Several local baseball players were honored by the state recently for their work on the ball diamond and in the classroom.

Viking honoree
Decorah junior Jake Hovden was named to the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) Class 3A third team for the outfield. Hovden was also named first team by the Northeast Iowa Conference. Hovden led the team in batting average with a .495 mark, with a .560 on-base percentage and a .569 slugging clip. He scored 43 runs, the most on the team, with 23 RBI.

For the Warriors
South Winn junior Jordan Rommes was named to the INA first team for Class 2A. He was the only Warrior selected. Rommes has been recognized by the Upper Iowa Conference for the past three seasons.
The second baseman led the team in batting average with a .514 mark. He also had a .594 on-base percentage and a 1.009 slugging clip. He led Class 2A in home runs with 13. He also produced 57 RBI and 56 runs scored, along with 18 stolen bases.
Senior Trevor Schweinefus will represent the Warriors at the 2014 Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association (IHSBCA) All-Star Series, held Aug. 7-10 in Iowa City, with games played at Duane Banks Field at the University of Iowa. T. Schweinefus will compete on the small schools east squad, with coaches Bruce Wall of Jesup, Ben Grier of Williamsburg and Derek Anderson of Benton.

Academic all-state
In addition, one Viking and one Warrior were named to the 2014 IHSBCA Academic All-State team. A panel of coaches selected these senior players who demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics.
Decorah’s Dustin Cary and South Winn’s Trevor Schweienfus were both named to the second team academic all-state.