Morningside head coach Jamie Sale has announced the names of the following recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2013-14 season.
The recruits are:
Lexi Ackerman, a 5-9 guard from Rock Rapids, Iowa, who has led the state of Iowa in assists each of the past two seasons. Ackerman is a 2013 graduate of Central Lyon Community High School, where she helped lead the school to Iowa’s Class 1A state championship this past season. Ackerman was named the captain of the Class 1A All-State Tournament Team and was a first-team all-state selection of both the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and the Des Moines Register. She also received first-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa and All-Siouxland Conference honors.
Ackerman averaged 16.0 points, 10.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 3.3 steals per game and drilled 18 of 29 field goal attempts for 62.1 percent in Central Lyon’s three state tournament contests. She posted a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds in Central Lyon’s opening round 67-43 triumph against Earlham. Ackerman contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to help lead Central Lyon to a 63-61 win against Newell-Fonda in the state championship game.
For the season, Ackerman averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists, and 5.0 steals per game and drilled 179 of 353 field goal attempts for 50.7 percent. She led the state with 232 assists and finished sixth in the state with 140 steals.
Ackerman also received first-team INA all-state laurels as a junior in addition to first-team All-Siouxland Conference and second-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors. She led the state with 168 assists and was eighth with 123 steals for averages of 6.7 assists and 4.9 steals per game. Ackerman also averaged 13.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest and made 123 of 265 field goal attempts for 46.4 percent.
Ackerman received first-team All-Siouxland Conference and fourth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors as a sophomore when she averaged 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. She had 91 assists and 87 steals for norms of 4.0 assists and 3.8 steals per contest and made 110 of 259 field goal attempts for 42.5 percent.
MaKayla Augustine, a 5-8 guard from Sioux City. Augustine is a 2013 graduate of Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School.
Augustine is a senior at Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, where she was the leading scorer for a Crusader team that was ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A and lost in the state tournament semifinals. She earned first-team all-state honors from the INA and was a second-team Des Moines Register all-state selection. Augustine also received first-team All-Northwest Iowa and All-Metro honors from the Sioux City Journal in addition to first-team All-Missouri River Activities Conference (MRAC) honors. Augustine averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 steals per game. Augustine made 136 of 333 field goal attempts for 40.8 percent, a team-high 48 3-point field goals in 144 attempts for 33.3 percent, and 46 of 57 free throw attempts for 80.7 percent.
Last season Augustine earned second-team Class 3A all-state honors from the INA. She was also named to the All-MRAC First-Team and received All-Metro and third-team All-Northwest Iowa honors from the Sioux City Journal.
Augustine averaged 14.4 points per game last season for a Bishop Heelan Catholic team that reached the semifinals of the Iowa Class 3A State Tournament. She led the Crusaders with 22 points in their state tournament opening round 77-60 victory against Dubuque Wahlert. Augustine dealt a team-high 101 assists for an average of 3.9 per game and also led the team with 71 3-point field goals. She made 129 of 322 field goal attempts for 40.1 percent, 71 of 177 3-point field goal attempts for 40.1 percent, and 45 of 59 free throw attempts for 76.3 percent. Augustine broke a Bishop Heelan Catholic school record when she made eight 3-point field goals against Carroll in the regional tournament semifinals.
Augustine was Bishop Heelan Catholic’s leading scorer with an average of 11.3 points per game as a sophomore en route to fifth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa and honorable mention All-MRAC honors.
Taylor Bahensky, a 5-8 guard from Omaha, Neb. Bahensky is a 2013 graduate of Millard North High School, where she earned honorable mention Class A all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star this past season. Bahensky was Millard North’s leading scorer with an average of 15.5 points per game to compliment a norm of 3.5 rebounds per contest. She dealt 68 assists to lead the team with an average of 3.0 assists per contest. Bahensky made 106 of 148 free throw attempts for 71.6 percent and 21 of 61 3-point field goal attempts for 34.4 percent.
Bahensky scored in double figures in 19 of her 23 games, including a season’s high 32 points against Omaha South. Bahensky had a season’s high eight rebounds in games against Marian and Bellevue West and a season’s high seven steals against Omaha Bryan.
She also earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a junior.
Marisa Blanke, a 5-8 guard from Emerson, Neb. Blanke is a 2013 graduate of Emerson-Hubbard High School, where she amassed 1,224 points, 429 steals, and 331 assists over her career as a four-year starter. She received first-team Class D-1 all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and was a second-team all-state selection of the Lincoln Journal Star following a senior season where she averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
She received honorable mention all-state recognition from the Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior and from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sophomore.
Mackenzie Cast, a 5-5 guard from Manning, Iowa. Cast is a 2013 graduate of IKM-Manning High School, where she was a second-team All-South Division Western Valley Conference performer this past season. She averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game and made 53 of 155 3-point field goal attempts for 34.2 percent.
Ashley Fiedler, a 5-6 guard from Bloomfield, Neb. Fiedler is a 2013 graduate of Bloomfield High School, where she received honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald this past season. She averaged five points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game.
Katie Gubbels, a 5-7 guard from Laurel, Neb. Gubbels is a 2013 graduate of Laurel-Concord/Coleridge High School, where she earned honorable mention Class C-2 all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald this past season. She averaged 7.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game. Gubbels finished the campaign with 75 steals for the sixth highest single-season total in Laurel-Concord/Coleridge history. She had at least one steal in 21 of the team’s 24 contests and had a season’s high seven steals in games against Ponca and Wakefield. Gubbels also had her season’s scoring high of 13 points in the Ponca game and had a season’s high eight rebounds against Wayne.
Briley Hannaford, a 5-10 guard from Chadron, Neb. Hannaford is a 2013 graduate of Chadron High School, where she helped lead the team to a 23-4 record and a No. 1 state ranking in Class C-1 this past season. She averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game to go along with 96 assists and 94 steals for norms of 3.6 assists and 3.5 steals per game en route to honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star. Hannaford shot 45.1 percent from the field with 107 field goals in 237 attempts.
She scored a season’s high 17 points against Red Cloud and grabbed a season’s high 11 rebounds against Gordon-Rushville. Hannaford dealt a season’s high nine assists against Torrington and had a season’s high six steals in five different contests.
Sara Heywood, a 5-8 guard from Estherville, Iowa. Heywood is a 2013 graduate of Estherville-Lincoln Central High School, where she earned first-team All-Lakes Conference honors and helped lead the team to a runner-up finish at this year’s Class 3A state tournament. She averaged 8.7 points per game and had 68 assists and 66 steals for averages of 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per contest. Heywood led Estherville-Lincoln Central with her 68 assists and also topped the team in field goal accuracy with 88 hoops in 168 attempts for 52.4 percent. Heywood made 20 of 55 3-point field goal attempts for 36.4 percent and 29 of 41 free throw attempts for 70.7 percent.
She averaged 7.1 points, 2.6 steals, and 2.1 assists per game as a junior en route to second-team All-Lakes Conference honors. Heywood made 70 of 167 field goal attempts for 41.9 percent and was her team’s most prolific and accurate 3-point threat with a team-high 30 3-point field goals in 85 attempts for 35.3 percent. Heywood also received second-team All-Lakes Conference recognition as a sophomore when she averaged 5.3 points and 2.4 steals per game.
Emily Jobst, a 5-7 guard from Royal, Iowa. Jobst is a 2013 graduate of Clay Central-Everly High School, where she led the team in scoring each of the past four seasons. She averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game this past season en route to first-team All-Cornbelt Conference honors.
Jobst also received first-team All-Cornbelt Conference laurels as a junior when she averaged 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per game. She was a second-team all-conference performer as a sophomore when she averaged 10.5 points and 2.0 steals per contest. Jobst scored at a 7.3-point clip en route to honorable mention all-conference recognition as a freshman.
Josie Kopal, a 6-0 forward from Sioux City. Kopal is a 2013 graduate of Lawton-Bronson Community High School, where she helped lead the Eagles to a runner-up finish at last week’s Iowa Class 2A State Tournament. Kopal was named to the all-tournament team after she averaged 20.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.7 steals per game in Lawton-Bronson’s three contests. She had already scored 17 points in the first half when she suffered a concussion in the state championship game against Hull Western Christian and was unable to return. Kopal supplied 23 points, nine rebounds, and eight steals in the Eagles’ opening round 71-67 victory against Iowa City Regina and had 20 points and 17 rebounds in Lawton-Bronson’s 59-44 triumph against Maquoketa Valley in the semifinals.
Aside from her all-state tournament recognition, Kopal was also named a first-team Class 2A all-stater by both the INA and the Des Moines Register. She averaged a double-double this season with norms of 19.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. Kopal also had 162 steals, 95 assists, and 57 blocked shots for averages of 5.8 steals, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 blocked shots per game. Her 162 steals was the third highest total in the state. She made 216 of 389 field goal attempts for 55.5 percent, 19 of 45 3-point field goal attempts for 42.2 percent, and 99 of 159 free throw attempts for 62.3 percent.
Kopal averaged 15.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 3.3 steals per game and shot 51.2 percent from the field as a junior to earn Sioux City Journal fourth-team All-Northwest Iowa honors.
Madison Miller, a 5-8 guard from Gretna, Neb. Miller is a 2013 graduate of Gretna High School, where she received honorable mention Class B all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald this past season.
Mallorie Moore, a 5-6 guard from Omaha, Neb. Moore is a 2013 graduate of Omaha Burke High School, where she received honorable mention Class A all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald this past season after she averaged 11 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game.
Moore, a two-time all-metro performer, also received honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald as a junior.
Chelsey Van Ness, a 5-9 guard from Denison, Iowa. Van Ness is a 2013 graduate of Denison-Schleswig High School, where she received fourth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors and was a first-team All-Hawkeye 10 Conference performer this past season. She averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game and was the team’s best free throw shooter with 61 free throws in 83 attempts for 73.5 percent.
Van Ness enjoyed her best season as a junior when she ranked among Iowa’s most accurate 3-point shooters and earned third-team Class 3A all-state laurels from the INA in addition to third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa and first-team All-Hawkeye 10 Conference honors. She drilled 34 of 72 3-point field goal attempts for 47.2 percent and averaged 14.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game during her junior campaign.