As a two-sport standout at Fort Dodge Senior High, JC Hatcher has made quite a name for himself through the years.
Hatcher has been a driving force in the recent success of both the Dodger basketball and baseball programs.
Despite all of his individual accomplishments along the way, Hatcher knows there’s still plenty of unfinished business left before his prep career comes to an end.
“We want to close this (basketball) season strong and hopefully make it to (state at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines),” Hatcher said. “I’m very happy with how things are going right now. We’ve had some bumps in the road, but we always get over them as a collective group, which makes it fun.”
On the hardwood, Hatcher ranks sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 884 points in 64 games. The 6-foot-1 guard has also accumulated 232 rebounds, 145 assists and 61 steals over the past three years at the varsity level.
This winter, Hatcher leads the team in total points (288), assists (53), steals (19), made 3-pointers (26) and made free throws (50). He previously garnered first team all-division and second-team all-conference honors after both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns.
“It was pretty neat when I found out I was 10th (at FDSH) in scoring,” said Hatcher. “It’s an honor to be up there with guys like Wade Lookingbill and Thomas Clark. I never thought I could be that successful.
“Since I didn’t play football, I was in the gym every day in the fall. I would say hard work and lifting weights has helped me become a better player.”
Andrew Stover’s game-winning three-pointer at West Des Moines Dowling and Krunal Thakor’s buzzer-beating layup at Des Moines Roosevelt – both coming earlier this season – are Hatcher’s most memorable basketball moments.
In baseball, Hatcher owns a varsity batting average of .364 (87-for-239) with 56 RBI, 48 runs scored and 13 doubles through 89 contests, while going 11-for-12 on stolen bases. On the mound, Hatcher has posted a 13-3 record in 105 2/3 innings of work.
Hatcher landed on the all-CIC Northern Division first team as a junior, along with being picked to the Class 4A North Central District second squad. Following his sophomore year, Hatcher was tabbed to the all-CIML Iowa Conference first team after helping the Dodgers to their winningest season in school history and just their second-ever state runner-up finish.
Hatcher picked up the win in a 4-2 state semifinal triumph against Cedar Rapids Kennedy, scattering five hits and two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Behind Hatcher’s consistent play, Fort Dodge secured league titles in each of the past two summers, combining for 63 victories.
“(The 2012 state championship game against Ankeny) was the big stage,” Hatcher said. “Luckily, I had great seniors around me to keep me cool. My goal this year is to get back (to Principal Park in Des Moines) again.”
Hatcher’s future plans remain up in the air.
“I’ve played with all my teammates since I was 10 years old, so I’m going to miss putting (Fort Dodge) across my chest,” said Hatcher.