Six Bulldogs earn Upper Iowa all-conference boys basketball honors

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Zach Driscoll (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Carver Blietz-Bentien

Parker Kuehl

Wyatt Powell

Hunter Meyer

Brock Hackett

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


Six MFL MarMac boys basketball players have earned Upper Iowa all-conference recognition. Zach Driscoll and Carver Blietz-Bentien were named to the first team and Parker Kuehl and Wyatt Powell to the second team, while Hunter Meyer and Brock Hackett received honorable mention status.


Driscoll started all 26 of the Bulldogs’ games in a stellar sophomore season in which he averaged a team- and conference-high 20.5 points per game. His 534 total points ranked him not only first among MFL MarMac and UIC players but sixth in Class 2A. Driscoll was also sixth in Class 2A and first in the conference with 202 field goals made, and his 51.5 field goal percentage was top five in the UIC and second for the Bulldogs. Additionally, Driscoll shot 33.6 percent from behind the arc, sinking 48 of 143 three-point attempts, a total that was second most in the conference and first on the team. He was also MFL MarMac’s—and the UIC’s—top free throw shooter, making 82 of 96 attempts for 85.4 percent.


In the assists column, Driscoll’s 4.9 per game were tops on the team and in the conference. His 127 overall were seventh most in Class 2A. Driscoll also averaged 5.7 rebounds per game and had 149 overall, putting him second on the team, and he led the Bulldogs with 22 blocks. Driscoll’s 108 steals were second most in Class 2A, trailing only teammate Wyatt Powell. He averaged 4.2 steals per game, which was good for third in Class 2A.


Blietz-Bentien averaged 13.8 points over 26 games and scored 359 points total, ranking him second on the team and fifth in the Upper Iowa Conference. That included 146 field goals made, which was second most among Bulldog players and fifth in the conference. The junior’s 53.3 field goal percentage was the best on the team and third highest in the UIC, and he also hit the second most free throws of MFL MarMac players, with 50.


Blietz-Bentien’s stat line additionally included 40 assists, or 1.5 per game, along with 47 steals. That averaged out to 1.8 per game. But it was rebounding where the junior made the biggest impact. He led MFL MarMac and was second in the UIC with 209 rebounds, averaging 8 per game. Of those, 97 were offensive—a total that was third most in Class 2A. Blietz-Bentien’s 3.7 offensive rebounds per game put him third in Class 2A in that category.


Kuehl, a sophomore, ranked third for MFL MarMac in scoring, with 287 points total and an average of 11 per game. He hit 112 field goals over 26 games, for a 43.1 field goal percentage. Kuehl was also one of the Bulldogs’ top three-point threats, draining 34 percent, or 36 shots total. His 77.1 free throw percentage was second highest on the team and fourth highest in the UIC. He distributed 60 assists, an average of 2.3 per game.


The sophomore’s 100 rebounds—3.8 per game—was fourth most on the team, and he tallied 5 blocks. Kuehl’s defensive presence was most felt in the steals column, though, where his 76 total were third most on the team and in the UIC and fifth most in Class 2A. He averaged 2.9 steals per game, placing him third among Bulldogs and fifth in the conference.


Powell started all 26 of MFL MarMac’s games, contributing 256 points, or 9.8 per game. The junior totaled 107 field goals, and came in at 42.8 percent shooting. His 113 assists were second most among Bulldog players, and a 4.3 assists-per-game average was second most at both the team and UIC levels. 


In addition, Powell averaged 3.7 rebounds per game and grabbed 96 total this season. He also snagged a Class 2A-high 113 steals. That came out to 4.3 steals per game, which were team, conference and Class 2A highs as well.


Meyer, MFL MarMac’s lone senior, played in 24 games. His 137 points—or 5.7 per game—put him fifth on the team. He shot 48.1 percent from the field. Meyer’s stat line also included 25 steals and 121 rebounds, the latter of which ranked him third among Bulldog players. His 70 offensive rebounds were second most on the team and fifth most in the UIC, and he ranked fifth in the conference with 51 defensive rebounds.


Hackett saw playing time in 26 games, mostly off the bench. The sophomore had a 4.8 points-per-game average, after chipping in 126 points. Many of those came from long range, where he shot a team-high 35.9 percent for 23 total three pointers. Hackett also finished the season with 51 rebounds, 22 assists, 16 steals and 3 blocks.

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