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CARTER’S YEAR: HEWITT NAMED TO TOP TEAM IN HOIC

SH senior living the ‘no regrets’ philosophy during his final campaign

South Hamilton’s senior center Carter Hewitt (11) scores from the paint against South Central Calhoun in early December. The future UNI football player was recently named to the all-Heart of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball first team. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The last thing seniors want are regrets about what they could have done and maybe even should have done.

That’s one thing South Hamilton’s Carter Hewitt will never — ever — have to worry about.

Consider what he’s already accomplished during his final prep journey. He joined the Hawks’ football team for the first time last fall and made an instant impact, so much so that he garnered all-state status and earned himself a scholarship to UNI. He quickly transitioned to the basketball court and as a first-year starter became the Hawks’ go-to guy in the paint.

That paid off too.

Hewitt, a 6-foot-6 center, was recently named to the all-Heart of Iowa Conference first team by the league’s coaches. He was the lone Hawk on the top team and one of four members to generate all-conference accolades.

South Hamilton senior guard Kyler Hodnefield (22) looks to score in transition against Greene County during a December game. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

Kyler Hodnefield, South Hamilton’s senior point guard, was named to the second team. Senior shooting guard Freddie Lewis and senior forward Clayton Ubben were honorable mention choices.

Hewitt, who came off the bench for the Hawks as a sophomore and junior, led the team in scoring and rebounding this winter. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to rank eighth and fourth in the HOIC, respectively, and shot 52.2 percent from the field, which was fourth-best in the league.

Hodnefield left a lasting impression with his defense and how he ran the show for South Hamilton. Routinely given the toughest defensive assignment, he came up with 1.9 steals a night and dished out 5.3 assists. He also averaged 4.1 points.

Lewis poured in 9.3 points, second behind Hewitt on the team, and yanked down 3.5 rebounds an outing. He shot 54.2 percent overall, including nearly 40 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Ubben, who served as the Hawks’ sixth man, was third in scoring at 9.0 points a night. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds per game.

Hewitt, Lewis and Hodnefield were also academic all-HOIC selections, and they were joined on the prestigious list by teammates Austin Busch, Chase Friest, Nic Flaugh and Ashton DeWitt.

South Hamilton finished the season at 15-7 overall, including 8-3 in the HOIC to share second place with Nevada. The Hawks were the only league team to hand champion Roland-Story a loss.

Roland-Story claimed three of the eight first-team spots for Sam Skaar, Adam McIlrath and Jonovan Wilkinson. Nevada’s Colin Memmer and Ty Dittmer were named to the top team as well, as were PCM’s Andrew Mitchell and Greene County’s Bryce Stalder.

All-HOIC

Boys Basketball

First Team — Sam Skaar, sr, Roland-Story; Colin Memmer, jr, Nevada; Ty Dittmer, jr, Nevada; Carter Hewitt, sr, South Hamilton; Andrew Mitchell, sr, PCM; Adam McIlrath, sr, Roland-Story; Jonovan Wilkinson, fr, Roland-Story; Bryce Stalder, jr, Greene County.

Second Team — Luke Patton, soph, Roland-Story; Richard Daugherty, soph, Greene County; Carson VandeLune, jr, PCM; James Edwards, jr, Nevada; Joey Tollefson, jr, West Marshall; Mason Hicks, soph, Saydel; Kyler Hodnefield, sr, South Hamilton; Durant Van Dyke, jr, PCM.

Honorable Mention

Greene County — Max Riley, jr; Zach Goff, sr.

Nevada — Ayden Rhodes, sr; Cooper Bovee, sr.

PCM — Gatlin Boell, sr; Grant Landgrebe, sr.

Roland-Story — Nolan Faber, sr; Dhruv Patel, sr.

Saydel — Chris Malone, sr; Judd Roberts, jr.

South Hamilton — Freddie Lewis, sr; Clayton Ubben, sr.

West Marshall — Peyton Hart, soph; Parker Reese, jr.

Academic All-HOIC

(Of note)

South Hamilton — Carter Hewitt, sr; Freddie Lewis, sr; Kyler Hodnefield,sr; Austin Busch, jr; Chase Friest, jr; Nic Flaugh, jr; Ashton DeWitt, jr.

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