The announcement of postseason assignments by the Iowa High School Athletic Association last week produced an interesting possible boys basketball game to qualify to state in Class 2A. Mid-Prairie and Pekin scrimmaged for a half during the preseason and if each wins its district, the two could play in a substate final to go to the state tournament. Pekin lost in that game last year but was in Class 1A.
District and substate assignments for Classes 2A and 1A group team for the 2021 basketball postseason, but brackets are determined after coaches meet in February. For bracket purposes, the winners of District 1 and District 2 will play in Substate 1, the winners of District 3 and District 4 will play in Substate 2, and so on.
Postseason competition begins with Class 1A preliminary round games on Friday, February 12, followed by first round games on Monday, February 15 in both classes.
Assignments for Classes 4A and 3A will be available Friday. Eight teams from each class advance to the 2021 state tournament, currently set for March 8-12 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Tickets are $6 for district games and $8 for substate finals.
In Class 1A, Keota cannot escape nemesis Montezuma. The Braves ended Keota’s season in 2018 early in the postseason, then last year one game short of state. The Eagles have not defeated the Braves since Jan. 10, 2017. The Eagles were 17-6 that year, 16-6 the next year, 12-8 in 2018-19 and 20-4 last season. Half of last season’s four losses were to Montezuma, 76-68 at home and 66-48 at Montezuma. The Braves lost in the state semifinals the last two years, both times to the state champion.
District 11 features South Iowa Cedar League schools BGM, Keota, Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma, North Mahaska, Sigourney, Tri-County, along with Melcher-Dallas, and Twin Cedars. The district winner will face District 12 winner, which will come from Lamoni, Moravia, Mormon Trail, Moulton-Udell, Mount Ayr, Murray, Seymour, Southeast Warren, or Wayne.
District 8 has Lisbon and Springville with Super Conference teams Columbus, Danville, Highland, Holy Trinity, New London, Notre Dame, WACO, and Winfield-Mt Union. District 8 will face District 7 to go to state and it has one SEISC North team in Wapello with Calamus-Wheatland, Central City, Easton Valley, Bellevue Marquette Catholic, Midland, Morning Star Academy, North Cedar, and Clinton Prince of Peace.
No. 1-ranked North Linn is in Hillcrest Academy’s District 9, as are Alburnett, Belle Plaine, Cedar Valley Christian, English Valleys, HLV, Iowa Valley, and Lone Tree. That district will face District 10 winner to go to state. Those teams are Baxter, BCLUW, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, GMG, Grundy Center, Meskwaki Settlement, North Tama, Cedar Falls Valley Lutheran.
Class 2A’s District 9 is all River Valley Conference teams with Camanche from the North Division and South Division teams Durant, Mid-Prairie, Iowa City Regina, West Liberty, Wilton.
District 10 is all Southeast Iowa Super Conference teams, three from each division. South teams are Central Lee, Van Buren County, West Burlington and North teams are Louisa-Muscatine, Mediapolis, Pekin.
District 11 in 2A has SEISC South team Cardinal with Albia, Davis County, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Pella Christian and Williamsburg. District 12 teams are Chariton, Colfax-Mingo, Des Moines Christian, Monroe PCM, Pleasantville and Woodward-Granger.