BBball Newman vs. Forest City 3

Forest City senior Avery Busta drives to the basket for a layup against Newman Catholic in February in Mason City.

Bishop Garrigan, the lone Top of Iowa Conference team participating in this year's state tournament, saw its season end Monday against Montezuma. Although no other squads from the conference made the season's final tournament, several teams, players and coaches experienced successful seasons, as highlighted in the Top of Iowa Conference All-Conference Teams.

West Fork's Zach Martinek and Forest City's Avery Busta took home Player of the Year honors in the East and West Divisions, respectively. 

Martinek, a Morningside College commit, averaged 19.5 points per game, connecting on a team-high 54.1 percent of his shots. He also shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and led the team in assists. 

Busta was one of the area's best point guards, leading an 18-5 Forest City team that lost 10 seniors to graduation last year. Busta was third on the team in points with 11.1, but he led the Indians with 145 assists and 74 steals. His assist total was 12th-best in the state and second among North Iowa players.

Newman Catholic's Jerry Gatton and Forest City coach Dan Rosacker were named Coach of the Year in their respective divisions.

The Knights had two players named to the first team: Josh Fitzgerald and Merritt McCardle. Brady Gatton and Jacob Schutt were named to the second team.

Bishop Garrigan, Forest City and Lake Mills were the other schools to have a pair of players garner first-team selections. The Golden Bears were led by TJ Schnurr and Angelo Winkel. Sophomore Noah Miller joined Busta, and Lake Mills will have a pair of first-team selections (Caleb Bacon and Chett Helming) return next year.

Osage's Brett Bobinet, Rockford's Jared Marth, and Saint Ansgar's Collin Kramer were also honored with first-team selections. Nashua-Plainfield's Austin Bienemann was one of four sophomores selected to a first team, along with Winkel, Miller and Bacon.

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