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Vote now: Who should be SBLive’s Iowa high school athlete of the week?

Scorebook Live 12/26/2022 Chris Short
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Chris Short 

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Iowa high school athlete of the week for December 19-25. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email

Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes who receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified. 

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Jasmine Barney, Iowa City Liberty girls basketball

The Minnesota-Mankato recruit fired in 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and came away with three steals in a 62-52 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Barney was 8-for-11 from the field.

Dallas Bear, Cedar Falls boys basketball

The 6-foot-8 senior scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 62-47 win over Waterloo West. He followed that with 17 points in a victory over Western Dubuque.

Omaha Biliew, Waukee boys basketball

The senior future Iowa State Cyclone poured in 40 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 71-61 win over Johnston. Bilew made 6 of 7 3-point shots for the 7-1 Warriors.

Carver Blietz-Bentien, MFL MarMac boys basketball

The high-flying Bulldogs have won all eight of their games before the holiday break. Blietz-Bentien, a junior, had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in a 65-44 win over Clayton Ridge.

Brenna Bodensteiner, Waverly-Shell Rock girls basketball

The junior nailed five 3-pointers and tallied 21 points as the Go-Hawks downed Crestwood 55-40. Waverly-Shell Rock is 6-1 with its only loss to Class 4A top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier.

Mya Bunkers, Remsen St. Mary’s girls basketball

The junior had 19 points, four rebounds and three assists for the unbeaten and fourth-ranked (Class 1A) Hawks in a 64-29 win over Le Mars Gehlen Catholic.

Alli Clark, Iowa City Regina girls basketball

The junior contributed 19 points and five rebounds for the Regals, ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, in their 68-61 win over West Liberty, despite 32 points from Iowa State recruit Kelsey Joens.

Missy Evezic, Council Bluffs St. Albert girls basketball

The junior missed only twice in 11 shots, scoring 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and six blocked shots in a 52-29 win over Carroll Kuemper. St. Albert improved its record to 9-0.

Dawson Gifford, Carroll Kuemper Catholic boys basketball

The senior was 9-for-12 from the field for a game-high 20 points as the Knights beat Council Bluffs St. Albert 89-52. Kuemper has won seven in a row since a season-opening loss to Carroll.

Fitzy Grant, Sioux City East boys basketball

The junior tossed in 23 points, leading the unbeaten and sixth-ranked Black Raiders to a 72-45 victory over Spirit Lake. East finished the 2022 portion of its season at 8-0.

Jacob Hargens, Sioux Central boys basketball

The senior had 25 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals in an 81-49 victory over GTRA. Hargens was 10-for-12 from the field.

Desta Hoogendoorn, Central Lyon girls basketball

The junior scored 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Class 2A No. 2 Lions in a 48-46 win over No. 3 Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Jenna Hopp, Glenwood girls basketball

The South Dakota State recruit snared a whopping 22 rebounds to go along with 24 points and four assists in a thrilling 59-68 win over Council Bluffs Lewis Central.

Hunter Hughes, WACO boys basketball

The junior canned six 3-pointers and scored 28 points to go along with six rebounds and seven steals for the undefeated Warriors in a 72-29 rout of Lone Tree.

Elise Jaeger, West Des Moines Valley girls basketball

The junior had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds as the Tigers handed Southeast Polk its first loss of the season, 50-46. Jaeger also had six steals and two blocked shots.

Prince Jallah, Marshalltown boys basketball

The senior missed just twice in 11 shot attempts, scoring 21 points in the Bobcats’ 85-60 win over Des Moines East. Teammate Dalen Huston added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Molly Joyce, Algona Garrigan girls basketball

The standout senior guard fired in 28 points – making 11 of 15 shots – as the Bears won their ninth straight, 85-41 over North Iowa. Joyce hit six 3-pointers and handed out five assists.

William Kiburis, Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys basketball

The senior shot 10 of 14 from the field and scored 26 points for the unbeaten Rebels in a 77-32 win over North Tama. Kilburis also had 11 rebounds, seven steals and three assists.

Mason King, West Harrison boys basketball

The senior made 8 of 11 shots and scored 22 points for the Hawkeyes in a 74-32 win over Ar-We-Va. Four of those baskets were 3-pointers and King also dished out five assists.

Caden Kirkman, Wilton boys basketball

The all-around senior standout, one of the top scorers in the state, had 28 points and 16 rebounds in a 66-54 win over Durant. Kirkman will play at NCAA Division II Augustana.

Jacob Koch, Iowa City West boys basketball

The junior made 10 of 16 shots, including 7 of 9 from the arc, leading the Trojans to an 83-40 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Koch wound up with 27 points as West improved to 5-1.

Kamryn Kurt, North Linn girls basketball

The junior recorded 20 points and four assists in a 69-34 win over Maquoketa Valley. The Lions improved their record to 9-0 with the victory.

