2017 CIML Baseball Preview – Iowa Division

By: Trent Condon

Last year the CIML’s run of 5 straight state championships was ended as Cedar Rapids Prairie brought home the hardware. As always, it looks to be another outstanding year across the league. Today we look at the Iowa Division with predictions on where each team will finish.

 #1 Johnston (29-10 Last season, Lost to Waukee 4-3 in State Tournament) 

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Injuries derailed pitcher Jack Dreyer a year ago, limiting him to just 3 starts. With a healthy Dreyer, a Iowa baseball commit, the Dragons are one of the favorites to bring home to the 2017 4A title. Sophomore Peyton Williams has already committed to the Hawkeyes as well and put up monster numbers last year as a freshman, hitting .365 with 26 RBI. Also back for the Dragons are Derek Hackman (.344, 1 HR, 26 RBI), Drew Beazley (.296, 26 RBI, 7 SB) and Andrew Nord (.307, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 10 SB). The pitching staff will be deep with Dreyer, Andrew Zimmerman, a South Dakota State commit, Drew Beazley and Nathan Buckallew. Head Coach Michael Barta has another state title contender on his hands.

Image result for jack dreyer johnston Dragon lefty Jack Dreyer

#2 Dowling Catholic (30-11 Last season, lost to Ottumwa in Substate 3-2) 

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Head Coach Mark Roering might have his best team in his tenure at Dowling Catholic. The Maroons welcome back 6 starters including Ben Probst, who recently changed his college commitment from Nebraska to Iowa. Probst struck out 45 batters last year in 44 innings and opponents his .192 against him. The offense will be lead by SS Sam Olson (.331, 17 RBI), RF Peyton Krugler (.342, 1 HR, 31 RBI), C Lyle Fini (.322, 2 HR, 17 RBI), LF Rob McCargar (.292, 2 HR, 21 RBI) and Cole Coffin (.369, 9 RBI, 6 SB). Plenty of arms will be available to Roering along with Probst including Colin Lacey (4-0, 2.54, 44K) Mitch Goff,  Luke Yacinich and Cody Veach. Another title contender from the Iowa division.

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#3 Mason City (25-17 Last season, lost to Cedar Falls 4-2 in Substate)

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A year ago the Mohawks didn’t have a senior on the roster. Plenty of talent returns this season for Troy Rood. Seniors Mac Skogen (.367, 20 RBI, 19 SB), Hunter Dingman (.380, 2 HR, 28 RBI) Carson Parker (.331, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 21 SB), Weston Schultz (.301, 1 HR 27 RBI, 9 SB) and Trey Wiegmann (.291, 1 HR, 33 RBI). Zach Hendrickson (5-4, 3.02, 50 K/27BB) and Kyle Lang (6-2, 1.81, 30 K/14BB) expect to anchor a deep staff. Expect the Mohawks to be a tough out this season and have a chance to make a run to the state tournament.

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#4 Urbandale (29-11 Last season, lost to Des Moines Roosevelt 11-3 in State Tournament)

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One of the top programs year in and year out is the J-Hawks. Jeremy Heinen has done a good job replacing legendary head coach Denny Barton and brings back two-way player Brock Skoog, Nate Stolze, Michael Van Riessen and Carter Troncin. The pitching is expected to be solid once again this season, the question is if the bats will be able to generate enough offense to compete with Johnston and Dowling at the top of the division.

Image result for Brock Skoog baseball From Des Moines Register

#5 Marshalltown (21-20 Last season, lost to Cedar Falls 2-1 in Substate) 

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A young group made some strides last season and have a chance to make a run this year. Juniors Kody Ricken (.354, 4 HR, 25 RBI) and Nate Vance (.325, 15 RBI, 21 SB) along with sophomore Dru Dobbins (.337, 1 HR, 23 RBI) will lead the offense. Vance is also the top returning pitcher for the Bobcats (6-2, 2.12, 37 K/17 BB). The division will be much tougher for Marshalltown this season, but they’ll have talent to compete.

