By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The West Delaware Hawks Boys Basketball team won their first District game in exactly 6 years ago last night, Feb. 22nd, 2010, with a 55-47 overtime triumph over Marion at Dubuque Wahlert High School in a Class 3A district 6 semifinal. The Hawks started slow out of the gate and actually trailed by 9 at halftime but patience and perseverance paid off as they would outscore the Indians 38-21 in the second half including the OT session. Junior Kyle Wright led the offense with 15 points, Ryan Trainer had 13, John Nagel 10, Derek Krogmann 9, Marshall McCarty 6 and Tyler Kelley 2. WD improved to 16-6 and advances on to the district 6 final against 3rd-ranked 17-5 Dubuque Wahlert Thursday night in Epworth at 7pm. The Golden Eagles ended Independence’s season last night with a 70-35 victory. The Mustangs closeout at 4-18.
In other 3A play in the listening area:
Benton Community 71, Center Point-Urbana 58
Mount Vernon 52, Vinton-Shellsburg 29
In class 4A, the Western Dubuque Bobcats season ended with a 52-37 to Dubuque Hempstead at Senior High School. The Bobcats final mark is 11-11.
In girls Regional Final action:
The North Linn Lynx were denied their 3rd trip to state in a row by 2nd-ranked Iowa City Regina as the Regals held on to win the class 2A Region 3 Final, 50-47 last night at Cedar Rapids Washington. The Lynx battled back from a 13-point deficit and cut the lead to one before Regina made two free throws to seal it. Senior Morgan Boer led the way with 24 points. The Lynx wrap-up at 20-4 and say goodbye to 4 seniors; Boer, Katie Kurt, Rachel Supple and Jackie Falconer.
The class 1A runner-up from a season ago, Springville, is back in the state tournament with a 41-37 win over Montezuma.
Tonight the class 4A top-ranked Western Dubuque Girls will look to get back to state for the third consecutive time when they host 14th-rated 16-6 Grinnell in Epworth. The Bobcats have only lost two games in 2 years, both in the 4A title game the last two seasons, making their last loss in February of 2014. All the coverage tonight from KMCH Sports with Bill Logan and Dan Cassutt live on KMCH and KMCH.com around 6:50pm.
A bevy of area Boys Basketball will take place tonight. Our featured game from KMCH Sports pits the class 2A 5th-ranked 18-5 Anamosa Blue Raiders against 3rd-rated Northeast in Maquoketa for the 2A District 9 final with live coverage on KMCH.com starting at 6:50pm with Sports Director Jon Swisher and Bret McNamara.
We’ll also have from updates from our other area coverage teams:
At Dubuque Wahlert for the 2A District 8 final, #6 17-5 Monticello will try to avenge a substate loss from a season ago to 8th-ranked 18-3 Cascade, that game begins at 7pm.
In Manchester, the District 7 final has the 15-7 Beckman Blazers facing the 16-6 Bulldogs of MFL-MarMac with a 7pm tip time.
In class 1A, a District 6 semifinal doubleheader will occur in Jesup. The 21-1 North Linn Lynx take on 15-7 Alburnett at 6:30pm. The 8pm contest matches 10-12 Ed-Co with 19-3 Jesup.