Decorated duo among WI boys honorees
In terms of team success, western Iowa enjoyed its greatest boys basketball season ever. This was the 22nd year Iowa awarded state championships in four classes. For the first time, two teams from The World-Herald's coverage area claimed titles, Harlan Community (Class 3-A) and Nodaway Valley (Class 2-A). So after a groundbreaking season, The World-Herald announces its All-Western Iowa teams, selecting two, five-player teams in each of its three divisions: Class 4-A/3-A, Class 2-A and Class 1-A.
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INA team has 17 WI players
Seven western Iowa boys basketball players have been named first-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association. The INA's statewide panel of sportswriters selected three teams of eight players in each of Iowa's four classes. First-team selections include Sioux City East's Roman Gentry in Class 4-A; Carroll's Greg Schulz and Sioux City Heelan's Clint Sargent in Class 3-A; Battle Creek-Ida Grove's Casey Harriman and Nodaway Valley's Mark Holan in Class 2-A; and Treynor's Derek Floerchinger and Manning's Brad Renze in Class 1-A.
Harlan wins title, goes 27-0
At winning time, neither team budged. But when you've put in hours upon hours perfecting your craft in sweaty gyms like the Harlan Community boys, you have no problem working an extra four minutes to realize perfection. Kevin Osborn's 12-foot bank shot provided the go-ahead points with 23 seconds remaining in overtime, and Harlan went on to a thrilling 85-79 victory over MOC-Floyd Valley in the Class 3-A championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Gentry, S.C. East place third
Sioux City East's Roman Gentry and Linn-Mar's Jason Bohannon, two of the state's top seniors, waged a scoring duel in the Class 4-A consolation game Saturday, with Gentry's Black Raiders getting the last word in the 84-83 overtime game.
Nodaway Valley takes the last big step
If ever there was sign of destiny, this was it. Lance McFarland launched a 55-foot rocket just before the third-quarter horn that found nothing but net, sending Nodaway Valley into the fourth quarter on the ultimate adrenaline rush. The fifth-rated Wolverines carried it all the way home this time, completing a thrilling 46-39 victory over third-rated Fort Dodge St. Edmond and claiming their first Class 2-A state championship at Wells Fargo Arena.
S.C. East falls in 4-A semis
Roman Gentry's shoulders have become broader throughout his high school career, but they weren't broad enough to carry Sioux City East past the state's No. 1 team. Gentry's 18 points and nine rebounds in the second half pulled the Black Raiders within striking distance, but the all-stater ultimately didn't get enough support as Des Moines Hoover kept its perfect season intact with a 53-41 victory Friday in a Class 4-A boys state basketball semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
Nodaway Valley rallies for 2-A title berth
James Larson scored 19 points, including four straight baskets in the fourth quarter, as Nodaway Valley rallied from a 14-point deficit Thursday to defeat Bondurant-Farrar 53-42 in the Class 2-A semifinals of the Iowa boys' state basketball tournament.
Cyclones garner high-drama win
Standing 5 feet, 10 inches with red hair, Harlan Community's A.J. Arkfeld doesn't resemble former NBA great Jerry West in any way, shape or form. But on Thursday night, Arkfeld was indeed Mr. Clutch. After sinking two pressure-packed free throws with 35 seconds left to bring his team within one, Arkfeld's 12-foot jumper with 16.4 seconds remaining gave Harlan a 42-41 victory over Creston in a draining Class 3-A state basketball semifinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
Little things spark Black Raiders into semis
Bumping cutters. Boxing out. Hedging on screens. Contesting shots. Getting low and moving your feet. That's the grunt work of basketball. And although it won't show up on any highlight reels, Sioux City East did it far better than Fort Dodge in the first half on Wednesday. East limited the Dodgers to 4 of 19 shooting in the first half, building a 20-point halftime lead and then surviving some anxious moments for a 66-49 victory in a Class 4-A boys state basketball quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
Nodaway Valley in Class 2-A semifinals
Nodaway Valley loves a challenge, and Solon presented a big one. Solon brought a snazzy 23-2 record and 25-points-a-game scorer Matt Lesan into Tuesday's Class 2-A state basketball quarterfinal. With some help from his friends, Kenny Lents held Lesan to seven points on 2-of-13 shooting, and Nodaway Valley advanced to the 2-A semifinals for the second straight year with a 55-47 quarterfinal victory over the Spartans at Wells Fargo Arena.