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#6 Fort Dodge (20-23 Last season, Lost to Johnston 8-1 in Substate)

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The Dodgers lose a lot from last season with a solid group of seniors. Sophomore Drake Miller (.333, 19 RBI) and junior Damond Lockner (.282, 1 HR, 19 RBI, 7 SB) are back and look to lead Fort Dodge. The pitching staff has plenty of questions as well. This is not the division to play in when you’re in the midst of a rebuild.



2017 CIML Baseball Preview – Central Division

By: Trent Condon

Last year the CIML’s run of 5 straight state championships was ended as Cedar Rapids Prairie brought home the hardware. As always, it looks to be another outstanding year across the league. Today we look at the Central Division with predictions on where each team will finish.

Jake Gilbert via the Des Moines Register

#1 Ankeny Centennial (22-17 Last season, lost to Ankeny 7-6 in Substate)

A year ago the Jaguars were cruising around at 19-8 and had the look of a team that could make a run to state. The wheels fell off as Centennial lost 9 of 11 down the stretch including getting upset for cross town rival Ankeny in Substate. A big group of juniors saw action last year for the Jags and look to make a move up the standings. 17 seniors and 13 letterwinners are part of this group including catcher Brenden Kuehl (.301, 22 RBI), 1B Jake Gilbert (.301, 4 HR, 20 RBI) SS Jacob Wilson (.278, 5 SB) and outfielders Alex Kopriva (.246, 2 HR, 14 RBI), Dawson DeAngelo (.218, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 9 SB) and Jordan Wilson (.263, 14 RBI, 4 SB). The staff is also experienced with Cam Cowan, Ethan Chips, Reed Pegram, AJ Pierce, Michael Van der Heyden and Gilbert. With the experience and top end pitching, the Jaguars are my pick to take home the division crown.

Valley senior Will Rodruck

#2 West Des Moines Valley (25-11 Last season, lost to Council Bluffs Lewis Central in Substate 8-7)

It looks to be a new look Tigers this year as Valley will look to replace 5 starters and their top 3 pitchers. Head Coach Ryan Cooley also is working on some new philosophies in hitting and pitching. The Tigers will welcome back junior Jevon Mason (.374, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 11 SB) who will patrol center field and is joined by returning senior starters 1B Cole Pederson (.338, 16 RBI), OF Will Rodruck (.348, 3 HR, 21 RBI) and catcher Jacob Morris (.375, 11 RBI). Sam Rogers and Rodruck saw plenty of action on the mound last season and will anchor the staff for 2017.  It looks to be another good year for Valley baseball.

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#3 Waukee (31-12 Last season, lost to Cedar Rapids Prairie 4-3 in State semifinals)

Dave Dirkx’s Warriors put together another great season a year ago, knocking off Johnston in the state tournament before falling to the eventual state champion, Cedar Rapids Prairie in the semis. Waukee welcomes back Fischer Henderson (.313, 1 HR, 27 RBI), AJ Shaw (.327, 17 RBI) & Calvin Smith (.260, 1 HR) and look to have a strong rotation lead by Shaw and lefties Smith and Ross Hingst. If the Warriors can find some offense, this has the look of a team that will be a tough out again in 2017.

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#4 Southeast Polk (33-9 Last season, lost in Substate Finals to Des Moines Roosevelt 10-1)

After winning back to back state championships in 2014 & 2015, it looked as though Southeast Polk was primed to make another run last year, but were upset at home by Des Moines Roosevelt in the Substate Finals. It will be a new look squad for the Rams in 2017 as they lose 17 seniors that were a big part of the success over the past 3 years. First basemen Cole Hassman returns for his senior season after hitting .338 last year with 3 home runs and 40 RBI. Chase Wheeldon also returns as a starter behind the plate. Aaron Lang had a good year as a sophomore (5-1, 2.66 ERA, 29/12 K/BB) and looks to build as an upperclassman along with another junior, Joe Bagley (4-0, 0.88 ERA, 17/7 K/BB). Look for this squad to look better in July than they will in late May.

