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Iowa high school boys' basketball rankings: Not much movement in Gazette poll

Iowa City forward Seybian Sims makes a basket in the second period at a high school boys’ basketball game with Marian Catholic of Chicago Heights, Ill. at Iowa City West High School on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Iowa City forward Seybian Sims makes a basket in the second period at a high school boys’ basketball game with Marian Catholic of Chicago Heights, Ill. at Iowa City West High School on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Just a smattering of movement in The Gazette’s first boys’ basketball rankings of the new year.

Your top teams in each class remain Iowa City West in Class 4A, Sioux City Heelan in 3A, Western Christian in 2A and Grand View Christian in 1A.

They are a combined 27-0.

It’s a Central Iowa free for all after West in 4A, with Des Moines North, Waukee, Johnston and Des Moines Hoover ranked second through fifth, respectively. They each have one loss, with North owning wins over Johnston and Hoover, though a loss to Waukee.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-2) played very well going into the holiday break and sneaks into the 10th spot.

Cedar Rapids Xavier (4-2) lost two of three prior to the break and dropped from second to fourth in Class 3A. The Saints begin 2018 with a tough one Friday night at home against Cedar Rapids Prairie.

In Class 2A, Western Christian (6-0) is followed by Cascade (9-0), Van Meter (8-0), Forest City (8-0) and East Marshall (7-0), in that order. The only team with a loss in the top 10 is 10th-ranked Carroll Kuemper (6-1).

North Linn (9-0) is averaging 95 points per game, though that’s not quite enough to overtake defending champ Grand View Christian (8-0) for the top spot in 1A. Remsen St. Mary’s (8-0) is No. 3, followed by Lynnville-Sully and Council Bluffs St. Albert.

Below are the entire rankings, with each team’s previous rank in parentheses.

CLASS 4A

1. Iowa City West 7-0 (1)

2. Des Moines North 7-1 (2)

3. Waukee 6-1 (3)

4. Johnston 5-1 (4)

5. Des Moines Hoover 6-1 (7)

6. Dubuque Senior 6-1 (5)

7. Sioux City East 5-1 (6)

8. North Scott 7-1 (9)

9. Pleasant Valley 7-1 (10)

10. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 5-2 (NR)

CLASS 3A

1. Sioux City heelan 6-0 (1)

2. Norwalk 8-2 (4)

3. Glenwood 7-0 (3)

4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 4-2 (2)

5. Oskaloosa 9-0 (5)

6. Mount Pleasant 6-2 (6)

7. Harlan 6-0 (7)

8. LeMars 6-2 (9)

9. Dallas Center-Grimes 6-2 (10)

10. Spirit Lake 5-2 (8)

CLASS 2A

1. Western Christian 6-0 (1)

2. Cascade 9-0 (3)

3. Van Meter 8-0 (2)

4. Forest City 8-0 (4)

5. East Marshall 7-0 (5)

6. Sioux enter 8-0 (6)

7. Aplington-Parkersburg 8-0 (7)

8. South Hamilton 10-0 (9)

9. Des Moines Christian 9-0 (8)

10. Carroll Kuemper 6-1 (NR)

CLASS 1A

1. Grand View Christian 8-0 (1)

2. North Linn 9-0 (2)

3. Remsen St. Mary’s 8-0 (4)

4. Lynnville-Sully 8-1 (5)

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

6. Algona Garrigan 8-1 (7)

7. Don Bosco 7-0 (6)

8, Dunkerton 7-0 (9)

9. Ankeny Christian 5-1 (NR)

10. Wapsie Valley 7-1 (8)

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