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Waukee leads area schools with six all-state selections

Waukee picked up six all-state football selections in voting by Iowa sportswriters this week.

A.J. Allen was named to the Class 4A first team by the Iowa Newspaper Association, while Ross Reynolds, Trevor Allen, Nick Tweeten, Pat Gray and Matt Hoeg were named to the second team.

A.J. Allen (41 tackles, three sacks) joined Tweeten (31 tackles, five solo sacks) on the defensive line, while Reynolds anchored Waukee’s offensive line. Trevor Allen ran for 1,326 yards and 20 touchdowns, Gray led the team in tackles with 68 at linebacker, and Hoeg had nine interceptions at defensive back.

Dallas Center-Grimes came away with three all-state selections. Defensive lineman Austin Grosklags was a second-team pick, while kicker Michael Lortz and defensive back Austin Kloewer were named to the third team. Grosklags had 51 tackles and seven solo sacks, Lortz kicked three field goals and led Class 3A with 26 touchbacks, and Kloewer — one of only four sophomores to receive all-state recognition in Class 3A — collected 80 tackles and five interceptions.

A-D-M’s Tate Jensen and Isaac Norton were named to the third team. Jensen caught 50 passes for 898 yards and six touchdowns, while Norton led the defensive effort with 82 tackles and nine sacks.

Fresh off its first trip to the semifinals in 16 years, Van Meter came away with three all-state selections. Spencer Benton was named to the second-team defensive line, while quarterback Brandon Brittain and running back Cody Blackwell were named to the third team. Benton collected 76 tackles and seven solo sacks, Brittain finished with 2,927 all-purpose yards and 34 touchdowns, and Blackwell led the team with 1,433 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns.

Woodward-Granger scooped up four all-state selections. Defensive lineman Tanner Canova and defensive back Cole Ashman were named to the first team, running back Marshall Nieland was named to the second team and lineman Dylan Nixon went on the third team.

Canova collected 61 tackles, 18 of which went for a loss of yards, including eight sacks. Ashman had 62 tackles and one inteception, and Nixon had 88 tackles and three sacks. Nieland ran for 1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry, and also caught 24 passes for 348 yards.

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