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#5 Ankeny (14-24 Last season, lost to Des Moines Roosevelt 2-1 in Substate Semifinals)

The Hawks made their season last year after they upended their Ankeny brethren, Centennial, to kick off Substate play before losing a tough 2-1 decision to state qualifier Roosevelt. The Hawks will face a tough division and welcome back juniors Drew Hill (.242, 17 RBI, 8 SB) and Jayden Maifeld (.275, 8 RBI). Ankeny is going to have to see improvements from the rotation in order to move up the pecking order. Nick Hayden, Matt Wiedmier and Jayden Maifeld will look to get first crack at starting games for head coach Joe Balvanz.

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#6 Ames (8-23 Last season, lost to Johnston 10-0 in Substate)

Head Coach Eric Bappe has a rebuild on his hands up in Ames. The Little Cyclones return a solid core of hitters in seniors Eric Steyer (.355, 7 RBI), Ethan Hahn (.358, 10 RBI) & junior Tynan Shahidi (.265, 13 RBI). Pitching looks to be the biggest concern again for the Little Cyclones and the shift in divisions will prove to be difficult this year.

Image result for google play apple storeCatch High School baseball all season long on the “Marty & Miller” sports network. Trent Condon will provide play by play for the Central Iowa Game of the Week. You can listen to the games at martyandmiller.com or by downloading the “Marty & Miller” app through Google Play or the Apple Store.

Relive Valley’s 57-55 win over DM North at Boy’s State Basketball

In an all time epic at Wells Fargo Arena, West Des Moines Valley beats Des Moines North 57-55. Valley is the reigning champions in Class 4A, while the Polar Bears were making their 1st appearance in 26 years at the State Tournament.

Crowley  (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Valley center Charley Crowley had his 4th dunk in the game with 3 seconds left to give Valley the victory. Crowley had 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Tigers while Quinton Curry had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore sensation Tyreke Locure poured in 18 points, 7 rebounds and had 3 assists for the Polar Bears from North.

Game Boxscore:

Des Moines, North 12 16 15 12 55
Valley, West Des Moines 10 19 14 14 57

Des Moines North (18-6)

# Athlete Pts FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA Off
Asst Stl Blk Fouls
3 Locure, Tyreke SO 18 7 17 1 5 3 3 2 5 7 3 1 0 4
4 Myles, Dariq SR 10 4 6 2 3 0 2 3 4 7 3 1 0 3
12 Deng, James SR 6 2 6 0 1 2 4 3 4 7 1 2 0 3
13 Bijiek, Gatdoar SO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 McCaleb, Jaihon JR 6 2 4 2 4 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0
21 Malual, Lino SO 7 2 6 1 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 1 0 3
22 Bijiek, Jal SR 8 2 9 1 5 3 6 3 4 7 0 1 1 5
44 Cavan, Cedrick SR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 0 3 3
Totals 55 19 48 7 20 10 17 14 22 36 11 6 1 18


West Des Moines Valley (20-4)

# Athlete Pts FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA Off
Asst Stl Blk Fouls
2 Hinkle, Austin SR 2 1 8 0 4 0 0 2 2 4 6 2 1 3
12 Skinner, Reese SR 5 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 2 4 1 1 0 0
14 Sueppel, Luke JR 5 1 1 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
20 Samples, Noah JR 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 2
24 Dennis, Nate SR 5 2 7 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 0 4
32 Crowley, Charley SR 20 7 12 0 0 6 10 3 4 7 0 0 2 3
40 Brinkmeyer, Blake JR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
42 Brown, Mike JR 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 2 3 0 1 0 0
44 Curry, Quinton SR 17 8 13 0 0 1 3 5 8 13 1 1 2 1
50 Frey, Carter JR 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Team 1 2 3
Totals 57 22 50 3 12 10 18 15 23 38 13 8 5 14

You can listen to the game here:


4A Boys State Basketball Tournament Preview

The Iowa High School Boy’s State Basketball Tournament is upon us. Some upsets filled the headlines in the 4A field early on along with some tight games in the Substate Championship round. But one constant remains; Iowa City West is the favorite to take home the 2017 title. The Trojans dropped only one game to a team from the state of Iowa when Cedar Rapids Prairie hit 15 3s to win 80-71 back before Christmas. Upstart Newton will get the first shot at Iowa City West to kick off the 4A quarterfinals.

