Council Bluffs Lewis Central coach James Driver was far from thrilled the last time the Titans played Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. His team won 2-0 in a tournament match with 30-minute halves, but he didn’t feel it moved the ball or imposed its will the way he knew it could.
Paola Ochoa’s personality doesn’t match her style.
East made just 4 of 21 (19.0 percent) from long range, and AJ Green had 28 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 4 Cedar Falls past the No. 6 Black Raiders 75-47 in a Class 4-A state quarterfinal on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Black Raiders are making their 19th state tournament appearance, and a year ago reached the Class 4-A semifinals.
No. 6 Sioux City East (19-3) forced key A.L. players into foul trouble and led for much of the second half on its way to a 63-59 win Tuesday night at Iowa Western Community College.
Not many teams could have kept up with Sioux City East’s shooting Friday night.
Coming off a loss to Sergeant Bluff-Luton, the Sioux City East boys put one of the more remarkable examples of success on the line Tuesday at A.L. Fieldhouse.
As you peruse the latest World-Herald western Iowa boys basketball ratings, take a quick look at the conference races.
They all have different names and numbers, of course. But to Sioux City East coach Ras Vanderloo, West Des Moines Valley’s deep stable of high-basketball IQ guards and athletic big men might as well have been clones.
With guys like 6-foot-4 state high-jump champ Suni Lane and 6-7 Iowa offensive-line recruit Mark Kallenberger, there’s a certain “wow” factor when Bettendorf takes the floor.
When you reach the state tournament nine times in a 12-year span from 2001 to 2012 like the Sioux City East boys did, a five-year absence might feel like forever.
Ras Vanderloo admitted he was nervous. Not even six minutes into his team’s game Tuesday against No. 4 Abraham Lincoln, the Sioux City East coach looked at the scoreboard and saw his No. 3 Black Raiders facing a tall order.
Sioux City East and Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln play similar styles of basketball. Each team enjoys setting the game’s tone and pushing the pace. Each plays smart ball and minimizes mistakes.
So, what did we learn here Thursday night? Some of the juice was snatched from the matchup of two of Iowa’s three remaining Class 4-A boys unbeatens with 6-foot-10 senior Kyle Arrington of Council Bluffs Lewis Central sitting in sweats, a day after surgery to repair a slight tear in the meniscus in his knee.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central players are on a new schedule. The routine for the team in 2013 and 2014 was the same — lose in their state tournament opener, then visit Jordan Creek Mall and swim in the hotel pool.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Council Bluffs St. Albert’s relentless offensive attack sent Orange City Unity Christian keeper Kaelin Alons’ stress level skyrocketing throughout the match.
An early injury made Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s task more manageable. But the Titans still got a taste Friday night for how far their total effort can take them.
One of Jason Isaacson’s primary sources of motivation as a basketball coach at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was to have his players enjoy what he called the pinnacle of his prep playing career.
It’s been on both teams’ minds since their last meeting, and now it’s finally a reality. Sioux City East vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln for a trip to the Class 4-A state tournament.
Kyle Crowl provided his trademark, crowd-pleasing 3-pointers, among other things. Adam Barrett reminded the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln fans why he’s so valuable to their cause.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central is still discovering what its rotation will look like. Many of its players are filling different roles — very different ones, in some cases. The learning curve began with a 67-60 loss to Sioux City East on Tuesday night in both schools’ boys basketball opener.
Lewis Central senior Brian Rew picked the right time to have his best game of the season. He helped push the Titans into the postseason.
A week after digging itself into a 21-point hole in a comeback victory over Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln aimed for a faster start Thursday against Sioux City East. It didn’t happen.
The shocking outcome stripped Sioux City East senior J.J. Stephens of his emotions. “I don’t have any words," he said. “I’m just kind of lost right now." There were plenty of dazed looks on the Black Raiders’ faces as they exited Principal Park on Wednesday, although Southeast Polk had plenty to do with that.
Something will have to give at Principal Park Wednesday, when Sioux City East comes to the plate in its sixth state baseball appearance. The 10th-ranked Black Raiders (33-9) meet defending champion Southeast Polk (30-13) in a Class 4-A quarterfinal at 1:30 p.m.
Council Bluffs Lewis Central ran out of postseason magic Wednesday evening. Unfortunately for the Titans, a state tournament berth is gone as well. Lewis Central allowed four first-inning runs and could never get on track, falling 10-0 in six innings to No. 10 Sioux City East in the Class 4-A, Substate 1 finals at Sergeant Bluff-Luton.