Relive Valley’s 57-55 win over DM North at Boy’s State Basketball

In an all time epic at Wells Fargo Arena, West Des Moines Valley beats Des Moines North 57-55. Valley is the reigning champions in Class 4A, while the Polar Bears were making their 1st appearance in 26 years at the State Tournament.

Crowley  (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Valley center Charley Crowley had his 4th dunk in the game with 3 seconds left to give Valley the victory. Crowley had 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Tigers while Quinton Curry had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore sensation Tyreke Locure poured in 18 points, 7 rebounds and had 3 assists for the Polar Bears from North.

Game Boxscore:

Des Moines, North 12 16 15 12 55
Valley, West Des Moines 10 19 14 14 57

Des Moines North (18-6)

# Athlete Pts FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA Off
Asst Stl Blk Fouls
3 Locure, Tyreke SO 18 7 17 1 5 3 3 2 5 7 3 1 0 4
4 Myles, Dariq SR 10 4 6 2 3 0 2 3 4 7 3 1 0 3
12 Deng, James SR 6 2 6 0 1 2 4 3 4 7 1 2 0 3
13 Bijiek, Gatdoar SO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 McCaleb, Jaihon JR 6 2 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
21 Malual, Lino SO 7 2 6 1 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 1 0 3
22 Bijiek, Jal SR 8 2 9 1 5 3 6 3 4 7 0 1 1 5
44 Cavan, Cedrick SR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 0 3 3
Totals 55 19 48 7 20 10 17 14 22 36 11 6 1 18


West Des Moines Valley (20-4)

# Athlete Pts FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA Off
Asst Stl Blk Fouls
2 Hinkle, Austin SR 2 1 8 0 4 0 0 2 2 4 6 2 1 3
12 Skinner, Reese SR 5 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0
14 Sueppel, Luke JR 5 1 1 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
20 Samples, Noah JR 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 2
24 Dennis, Nate SR 5 2 7 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 4
32 Crowley, Charley SR 20 7 12 0 0 6 10 3 4 7 0 0 2 3
40 Brinkmeyer, Blake JR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
42 Brown, Mike JR 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0
44 Curry, Quinton SR 17 8 13 0 0 1 3 5 8 13 1 1 2 1
50 Frey, Carter JR 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Team 1 2 3
Totals 57 22 50 3 12 10 18 15 23 38 13 8 5 14

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4A Boys State Basketball Tournament Preview

The Iowa High School Boy’s State Basketball Tournament is upon us. Some upsets filled the headlines in the 4A field early on along with some tight games in the Substate Championship round. But one constant remains; Iowa City West is the favorite to take home the 2017 title. The Trojans dropped only one game to a team from the state of Iowa when Cedar Rapids Prairie hit 15 3s to win 80-71 back before Christmas. Upstart Newton will get the first shot at Iowa City West to kick off the 4A quarterfinals.

Wednesday, March 8th – 1:05 pm

#1 Iowa City West (20-3) vs. #8 Newton (19-5)

The Trojans from Iowa City West is heavily favored to take home the title. Senior guard Connor McCaffery leads the way, averaging 19.4 points per game along with leading the team in 3 pointers made, free throws made and is second on the team in steals and assists. Devontae Lane is the do-everything bulldog that can beat anybody off the bounce while hitting 38% of his 3s. And sophomore Patrick McCaffery has seen a jump in production in his 2nd season with the varsity squad, putting up 14.3 points per game on 60% shooting from the field.


Newton makes their way to the state tournament in one of the surprising stories of the year. Playing in the Little Hawkeye Conference, they saw mostly 3A schools throughout the season and many believed that the step in to 4A for Substate would lead to their undoing. Instead, the Cardinals beat Urbandale, Dowling Catholic and Johnston to make the state tournament, including winning the final 2 games on the road. Newton will bomb it from the outside and lead the 4A field with 194 made 3s while shooting 38% from downtown. Connor Gholson (20.4 PPG, 76 3s, 39%), Garrett Sturtz (19.8 PPG, 27 3s, 37.5%) & Trey Vanderlaan (10.3 PPG, 65 3s, 42.5%)lead the bomb squad for the Cards.

