HS BOYS STATE BASKETBALL: North Linn Finishes as Runner-up

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

The North Linn Lynx Boys Basketball team ended an outstanding season last Friday afternoon falling in the Class 1A championship contest 49-46 to Grandview Christian. The loss ended a 29-game win streak dating back to the final day of last season. Nineteenth-year Lynx        co-head coach Mike Hilmer describes the atmosphere and how the game played out:

Junior all-state guard and 1A all-tournament team captain Jake Hilmer comments on how tough the ending was but it is starting to sink in of just how amazing of a run it has been the last two seasons:

Coach Hilmer talks about the mindset his team had entering Friday’s contest:

Coach Hilmer mentions how proud he is of his players:

He also gives them great credit for being more than just great players on the floor:

Coach Hilmer reflects on this group and how far they got from where they started out:

Jake Hilmer talks about the quality group of seniors who were a part of a team that went 76-4 the last three seasons:

The younger Hilmer also comments on Ryan Miller the senior guard who led the team in scoring:

Miller finishes his career as the all-time leader in scoring in North Linn Boys program history as he passed 1994 graduate John Flannagn earlier in the season. Miller winds up with 1,757, 98 more than Hilmer.

The Lynx who appeared in their first title game in program history finished at 28-1, a school and program record and had the most wins by any boys team in Iowa for the 2nd year in a row after last seasons 27 win mark.