The Teams of 2013….it sorta rhymes?

Good Afternoon Friends and Foes,

As I am back to the daily grind today after a much needed day off to relax and enjoy the holidays with my family, Its hard to enjoy this down time because the upcoming months of 2014 will be some of the most fun you (as a high school sports fan) will have. State wrestling, Girls Regionals, Boys Districts, Girls State and Boys State. Seriously, does it get better? Add in the fact that there is always the chance of a blizzard occuring pre or post contest, and you get the rush of adrenaline in there as well. As we head to the new year, let us take a look back at 2013 and some of the great moments in Iowa High School Sports.

1. Jake Marlin and Brandon Sorenson each become 4 time state championsImage

Creston-OM’s Jake Marlin won his four state title for the Panthers (photo courtesy of Waterloo Courier)

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Denver-Tripoli’s Brandon Sorensen brings home his 4th title for the Titans

If you are not a wrestling fan, I first have to ask how do you even live in Iowa without being a wrestling fan? It must be hard. If you are one of these people who are not a wrestling fan, go to one day of the state tournament and I assure you that your mind will be changed. 

Jake Marlin and Brandon Sorensen not only won state titles, they were dominant. Sorensen lived up to all the hype. He was ranked #1 his freshman year before he had ever wrestled a varsity match. He is tied for the state record in career victories with 208, Marlin had 200. They went down as #22 and #23 of the All-Time Iowa four time state champions. Marlin jumped on the scene in 2010 when he won the title at 130. Think about that……200 times……200 times those guys walked on the mat and were more man than another….and that is just in high school….not to mention all the AAU matches and summer tournaments.

2. Western Christian becomes Girls Basketball power

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The Wolfpack brought home the 2A girls crown in 2013 (photo courtesy of Sports Spotlight)

So, remember when Western Christian was a volleyball school, and basketball was left to the boys? Not anymore. The 2012-13 Wolfpack were 26-1, the 1 was to Heelan….at the buzzer. That was really the only game that was even close. Their average win, was by 33 points. In 2011-12 they knocked off OA-BCIG (who Im sure everyone thought was unbeatable) on their way to a state title. Brooke Wolterstorff will always be one of my favorite athletes in state history. She was just fun to watch in any sport. Wolterstorff graduated with 2 state volleyball titles, 2 state basketball titles and a slew of Track and Field titles……..yea, Id say that would be “fairly” successful.

3. Iowa City West wins back to back State Titles.

Its hard to go 26-0….its even harder with distractions and West won despite distractions, and that is what true champions do. Led by Jeremy Morgan and Wyatt Lohaus, they again won the 4A crown. I always thought the piece that made the puzzle was Myzeah Batie-Gatty (now at Kirkwood CC). Winning a state title is hard, its harder when one of your better players quits in February (Deondre Alexander). Even watching Bettendorf and Dubuque Senior at State a year ago, you could just see that West was at a different level than everyone else. They continue to pass early season tests this year even with all the graduation (of course having a freshman named Mccaffery never hurts) 

4. Dike-New Hartford three-peat

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Bri Weber has been the 2A All-Tournament Team captain 3 times (photo courtesy of Waterloo Courier)

As good as any team in the state of Iowa was in 2013, you probably will not find a better one than what Diane Harms has built at Dike-New Hartford. The Wolverines won their 3rd consecutive 2A crown. DNH was 45-1…..the 1 was to the #1 rated team…..in the NATION (St. James Academy). The Wolverines defeated Western Christian for the 3rd straight year. A match that has become THE rivalry in Iowa Volleyball. DNH’s lineup boasts 3 Division 1 recruits in Bri Weber and Rachel Koop (Northern Iowa) and Brooke Morgan (Wisconsin). What is very scary is that all of those girls along with Lizzy Blough will all be seniors….next fall. DNH will bring a 99 match winning streak against Iowa competition into play in 2014. There is a very good chance that when the 2014 Volleyball season begins, that Dike-New Hartford could be the #1 rated team….in America.

