The final piece of the postseason puzzle was released on Wednesday when the Iowa High School Athletic Association released its Class 3A and Class 4A substate basketball brackets.
Sioux Center and MOC-Floyd Valley are headed south for the Class 3A Substate 1 tournament. The Warriors got a tough draw, playing at fifth-ranked Carroll in the opening round at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22. MOC-Floyd Valley also travels in the opening round, playing at Storm Lake. The winners of those two games will play in a substate semifinal at Carroll at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25. The substate final is at Denison-Schleswig on March 1.
Carroll, 16-2, is the only ranked team in the substate. LeMars, 15-4, is the second seed.
More basketball milestones
West Lyon High School junior Brooklyn Meyer still has a year and change left in her prep career, but she’s already become the all-time leading scorer for the Wildcat girls basketball program.
Meyer passed 2006 graduate Tasha Gacke, who had the old record of 936 points, on Friday, Feb. 5, in a win over MOC-Floyd Valley. Meyer, who scored 16 points in that game and 19 in a win over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Tuesday, enters postseason play with 961 career points.
West Sioux senior Megan Waterman surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career on Tuesday in a win over Remsen St. Mary’s.
Central Lyon girls basketball coach Heather Grafing earned her 200th career win on Tuesday, beating her former team in George-Little Rock. Grafing has a 200-105 career record, including an 89-47 mark in six years at Central Lyon.
Swimmers on to state
Three N’West Iowa athletes, Kellen Dean and Hudson Vonk of Sioux Center and Kohen Rankin of Hull, were among the members of the Sioux City Spartans team that qualified for the state swimming meet.
Sioux City competed in the district meet at Fort Dodge last Saturday. The Spartans had 10 swimmers make the state field, getting three relays and 11 individual races qualified.
The state meet is being held today (Saturday, Feb. 13) at Linn-Mar Aquatic Center in Marion.
Rankin swam the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay team that won the district and posted the second-fastest qualifying time in the state. He led off and Vonk took the third leg on a 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the district.
Rankin qualified with the fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke race and with the third-fastest time in the state in the 50-yard freestyle race. Vonk qualified in the 200-yard individual medley. Dean made the cut in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley.
Grady scholarship winner
Sheldon High School senior Brooklyn Grady has been selected as the Northwest District winner of a 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association Student Scholarship.
To qualify, students must earn a cumulative B-plus or higher academically, have an overall ACT score of 25 or above and be ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. Applicants must also have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport and have earned at least one varsity letter in each of the two sports.
As a regional winner, Grady is in the running for a statewide award. The amount of the scholarship will depend on if Grady is a regional winner or wins the statewide honor.