Baseball: Marquette’s Sam Mitre and Alec Novotney, Henry’s Carson Rowe earn all-state, all-conference honors

Hall’s Max Bryant also named IHSBCA All-State

Marquette's Alec Novotney flings his cap in the air as teammates Sam Mitre and Caden Durdan celebrate after defeating Atlamont to win the Class 1A State championship title in June at Dozer Park in Peoria.

The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its small-school IHSBCA All-State teams for the 2024 season, with numerous area standouts receiving honors.

In Class 1A, two members of the state champion Marquette Crusaders – Sam Mitre (1B, jr.) and Alec Novotney (SS/P, so.) – received all-state accolades. Dwight’s Luke Gallet (SS/P, jr.) and Henry-Senachwine’s Carson Rowe (C/P, so.) also were named to the 21-player IHSBCA 1A All-State Team.

In Class 2A, Hall’s Max Bryant (P, sr.) was named All-State.

The Class 3A and 4A teams are expected to be released later this week or early next week.

Novotney and Mitre also received high honors from the Tri-County Conference, both earning first-team spots.

Mitre was a unanimous selection alongside St. Bede’s Nathan Husser (sr.), Seneca’s Paxton Giertz (jr.) and the TCC Player of the Year, Dwight’s Luke Gallet (jr.). Novotney was selected TCC Pitcher of the Year and a first-team selection, with Midland’s Owen LaRoe (jr.), Seneca’s Casey Celnnon (sr.) and the Henry-Senachwine duo of Rowe and Lance Kiesewetter (sr.) rounding out the first team.

The Tri-County Conference second team includes St. Bede’s Ryan Slingsby (sr.), Seneca’s Austin Aldridge (sr.), Dwight’s Owen Dunlap (jr.) and Terry Wilkey (sr.), Marquette’s Griffin Dobberstein (fr.) and Carson Zellers (sr.), Midland’s Dom Rosa (so.) and the Roanoke-Benson/Lowpoint-Washburn duo of Kody Knecht (jr.) and Nolan Hunter (sr.).

Receiving honorable mention were Putnam County’s Johnathan Stunkel (so.) and Traxton Mattingly (so.), Henry’s Mason Guarnieri (sr.) and Preston Rowe (sr.), Seneca’s Aidan Vilcek (sr.), St. Bede’s Seth Ferrari (sr.) and Alan Spencer (jr.), Midland’s Gavin Traver (jr.) and Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell’s Dylan Jenkins (sr.).

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