Newark’s Clausel makes All-Little 10 Conference team
The Little Ten Conference boys basketball team was announced in recent days and Newark sophomore Jack Clausel was named as an All-League pick. Clausel was one of seven unanimous selections from this past winter.
Clausel averaged 17.2 points per game for the Norsemen while also collecting 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per contest. Newark was the regular season conference champs while also finishing as runner-ups in the league tournament.
Newark was 7-0 in the league in the regular season, finishing ahead of Indian Creek (7-1) in the standings. In the conference tournament, however, Newark lost to Somonauk by a 64-57 score. The Norsemen and LaMoille had a game that was cancelled this winter after they were unable to make up the postponed game. Thus the locals won the conference, despite not playing an eight-game schedule.
Indian Creek was the only Little Ten team to win a regional. At the Class 1A Amboy Regional, Indian Creek defeated Paw Paw in the title game. Newark lost in the Somonauk Class 1A Regional championship to Mooseheart 25-22.
The Timberwolves had three All-Conference picks this year. Senior forward Garrett Post was a unanimous pick. He averaged 13 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Senior center Garrison Govig and senior guard Noah Holm were the other two picks. Govig averaged 13.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game to become a repeat selection this winter. Holm averaged 9.2 points, 4.7 assists and 1.2 steals.
Senior guard Nick Siemers was Paw Paw’s lone pick. He was a unanimous selection after averaging 24 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and he also shot 80 percent from the free throw line. He is also a repeat pick.
Senior forward Quentin Laesch of Serena was also a unanimous pick. He averaged 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Somonauk had two players named with senior forward Reece Bode being a unanimous pick. He avereaged 17.7 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals in conference play. Senior guard Marcus Alstadt also made the team after averaging 13 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals in conference action.
Hinckley-Big Rock’s Eric Phillips and Leland-Earlville’s Colin Bomstad were also unanimous selections to round out the team. Phillips is a junior guard who averaged 16.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.9 steals and he shot 80.1 percent from the free throw line. Bomstad is a sophomore guard who averaged 16.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 steals and he also shot 70 percent from the free throw line.