Diamonds and Ice

Every Metro boys’ hoops team still alive
Linn-Mar's Nate Hutcheson

Linn-Mar's Nate Hutcheson

As of Thursday night, every Metro boys’ basketball team was still kicking in the postseason. Marion played a 3A district final Thursday night against Williamsburg.

In Class 4A, all six Metro schools and both Iowa City’s schools have advanced into the substate semifinal round. That list will be pared starting Friday, considering there are some head-to-head matchups:

No. 2 Linn-Mar (19-2) hosts Cedar Rapids Xavier (7-14)
Cedar Rapids Washington (15-6) hosts Cedar Rapids Jefferson (11-10)

In other games Friday, No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (20-1) hosts Waterloo East (11-10). It’s Cedar Rapids Prairie (3-18) playing at sixth-ranked Iowa City High (16-5). Iowa City West (9-12) hosts Burlington (7-15).

It’s the Wash-Jeff winner facing the Linn-Mar/Xavier winner in a substate final at the U.S. Cellular Center on Tuesday night (8 p.m. tip). The City High-Prairie winner plays either West or Burlington in a 6:30 game at The Cell that same night.

Kennedy or East will play the winner of Friday night’s Marshalltown (ranked ninth)-Cedar Falls game in a Tuesday substate final at UNI’s McLeod Center.

So who will emerge out of all this to play in the state tournament in Des Moines in a couple of weeks?

McDonald’s game out, AHL All-Star Game in for D.M.?

In talking to a few people while at the state wrestling tournament this weekend, heard that Des Moines applied for but was recently denied being the host for the 2010 McDonald’s prep basketball all-American game.

The city still remains in the hunt, however, to host the American Hockey League All-Star Game next season. Both events mentioned were/are earmarked for Wells Fargo Arena. The AHL’s Iowa Chops, an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, play in Wells Fargo Arena.

If you’ve never been to WFA for an event, do so. It’s a big-time, big-city beautiful arena that this state is lucky to have.

And the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls’ High School Union are lucky to have its availability for its state wrestling and basketball tournaments.