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PBR Iowa High School Team Preview: Ankeny

Will Vanderbilt
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As we prepare for the upcoming 2020 high school season, we will be taking a preseason glimpse at programs from around the state.

Team: Ankeny
Nickname: Hawks
Class: 4A
League: CIML - Central
Head Coach: Joe Balvanz
Years as Head Coach at School (Overall Record): 7 (108-124-1)
2019 Overall Record: 21-18
2019 League Record: 9-11
2019 League Finish: 5th
2019 Post-Season Finish: Lost in 1st round of State Tournament to Johnston

Returning Starters:
 9 (DH also returns)
Pitchers With 15+ Innings Returning: 6

Starters Lost:
Pitchers with 15+ Innings Lost: 2

Chris Spear - Southeastern CC

Mo Watson, C, 2020 (Northwestern College commit)
Lucas Juhl, INF, 2020 (Simpson College commit)
Bryce Rinderknecht, RHP, 2020 (MidAmerica Nazarene commit)

Brody Brecht, OF/P, 2021
Jase Bauer, SS, 2021
Weston Fulk, 1B/P, 2021 (Iowa commit)
Cael Boyd, OF, 2021
Will Johnson, RHP, 2021
Cooper Cox, OF/RHP, 2021
Kade Somers, UTL, 2021
Carter Smith, INF, 2021

Tamden Webb-Tate, C/3B, 2022
Sam Andrews, RHP, 2022

I think this team has a chance to compete for a 4A state title. Very athletic in the field and a lineup that should be very deep with great speed. Lots of top end arms returns to would should be one of the deepest pitching staffs we've ever had at Ankeny High School.” Head Coach Joe Balvanz