Remsen St. Mary's earns awards at state

Thursday, March 16, 2017
(Photo Courtesy Sadie Regnier) The Cheerleaders, from left: Abby Tentinger, Catherine Russell, Mallory Behrens, Madde Grover, Mariah Britt, and Miranda Ball pose with the Class 1A Sportsmanship Award that was won by the Hawks and their fans at the State Tournament.

DES MOINES -- Along with getting to play three games at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines in their first-ever basketball trip to state, Remsen St. Mary's came away with a couple other pieces of hardware as well.

Nicholas Ruden was named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team for the Hawks. Ruden scored 61 points over the course of the three games, the third-best point total for an individual at the 1A tournament and was the second-leading rebounder with 24 boards for the tournament.

Leading the way in scoring was Joe Smoldt of Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 73 points across three games with 11 3-pointers made. Smoldt was named captain of the All-Tournament team even though his team did not win the championship. It is the third time Smoldt has been named captain of the All-Tournament team.

(Photo Courtesy Sadie Regnier) Nicholas Ruden stands with his father and coach Scott Ruden. Nicholas was awarded a spot on the 1A All-Tournament Team.

State champion Grand View Christian, who the Hawks played the closest of any of the Thunder's three opponents, came away with two players on the All-Tournament team with Stephen Glenn and Grant DeMeulenaere each making the team.

North Linn's Jake Hilmer, who scored a tournament-high 31 points against RSM in the third place game and scored the second-most points for the tournament, was the final player on the All-Tournament team.

Remsen St. Mary's also received the Class 1A IHSAA Board of Control Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.

The Iowa Farm Bureau was the sponsor for both the All-Tournament team and sportsmanship awards.