Wednesday, March 8th – 1:05 pm

#1 Iowa City West (20-3) vs. #8 Newton (19-5)

The Trojans from Iowa City West is heavily favored to take home the title. Senior guard Connor McCaffery leads the way, averaging 19.4 points per game along with leading the team in 3 pointers made, free throws made and is second on the team in steals and assists. Devontae Lane is the do-everything bulldog that can beat anybody off the bounce while hitting 38% of his 3s. And sophomore Patrick McCaffery has seen a jump in production in his 2nd season with the varsity squad, putting up 14.3 points per game on 60% shooting from the field.


Newton makes their way to the state tournament in one of the surprising stories of the year. Playing in the Little Hawkeye Conference, they saw mostly 3A schools throughout the season and many believed that the step in to 4A for Substate would lead to their undoing. Instead, the Cardinals beat Urbandale, Dowling Catholic and Johnston to make the state tournament, including winning the final 2 games on the road. Newton will bomb it from the outside and lead the 4A field with 194 made 3s while shooting 38% from downtown. Connor Gholson (20.4 PPG, 76 3s, 39%), Garrett Sturtz (19.8 PPG, 27 3s, 37.5%) & Trey Vanderlaan (10.3 PPG, 65 3s, 42.5%)lead the bomb squad for the Cards.

The Pick:

West Trojans 79 Newton Cardinals 62

Wednesday, March 8th – 2:45 pm

#4 Dubuque Hempstead (18-5) vs. #5 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (18-5) 

This game features two of the better defensive teams in the 4A field. Cedar Rapids Kennedy comes in winners of their last 8 ball games. The Cougars have a balanced scoring attack with 5 players averaing between 14 & 6.9 points per game with Drake Brewster, Derrick Diggins, Jackson Foley, Malik Haynes and Matt Berst. They can all step down and knock down 3s as well, as all 5 of those players have made at least 13 3s.

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Dubuque Hempstead is a balanced team as well. Lead by the Duax’s, Connor (13.3 PPG) & Lucas (13 PPG), Hempstead has a lot of length of the oustide and can make it tough defensively. As you’d expect in a 4/5 game, this appears to be a complete toss us.

The Pick:

Kennedy Cougars 59 Hempstead Mustangs 55

Wednesday, March 9th 6:35 pm

#3 Bettendorf (18-5) vs. #6 Sioux City East (21-2) 

Bettendorf takes balanced scoring to a new level with 7 players averaging over 6 points per game. The Bulldogs are big and physical and will look to make the game into a grind fest. Sioux City East may feel that they were under-seeded, bringing a 21-2 record to Wells Fargo Arena. The Western Iowa participant is lead in scoring by Van Rees (20.7 PPG) along with sophomore Aidan Vanderloo (17.3 PPG, 43 3s) & Jailen Billings (13.3 PPG, 38 3s).

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The Pick:

East Black Raiders 62 Bettendorf Bulldogs 55

Wednesday, March 9th 8:15 pm

#2 West Des Moines Valley (19-4) vs. #7 Des Moines North (18-5) 

The Polar Bears from Des Moines North are making their 1st appearance in 25 years at State after Chad Ryan has built this program back up. North is the highest scoring team in the 4A field, putting up 75 points per game as they have won 12 consecutive games. It is a dynamic two man game that leads the offense for North with sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure (25.9 PPG, 45 3s, 7.1 assists per game) and big 6’7 Jal Bijiek (15.5 PPG, 22 3s, 7.5 RPG).

