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State Tournament Coverage on the Marty & Miller Radio Network

The Marty & Miller Radio Network will be bringing comprehensive coverage to the Iowa High School State Tournaments for wrestling, girl’s basketball and boy’s basketball to the airwaves and digitally on MartyandMiller.com.

1490 “The Jock” KXLQ along with 100.9 FM “The Cub” will be providing play by play coverage from the state tournaments starting with the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, February 16th. Updates will also be provided during the “Marty & Miller” radio and television program on 1700 KBGG, 1490 “The Jock”, 100.9 “The Cub” and televised on Mediacom22.

Marty Tirrell, Trent Condon, John McDermott will provide play by play across the tournaments and basketball color commentary will come from former Iowa Hawkeye, Wade Lookingbill. You can also access the coverage online at 1490thejock.com, 1009thecub.com, martyandmiller.com along with the Marty & Miller app.

State Tournament coverage on the Marty and Miller Radio Network is presented by Grinnell Mutual Insurance along with Shottenkirk Chevrolet in Waukee and the new Shottenkirk Ford of Indianola.

 

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TC’s Top 10 – Iowa Boy’s Basketball Rankings 2/8/17

4A

  1. Iowa City West (15-1)
  2. Waukee (16-3)
  3. Dubuque Senior (14-3)
  4. West Des Moines Valley (14-4)
  5. Des Moines Hoover (14-4)
  6. Bettendorf (14-4)
  7. Sioux City East (16-2)
  8. Dowling Catholic (14-4)
  9. Johnston (13-5)
  10. Des Moines North (13-5)

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3A

  1. Waverly Shell Rock (17-1)
  2. Mount Pleasant (17-2)
  3. Pella (17-2)
  4. West Delaware (17-0)
  5. Spirit Lake (16-3)
  6. Mount Vernon (13-4)
  7. Davenport Assumption (10-8)
  8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-7)
  9. Storm Lake (12-5)
  10. Sioux City Heelan (11-5)

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2A

  1. Western Christian (17-2)
  2. Carroll Kuemper (18-2)
  3. Pella Christian (15-4)
  4.  Osage (19-1)
  5. Cascade Western Dubuque (19-2)
  6. Camanche (19-2)
  7. Van Meter (19-1)
  8. NE Goose Lake (17-4)
  9. Garner Hayfield-Ventura (19-1)
  10. Des Moines Christian (17-4)

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1A

  1. North Linn (20-0)
  2. Grand View Christian (20-1)
  3. Remsen St. Mary (19-0)
  4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (19-2)
  5. Siouxland Christian (17-3)
  6. Lynnville Sully (19-1)
  7. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (20-0)
  8. West Fork (16-5)
  9. Don Bosco, Gilbertville (20-1)
  10. New London (16-3)

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TC’s Top 10 – Iowa Boy’s Basketball Rankings 1/25/17

4A

  1. Iowa City West (11-1)
  2. Dubuque Senior (11-2)
  3. Waukee (12-3)
  4. West Des Moines Valley (11-4)
  5. Sioux City East (12-1)
  6. Bettendorf (11-3)
  7. Dowling Catholic (11-3)
  8. Cedar Falls (9-4)
  9.  Cedar Rapids Kennedy (9-3)
  10. Johnston (10-4)

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3A

  1. Waverly Shell Rock (14-0)
  2. Pella (14-1)
  3. Mount Pleasant (13-2)
  4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (8-5)
  5. Davenport Assumption (8-6)
  6. Mount Vernon (10-3)
  7. West Delaware (13-0)
  8. Dallas Center-Grimes (10-4)
  9. Storm Lake (10-3)
  10. Oskaloosa (8-5)

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2A

  1. Western Christian (12-1)
  2. Carroll Kuemper (11-1)
  3. Cascade Western Dubuque (14-1)
  4.  Pella Christian (12-3)
  5. Osage (14-0)
  6. Camanche (14-2)
  7. Van Meter (15-0)
  8. Des Moines Christian (14-2)
  9. NE Goose Lake (13-2)
  10. Garner Hayfield-Ventura (14-1)

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1A

  1. North Linn (15-0)
  2. Grand View Christian (13-1)
  3. Remsen St. Mary (12-0)
  4. New London (14-1)
  5. Siouxland Christian (13-2)
  6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-2)
  7. Lynnville Sully (15-1)
  8. Murray (14-0)
  9. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (16-0)
  10. Britt, West Hancock (12-2)

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Media Changes at Iowa High School State Tournaments

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With the state wrestling tournament just weeks away, changes to the media structure for the Iowa High School Boys State Tournaments has come to light. At the forefront of these changes is the media rights holder for the state tournaments for football, boy’s basketball, wrestling, track and baseball, The Iowa High School Sports Network.