 

5. Iowa City Regina football…….speechless

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4 consecutive state football titles….in 2 different classes. A 56 game winning streak which is now a state record. Since Marv Cook took over the program at Regina, all they have done is won. Cook has a long ways to go to reach the Dick Tighe’s and Curt Bladt’s of the world, but he is well on his way. Odds are that someday Regina will lose. But the odds also said it was highly unlikely that any team would ever come close to Waterloo East’s record of 56 in a row set from 1965-1971. So maybe they will never lose again. I can tell you this, Regina’s winning streak will not directly followed by the states longest losing streak (ie East)

 

 

 

New boys hoops rankings

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Daniel Tillo has the North Stars 7-0 at the break (photo courtesy of Sioux City Journal)

 

I know, I know….I said I would do this thing often, just have not had the time. Well now that we are at the holiday break I have some time to dedicate to this. I promise to make a better effort in the new year, kind of a New Years resolution I suppose. So lets get to it. Again this rankings are my opinion

Class 4A

  1. Sioux City North (7-0)
  2. Iowa City West (6-0)
  3. Bettendorf (5-0)
  4. Dubuque Senior (5-0)
  5. Ankeny Centennial (7-0)
  6. Des Moines North (7-0)
  7. Sioux City East (5-1)
  8. North Scott (7-0)
  9. Des Moines Roosevelt (4-2)
  10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-1)

Class 3A

  1. Harlan (5-0)
  2. Carroll (5-0)
  3. Clear Lake (6-0)
  4. Central Clinton, Dewitt (5-0)
  5. Solon (4-1)
  6. Grinnell (4-1)
  7. Bishop Heelan Catholic (3-1)
  8. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-1)
  9. LeMars (4-2)
  10. Pella (5-2)

Class 2A

  1. Western Christian (6-0)
  2. West Fork (5-0)
  3. New Hampton (4-0)
  4. Kuemper Catholic (4-1)
  5. IKM-Manning (7-0)
  6. Treynor (6-1)
  7. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (6-0)
  8. East Sac County (4-1)
  9. North Cedar (4-2)
  10. Cascade (4-0)

Class 1A

  1. West Lyon (6-0)
  2. Dunkerton (5-0)
  3. Keota (6-0)
  4. Newell-Fonda (7-0)
  5. Belmond-Klemme (6-0)
  6. Lamoni (7-0)
  7. Nodaway Valley (6-0)
  8. Iowa Mennonite (5-0)
  9. Ankeny Christian Academy (4-1)
  10. Jesup (5-0)

Deep Thoughts…..

I fully understand that I am probably the only person in the state who has SC North #1 in 4A, I also fully understand that Iowa City West has passed every single test and plays an outrageous schedule featuring top notch schools from around the midwest. Finally we are seeing a year where 4A has more than 1 or 2 really good teams. So far it looks like there may be 4 or 5 teams who could all contend for the 4A crown.

Lots of moving around in the 3A poll from the one I published a couple weeks ago. Harlan far and away the best team in 3A right now. 

In 2A, the West Fork/New Hampton game was postponed, as far as I know there has not been a make-up date set for that yet. 

In 1A, Belmond-Klemme is expected to get senior Elijah Kinseth back in their lineup maybe midway through January. Kinseth suffered a traumatic leg injury in football. B-K weathered the storm without him to start 6-0, They are good now…and when he comes back they improve even more in the paint. Big game right out of the holiday break when they face Forest City. 

 

 

Big Weekend in Iowa Wrestling

It may only be the first week of high school wrestling in the state of Iowa, but its already been a big week and there are numerous big meets in the state on the first Saturday of tournament competition. Here is a look at some of the biggest tournaments in the state coming up this weekend.

Keith Young Invite @ Cedar Falls

The Keith Young is always one of the top early season meets in the State of Iowa. Bettendorf, Don Bosco, Waverly-Shell Rock, Denver-Tripoli, Charles City and West Des Moines Valley are just some of the state powers who will be in attendance. Are you planning on going to the Keith Young? Probably would be a good idea to get there sometime before maybe 8:00 AM. It will be a full house!

Independence Invite @ Independence

Always a competitive tournament full of returning and future state qualifiers. Independence as always has a great team (they beat Charles City in a tight dual Thursday) also at this tournament are Osage, Alburnett, Hampton-Dumont, Cedar Rapids Prarie and Linn-Mar. 

Eagle Grove Invite

While Eagle Grove wrestling has not been what it once was, the Eagles host one of the top early season tournaments in the state. This year will be the 75th annual Eagle Grove Invite featuring some of the top programs in North Central Iowa.

Seargeant Bluff-Luton Invite

Some of the best wrestling from northwestern Iowa will be at the SB-L Elementary school. Woodbury Central, Akron-Westfield, Heelan and host SB-L

 

While I know this will fall on deaf ears, and its something that deserves an entire blog. If you are a fan heading to any of these tournaments or any tournament this weekend or throughout the year, remember this….just because you paid for admission, does not give you the right to act like a fool. 

