Area boys named to all-state team
DES MOINES – Six Messenger-area boys basketball players picked up all-state honors by the Iowa Newspaper Association.
Robby Burke of St. Edmond was named to the Class 2A second squad, while Newell-Fonda’s Dalton Anderson in 1A and Reed Tellinghuisen from East Sac County in 2A each earned first team honors.
Tyler Stumbo from Laurens-Marathon was on the second team and South Central Calhoun’s Jake Petzenhauser made the third in 2A, while Jaxon Heinz from Humboldt garnered third team status in 3A.
The 6-foot-6 Burke averaged 22 points and shot 68 percent from the field. He was also seventh in the entire state in rebounding with 303 (12.6 per game).
“I’m happy with Robby getting on the second team, even though I was hoping for the first,” SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer said. “It gets tougher when you don’t qualify for state (as a team), but Robby had an excellent year.”
St. Edmond lost in the substate final to South Hamilton. The Gaels qualified for state Burke’s sophomore season, placing second.
“Robby was a tremendous leader for us, taking on that role of being a senior this past season,” Kochendorfer said. “His abilities to lead us from the post was especially impressive because teams double- and triple-teamed him almost constantly.”
The first team front line players were Drake University signee Casey Schlatter; Tellinghuisen, who is going to South Dakota State; and West Fork’s Sam Alsbaugh, a member of back-to-back state runner-up squads.
“That’s a very good frontline to break into,” Kochendorfer said. “And those kids all were more inside-outside threats, while Robby just stayed inside the paint for us.
“I was really impressed with how much he improved as a passer this season from down low.”
Anderson, a senior, helped lead Newell-Fonda to the state tournament. He averaged 16.7 points on the year and shot 60 percent from the field and 74 percent at the charity stripe, while also grabbing six boards per game.
Tellinghuisen recovered from an injury to post 23.5 points and 8.5 boards. He also made 55 triples.
Stumbo led the Chargers in points (542/24.6 per game), rebounds (226/10.3), assists (83), steals (59) and blocked shots (27). The junior was the ninth-leading scorer in the state.
Petzenhauser was an all-around threat for the Titans, averaging a team-high 20.6 points, dishing out 82 assists and swiping 66 steals.
Behind Heinz, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinal round of state. The junior scored 17.6 points and made 46 three-pointers.
Heinz also shot 50-percent from the floor while dishing out 92 assists.
The Mr. Basketball award went to Wyatt Lohaus, a senior from Iowa City West. Lohaus helped lead the Trojans to a third straight state title recently, averaging 20 points and five rebounds.
Lohaus will attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall.