WEBSTER CITY - For three months, the Webster City boys' basketball team took on and survived every challenge put in its path in the North Central Conference. As it turned out, that carried a lot of clout when it came time to choose the league's premier players.
Fresh off its first unbeaten NCC season since 1988, Webster City was the only team to earn two first-team all-conference honors - they were unanimous selections as well - and four seniors in all received accolades from the league coaches, it was announced earlier this week.
Point guard Jonny Davis and forward Andrew May were tagged as first-team players on all 10 coaches' ballots. Forward Bryan Swon was placed on the second team and shooting guard Sam Mossman notched third-team honors.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City senior forward Andrew May (40) scores from close range in a win over Clarion-Goldfield this season. May averaged 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season on his way to a unanimous first-team all-North Central Conference honor. He was one of four Lynx players named all-NCC.
"Those guys all had really good seasons, so we were definitely happy," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said after directing the Lynx to a 20-3 overall record and an 18-0 mark in the conference. "Being 18-0, I thought we were deserving to get two guys on the first team in Jonny and Andrew."
Davis earned his third first-team award and he's a two-time unanimous selection. May was a third-team pick as a junior, while Swon has a pair of second-team accolades.
St. Edmond senior guard Nick Clark was a repeat unanimous first team choice, and Clear Lake senior guard Ozzie Adams also received the support of every coach. Algona senior forward Sam Lipps, Iowa Falls-Alden senior guard Kade Olson and Bishop Garrigan junior forward John Burns completed the seven-player first team.
|Boys All-Conference Teams|
|North Central Conference|
|*Jonny Davis||Sr.||Webster City|
|*Andrew May||Sr.||Webster City|
|*Nick Clark||Sr.||St. Edmond|
|*Ozzie Adams||Sr.||Clear Lake|
|Kade Olson||Sr.||Iowa Falls-Alden|
|John Burns||Jr.||Bishop Garrigan|
|Bryan Swon||Sr.||Webster City|
|Derek Bradley||Sr.||Iowa Falls-Alden|
|Neil Flattery||Sr.||St. Edmond|
|Austin Vaske||Sr.||Bishop Garrigan|
|David Flattery||Jr.||St. Edmond|
|Casey Schlatter||So.||Iowa Falls-Alden|
|Sam Mossman||Sr.||Webster City|
|Zach Keith||Sr.||Bishop Garrigan|
|Brandon Stockdale||Sr.||Iowa Falls-Alden|
Davis averaged 15.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game during his third year in the Lynx starting lineup. He led the league in assists per game and was sixth in scoring.
But it was Davis' defensive prowess that left a lasting imprint, in the eyes of his coach anyway.
"Jonny was our leader in scoring, assists and steals, but defensively, I think that's where he excelled the most," McKinney said. "He was far and away, in my opinion, the best defender in the conference and one of the best in the state. Whether he guarded a guy that was 6-foot-7 or 5-10, he got it done."
May fit into the supporting role perfectly, and at times he put the Lynx on his back at the offensive end of the floor. In the final 12 conference games following the Christmas break, he topped 20 points on four occasions.
"Andrew carried us in some games scoring wise, especially coming out of the break," McKinney said. "We wouldn't have been 18-0 without him doing those things and the rest of the coaches in the conference recognized that."
May finished the season averaging 12.5 points - ninth in the NCC - and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Swon chipped in 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a night, but the versatile small forward played with a lingering ankle injury for much of the season and it was an ailment that eventually cost him the final few games of his career.
Mossman put up 7.5 points a contest and he was ninth in the conference in 3-point field goals with 41. He shot 40.6 percent from behind the arc.
"There are a lot of what-ifs with Bryan. If he's healthy all year, his numbers would have looked a lot better and, who knows, maybe we get three first-team guys," McKinney said. "Sam was a big gamer for us this year. In the big games he stepped in and made some big shots."