Future Hawkeye Hesse wrapping up stellar hoops career
By: Jeff Johnson, reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS – Wednesday night found Parker Hesse doing what he always thought he would be doing in college. That's not football.
The Waukon senior scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers as part of the 2014 Eastern Iowa All-Star Games prep basketball series at Kirkwood's Johnson Hall. His North team beat the South, 68-63.
Hesse, of course, has signed to play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes, where he plans on playing outside linebacker. He's got one more hoops game in his career, Saturday in Dallas Center as part of an Iowa Basketball Coaches Association event.
"My sophomore year, I was a good football player for being a sophomore, I guess, but basketball, that was fun," Hesse said. "That's where it was ... The next year, football just kind of took off and basketball kind of stayed the same. That's when everyone realized football was my ticket."
A 6-foot-4 forward, Hesse averaged 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds this season. He also led his team in assists, steals and blocked shots.
He surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career with the Indians.
"Yeah, that was a blast tonight," he said. "I really liked AAU, and I played that from my freshman to junior years. I kind of got a taste of that tonight. You're playing with people you don't know all that well, that you don't go to school with. And they're all good players, too. So it was fun."
Hesse is running track and plans on playing baseball. He also has been given the OK by Iowa to play in the Shrine Bowl all-star football game this summer.
He is doing workouts Iowa has given him to prepare for college football.
"They actually sent that out the day I signed. Got it the next day in the mail," he said. "Just nutrition, workout stuff, initial developmental workout stuff. Then I'll get another one in May. That'll have speed and conditioning as well."
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Jacob Olson was named Most Valuable Player of the game after scoring a team-high 12 points. Iowa City West's Chike Ukah had 12 for the South.
Olson, the Mississippi Valley Conference's scoring champion, said he is deciding between Kirkwood and Mount Mercy for college hoops. His older brother, Taylor, just finished a good two-year career with the Eagles and is weighing four-year offers, including one from Division I Cornell of the Ivy League.
"I'm not sure, yet," Jacob Olson said. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do. I couldn't tell you."
Iowa's 2014 Mr. Basketball Wyatt Lohaus of West also received state Gatorade Player of the Year honors Wednesday. He was scheduled to play but did not as he prepares for what he called a minor "procedure" to try and help him with his nagging heart arrhythmia.
The Northern Iowa signee said he'll be ready to play when he reports for college in the summer.
The girls' portion of the All-Star Games double-header was won by the South, 58-57. Drake signee Paige Greiner of Williamsburg made two free throws with 11 seconds left for the winning margin.
Blaire Thomas of Waterloo West, an Iowa State signee, was named the game's MVP. She had 21 points.
Cole Clearman of Bettendorf won the boys' 3-point shooting contest, then beat Katie Sommer of Linn-Mar head to head for the overall 3-point contest.
Here are the boxscores from each game:
NORTH (57): Ana Schmidt (Dubuque Wahlert) 8, Casey Miles (Hudson) 0, Kristie Sommer (Linn-Mar) 0, Morgan Neuendorf (Waverly-Shell Rock) 11, Katie Sommer (Linn-Mar) 4, Andrea Hughson (East Buchanan) 2, Blaire Thomas (Waterloo West) 21, Alissa Brown (Jesup) 10, Madison Wood (Cedar Falls) 1.
SOUTH (58): Paige Greiner (Williamsburg) 15, Kiera Washpun (Iowa City High) 5, Cyerra Hutchins (Cedar Rapids Prairie) 8, Olivia Yutzy (Iowa Mennonite) 2, Shelby Graves (Davis County) 5, Addie Obermen (Northeast Goose Lake) 7, Kennedy Salow (Center Point-Urbana) 5, Jenna Lehman (Iowa City Regina) 7, Morgan Martin (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 4.
NORTH (68): Jacob Olson (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) 12, A.J. Carter (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 5, Trevor Haaland (Osage) 2, Haris Takes (Cascade) 9, Kyle Haber (Dubuque Senior) 7, Parker Hesse (Waukon) 6, Elias Nissen (Springville) 4, Seth Bonifas (Dubuque Senior) 10, Kory Kuenstling (Dunkerton) 11.
SOUTH (63): Kyle Miller (West Liberty) 0, Geo Butler (Davenport Central) 8, Cole Clearman (Bettendorf) 5, Jalen Jones (Clinton) 7, Kendall Jacks (Bettendorf) 9, Austin Miller (Solon) 4, Nicholas Baer (Bettendorf) 10, Chike Ukah (Iowa City West) 12, Matt Heitmann (Williamsburg) 8.