Porter captains small school GTNS team
By Andy Krutsinger,
Mt. Pleasant News
It was one of the most competitive years in recent memory among small-school area teams in 2016-17.
The Southeast Iowa Superconference went down to the wire and the area saw a handful of tight tournament games leading up to the state tournament.
New London represented the area in the state tournament in Class 1A. Highland came one game away from making it two SEISC teams in Des Moines.
The following coach and players stuck out just above the rest in a competitive field. Here is the 2016-17 small-school All-GTNS squad.
Coach: Bryant Porter, New London
Coach Porter led New London to their first ever state tournament appearance in 2016-17. The Tigers finished 21-4 and knocked off rival Danville and Lisbon in back-to-back games to punch their ticket to Wells Fargo arena.
Captain: Mason Porter, sophomore, New London
Porter scored 19.5 points per game and had 206 rebounds in just his sophomore season at New London. The Tiger wing also finished with 58 assists, 65 steals and 14 blocks en route to All-GTNS captain honors.
Ben Dentlinger, senior, New London
The Tiger big man missed 13 games this season and still did enough to get on the elite All-GTNS squad. Dentlinger finished the year with 15.1 points per game, 79 rebounds, 28 steals and 47 blocks.
Bryce Robison, senior, Winfield-Mt. Union
Robison was one of the few remaining pieces from a W-MU core that was stacked with seniors last season. The Wolves’ senior filled the stat sheet every night and led the squad in points (17.5 PPG), rebounds (253), assists (73) and blocks (20).
Zack Lasek, freshman, Highland
Lasek is a freshman from Highland was the leader in scoring for the Huskies. He had 368 points, averaging 15.3 points per game. He was 68.7 percent successful from the free-throw line making 68-of-99. He also led the team in rebounds with 170 and had 40 blocks. He was selected for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North first team.
Jacob Wickenkamp, senior, Keota
The senior from Keota scored 291 points this season for the Eagles, averaging 12.7 points per game. He made 58 of 80 shots from the free-throw line, going 72.5 percent. He led the team in assists with 167 and had 41 steals.
Nick Yutzy, senior, Iowa Mennonite
Yutzy is a senior from Iowa Mennonite School named to the Academic All-State Basketball Team by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association and was also selected to the IBCA All-Substate 5 Team. Yutzy was also picked for the Southeast Iowa Super Conference north first team. He led IMS in scoring with 257 points, averaging 10.7 points per game. He had 107 assists and 71 steals.