(Des Moines) Harlan looked sharp in nearly all categories of the game in their 64-44 first round win over Humboldt Tuesday afternoon.
Perhaps the biggest factor in the win came from two players who combined for only two points and five shot attempts in the game. Nate Gettys and Eli Williams played great defense on Humboldt leading scorer Jackson Heinz. They face guarded him and held him over 13 points below his offensive average. Heinz managed just four points on 1-13 field goal shooting and 1-5 free throw shooting.
The Cyclones got off to a slow start and trailed 5-4 in the early going, but Will Lansman's offensive rebound and putback gave Harlan a 6-5 edge with 4:15 to go in the first quarter and the Cyclones never looked back. Trey Lansman made a case for an all-tourney nod with a dominant performance. The senior tallied 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots. He and fellow senior Adam Juhl contributed to a big 2nd quarter that saw the Cyclones more or less put the game away. Juhl scored 12 of his 15 points in the final five minutes of the first half. Trey Lansman had 11 of his 20 before the break as Harlan stretched the lead to double figures early in the 2nd quarter and led 34-15 by halftime.
The game was never in doubt in the 2nd half as Harlan claimed a 50-20 advantage midway through the third and never led by less than 20 the rest of the game. In addition to the big games from Trey Lansman and Adam Juhl, Nathan Cave tossed in 14 for a Harlan team that heads into the semi-finals with a 23-2 record and the #3 ranking in the state.
Harlan will play 21-4 and #1 ranked Dubuque Wahlert in the semi-finals on Thursday. We'll have the game on KSOM with the tip-off at 6:35pm.
Click here for the postgame comment from Harlan coach Mitch Obsorn
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(Des Moines) Big games by Trey Robinson and Jacob Flathers guided (24-1) Treynor into the Class 2A semi-finals at the boys state basketball tournament. The 5th ranked Cardinals advanced with a 61-53 win over North Cedar Tuesday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.
Robinson and Flathers combined to shoot 13-15 from the field to collectively scored 37 points. The duo also contributed 20 rebounds as the Cardinals dominated the boards 29-13.
Treynor shot a blistering 73.3% in the first half to lead them to a 29-28 edge at the break. North Cedar attempted 29 threes and their 8 makes beyond the arc were enough to keep it close, but Treynor's rebounding edge was among a multitude of deciding factors.
In addition to the strong games from Robinson and Flathers, Nick Paulsen contributed a dozen points, six rebounds, and six assists.
The win is their 22nd in a row, they'll will play West Fork in the semi-finals on Thursday afternoon. West Fork is ranked 3rd with a record of 24-1. The other semi-final matchup pairs #1 Western Christian against #6 Cascade.
Click here for postgame comments from Treynor junior Trey Robinson
Click here for the postgame with Treynor coach Scott Rucker
#3 West Fork 71 West Marshall 54
#5 Treynor 61 North Cedar 53
#1 Dubuque Wahlert Catholic 81 Chariton 59
#3 Harlan 64 Humboldt 44
#7 Central Clinton, DeWitt 69 MOC-Floyd Valley 67
#5 Waverly-Shell Rock 67 Grinnell 58
Claudia Larsen, Newell-Fonda
London Vais, Adair-Casey
Caitlyn Riese, Colo-Nesco
Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda
Paige Danner, Ar-We-Va
Taylor Hickey, Burlington Notre Dame
Jasmine DeMars, Storm Lake St. Mary's
Shelby Hembera, Cedar Valley Christian
Carment Subbert, Stanton
Sylvia Amlie, Janesville
Kameo Pope, Belle Plaine
Macy Williams, Fremont-Mills
Shayla Dean, Colo-Nesco
Riley Killbride, Burlington Notre Dame
Kate Patton, Murray
Morgan Christner, New London
Noreen Morrow, Harris Lake-Park
Cassie Cullen, Lynnville-Sully
Hattie Davidson, Northwood-Kensett
Madison Wood, Rockford
Andrea Hughsen, East Buchanan
Victoria Leyh, Janesville
Molly Cunard, Heartland Christian
