So apparently some Boyden-Hull High School boys basketball fans think it is time for me to eat some crow.
That’s part of the gig. If you say something and it is proven wrong somehow, you have to wear it. That’s just how it is.
The thing is, what they are thinking and what actually was written are not the same thing.
It seems my view that the seeding seemed a little off in the Class 2A boys basketball state tournament was seen as a prediction that I thought the Comets would lose. I never once said that. In fact, the actual seeding had the Comets first, which means they were the favorite.
I try to avoid prediction columns on purpose. We cover 17 high schools. That means in the majority of the games I write about, I’m covering each of the teams. I try to write a balanced story. I am asked to do one prediction column per year, and that’s during football season. Every year, I’m excited to get a new season started, but I’m not excited about that column. Ask my editor how much I whine about that.
Once we get into the postseason and don’t see as many head-to-head matchups of our teams, or any time we have a team that is playing someone we don’t cover, of course I’d rather see our team win. Wouldn’t it be counterproductive to hope for anything else? Plus, you are talking about a community I’ve covered for over 20 years. Why wouldn’t I want the best for them?
However, I’ve also had it drilled into me since I was 17 years old that there is no cheering in the press box. Call them exactly as you see them. Try to block out the crowd and other opinions and just tell the story the way you saw it.
Anyway, the point is I still stick by my logic that led me to be surprised Boyden-Hull was the No. 1 seed. I made my arguments in the last column so I won’t rehash any of that. I will mention the Comets lost to a very good South O’Brien team. A team that West Sioux, the sixth seed in the tournament, beat twice. Boyden-Hull and Pella Christian were the only teams in the Class 2A state tournament to fall to a team with a sub-.500 record during the season.
But Boyden-Hull played brilliantly at the defensive end throughout the state tournament. The Comets definitely earned the championship. Boyden-Hull was fantastic and I’m extremely happy for those kids, those coaches and that community.
Would they have won the tournament if they were the third seed, as I suggested, or the second seed, as would have been the case in BC Moore’s computer rankings?
The matchups would be different, but based on how they played, my opinion would be yes, they sure would have.
Statewide hoop honors
Several N’West Iowa high school girls basketball standouts have been named to regional and state honor lists for the 2019-20 season.
The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association put Okoboji senior Kallyn Stumbo on the first team of its Class 3A all-state team. West Lyon sophomore Brooklyn Meyer was on the second team. Unity Christian junior Janie Schoonhoven and Okoboji senior Magan Christopherson were on the third team. In Class 2A, Central Lyon junior Hayden Heimensen was on the second team. In Class 1A, Gehlen Catholic senior Addison Weber was on the third team.
Stumbo was also on the first team in Class 3A on the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s all-state list. Meyer and Schoonhoven were on the second team. Christopherson was on the third team. In Class 2A, Heimensen made the third team.
The IGCA also released an academic all-state list. N’West Iowa seniors earning that honor were Mallory Nilles and Brooke Zylstra of Boyden-Hull, Stumbo, Kaylee Vande Hoef of Rock Valley and Abby Postma, Ally Postma and Cassie Van Otterloo of Western Christian.
The Iowa Basketball Coaches Association does not do all-state teams, but has released its all-region lists. Weber made the team in Class 1A Region 1, as did George-Little Rock junior Mackensie Post and Gehlen Catholic senior Sydney Livermore. In Class 2A Region 1, Heimensen, Zylstra, Western Christian senior Olivia Granstra, Rock Valley junior Lexie Van Kekerix, Nilles and Rock Valley junior Abby Heemstra made the team and Heather Grafing of Central Lyon was the coach of the year. In Class 3A Region 1, Schoonhoven, Meyer and MOC-Floyd Valley junior Jazlin De Haan were on the list. In Class 3A Region 2, Stumbo and Christopherson were on the team and Okoboji’s John Adams was the coach of the year.