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Comets named to All-NEIC, All-Substate basketball teams

Comets named to All-NEIC,  All-Substate basketball teams
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City senior Chase Low was named to his second-straight All-NEIC Basketball First Team. He was also named to the All-Substate Tournament Team.

Press Staff Report

Four Charles City boys basketball players, who were the primary starters for the Comets this past season, were named to All-Northeast Iowa Conference and All-Substate Tournament basketball teams.

Senior Chase Low was named to his second-straight All-NEIC First Team as well as the All-Class 3A-Substate 4 Team after leading the Comets in scoring (15.2 ppg), steals (2.5 spg, 57 total) and blocked shots (0.5 bpg). He also unofficially led the team — as well as likely the conference — in slam dunks.

Low scored his 1,000th career point as a Comet during the past 2022-2023 season.

Junior Kam Mestas was named to the All-NEIC First Team and All-Substate Team after leading the team in field goal percentage (58.7%) while scoring 15 ppg. A recent transfer to Charles City, Mestas went through a period of adjustment to his new teammates while hampered by an early-season illness. By the end of the season, he emerged as the team’s most-consistent scorer.

Senior Brennan Schmidt was named to the All-NEIC Second Team after showing marked improvement from his junior season and cementing his spot in the starting lineup. Schmidt shot greater than 39% from 3-point range while hitting a team-leading 52 treys. Schmidt also led the team in free-throw percentage (81.8%).

Junior Keenan Wiley, another recent transfer for the Comets, was named to the All-NEIC Second Team. Wiley averaged 11.6 ppg and led the team in rebounds (7.8 rpg). A good percentage of Wiley’s rebounds came off the offensive glass as he displayed an uncanny nose for the ball — knowing how it would come off the rim and/or backboard the split-second after it leaves the shooter’s hand.

Charles City finished the season with a 17-6 overall record that included a share of the NEIC title. The Comets advanced to the Class 3A-Substate 4 final before being stopped short of state with a 73-56 loss to Marion.

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