 

 

Girls Basketball Rankings

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Yesterday, I did the boys rankings, today its the girls. From here on out, my boys and girls rankings will be up on Wednesdays. Again, these are just my opinions and I do not feel I am any more accurate than other people or organizations who rank teams. These are just my thoughts, you can choose to agree or disagree

Class 1A

  1. Burlington, Notre Dame
  2. Newell-Fonda
  3. Colo-Nesco
  4. Ar-We-Va
  5. Lynnville-Sully
  6. Janesville
  7. Central Lyon
  8. Exira-EHK
  9. Stanton
  10. Murray

Class 2A

  1. Western Christian
  2. Manson-NW Webster
  3. Cascade
  4. Iowa City Regina
  5. Fort Dodge St. Edmond
  6. Hudson
  7. Dike-New Hartford
  8. Hinton
  9. North Linn
  10. South Central Calhoun

Class 3A

  1. MOC-Floyd Valley
  2. Mount Vernon
  3. Bondurant-Farrar
  4. Williamsburg
  5. Red Oak
  6. Mediapolis
  7. North Polk
  8. Center Point-Urbana
  9. Kuemper Catholic
  10. Nevada

Class 4A

  1. Harlan
  2. Lewis Central
  3. Bishop Heelan Catholic
  4. Cedar Rapids Xavier
  5. Dallas Center-Grimes
  6. Davenport Assumption
  7. Perry
  8. Winterset
  9. Western Dubuque
  10. Spencer

Class 5A

  1. WDM Dowling
  2. Iowa City High
  3. Ankeny Centennial
  4. WDM Valley
  5. Mason City
  6. Waterloo West
  7. Des Moines East
  8. Sioux City West
  9. Ames
  10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

High School Boys basketball rankings

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As part of this new blog experience, I will give you my take and what I feel are the top 10 girls and boys basketball teams in the state. Now, I know what you are asking. “Hey Moss, where are your wrestling rankings?, ya jerk!”

Bottom line is, I am only one man…granted….one super awesome man! But still, only one man and The Predicament does an amazing job of covering and ranking the wrestlers in the state of Iowa. Therefore, I shall leave the wrestling rankings to those men, but don’t be fooled…we talk wrestling here too.

Here is my boys preseason top 10 poll. Now some of you may see these and think that its just one guys opinion. I assure you that while they are an opinion, I do my research and talk to other media members as well as friends who are located all over the state. I hope that as we go, I will earn your trust 🙂

Class 1A

  1. West Lyon
  2. Ankeny Christian Academy
  3. Dunkerton
  4. Keota
  5. Boyden-Hull
  6. Lamoni
  7. Belmond-Klemme
  8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck
  9. Newell-Fonda
  10. Iowa Mennonite

Class 2A

  1. Western Christian
  2. Kuemper Catholic
  3. West Fork
  4. North Cedar
  5. New Hampton
  6. Treynor
  7. East Sac County
  8. Pella Christian
  9. Red Oak
  10. Forest City

Class 3A

  1. Harlan
  2. Waverly-Shell Rock
  3. Grinnell
  4. Bishop Heelan Catholic
  5. Pella
  6. Clear Lake
  7. LeMars
  8. MOC-Floyd Valley
  9. Dallas Center-Grimes
  10. Davenport Assumption

Class 4A

  1. Sioux City North
  2. Bettendorf
  3. Des Moines Hoover
  4. Iowa City West
  5. Sioux City East
  6. Des Moines Roosevelt
  7. Davenport, Central
  8. Lewis Central
  9. Dubuque Senior
  10. Ankeny Centennial

While I feel I do not need to explain my rankings to anyone, I will, if asked in a calm, respectful manner. Thanks for reading, and if you know of anyone who would be interested in keeping up on prep sports in the state of Iowa, send them right here, to Corn Fed Preps

 

Welcome and Thank you

ImageI do not know what was the final push, but I finally decided to get into the blog-o-sphere. (Is that still a term or am I so late to this that I missed the boat?) 

This is a blog dedicated to what I love and love covering, that is Girls and Boys Prep Sports in the state of Iowa. Here is a little background on myself.

My name is Jeff Moss, I am the sports director at KLMJ/KQCR radio in Hampton, IA and I have been here for 6 years. Our sports department is dedicated to covering prep sports in North Central and Eastern Iowa as we cover 14 area schools. I also have a deep passion for sports in the state of Iowa, not only in my coverage area but all over the great state of Iowa. 

This blog is for you, all the people who love what I love. What you will find here are my thoughts, my stories, my experiences and my passion. If you see something you like, by all means, share it. If you see something you don’t like, well thats ok. Cause as Stuart Smalley once said “Im good enough, Im smart enough, and doggone it, people like me”