Megan Lanz, Waukee Northwest girls basketball

The senior tossed in a game-high 21 points as the Wolves bounced back from two straight losses with a 58-30 win over Urbandale.

Zach Lutmer, Central Lyon boys basketball

Lutmer, who signed a national letter of intent with the University of Iowa football team, scored 25 points to lead the unbeaten Lions to an easy 91-41 win over Sibley-Ocheyedan.

Alyssa Lux, Cascade girls basketball

Cascade remained undefeated at 8-0 with a 51-32 win over Beckman Catholic. Lux led the way with 20 points (8-for-11 from the field) and five rebounds.

Alyvia McCorkle, Davenport North girls basketball

The freshman tossed in a game-high 23 points, shooting 10-for-11 from the field in the Wildcats’ 97-34 win over Davenport West. Sophomore Journey Houston added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Thomas Meyer, Clear Lake boys basketball

Meyer, just a sophomore, made 9 of 13 shots and scored 21 points in a 77-48 win over Algona. It was the Lions’ fifth win without a loss this season.

Trishelle Miller, Sioux City East girls basketball

The super freshman hit for 26 points in a one-point loss to Davenport North. She hit five 3-pointers and handed out five assists.

Emma Miner, Dallas Center-Grimes girls basketball

Although the 11th-ranked Mustangs lost to No. 2-ranked Johnston, 58-51, Miner had 25 points and six rebounds.

Brooks Moore, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont boys basketball

The junior recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the unbeaten Rockets in a 73-52 win over Oskaloosa. That came on the heels of a 32-point, 13-rebound performance against Chariton.

Emily Naughton, Indianola girls basketball

The senior, who has signed with Northwest Missouri State for track and field, had nearly half of her team’s points in a 48-44 win over state-ranked Carlisle. Naughton finished with 20 points (10 of 14 free throws), seven rebounds and seven assists.

Jackson Nemmers, North Polk boys basketball

The senior contributed 25 points and six rebounds for the unbeaten Comets in a 69-67 win over Winterset in overtime. North Polk improved its record to 6-0.

Jadyn Petersen, Dike-New Hartford girls basketball

The junior scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 69-30 win over Grundy Center for the defending Class 2A state champions.

Ty Pflughaupt, North Linn boys basketball

The junior had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-43 win over Maquoketa Valley. He was one of three players in double figures for the unbeaten Lynx.

Luke Patton, Roland-Story boys basketball

The senior snared 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points for a double-double in a 64-39 win over PCM. The Norsemen improved their record to 6-0.

Josh Sanderson, Grand View Christian boys basketball

Sanderson, a senior, scored 25 points on 10 of 12 shooting as the unbeaten Thunder rolled past winless Woodward Academy 91-31. GVC 7-footer Daniel Tobiloba posted a double-double.

Pryce Sandfort, Waukee Northwest boys basketball

The senior and University of Iowa commit had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the top-ranked Wolves beat Urbandale 73-41. Sandfort hit six 3-pointers and handed out four assists.

Micah Schlaak, Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys basketball

The junior posted a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in an 82-67 win over Iowa City Liberty. Kennedy is unbeaten at 6-0 heading into the holiday break.

Gracie Schoonhoven, Unity Christian girls basketball

The senior and Dordt University recruit had a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists in an 81-41 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn. Schoonhoven, a returning all-stater, was 11-for-12 from the field.

Meena Tate, Iowa City West girls basketball

The senior and Dartmouth recruit scored 20 points as the Trojans bounced back from their first two losses of the season with a 61-39 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Clara Teigland, Treynor girls basketball

The senior finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and seven steals as the Cardinals improved their record to 10-0 with a 73-21 win over Riverside. Teigland hit four 3-pointers.

Jenna Twedt, Benton girls basketball

The senior had 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Class 3A No. 2 Bobcats in a 51-36 victory over Class 4A No. 8 Clear Creek-Amana.

Tate VanRegenmorter, Hull Western Christian boys basketball

The senior hit for 19 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Wolfpack in a 73-56 victory over Sergeant Bluff-Luton.

Halle Vice, Pleasant Valley girls basketball

Vice, a Marquette recruit, scored 25 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out five assists for the third-ranked and unbeaten Spartans in a 62-34 win over Davenport Assumption.

Lauren Walker, Central DeWitt girls basketball

The sophomore scored 21 points and dished out five assists for the 6-1 Sabers in a 69-42 win over Muscatine.

Mason Watkins, West Burlington boys basketball

The sophomore had back-to-back 26-point outings in wins over New London and South Shelby (Mo.). West Burlington, No. 4 in the first set of Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 2A rankings, has an 8-0 record.

Everett White, Bondurant-Farrar boys basketball

The senior had 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 67-60 victory over Carroll. The Bluejays remained unbeaten and atop the Racoon Valley Conference standings.

Martez Wiggley, Aplington-Parkersburg boys basketball

The senior fell just short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds in a 67-57 win over South Hardin. A-P stands 6-0 on the season. 

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