The reigning champions in Class 4A are the Valley Tigers. They played much of the season with senior big man Quinton Curry, who tore his ACL during the summer. Curray has come back to average 9.8 points per game on 60% shooting, but has struggled with turnovers as he works to knock the rust off. Valley has a deep rotation with Austin Hinkle (10.7 PPG), 6’8 Charley Crowley (9.6 PPG) and shooters Reese Skinner, Nate Dennis & Carter Frey.

These 2 teams faced off back in January, with North winning 85-78. Expect Valley to work to control tempo and try to slow things down against the quick Polar Bears. Whoever gets the game at their pace will more than likely punch their ticket to the semifinals.

The Pick:

North Polar Bears 72 Valley Tigers 69


Boy’s Basketball 4A Substate Preview

The Substate finals are set in Class 4A after a wild Friday night where #2 Waukee was upset by Ankeny, Johnston scored 5 points in the final 4 seconds to upend Ames and Newton went on the road to upset Dowling Catholic. The winners of these games will advance to the 2017 State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. All games start at 7:00 Tuesday night unless noted.

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Substate #1

Sioux City East (20-2) vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (18-3) @ Tyson Event Center, Sioux City

Sioux City East took the season series, beating CBAL 65-60 on January 10th in Council Bluffs and at home 61-51 at home. 6’6 junior Rees Van leads the way for East, averaging 21 points per game while the guard court is lead by 3 players averaging double digit scoring per game. Aidan Vanderloo (16.9 PPG), Jailen Billings (12.9 PPG) & Trae Robinson (10.7 PPG). Troy Houghton (12.8 PPG) and Blake Elam (12.5 PPG, 49 3s) lead the attack for the Lynx.

The Pick: Sioux City East 66 Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln 59

Substate #2

Des Moines North (17-5) vs. Ankeny (11-12) @ Dallas Center-Grimes

Ankeny pulled the shocker of the tournament to this point, beating Waukee Friday night 75-64. The Hawks have an elite scorer in Drew Maschoff (20.6 PPG, 46 3s) to go along with sophomore sharp shooter Dillon Carlson. Des Moines North continues to roll after beating Des Moines East 99-69 in the semifinals. North has won 11 straight games, lead to sophomore point guard Tyreke Locure. Locure is averaging 26.2 points per game along with 6.8 assists per contest. Big man Jal Bijiek (15.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG) is an athletic dynamo that can get to the rim at any moment and has developed a nice outside shot.

The Pick: Des Moines North 77 Ankeny 63

Substate #3

Cedar Rapids Kennedy (17-5) vs. Cedar Falls (16-7) @ US Cellular Center 8:00 pm

AJ Green looks to lead Cedar Falls back to the state tournament after a big run a year ago. Green is averaging 22.2 points per game while hitting 72 3s (44.7%) and 92.8% from the free throw line. He’s joined by Isaiah Johnson (11 PPG) & Ben Gerdes (10.9 PPG). Kennedy counters with Drake Brewster, a 6’6 senior (13.9 PPG) & Derick Diggins (13 PPG). Cedar Falls won the match up earlier this year between these 2 teams, 61-53 in CF back in January.

The Pick: Cedar Falls 70 Kennedy 64

Substate #4

Dubuque Senior (19-3) vs. Dubuque Hempstead  (17-5) @ Epworth, Western Dubuque

Senior won both games between these 2 teams by double digits. The Rams are efficient offensively and all of the regulars have shown the ability to hit the 3. 6’5 sophomore Noah Carter leads with 18.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds a game and is hitting 48.5% from downtown. Carter Stevens (14.5 PPG) & Louis Psihoyos (12.9 PPG) can also fill it up for Senior. Hempstead will look to pull the upset with the Daux boys, Connor (13.5 PPG) & Lucas (13.4 PPG).

