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West Fork sophomore Zach Martinek drives to the hoop in a district final vs. St. Ansgar.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette

Eight boys basketball players from the North Iowa area were named to Iowa Newspaper Association all-state basketball teams, which were released Tuesday.

Of the eight, four players earned second-team all-state honors and four were selected to the third team in their respective classes.

In Class 4A, Mason City’s Kyle Lang was a second-team all-state selection as a member of the back court. Lang led the Mohawks, who finished 12-11, with 19.6 points per game. He knocked down 56 3-pointers, had 52 assists and added 31 steals.

Forest City’s Sam Snyder led two area players selected to 3A all-state teams as he was named to the second team while Charles City’s Jack Molstead was a third-team selection.

Snyder was a dominant force inside for the Indians as he tallied a team-high 15.3 points per game, grabbed 148 rebounds and had 45 blocked shots.

Molstead was as consistent as they come for the Comets. The sophomore poured in 19.4 points per game, drained 59 3-pointers, dished out 131 assists and had 41 steals.

In Class 2A, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura’s James Betz and Osage’s Drew Olson were each third-team selections.

Betz, the Top of Iowa Conference West Division Player of the Year, scored 12.2 points per game and hauled in 159 rebounds. He added 47 blocked shots, had 36 assists and 26 steals.

Olson, the Player of the Year in the Top of Iowa Conference East Division, stepped his game up considerably this year. He averaged 18 points per game, including a career-high 39 in a win over Charles City, made 58 of 133 3-pointers (43.6 percent), grabbed 116 rebounds, had 89 assists and added 72 assists.

In Class 1A, West Hancock’s Seth Weiland and West Fork’s Zach Martinek were each second-team picks while West Hancock’s Dylan Eckels made the third team.

Weiland, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 12.3 points per game for the Eagles, who made the 1A state tournament. He added 61 3-pointers, 279 rebounds (10.7 per game). The stat that stands out the most for Weiland, though, is his blocked shots as he finished with 129, which is the best in the state regardless of class.

Martinek, a sophomore, led the Warhawks with 17.4 points per game and shot 83.2 percent at the free-throw line (114-137). He added 154 rebounds and 48 assists.

Eckels finished the season as the Eagles’ leading scorer with 17.5 per game and made 50 3-pointers. The senior added 189 rebounds, 109 assists and 62 steals.

Gladbrook-Reinbeck’s Joe Smoldt was named Mr. Basketball. The Upper Iowa University signee graduates as Iowa’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 2,358 points, averaging 21.4 points per game over his career in which time he led the Rebels to a 100-10 record, three-straight Class 1A state tournament appearances, an undefeated state title in 2015, and four-straight NICL West Division championships.


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