Trio apiece from Meadville, Brunswick, two from Keytesville, one from Linn County
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
The last of the 2019-20 Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association all-district high school basketball teams which includes players from teams covered by the Constitution-Tribune was announced Tuesday (April 7) when the all-northeast district teams were released.
Both C-T coverage area basketball schools in the northeast district – Meadville and Linn County – had players chosen on the Class 1 squads during an online meeting arranged last week.
Tabbed from Meadville were Dominik Gannan and Conner Fletcher of the Eagles and Kiera Holcer of the Lady Eagles. Selected from Linn County was Michael O’Kane. Twelve players from each gender were chosen in Class 1, with Holcer, Gannan, and O’Kane tabbed for the district’s first teams and Fletcher for the boys’ second squad.
Holcer, a junior, is a third-time first-team pick. Gannan was a second-teamer in 2018-19.
As coronavirus-controls-delayed selection and announcement of 2019-20 Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association continues to play out, the association’s central district all-district teams were announced last week.
Among those selected by media who cover schools around mid-Missouri were seniors Evan Craig and Austin McKinstry of CLAA regular-season boys’ co-champion Keytesville and Amari Glasgow, Abby Dobbins, and Addi Riley of Brunswick.
Brunswick and Keytesville are the only two schools covered by the C-T which are considered part of the central district. The vast majority are within the northwest district boundaries.
With the public disclosure of the northeast and central districts’ Class 1 honorees, the number of players from C-T-covered 2019-20 area teams finished at 25. There were 16 area choices for the all-northwest district squads in classes 1-3 announced a couple of weeks ago.
Gannan paced Meadville’s boys in their push to this year’s state tournament quarterfinals, which came following a Tri-County Conference championship. Already announced as a Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-Stater, he averaged team highs of 18 points and seven rebounds per game this past season.
Holcer, also a MBCA All-State selection, led the 21-5 Lady Eagles with 18 points and 2.8 assists per game while earning all-TCC first-team recognition for a third-straight year, as well.
Fletcher, a 6’1” junior, was one of four Eagles to average scoring in twin digits, netting 13 points a game – second to D. Gannan, according to statistics posted online. He did most of his damage from outside the arc, shooting 38 percent from 3-points distance. He also averaged four boards and two assists a contest.
In addition to the three MHS players cited by the MSSA, Meadville boys’ coach Drew Nier was chosen as Class 1 boys northeast district coach of the year after the Eagles went 26-3.
Among the central all-district choices, 6’1” power forward Craig did not complete the season with the team, but the 4-years starter still finished with a scoring/rebounding double-double average of 14.5 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. He also dished out 5.5 assists per game, made 2.7 steals, and blocked an average of 2.4 shots, according to statistics provided by KHS coach Michael Draper.
Craig had three triple-doubles (in points, rebounds, and assists) and 13 double-doubles while participating in only 20 contests. Four times, he topped 20 rebounds.
A starter throughout his Tigers career and a 4-times all-conference choice, he finished with 1,503 points and more than 1,100 rebounds.
McKinstry led the 17-7 Tigers in scoring at 22.8 points per game, sinking nearly 60 percent of his 2-points shot and 35.2 percent of his 3-pointers. He netted at least 20 points in 17 of the 24 games and also averaged 3.8 steals a contest. The 5’11”guard, twice all-CLAA, completed his prep career with 1,338 points scored.
Brunswick’s Glasgow, a 6’ senior guard, helped pace the Wildcats to a 17-11 record this past season by averaging 17.1 points, nine rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.3 steals a game, according to stats supplied by coach Colton Byrd. He was both a first-team all-CLAA pick and on the loop’s all-defense team.
BHS’ Lady Wildcats had only a break-even record, but – presumably due to fewer quality candidates in the distaff ranks in Class 1 in the center of the state. – came away with two all-district picks.
Dobbins, a 6’6” senior guard, repeated her all-district laurels from the past two seasons and repeated as first-team all-CLAA this season. Her 2019-20 statistics, reports coach Scott Singleton, included averages of 14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 steals, and 2.6 assists. Six times, she had double-doubles in scoring and rebounding and had a career-high 30 points on one occasion.
Teammate Riley, a 5’8” junior, averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 thefts, and 1.3 assists a contest, to get her initial all-district nod.
Although specific numbers were not provided by his coach, O’Kane averaged scoring well into double figures and led the 5-16 LCHS’ Mustangs in several other statistical categories as the lone returning starter from the surprise state-tournament fourth-place finishers of 2018-19.