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Champions crowned at state

Stands were sparsely filled due to restrictions placed on spectator attendance

Wapsie Valley players plays Bishop Garrigan in their Class 1A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, March 13, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Wapsie Valley players plays Bishop Garrigan in their Class 1A state championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, March 13, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — After limiting the number of fans that could attend the state basketball tournament due to increasing concern of the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Iowa High School Athletic Association completed the tournament and crowned four champions Friday.

Thursday’s games went on as scheduled without spectator restriction.

The IHSAA coordinated with health officials, state and local government, and Iowa Events Center throughout last week’s event, with updated guidance requiring these measures.

Only team members, game officials, essential tournament workers, Iowa Events Center staff, limited credentialed media, and select school spectators were allowed inside the facility. Spectators were asked to leave the facility once their game was complete. Other spectators and previously scheduled award recipients and visitors were not permitted.

“The IHSAA acknowledges these updates are inconvenient and unprecedented. The understanding of member schools and communities is sincerely appreciated.” This statement was on the IHSAA website.

Each of Friday’s participating schools was allowed up to 100 total entrants, free of charge. The 100 total included the official team traveling party. The IHSAA recommended these entrants be immediate family members of a team’s traveling party. Participating schools were required to submit a list of names for those attending.

Ankeny won the Class 4A title over Waukee 78-70 and finished with a 21-5 record while Waukee was 23-3. Ankeny had five players in double figures, led by Jordan Kumm’s 16 points and nine assists. Payton Sandfort had 23 points for Waukee.

In Class 3A, Norwalk (24-3) squeaked out a 70-68 victory over Sargent Bluff-Luton (16-11). Bowen Born had 23 points, four assists and seven rebounds in the win. Jake Layman and Daniel Wright each scored 21 points in the loss and Wright had 15 rebounds.

In 2A, reigning champion North Linn’s 52-game winning streak ended at the hands of Boyden Hull (24-3), 64-51. Austin Miller had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. Andrew Frick and Tanner Te Slaa combined for 43 points and 15 rebounds in the win.

Wapsie Valley (21-7) took the 1A title, 65-63, over Algona Garigan (24-3) as Kiks Rosengarten put up 21 points and took down 16 rebounds. Angelo Winkel had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.