Julia Gronenboom, North Mahaska
Alissa Brown, Jesup
Jamie Gesink, Western Christian
Kari Fitzpatrick, Edgewood-Colesburg
Nicole Miller, North Linn
Ellie Herzberg, Manson NW Webster
Ellie Ruffridge, Pocahontas Area
Olivia Godfrey, Panorama
Jenna Lehman, Iowa City Regina
Alli Huss, St. Edmond
Ellen Gallagher, Woodbury Central
Haley Birks, South Central Calhoun
Casey Miles, Hudson
Abbey Meyer, Cascade
Morgan Muhlbauer, IKM-Manning
Kylie Ferguson, St. Albert
Anna Yung, St. Edmond
Rachel Struve, South O'Brien
Channing Wunsch, North Butler
Brooke Wooten, Maquoketa Valley
Kayla Prosser, South Hardin
Alissa Pollema, Western Christian
Tasha Alexander, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
Ashley Dumler, Dike-New Hartford
Hallie Linhart, Central Decatur
Arika Wooldridge, Center Point-Urbana
Miranda Murphy, North Polk
Andrea Larson, Mediapolis
Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley
Kennedy Salow, Center Point-Urbana
Kassidy DeJong, Unity Christian
Paige Greiner, Williamsburg
Serena Parker, Shenandoah
Heidi Hillyard, Mediapolis
Gracey Griglione, Interstate-35
Emily McDonald, MOC-Floyd Valley
Shleby Graves, Davis County
Emma Dau, Spirit Lake
Kate Walker, Red Oak
Ashley Burrows, Bondurant-Farrar
Miles Ludwigs, Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Nicole Burgin, Oelwein
Krista Bousema, Sheldon
Logan Anderson, Clear Lake
Addie Oberman, NE Goose Lake
Kaely Hummel, Cherokee
Jessica Anderson, Crestwood
Katie Landhuis, MOC-Floyd Valley
Megan Murphy, North Polk
Claire Marburger, Perry
Rose Simon-Ressler, Western Dubuque
Jess Schaben, Harlan
Jenna Bork, Bishop Heelan Catholic
Dani Heritage, Dallas Center-Grimes
Gabie Doud, Ballard
Mariah Criswell, Winterset
Taylor Frederick, Harlan
Megan Maahs, Western Dubuque
Kirstin Martindale, Spencer
Michalyn Mohr, Marion
Morgan Neuendorf, Waverly-Shell Rock
Hayley Deutmeyer, CR Xavier
Agatha Beier, Carlisle
Megan Todd, Bishop Heelan Catholic
Evan Hundley, North Scott
Mariah McPortland, Boone
Amanda Brainerd, Central Clinton, DeWitt
Jinaya Houston, Davenport North
Mikayla Larson, Des Moines Hoover
Deja Jackson, Grinnell
Maggie Low, Perry
Jessica Holterhaus, Pella
Taryne Shull, Mount Pleasant
Hailey Lorenzen, Iowa City High
Blaire Thomas, Waterloo West
Audrey Faber, Dowling Catholic
Haley Puk, Waterloo West
Emily Clemens, Muscatine
MaKenzie Meyer, Mason City
Dani Franklin, Cedar Rapids Washington
Tanya Meyer, Sioux City West
Reilly Jacobsen, Waukee
Jaali Winters, Ankeny Centennial
Amanda Ollinger, Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Kiera Washpun, Iowa City High
Madi Agey, West Des Moines Valley
Roichelle Marble, Des Moines East
Meredith Burkhall, Des Moines Roosevelt
Aleena Hobbs, Cedar Rapids Washington
Madison Wood, Cedar Falls
Morgan Martin, Cedar Rapids Kennedy
Annie Penquite, SE Polk
Becca Hittner, Dowling Catholic
Katie Sommer, Linn-Mar
Mikaela Morgan, Iowa City West
Grace Vander Weide, West Des Moines Valley
Myah Mellman, Mason City
(Des Moines) 3rd ranked Harlan opposes unranked Humboldt Tueday afternoon in a Boys Class 3A State Tournament game we'll have for you on KSOM.
Harlan coach Mitch Osborn says Humboldt is a team led by the play of their guards. Jaxson Heinz is the team's leading scorer for a group that collectively shoots over 40% from three point range.
Harlan is coming off of a state runner up finish as the number 8 seed last year. With the bulk of that group back, some viewed this year as one where Harlan would have a better opportunity to win it all. Coach Osborn maintains a one game at a time approach, but says it's a loaded field. He looks at Dubuque Wahlert as the favorite with Waverly-Shell Rock and MOC-Floyd Valley as other tough contenders.
Tip-off is slated for 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.
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(Des Moines) Treynor will make their 13th appearance at the boys state basketball tournament Tuesday when they take on 21-4 North Cedar.