The Pick: Senior 59 Hempstead 55

Substate #5

Iowa City West (19-3) vs. Muscatine (15-6) @ US Cellular Center 6:30 pm

It will be a battle of future Hawkeyes in the early game at US Cellular Tuesday night. Connor & Patrick McCaffery for Iowa City West against Muscatines’ Joe Wieskamp. Connor McCaffery leads the Trojans in points (19.8 PPG) and rebounds (102) and is 2nd in assists (81) and steals (40). Wieskamp leads the state in scoring, pumping in 30.5 poits per game on 56.5% shooting, including 41.9% from 3. Wieskamp also leads the Muskies in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He’ll have to have another dynamite game to give Muscatine the shot at the upset.

The Pick: Iowa City West 82 Muscatine 59

Substate #6

Bettendorf (17-5) vs. North Scott (16-6) at Davenport West

These 2 teams split in the regular season with both teams winning at home. North Scott is lead by Air Force commit Bailey Basala. The 6’3 senior averages 18 points per game along with hitting 61 3s. Bettendorf has depth and has 7 players that average over 6 points per game. They can hurt you in a number of ways.

The Pick: North Scott 64 Bettendorf 61

Substate #7

Newton (18-5) vs. Johnston (18-5) @ Des Moines Roosevelt

It’s the 4th seeded Cardinals from Newton against #3 seed Johnston. Both teams went on the road to pick up upset wins Friday Night. Both teams like to shoot the 3 ball, with Newton ranking 2nd in 4A with 192 made triples, while Johnston has connected on 160, good for 7th in 4A. Johnston is balanced with Camden Vander Zwaag (11.1 PPG), Jaden Kephart (10.4 PPG), Grant Kramer (10.1 PPG), Dawson Jones (9.5 PPG) & Jeran Proctor (7.7 PPG). Newton has 2 players averaging over 20 points per game with Connor Gholson & Garrett Sturtz.

The Pick: Johnston 62 Newton 56

Substate #8

West Des Moines Valley (18-4) vs. Des Moines Hoover (17-5) @ Ankeny Centennial

The reigning champions in Class 4A, Valley, looks to get back to state in one of the best match ups as they face Courtney Henderson’s Hoover squad. Both teams play a physical brand of basketball. This one may be first to 30 wins the game. Valley welcomed back all state center Quinton Curry towards the end of the season after an ACL tear that he sustained in June. Curry is averaging 10.9 points per game on 69% shooting since his return. 6’8 Senior Charley Crowley along with 6’7 Blake Brinkmeyer off the bench gives Valley a ton of weapons inside to go along with shooters Austin Hinkle, Reese Skinner, Nate Dennis and Carter Frey. Hoover looks first to get it inside Douglas Wilson. Many consider Wilson the best rebounder in the state, but will have to work against a host of Valley big men. Hoover won game 1 way back in the 2nd game of the season. Both teams look much different today than they did then.

The Pick: Hoover 38 Valley 33

State Tournament Coverage on the Marty & Miller Radio Network

The Marty & Miller Radio Network will be bringing comprehensive coverage to the Iowa High School State Tournaments for wrestling, girl’s basketball and boy’s basketball to the airwaves and digitally on MartyandMiller.com.

1490 “The Jock” KXLQ along with 100.9 FM “The Cub” will be providing play by play coverage from the state tournaments starting with the state wrestling tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday, February 16th. Updates will also be provided during the “Marty & Miller” radio and television program on 1700 KBGG, 1490 “The Jock”, 100.9 “The Cub” and televised on Mediacom22.

Marty Tirrell, Trent Condon, John McDermott will provide play by play across the tournaments and basketball color commentary will come from former Iowa Hawkeye, Wade Lookingbill. You can also access the coverage online at 1490thejock.com, 1009thecub.com, martyandmiller.com along with the Marty & Miller app.

