class 3A-Region 2) –

Clear Lake: Kaye Faber, Lindsey Loudenburg
Hampton-Dumont: Jessica Speake, Jordan Prantner
Union: Kaeli Block, Courtney Powell

“Kaeli is very deserving of making both of these teams. Kaeli has great shooting touch from inside and out so she is a tough match up for opponents. She has a high level of understanding of what we are trying to accomplish on both ends of the court, which benefits her performance greatly,” said Union Head Coach Robert Driscol.
“Courtney had a very solid year for us so I’m glad she was recognized by the IBCA. She is a hard worker who doesn’t back down from anyone. With her speed and quickness, she is a nightmare for opponents. I’m pleased with how her outside shooting improved this year, as well as her assist to turnover ratio. I will be excited to watch her continue to progress the next two years,” he added.

All Conference Honors for Union Girls

Union sophomores Courtney Powell and Kaeli Block have been named to the First Team in the North Iowa Cedar League – East (NICL). Powell, a Second Team selection a year ago, led the league in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game, and steals with 56. Her 25 made three point goals was third best in the league.
“I’m glad [Courtney] got the recognition she earned. She lead the conference in scoring and in steals which is a rare combination. People know Courtney is extremely quick, but I was happy to see her outside shooting take off this year, as well as improving her number of assists,” said Union Head Coach, Robert Driscol.

Block averaged 11.8 points and led the conference in free throw percentage (84.7%). She also hauled in 60 rebounds.

“Kaeli had a good year for us. Her ability to go inside or outside on offense was a definate asset. She has great shooting touch and outstanding footwork around the basket,” Driscol said.

Sophomore Jordyn Nagel was named to the All-NICL East Second Team. Nagel averaged 10.1 points per game and was a threat from beyond the three-point arc, with 22 three-point goals. In addition to her shooting touch, Driscol commended her vision on the court and her ability to take care of the basketball.
Sophomores Jackie Barz and Maggie Driscol each received an Honorable Mention. Both averaged just under six points a game.

“…being a young player at the post position is not easy, but Jackie battles with everyone in the paint. She was able to get rebounds for us at both ends, and her post moves continue to improve every year,” Driscol noted.

“Maggie did various things to help the team this year. Her steals, assists, and three pointers made all rank in the top ten of the conference. If we played a junk defense, Maggie would typically be assigned the opponent’s best player, which she did a great job shutting down,” he added.

Union finished second behind Dike-New Hartford in the NICL East with a 12-2 conference record, 18-5 overall.

7th Grade Girls Post Winning Records

The Union Middle School 7th grade girls’ basketball teams enjoyed winning seasons in 2014-15. The “A Team” finished with a record of 7-3, while the “B Team” finished 5-2.
Team members were Rachel Hellman, Emma Shirk, Lauren Wagner, Kayla Lambe, Carlie Hoppe, Aubrey Schmidt, Lexi Wagner, Kerstin Peterson, Hailey Bathen, Grace Asmussen, Natalie Tecklenburg, Riley Rosauer, Jasmyn Bush, Sam Glenn, Ellie Moore, and Kaylin Brustkern.

7th Grade Girls Basketball Season Results
Waverly- Shellrock (A) 37, Union (A) 14
Waverly-Shellrock (B) 29, Union (B) 7
Union (A) 27, South Tama (A) 19
Union (B) 28, South Tama (B) 4
Union (A) 26, Jesup (A) 4
Union (B) 12, Jesup (B) 3
Union (A) 30, Vinton-Shellsburg (A) 17
Union (B) 34, Vinton-Shellsburg (B) 9
Dike-New Hartford (A) 25, Union (A) 18
Aplington-Parkersburg (A) 54, Union (A) 8
Aplington-Parkersburg (B) 20, Union (B) 8
Union (A) 31, Wapsie Valley (A) 14
Union (A) 12, Waterloo Columbus (A) 11
Union (A) 17, Jesup (A) 14
Union (B) 11, Jesup (B) 2
Union (A) 23, Denver (A) 12
Union (B) 10, Denver (B) 3