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Osky surpasses South Tama in boys Substate contest

February 22, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

South Tama has had some difficult games this season. Monday's matchup with Oskaloosa was no different. The Trojans faced the Oskaloosa Indians in round one of IHSAA Class 3A Substate 5.

Osky is ranked 3rd by B.C. Moore and is home to UNI recruit, senior Cole Henry and 7'0 junior phenom Xavier Foster. The two are a powerful duo that has carried Osky to a 14-5 season in a loaded Little Hawkeye conference. Monday's contest resulted in another win for the Indians. Oskaloosa defeated South Tama 65-28 and advanced to round two of Class 3A Substate 5. They faced Washington (9-9) on Wednesday evening.

On Monday's contest however it was two others from Oskaloosa's lineup that led things offensively. Austin Hafner and Rian Yates each scored 15 points which shows just what a solid shooting team Oskaloosa is. Foster was right behind them with 13 points and seven rebounds.

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STC seniors Keith Keahna (background) and Cam Klostermann (10) are received with high fives and hugs as they exit their final game as Trojans on Monday, February 18. The Trojans fell to Oskaloosa in Class 3A Substate 5.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The combo of 6'10 Henry and 7'0 Foster was one the Trojans had not seen all season. Henry was even nursing a broken hand he reportedly obtained a few weeks ago. He finished the night with six points. It would have been eight but he was denied a dunk after being called for a technical for hanging on the rim. An interesting side note for South Tama fans, Foster is actually the grandson of Toledo's Mark Fetter. Fetter is an IHSAA Football Hall of Fame inductee who played for South Tama and then the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.

Despite the obvious obstacles for the Trojans they came out ready to play and had a solid plan of action under the direction of head coach Dustin Peska.

"We knew what we wanted to do which was slow it down," said head coach Dustin Peska, "We executed it fairly well in the first quarter. We were only down 6 or 7 points. You know you can only do something so long and the horses ran out of gas. That's what happened. We had a good game plan for a lot of games this year but we couldn't put fourth quarters together. That's the way it's been rough. You can't fault the effort of the kids though."

And try they did. Keith Keahna, South Tama's scoring leader, finished with 18 points. That was double what the rest of the combined Trojan lineup put up. Even with all of Keahna's athleticism he came up against a brick wall with Henry and Foster at the post.

Monday marked the final time Keahna and Cam Klostermann wore the Trojan basketball jersey. The two were greeted with high fives and hugs as they exited the game with just around two minutes to play. Klostermann fought an injury for much of the season but was able to get some minutes in during his final game.

"He's (Keahna) gonna be one greatly missed guy. He's a leader, an awesome kid and does anything and everything for the team. He puts the team first. As a coach you want 1,000 Keith's on the team. He's a great athlete and is going to do tremendous things yet this year."

Keahna ended his career with 315 points and 174 rebounds.

"I'm not as emotional as Friday night because Friday was the last home game but this game I just played to have fun. We were big under dogs and I just tried to enjoy the game since this is the last time I will probably ever get to play. It was a fun way to go out playing against two 6'9 post players probably the best in all the state. Now I'm just really looking forward to track season," said Keahna.

Keahna won't be taking any down time as he planned to go to track practice the day after the Substate game. He holds the State Championship title for High Jump in Class 3A and will be attending the University of Iowa next year where he is signed with their track program.

"Playing basketball this year and knowing that I wouldn't get all the wins we got the last two years, I just went out playing a sport that I love and just a really fun way to go out," said Keahna

 
 
 

 

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