The Iowa High School Athletic Association still hasn’t given many clues on exactly how the football state playoffs will work this season.
The IHSAA initially announced in July that every team in all classes will work for the postseason.
At the time, it said it would determine postseason pairings with geography, quality and team availability as the primary considerations.
That’s the last we’ve heard on it though and we’ve just finished Week 5 of a seven-week season. I’m assuming team availability is one of the holdups there, since that seems to change week to week.
Still, I thought this might be a good time to check in on the computer rankings from BC Moore to see where that machine has N’West Iowa’s teams sitting compared to the rest of the state.
In Class 3A going into Friday’s games Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley was ranked 20th out of 54 teams and third in its district, behind eighth-ranked Spencer and 18th-ranked Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
It will be interesting to see how far teams have to travel as nine of the top 20 teams are on the western side of the state and a handful of others would be considered in the central part of Iowa.
Class 2A will certainly be brutal on this side of the state. The top five teams and six of the top seven are in either District 1 or District 2. Algona of District 2 got off to an ugly 0-3 start, but finally got a win and is ranked 10th by the computer. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock was first, West Lyon second, Unity Christian fifth and Sioux Center seventh.
Looking a little farther down the list in the 54-team class, Sheldon ranks 21st, MOC-Floyd Valley is 33rd and Okoboji is 45th.
In Class 1A, Emmetsburg is the top team out of District 1. It is ranked fourth, but West Sioux is right behind it at fifth and Western Christian is seventh. Sibley-Ocheyedan is 19th out of 54 teams.
In Class A, a 60-team grouping, the highest ranked team from District 1 is Gehlen Catholic at 13th. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn is 16th. South O’Brien is 27th.
The postseason picture has changed, at least slightly, in cross country with the state meet being split and altered Class 1A state-qualifying methods announced this week, but the Iowa Association of Track Coaches individual rankings are a good place to start to see who might be the favorites going into it.
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley senior Marco Lopez is the highest ranked N’West Iowa runner in Class 3A boys, coming in 13th this week. MOC-Floyd Valley junior Sam May is 24th. Among Class 3A girls, MOC-Floyd Valley junior Emily Haverdink is 13th.
In Class 2A boys, Sheldon senior Brendan Cain is ranked third to lead the local runners. West Sioux senior Deven Henry is 13th, Western Christian junior Tage Hulstein is 15th, George-Little Rock/Central Lyon senior Daniel Schriever is 21st and Sibley-Ocheyedan junior Jackson Byers is 25th.
In Class 2A girls Sibley-Ocheyedan sophomore Bria Wasmund is 14th, slightly outpacing sophomore teammate Madison Brouwer who is 16th. Nevaeh Armstrong, a senior from Okoboji, is 26th.
No N’West Iowa boys or girls runners are ranked in Class 1A in this week’s poll.