State Tournament coverage on the Marty and Miller Radio Network is presented by Grinnell Mutual Insurance along with Shottenkirk Chevrolet in Waukee and the new Shottenkirk Ford of Indianola.


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TC’s Top 10 – Iowa Boy’s Basketball Rankings 2/8/17


  1. Iowa City West (15-1)
  2. Waukee (16-3)
  3. Dubuque Senior (14-3)
  4. West Des Moines Valley (14-4)
  5. Des Moines Hoover (14-4)
  6. Bettendorf (14-4)
  7. Sioux City East (16-2)
  8. Dowling Catholic (14-4)
  9. Johnston (13-5)
  10. Des Moines North (13-5)



  1. Waverly Shell Rock (17-1)
  2. Mount Pleasant (17-2)
  3. Pella (17-2)
  4. West Delaware (17-0)
  5. Spirit Lake (16-3)
  6. Mount Vernon (13-4)
  7. Davenport Assumption (10-8)
  8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (10-7)
  9. Storm Lake (12-5)
  10. Sioux City Heelan (11-5)



  1. Western Christian (17-2)
  2. Carroll Kuemper (18-2)
  3. Pella Christian (15-4)
  4.  Osage (19-1)
  5. Cascade Western Dubuque (19-2)
  6. Camanche (19-2)
  7. Van Meter (19-1)
  8. NE Goose Lake (17-4)
  9. Garner Hayfield-Ventura (19-1)
  10. Des Moines Christian (17-4)




  1. North Linn (20-0)
  2. Grand View Christian (20-1)
  3. Remsen St. Mary (19-0)
  4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (19-2)
  5. Siouxland Christian (17-3)
  6. Lynnville Sully (19-1)
  7. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (20-0)
  8. West Fork (16-5)
  9. Don Bosco, Gilbertville (20-1)
  10. New London (16-3)

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TC’s Top 10 – Iowa Boy’s Basketball Rankings 1/25/17


  1. Iowa City West (11-1)
  2. Dubuque Senior (11-2)
  3. Waukee (12-3)
  4. West Des Moines Valley (11-4)
  5. Sioux City East (12-1)
  6. Bettendorf (11-3)
  7. Dowling Catholic (11-3)
  8. Cedar Falls (9-4)
  9.  Cedar Rapids Kennedy (9-3)
  10. Johnston (10-4)

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  1. Waverly Shell Rock (14-0)
  2. Pella (14-1)
  3. Mount Pleasant (13-2)
  4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (8-5)
  5. Davenport Assumption (8-6)
  6. Mount Vernon (10-3)
  7. West Delaware (13-0)
  8. Dallas Center-Grimes (10-4)
  9. Storm Lake (10-3)
  10. Oskaloosa (8-5)

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  1. Western Christian (12-1)
  2. Carroll Kuemper (11-1)
  3. Cascade Western Dubuque (14-1)
  4.  Pella Christian (12-3)
  5. Osage (14-0)
  6. Camanche (14-2)
  7. Van Meter (15-0)
  8. Des Moines Christian (14-2)
  9. NE Goose Lake (13-2)
  10. Garner Hayfield-Ventura (14-1)

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  1. North Linn (15-0)
  2. Grand View Christian (13-1)
  3. Remsen St. Mary (12-0)
  4. New London (14-1)
  5. Siouxland Christian (13-2)
  6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (11-2)
  7. Lynnville Sully (15-1)
  8. Murray (14-0)
  9. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (16-0)
  10. Britt, West Hancock (12-2)

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Photo courtesy of Sarah Urich (IAWrestle)

Media Changes at Iowa High School State Tournaments

Photo courtesy of Sarah Urich (IAWrestle)


With the state wrestling tournament just weeks away, changes to the media structure for the Iowa High School Boys State Tournaments has come to light. At the forefront of these changes is the media rights holder for the state tournaments for football, boy’s basketball, wrestling, track and baseball, The Iowa High School Sports Network.

