Iowa high school boys' basketball rankings: A new No. 1 in Class 3A

Sioux City Heelan assumes top spot in Gazette poll, edging past C.R. Xavier

Linn-Mar's Jacob Robertson (4) drives past Cedar Rapids Prairie's Aaron Longwell (15) during the first half of a boys' basketball game at Linn-Mar High School in Marion on Friday, December 15, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar's Jacob Robertson (4) drives past Cedar Rapids Prairie's Aaron Longwell (15) during the first half of a boys' basketball game at Linn-Mar High School in Marion on Friday, December 15, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — There’s a parochial school from a big city atop this week’s Class 3A boys’ basketball poll. No, not that one.

Sioux City Heelan is your new No. 1 in The Gazette’s third rankings of the season, moving from third after an impressive 70-59 win over Class 4A second-ranked Sioux City East. Senior center Elijah Hazekamp had a humongous game for the Crusaders (4-0) with 27 points and 21 rebounds.

Two-time defending 3A champion Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-1) slips to second behind Heelan after taking its first loss of the season last week, 54-47, at home to Waterloo West. The Saints rebounded by edging Cedar Rapids Jefferson in their next game, 78-71.

Rounding out the top five in 3A are Glenwood (6-0 and third), Norwalk (7-0 and fourth) and Oskaloosa (8-0 and fifth). The rest of the No. 1s remain the same: Iowa City West in 4A, Western Christian in 2A and Grand View Christian in 1A.

Class 4A has become a jumbled mess, with parity all over the place. Only West (5-0) and fifth-ranked Dubuque Senior (4-0) are undefeated, with Senior escaping last week with a pair of two-point wins at home, the first full week without standout senior Noah Carter, who had surgery for compartment syndrome in his leg.

He’s out indefinitely.

Des Moines North (5-1) jumped from eighth to second after a big win over fourth-ranked Johnston (4-1). Waukee (5-1) went from seventh to third.

Waukee beat North in the season opener by three points. Sioux City East (4-1) dropped from second to sixth after its loss to Heelan.

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Linn-Mar (4-1) moved back into the 4A rankings at eighth. North Scott (5-1) also is a new entrant at No. 9, after its victory last week over 10th-ranked Pleasant Valley (5-1).

Class 2A remains the most stable, with every ranked team undefeated. Following Western Christian is Van Meter (6-0), Cascade (7-0), Forest City (7-0) and East Marshall (5-0).

Cascade hosts No. 10 Iowa City Regina (5-0) in a huge River Valley Conference game Tuesday night.

There also was a lot of stability in 1A, with North Linn (7-0) continuing to check in second behind Grand View Christian. Council Bluffs St. Albert (4-2) is third, Remsen St. Mary’s (7-0) fourth and Lynnville-Sully (6-1) fifth.

Don Bosco (5-0) is sixth, Wapsie Valley (6-0) eighth.

Below are the entire rankings, with last week’s ranking for each team in parentheses.

Gazette boys' basketball rankings (Dec. 18, 2017)

CLASS 4A

1. Iowa City West 5-0 (1)

2. Des Moines North 5-1 (8)

3. Waukee 5-1 (7)

4. Johnston 5-1 (4)

5. Dubuque Senior 4-0 (3)

6. Sioux City East 4-1 (2)

7. Des Moines Hoover 5-1 (9)

8. Linn-Mar 4-1 (NR)

9. North Scott 5-1 (NR)

10. Pleasant Valley 5-1 (5)

CLASS 3A

1. Sioux City Heelan 4-0 (3)

2. Cedar Rapids Xavier 4-1 (1)

3. Glenwood 6-0 (2)

4. Norwalk 7-0 (5)

5. Oskaloosa 8-0 (4)

6. Mount Pleasant 4-2 (6)

7. Harlan 5-0 (8)

8. Spirit Lake 4-1 (9)

9. LeMars 5-1 (NR)

10. Dallas Center-Grimes 5-2 (10)

CLASS 2A

1. Western Christian 4-0 (1)

2. Van Meter 6-0 (2)

3. Cascade 7-0 (3)

4. Forest City 7-0 (4)

5. East Marshall 5-0 (5)

6. Sioux Center 6-0 (6)

7. Aplington-Parkersburg 7-0 (7)

8. Des Moines Christian 8-0 (8)

9. South Hamilton 8-0 (10)

10. Iowa City Regina 5-0 (NR)

CLASS 1A

1. Grand View Christian 7-0 (1)

2. North Linn 7-0 (2)

3. Council Bluffs St. Albert 4-2 (3)

4. Remsen St. Mary’s 7-0 (4)

5. Lynnville-Sully 6-1 (5)

6. Don Bosco 6-0 (7)

7. Algona Garrigan 6-1 (8)

8. Wapsie Valley 6-0 (NR)

9. Dunkerton 5-0 (10)

10. Bedford 7-0 (NR)

Area conference standings

(Through Sunday)