It's the Cardinals first trip to state since their 23-2 campaign in the 2010-11 season. Treynor rides a 21 game win streak into the tournament and holds the #5 ranking. In Class 2A only 3 other ranked teams qualified for the tournament. Jacob Flathers, Nick Paulsen, Trey Robinson, and Nolan Chapman lead a balanced attack for the Cardinals with all four of the teams leading scorers averaging between 9.6 and 12.5 points per game. Robinson's 64.1% from the field is among the best in the tournament field.
Treynor plays a North Cedar team making their 5th boys state basketball tournament trip and their 4th in a row. The Knights however, have failed to advance past the first round in each of the last two seasons. They've won only 1 state tournament game in their history and it came in 2011. This season half of the Knight's losses have come to fellow Class 2A state qualifier, #6 Cascade, the other two losses are to Mount Vernon and Iowa City Regina.
The game is scheduled to tip at 12:15pm.
#9 Keota 56 #10 Easton Valley 47
West Lyon 72 #2 Newell Fonda 57
#4 Dunkerton 50 East Mills 38
Belmond-Klemme 56 #3 Lamoni 55
#1 Western Christian 76 Albia 53
#6 Cascade 56 South Hamilton 40
Jess Schaben, Junior, Harlan*
Kate Walker, Junior, Red Oak*
Serena Parker, Junior, Shenandoah*
Kylie Ferguson, Senior, St. Albert*
Taylor Frederick, Sophomore, Harlan
Taylor Wagner, Junior, Harlan
Paige Beacom, Sophomore, Lewis Central
Kierstyn Bauer, Junior, Kuemper Catholic
Jordyn Moser, Sophomore, Harlan
Kye Madsen, Sophomore, Lewis Central
Grace Blomstedt, Junior, Red Oak
Maria Dentlinger, Junior, Kuemper Catholic
Sydney Nielsen, Junior, Shenandoah
Bailey Starner, Senior, Glenwood
Halie Darrow, Junior, Glenwood
Janny Bair, Senior, Clarinda
Lexi Spielman, Senior, Lewis Central
Dana Doebelin, Senior, Lewis Central
Blake Bergren, Senior, Red Oak
Katie Tigges, Junior, Kuemper Catholic
Logan Ehlers, Freshman, Shenandoah
Sydney Gutschenritter, Senior, Glenwood
Allison Wettengel, Junior, St. Albert
Jaedra Moses, Junior, Clarinda
Jenna Taylor, Sophomore, Creston
Natalie Mostek, Junior, Creston
Valerie Johnson, Senior, Denison-Schleswig
Erin Olsen, Sophomore, Atlantic
Players of the Year
Class 1A-Renee Maneman, Newell-Fonda
Class 2A-Nicole Miller, North-Linn
Class 3A-Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley
Class 4A-Claire Marberger, Perry
Class 5A-Haley Lorenzen, Iowa City High
Coaches of the Year
Class 1A-Kenny Weed, Bedford
Class 2A-Bryan Alfredson, Woodbury Central
Class 3A-Todd Rogers, Mediapolis
Class 4A-Bryan White, Carlisle
Class 5A-Tracy Dailey, SE Polk
G-Paige Danner, Senior, Ar-We-Va (Westside)
G-Taylor Hickey, Junior, Burlington-Notre Dame
G-Renee Maneman, Senior, Newell-Fonda
F-Carmen Subbert, Senior, Stanton
F-London Vais, Senior, Adair-Casey
C-Shelby Hembera, Junior, Cedar Valley Christian (Cedar Rapids)
G-Kate Patton, Senior, Murray
G-Carleigh Paup, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan
F-Jasmine Demers, Senior, St. Mary’s (Storm Lake)
F-Kameo Pope, Senior, Belle Plaine
C-Noreen Morrow, Senior, Harris-Lake Park
C-Caitlyn Riese, Senior, Colo-Nesco
G-Nicole Miller, Junior, North Linn (Troy Mills)
G-Jamie Gesink, Junior, Western Christian (Hull)
G-Alissa Pollema, Senior, Western Christian (Hull)
F-Alissa Brown, Senior, Jesup
F-Jenna Lehman, Senior, Iowa City Regina
C-Ellen Gallagher, Senior, Woodbury Central (Moville)
Special Injury Mention-Ellie Herzberg, Senior, Manson-NW Webster
G-Alli Huss, Senior, St. Edmond (Fort Dodge)
G-Casey Miles, Senior, Hudson
G-Elle Ruffridge, Freshman, Pocahontas Area
F-Morgan Muhlbauer, Junior, IKM-Manning
F-Ashley Williams, Senior, Lawton-Bronson
C-Lauren Hedlund, Senior, Hinton
G-Paige Greiner, Senior, Williamsburg
G-Miranda Murphy, Senior, North Polk
