The Iowa Press Sports Writers Association’s all-state boys team were released Tuesday, and the North Iowa area was well represented. Of the seven area players named to all-state teams in their respective classes, two were named first-teamers: Clear Lake’s Zach Lester and West Fork’s Zach Martinek.
Muscatine senior Joe Wieskamp was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball.
Lester, a senior, proved nearly impossible to defend all season as he averaged 30.2 points per game, which was third in the state, on the way to first-team honors in Class 3A. Lester broke the school’s record for points in a season (665) and led the team in rebounds (102), assists (114) and steals (92). He also drained 35 3-pointers.
Charles City junior Jack Molstead was a second-team selection in Class 3A. Molstead was instrumental in helping the Comets reach a substate final as his 19 points per game were the best on the team. He added 167 assists, which was third in 3A, 101 rebounds, 37 steals and made 30 3-pointers.
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura junior James Betz continued to build on an already stellar prep basketball resume as he was named to the second team in Class 2A. Betz, a Northern Iowa commit, averaged 15.4 points per the game for the Cardinals and pulled in nearly 10 rebounds per game at 9.9. The 6-foot-7 forward also led the team with 30 made 3-pointers and added 63 assists.
Osage senior Drew Olson and Forest City senior Sam Snyder each closed out their prep basketball careers with third-team all-state selections in 2A.
Olson was the Green Devils’ top scorer at 18.9 points per game and he broke the school’s all-time scoring record this season. He added 94 rebounds, 69 assists and 48 steals.
Snyder led the Indians with 14.7 points per game and he brought in 119 rebounds. He also added 37 assists, 34 steals and 19 blocked shots.
West Fork and basketball have always gone hand-in-hand, and Martinek’s legend as a Warhawk continues to grow. Martinek, a junior who was a second-team all-state selection a year ago, was named to the first team in Class 1A after averaging 18.8 points per game for the Warhawks. He finished 41.3 percent from beyond the arc with 45 3-pointers, grabbed 144 rebounds, had 57 assists and 48 steals.
Bishop Garrigan junior TJ Schnurr earned his first all-state selection as he was named to the second team in Class 1A. Schnurr poured in 18.9 points per game for the Golden Bears and finished with 9.8 rebounds per game. He added 71 assists and 30 steals.