By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The top-ranked Western Dubuque Bobcats clinched their 3rd trip to state in a row and 5th in school program history with a 55-51 home win last night over 14th-rated Grinnell in Epworth. Eighth-year head coach Amy Ostwinkle knew her team had to be prepared for a very solid Tiger squad who gave the Bobcats tough game:
Coach Ostwinkle credited Junior guard Morgan Pitz and senior Megan Maahs with leading the all night. Pitz was playing just three nights after tweaking her leg that has had an ACL in since early in the season:
The Bobcats improved to 24-0 and will open up State Tourney play for the first time as the #1 seed next Tuesday night at 6:45pm against 15-8 Mason City.
Also last night class 1A district semifinals and 2A districts took place on the boys side.
In class 1A district 6 in Jesup:
North Linn had their outstanding season ended by Alburnett as the Pirates jumped out in front and never got behind thanks to good man to man defense clutch three-point and free throw shooting combing for a 56-42 victory. The Pirates improve to 16-7, the Lynx closed out their season at 21-2. Alburnett moves on to the district final against Jesup Thursday night in Oelwein. The J-Hawks ended Ed-Co’s season with a 83-39 final as the Vikings closed at 10-13.
In the district 8 final, the No. 8 Cascade Cougars won their 6th district championship by taking down #6 Monticello, 62-57 at Dubuque Wahlert. The Panthers finish with a 17-6 mark and say goodbye to 8 seniors.
The district 7 final saw Beckman roll with no issues over MFL-MarMac 85-54.
That sets up a Substate Final between the two highway 136 rivals at Dubuque Senior on Saturday night.
5th-ranked Anamosa got one of the biggest wins their program’s history with a 70-50 defeat of Northeast in Maquoketa for the district 9 title. The Blue Raiders jumped out early and held on paced offensively by senior Tyler Zumbach who had 19 points, senior Kyle Schepanski 15 and a milestone contest for senior Kolin Schulte who had 11. Schulte became the third leading scorer in program history reaching the 1,000 mark plateau with his 6th point in the 2nd quarter. He joins Dan Neunaber, a 1974 graduate and 2008 grad Colten Kelly. The Blue Raiders advanced to a Substate Final for the first time since 1992 and 8th in program history still searching for the first ever state tournament appearance. Anamosa takes on the district 10 champ Iowa City Regina who toppled Wilton 65-43. That game will be held at North Scott on Saturday night.