- HS BOYS BASKETBALL - All-Hawkeye Team
FORWARD - Jeff Giannettino - Notre Dame, Jr.
One of the toughest matchups in the area because of his athletic 6-foot-5 frame, Giannettino could post up, drive to the basket and score on 3-pointers. Giannettino averaged 14.6 points per game and shot an area-best 90 percent from the free-throw line. He also pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game. Giannettino, the defending Drake Relays and state high jump champion, was named to the Class 2A all-Substate 6 team and was an all-conference selection.
Thomas Fitzsimmons - Van Buren, Sr.
The third-team all-state selection by the INA was almost automatic from either side of the basket in the paint. He shot a state-best (all classes) 79.1 percent from the floor, missing just 41 of his 196 shot attempts. The 6-5 post led the Warriors with 15.0 points per game and pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game. The Warriors led the entire state in field-goal percentage (59.2 percent), and finished the season 21-4, retiring against Keota in the substate final.
GUARD - Miles Wentzien -Fort Madison, Jr.
In most coaches' eyes, Wentzien was the best player in this area. His ability to take over games when they got tight - 18 points in the third quarter in a five-point win over Notre Dame - helped set him apart. However, his versatility was unmatched. At 6-3, he could post up and score, but he also shot 42 percent from 3-point range. He was counted on to perform every game, and his 21.6 scoring average was tied for fourth in Class 3A. He helped lead the Bloodhounds to the cusp of the state tournament, but they couldn't hold a lead in the fourth quarter of the substate game against Grinnell.
Mason Speer, Danville, Jr.
There was plenty of intrigue surrounding the Bears after losing twins Michael and Steven Soukup, who combined for almost 4,000 points during their careers. Speer stepped up in a big way to make sure the Bears didn't fall off. They won the Superconference championship and fell a win short of the state tournament in a loss to Easton Valley. Speer had a standout, all-state season, averaging 17.8 points per game, shooting 46 percent from 3-point range and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 5.7 assists per game.
Jonny Dahl, Keokuk, Jr.
Dahl picked up his game late in the season and made the Chiefs one of the more feared teams heading into the postseason. He averaged 17.4 points per game and shot 49 percent from 3-point range, leading the 15-8 Chiefs in both categories. He also averaged 6.7 assists per game and pulled down 8.4 rebounds per contest. He was named to the Class 3A all-Substate 6 team and was first-team all-Southeast Conference.
UTILITY - Xavior Williams - Notre Dame, Soph.
Few players are as athletic as Williams, who can play much bigger than his 5-foot-11 stature.
He also can take over games as well and put down electrifying and momentum-changing dunks. This season, Williams averaged 16.0 points per game and shot 54 percent overall from the floor. He made 37 percent of his free throws and had 65 assists and 64 steals. Like Giannettino, he was named to the 2A all-Substate 6 team and was named to the all-conference team.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Jon Schmitz, Fort Madison
Schmitz continued to put his imprint on the program in his third year, taking it to heights this season not seen in a couple decades. Few teams were tougher to play against, and the Bloodhounds prevailed in nearly every close game they played. Fort Madison has made defense a staple of its program, using it to win the Southeast Conference championship and get within one win of the state tournament for the first time in 38 years. The Bloodhounds finished 19-4 this season, with three of the losses by a combined seven points. Fort Madison spent most of the season ranked in the Associated Press top 10.