WEBSTER CITY - Jonny Davis is known, publicly at least, for his superior athletic prowess in a number of arenas.
But what isn't widespread knowledge is that the kid is pretty smart, too.
Very smart, in fact.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS senior Jonny Davis works off the mound this summer at Lynx Field. It was recently announced he was a second-team all-North Central Conference and first-team academic all-state award winner.
Davis, a Webster City senior, recently picked up two significant honors, one for his work on the baseball field and the other for his studious demeanor in the classroom.
Davis was honored by the North Central Conference baseball coaches by being named to the all-conference second team as an infielder after he led the Lynx in numerous offensive and defensive categories during the summer season.
But even more significant was the first-team academic all-state accolade he also recently received from the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.
|Baseball All-Conference Teams|
|North Central Conference|
|*Ozzie Adams||Clear Lake||Sr.||P|
|*Austin Vaske||Bishop Garrigan||Sr.||P|
|Christian Peterson||Iowa Falls-Alden||Sr.||P|
|Alex Boisjolie||Bishop Garrigan||Sr.||C|
|Nick Clark||St. Edmond||Sr.||IF|
|Zach Keith||Bishop Garrigan||Sr.||IF|
|David Flattery||St. Edmond||Jr.||IF|
|Kort Redmond||Iowa Falls-Alden||Jr.||IF|
|*Michael Keeran||Clear Lake||Sr.||OF|
|Jake Kockler||Clear Lake||Sr.||OF|
|Nate Kolacia||St. Edmond||Sr.||OF|
|Tanner Truesdell||Clear Lake||Sr.||OF|
|Jordan Borkowski||Iowa Falls-Alden||Sr.||UT|
|Neil Flattery||St. Edmond||Sr.||UT|
|*Denotes unanimous selection|
|Jake Kollasch||Bishop Garrigan||Jr.||P|
|Tanner Tusha||Clear Lake||Sr.||C|
|Josh Hoover||Iowa Falls-Alden||Jr.||C|
|Jonny Davis||Webster City||Sr.||IF|
|Ryan Prochaska||Iowa Falls-Alden||Sr.||IF|
|John Burns||Bishop Garrigan||Jr.||IF|
|Tommy Setterdahl||St. Edmond||Jr.||IF|
|Gavin Sheakley||Clear Lake||Jr.||IF|
|Parker Reynolds||Iowa Falls-Alden||Jr.||OF|
|Reece Wadle||Bishop Garrigan||Fr.||OF|
|Hank Crimmins||St. Edmond||So.||UT|
|Grant Reding||Bishop Garrigan||Sr.|
|Tanner Walker||Iowa Falls-Alden||Sr.|
|Aaron Chalstrom||St. Edmond||Jr.|
|Jerry Kockler||Clear Lake||Jr.|
Only 20 individuals from across the state received first-team academic all-state credentials. To be eligible, players had to maintain a solid grade point average, as well as demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics.
"Being academic all-state, that's a huge honor," WCHS head baseball coach Seth McGrane said. "Jonny is a great competitor and great baseball player, but he's an even better kid and this award speaks to that."
The academic all-state members will be honored at the All-Star Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Eagle Point Lodge in Clinton.
Davis graduated from WCHS in May with a 3.98 grade point average, and he ranked second in his graduating class. He received straight As with just one A-minus during his prep academic career.
He will enroll at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., in the fall to study chemistry. He'll also be a member of the football program.
On the baseball diamond, Davis hit a team-best .395 this season. He also topped the club in hits (30), doubles (7), triples (1) and stolen bases (13). He tied for fourth on the team in runs batted in (16).
On the pitching mound, Davis compiled a 4-4 record and 5.04 earned run average. He struck out 55 batters in 57 innings of work.
McGrane thinks Davis' numbers and ability should have been good enough to earn him a second straight first-team all-NCC bid.
"If we're putting the 17 best players on the first team, then Jonny is definitely one of those 17," he said. "So I was disappointed because I do feel like the coaches got it wrong."
Four NCC players - Clear Lake senior pitcher Ozzie Adams and senior outfielder Michael Keeran, Algona Bishop Garrigan senior pitcher Austin Vaske, and Algona sophomore catcher Weston Shaw - were unanimous first-team all-conference choices.