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Four area players Academic All-State

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 12:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT

Creston senior Colby Taylor is among four area players named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State team for 2013.

Also receiving the honor are Alex Welsch and Dan Ehrsam of Nodaway Valley, and Murray senior Austin Halls.

They are slated to receive the certificate of recognition of the award at halftime of the Class 3A championship game on Saturday night, March 19. That is the first game of the evening at 6:05 p.m., followed by the Class 4A championship at 8:05 p.m.

Don Logan, IBCA executive secretary, said recipients are selected for a combination of basketball and academic excellence.

To be nominated for consideration, players must meet these minimum criteria: 25 ACT composite, 3.25 GPA and rank in the top 25 percent of their senior class. Basketball ability is part of the equation in the stringent selection process.

From more than 150 nominations, a panel of IBCA directors selected 12 players for the honor.

There are 368 schools playing basketball in Iowa. Only Nodaway Valley, Ankeny and Dowling Catholic have two recipients this year.

Academic All-State — Trey Achterhoff, MOC-FV; Mitchell Boerm, North Tama; Jake Drost, Decorah; Dan Ehrsam, Nodaway Valley; Ted Friedman, Ankeny; Cody Good, Ogden; Max Griffith, Vinton-Shellsburg; Travis Gudenkauf, Dyersville Beckman; Austin Halls, Murray; Josh Kirak, Center Point-Urbana; David Lowry, Starmont; Grant Otte, Dowling Catholic; Hunter Pflughaupt, North Linn; Luke Rauenbuehler, Muscatine; Michael Soukup, Danville; Bryan Sumner, Ankeny; Colby Taylor, Creston; Brandt Van Roekel, Boyden-Hull; Austin Ver Meer, Pella Christian; Brody Vogel, Jesup; Alex Welsch, Nodaway Valley. Jon Wisnieski, Dowling Catholic; Aaron Youngberg, Pocahontas Area.

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