Creston will get Harlan in semifinal
This one might be worth a Roman numeral. So fire up the hype machine for Harlan-Creston III. Creston confirmed its reservation for a third date with Harlan, shooting 51 percent from the field Tuesday in a thorough 63-48 Class 3-A state quarterfinal beating of Washington at Wells Fargo Arena.
Ugly is fine with Cyclones
Harlan Community revealed some chinks in its armor, but eventually had all the answers. Eighth-seeded Waverly-Shell Rock chased the top-seeded Cyclones all the way to the wire, but Harlan overcame an off shooting performance to outlast the Go-Hawks 53-45 in a Class 3-A boys state basketball quarterfinal Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena.
Slow start, late shot too much for BCIG
A big shot and a foul propelled seventh-rated Northeast of Goose Lake (25-1), the fourth seed in the tournament, into Thursday's 2 p.m. semifinal against top-rated and top-seeded Fort Dodge St. Edmond (26-0). It was Northeast's first state victory in six appearances.
Little Rock shocks top-seeded Cards
George-Little Rock beat Treynor on Monday at its own game. Once it got the lead, eighth-seeded George-LR favored a deliberate style, leaning on its half-court defense and offensive execution to knock off the top-seeded Cardinals 49-39 in a Class 1-A boys state basketball quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
Hawkeye Ten rivals on collision course
Since the Class 3-A boys state basketball tournament brackets came out, Harlan and Creston have known they will meet in the semifinals if both win their openers. But if the Cyclones and Panthers listen to their coaches, you won't catch them concentrating on anything but their first-round games Tuesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
BCIG, Nodaway Valley like chances
Since Class 2-A has a balanced field of eight teams with three or fewer losses, western Iowa's two representatives expect to be right in the mix when the state basketball tournament begins Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Treynor tops pack in strong 1-A bracket
Treynor returns to the Iowa boys state basketball tournament after a two-year absence - and returns with a vengeance. The top-seeded and 25-0 Cardinals are one of three undefeated teams in a field that some are calling the best from top to bottom in Class 1-A history. Treynor opens at 10:30 a.m. Monday against George-Little Rock.
Stories and Features
All WI first, second teams, March 26
All WI honorable mention, March 26
W. Iowa all-conference teams, March 22
Kevin White: Harlan basks in glory of boys state title, March 21
Kevin White: Coach pushed team to 2-A title, March 20
State tourney facts and figures, March 11
Results, March 7
Harlan is state-bound, March 6
Results, March 6
Nodaway Valley heads back to state tournament, March 4
Results, March 4
Patient Titans are one win from Des Moines, March 3
Results, March 3
Cards ride defense into substate final, March 2
Cyclones one win away from state, March 2
Results, March 2
Falcons a step from state, Feb. 28
Yellow Jackets head to substate semis, Feb. 28
Pick your poison: Tigers have five scoring options, Feb. 23
Rugged schedule helps Red Oak advance to finals, Feb. 22
Falcons earn Shootout win, Feb. 11
Harlan tops S.C. East, Feb. 11
Prep teams ready for Shootout, Feb. 10
Stability means unmatched success for Clarinda Academy, Feb. 9
Tourney brackets unveiled for Classes 3-A, 4-A, Feb. 8
A-H-S-T, Orient-Macksburg earn top seeds, Feb. 4
In the Spotlight: Brad Renze, Feb. 2
Thomas Jefferson belts Bluffs rival St. Albert, Feb. 1
A-H-S-T, Orient-Macksburg earn top seeds, Feb. 1
Thomas Jefferson belts Bluffs rival St. Albert, Jan. 31
Bobcats stay in first place with late rally, 66-63, Jan. 27
Treynor star healthy, and a pain to rivals, Jan. 26
In the Spotlight: Justin Roetman, Jan. 26
Harlan cruises to easy victory, Jan. 24
Remington cleans windows from ground level, Jan. 19
Prepared for everything, Jan. 19
Bluejay recruit has all the moves, Jan. 17
Sizzling 2nd half helps lift Heelan, Jan. 13
Youngsters give Atlantic cause for hope, Jan. 12
Harlan's defense delivers a KO, Jan. 6
Treynor coach gets win No. 599, Jan. 3
Versatile post Gross too much for Titans, Dec. 13
Newcomer has Jackets abuzz after historic win, Dec. 13
Minneapolis power topples Battle Creek, Dec. 9
Capsules, Dec. 8
Results, Nov. 29
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