By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
In boys basketball last night, class 2A district finals and 1A semifinals took place around the state.
The district 7 final in Manchester saw 4th-ranked Monticello roll over Beckman, 51-25. The Panthers jumped on the scoreboard early and often with 22 first half points, led by junior guard Derek Manternach who had 11 of them and ended with a game high 23 points. The defense for Monticello was just as strong limiting the Blazers to only 8 points before halftime and all of those came in the first quarter, garnering a 14 point halftime lead. The Blazers could never get any closer and were outscored 29-17 in the second half. The Panthers improved their mark to 21-2 which ties the best record and most wins in program history tying the 2011-2012 team. They also claim a district title and advance to a sub state game for the first time since 1960 in school program history. The contest will feature the battle of highway 151 schools as Cascade is the opponent Saturday night at 7pm at Dubuque Senior High School. The Cougars got past Northeast 54-48 in overtime. Panther 16th-year head coach Tim Lambert talks about his teams’ outstanding effort and accomplishments as they get ready for Cascade for the third time:
Starmont lost a heartbreaker, 49-48 to West Central. The second game in Elkader was just as exciting with North Linn coming back to nip Postville 50-48 at the buzzer on a baseline floater by Freshmen Ryan Miller. The Lynx now move on to the district 6 final back in Elkader against West Central.
In girls play, class 4A and 5A regional finals were held.
In 4A, at DeWitt-
The 2nd-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcats improved to 23-0, a school program all-time best record, with a 50-41 over # 10 North Scott. The Bobcats advance to their second state tournament in a row after being the 4A runner-up last season, it’ll be the fourth overall state trip for girls’ hoops. Western Dubuque will take on 19-4 Indianola next Wednesday morning in quarterfinal play at 11:45am.