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Iowa boys' basketball 3A, 4A substate assignments released by IHSAA

State tournament schedule adjusted, no consolation games

Washington's Quincy Underwood (22) and Jefferson's Caden Schroeder (5) go after the ball at a Jefferson High School boys
Washington’s Quincy Underwood (22) and Jefferson’s Caden Schroeder (5) go after the ball at a Jefferson High School boys’ basketball game with Cedar Rapids Washington at Jefferson on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

The Metro didn’t have a qualifier for last year’s boys’ state basketball season, and the odds are that will happen again this year.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released postseason assignments for Class 3A and Class 4A Friday, and Metro schools are not favored to get out of any of their respective substates.

In Class 4A, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie and Linn-Mar were grouped in a six-team substate that includes third-ranked Johnston. Iowa City West also is in that substate.

Top-ranked Cedar Falls is the favorite in a substate that also includes Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Washington and Iowa City High. Washington has the best record of any of the 4A Metro schools at 8-5.

A 4A school from the Metro has not qualified for state since Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 2017. All three Iowa City 4A schools were placed into different substates, as fifth-ranked Iowa City Liberty is in with Bettendorf, Burlington, Davenport Central, Davenport North and 10th-ranked Pleasant Valley.

In Class 3A, Marion and Cedar Rapids Xavier are in a substate with a good team from Mount Vernon and sixth-ranked Davenport Assumption, among others. Other 3A substates see third-ranked Monticello and No. 6 Solon together, No. 8 Western Dubuque the only ranked team in a substate that also includes quality teams from Dubuque Wahlert, Waverly-Shell Rock and Decorah, and Clear Creek Amana (which has won 10 straight games) in a substate with second-ranked Pella.

Pairings for the postseason will be set via coaches’ seeding meetings in a couple of weeks. Substate games in 3A and 4A begin Feb. 22.

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The IHSAA also announced Friday that there will be changes to the state tournament. Consolation games will not be played this year, and game times have been spread out two hours apart instead of an hour and 45 minutes.

The state tournament is March 8-12 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

District assignments for Class 1A and 2A were released by the IHSAA last week.

Class 3A

SUBSTATE 1

Carroll

Denison-Schleswig

Le Mars

MOC-Floyd Valley

Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Sioux Center

Sioux City Heelan

Storm Lake

 

DISTRICT 2

Algona

Boone

Clear Lake

Estherville Lincoln Central

Hampton-Dumont-CAL

Humboldt

Spencer

Webster City

 

DISTRICT 3

Benton Community

Charles City

Crestwood

Decorah

Dubuque Wahlert

Independence

Waverly-Shell Rock

Western Dubuque

 

DISTRICT 4

Center Point-Urbana

DeWitt Central

Maquoketa

Monticello

Solon

South Tama

Vinton-Shellsburg

West Delaware

 

DISTRICT 5

Cedar Rapids Xavier

Davenport Assumption

Fairfield

Fort Madison

Keokuk

Marion

Mount Pleasant

Mount Vernon

 

DISTRICT 6

Centerville

Clear Creek Amana

Grinnell

Knoxville

Newton

Oskaloosa

Pella

Washington

 

DISTRICT 7

Ballard

Bondurant-Farrar

Carlisle

Gilbert

Nevada

North Polk

Saydel

Winterset

 

DISTRICT 8

Adel ADM

Atlantic

Clarke

Creston

Dallas Center-Grimes

Glenwood

Harlan

Perry

 

 

Class 4A

SUBSTATE 1

Council Bluffs Jefferson

Council Bluffs Lincoln

Sioux City East

Sioux City North

Sioux City West

Southeast Polk

 

SUBSTATE 2

Ames

Ankeny Centennial

Des Moines Hoover

Des Moines Lincoln

Fort Dodge

Indianola

 

SUBSTATE 3

Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Cedar Rapids Prairie

Iowa City West

Johnston

Linn-Mar

Ottumwa

 

SUBSTATE 4

Cedar Falls

Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Cedar Rapids Washington

Iowa City High

Waterloo East

Waterloo West

 

SUBSTATE 5

Clinton

Davenport West

Dubuque Hempstead

Dubuque Senior

Muscatine

North Scott

 

SUBSTATE 6

Bettendorf

Burlington

Davenport Central

Davenport North

Iowa City Liberty

Pleasant Valley

 

SUBSTATE 7

Des Moines East

Des Moines North

Lewis Central

Urbandale

West Des Moines Dowling

West Des Moines Valley

 

SUBSTATE 8

Ankeny

Des Moines Roosevelt

Marshalltown

Mason City

Norwalk

Waukee

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