MVC MISSISSIPPI DIV. Conf. All

Iowa City West 2-0 5-0

Cedar Rapids Xavier 2-1 4-1

Linn-Mar 2-1 4-1

Waterloo West 2-1 4-2

Waterloo East 1-1 3-2

Dubuque Wahlert 0-3 2-4

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 0-3 1-5

MVC VALLEY DIVISION Conf. All

Dubuque Senior 3-0 4-0

Dubuque Hempstead 2-1 4-1

Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2-1 4-2

Cedar Falls 2-1 3-3

Cedar Rapids Prairie 1-2 3-2

Iowa City High 1-2 2-3

Cedar Rapids Washington 0-3 2-4

WAMAC EAST DIVISION Div. All

Western Dubuque 4-0 6-0

West Delaware 3-1 4-3

Dyersville Beckman 2-2 4-2

Solon 2-2 4-2

Mount Vernon 2-2 3-2

DeWitt Central 1-3 2-4

Maquoketa 1-3 2-6

Anamosa 1-3 1-6

WAMAC WEST DIVISION Div. All

South Tama 4-0 5-2

Benton Community 3-1 5-2

Independence 3-1 5-2

Marion 2-2 3-3

Williamsburg 2-2 2-3

Center Point-Urbana 1-3 4-3

Clear Creek Amana 1-3 1-5

Vinton-Shellsburg 0-4 0-6

RIVER VALLEY NORTH Conf. All

Northeast Goose Lake 6-0 8-0

Cascade 6-0 7-0

Camanche 4-2 4-3

Monticello 2-4 4-4

Bellevue 2-4 4-5

North Cedar 1-5 1-5

RIVER VALLEY SOUTH Conf. All

Iowa City Regina 5-0 5-0

Tipton 5-1 7-2

Durant 4-2 6-2

West Branch 2-4 3-4

Mid-Prairie 2-5 2-5

West Liberty 0-6 0-6

Wilton 0-6 1-7

TRI-RIVERS EAST Conf. All

Calamus-Wheatland 5-1 5-2

Easton Valley 5-2 5-2

Lisbon 5-2 5-2

Clinton Prince of Peace 4-3 4-4

Bellevue Marquette 3-4 3-6

Cedar Valley Christian 1-6 1-6

Midland 0-7 0-9

TRI-RIVERS WEST Conf. All

North Linn 6-0 7-0

Ed-Co 6-1 7-1

Alburnett 6-1 6-1

Maquoketa Valley 2-4 2-4

Central City 2-5 3-5

Springville 1-5 3-5

East Buchanan 1-6 2-6

NORTHEAST IOWA Conf. All

Waverly-Shell Rock 4-0 4-2

Charles City 2-0 4-1

Waukon 2-1 4-1

Decorah 2-1 2-3

New Hampton 0-2 5-3

Crestwood 0-2 2-3

Oelwein 0-4 1-5

SICL EAST DIVISION Conf. All

Keota 5-1 6-2

Belle Plaine 5-1 5-2

Sigourney 3-3 3-4

Iowa Valley 2-4 2-4

Tri-County 2-4 2-5

English Valleys 0-7 0-8

SICL WEST DIVISION Conf. All

Lynnville-Sully 6-0 6-1

Montezuma 5-1 6-1

Colfax-Mingo 4-2 5-2

HLV 4-3 4-3

BGM 1-5 1-5

North Mahaska 0-6 0-6

UPPER IOWA Conf. All

Turkey Valley 6-0 6-2

South Winneshiek 5-1 6-2

MFL MarMac 4-1 4-2

Postville 4-2 5-3

Elkader Central 2-3 3-3

North Fayette Valley 2-3 2-5

Clayton Ridge 2-4 2-6

Lansing Kee 2-4 2-6

Starmont 1-5 1-7

West Central 0-5 0-8

OTHERS Conf. All

Highland 4-1

Iowa Mennonite 4-1

Meskwaki Settlement School 4-2

Jesup 2-4

Lone Tree 2-4

Iowa City Liberty 3-3

LaPorte City Union 0-4

Washington (Iowa) 1-4

North Tama 1-6

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