South O’Brien High School boys basketball coach Kiley Yates was certain about one thing when he began his career 21 years ago.
“I knew I’d be a lifer. I was going to coach for a long time,” Yates said. “I didn’t know what that would look like exactly, but I knew this is what I was going to do.”
He has done it well enough to win more often than not, and by a good margin.
Yates earned his 300th career win on Monday and added another on Tuesday and Friday to put his record at 302-187 while his latest team improved to 17-4.
Yates coached five years at Center, ND. He then spent three years at Underwood before coming to South O’Brien. He is in his 13th year with the Wolverines.
“I’ve always looked up to the guys who have won a lot, but I can’t say any win total was ever a part of my goals,” Yates said. “I’ve always been someone who doesn’t think that far ahead. The most important one is always the next one.”
The milestone was evidently on the radar of a lot of his former players and assistant coaches though.
“Social media is an amazing thing,” Yates said. “I’ve had so many messages since that happened. When you consider it goes back to 1998, it’s pretty incredible to be able to reconnect with those guys like that. It’s fun.”
Boys tourney tips off
The Iowa High School Athletic Association appears to have finally got rid of its long-held belief that geography should be the most important part in setting its postseason boys basketball brackets.
Despite being based in the same town, Boyden-Hull and Western Christian have been placed far away from each other in the Class 2A brackets. Boyden-Hull is ranked second in the state in the Associated Press poll.
Western Christian spent the whole year in the state rankings before falling out in the final poll.
The second-ranked Comets are the top seed in District 1, with Sioux Center getting the other first-round bye. Sibley-Ocheyedan, Okoboji, Unity Christian and West Lyon are the other teams in that grouping. The top two seeds in the other half of that substate group are Forest City and Lake Mills.
Western Christian was placed in District 16, where it is the second seed. Third-ranked West Sioux has the top spot. Cherokee, Sheldon, Rock Valley and Hinton make up the rest of the group. The top seeds from the other side of that substate group are OA-BCIG and East Sac County.
Gehlen Catholic is in Class 1A District 1, where Remsen St. Mary’s received the top seed.
The bulk of the Class 1A teams from N’West Iowa are in District 2, where third-ranked George-Little Rock is the top seed. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Trinity Christian, South O’Brien and Central Lyon are in that group.
MOC-Floyd Valley drew Spencer in the first round of Class 3A Substate 1.
Action begins in Class 2A on Monday.
None of N’West Iowa’s Class 1A teams get started until Thursday.
MOC-Floyd Valley’s postseason opener is on Monday, Feb. 18, in Sergeant Bluff.
Sioux City to host NAIA
The NAIA announced Thursday that Sioux City has been selected as the host site for its women’s basketball championships 2021-24.
Sioux City has hosted the NAIA Division II women’s basketball championships since 1998, but the bid process was opened when the NAIA determined it would merge the two divisions into one starting in the fall of 2020.
With the change to one division comes a change to the format as 16 host sites from around the country will host an NAIA Opening Round tournament.
The champion of each opening round will make up the 16-team field final site at the Tyson Events Center.
Currently, 32 teams qualify for play in Sioux City.
DNR hosts meetings
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a series of town hall meetings where staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations and address other topics.
One of these meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.
“We want people to come out, listen to the hunting seasons reviews, ask questions and hear directly from our staff,” said DNR Wildlife Bureau chief Todd Bishop. “Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing potential rule changes and collecting feedback as we work through the rules process.”
The meetings are open to the public. Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the DNR before proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations.
Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment.