Written by on February 26, 2012 in Sports

The 2012 Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state basketball championships begin today at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Throughout the week KILJ AM&FM will carry the games live for you from the Iowa high School Sports Network. You can enjoy the day sessions on KILJ-AM 1130 on your dial and the evening games will be carried on KILJ-FM 105.5. We hope you will enjoy this Iowa tradition of determining the best teams in girl’s basketball in the state of Iowa.

The #1 ranked Danville Bears will get to prove that rating true after qualifying for the State Basketball tournament with a class 1A substate win in Ottumwa over Corydon Wayne by a score of 68-38. The Bears will be the #1 seed in the 1A field and will open tournament play Monday March 5th at 12:15 p.m. against Council Bluffs St. Alberts who is the #8 seed with a 14-10 record.
In class 2A substate action at Mt. Pleasant High School Saturday night Mediapolis fell to #6 ranked Mt. Vernon 60-37. The Bulldogs end the season one win short of gaining their first state tournament appearance since 1975.

Tonight at Ottumwa Evans Junior High Gym the #3 ranked and 22-1 Mt. Pleasant Panther boys basketball team will try and capture their third straight state tournament berth with a win over Centerville in the 7 p.m. game that you will hear live on KILJ-FM 105.5 and

Former Mt. Pleasant High School basketball standout and now freshman starter for Quincy University, Scott Hahn was named the male athlete of the week at Quincy University. Scott Hahn had a pair of solid performances last week in conference games against the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville University.
Against UMSL last Thursday, Hahn finished with 11 points, for second most on the team, and six rebounds. In the 55-44 win over Maryville last Saturday, he again finished with 11 points to tie for leading scorer. He also collected 10 rebounds to record his first double-double game of the season and a career high in rebounds.

Four area wrestlers placed at the 2012 AAU State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines over the weekend. Taking 1st Place and the Champion title was Brayden Ackles, 4th Place Corbin Broeker, 5th Place Jackson Allen, and 6th Place Jarod Kadel.

Danville Boys State Tournament T-Shirts are on sale TODAY ONLY in the Danville High School office. Get yours until 4 o’clock this afternoon for just $15… and again, these are only on sale today until 4…
Tickets for the Danville Boys State Tournament first round game are go on sale tomorrow in the Danville High School office from 1-8pm… Wednesday from 8-noon… and Thursday March 1st from 1-8pm. Ticket cost is $8.
Danville is also offering a Trailways Bus trip, and a student Pep bus. The Trailways bus trip is intended for adults – school age kids can ride with an adult chaperone. Sign up again, in the Danville High School office Tuesday from 1-8, Wednesday from 8-noon, and Thursday from 1-8. Cost is $22.00.
Sign up for the Student Pep Bus trip is underway now for 7th – 12th graders.
The cost of the bus ride has been donated, but students must buy their $8 game ticket. You must be signed up for the pep bus by Thursday.

You’re invited to a Community Meal and Pep Rally for the Bears on Friday, March 2nd. The free will donation meal will be served from 5-7pm in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room, with the proceeds helping to offset the cost of the state tournament trip.
The Pep Rally will follow the meal at 7pm in the Danville High School Gym.

And the Official Sendoff for the Danville Boys will be held at 1pm on Sunday in the Danville High School Parking Lot. Everone is encouraged to come help wish the Bears good luck, and see them off to the State Tournament. The Bears go into the State Tournament ranked #1, and take on Council Bluffs St. Albert, Monday, at 12:15pm at Wells Fargo Arena.

Ft Madison alumni Ryan Bowen will be inducted as an Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Player at the 2012 Boys State Basketball Tournaments on Saturday evening March 10th.
Bowen, was a three-time first team All-State player for Ft Madison. Consistently rated in the top ten, Ft Madison reached the Sub-state Tournament finals three times. In 1994 their only two losses were to eventual State Champion Davenport West. Bowen earned the coveted Class 4A player of the year in 1994, and was the MVP of the Dr. Pepper Senior All-Star game. He graduated with several school records including 1,507 career points, 749 career rebounds and 296 career blocked shots. He also added 223 career steals and 231 career assists. He shot a sizzling 66.4% from the floor for his career. He was also a two-time state tennis doubles qualifier and a second team All-State baseball pitcher. Playing for Dr. Tom Davis at Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes in career steals and career field goal percentage (57.5%), while winning the 1997 Chris Street Award. After playing professionally for two years in Turkey, he had a nine year NBA career with Denver, Houston, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. He spent one season on the Iowa coaching staff and is now with the Denver Nuggets. He and his wife, Wendy, and children make their home in Coralville.

