Let the scouting begin.
All right, it’s true that many of western Iowa’s Class 1-A and 2-A boys basketball coaches have had a rough idea of who will be in their districts and substates, and no doubt have been preparing accordingly. But official confirmation came Monday afternoon, when the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the district and substate assignments for the smaller two of Iowa’s four classes.
The actual pairings in those classes will be released the week of Jan. 28. Class 3-A and 4-A postseason assignments will be announced next Monday. The pairings will be unveiled the week of Feb. 4.
In conjunction with some discussion of the small-school assignments, The World-Herald has published its initial western Iowa boys basketball ratings of 2013. Sioux City North, riding high after a 70-68 triple-overtime win over Western Christian on Thursday at the CNOS Foundation Classic, takes over the top spot in the Class 4-A/3-A ratings, just ahead of fellow unbeaten Sioux City East.
In the Class 2-A/1-A ratings, unbeaten Nodaway Valley retains the No. 1 spot ahead of second-rated IKM-Manning, which also has yet to suffer a loss. All of the ratings reflect play through Sunday.
Back to the district assignments. Let’s start in Substate 8 of Class 2-A, which includes six teams in the latest rankings: IKM-Manning, No. 3 Carroll Kuemper, No. 5 Treynor, No. 6 Council Bluffs St. Albert, No. 7 Tri-Center and No. 8 Red Oak.
Each district will have six teams, meaning the top two seeds will each receive first-round byes. The top two seeds are determined by win-loss records in games five through 15.
In District 15, Treynor has the inside track to the top seed, while it appears Council Bluffs St. Albert, Red Oak and Clarinda will battle for the second seed.
In District 16, IKM-Manning is the heavy favorite to earn the top seed, with Carroll Kuemper, Tri-Center, OA-BCIG and Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto all capable of grabbing the other first-round bye.
Class 2-A has been made considerably stronger in western Iowa this season, as Treynor, St. Albert and Nodaway Valley all made the jump from 1-A.
Nodaway Valley has been sent to District 14 of Substate 7, meaning it won’t bump into any of the aforementioned teams before Des Moines. The Wolverines will be favored to earn a first-round bye and win their district. In the substate final, it’s likely Nodaway Valley will face one of three teams: Des Moines Christian (9-1), North Polk (7-4) or Roland-Story (6-3).
In Class 1-A, all eyes in western Iowa will be on Oakland, where western Iowa No. 4 Riverside is located. It’s the 20th school year since Carson-Macedonia and Oakland combined to form Riverside, and the Bulldogs have never reached the boys state basketball tournament.
Among the 20 teams in Substate 7, Riverside (seventh) is the lone school to have a power rating in the top 46 of Class 1-A in Brent Moore’s latest compilation. The Bulldogs have been bracketed in District 14. WI No. 10 Sidney, located in District 13, is next among the 20 teams in the substate with a power rating of 47th.
Six schools in The World-Herald’s western Iowa coverage area were sent to Substate 8 in 1-A. WI No. 9 West Monona has the best power rating among the six at No. 38. Three of the top 11 teams in the 1-A power ratings are located in Substate 8: Lawton-Bronson (second), Storm Lake St. Mary’s (third) and Newell-Fonda (11th).
Here are the district assignments in substates that have western Iowa schools:
District 13: CMB, Colfax-Mingo, Des Moines Christian, North Polk, Roland-Story, Van Meter.
District 14: Central Decatur, Clarke, Interstate 35, Nodaway Valley, Panorama, West Central Valley.
District 15: Clarinda, Clarinda Academy, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Treynor.
District 16: Carroll Kuemper, IKM-Manning, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, Missouri Valley, OA-BCIG, Tri-Center.
District 11: Adair-Casey, Ankeny Christian, Coon Rapids-Bayard, DM Grandview Park Baptist, Earlham, Guthrie Center, Iowa Christian, Madrid, Woodward Academy, Woodward-Granger.
District 12: Corning, Diagonal, East Union, Lamoni, Lenox, Martensdale-St. Marys, Mormon Trail, Mount Ayr, Murray, Orient-Macksburg.
District 13: Council Bluffs Heartland Christian, Bedford, East Mills, Essex, Fremont-Mills, Nishnabotna, Sidney, South Page, Stanton, Villisca.
District 14: A-H-S-T, Audubon, CAM, Exira-EHK, Griswold, Logan-Magnolia, Riverside, Underwood, West Harrison, Woodbine.
District 15: Ar-We-Va, Boyer Valley, Charter Oak-Ute, Lawton-Bronson, River Valley, Siouxland Christian, West Monona, Westwood, Whiting, Woodbury Central.
District 16: Alta-Aurelia, Glidden-Ralston, Laurens-Marathon, Newell-Fonda, Paton-Churdan, Pocahontas Area, Prairie Valley, Southeast Webster-Grand, Storm Lake St. Mary’s, West Bend-Mallard.
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