Gibb, area duo first team all-state

Pocahontas Area’s Davidson, Garrigan’s Schnurr honored

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Andrew Gibb of St. Edmond shoots around Bishop Garrigan's TJ Schnurr in a district final at Algona.

St. Edmond’s Andrew Gibb, Pocahontas Area’s Jace Davidson and Bishop Garrigan’s TJ Schnurr capped brilliant high school basketball careers by being named first team all-state by the Iowa Press Sports Writers Association.

Joining the senior trio were Newell-Fonda’s Bryce Coppock, Bishop Garrigan’s Angelo Winkel and Zane Neubaum of South Central Calhoun.

Gibb, who became the career scoring leader for the Gael program earlier this winter, earned his second all-state honor in Class 1A after being tabbed to the third team a year ago. He finished sixth in the state in scoring, averaging 28.7 points per game.

A three-year starter, Gibb shot almost 54 percent from the field, 36 percent from the 3-point line and made 88 percent of his free throws. He also had a team-high 98 rebounds with 66 assists and 30 steals, helping the Gaels advance to a district final.

Davidson, who has signed to play at Morningside, ranked 16th in the state in scoring with 525 points (21.9 per game). He shot 41 percent from the floor, hit 39 triples and made 73 percent of his free throws.

Pocahontas Area reached the substate final this year in 2A. Davidson also grabbed 171 rebounds with 125 assists and 56 steals.

Schnurr, also a future Morningside teammate with Davidson, ended a nine-year state tournament drought by getting Bishop Garrigan into the 1A field. He averaged just under 17 points per game with a team-high 249 rebounds, 70 assists, 27 blocks and 22 steals.

Over his Golden Bear career, Schnurr became the school’s career rebounds leader and ranks second on the scoring charts.

Coppock, a junior, was named to the 1A second team after finishing fourth in the state in scoring with 676 points (28.2 per game). He made 72 buckets from long distance, shot almost 50 percent from the floor, and made 76 percent of his free throws.

Winkel, a sophomore, earned third team honors in 2A after posting 16.6 points per contest with 227 rebounds, 62 blocks, 44 assists and 20 steals.

Neubaum, a junior, was third team in 2A after averaging almost 19 points per game with 170 rebounds, 51 assists, 39 steals and 15 blocks.

Bettendorf’s D.J. Carton and North Linn’s Jake Hilmer were voted co-Mr. Basketball by the panel.

Carton, who has signed with Ohio State, averaged 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists per year for the Bulldogs, leading them to a 21-2 record on the year. He also became the school’s career points leader.

Hilmer, who will play both basketball and baseball at Upper Iowa, helped the Lynx claim the 1A state title after averaging 26.1 points per game. He set new state records for single-season assists and steals, career assists and steals, and became the first player to ever score 2,000 points (2,332) and dish out 1,000 assists (1,106).

This marks the first time since 1999 that two players shared the top honor. That year, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison were each recognized before going on to star at Kansas and compete in the NBA.

IOWA PRESS SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE TEAMS

(Messenger-area players only)

Class 1A

First Team

Andrew Gibb, St. Edmond, sr.; TJ Schnurr, Bishop Garrigan, sr.

Second Team

Bryce Coppock, Newell-Fonda, jr.

Third Team

Angelo Winkel, Bishop Garrigan, soph.

Class 2A

First Team

Jace Davidson, Pocahontas Area, sr.

Third Team

Zane Neubaum, South Central Calhoun, jr.

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