Washington HS basketball girls garner post-season honors
The Cherokee Washington girls had a very successful asketball season in 2017-2018, finishing with an outstanding record of 21-2.
Though the Braves fell short of a return trip to the State Tournament this season, several team members received several well- deserved honors.
Senior Paityn Hagberg and junior Kassidy Pingel were each unainmous first team All-Lakes Conference selections, and three Braves - Lindsay Williams, Brianna Sleezer and freshman JeMae Nichols, were selected for the second team All Conference.
Two other Cherokee players, Skylar Gerdes and Teagan Slaughter (another freshman) received Honorable Mention.
Sleezer, Williams, Hagberg and Jenn Barritt were each named to the All Conference Academic Team as well.
Hagberg and Pingel were also named to the All Regional team selected by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association. Hagberg was named to the Iowa Print Sportswriters Associationís Class 3A All State Second team and Pingel was named to that groupís Class 3A 3rd Team.
The Iowa Girls Coaches Association named Paityn Hagberg to its Class 3A first team and Kass Pingel was selected for the 3A third team.
Paityn Hagberg has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Briar Cliff University, where she will be a student this fall, but Coach Heath Hagberg will welcome back a veteran squad next season, hopefully bolstered by the return of Peyton Slaughter, who missed this season with injury but received All State honors in 2016-2017.
Things should be bright again for the Braves in 2018-2019.