DES MOINES — Earlier this month, Clinton’s Tony Bassett and Ben Boothby were named the Clinton Herald area football players of the year.

Now both are first-team all-staters.

Those two, along with Northeast’s Dylan Diedrich, were named to the top teams in their respective classes by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Bassett, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior, was named a Class 4A first-team running back and Boothby, a 6-0, 265-pound senior, was a first-teamer on the defensive line.

Bassett led the Mississippi Athletic Conference in rushing this year with 1,513 yards, which was also a Clinton school record.

He also established school marks for single-game and career rushing.

Boothby was named to the Des Moines Register’s elite all-state team earlier this week.

He finished the season with 129 tackle points, recorded 16 tackles for loss and had a hand in six fumbles.

Diedrich, a 6-0, 175-pound senior from Northeast, made the Class 1A first team as a defensive back as he tied a school record for interceptions with 10.

Diedrich also played a big role in the Rebels’ offense, passing for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Diedrich’s teammate, 6-0, 180-pound senior Logan Near, was a second-team pick at defensive back.

He had seven interceptions on defense and caught 17 passes for 404 yards on offense.

Earning third-team honors in Class 1A was Bellevue’s Tim Roth, a 6-2, 198-pound senior offensive lineman.

He was the top blocker for the Comets’ successful offensive attack.

Four area players were named third-team all-state in Class 3A — Central DeWitt’s Sam Schmidt (6-0, 190-pound senior defensive lineman) and Will Maass (6-1, 195-pound junior offensive lineman), plus Maquoketa’s Billy Veach (5-11, 175-pound senior running back) and Curtis Roeder (6-3, 230-pound senior linebacker).

Schmidt finished with 56 tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Maass was the top blocker for a team that rushed for 2,079 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

Veach rushed for 1,190 yards and 14 touchdowns while establishing a school record with 385 yards in a game.

Roeder had 62 solo tackles, 35 assists, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.

All-state captains were Southeast Polk’s Nate Snead (Class 4A), Humboldt’s Tyler Nielsen (3A), Solon’s Reece Jedlicka (2A), West Branch’s Caleb Walter (1A), Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla’s Zack Bandow (A) and Northeast Hamilton’s Craig Pruismann (eight-man).

The all-state teams were selected in Des Moines Sunday by an INA committee consisting of 36 sports writers, including Ted Schultz of the Clinton Herald.

Below are the all-state selections for Classes 4A, 3 A and 1A — the classes in which the Herald had all-state picks. All-state teams for the other classes will be published in Thursday’s Herald.

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