Cooley repeats on NICL first team

Gladbrook-Reinbeck junior middle hitter Megan Cooley (17) elevates above the net during the Rebels playoff contest against GMG on Oct. 20. Cooley has earned repeat selection on the all-NICL West Division first team after helping the Rebels share second place in the final conference standings. Sun Courier File Photo

Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s run to back-to-back state volleyball tournaments has coincided with junior middle hitter Megan Cooley twice receiving first-team all-conference honors along the way.

Cooley was named to the all-NICL West Division first team for the second year in a row while helping to lead the Rebels back to the Class 1A bracket in Cedar Rapids. G-R’s full-rotation middle hitter finished in the top-10 in a number of statistical in conference play, earning her third all-conference honor overall in the meanwhile.

Cooley finished NICL West play ranked ninth in kills (43) and first in kill efficiency (.468), tied for fourth in blocks (12), was 17th in digs (45) and served 50-for-54 with three aces. Her serving percentage (92.6) ranked ninth among players who attempted at least 50 serves.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck, BCLUW and Grundy Center all finished in a tie for second place in the final NICL West standings with matching 3-2 league records. South Hardin went 5-0 on its way to the undisputed conference title. Tiger senior Jaidyn Teske was named the division’s Outstanding Player and her parents, John and Suzy Teske, were named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck had two second-team honorees in junior setter Emma McClintock and senior middle hitter Katie Clark, while BCLUW utility Allison Engle collected second-team selection as well.

G-R junior outside hitter Ava Wyatt, BCLUW senior libero Emma Averill and East Marshall senior libero Camy Weeks each received honorable mention.

North Iowa Cedar League West Division All-Conference Volleyball Teams

Outstanding Player — Jaidyn Teske, sr., South Hardin

Coach of the Year — John and Suzy Teske, South Hardin


Jaidyn Teske, sr., L, S. Hardin

Brynn Smith, jr., OH, AGWSR

Carlie Willis, so., OH, Grundy Ctr.

Megan Cooley, jr., MH, G-R

Ellery Luhring, so., S, Grundy Ctr.

Eden Wilson, sr., OH, BCLUW

Emma Salvo, sr., S, S. Hardin


Lainey Thoren, sr., MH, Grundy Ctr.

Ellie Anderson, jr., MH, S. Hardin

Katie Clark, sr., MH, G-R

Allison Engle, sr., S/MH, BCLUW

Trevyn Smith, fr., S, AGWSR

Emma McClintock, jr., S, G-R

Rylee Nelson, sr., MH, S. Hardin


Natalie Gertstein, sr., AGWSR; Emma Averill, sr., BCLUW; Camy Weeks, sr., East Marshall; Ava Wyatt, jr., Gladbrook-Reinbeck; Ella Barragy, sr., Grundy Center; Drue Luiken, sr., South Hardin.