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Iowa high school baseball rankings: Eastern Iowa conferences well represented

North Linn moves into top spot in Class 1A; C.R. Washington debuts at No. 7 in 4A

Cedar Rapids Washington pitcher Luke Jonasson throws during the second inning of the championship game against Linn-Mar of the 2017 Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament at Veterans Memorial Stadium in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Linn-Mar won 4-3. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Washington pitcher Luke Jonasson throws during the second inning of the championship game against Linn-Mar of the 2017 Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament at Veterans Memorial Stadium in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Linn-Mar won 4-3. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Area conferences are well represented in the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings.

The Mississippi Valley, Wamac and Tri-Rivers conferences lead the way in the latest prep baseball polls released Monday.

Cedar Rapids Washington won five straight games last week, winning three straight games against ranked opponents to move into the top 10 of Class 4A. The Warriors are ranked seventh and one of five MVC teams in the polls. They are joined in the 4A rankings by conference competitors third-ranked Iowa City West, No. 4 Iowa City High and 10th-ranked Cedar Rapids Prairie. Dubuque Wahlert is ninth in 3A.

The Wamac is not far behind with four teams ranked in three separate classes. Vinton-Shellsburg is ranked third in 3A, as Vikings Coach Jim Struve approaches the 600-win milestone. Marion is not far behind, coming in three spots back at sixth. Western Dubuque is ninth in 4A and Dyersville Beckman is seventh in 2A. Previously ranked Solon received votes in 3A, but didn’t make the top 10 this week.

Tri-Rivers teams consist of 30 percent of the ranked teams in 1A, including the top-ranked program. North Linn moves into the top spot, switching positions with Mason City Newman. The Lynx opened the week at 29-2. Lisbon is sixth in 1A and rankings newcomer Calamus-Wheatland is 10th.

Three River Valley Conference teams are ranked, including sixth-ranked Cascade and No. 9 Iowa City Regina in 2A. Wilton leads the way, earning third in the 2A poll. RVC teams Monticello (2A) and Durant (1A) received votes.

IHSBCA RANKINGS: Week 6 (June 25)

Class 4A

1. Johnston, 2. West Des Moines Dowling, 3. Iowa City West, 4. Iowa City High, 5. Southeast Polk, 6. Ankeny Centennial, 7. Cedar Rapids Washington, 8. Indianola, 9. Western Dubuque, 10. Cedar Rapids Prairie

Others: West Des Moines Valley, Cedar Falls, North Scott, Lewis Central

Class 3A

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1. Davenport Assumption, 2. Harlan, 3. Vinton-Shellsburg, 4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton, 5. Carlisle, 6. Marion, 7. Saydel, 8. Waverly-Shell Rock, 9. Dubuque Wahlert, 10. Gilbert

Others: North Polk, Knoxville, Solon, Sioux City Heelan, Oskaloosa

Class 2A

1. New Hampton, 2. Treynor, 3. Wilton, 4. Woodward-Granger, 5. Dike-New Hartford, 6. Cascade, 7. Dyersville Beckman, 8. Van Meter, 9. Iowa City Regina, 10. Estherville-Lincoln Central

Others: Alta-Aurelia, Forest City, Monticello, Monroe PCM, West Marshall

Class 1A

1. North Linn, 2. Mason City Newman, 3. Martensdale-St. Marys, 4. Akron-Westfield, 5. Exira-EHK, 6. Lisbon, 7. Don Bosco, 8. Anita CAM, 9. West Sioux, 10. Calamus-Wheatland

Others: Ar-We-Va, Burlington Notre Dame, Colfax-Mingo, Durant, Highland, Lansing Kee, Saint Ansgar, West Fork

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