PBR IA HS Team Preview: Ankeny

Savannah Dennis
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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As we prepare for the upcoming 2021 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Ankeny
Nickname: Hawks
Class: 4A
League: CIML
Head Coach: Joe Balvanz
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 8 (129-133)
2020 Overall Record: 21-9
2020 League Record: 17-8
2020 League Finish: 2nd
2020 Post-Season Finish: State Runner Up

# of Returning Starters:
# of Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 7

# of Starters Lost:
# of Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 1

Brody Brecht, P/OF, 2021- University of Iowa

Jase Bauer, SS/P, 2021- Central Michigan

Weston Fulk, 1B/P, 2021- University of Iowa

Cael Boyd, OF/P, 2021- Iowa Central CC

Carter Smith, 2B, 2021

Cooper Cox, OF/P, 2021- Western Illinois

Will Johnson, P, 2021- Marshalltown CC

Colin Riggs, UTL, 2021

Dylan Schlee, INF/P, 2022

Tamden Webb-Tate, C, 2022

Sam Andrews, P, 2022

Thomas DeBrower, OF, 2022

Ryan Crandall, 3B/OF, 2022

Alex Griess, 1B/P, 2023


Jack Voight- UNC Greensborough

Greg Anderberg- Nicholls State University

Jayden Maifield- University Nebraska Omaha

Mo Watson- Northwestern (Orange City)

Lucas Juhl- Simpson


We return a tremendous amount of talent from last year's squad that finished runner up.  This is an experienced team that has lofty expectations of themselves for the summer of 21.  Playing in the CIML is always a challenge.  As long as this group stays healthy this is as complete of a team as Ankeny High has had since the state championship team of 2012.” Head Coach Joe Balvanz