Washington Evening Journal
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MAQUOKETA - New London boys basketball fans that were hoping for a short trip to the Class 1A Substate final on Saturday didn't get their wish, but at least there will be plenty of daylight for the drive up.
New London High School announced the previously scheduled regional final site of Maquoketa High School will stick, despite a lengthy trip for traveling Tiger fans.
The game, however, will not be a typical 7 p.m. start. New London and Easton Valley will be the early birds, tipping off at 4:30 p.m. The school also will be hosting a 7:30 p.m. Class 2A substate final between Beckman Catholic and West Branch, which is why the Class 1A game will be in the early evening.
The trip is a little over a two-hour drive for New London residents, quite the jaunt compared to the 20-minute trip from Easton Valley High School. The school says the Iowa High School Athletic Association has been having trouble finding schools willing to host a neutral site game, and that Maquoketa was one of the closer schools available.
Ticket information for the game will be available soon.