To start, the IHSSN, not the Boy’s Association will be the one handling credentialing for media members at these events. That’s a concern when a media entity is controlling media access. But a larger growing concern from small town newspapers across the state is that print media will have to shoot pictures from behind barriers. Concerns about unobstructed views and limited room from these journalists has been mentioned.

The print media is also being moved into a press holding pen while their wrestlers aren’t competing. In the hallways below Wells Fargo Arena, they can watch the other action on television, not live from mat side as in past years.

These concerns may seem trivial to some. But for the small towns across Iowa, the local newspaper is their lifeline to finding out about how the wrestlers are doing and the pictures that are captured mat side bring some amazing moments. I still remember seeing a picture of Osage’s Mark Schwab in the Mitchell County Press News after winning his 4th state championship for only the 6th time in state history back in 1985. It’s disappointing that the journalists that cover these athletes will have to compete for space to capture these moments.

For the football, basketball, track and baseball state tournaments, this doesn’t appear to be a very big issue. The biggest issue will be with the wrestling tournament. If the barriers aren’t too restricting and the areas are large enough, this may very well turn out to be much ado about nothing. But their is one large issue at play for many across the state of Iowa; the IHSSN having their events on Comcast Chicago exclusively.

For those with DirecTV and Dish Network, this is not an issue. If they are part of your basic package, you’re good to go. If they aren’t, you can still purchase the sports pack for these satellite providers and you will find the state tournaments. But for those that have Mediacom and many other cable providers across the state, you’re out of luck unless Comcast Chicago is part of your package. To many in Central and Western Iowa, that means that you cannot watch these boys state tournaments.

In the end, the IHSSN has done many great things for the student athletes is providing more coverage across the state tournaments. This year, you can stream the 1st round and quarterfinal matches online, something that has never been available before. For the nominal fee of $9.95, you will be able to see all of these matches along with the Dual State Tournament. Football Semifinal games at the UNI-Dome, early match ups in basketball and baseball and track coverage that has never been available before are now available. For many that can’t make the trek to Des Moines early in the week, this is a godsend. I’m hopeful that the print journalists will be able to continue to do their jobs without major obstacles. And down the line it would be great to see statewide coverage for these tournaments for those that don’t have Comcast Chicago. We’ll see if this is just us media types blowing things out of proportion; it has happened before! In 4 weeks, we’ll all find out.

A few links with more thoughts on the topic for your reading pleasure:

 

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TC’s Top 10 – Iowa HS Basketball Rankings 1/16

4A

  1. Iowa City West (8-1)
  2. Dubuque Senior (9-1)
  3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (9-1)
  4. Waukee (9-2)
  5. Sioux City East (10-0)
  6. West Des Moines Valley (9-3)
  7. Cedar Falls (7-3)
  8. Dowling Catholic (8-3)
  9. Bettendorf (9-2)
  10. Johnston (8-3)

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3A

  1. Waverly Shell Rock (12-0)
  2. Pella (10-1)
  3. Mount Pleasant (10-1)
  4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (8-4)
  5. Davenport Assumption (7-4)
  6. Mount Vernon (8-2)
  7. Charles City (9-1)
  8. Spirit Lake (9-2)
  9. Oskaloosa (7-4)
  10. Dallas Center-Grimes (9-2)

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2A

  1. Pella Christian (10-1)
  2. Western Christian (10-1)
  3. Cascade Western Dubuque (11-0)
  4. Camanche (12-1)
  5. Carroll Kuemper (9-1)
  6. Osage (12-0)
  7. Sheldon (11-1)
  8. Van Meter (11-0)
  9. NE Goose Lake (10-1)
  10. Des Moines Christian (10-2)

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1A

  1. North Linn (11-0)
  2. New London (11-0)
  3. Grand View Christian (11-1)
  4. Remsen St. Mary (10-0)
  5. Siouxland Christian (10-2)
  6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-1)
  7. West Fork (9-2)
  8. Lynnville Sully (12-1)
  9. Murray (12-0)
  10. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (13-0)

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CIML 2nd Half Boy’s Basketball Preview

Winter break is upon the high school sports scene and it’s shaping up to be one of the best races across the CIML in boy’s basketball. Without a dominant team and plenty of depth, the CIML appears to be wide open as we move to 2017. Today, we look at the the teams in each division as we move to the 2nd half of the year and give a predicted finish.

