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All-GTNS boys' small school basketball teams

By Bill Gatchel | Mar 20, 2017
Photo by: File photo Nick Yutzy

Our spotlight on area athletes continues this week as we continue with the All-Golden Triangle area boys basketball players.

Today’s look is at smaller schools in the area.

The sports editors from the Mt. Pleasant News, Fairfield Ledger and Washington Journal came together recently to make their choices.

As with the girls last week, selecting today’s players wasn’t easy.

While only one school made a brief appearance  in the state tournament, it was a supberb year for all area players.

Deciding who to choose was difficult for the three of us.

Tomorrow, we will wrap up our spotlight on area athletes by honoring boys basketball players from the larger southeast Iowa schools.

Here are our picks for the 2016-17 All-Golden Triangle team for boys’ basketball from the smaller schools:

Coach Porter led New London to their first-ever state tournament appearance in 2016-17.

The Tigers finished 21-4 and knocked off rival Danville and Lisbon in back-to-back games to punch their ticket to Wells Fargo arena.

Porter scored 19.5 points per game and had 206 rebounds in just his sophomore season at New London.

The Tiger wing also finished with 58 assists, 65 steals and 14 blocks en route to All-GTNS captain honors.

As a senior from New London, Tiger big man Ben Dentlinger missed 13 games this season and still did enough to get on the elite All-GTNS squad.

Dentlinger finished the year with 15.1 points per game, 79 rebounds, 28 steals and 47 blocks.

Zack Lasek is a freshman from Highland. He was the leader in scoring for the Huskies.

He had 368 points, averaging 15.3 points per game.

He was 68.7 percent successful from the free-throw line making 68-of-99.

He also led the team in rebounds with 170 and had 40 blocks. He was selected for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North first team.

As a senior from Keota, Jacob Wickenkamp scored 291 points this season for the Eagles, averaging 12.7 points per game. He made 58 of 80 shots from the free-throw line, going 72.5 percent. He led the team in assists with 167 and had 41 steals.

Nick is a senior from Iowa Mennonite School named to the Academic All-State Basketball Team by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association and was also selected to the IBCA All-Substate 5 Team.

Yutzy was also picked for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North first team.

He led IMS in scoring with 257 points, averaging 10.7 points per game. He had 107 assists and 71 steals.

Robison was one of the few remaining pieces from a W-MU core that was stacked with seniors last season.

The Wolves’ senior filled the stat sheet every night and led the squad in points (17.5 PPG), rebounds (253), assists (73) and blocks (20).

- The All-Golden Triangle News Service teams are selected by sports editors Allan Mandell of the Fairfield Daily Ledger, Bill Gatchel of the Washington Evening Journal and Andy Krutsinger of the Mt. Pleasant News.

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