Gaels Flattery, Burke first team all-NCC

John Burns and David Flattery each earned unanimous all-North Central Conference first team status, announced recently by the league.

Burns, a senior for Bishop Garrigan, averaged 22.4 points and 7.3 rebounds this year, leading the Golden Bears to the substate final.

Flattery guided St. Edmond to a fourth place finish in the NCC, averaging 13 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. He was also second in the conference in assists with 114.

“David was our all-everything guy this year,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “He lettered every year of his career, including starting his last three years. Teams started figuring out that by taking David away, they could really slow us down.

“Still, he was able to get his points, lead us in assists and steals, and really have a productive career. I was happy he got on the first team.”

Casey Schlatter of Iowa Falls-Alden was the third unanimous choice, as the Cadets captured the NCC title. He averaged a double-double for the Cadets.

Gael Robby Burke, Humboldt’s Bryan Larson, Webster City’s Boone Myers and Clear Lake’s Spencer Davidson were the other first team selections.

Burke, a junior, led St. Edmond in scoring and rebounds this year with 17 and nine. Myers led the NCC in blocked shots.

“Robby improved greatly from last year to this past season,” Kochendorfer said. “He shot 70-percent from the field, led in scoring and rebounding, and really became a threat for us down low.”

The Gaels advanced to a district final, a year after placing second at state in Class 2A. Flattery, Burke and Aaron Chalstrom (third team selection) were important pieces to both teams.

Humboldt, which placed tied for second in the conference, placed two on the second team in Michael Orness and Jaxon Heinz.

Garrigan’s Nathan Krieps, Clarion-Goldfield’s Stephen McAtee and Mason Myers of the Lynx all made the second squad, as well.

McAtee led the NCC in rebounds per game at 10.3.