Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

The Week That Wasn’t

December 19th, 2008

Every basketball season has a week that throws a big old monkey wrench into the schedules.  No matter how well the schools plan out their schedules, inevitably Mother Nature gets her way and things grind to a halt.  This last week was that “stuff hitting the fan” time.  The one-two punch of a Tuesday snowstorm and Thursday ice/sleet/snow combined to wipe out every high school sporting event at the first crucial junction of the season.  Christmas is around the corner, and with it comes the annual Holiday Break quiet period.  Most of the teams around the state will not have played an official game since last Friday or Saturday, meaning they will have been sidelined for over 3 weeks.  The few schools that did get games in this week, and the ones who have games between now and Christmas, will still have the Holidays off, but that extra game or 2 could give them a slight advantage when classes come back in session.

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2008-09 HSBB Update

December 2nd, 2008

High School Basketball on KXnO just keeps getting bigger and better.  Not only are we presenting play-by-play of CIML basketball, we’re also bringing the wraparound coverage that makes Football Friday Nights so popular to the hardwood.  During the Halftime Report, and during Postgame, we will receive updates from our correspondents all around the CIML.  Even when we’re unable to bring you the excitement of PBP coverage, you won’t be left out in the cold, because KXnO will be presenting a special HSBB show following Tuesday and Friday Energy games.  So remember that for high school sports coverage, it’s 1460 KXnO.

HSBB 2008: Teams to Watch

December 1st, 2008

Every basketball season is filled with storylines, and this one is no exception.  Here are a few girls’ teams that I’ll be tracking throughout this winter:

Exira (Class 1A): The clock is ticking on this small Audubon County school district.  Voters rejected a bond referendum in October to replace the elementary school, and the district will most likely have to enter into whole grade sharing by 2010.  The Vikings, led by Second Team All-State Center Hallie Christofferson, are ranked in the Top 15 in the pre-season after making last year’s State Tournament.

IKM-Manning (2A): Speaking of whole grade sharing, the recently joined-at-the-hip Wolves have come out with a bang.  The Football and Volleyball teams both made it to the State Semifinals, and the Girls Basketball Team is a Top 10 squad.

Davenport Assumption (3A): The Class 2A Champions have moved up a class, which is nothing new for the Knights.  They have spent the last few years hovering around the dividing line between 2A and 3A, but a spike in enrollment almost assures that they will remain in the higher class for the next few years.

Ballard (3A): With 3 players signing with Division 1 schools, it’s hard not to pick the Bombers to win it all.  But, as last year’s OT loss to Bishop Heelan in the Semifinals shows, you can’t count on anything.

2008 IGHSAU Pre-Season Rankings

November 20th, 2008

The IGHSAU has released their preseason basketball rankings.  The number ones are:

4A: Linn-Mar

3A: Ballard

2A: MFL-Mar-Mac

1A: Springville

Out of last year’s champions, only Springville in 1A is ranked #1 in their class.  2A champ Davenport Assumption jumps up to 3A, where they are ranked #6, 3A winners Bishop Heelan are #3, and Iowa City High starts their 4A defense at #7.

Tis the Season…

November 20th, 2008

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for images like this.  Things get going this weekend with jamborees, including the CIML one at the Knapp Center Saturday.  If you get the chance, go out and enjoy some early roundball.

HS Basketball on KXnO 2008-09 Edition

November 16th, 2008

It’s hard to believe that we’re down to only 2 weeks before the start of High School Basketball.  One again Des Moines Sports Station, 1460 KXnO, will be bringing you a full docket of live game broadcasts from across the CIML.  Here are some of the highlights from this year’s edition of HS Basketball on KXnO:

  • The season starts off with a bang as Metro Conference powerhouse DM Hoover hosts WDM Valley on December 2.
  • The Battle for West Des Moines moves from the gridiron to the gymnasium as Dowling Catholic hosts Valley on December 16.
  • KXnO’s first game after the Holiday Break also marks the first of 4 appearances on 1460 by the Ames Little Cyclones and uber-recruit Harrison Barnes.  Barnes & Co. host Valley on January 6, make the return trip to WDM on January 30, travel to the Roundhouse on the south side to play DM Lincoln on February 3, then wrap up our regular season coverage by travelling to Hoover on February 20.
  • 2008 State Qualifiers Southeast Polk and Waukee both make appearances on KXnO this season.  The Rams travel to Ankeny on January 13 and to DM North on February 10, while the Warriors travel to Urbandale on January 20 and host those pesky Valley Tigers on February 6.

Marty Tirrell will once again serve as the play-by-play voice of High School Basketball on KXnO, with his regular radio partner Ken Miller keeping everyone up to date at the High School Score Desk and yours truly, Steve “Choo Choo” Young, doing my best to pull it all together behind the control board.  You can find the full 2008-09 schedule here.