CIML Central

1. West Des Moines Valley (6-2) 

The defending 4A champion Tigers are off to a solid start without the services of All State center Quinton Curry, who tore his ACL during the summer. Curry is back going through some drills and has an opportunity to be back with the team before the end of the regular season. Charley Crowley has been solid inside, Austin Hinkle is a dynamic athlete and scorer and Luke Sueppel has done a good job running the point. The Tigers have a great chance at making another run to the state tournament lead by head coach BJ Windhorst.

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2. Waukee (5-2)

Waukee has dropped a pair of 1 possession games on the road at Mason City and Ames. The Warriors are lead to Drew Johnson on the perimeter and a big leap out of junior Nathan Johnson. Jacob Rau patrols the middle and gives Waukee a solid post presence while sophomores Noah Hart and Dylan Jones have plenty of upside for a team that can make a big run come March.

3. Ames (5-2)

The Little Cyclones have plenty of pieces to make a run to Wells Fargo Arena. The only losses in 2016 came on the road in West Des Moines at Dowling and Valley. Joe Evans continues his solid play inside, but the player that can push Ames to the next level is Chuol Chuol. The 6’3 senior has get to the rim and has hit 12 of 17 3 pointers on the year.

4. Ankeny (4-3) 

The Hawks went into winter break off a tight win against crosstown rival Centennial 56-55. Drew Maschoff leads the Hawks, putting up over 22 points per game. The question remains inside on the depth on the interior for Ankeny.

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5. Ankeny Centennial (4-3) 

Sharp shooting senior Connor Kasperbauer leads the Jaguars into the new year. Hunter Strait has provided another weapon for the Jags over the past 2 games, putting up 10.5 points per contest. Centennial has a number of tough road games in the 2nd half of the season, including match ups at Ames, Roosevelt, Valley, Ankeny and Waukee.

6. Southeast Polk (1-6)

The rebuild continues for the Rams basketball program. The team lacks firepower to keep up with the elite of the CIML on the offensive end. 5 of the top 6 scorers will be back for next season, so it will be a year of development and growth for the Rams leading into 2017-18.

CIML Iowa

1. Dowling Catholic (6-1) 

Junior Sam Ingoli has taken his game to the next level and gives the Maroons a chance to be a team to be reckoned with come March. Joey Kern can fill up the stat sheet and John Waggoner is a physical low post threat. This team can grind with the best teams in the state.

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2. Johnston (4-2)

I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the Dragons to this point. Dawson Jones has dedicated himself to playing inside more and has filled out in his 6’7 frame. As a team, Johnston has only hit 28% of their 3s. With plenty of options to knock down those shots, I expect to see that number increase and the Dragons make a nice run in the 2nd half of the year.

3. Fort Dodge (4-2)

Fort Dodge is off to another solid start his year lead by Malcolm and Solomon Clayton. The Dodgers have winnable road games in the back half of the schedule and has a chance for a good seed come postseason play.

4. Mason City (5-2)

The Mohawks are lead by an elite scorer in Kyle Lang and picked up a really nice victory over Waukee. The Mohawks lead the division in scoring and 3 pointers. The back half of the schedule is loaded though and Mason City will have to be ready to go each and every night.

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5. Urbandale (4-3)

The depth of this division shows with the J-Hawks showing up in the #5 spot in the power rankings. Urbandale has 3 players averaging double digits per game with Trevor Miller (15.3), Grant Garwood (12.0) & Eric Milewsky (10.2). Garwood is just a sophomore and this team has a chance to really make improvements in 2017.

6. Marshalltown (1-6) 

Here’s to a fresh start for the Bobcats in 2017.

CIML Metro

1. Des Moines North (5-3)

It’s a 3 team race for the top spot in the Metro division and I like to Polar Bears to take the top spot. The have a win in hand against Hoover already and get the Huskies at home in the return game, along with 2 games vs. Roosevelt. Tyreke Locure is one of top players in the 2019 class and has put up big numbers. He struggled in the game I called against Johnston with his shot and with jawing with officials. That needs to be reigned in if North is going to reach their peak.

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2. Des Moines Hoover (4-3)

As expected, it’s another top flight defensive effort from Courtney Henderson’s Huskies. Douglas Wilson is a beast inside and they have a nice group of perimeter players to surround him. It might not always be pretty, but Hoover will be a tough out come March.

3. Des Moines Roosevelt (5-2)

The Roughriders are off to a nice start under Charles Zanders and are playing excellent on the defensive end. Ethan Shafer has really taken the leap in his senior year and has been confident with his shot throughout the year. I love the energy that 5’5 dynamo Sundiata Edwards provides, he’s one of my favorites to watch in the CIML.

