Iowa high school boys' basketball rankings: No. 1s remain the same in Gazette poll

Linn-Mar's Jack Gertsen (33) blocks a shot from behind by Cedar Rapids Xavier's Matt Jordebrek (33) during the second quarter of their boys' high school basketball game at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Linn-Mar's Jack Gertsen (33) blocks a shot from behind by Cedar Rapids Xavier's Matt Jordebrek (33) during the second quarter of their boys' high school basketball game at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Different week, same No. 1s.

The second Gazette boys’ basketball poll of the season sees Iowa City West, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Western Christian and Grand View Christian atop their respective classes.

West (3-0) played just one game last week, topping what should be a good Dubuque Hempstead team on the road, 65-52. The Trojans play Tuesday at rival Iowa City High, then Saturday in Cedar Falls against Bolingbrook (Ill.).

City High, by the way, stunned third-ranked Cedar Falls last Friday night, dropping the Tigers to 10th this week.

Following West is Sioux City East (3-0), Dubuque Senior (2-0), Johnston (4-0) and Pleasant Valley (3-0). Those latter two join the 4A rankings this week.

Cedar Rapids Prairie moves two spots this week from eighth to sixth.

Xavier (3-0) is a dominant No. 1 in Class 3A. The Saints played just once last week, but it was an ultra-impressive 60-39 win over Linn-Mar, which was ranked seventh in 4A.

 

 

Following Xavier is Glenwood, Sioux City Heelan, Oskaloosa and Norwalk. Oskaloosa is 5-0 and features 6-foot-11 sophomore Xavier Foster, who is considered one of the top college recruits in his class.

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Western Christian remains tops in 2A, though the Wolfpack had to rally in the fourth quarter to shade 3A ninth-ranked Spirit Lake in its season opener last week, 61-60. Van Meter and Cascade flip-flop spots this week to second and third, respectively, with the rest of the top five featuring Forest City at fourth and East Marshall at fifth.

All are undefeated.

In Class 1A, Grand View Christian (defending state champs like West, Xavier and Western Christian) solidified its hold on the top spot by beating a good 2A Garner-Hayfield-Ventura club in its lone game last week, 76-69. The Thunder also have a win this season over a 3A school (Nevada).

North Linn (5-0) remains a solid second, followed by Council Bluffs St. Albert, Remsen St. Mary’s and Lynnville-Sully. North Linn leads the state with a 94.8-point scoring average.

Here is the entire poll this week, with team record and last week’s ranking in parentheses:

CLASS 4A

1. Iowa City West 3-0 (1)

2. Sioux City East 3-0 (2)

3. Dubuque Senior 2-0 (4)

4. Johnston 4-0 (NR)

5. Pleasant Valley 3-0 (NR)

6. Cedar Rapids Prairie 2-0 (8)

7. Waukee 3-1 (6)

8. Des Moines North 3-1 (10)

9. Des Moines Hoover 4-1 (5)

10. Cedar Falls 2-1 (3)

CLASS 3A

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier 3-0 (1)

2. Glenwood 4-0 (2)

3. Sioux City Heelan 2-0 (3)

4. Oskaloosa 5-0 (5)

5. Norwalk 5-0 (6)

6. Mount Pleasant 3-2 (4)

7. Pella 4-0 (9)

8. Harlan 3-0 (NR)

9. Spirit Lake 3-1 (7)

10. Dallas Center-Grimes 4-1 (NR)

CLASS 2A

1. Western Christian 1-0 (1)

2. Van Meter 4-0 (3)

3. Cascade 5-0 (2)

4. Forest City 6-0 (4)

5. East Marshall 4-0 (5)

6. Sioux Center 4-0 (6)

7. Aplington-Parkersburg 4-0 (9)

8. Des Moines Christian 6-0 (NR)

9. Dike-New Hartford 4-0 (NR)

10. South Hamilton 5-0 (NR)

CLASS 1A

1. Grand View Christian 5-0 (1)

2. North Linn 5-0 (2)

3. Council Bluffs St. Albert 3-1 (3)

4. Remsen St. Mary’s 4-0 (6)

5. Lynnville-Sully 4-1 (5)

6. LeMars Gehlen 4-1 (4)

7. Don Bosco 3-0 (7)

8. Algona Garrigan 4-1 (8)

9. George-Little Rock 4-1 (NR)

10. Dunkerton 2-0 (9)

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