Thanks for the memories.
It may be quite some time, if ever, for Iowa girls basketball fans to forget the dazzling accomplishments of Rock Valley's Deb Remmerde, named today as the 2003 Miss Iowa Basketball by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
During one of, if not the most electrifying careers in Iowa five-player basketball, the 5-9 Remmerde sparked Rock Valley to three consecutive state titles and along the way became the five-player game's all-time career scoring leader, three-point shooting leader and free throw shooting leader.
The 5-foot-9 University of Iowa recruit finished her career with 2,756 points, 353 career three-point baskets and a 95.5 percent free throw accuracy (257 of 269). During her final prep campaign she also set five-player single season records of 859 points and 144 three-point goals.
In the state tournament, the Rock Valley senior class president, 4.0 student in the classroom and National Honor Society student tallied 93 points, two shy of the tourney record of 95 held by Karen Schulte of Cedar Rapids Kennedy.
Remmerde's three-year state tournament point total of 220 in nine games is also an all-time five-player best. In a semifinal tourney win over Sheffield-Chapin-Merservey-Thornton she scored 39 points, tying the second-highest tourney one-game yield, and established a game record with seven three-pointers.
The new Miss Iowa Basketball also set a state record with 12 three-pointers in a win over Boyden-Hull this season and in that game collected a career-high 54 points, the third highest total in five-player history.
Her career point total of 2,756 far surpassed the previous mark of 2,494 by Anne O'Neil of Cedar Rapids Kennedy from 1996-2000. O'Neil now plays at Iowa State.
The Rock Valley senior, selected to a first-team berth for the third straight year, joins 12 other Siouxlanders on the 2003 INA Girls All-State Team. This year's honor squad was expanded from two to three teams in each class.
Joining Remmerde, a three-year first-team pick, on the top 1A squad, are teammate Erica Schlotfeldt and Hinton's Jessica Vander Kooi. Schlotfeldt, who scored 1,462 career points, moves up from the second team a year ago.
The 5-11 senior, like Remmerde, was named to all-state tournament teams three times and captained the honor team in 2001 when Rock Valley won the Class 2A state title, turning back St. Ansgar.
Schlotfeldt tallied 152 points in nine state tournament games, a total that ranks behind only Remmerde in the five-player game. Rock Valley defeated Rockwell City-Lytton in the 2003 1A championship game and turned back Hinton in the 2002 finals.
In Class 4A, Sioux City North's Erin Dohrmann, a Drake recruit, is a repeat first-team selection. Dohrmann owns Sioux City records for points in a season (460), game (42) and career with 1,499.
Also in 4A, Sioux City East sophomore Dani Gass was named to the third team. Gass averaged 11.5 points for an East team that finished 12-11, with losses to Rock Valley, South Sioux City, Sioux Falls Roosevelt and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln among the setbacks.
"The best memories for all of us are winning three state championships," said Remmerde. "It took a lot of hard work and dedication for everyone on the team to accomplish that.
"I don't know about the scoring records, but if I'm to be remembered for one thing it's that I went out there every game with a 'refuse to lose' attitude and there's nothing like winning."
Hinton's Vander Kooi, a University of Missouri volleyball recruit, finished as her school's career scoring and rebounding leader. She averaged 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.
In Class 2A, Okoboji's Alysa Klein and Galva-Holstein's Jennifer Schlinz were named to the second team and Okoboji's Kelsey Keizer and Cherokee's Autumn Bartel were selected to the third unit.
Klein, a 6-3 junior, averaged 16.9 points and 12.4 rebounds, while teammate Keizer, a 6-1 sophomore who battled illness late in the season, averaged 17.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Bartel. just a sophomore, sparked Cherokee, which finished 24-2, to a state tournament berth. The 5-6 sophomore point guard averaged 15 points and tallied 16 points when the Lakes Conference champs lost in the first round to Hudson.
Galva-Holstein's Schlinz, who moved with her family to Holstein from California before the 2002-03 school year, sparked the Pirates to a 22-2 record and the regular-season Maple Valley Conference title. The 5-8 junior averaged 21.6 points a game.
Siouxland landed just one all-state berth in Class 3A with Estherville-Lincoln Central's Abby Olson getting a third-team spot. The 5-9 senior averaged 16.2 points.
The Class 4A first team also includes Elisha Turek of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and Ankeny sophomore Nicky Wieben. Turek, who will play at Division I Oral Roberts, led the Missouri River Activities Conference in scoring with a 26.13 average that ranked third overall in the state.
The Lynx, who briefly held the No. 1 state ranking in 4A, losing only to 3A finalist Atlantic in the regular season, dropped a first-round state tournament game to Waterloo West.
The 6-3 Wieben is the daughter of former Maple Valley athletes Mike Wieben and Judi Siebersma Wieben.
Remmerde was the state leader with a 29.46 average. Keokuk Cardinal Stritch's Jennifer Goetz, who finished as the all-time five-player career rebounding leader and third-leading scorer, was also a repeat first-team pick in 1A after averaging 26.88 points, second in the state, as a senior.
George-Little Rock's Kristen Klaassen, who sparked her team to a state tournament berth, was named to the second team in 1A, while Charter Oak-Ute freshman Kala Kuhlmann was named to the third team along with Fenton Sentral's Jessica Gearhart.
Kuhlmann, a 5-9 guard, was the second-leading freshman scorer in the state, averaging 21.5 points. Gerhart was a first-team pick last year.
Klaassen averaged 16.4 points and was the sparkplug of a state tourney team that suffered two of its four losses going into the state tournament to Rock Valley.
There are two repeaters on the Class 3A first team -- Norwalk's Jill Martin and state champion Cedar Rapids Xavier's Kristin Jennings. Martin, like North's Dohrmann, will play at Drake, where they'll be roommates.
Jennings will play collegiately next season at Wayne State.
Kingsley-Pierson's Tedi Andrews was a second-team 1A choice in 2002, but didn't land a berth on any of the three honor teams this season, despite averaging 15.4 points.