NT’s Boerm tops area’s INA all-state basketballers

DES MOINES – From a balanced lineup that established a new school record for wins on its way to the program’s first-ever state tournament appearance, North Tama senior forward Mitchell Boerm found a way to stand out among the rest.

Boerm led a trio of area boys basketball players with selection to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 1A all-state second team after playing a major role in the Redhawks’ most superlative season yet.

North Tama established a new school record with 26 wins, keyed by the only three-year starter on a senior-heavy roster.

The 6-foot-5 Boerm averaged 15.2 points and 6.3 rebounds for the year, both numbers boosted by one of the top state tournament performances in Class 1A. The Central College recruit (for both basketball and football) finished fifth in the 1A tournament with 50 points and 20 rebounds, including a double-double of 19 points and 13 boards in the Redhawks’ consolation final loss to top-ranked Danville.

Boerm was a 1A third-team selection by the INA as a junior, making him the first two-time all-state pick for North Tama since Joe Breckenridge (1996-97).

Boerm was not the area’s only Class 1A representative. AGWSR senior guard Josh Bagley, who like Boerm eclipsed 1,000 points for his career this season, scored third-team selection from the INA.

Bagley was 1A’s 17th-leading scorer at 21.7 points per game, pacing the Cougars in scoring in 21 of the 23 games he played. He peaked with 31 points in a game against Denver, but also tallied 20 points or more 17 times during AGWSR’s 16-8 campaign.

He led the Cougars in scoring, field-goal percentage, 3-pointers (tied), free throws and free-throw percentage, assists and steals.

Bagley is AGWSR’s first INA all-state representative since Jory McDowell gained first-team selection in 2009.

West Marshall junior Duncan Ferch tied for 19th in scoring average in Class 2A, putting up 18 points per game on his way to third-team selection from the INA. Ferch was second-leading scorer (to Bagley) in the NICL West Division for the Trojans, who won at least a share of the conference title for the fifth time in as many seasons in the league.

Ferch and Bagley shared the NICL West’s Player of the Year honor.

Ferch, at 6-3, averaged a team-leading seven rebounds per game to rank fourth in the conference. He also was tops on the Trojan squad with 2.6 steals and 2.9 assists per game, posting six double-doubles that included a 37-point, 10-steal performance in an overtime win against South Tama.

West Des Moines Valley’s Peter Jok was named the 2013 Mr. Basketball after averaging 23.6 points per game for the Tigers. Jok, a University of Iowa recruit, shot 92.6 percent from the free-throw line (126-for-126) and 42 percent from 3-point range. The 6-6 guard also led the Tigers with 6.4 rebounds per game and 38 steals.