The Creston boys basketball team was rewarded for its 19-4, 11-3 season with four players being named to the Hawkeye 10 all-conference teams, as announced this week.
“I feel pretty good. We had a good year this year in the conference,” Creston head coach Billy Hiatt said. “I felt like we had some guys that were deserving to be on there. Pretty happy with it when you get that many guys on the different teams, that says a lot about your program and the direction you’re going.”
Highlighting that list was first-teamer Luke Neitzel.
“That first team, it’s made up of a lot of good players,” Hiatt said. “I think Luke is definitely deserving of it. I think this season he represented us well. To be up there on that first team with those other guys says a lot about the work he’s put in.”
Neitzel finished second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game, in assists with 54, and he led the team in rebounding at 5.3 boards per game and in steals with 50.
Earning second-team honors for the Panthers were seniors Colby Taylor and Briar Evans.
Taylor led the Panthers in scoring at 12.1 points per game, shooting 41 percent from the field and 42 percent on 3-pointers. He also grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game, led the team with 20 blocked shots and finished second in steals with 38.
Evans scored 9.3 points per game for the Panthers, while grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game.
Senior Trey Thomsen was placed on the honorable mention team after scoring 8.6 points per game with 2.9 rebounds per contest and 36 assists with 20 steals.
“That’s pretty good when you’ve got four guys being picked for conference selections,” Hiatt said. “Not a lot of teams have that luxury. That’s nice our team played as a team and had more than just one guy be successful, so it says a lot for our program. Especially with the conference this year being so strong.”
Hiatt said the type of season the Panthers had, finishing second in the conference at 11-3 and winning 19 games in total, while also featuring a balanced lineup, helped contribute to the number of selections for the Panthers.
“A lot of those guys could get picked,” he said. “Nineteen wins, we were balanced in scoring and playing. It’s one thing I tried to harp on for our guys. Everybody’s got to be an offensive threat for us to be a success, and that kind of showed this year.”
Hawkeye 10 All-Conference
(* - unanimous)
First team - Dalton Franken*, Atlantic, Sr.; Sam Markham*, Atlantic, Sr.; Luke Neitzel, Creston, Sr.; Trey Lansman*, Harlan, Jr.; Cole Neary, Kuemper Catholic, Jr.; Grant May, Glenwood, Sr.; Derek Hall, Denison-Schleswig, Sr.; Alex Reed, Lewis Central, Sr.
Second team - Tanner Johnson, Red Oak, Sr.; Sam Brincks, Kuemper Catholic, Jr.; Nathan Cave, Harlan, Jr.; Chad Christensen, Atlantic, Sr.; Colby Taylor, Creston, Sr.; Cory Bertini, Glenwood, Jr.; Briar Evans, Creston, Sr.; Pete Walker, Red Oak, Sr.
Honorable mention - Stuart Hoegh, Atlantic, Sr.; Trey Thomsen, Creston, Sr.; Chris Halbur, Kuemper Catholic, Sr.; Gabe Ferry, Harlan, Jr.; Tyler Jensen, Glenwood, Sr.; Jose Perez, Red Oak, Sr.; Zac Johnson, Denison-Schleswig, Sr.; Lincoln Rodenbrug, Lewis Central, Jr.; Dakota Woods, Clarinda, Sr.; Jordan Peterman, Clarinda, Sr.; Jackson Baker, Shenandoah, Jr.; Payden Anderson, Shenandoah, So.