Team has 29 average on ACT and 3.8 GPA
The post-baseball season honors just keep piling up for Sioux Central pitcher/catcher Kyle Rehnstrom.
Recently, Rehnstrom gained statewide recognition with the Lanny Peterson award. The award, given in honor of long-time Iowa baseball umpire Lanny Peterson, is given to the captain of the Academic All-State team selected by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
The award is given to that individual who "exhibits the highest academic, moral and athletic standards which Mr. Peterson exemplified during his career as an umpire and teacher."
This season, Rehnstrom hit .534 with 66 RBI and 16 homeruns. He is headed to Division I University of Northern Iowa on a baseball scholarship.
Rehnstrom was was also named to the All Academic team, as was Sioux Central's Jason Ferguson. Both Ferguson and Rehnstrom were also standout football and basketball players.
A panel of coaches selected senior players to the team, which has an average of 29 on its ACT college entrance exam and a 3.98 grade-point average. Twelve of the team members were the top academic students in their senior classes.
The following are members of the 2004 All-Academic First Baseball Team - Aaron Alcock, Oskaloosa; Adam Berte and Alex Bellmeyer of Twin River Valley; Robert Clough of Mason City; Wes Dembinski of Martensdale-St. Mary's; Drew Erickson of CAM; Cory Eustice of Des Moines Hoover, Jason Ferguson of Sioux Central; Charles Fisher of Vinton-Shellsburg; Blake Fuller of Collins-Maxwell; Jon Herold of Crestwood; Michael Hotz of Lone Tree; Jake Johnson of Webster City; Nathan Langholz of Decorah; Drew Newhoff of Waterloo West; Ryan Nielsen of North Linn; Nate Olafsen of M-F-L, Monona; Luke Patton of Wilton; Kyle Petersen of Durant and Kyle Rehnstrom of Sioux Central.
Gaining honorable mention to the team were: Shane Akers of Central Decatur; Mark Bennett of Cedar Rapids Kennedy; Brian Conway of Pleasant Valley; Justin Crouse of Collins-Maxwell; Jeff Ehlinger of Bellevue, Bryant England of Griswold; Casey Faber of Western Christian; Drew Gappa of Emmetsburg; Mike Jones of Estherville; Jeremy Kippley of Denison and Phil Lala of Marion.
Also gaining honorable mention to the All-Academic team were Drew Lipovac of Perry; Brendan McGuire of Cascade; Sam Meier of Sigourney; Jon Nelson of Sergeant Bluff-Luton; Aaron Patterson of Vinton-Shellsburg; Luke Podey of Ar-We-Va; John Powers of Davenport Assumption; Taylor Schrader of Bedford and Brian Thompson of North Polk.