Oelwein pitcher Steven Nicolay can add another accomplishment from his high school career, a Class 2A Second Team All-State selection.
This season, Nicolay went 8-1 with a 1.49 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 70.1 innings pitched. He also held opponents to a .201 batting average in his senior campaign.
“Steven has worked extremely hard the past five years and the result is he has made himself into one of the top baseball players in northeast Iowa,” said Oelwein baseball coach Jason Gearhart. “Being recognized by the Class 2A coaches is a great accomplishment and Steven is completely worthy of the recognition.”
Gearhart said Nicolay ranks among the best pitchers in Oelwein High School baseball history.
“His pitching numbers for this past season rank in the top ten for Oelwein all-time in a single season for wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP,” Gearhart said. “Oelwein has had several All-State pitchers and many very good pitchers; besides Mike McLaury, Steven ranks comparably with all the rest.”
The past two seasons, Nicolay was the winning pitcher in the district final for Oelwein, with both wins coming against Cascade.
Nicolay graduated from Oelwein this year and will continue his baseball career at Kirkwood Community College.
“Kirkwood has an excellent baseball team and it will be a great opportunity for Steven to play on a team with very talented players,” Gearhart said. “Coach [Todd] Rima is excited to have Steven on the team.”
Nicolay joins his brother, Michael, who was an All-State selection in 2012, in an exclusive group of family members who had All-State selections for Oelwein.
Other brothers from Oelwein to earn All-State nods were the Dan (1978) and Rick Hassman (1985); and Todd (1992-93), Scott (1997) and Travis Rima (2000). Cousins Jason (1993) and Tim Gearhart (2000) also were family members who earned All-State selections.
Class 2A First Team All-State Selections
Jared Townsend (P), Wilton
Hunter Dekkers (P), West Sioux
Will Dembski (P), Pella Christian
Connor Lange (C), Missouri Valley
Brady Lukavsky (C), West Branch
Brock Farley (1B), Denver
Chantz Stevens (2B), Wilton
Reese Jamison (SS), Woodward-Granger
Trevor Boge (3B), North Linn
Owen Grover (OF), Beckman Catholic
David Seber (OF), North Linn
Kaden Davis (OF), West Marshall
Kayden Kruse (OF) Ogden
Reece Bueter (UT), Dike-New Hartford
Anthony Potthoff (UT), Van Meter
Christian Davidson (UT), Poc Area
Class 2A Second Team All-State Selections
Brett Shelton (P), Des Moines Christian
Steven Nicolay (P), Oelwein
Carter Petsche (P), Beckman Catholic
Riley Reed (C), Cascade
Blake Beller (C), Hinton
Brett Berg (1B), Van Meter
Grant Fouch (2B), Pleasantville
Logan McCoy (SS), Alta Aurelia
Blake Hall (3B), Underwood
Kyle Christensen (OF), Treynor
Hunter Pesek (OF), New Hampton
Zach Osborn (OF), Mediapolis
Karson Cantrell (OF), Louisa Muscatine
Jace Davidson (UT), Poc Area
Alex Bice (UT), Woodward Granger
Trevor Slayton (UT), Davis County