March 15, 2010

McCabe talks state title and his future

The past few days have been filled with emotion for Zach McCabe. He was on his way to winning his second straight state title at Sioux City Heelan, which he accomplished on Saturday night with a hard fought victory over Pella. McCabe was also hearing plenty of rumors about a possible coaching change at his future school, the University of Iowa.

"I have heard the rumors and all that stuff. My dad told me to just concentrate on my game and if something happens we will worry about it later," McCabe said on Sunday afternoon.

Thanks to McCabe's 16 points and 12 rebounds, Heelan held on for a 50-45 win over Pella in the Class 3A state title game. It was their second straight state title, having won last year with current Hawkeye Brennan Cougill on the team.

"It's a great feeling and very exciting," said the 6-foot-7 forward. "We worked for hard this all season and it great to go back to back when everyone thought that we couldn't do it."

McCabe was also named captain of the 3A All Tournament team following the victory and it was an honor that he appreciated.

"I was very honored to get that. I have worked hard my whole life to get an honor like that and it meant a lot."

After the victory, McCabe received text messages from Head Coach Todd Lickliter and assistant coach Chad Walthall congratulating him on the win.

"I got a text message from Coach Lickliter and Coach Walthall and they congratulated me and said I had a great season. It meant a lot to hear from them," he said.

McCabe hopes that both coaches will be back on the Iowa bench next season when he plans to arrive in Iowa City. With the rumor mill now in overdrive regarding a possible coaching change with the Hawkeyes, he is still planning to be at Iowa next fall.

"It is a little frustrating. You wonder what is going to happen, but as of now I am still with Iowa," McCabe said. "If something did happen, I will talk to my family about it. As of now I am still with Iowa and I plan on being at Iowa."

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