The last time a Gladbrook-Reinbeck baseball player won such an all-state honor didn’t jump the record books, or even the family tree.
Junior GR Nick Tscherter was named to the Class 1A second team by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association, following in the footsteps of his older brother Tyler just two years ago.
Nick led Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 49 runs batted this season, a total that ranked 18th in all classes and sixth in 1A. He led the Rebels with a .451 batting average, 51 hits, eight doubles and two homers. He was 7-for-7 in stolen bases and, from his defensive position as catcher, ejected six of 23 potential base stealers.
Nick also finished 4-4 on the mound, recording one save for the NICL West Division runners-up Rebels.
Tyler was twice selected to the All-State Second Team for the Rebels, reaching those heights in 2019 and 2020. With a year to play, Nick has followed suit so far.
A pair of zone preps were also honored with third-team all-state honors. Marshalltown junior Nick Rebik was honored as a 4A outfielder and North Tama senior was selected as a 1A second baseman.
Rebik led the CIML Iowa Conference with a .509 batting average in league play and finished fifth overall in Class 4A with his .463 batting average. Despite a down season for the Bobcats, Rebik earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors after leading MHS with 23 runs scored, 44 hits, nine doubles, one triple and two homers. He added 15 RBIs off of first place and had a .519 on-base percentage.
Rebik has successfully swept 21 goals and committed just five errors in 94 chances this summer. He is Marshalltown’s first all-state IHSBCA selection since Wade Canaday and Joseph Harris were honored in 2019.
Kopriva was named Iowa Star Conference South Division Most Valuable Player after leading North Tama to a league championship. He went 5-3 on the mound with 72 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings pitched. The senior right-hander posted a 1.71 ERA en route to the program’s first honors since Cameron Hoeg and Cael Kopriva were drafted in 2017.
Offensively, Kopriva had his biggest impact on the bases finishing second in 1A and in all of Iowa with 47 successful interceptions on 48 attempts. Only North Linn’s Austin Hillmer has had more (61 of 62) this season. Kopriva also led the Redhawks with a .436 batting average, 39 runs scored and 41 hits. Defensively, Kopriva has made just five errors in 86 chances.
This is the first all-state honor for the three homegrown players.
Johnston senior tooler Miles Risley was named IHSBCA Player of the Year after helping the Dragons win the 4A state title. Risley hit .440 with 15 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 37 RBIs while scoring a team-leading 51 runs and stealing 28 bases.