The Pick:

West Trojans 79 Newton Cardinals 62

Wednesday, March 8th – 2:45 pm

#4 Dubuque Hempstead (18-5) vs. #5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (18-5) 

This game features two of the better defensive teams in the 4A field. Cedar Rapids Kennedy comes in winners of their last 8 ball games. The Cougars have a balanced scoring attack with 5 players averaing between 14 & 6.9 points per game with Drake Brewster, Derrick Diggins, Jackson Foley, Malik Haynes and Matt Berst. They can all step down and knock down 3s as well, as all 5 of those players have made at least 13 3s.

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Dubuque Hempstead is a balanced team as well. Lead by the Duax’s, Connor (13.3 PPG) & Lucas (13 PPG), Hempstead has a lot of length of the oustide and can make it tough defensively. As you’d expect in a 4/5 game, this appears to be a complete toss us.

The Pick:

Kennedy Cougars 59 Hempstead Mustangs 55

Wednesday, March 9th 6:35 pm

#3 Bettendorf (18-5) vs. #6 Sioux City East (21-2) 

Bettendorf takes balanced scoring to a new level with 7 players averaging over 6 points per game. The Bulldogs are big and physical and will look to make the game into a grind fest. Sioux City East may feel that they were under-seeded, bringing a 21-2 record to Wells Fargo Arena. The Western Iowa participant is lead in scoring by Van Rees (20.7 PPG) along with sophomore Aidan Vanderloo (17.3 PPG, 43 3s) & Jailen Billings (13.3 PPG, 38 3s).

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The Pick:

East Black Raiders 62 Bettendorf Bulldogs 55

Wednesday, March 9th 8:15 pm

#2 West Des Moines Valley (19-4) vs. #7 Des Moines North (18-5) 

The Polar Bears from Des Moines North are making their 1st appearance in 25 years at State after Chad Ryan has built this program back up. North is the highest scoring team in the 4A field, putting up 75 points per game as they have won 12 consecutive games. It is a dynamic two man game that leads the offense for North with sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure (25.9 PPG, 45 3s, 7.1 assists per game) and big 6’7 Jal Bijiek (15.5 PPG, 22 3s, 7.5 RPG).

The reigning champions in Class 4A are the Valley Tigers. They played much of the season with senior big man Quinton Curry, who tore his ACL during the summer. Curray has come back to average 9.8 points per game on 60% shooting, but has struggled with turnovers as he works to knock the rust off. Valley has a deep rotation with Austin Hinkle (10.7 PPG), 6’8 Charley Crowley (9.6 PPG) and shooters Reese Skinner, Nate Dennis & Carter Frey.

These 2 teams faced off back in January, with North winning 85-78. Expect Valley to work to control tempo and try to slow things down against the quick Polar Bears. Whoever gets the game at their pace will more than likely punch their ticket to the semifinals.

The Pick:

North Polar Bears 72 Valley Tigers 69


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Boy’s Basketball 4A Substate Preview

The Substate finals are set in Class 4A after a wild Friday night where #2 Waukee was upset by Ankeny, Johnston scored 5 points in the final 4 seconds to upend Ames and Newton went on the road to upset Dowling Catholic. The winners of these games will advance to the 2017 State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. All games start at 7:00 Tuesday night unless noted.

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Substate #1

Sioux City East (20-2) vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (18-3) @ Tyson Event Center, Sioux City

Sioux City East took the season series, beating CBAL 65-60 on January 10th in Council Bluffs and at home 61-51 at home. 6’6 junior Rees Van leads the way for East, averaging 21 points per game while the guard court is lead by 3 players averaging double digit scoring per game. Aidan Vanderloo (16.9 PPG), Jailen Billings (12.9 PPG) & Trae Robinson (10.7 PPG). Troy Houghton (12.8 PPG) and Blake Elam (12.5 PPG, 49 3s) lead the attack for the Lynx.

The Pick: Sioux City East 66 Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln 59

Substate #2

Des Moines North (17-5) vs. Ankeny (11-12) @ Dallas Center-Grimes

Ankeny pulled the shocker of the tournament to this point, beating Waukee Friday night 75-64. The Hawks have an elite scorer in Drew Maschoff (20.6 PPG, 46 3s) to go along with sophomore sharp shooter Dillon Carlson. Des Moines North continues to roll after beating Des Moines East 99-69 in the semifinals. North has won 11 straight games, lead to sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure. Locure is averaging 26.2 points per game along with 6.8 assists per contest. Big man Jal Bijiek (15.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG) is an athletic dynamo that can get to the rim at any moment and has developed a nice outside shot.

