BCLUW's Barkema earns 2A third-team all-state spot

   EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to an error by the Register's sports editor, Barkema's all-state honors will not be in print until the Aug. 10 edition of the Grundy Register. The editor and the Register sincerely apologize for this error.

   Brad Barkema, a junior on the BCLUW baseball team, was selected to the third team of the Class 2A all-state baseball team, as selected by the Iowa Newspaper Association, in all-state teams released Tuesday.

   Barkema, chosen as a catcher, batted .417 for the Comets. He led the team in doubles (14), home runs (3), on-base percentage (.510), slugging percentage (.714) and tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 14. He also drove in 27 runs, the third-best total on the team.

   In 12 1/3 innings on the mound, Barkema was 1-1, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and striking out 15 with four walks.

   Barkema was a first-team All-Central District pick this year at catcher and was a unanimous first-team selection at catcher on the NICL West All-Conference Team.