Dodger boys honored by CIC
Coming off its first winning season since the 2010-11 campaign, the Fort Dodge boys recently placed four players on the all-CIC Northern Division basketball teams.
Dodger seniors JC Hatcher and Blake Wilder were each selected to the top squad, while classmates Zach Martinson and Krunal Thakor both landed on the second team.
In addition, senior Andrew Stover received honorable mention status.
Hatcher averaged a team-high 18.3 points per game en route to earning a spot on the all-division first squad for a second straight year. The 6-foot-1 guard also led FDSH in total points (403), made field goals (151), made free throws (61) and made 3-pointers (40). Hatcher wrapped up his standout career sixth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,002 points.
For his efforts, Hatcher was one of eight nominees picked to the all-CIC first team by the league’s coaches. Waukee’s Michael Jacobson and Anthony Nelson, Ankeny Centennial’s Jay Schon, Southeast Polk’s Nick Jeffries, Johnston’s Jay Knuth, Urbandale’s Allen Lazard and Ames’ Sam Straub were the others.
“JC was obviously our marquee player, and scoring over 1,000 points was a nice way for him to cap off everything,” Dodger head coach Tom Daniel said. “The bigger thing, though, was that he made the CIC first team with a mighty group of future college players.”
Wilder delivered 12.5 points a night, while pacing Fort Dodge in total rebounds (144). The 6-foot-3 forward shot 53.4 percent (109 of 204) from the field.
“Blake put the time in after we opened up the gym and pushed him in the right direction,” said Daniel. “He deserves a lot of credit for making himself into a college player.
“I think he shocked a lot of people by how much he improved this year. I’m very proud he was recognized.”
Martinson, a 6-foot-4 forward, tallied 11.0 points and 6.2 boards per contest. He went 22 of 59 (37.3 percent) outside the arc, while going 37-for-49 (75.5 percent) at the free throw line.
“Martinson was probably a first team guy, but Ames got the first choice by going undefeated (in the CIC Northern Division),” Daniel said. “It was just a case of him being a victim of circumstance. He contributed a lot for us and had a very solid career.”
Thakor collected 153 points, 50 rebounds and a team-best 73 assists. The 6-foot-0 guard drained 37.3 percent (19 of 51) of his longball attempts.
“Krunal came from nowhere and made it a priority to get better, which goes back to the offseason,” said Daniel. “All of our guys either held serve or moved up in terms of being recognized.”
Stover, a 5-foot-11 guard, managed 100 points, 72 boards and 62 assists. He also shot a team-high 84.0 percent (21-for-25) from the charity stripe, while spearheading the Dodgers in steals (24).
“Stover was a three-year letterwinner that always did the dirty work,” Daniel said. “He did a lot of the intangibles behind the scenes that didn’t show up in the boxscore.”
Fort Dodge finished 12-10 overall, including 4-2 in the CIC Northern Division.