Trojans’ Ferch headlines area’s INA all-state picks

DES MOINES – West Marshall senior Duncan Ferch led the Trojans basketball team in points, rebounds, assists and steals this past season.

He also guided the Trojans to their first state tournament berth since 2009.

Those efforts were good enough to land the future Northern Iowa football player on the Iowa Newspaper Association’s Class 2A all-state first team on Saturday.

Twenty-four players from each class were selected to the INA all-state teams.

Joining Ferch as area all-state selections were Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s tandem of Camden Kickbush and Zach Pierce as well as North Tama’s Paul Kaufmann.

Ferch, who was an INA 2A third-teamer a season ago, led the Trojans to a 20-5 record. He scored 16.4 points per game and also had per-game averages of 7.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.2 steals.

The Trojans were eliminated in the first round of the Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament last Tuesday, but Ferch had 17 points, seven assists and five boards in the defeat.

Ferch was one of three unanimous selections on the North Iowa Cedar League West Division’s all-conference team. Pierce and Kickbush were the other two.

Kickbush, who is just a junior, was voted to the Class 1A second-team by the INA after finishing behind Pierce, another Rebel junior, in scoring at 14 points per game. He also was second in assists at four per contest and grabbed 4.1 boards per tilt as well.

The Rebel big man was a third team all-state selection. Pierce, who was voted as the NICL West’s Most Outstanding Player, led the Rebels (22-3) in scoring at 15 points per game and also grabbed a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest and blocked a team-high 24 shots.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck won the NICL West title with a 13-1 record, but the Rebels missed out on the state tournament after losing to Belmond-Klemme in the substate final. It was the only loss to a 1A school all season for G-R.

Kaufmann also landed on the 1A third team as a guard. The North Tama junior averages 20 points per game and was third in 1A in 3-pointers made with 81. He also shot 87 percent from the line and led the Redhawks (7-15) in rebounds at eight per game. He was second on the team in steals and assists at two per game, respectively.

Joining Ferch on the 2A first team was NICL East Division standout Carson Parker, who averaged 25 points per game for Dike-New Hartford.

Iowa City West shooting guard Wyatt Lohaus was voted Iowa’s Mr. Basketball after leading the Trojans to their third straight state title. Iowa City West was 94-9 during his four-year varsity career.

A 6-foot-2 senior guard and University of Northern Iowa signee, Lohaus averaged 20 points and five rebounds per game this season, shooting 57 percent from the field and 88.5 from the free-throw line.