More honors have come Woodward-Granger’s way.
After leading the Hawks to the state tournament, senior guard Bryce Achenbach was named a second-team Class 2A all-state selection by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association. He’s the first Hawk to earn an all-state designation since Lance Bebout was a third-team honoree in 1996.
As one of the few players in the entire conference to have four years of full-time experience, Achenbach put in some major work in every facet of the game.
He led the team with 16.9 points and 5.1 assists per game and was second with an average of 4.6 rebounds. His scoring rate climbed from 14.3 points as a junior despite shooting almost the exact amount of shot attempts. He boosted his field goal percentage from 50.4 to 56.7 percent and shot over 60 percent on free throws for the first time in his career.
Those weren’t the only improvements in efficiency. Despite having the most touches on the team, he dropped his turnover rate from 2.7 to 1.8 per game. With a 2.8 assist/turnover ratio, he ranked 12th in the entire state among the 50 players in the state with at least five assists per game.
Perhaps the craziest stat of his season, Achenbach was one of just two players (along with Noah Beck of BGM) in Iowa to average over 15 points, four rebounds, five assists and under two turnovers per game.
All that was vital to lift the Hawks to a 22-3 season and a state tournament bid. The team improved its win total every year he was on the court. Woodward won just two games the season before he started 21 games as a freshman, and climbed to nine wins. W-G won 15 and 16 games his sophomore and junior years respectively. He was joined by a class of eight fellow seniors this season to grant the school its first state tournament appearance in over three decades.
This is Achenbach’s second all-state selection during his senior campaign. He was honored as a second-team defensive back as well (his second time being named to the football list).
Achenbach was also just one of 27 players named to the academic all-state basketball team.