F-Alexis Conaway, Senior, MOC-Floyd Valley
F-Kassidy DeJong, Junior, Unity Christian (Orange City)
F-Arika Wolldridge, Sophomore, Center Point-Urbana
C-Andrea Larson, Junior, Mediapolis
G-Ashley Burrows, Senior, Bondurant-Farrar
G-Megan Murphy, Senior, North Polk
F-Miles Ludwigs, Senior, Sergeant Bluff-Luton
F-Serena Parker, Junior, Shenandoah
C-Haley Birks, Junior, South Central Calhoun
C-Addie Oberman, Junior, Northeast (Goose Lake)
G-Jenna Bork, Senior, Bishop Heelan (Sioux City)
G-Dani Heritage, Senior, Dallas Center-Grimes
G-Morgan Neuendorf, Senior, Waverly-Shell Rock
F-Mariah Criswell, Junior, Winterset
F-Claire Marburger, Junior, Perry
C-Jess Schaben, Junior, Harlan
G-Agatha Beier, Freshman, Carlisle
G-Deja Jackson, Junior, Grinnell
F-Gabie Doud, Sophomore, Ballard (Huxley)
F-Jackie Foster, Senior, Charles City
F-Jenna Taylor, Sophomore, Creston
C-Megan Maahs, Sophomore, Western Dubuque (Epworth)
G-Roichelle Marble, Senior, Des Moines East
G-Grace Vander Wiede, Junior, West Des Moines Valley
F-Aubrey Faber, Junior, Dowling Catholic
F-Danielle Franklin, Senior, Cedar Rapids Washington
C-Blair Thomas, Senior, Waterloo West
C-Haley Lorenzen, Senior, Iowa City High
G-Madi Agey, Senior, West Des Moines Valley
G-Emily Clemons, Senior, Muscatine
G-Makenzie Meyer, Sophomore, Mason City
F-Tanya Meyer, Senior, Sioux City West
F-Haley Puk, Senior, Waterloo West
C/F-Meredith Burkhall, Junior, Des Moines Roosevelt
(Des Moines) Jess Schaben led Harlan with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots as #1 Harlan capped off an undefeated season with a four point win over #8 Western Dubuque in the Class 4A title tilt. It's the Cyclones first girls basketball state championship in school history.
After an extremely close and competetive first half, Harlan stretched a three point halftime lead up to as many as 13 in the second half. Harlan's defense allowed only four points in the third which helped them appear to take control of the game. The double-digit edge would be shortlived though as right when Harlan looked like they were going to turn a close game into a rout, Western Dubuque stormed back with a 17-4 run to tie the game at 50 with 1:22 to play. Harlan needed just ten seconds of game clock to respond. They called a timeout and set up a play for Elle Kloewer to lob a long inbounds pass into Jess Schaben who finished from the right block. Schaben shot 10-11 from the field in the win. In addition to Schaben's big late basket, Ellie Kloewer went 2-2 and Taylor Wagner hit 1-2 from the free throw line in the final minute. Meanwhile Western Dubuque had three offensive rebounds in the last :45 to give them some chances, but they went 0-2 from three-point range and just 1-3 on free throws in that span. Wagner's free-throw with 12 seconds left pushed the lead up to four to seal it.
After losing a heartbreaker in the championship game a year ago and returning the bulk of their key team members, Harlan was widely considered a title contender heading into the year. A dominant regular season brought even more people on board with the concept of Harlan being a team to beat. The series of lopsided wins would come to an end at the state tournament though as Sophmore Jordyn Moser delivered a game winning shot in the first round against, the Cyclones survived a great challenge from up and comer Carlisle in the semi-finals, and hung on to beat a scrappy Western Dubuque team Saturday night.
Jess Schaben was named captain of the All-Tournament Team. She averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks per game. Taylor Wagner was also selected to the All-Tourney squad. It's the second straight all-tournament team nod for each of those players. A welcome home ceremony will be held Sunday at 1:00 in the High School gym.
