AREA PREP PLAYOFF SCENARIOS
A look at the possible prep playoff possibilities.
District 1: Spencer and LeMars, both 4-0, met in LeMars Friday. Spencer, aiming for its 10th playoff appearance, closes with Storm Lake and Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, while LeMars, an eight-time qualifier, ends on the road against Sheldon and MOC-Floyd Valley. A Spencer win over LeMars will help MOC-FV, which could claim a playoff spot by winning its final three games - Cherokee, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, and LeMars. Sheldon and Storm Lake, each 2-2, must win out and hope for some upsets to make the top two.
District 2: Clear Lake has a one-game lead over Algona, Webster City and Boone, each at 3-1. The defending state champion, Clear Lake beat Boone last week and meets Algona and Webster City the next two weekends. A combination of Clear Lake wins and Boone victories over Forest City, Charles City and Humboldt would clear up this four-team scramble.
District 8: A four-team race has emerged with Denison-Schleswig on top. The Monarchs hosted Glenwood Friday, then host Atlantic and travel to Carroll. Atlantic received a forfeit from Red Oak Friday but must win games on the road against Dension-Schleswig and Harlan. Harlan, with 21 previous playoff appearances, was in a must-win situation when it traveled to Lewis Central Friday before ending the season with Atlantic. Lewis Central is also in a must-win dilemma against Harlan, Carroll and Carroll Kuemper.
District 1: A three-way tie for the lead gets resolved in the final weeks of the season as Hinton, LeMars Gehlen and West Lyon each is 4-0 and face one another. West Lyon and Gehlen meet in LeMars today. Hinton hosts MMC, but closes on the road at West Lyon and Gehlen. Gehlen sandwiches MMC around today's game and a season finale against Hinton, which meets 12-time state qualifier West Lyon next Friday.
District 2: Algona Garrigan's win over defending champion Southern Calhoun last week left the Golden Bears atop the district standings. Garrigan hosts Southeast Webster and finishes against Wall Lake View-Auburn and Clarion-Goldfield. LM-ACT and Southern Calhoun are 3-1 and hope for strong finishes that could propel one of them into an at-large berth. They meet in the final game of the regular season, with LM-ACT meeting WLVA and Clarion-Goldfield, and Southern Calhoun facing Rockwell City-Lytton and Manson Northwest Webster, both 2-2.
District 1: Galva-Holstein is the only unbeaten and the Pirates have games left with River Valley, Newell-Fonda and winless Kingsley-Pierson. Pomeroy-Palmer and Newell-Fonda met Friday in Pomeroy. The winner stays alive for another week.
District 2: Clay Central-Everly is unbeaten and the Mavericks can clinch their third playoff appearance with games remaining at CWL, Twin River Valley and North Iowa. West Bend-Mallard with 12 state appearances and three titles is 4-2, with Armstrong-Ringsted, Graettinger and Lakeland each at 3-2.
District 10: Manning traveled to IKM Friday in what would likely decide the district title. The loser may still qualify for an at-large position. Both teams are 4-0. Manning also has Glidden-Ralston and Ar-We-Va remaining. IKM has Odebolt-Arthur and West Harrison.
District 1: Sentral and Aurelia, both 4-0, met in Fenton Friday, with the winner taking over first place and likely headed to the playoffs. The season ends next Friday with Harris-Lake Park at Sentral and Whiting at Aurelia.