All-NCC boys teams released
Robby Burke and Konrad Laufersweiler helped the St. Edmond boys to a runner-up finish in the North Central Conference this past winter, and were honored with all-league status recently.
Burke was one of six unanimous first team selections, while Laufersweiler landed on the second-team.
Others selected by all 10 coaches for the first squad were Humboldt’s Jaxon Heinz, Webster City’s Mason Myers, Nathan Krieps of Bishop Garrigan, Clear Lake’s Spencer Davidson and University of Drake signee Casey Schlatter from Iowa Falls-Alden.
Burke averaged 23.7 points per game and led the NCC in field goal shooting at 74-percent. He was also second in rebounding at 12.6.
“With Robby, it all goes back to his sophomore year,” said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “He was the No. 5 option that year and through working hard, he became the No. 1 option.
“Robby is going to go on and play college basketball because he worked extremely hard during the offseason to improve his game.”
Kochendorfer was also pleased with Burke’s ability to avoid getting frustrated when the defenses would focus on taking him away.
“We’ve done it so many times in terms of fronting and taking a post player out of the game because they get upset about not getting touches,” he said. “With Robby, he was always working hard and never showed that on the court.
“It’s a credit to him because of his strong work ethic and dedication.”
Laufersweiler, who was just a role player as a junior, became the second weapon for the Gaels this year. He averaged almost 12 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, while also finishing fourth in the NCC in free throw percentage.
“It’s neat to see a kid like Konrad grow into the player he became this year,” Kochendorfer said. “Like Robby, he really dedicated himself to getting better in the offseason.
“His experience in other sports at the varsity level really helped with his confidence.”
Krieps finished third in the league in scoring at 20 per game, while also averaging an NCC-best 2.1 steals a night. He also dished out 4.7 assists.
Heinz helped lead the Wildcats to a Class 3A state berth, scoring 17 points in NCC play and finishing second in three-point shooting at 45-percent.
Myers posted 18.5 points, shot 80-percent from the charity stripe and added 10 blocks from his guard position.
Jack Curran and Brady Ross from Humboldt were second team picks, while Chris Loss of Bishop Garrigan made the second unit, as well.