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4. Des Moines East (1-5)

The Scarlets haven’t found the winner circle often yet, but I expect that to change in 2017. East has 4 scorers in Daires Adems (12.5 PPG), George Dantzler (11.2) & Cameron Cramer (10.2) & Camet Soe (9.3). Expect to see some upsets from East in the new year.

5. Des Moines Lincoln (0-7)

It’s been a rough year at the Round House for the Railsplitters. They needs to have Nick Oliver find his outside stroke in 2017 to make a push.

6. Ottumwa (1-6)

A lot of youth fill the line up for the Bulldogs including sophomores Andrew Curran and Sam Yeaway. Expect to see improvements as the season moves on.

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3A, A & 8-Player HS Football Championship Previews

It’s championship week at the UNI-Dome for the Iowa High School Football Playoffs. On Thursday, Class 3A, A and 8-Player will decide the state championships while Friday will see the title tilts in 4A, 2A & 1A.

3A 

Pella (12-0) vs. Webster City (11-1) – 7:06 PM

Pella extended their winning streak to 40 straight with a last second hail mary victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier. Nick Finney threw the game winner and continues to put up big numbers through the air and on the ground. Finney has thrown for 30 touchdowns and 2478 yards along with 1187 yards and 15 TDs rushing. Webster City will bring a physical running attack to the 3A Championship. To have any chance at the upset, they’re going to have to make some plays through the air as being one dimensional against the Dutch offense can be a disaster.

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The Pick: Pella Dutch 35 Webster City Lynx 13

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Bishop Garrigan, Algona (12-0) vs. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (12-0) – 1:36 PM 

Algona Garrigan and Gladbrook-Reinbeck survived in the semifinals against undefeated Council Bluffs St. Albert and St. Ansgar respectively. Gladbrook-Reinbeck returns the experience from last year’s state title team. Nobody has scored more than 14 points against the Rebels defense this year and they give up an average of 6 points per game. The Golden Bears from Algona Garrigan have a power running attack lead by Gibson Behr (1444 yards, 7.5 YPC, 20 TD). Garrigan has a salty defense as well that has given up only 7.3 points per game.

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The Pick: Algona Garrigan Golden Bears 21 Gladbrook-Reinbeck Rebels 20

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Don Bosco, Gilbertville (11-1) vs. Harris-Lake Park (12-0) – 10:06 AM

It’s the old dog against the new kid on the block here with Don Bosco making another appearance in the title game against upstart Harris-Lake Park. The Dons have run roughshod over their opponents since taking an upset loss to Central Elkader in Week 5 winning their last 7 games by an average score of 71-12. Brandon Bagby has an incredible 26-1 touchdown to interception ratio to go along with 1264 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. He’s joined by Austin Svoboda in the backfield, who averages 13.8 yards per carry for 1282 yards and 25 touchdowns. Harris Lake Park is lead by QB Bryce Perkins, who has thrown for 1865 yards and 35 touchdowns and will look to keep the Wolves in the game.

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The Pick: Don Bosco 56 Harris-Lake Park 20

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Iowa HS Football 4A & A Semifinal Preview

It’s a Football Friday at the UNI-Dome with the Class A & 4A semifinals taking over the turf. Ankeny Centennial gets another chance against Dowling while the A field has 4 11-0 teams facing off.

4A

Ankeny Centennial (10-1) vs. Dowling Catholic, WDM (10-1) – 4:06 PM

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These 2 teams faced off for the district championship back in Week 8. Ankeny Centennial jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the 2nd half before Dowling Catholic responded with 31 straight points and the 31-17 victory. The Jaguars are flying high after picking up an upset victory a week ago against top ranked West Des Moines Valley. Now Centennial will try to knock off another heavyweight, the 3 time defending champion Maroons. Chance Gibbons leads the attack, throwing for 1212 yards with 11 TDs and 2 interceptions along with 651 yards on the ground and 7 touchdowns. Also on the ground, Jensen Gates has taken over the lead roll with 1030 yards and 18 touchdowns after an injury to Hunter Pinegar. This Dowling team has been dynamite on the defensive side, while not as dynamic on the offensive side. A two headed monster on the ground runs things for Dowling with Jacob Zachary (1150 yards, 8.5 YPC, 12 TD) and Cole Deskin (1065 yards, 8.3 YPC, 11 TD).

The Pick: Jaguars 20 Maroons 14

Cedar Rapids, Washington (10-1) vs. Iowa City, West (9-2) – 7:06 PM

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Rane Weiland (90 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 7 sacks) & O’Rien Vance (82 tackles, 13 TFL, 7 sacks) leads an outstanding Cedar Rapids Washington defense. Offensively, the Warriors will run the football and look to make plays down the field with QB Bryan Kunde, who has thrown 19 touchdowns but has been picked off 12 times. Iowa City West comes in after a road victory at Cedar Rapids Prairie, lead by big play receiver Oliver Martin (75 catches, 1128 yards, 12 TD). Martin, one of the top receivers in the country, has offers from Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and a host of others.

