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Iowa City is well represented in the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association/Radio Iowa rankings.
All three Iowa City baseball programs remained in the IHSBCA/Radio Iowa polls that were released Monday. Iowa City High and Iowa City West climbed spots in the Class 4A rankings, while Iowa City Regina held its spot at 10th in 2A.
“Obviously, we’re all close down here,” City High Coach Brian Mitchell said. “Certainly, West High has done what it’s done the last couple years. Regina has been strong without a doubt (and) they are a good team.
“A lot of these kids do work out together during the offseason. There’s a little competitiveness, but a lot of them have aspirations beyond high school. They are all doing things outside school time that I think has helped.”
City High is in the rankings for the second straight week, moving up four spots to No. 5. The Little Hawks are 17-5 overall, winning 13 of their last 14 games and seven straight including a 5-1 victory over Regina last weekend. The rankings show the Little Hawks have earned the respect of other coaches.
“For the most part, it signifies that we’re what I’d call relevant again,” Mitchell said. “Obviously, kids look at that stuff and pay attention to it. At the end of the day, you have to go out and win ballgames. Day in and day out, we’ve been able to do that, which helped bring us to where we are.”
The Trojans own a similar mark at 16-5. West, which has appeared in three consecutive 4A state championship games, has been a rankings staple since the preseason. The Trojans are fourth, moving up two spots from last week.
The Regals are 14-6 overall. Only two losses have come to 2A competition, dropping a doubleheader to second-ranked and previous No. 1 Wilton. Regina has won seven of its last nine games, holding the 10th spot in the rankings each week this season.
Defending state champion Cedar Rapids Prairie fell one spot to eighth in 4A, while 10th-ranked Western Dubuque made its rankings debut this season.
Wamac competitors Vinton-Shellsburg and Marion lead area 3A teams. The Vikings are ranked third. The Indians jumped one spot to fifth this week.
“We’ve got a nucleus of kids that has put in a lot of time in and doing a pretty good job,” Marion Coach Steve Fish said. “We still have a ways to go.”
In addition to Regina in 2A, Cascade and Dyersville Beckman moved up one spot to third and fifth, respectively.
Two Tri-Rivers Conference teams are in the 1A rankings. North Linn remained second. Lisbon dropped one spot to seventh.
1. Johnston (16-1)
2. West Des Moines Dowling (19-3)
3. Waukee (15-4)
4. Iowa City West (16-5)
5. Iowa City High (17-5)
6. Ankeny Centennial (14-6)
7. Indianola (17-4)
8. Cedar Rapids Prairie (14-7)
9. Southeast Polk (13-8)
10. Western Dubuque (16-3).
1. Harlan (16-0)
2. Davenport Assumption (21-2)
3. Vinton-Shellsburg (17-2)
4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (16-4)
5. Marion (15-4)
6. Carlisle (13-5)
7. Saydel (17-3)
8. Waverly-Shell Rock (13-3)
9. Gilbert (16-3)
10. Dubuque Wahlert (13-8).
1. New Hampton (19-1)
2. Wilton (15-3)
3. Cascade (16-2)
4. Treynor (16-1)
5. Dyersville Beckman (15-6)
6. Dike-New Hartford (15-3)
7. Woodward-Granger (18-0)
8. Estherville-Lincoln Central (14-4)
9. Van Meter (16-1)
10. Iowa City Regina (14-6).
1. Mason City Newman (17-1)
2. North Linn (22-1)
3. Martensdale-St. Marys (23-2)
4. Akron-Westfield (16-1)
5. Don Bosco (16-2)
6. Exira-EHK (13-0)
7. Lisbon (15-3)
8. Saint Ansgar (14-4)
9. Anita CAM (14-2)
10. West Sioux (12-4).
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