Six IMS players received postseason All-Conference recognition, as IMS finished the season 21-4 overall and placed second in league play with a 14-2 record, the only losses coming to state qualifier Wapello. This marks the fifteenth time IMS has won at least 20 games, and the first time since 2013. IMS won the District 9 Championship before falling to Lynnville Sully 52-48 in the Substate final.
Seniors Cole Ours and Mitchel Schmieder were named to the SEISC North Division First Team. Ours averaged 13.1 points, connected on 63 three-pointers, was 83 percent from the line, and led the team in total assists and steals. Schmieder led the team in field goal percentage, scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots, averaging 13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and recording 50 blocks, while shooting 59 percent from the floor.
Senior Reggie Borntrager and freshman Eli Ours received Second Team honors. Borntrager averaged 11.2 points, was the team’s second leading rebounder and was also second in steals and blocks, while connecting on 52 percent from the floor. Freshman Eli Ours averaged 7.7 points in shooting 48 percent from the floor, and was 73 percent from the line. He also recorded 61 assists and 46 steals.
Juniors Trevor Leyden and Caleb Gingerich received Honorable Mention recognition. Leyden connected on 26 threes, led the team in drawn charges, and provided a big spark at both ends of the floor. Gingerich was a glue player, an excellent defender and passer, and led the team in assist average at 3.8 per game.
Coach Dwight Gingerich said “as is often the case, when a team does well, the individual honors come. Each of our guys was very deserving of the honors received. It has been a joy to see the development of each of our players, and to see it come together for the team. Our seniors gave this team solid leadership and encouragement, which is key to the success of any team.”