The Pick: Warriors 27 Trojans 24

Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-0) vs. Saint Ansgar (11-0) – 10:06 AM

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St. Ansgar comes in with a no-nonsense approach. They’re going to run the football right at you with Parker Hendrickson (1166 yards, 8.2 YPC, 15 TD) & Dayton Smith (1081 yards, 6.8 YPC, 19 TD). The defending champion Rebels from Gladbrook Reinbeck are only giving up 5.3 points per game and have held 9 of their 11 opponents to score in double figures and have 4 shut outs. They will work to keep things balanced offensively and Hunter Lott has been incredibly efficient, hitting 70 of 109 passes (64.2%) for 1438 yards and 17 touchdowns vs. 2 interceptions.

 The Pick: Rebels 14 Saints 6

Bishop Garrigan, Algona (11-0) vs. St. Albert, Council Bluffs (11-0) – 1:06 PM

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Garrigan hasn’t given up double figures defensively since Week 2. The Golden Bears will lean on Gibson Behr (1318 yards, 7.9 YPC, 18 TD) on the ground and Joel Vaske (28 catches, 554 yards, 19.8 YPR, 6 TD) in the air. Luke Waters runs things on offense for the Falcons of Council Bluffs St. Albert, throwing for 10 touchdowns along with adding 9 TDs on the ground.

The Pick: Golden Bears 27 Falcons 14

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3A & 8 Player Semifinals Preview

The Semifinals get started on Thursday for the State Football Championships and run through Saturday. Today, we take a look at the semifinals in 8 Player and 3A, which will be played on Thursday at the UNI-Dome.

9:06 am Kickoff  Don Bosco, Gilbertville (10-1) vs. Midland, Wyoming (9-2)

Don Bosco bounced back and avenged their only loss of the season last week by knocking off Central Elkader 56-20. The Dons have dominated since that loss, winning by an average score of 71-14. Quarterback Brandon Bagby has been outstanding, throwing for 25 touchdowns against 1 interception along with 1263 yards on the ground and 22 touchdowns. Don Bosco handed Midland, Wyoming one of their 2 losses in Week 2 52-14. Midland struggled to find much traction in the ground game in that match up and need to find some running room to help out QB Alex Martens (159-250 passing, 2422 yards, 28 TD, 5 INT).

The Pick: Don Bosco 62 Midland, Wyoming 27

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12:06 pm Kickoff  Harris-Lake Park (11-0) vs. Fremont-Mills, Tabor (11-0) 

A battle of undefeated teams takes the stage in the 2nd semifinal. Top ranked Fremont-Mills, Tabor has dominated all season long and the defense has pitched 5 shut outs. Mason Vanatta leads the offense and has completed 73% of his passes for 30 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Harris-Lake Park needs to find a way to keep this close into the 2nd half, where Fremont-Mills has rarely had to play all their starters.

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The Pick: Fremont-Mills, Tabor 43 Harris-Lake Park 21

3A

5:36 Kickoff Glenwood (9-2) vs. Webster City (10-1) 

Webster City isn’t going to confuse who they are at the UNI-Dome; they’re a ground and pound team that runs the football. Robert Fredericksen (1692 yards, 6.2 YPC, 21 TD), Payton Kannuan (853 yards, 8.4 YPC, 9 TD) & Drew Fielder (736 yards, 8 TD) lead the run game for the Lynx. Glenwood went on the road and knocked off previously undefeated Storm Lake and Carroll to punch their ticket to the UNI-Dome. Kolten Wilwerding & Cole Loeffelein lead a balanced offensive attack into the semifinals that is providing a lot of momentum.

The Pick: Glenwood 24 Webster City 14

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8:21 Kickoff Cedar Rapids Xavier (11-0) vs. Pella (11-0) 

Pella has taken home the last 2 championships in Class 3A and rides a 39 game winning streak into the Semis. The Dutch are solid defensively as usual, with 5 shutouts and QB Nick Finney leads the offense, hitting 128 of 199 passes for 2143 yards and 27 touchdowns and 6 interceptions along with 1108 yards on the ground. Bryce Schulte has completed 70.3% of his throws for 1552 yards and 22 touchdowns against 2 interceptions while Maliki Wilson leads the run game with 1805 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. For all intents and purposes, this is the title game in Class 3A.

The Pick: Pella 28 Xavier 20 

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