To start, the IHSSN, not the Boy’s Association will be the one handling credentialing for media members at these events. That’s a concern when a media entity is controlling media access. But a larger growing concern from small town newspapers across the state is that print media will have to shoot pictures from behind barriers. Concerns about unobstructed views and limited room from these journalists has been mentioned.

The print media is also being moved into a press holding pen while their wrestlers aren’t competing. In the hallways below Wells Fargo Arena, they can watch the other action on television, not live from mat side as in past years.

These concerns may seem trivial to some. But for the small towns across Iowa, the local newspaper is their lifeline to finding out about how the wrestlers are doing and the pictures that are captured mat side bring some amazing moments. I still remember seeing a picture of Osage’s Mark Schwab in the Mitchell County Press News after winning his 4th state championship for only the 6th time in state history back in 1985. It’s disappointing that the journalists that cover these athletes will have to compete for space to capture these moments.

For the football, basketball, track and baseball state tournaments, this doesn’t appear to be a very big issue. The biggest issue will be with the wrestling tournament. If the barriers aren’t too restricting and the areas are large enough, this may very well turn out to be much ado about nothing. But their is one large issue at play for many across the state of Iowa; the IHSSN having their events on Comcast Chicago exclusively.

For those with DirecTV and Dish Network, this is not an issue. If they are part of your basic package, you’re good to go. If they aren’t, you can still purchase the sports pack for these satellite providers and you will find the state tournaments. But for those that have Mediacom and many other cable providers across the state, you’re out of luck unless Comcast Chicago is part of your package. To many in Central and Western Iowa, that means that you cannot watch these boys state tournaments.

In the end, the IHSSN has done many great things for the student athletes is providing more coverage across the state tournaments. This year, you can stream the 1st round and quarterfinal matches online, something that has never been available before. For the nominal fee of $9.95, you will be able to see all of these matches along with the Dual State Tournament. Football Semifinal games at the UNI-Dome, early match ups in basketball and baseball and track coverage that has never been available before are now available. For many that can’t make the trek to Des Moines early in the week, this is a godsend. I’m hopeful that the print journalists will be able to continue to do their jobs without major obstacles. And down the line it would be great to see statewide coverage for these tournaments for those that don’t have Comcast Chicago. We’ll see if this is just us media types blowing things out of proportion; it has happened before! In 4 weeks, we’ll all find out.

A few links with more thoughts on the topic for your reading pleasure:


TC’s Top 10 – Iowa HS Basketball Rankings 1/16


  1. Iowa City West (8-1)
  2. Dubuque Senior (9-1)
  3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (9-1)
  4. Waukee (9-2)
  5. Sioux City East (10-0)
  6. West Des Moines Valley (9-3)
  7. Cedar Falls (7-3)
  8. Dowling Catholic (8-3)
  9. Bettendorf (9-2)
  10. Johnston (8-3)

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  1. Waverly Shell Rock (12-0)
  2. Pella (10-1)
  3. Mount Pleasant (10-1)
  4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (8-4)
  5. Davenport Assumption (7-4)
  6. Mount Vernon (8-2)
  7. Charles City (9-1)
  8. Spirit Lake (9-2)
  9. Oskaloosa (7-4)
  10. Dallas Center-Grimes (9-2)

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  1. Pella Christian (10-1)
  2. Western Christian (10-1)
  3. Cascade Western Dubuque (11-0)
  4. Camanche (12-1)
  5. Carroll Kuemper (9-1)
  6. Osage (12-0)
  7. Sheldon (11-1)
  8. Van Meter (11-0)
  9. NE Goose Lake (10-1)
  10. Des Moines Christian (10-2)

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  1. North Linn (11-0)
  2. New London (11-0)
  3. Grand View Christian (11-1)
  4. Remsen St. Mary (10-0)
  5. Siouxland Christian (10-2)
  6. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (8-1)
  7. West Fork (9-2)
  8. Lynnville Sully (12-1)
  9. Murray (12-0)
  10. Ar-We-Va (Westside) (13-0)

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