Mid-Prairie’s Will Cavanagh (pictured) was named to first team Academic All-State for excelling in both the classroom and on the field. (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette)

Union area athletes were some of the best in the state this season on the baseball field and while they undoubtedly showed their skill on the field, they also excelled in the classroom.

Highland’s Connor Grinstead (pictured) was named to first team Academic All-State this past season for outstanding play in both the classroom and on the field. (File Photo/ The Union)

A panel of coaches representing the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) selected seniors who “demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics” throughout the season.

Twenty-one were named to first team and the next 23 received a second team selection.

Keota’s Colten Clarahan (pictured) was named to first team Academic All-State this past season for outstanding play in both the classroom and on the field. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

Those seniors named to the 2022 and 36th All-Academic Team include Will Cavanagh of Mid-Prairie, Connor Grinstead of Highland and Colten Clarahan of Keota.

Cavanagh was just one of two seniors on a younger Golden Hawk squad this past season. As one of the teams leaders on both sides of the ball he helped Mid-Prairie make a trip back to the state tournament, which included a semifinal appearance. Cavanagh batted .272 on the year with 25 hits, 23 singles, two doubles and nine RBIs.

In the outfield, Grinstead was as good as they came. Grinstead finished with a batting average of .427. He had 22 total stolen bases, second to only teammate Brenton Bonebrake. With 34 runs and 35 hits he finished second in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North Division. He led in singles, 27 and was fourth in doubles with seven. He also hit one home run.

Clarahan was a facilitator on both ends of the ball. He ended the year with a .507 batting average, tallying team best in hits, 37, and runs, 25. He also finished with 32 singles, five doubles and 16 RBIs. On the mound, Clarahan faced 251 batters, allowing 43 runs (23 earned), on just 30 hits, 50 walks, seven hit by pitches and 100 strikeouts.

The full 2022 IHSBCA Academic All-State list can be found below.

2022 First Team Academic All-State

Matthew Boothe, Central Decatur

Will Cavanagh, Mid-Prairie

Payton Chapman, Treynor

Colten Clarahan, Keota

Stren Crouch, Algona

Devin Dirkx, Spencer

Connor Grinstead, Highland

Justin Hackett, Winterset

Aidan Hamner, Bettendorf

Easton Hays, Coon Rapids-Bayard

Trey Jungers, Newell-Fonda

Miles Kading, ACGC

Kolson Kruse, Southeast Valley

Jack Lenhart, Carlisle

Cade Molyneux, Sigourney

Jack Pettit, Van Meter

Alex Smith, Grinnell

Gavin Smith, Audubon

Lane Spieker, CAM, Anita

Cade Ticknor CAM, Anita

Darren Veld, AGWSR

2022 Second Team Academic All-State

Alex Berends, Roland-Story

Preston McCoy, Alta-Aurelia

Drake Callon, Fort Dodge

Gavin Nelson, Hinton

Ryan Campbell, North Scott

Matthew Phelan, Roland-Story

Gage Clausen, Missouri Valley

Dalton Reeves, Davis County

Brady Coffman, Treynor

Mason Shedahl, South Hardin

Kyle Cole, West Delaware

Ben Swails, Clear Creek Amana

Blake DeMoss, West Delaware

Nolan Townsend, Wilton

J.C. Dermody, Lewis Central

Cal Wanninger, Kuemper Catholic

Colin Gibson, Grinnell

Braden Wessel, Audubon

Cody Gilpin, Missouri Valley

Beau Wilken, Newell-Fonda

Will Gutzmer, Missouri Valley

Caleb Wulf, West Liberty

Max Hillegas, Nashua-Plainfield





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