Area trio picked for coaches’ all-state baseball

All-conference, all-district and now all-state.

Two of the NICL West Division’s best tacked on another honor.

South Tama County senior catcher Kolton Smith and Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior outfielder Phillip Zimmerman were honored Thursday with the naming of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association’s all-state teams.

Smith, the leading hitter in the North Iowa Cedar League’s West Division, was named to the coaches’ all-state first team in Class 3A, while Zimmerman was a first-team selection in 1A.

Marshalltown sophomore outfielder Joe Rebik, who led the Bobcats in batting average, was a second-team pick in 4A.

Smith was named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NICL West after batting .444 with league-highs of 10 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 41 runs scored. The Kirkwood Community College signee also threw out four of 12 attempted base-stealers.

Zimmerman was the fourth-leading hitter in the conference, leading Gladbrook-Reinbeck with a .392 batting average. He also had 10 doubles to go along with two triples, two home runs and 34 RBIs.

Both Smith and Zimmerman were first-team all-NICL West selections and all-district first team picks as well.

Rebik was a second-team all-Central Iowa Conference honoree and a first-team all-CIC Northern Division pick as an outfielder. He finished with a .422 batting average, nine doubles, 17 RBIs and 23 runs scored for MHS. The corner outfielder also stole 12 bases on 15 attempts.

Waverly-Shell Rock senior shortstop Eric Willis was named the IHSBCA Player of the Year, hitting .457 with five home runs, 45 RBIs and 50 runs scored.