By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
Day one of the 2018 High School Boys State Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines started with a Class 1A area coverage quarterfinal yesterday morning. The top-ranked and top-seeded North Linn Lynx beat Ed-Co for the third time this season with a 80-34 final score. The Lynx improved to 27-0 and won their 28th game in a row dating back to the consolation game last year at state. The Vikings fell to 21-5 after a season that contained the most wins and the first state trip and they say goodbye to seniors, Ben Ernst, Calvin Heims, Jacob Wessel and Payton Rochford. The Lynx were led by senior Ryan Miller with 23 points, junior Jake Hilmer had 20, 14 for David Seber, 8 for Adam Waskow. Hilmer talks about how his team was able to execute their game plan but gives great respect to Ed-Co:
Tenth-year Ed-Co head coach Justin Olind gave the Lynx credit simply being better:
Olind is extremely proud of his players:
The Lynx will face Don Bosco in their semifinal on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. The Dons defeated George-Little Rock 60-57.
The final Class 2A contest takes place this morning at 9:30am as the Cascade Cougars will be making their 10th appearance at state all since 1993. 2nd-year head coach Jake Brindle reminds his players often to never take this opportunity for granted:
The Cougars were upset in the first round of state last year by Camanche 58-48, coach Brindle says that outcome has made the entire team more determined and focused for a better result this time around:
The Cougars as the 6th-seed will face the 3rd-seeded Bulldogs of Van Meter:
All the Cascade Basketball coverage from Des Moines starting around 9:15 this morning live on KMCH and KMCH.com with Sports Director Jon Swisher and State Tournament Basketball official Jeff Horst.