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Two Royals, one Cub named all state in girls’ basketball

Caitlyn Riese
Caitlyn Riese
Shayla Dean
Shayla Dean
Kati Cassabaum
Kati Cassabaum

Colo-Nesco’s Caitlyn Riese and Shayla Dean, and Nevada’s Kati Cassabaum received all-state recognition in girls’ basketball for the 2013-14 season.

Riese was named to the Class 1A first team by both the Iowa Newspaper Association and Iowa Girls Coaches Association. Dean was chosen to the 1A second team by both the INA and IGCA.

Riese averaged 15.5 points, shooting 57 percent from the field and 63 percent from the line, helping Colo-Nesco go 24-2 and reach the state semifinals in 1A. The 6-1 center also averaged 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block per game in her senior season.

Joining Riese on the 1A first team for both the INA and IGCA were Newell-Fonda’s Claudia Larsen and Renee Maneman, Adair-Casey’s London Vais, Ar-We-Va’s Paige Danner, Burlington Notre Dame’s Taylor Hickey and Storm Lake’s Jasmine DeMars. Cedar Valley Christian’s Shelby Hembra also made the INA first team and Burlington Notre Dame’s Riley Kilbride ended up on the IGCA first team in 1A.

Dean also played a major part in the Royals’ success as she averaged 14.3 points, shooting 49 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range in her junior year. Dean led the state in steals – totaling 170 and averaging 6.5 per game – and she also averaged 5.6 assists.

Cassabaum was named to the 3A second team by the IGCA. The talented 6-0 sophomore center helped Nevada go 19-5 for the second year in a row and reach the regional finals.

Cassabaum averaged 11.1 points, 10. 6 rebounds, 4.6 blocks and 2.2 steals on the season. She also shot 56 percent from the field.

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