It’s a common mistake within the Ar-We-Va girls basketball community. Many people make the error, including the coach, when it comes to properly identifying Ar-We-Va freshman Emilee Danner.

A year ago, the Ar-We-Va boys started 23-0 before dropping a 15-point district final to Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto, which went on to finish as the Class 1-A state runner-up. Despite graduating a pair of talented seniors in Austin Stoelk and Brandon Hagge, Ar-We-Va is back among the unbeatens more than a third of the way through its regular season.

According to Brent Moore’s respected computer rankings, Council Bluffs St. Albert played the toughest schedule among Iowa’s 155 Class 1-A boys basketball programs. The Falcons faced several top-notch 3-A and 4-A programs, which gives even more weight to coach Dale Scott’s postgame comment regarding Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto.