Prep Basketball

IHSAA releases 2019 Class 1A, 2A boys' basketball district assignments

North Linn's Jake Hilmer (14) is fouled by Aplington-Parkersburg's Owen Thomas (3) as North Linn's Trevor Boge (40) looks on during the fourth quarter of their high school basketball game during the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
North Linn's Jake Hilmer (14) is fouled by Aplington-Parkersburg's Owen Thomas (3) as North Linn's Trevor Boge (40) looks on during the fourth quarter of their high school basketball game during the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A prevailing theory out there is that North Linn’s boys’ basketball team could have a bit easier — emphasis on the word ‘bit’ — time winning a state championship in Class 2A than in 1A.

Moving up a class this season, the Lynx don’t have to worry about the juggernaut known as Grand View Christian and its plethora of international transfers.

But just getting to the state tournament could prove to be a more difficult time than it would have in 1A. Top-ranked North Linn found out its postseason path Friday, and it’s tough.

In its district is a drastically improved team from Oelwein that is 9-3, with two of those losses to Class 3A Waverly-Shell Rock. Then there is Dyersville Beckman (10-3), which plays in the 3A Wamac Conference.

In the corresponding district lies defending 2A state champ Cascade.

River Valley Conference foes Camanche and West Branch highlight District 7 in 2A. In corresponding District 8 is Iowa City Regina.

In Class 1A, unbeaten third-ranked Montezuma appears to be the top team in a district that includes rival Lynnville-Sully. Linn County schools Alburnett, Lisbon, Springville and Cedar Valley Christian are in a district with Belle Plaine, Calamus-Wheatland, Iowa Mennonite, Highland, English Valleys and Iowa Valley.

Coaches will seed the districts the final week in January, with pairings determined accordingly. Class 3A and 4A postseason assignments will be released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association next Friday.

Class 2A

SUBSTATE 1

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District 1: Boyden-Hull, Okoboji, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux Center, Unity Christian, West Lyon

District 2: Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Forest City, Lake Mills, Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas Area

SUBSTATE 2

District 3: Clarion CGD, Eagle Grove, Garner GHV, Roland-Story, South Hamilton, South Hardin

District 4: Aplington-Parkersburg, Crestwood, New Hampton, North Fayette Valley, Osage, Waukon

SUBSTATE 3

District 5: Dyersville Beckman, Jesup, North Cedar, North Linn, Oelwein, Union

District 6: Bellevue, Cascade, Durant, Monticello, Northeast, Tipton

SUBSTATE 4

District 7: Camanche, Columbus Community, Louisa-Muscatine, Wapello, West Branch, Wilton

District 8: Central Lee, Centerville, Iowa City Regina, Mediapolis, Mid-Prairie, West Burlington

SUBSTATE 5

District 9: Albia, Davis County, Eddyville EBF, Pella Christian, Van Buren, Williamsburg

District 10: Chariton, Colfax-Mingo, Interstate 35, Monroe PCM, Pleasantville, Van Meter

SUBSTATE 6

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District 11: Denver, Dike-New Hartford, East Marshall, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Waterloo Columbus, West Marshall

District 12: Greene County, Madrid, Ogden, South Central Calhoun, Southeast Valley, Woodward Academy

SUBSTATE 7

District 13: Des Moines Christian, Guthrie Center ACGC, Mount Ayr, Panorama, West Central Valley, Woodward-Granger

District 14: Clarinda, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Treynor, Tri-Center, Underwood

SUBSTATE 8

District 15: Alta-Aurelia, Carroll Kuemper, East Sac County, Ida Grove OABCIG, Missouri Valley, Mapleton MVAOCOU

District 16: Cherokee, Hinton, Rock Valley, Sheldon, West Sioux, Western Christian

Class 1A

SUBSTATE 1

District 1: Akron-Westfield, Kingsley-Pierson, Lawton-Bronson, Le Mars Gehlen, Remsen St. Mary's, Siouxland Christian, Sloan Westwood, Whiting, Woodbury Central

District 2: Central Lyon, Clay Central-Everly, George-Little Rock, Graettinger GTRA, Harris-Lake Park, Hartley HMS, Marcus MMCRU, South O'Brien, Trinity Christian

SUBSTATE 2

District 3: Algona Garrigan, Belmond-Klemme, Central Springs, Fort Dodge St. Edmond, Mason City Newman, North Iowa, North Union, Northwood-Kensett, West Hancock

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District 4: Clarksville, Janesville, Nashua-Plainfield, North Butler, Riceville, Rockford, Saint Ansgar, Tripoli, Turkey Valley, West Central

SUBSTATE 3

District 5: Don Bosco, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Lansing Kee, MFL MarMac, Postville, South Winneshiek, Starmont, Wapsie Valley, Waterloo Christian

District 6: Bellevue Marquette, Central City, Clayton Ridge, Clinton Prince of Peace, Easton Valley, Edgewood-Colesburg, Elkader Central, Maquoketa Valley, Midland

SUBSTATE 4

District 7: Alburnett, Belle Plaine, Calamus-Wheatland, Cedar Valley Christian, English Valleys, Highland, Iowa Mennonite, Iowa Valley, Lisbon, Springville

District 8: Burlington Notre Dame, Eldon Cardinal, Fort Madison Holy Trinity, Keota, Lone Tree, New London, Pekin, WACO, Winfield-Mount Union

SUBSTATE 5

District 9: Baxter, BGM, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, HLV, Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma, Sigourney, Tri-County

District 10: Ackley AGWSR, Conrad BCLUW, Garwin GMG, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grundy Center, Hudson, Meskwaki, North Tama, West Fork

SUBSTATE 6

District 11: Grand View Christian, Melcher-Dallas, Moravia, Moulton-Udell, North Mahaska, Seymour, Southeast Warren, Twin Cedars, Wayne

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District 12: Bedford, Central Decatur, Clarinda Academy, Diagonal, East Union, Lamoni, Lenox, Mormon Trail, Murray

SUBSTATE 7

District 13: Anita CAM, Ankeny Christian, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Earlham, Iowa Christian, Martensdale-St. Marys, Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Southwest Valley

District 14: Council Bluffs St. Albert, East Mills, Essex, Fremont-Mills, Griswold, Heartland Christian, Oakland Riverside, Sidney, Stanton

SUBSTATE 8

District 15: Avoca AHSTW, Audubon, Boyer Valley, Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton, Logan-Magnolia, West Harrison, West Monona, Westside Ar-We-Va, Woodbine

District 16: Glidden-Ralston, IKM-Manning, Newell-Fonda, Paton-Churdan, Ridge View, River Valley, Sioux Central, Storm Lake St. Mary's, West Bend-Mallard

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