Messenger names top boys players from past decade
Clark, Hatcher, Clayton, Gibb among honored
Over the past decade, the amount of talent both locally and from the area on the basketball court has been tremendous.
School scoring records have been set, runs to the state title made and numerous other honors earned along the way.
The seven players named to the first Messenger all-decade team include two former Dodgers and two ex-Gaels, along with a pair of Pocahontas Area grads and a former East Sac County standout.
Fort Dodge’s JC Hatcher and Malcolm Clayton helped lead the Dodgers against the elite of the CIML, while Nick Clark pushed St. Edmond to a state championship game appearance and set the scoring record for the Gaels.
Several years later, Andrew Gibb came along and broke Clark’s record.
Austin Roetman and Jace Davidson shared the court as Indians before both left their marks, while Reed Tellinghuisen went from an all-stater for the Raiders to playing in the NCAA Tournament for South Dakota State.
Seven more players were named to the second-team, with all holding incredible resumes to their names.
To be considered, the player had to have graduated between the 2010-11 and 2019-2020 seasons. Selected players are listed in order of their graduating class.
MESSENGER ALL-DECADE FIRST TEAM
Nick Clark, St. Edmond (2012)
Along with becoming the program scoring leader, St. Edmond’s Nick Clark put together his best season as a senior. He led the Gaels to the state finals, averaging 21 points per game.
Clark also recorded 144 assists, 111 steals and 59 rebounds during the 2011-12 season.
He scored 64 points in the three games at state for St. Edmond, including 24 in the state finals vs. Mount Vernon.
Reed Tellinghuisen, East Sac County (2014)
Before embarking on a standout career with South Dakota State that included trips to the NCAA Tournament, Reed Tellinghuisen led East Sac County to a district championship game his senior year.
Tellinghuisen averaged 24 points, grabbing 179 rebounds, blocking 102 shots, dishing out 80 assists and recording 61 steals.
JC Hatcher, Fort Dodge (2014)
Competing against some of the best teams and players in the state, Fort Dodge’s JC Hatcher surpassed the 400-point mark his senior year.
Hatcher averaged just over 18 per game, adding 83 rebounds, 69 assists and 23 steals for the Dodgers, who fell to eventual state runner-up West Des Moines Valley that year in the postseason.
Austin Roetman, Pocahontas Area (2017)
A 19-3 senior year included several standout performances for Pocahontas Area’s Austin Roetman.
Roetman averaged 23 points per game to go along with 260 rebounds, 61 blocks, 43 assists and 13 steals. He left the school holding just about every career and season record including points scored.
Malcolm Clayton, Fort Dodge (2018)
Fort Dodge’s Malcolm Clayton put together a senior season to remember in 2018, scoring 404 total points to help the Dodgers win 14 games.
Clayton flashed his versatility on the hardwood by adding 121 rebounds, 75 assists, 36 steals and 13 blocks.
Andrew Gibb, St. Edmond (2019)
Andrew Gibb left his mark on the St. Edmond record books, breaking Nick Clark’s career scoring mark during a senior season that saw him finish sixth in the state in scoring.
Gibb averaged 29 points that year, adding a team-high 98 rebounds with 66 assists and 30 steals.
Jace Davidson, Pocahontas Area (2019)
Pocahontas Area pushed towards a state bid thanks in large part the play of Jace Davidson.
During his senior year, Davidson averaged 22 points a night, adding 171 rebounds, 125 assists and 56 steals. He led the team in points, assists and steals, finishing second in rebounds.
MESSENGER ALL-DECADE SECOND TEAM
Robby Burke, St. Edmond (2014)
St. Edmond’s Robby Burke averaged 22 points per game with 303 rebounds, 27 assists, 18 steals and 16 blocks his senior year.
Jason Zinnel, West Bend-Mallard (2014)
West Bend-Mallard’s Jason Zinnel was the leading scorer for the Wolverines at 23 points per game, adding 180 rebounds, 65 assists and 44 steals in 2014.
Cal Twait, Manson NW (2015)
Along with his success on the football field, Manson Northwest Webster’s Cal Twait was a force on the basketball court, averaging 15 points a night with 273 rebounds, 42 blocks and 39 assists for the Cougars during his final season.
Conner Conrad, Southeast Valley (2016)
A constant scoring threat from anywhere, Conner Conrad finished his senior year with 22 points per game, adding 152 rebounds, 89 assists, 70 steals and 24 blocks for the Jaguars.
Kyle Beisch, Fort Dodge (2016)
Fort Dodge’s Kyle Beisch continued to grow into the player he has become, wrapping up his Dodger career with 16 points per night, 90 rebounds, 38 assists and 21 steals in 2016.
TJ Schnurr, Bishop Garrigan (2019)
Part of an incredible run for Bishop Garrigan, TJ Schnurr’s senior year was highlighted by a run to state in 2019, averaging 17 points per game with 249 rebounds, 70 assists, 27 blocks and 22 steals.
Zane Neubaum, South Central Calhoun (2020)
Despite battling an injury, Zane Neubaum went out for South Central Calhoun and posted 25 points a game with 72 steals, 47 rebounds and 46 assists this past year.