The SEI Super Conference has announced their Boys Basketball All-Conference Teams for 2011-2012.

1st Team All Conference 1st Team All Conference
Bryan Forbes Jr Lone Tree Michael Soukup Jr Danville
Max Larew Sr Lone Tree Steven Soukup Jr Danville
Jesse Ertz Jr Mediapolis Collin Bartsch Sr Danville
Jacob Darbyshire Sr Mediapolis Conner Hogberg Jr Danville
Jordan Wagenbach Jr Mediapolis Andrew Matheson Sr Central Lee
Chance Miller Jr IMS Tony Huffman Sr Notre Dame
Brian Hagedorn Sr IMS Collin Weaver Sr Van Buren
Trey Sathoff Sr Pekin Elliott Remick Sr Van Buren
Christian Roth Sr WACO Mitch Moeller Jr Holy Trinity
AJ Steahr Sr L-M Kyler Nelson Sr Harmony
Clayton Robison Sr Winfield-MU

2nd Team All Conference 2nd Team All Conference
Logan Forbes Jr Lone Tree Josh Stevens Sr Danville
Andy Dodson Jr Lone Tree Dalton Bryant Sr Central Lee
Wil Janssen Sr Mediapolis Brandon Pezley Sr Central Lee
Cameron Gingerich Jr IMS Kyle Krauter Sr Central Lee
Peyton Thompson Jr IMS Kullen Koelker Jr Notre Dame
Johnny Lackender Sr IMS Zach Boyd Sr Van Buren
Tater Clubb Sr Pekin Derek Vandenberg Sr Holy Trinity
Tyler Ayers Jr WACO DeShon Johnson Fr West Burlington
Jake Hootman Jr Highland Jarric Nelson Sr Harmony
Jordan Schoonover Jr Wapello Jonathon Pederson Jr Cardinal
Rafael Cardenas Sr Columbus

Honorable Mention
Columbus-Edgar Rodriguez, Kenan Todd
Van Buren-Dalton Stine, Blake Scott
Highland-Josh Brase, Jesse Kleopfer
Cardinal-Drew Ostrander, Donny Teninty
L-M-Andy Sierra, Logan Osborn
West Burlington-Carter Reed, Drake Woodsmall
Lone Tree-Lucas Sieverding, Gabe Lorack
Notre Dame-Cole Riniker, Lucas Giertz
IMS-Dallas Nye, Reggie Hostetler
Central Lee-Tyler Gendron, Matt Kurtz
Mediapolis-Joe Fedoris, Dustin Belknap
Harmony- Kory Neeley, Joshua Vance
Pekin-Nate Buch, Tyson Lamb
New London-Dalton Dudley, Cameron Watson
WACO-Justin Freyenberger, Alan Hesseltine
Holy Trinity-Brent Holtkamp, Johnny Olson
Wapello-Will Rios, Eric Garcia
Danville-Dalton Stevens, Connor Hoelzen
Winfield-MU-Max Fricke, Jake Edwards
Maharishi-Thomas Weiss, Paul DeAngelis

The Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge has concluded its community service initiative this basketball season with nearly 80 schools participating in projects all across the state. Community service award winners comprising the NW, NE, SW, SE, and Central geographic areas of the state have been determined. In addition, one middle school award was chosen.
NW – South Central Calhoun – Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser
NE – Cedar Rapids, Jefferson – Adopt-A-Family
SE – North Mahaska, New Sharon – Coaches vs Cancer
SW – Bedford – Lady Bulldog Food Drive
Central – Ballard – Ally oop for Autism
Middle School – West Central Valley, Stuart – Madhatter Day/Holiday Caring & Service
Each of the service award winning schools will receive $500 for the school’s student government program. The award winning schools will also be presented a plaque to recognize their efforts. Every school that participated in the Pride Challenge will also receive a certificate of recognition.

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