Standout Athlete, Anna Kiel of Unity Christian


Anna Kiel of Unity Christian led her team to a second straight 2A state championship beating a very talented and top rated Western Christian team 42-41.  The Wolfpack did beat them earlier this year snapping the Knights 39 game win streak but they did not get the last victory and Unity Christian finished the year 25-1.

It was a huge tournament for Anna and the Unity Christian team.  The Knights got their revenge from their one blemish and won the state title.  Anna broke the all-time tournament rebound record with 53 total rebounds in the three games played.  In the 2nd round matchup against Iowa City Regina she pulled down a record 24 rebounds in that game alone.

The senior averaged a double double with 18.6 points and 11.9 rebounds this year and shot nearly 62 percent from the floor, one of the highest in the state.  She scored 484 points this season and 1,308 career points and pulled down 925 rebounds in her four years of high school.  Her 310 rebounds this past season was the most in the state by any player in all classes.

Anna is also a standout athlete in other sports.  She was a state champion on a relay team in track, a two time all-state volleyball player and now a two time all-state basketball player and was named captain of the 2A all-tournament team this year.  She helped lead her team last year to a 27-0 state title and her sophomore season her team lost in the 3A state final to MOC Floyd Valley.

Anna has had a lot of success in high school sports and earlier this year she decided to be a Cyclone and committed to play DI volleyball at Iowa State.  Oddly enough, she will be joining another Orange City, IA standout athlete, Alexis Conaway, who was on that MOC Floyd Valley team that beat her in the 2014 state title game and was also considered one the best female athletes coming out of high school.  There should be a great competitive atmosphere on that Cyclone team next season.  Congrats Anna and good luck with all of future sporting endeavors.

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