Click here for the postgame with Harlan junior Taylor Wagner
Click here for the postgame with Harlan junior Jess Schaben
Click here for the postgame with Harlan coach Zach Klaassen
#1 MOC-Floyd Valley 63 #6 Unity Christian 57
#1 Harlan 55 #8 Western Dubuque 51
#5 Dowling Catholic 66 #9 SE Polk 55
Class 5A Semi-Finals
#9 SE Polk 54 #3 Waterloo West 45
#5 Dowling Catholic 49 #1 Iowa City High 44
Class 1A Championship
#3 Burlington-Notre Dame 57 #1 Newell-Fonda 54
Class 2A Championship
#2 Western Christian 79 #4 Hudson 55
(Des Moines) The Harlan girls are headed back to the state championship game for the 2nd time in the last 2 years. It hasn't been easy, but the Cyclones have downed North Scott and Carlisle in consecutive games to earn another shot at a title.
45-42 was the final in the semi-final win over Carlisle. Harlan rarely trailed in the game, in fact they led the entire second half. Carlisle though would trim Harlan's six point fourth quarter lead down to 1 in the final minutes, but never came up with the big shot to take the lead. It was on three seperate ocassions that Harlan's advantage was cut to a single point, but Carlisle's only lead in the entire game came at 27-25 with over three minutes to go in the first half.
Up by three in the final minute, Harlan fouled Carlisle on a three point attempt. The Cyclones had been attempting to foul Carlisle on the floor, but it was ruled in the act of shooting. Kaliegh Haus made two of three free throws to snug the score to 43-42 with 4.6 seconds left. Harlan was fouled immediately on the inbounds pass and Taylor Wagner calmly sank two free throws to extend the lead back to three points. Carlisle's long inbounds pass toward mid-court was knocked away before a desperation heave could be attempted and the Cyclones survived another close one, 45-42.
In addition to the clutch free throws, it was Wagner who got Harlan off to a good start with her three point shooting. She'd hit four three's in the game include three of them in the first quarter as Harlan led by as many at nine at one point and were up 21-13 after the first. Harlan's outside shooting cooled off the rest of the way though and Carlisle fought back within two by halftime.
The second half was like a chess match between the two head coaches, as Carlisle, despite trailing by four, tried to limit the number of possessions in the final five minutes. Harlan, with that four point cushion, was content to let them run as much clock as they wanted. The strategy nearly paid off for Carlisle as they had a handful of possession late where they could have tied or took the lead, but were unable to get closer than one point away.
Click here for the comments from Harlan coach Zach Klaassen
The incredible turnaround story of 6th ranked Carlisle comes to an end with a 21-6 record. That's 20, yes 20, more wins than they compiled a season ago. Head coach Bryan White, formerly the Red Oak boys coach, loses only one senior from the regular rotation.
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#1 Harlan improves to 24-0 and returns to the state championship game after losing by one in the final seconds in the title tilt last year. Their opponent this time around will be Western Dubuque. Western Dubuque won a low scoring game against Ballard 30-23 in the semi-finals.
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(Ames) The Big 12 Conference announced their postseason awards today. On the list for the 2nd straight year is Hamlin native Hallie Christofferson as a first team selection. She is one of only three players in the league this year to be named first-team all-conference in back to back seasons.
Christofferson averaged 16.5 points per game during the regular season. She is shooting over 46% from the field and near 90% from the free throw line.
Iowa State finished the regular season at 20-9 overall and 9-9 in the Big 12 heading into the conference tournament in Oklahoma City.
#3 Burlington-Notre Dame 65 #2 Janesville 58
#4 Hudson 45 #2 Cascade 33
#1 Western Christian 69 #5 North-Linn 52
#6 Unity Christian 50 #2 Crestwood 41
#1 MOC-Floyd Valley 64 #4 Mediapolis 51
#1 Harlan 45 #6 Carlisle 42
#8 Western Dubuque 30 #7 Ballard 23
(Pella) Central College is heading to the NCAA Division III National Tournament this weekend.
Three southwest Iowa High School Alums are key members of the Central College Men's Basketball squad. Colby Taylor and Spencer Bakerink of Creston are both starters while Sam Markham of Atlantic comes off the bench. Markham says he's enjoying his first year on campus.
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Central was picked to finish last in the conference, yet they ended up winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles. Markham attributes a lot of the team's success to the hard work the team puts forth in practice.
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Markham and his Central teammates head to Wisconsin-Steven's Point for the first round of the NCAA Tourney this weekend. They'll play St. Olaf in the first round on Friday at 4:00pm. If things go as expected they'd take on #1 Wisconsin-Steven's Point in the 2nd round on Saturday at 7:00pm.
