The Ottumwa High girls and boys basketball teams wrapped up a season of rapid improvement by earning a combined nine selections for the 2015 All-CIML Metro Conference teams. Each squad had a unanimous pick to the all-conference first team, with the Bulldog girls placing five players all-conference and the OHS boys nabbing four selections.
For the Ottumwa girls, forward Rachel Zingg was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. Zingg scored 12 points per game in her junior campaign and averaged a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Ottumwa’s other first-team selection is guard Jami Nickerson. The senior led OHS in scoring with 12.3 points per game, and at the time Ottumwa’s season ended, she led all players in Class 5A with 62 made three-point shots.
Forward Devin Leffler earned a place on the all-conference second team. The senior averaged 4.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the season. Senior guards Kristi Cary and Dani Reed received honorable mention.
For the Ottumwa boys, center Nic Young became the Bulldogs’ unanimous first team all-conference selection. The senior led OHS with 17.8 points per game, making an amazing 67% of his shot attempts. Young ranks 7th in Class 4A in scoring, and also averaged a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest.
Guard Brok Hopwood received all-conference second team honors, and made a strong push for the first team. The senior averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and when his season ended, his 68 made three-point shots stood just one shy of the most made in Class 4A. Junior guard Matthew Moreland and sophomore guard Grant Giardino received honorable mention.