Day 4 Recap: Results from Thursday and Preview for Friday with limited fan access

By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:

Yesterday the High School Boys State Basketball Tournament in Des Moines started with Class 1A and 2A consolation contests:

Class 1A-

Montezuma 78, West Fork of Sheffield 72

Class 2A-

Camanche 77, Treynor 66

Then Class 3A and 4A semifinals took place:

Class 3A-

Norwalk 79, Ballard 61

Sergeant Bluff-Luton 55, Clear Creek-Amana 46

Class 4A-

Waukee 68, Ankeny Centennial 62

Ankeny 71, Cedar Falls 57

Today’s schedule will go on but with a change of normal procedure’s:

Class 3A Consolation

10:20 a.m.—#5 Ballard (19-7) vs. #7 Clear Creek-Amana (20-6)

Class 4A Consolation

11:55 a.m.—#1 Ankeny Centennial (24-2) vs. #2 Cedar Falls (22-3)

Class 1A Championship

2:00 p.m.—#2 Bishop Garrigan, Algona (24-2) vs. #8 Wapsie Valley, Fairbank (20-7)

Our final broadcast of the Winter Sports season will take the air around 3:30pm live on KMCH and KMCH.com with the Class 2A Championship, slated for a 3:45 tip-off. The 3rd-seeded 26-0 North Linn Lynx will face the top-seed 23-3 Boyden-Hull Comets in a re-match of last season’s 2A Final when the Lynx won 60-41. Sports Director Jon Swisher and North Linn Girls Head Coach Brian Wheatley will have the call.

Class 3A Championship

6:35 p.m.—#1 Norwalk (23-3) vs. #6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (16-10)

Class 4A Championship

8:35 p.m.—#4 Waukee (23-2) vs. #6 Ankeny (20-5)

Friday’s games will feature spectator restrictions due to increasing concern of the spread and impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The IHSAA has coordinated with health officials, state and local government, and Iowa Events Center throughout this week’s event, with updated guidance requiring these measures.

Only team members, game officials, essential tournament workers, Iowa Events Center staff, limited credentialed media, and select school spectators will be allowed inside the facility. Those spectators will be asked to leave the facility once their game is complete. Each of Friday’s participating schools will be allowed up to 100 total entrants, free of charge.  The 100 total include the official team traveling party.

Other spectators and previously scheduled award recipients and visitors will not be permitted.

The IHSAA acknowledges these updates are inconvenient and unprecedented. The understanding of member schools and communities is sincerely appreciated.

Spectators who purchased tickets in advance of Friday’s games at Wells Fargo Arena will be refunded at the point of purchase.

The IHSAA will continue working with health officials to determine adjustments or preventative measures for the upcoming spring sports seasons. Updates will be provided as they become available.