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Markham's role has changed several times throughout the season. He's gone from playing limited minutes to starting to rarely playing. Now that the postseason is here he's starting to see more minutes once again. On the season he is averaging 2.4 points per game in 10.3 minutes of play per game.
Markham will be a guest on Atlantic Sports Saturday at 9:00 Saturday morning. You can catch the full interview with him at that time.
Emmitt Wheatley, Junior, Adair-Casey
Drew Peppers, Junior, Exira-EHK
Sam Honold, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard
Jake Carey, Junior, Paton-Churdan
Jake Roden, Senior, West Harrison
Travis Freese, Senior, Ar-We-Va
Austin Stoelk, Junior, Ar-We-Va
Michael Holste, Senior, CAM
Brandon Hagge, Junior, Ar-We-Va
Kyle Liechti, Senior, Ar-We-Va
Trevor Hachmeister, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard
Jake Bruggeman, Senior, Glidden-Ralston
Noah Juergensen, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan
Brad Staley, Senior, Charter Oak-Ute
Chase Bonsall, Senior, Boyer Valley
London Vais, Senior, Adair-Casey
Paige Danner, Senior, Ar-We-Va
Alyssa Kragelund, Senior, CAM
McKenna Zanders, Junior, Coon Rapids-Bayard
Megan Maaske, Junior, Woodbine
Morgan Straight, Sophomore, Boyer Valley
Rachel Smith, Junior, Exira-EHK
Carleigh Paup, Sophomore, Paton-Churdan
Danni McCorkel, Senior, Adair-Casey
Erin Daugherty, Senior, CAM
Jenna Hausman, Sophomore, Ar-We-Va
Rylie Schlepp, Senior, Coon Rapids-Bayard
Dashia Nuzum, Junior, Woodbine
Anna Fleecs, Sophomore, Glidden-Ralston
Claire Paulsen, Senior, Exira-EHK
Crystal Sabus, Junior, Paton-Churdan
Ciera Carlson, Senior, Charter Oak-Ute
(Des Moines) Class 4A State Tournament Semi-Final basketball comes your way Thursday night on KSOM. Harlan and Carlisle square off for a trip to the finals.
A year ago at this time, Harlan was on their way to the Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament Championship game and Carlisle was looking to move on from a 1-22 season.
Fast foward to today and Harlan is one game away from returning to the state title game, a game they lost last year despite leading in the final ten seconds. Standing in their way of redemption is a Carlisle team with a new coach, a new freshman guard who leads the team in four different stat categories, and a compelling turnaround story.
#6 Carlisle is 17-6 this season and winners of 11 straight games. They dug out of a deep early hole to beat #4 Dallas Center-Grimes 53-48 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Harlan stayed undefeated with a win over #10 North Scott Tuesday, but it didn't come easy for the top ranked Cyclones who need a game winning shot from Sophomore Jordan Moser as time was running down.
It was just the 2nd game this season that Harlan failed win by less than 14. The last time it happened, Harlan won the next four games after that Harlan won by totals of 30, 18, 44, 22 points. Coach Zack Klaassen wouldn't mind if similar results follow Tuesday's close call against North Scott.
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With nearly all of the main contributors back from last year's runner up finish, it's been no secret that Harlan would be a state title contender this year.
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Pregame coverage is slated for 6:30 Thursday night on KSOM. Harlan and Carlisle tip-off at 6:45 with the winner to meet either #7 Ballard or #8 Western Dubuque in Saturday's championship game. Ballard upset #3 Davenport Assumption while Wesern Dubuque took down #2 Bishop Heelan Catholic in the first round
#7 Ballard 55 #3 Davenport Assumption 45
#8 Western Dubuque 53 #2 Bishop Heelan Catholic 44
#3 Waterloo West 69 #7 DM East 57
#9 SE Polk 68 #2 WDM Valley 60
#1 IC High 68 CR Kennedy 34
#5 Dowling Catholic 62 #4 Waukee 56
Class 1A Semi-Final
#1 Newell-Fonda 65 #4 Colo-Nesco 34
Wednesday, March 12th
(20-3) Iowa City West vs (18-4) SE Polk
(22-1) Bettendorf vs (14-10) Urbandale
(22-1) Dubuque, Senior vs (15-8) WDM Valley
(21-3) Sioux City North vs (18-5) Cedar Rapids, Kennedy
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