Boys’ Basketball- The All-State teams were announced earlier this week by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association and the Southeastern Iowa area finished with four student-athletes making a team.
In Class 4A, Merquiche Lewis Jr. of Burlington was named to Third Team for All-State. The senior was the leader for Grayhound team as he scored 554 points on the season for a season average of 24.1 points per game along with averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. Lewis shot 54 percent from the field on the year as he led the team to a 16-7 record on the season and a second place finish in the SEC conference.
Class 3A featured Payton Hagans of Mt. Pleasant making the Second Team. Hagans was phenomenal all year for the Panthers as the Junior led the team in just about every statistical category as he averaged 20.7 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds per game and picking an opponents pocket 2.4 times per game. The Panthers finished 18-6 on the season and as conference champions.
Max Weaton of Fairfield was named to the Class 3A Third Team. The senior led the Trojans as he averaged a double-double with 19.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. The big man had great vision as he averaged 3.1 assists per game as well. Fairfield finished the year with a 12-10 record.
New London had quite the year as the Tigers qualified for the state tournament for the first time since the 2017 season. A big reason for that success for their Class 1A First Team star, Blaise Porter. The senior led the Tigers in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. Porter averaged 25 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, and 4.6 assists per game. New London ended the year with a 19-7 record.