D-NH's Gus Varney named All-NICL Central baseball co-MVP

Dike-New Hartford baseball's Gus Varney was named co-MVP of the All-NICL Central Team. (Jake Ryder photo)
Jake Ryder
The Grundy Register

D-NH junior Gus Varney shared NICL Central MVP honors with Waterloo Columbus’ Carter Gallagher in All-NICL Central teams released recently.

Varney was one of four unanimous first-team selections at middle infielder, joining pitcher Wil Textor, catcher Nick Reinicke and outfielder Devon Kollasch.

Varney hit for a .510 average this summer, including 11 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 47 runs batted in. He stole seven bases and was a perfect 5-0 on the mound in 33 and two-third innings pitched, with a 3.33 earned run average, 36 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Wil Textor was 7-0 on the mound in 44 innings pitched, striking out 34 with only six walks. He hit .346 with five doubles, two homers and 21 runs batted in.

Reinicke threw out three baserunners behind the plate and posted a .964 fielding percentage. He hit .370 with seven doubles, six home runs and 34 runs batted in.

Kollasch hit .347 with six doubles, three home runs and 22 runs batted in in his senior season. He also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases.

D-NH second teamers included Lewis Textor at pitcher, Colin Meester at third base, Micah Walston at middle infield and Carson Costello in the outfield.

Honorable mention went to Ian Steffen of Dike-New Hartford.

All-NICL Central Baseball


Dike-New Hartford 12-0

Waterloo Columbus 8-4

Hudson 4-8

Aplington-Parkersburg 3-9

Denver 3-9


Gus Varney, D-NH

Carter Gallagher, WC

Coach of the Year

Jordan Martin, D-NH

First team

(* unanimous)

Pitchers: *Wil Textor, D-NH; *Nick Merrfield, WC

Catcher: *Nick Reinicke, D-NH

First Base: Andrew Gaudian, Hudson

Third Base: *Caleb Ham, Hudson

Middle Infield: *Gus Varney, D-NH; *Carter Gallagher, WC

Outfielders: *Thomas Steele, WC; *Devon Kollasch, D-NH; Tate Neymeyer, A-P

Utility: Camden Davis, Hudson; Chase McEwan, Denver

Second team

Pitchers: Aiden Hosch, WC; Lewis Textor, D-NH

Catcher: Kale Riherd, A-P

First Base: Connor Knudtson, WC

Third Base: Colin Meester, D-NH

Middle Infield: Mitchell Devries, Denver; Micah Walston, D-NH

Outfielders: Carson Costello, D-NH; Miles Gardner, WC; Oliver Thompson, Hudson

Utility: Garrett Hempen, A-P; Hudson Mercado, Denver

Honorable mention

(area only)

A-P: Devin Davis

D-NH: Ian Steffen


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