Boys Basketball

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

Glenwood joins top-ranked teams in Gazette poll

Cascade’s Johnny Supple (23) and Dilan Simon (12) hold their trophy following their loss in their 2A quarterfinal game during the Iowa High School Basketball Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Mar. 6, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cascade’s Johnny Supple (23) and Dilan Simon (12) hold their trophy following their loss in their 2A quarterfinal game during the Iowa High School Basketball Championships at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, Mar. 6, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Finally there’s a little bit of movement in The Gazette’s boys’ basketball poll.

Glenwood has assumed the top spot in Class 3A in this week’s rankings. The Rams are 9-0, their closest victory coming last week over Carroll Kuemper, 57-55.

They climb from third, after the top two teams from last week lost. Previous No. 1 Sioux City Heelan was blasted by 30 points by Omaha Central, one of the top team in Nebraska, while No. 2 Norwalk was blasted by Oskaloosa.

The Indians, who feature 6-foot-11 Xavier Foster, one of the top sophomores in the country, jumped from fifth to second after an impressive 87-52 win last Friday over Norwalk. Heelan goes from first to third this week, with Cedar Rapids Xavier fourth and Norwalk fifth.

The other No. 1s remain the same: Iowa City West in 4A, Western Christian in 2A and Grand View Christian in 1A. West (8-0) can set a state record Tuesday night for most consecutive home wins if it beats Linn-Mar. The Trojans have won 79 straight on their home floor, the last loss coming Dec. 21, 2010, to Cedar Falls, 65-46.

The rest of the top five in 4A remains unchanged: Des Moines North, Waukee, Johnston and Des Moines Hoover, from second to fifth, in that order. Dubuque Hempstead (7-1) jumps into the poll at seventh, after a win last Friday night over 10th-ranked Dubuque Senior.

There’s a bit of a shakeup in Class 2A, though Western Christian (8-0), Cascade (11-0) and Van Meter (10-0) remain the top three. Fourth-ranked Forest City (10-1) suffered its first loss last week (a two-pointer to Algona Garrigan) and fell to eighth.

The top seven teams in 2A remain unbeaten.

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In 1A, Grand View Christian (9-0), North Linn (12-0) and Remsen St. Mary’s (10-0) remain a solid top three. Garrigan (10-1) moved up from sixth to fourth after that win over Forest City.

Below are the entire rankings, with last week’s rating in parentheses:

CLASS 4A

1. Iowa City West 8-0 (1)

2. Des Moines North 8-1 (2)

3. Waukee 8-1 (3)

4. Johnston 8-1 (4)

5. Des Moines Hoover 8-1 (5)

6. Sioux City East 6-1 (7)

7. Dubuque Hempstead 7-1 (NR)

8. North Scott 8-1 (8)

9. Pleasant Valley 8-1 (9)

10. Dubuque Senior 7-2 (6)

CLASS 3A

1. Glenwood 9-0 (3)

2. Oskaloosa 10-0 (5)

3. Sioux City Heelan 7-1 (1)

4. Cedar Rapids Xavier 5-3 (4)

5. Norwalk 8-1 (2)

6. Mount Pleasant 8-2 (6)

7. Charles City 8-1 (NR)

8. Harlan 7-1 (7)

9. Winterset 7-1 (NR)

10. Spirit Lake 7-3 (10)

CLASS 2A

1. Western Christian 8-0 (1)

2. Cascade 11-0 (2)

3. Van Meter 10-0 (3)

4. East Marshall 9-0 (5)

5. Sioux Center 9-0 (6)

6. Aplington-Parkersburg 10-0 (7)

7. South Hamilton 11-0 (8)

8. Forest City 10-1 (4)

9. Sheldon 9-1 (NR)

10. Prairie City-Monroe 8-1 (NR)

CLASS 1A

1. Grand View Christian 9-0 (1)

2. North Linn 12-0 (2)

3. Remsen St. Mary’s 10-0 (3)

4. Algona Garrigan 10-1 (6)

5. Lynnville-Sully 8-1 (4)

6. Council Bluffs St. Albert 5-4 (6)

7. Don Bosco 8-0 (7)

8. Dunkerton 9-0 (8)

9. Ankeny Christian 8-1 (9)

10. Wapsie Valley 8-2 (10)

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