March 9, 2010

McCabe looking for repeat title

Last year at this time Zach McCabe and his Sioux City Heelan teammates, including current Hawkeye Brennan Cougill, headed to Des Moines and took home the state title in Class 3A. On Tuesday evening, McCabe and Heelan will be looking to go back to back when they start their march to another state title against Carroll.

"We are excited to be going back to state again this year," McCabe said. "This is a great opportunity and I can't wait to get there."

This season McCabe has been a stat sheet stuffer despite facing some unique defenses during the season set on stopping him.

"Last year with Brennan on the team, teams guarded us a little differently. This year I have seen a lot of box and one type defense's and double teams trying to get the ball out of my hands or prevent me from scoring."

Heelan comes into the game ranked #6 in the state with a 19-4 record and faces #2 ranked Carroll in their opening game. This season McCabe has averaged 19.2 points per game, 8.7 rebounds, has shot 45% from beyond the arch, has dished out 118 assists, and has 37 steals to his credit.

"We have had a really good season so far and want it to continue this weekend. I think I have grown as a player this year in all aspects of my game. A lot of credit goes to Alex Malloy too. He has really stepped up this year."

While his senior season is just about over, McCabe has also been thinking about the future and keeping in touch with his fellow future Hawkeyes who will be arriving on campus in the fall.

"I've kept in touch with all the guys this season. I've talked to Cody, Ben, and Marble from time to time, but mainly I have been keeping in touch with Cody (Larson). We played his team earlier this year and he didn't get to play due to an ankle injury. We talked before and after the game and we joked around a little bit," McCabe said.

The 6-foot-6 wing has also been watching his future team play as much as possible this year and can't wait to get to Iowa City after graduation.

"I just want to come in and start working on my game and continuing to get better," McCabe said. "I think that is what all of the guys coming want to do. We just want to help the team win games and do whatever we can to make that possible."

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