The Pick: Des Moines North 77 Ankeny 63

Substate #3

Cedar Rapids Kennedy (17-5) vs. Cedar Falls (16-7) @ US Cellular Center 8:00 pm

AJ Green looks to lead Cedar Falls back to the state tournament after a big run a year ago. Green is averaging 22.2 points per game while hitting 72 3s (44.7%) and 92.8% from the free throw line. He’s joined by Isaiah Johnson (11 PPG) & Ben Gerdes (10.9 PPG). Kennedy counters with Drake Brewster, a 6’6 senior (13.9 PPG) & Derick Diggins (13 PPG). Cedar Falls won the match up earlier this year between these 2 teams, 61-53 in CF back in January.

The Pick: Cedar Falls 70 Kennedy 64

Substate #4

Dubuque Senior (19-3) vs. Dubuque Hempstead  (17-5) @ Epworth, Western Dubuque

Senior won both games between these 2 teams by double digits. The Rams are efficient offensively and all of the regulars have shown the ability to hit the 3. 6’5 sophomore Noah Carter leads with 18.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds a game and is hitting 48.5% from downtown. Carter Stevens (14.5 PPG) & Louis Psihoyos (12.9 PPG) can also fill it up for Senior. Hempstead will look to pull the upset with the Daux boys, Connor (13.5 PPG) & Lucas (13.4 PPG).

The Pick: Senior 59 Hempstead 55

Substate #5

Iowa City West (19-3) vs. Muscatine (15-6) @ US Cellular Center 6:30 pm

It will be a battle of future Hawkeyes in the early game at US Cellular Tuesday night. Connor & Patrick McCaffery for Iowa City West against Muscatines’ Joe Wieskamp. Connor McCaffery leads the Trojans in points (19.8 PPG) and rebounds (102) and is 2nd in assists (81) and steals (40). Wieskamp leads the state in scoring, pumping in 30.5 poits per game on 56.5% shooting, including 41.9% from 3. Wieskamp also leads the Muskies in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He’ll have to have another dynamite game to give Muscatine the shot at the upset.

The Pick: Iowa City West 82 Muscatine 59

Substate #6

Bettendorf (17-5) vs. North Scott (16-6) at Davenport West

These 2 teams split in the regular season with both teams winning at home. North Scott is lead by Air Force commit Bailey Basala. The 6’3 senior averages 18 points per game along with hitting 61 3s. Bettendorf has depth and has 7 players that average over 6 points per game. They can hurt you in a number of ways.

The Pick: North Scott 64 Bettendorf 61

Substate #7

Newton (18-5) vs. Johnston (18-5) @ Des Moines Roosevelt

It’s the 4th seeded Cardinals from Newton against #3 seed Johnston. Both teams went on the road to pick up upset wins Friday Night. Both teams like to shoot the 3 ball, with Newton ranking 2nd in 4A with 192 made triples, while Johnston has connected on 160, good for 7th in 4A. Johnston is balanced with Camden Vander Zwaag (11.1 PPG), Jaden Kephart (10.4 PPG), Grant Kramer (10.1 PPG), Dawson Jones (9.5 PPG) & Jeran Proctor (7.7 PPG). Newton has 2 players averaging over 20 points per game with Connor Gholson & Garrett Sturtz.

The Pick: Johnston 62 Newton 56

Substate #8

West Des Moines Valley (18-4) vs. Des Moines Hoover (17-5) @ Ankeny Centennial

The reigning champions in Class 4A, Valley, looks to get back to state in one of the best match ups as they face Courtney Henderson’s Hoover squad. Both teams play a physical brand of basketball. This one may be first to 30 wins the game. Valley welcomed back all state center Quinton Curry towards the end of the season after an ACL tear that he sustained in June. Curry is averaging 10.9 points per game on 69% shooting since his return. 6’8 Senior Charley Crowley along with 6’7 Blake Brinkmeyer off the bench gives Valley a ton of weapons inside to go along with shooters Austin Hinkle, Reese Skinner, Nate Dennis and Carter Frey. Hoover looks first to get it inside Douglas Wilson. Many consider Wilson the best rebounder in the state, but will have to work against a host of Valley big men. Hoover won game 1 way back in the 2nd game of the season. Both teams look much different today than they did then.

The Pick: Hoover 38 Valley 33


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

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,, 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


  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)



  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)



  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)




  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


  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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  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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  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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  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

Photo courtesy of Sarah Urich (IAWrestle)


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


  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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  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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  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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  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.


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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