By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
On Saturday night in class 2A high school boys basketball substate play, history for one area coverage school was made while another program continued their tradition. Anamosa advanced to the first ever state tournament since boys hoops started at the school in 1905. The 5th-ranked Blue Raiders improved to 20-5 and won the 9th substate contest the program has ever competed in by defeating Iowa City Regina 76-65 in Cedar Rapids. Twenty third-year head coach Kevin Barnes earned his first trip to Des Moines after coaching his first substate game. He knows other groups have been so close to achieving the long overdue accomplishment but the present is the focus now:
Anamosa was led by their three standout senior leaders, Kolin Schulte with 29 points, Tyler Zumbach 20 and Kyle Schepanski had 15. Coach Barnes commends the trio for guiding the team but knows the collection of others completes this talented squad:
As lucky as the group is to be coached by a veteran who teaches more than the game of basketball, Coach Barnes said he is fortunate to get to be around a great group of student-athletes:
Another history mark was the fact that the team reached the 20-win plateau which is a school record for victories surpassing the 1966-67 unit that was 19-2. Coach Barnes couldn’t be happier for a group of quality young men who have worked so hard to reach these heights:
Anamosa drew the 6th seed in the 2A bracket and will face the 3rd seed, Des Moines Christian, in a quarterfinal match-up at 10:30am next Tuesday morning.
The 8th-rated Cascade Cougars came back after being down at halftime inside Dubuque Senior High School Saturday night to defeat their highway 136 rivals, Beckman 54-47. It’s the program’s 8th state trip, all since 1993 and the 4th in the past 6 seasons. Forty-eighth season head coach Al Marshall will end his career in Des Moines as he will retire at their season’s end. The Cougars are looking for their first state title ever with their best finish coming back in 2001 when they placed 3rd. Cascade received the 4th seed in class 2A and will take on 5th-seeded Osage next Monday night at 6:35pm.
Tonight class 3A substate games take to the courts around the state in boys basketball, while 4A games will be held tomorrow night.
The girls state tournament begins today in Des Moines with class 1A and 2A play starting at 10am. At 1:30 this afternoon, 3rd-ranked Springville faces Kingsley-Pierson. Tomorrow night class 4A top-ranked 24-0 Western Dubuque plays 15-8 Mason City at 6:45pm, pregame coverage live from Wells Fargo Arena at 6:30pm on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher.