Archive for February, 2012

Tonight’s boys basketball profile is on Jeremy Morgan, who is a junior at Iowa City West.

The Trojans are 22-0 this season and Morgan is in his second year with a prominent role on the team. He is the son of former Hawkeye basketball player Michael Morgan. The youngest Morgan is currently averaging 15.3 points per game.

Morgan is already being recruited by a few Division-I programs for both football and basketball, but it would seem he has more upside in basketball. The 6-4 small forward has already received increased interest from Iowa and is expected to get a bevy of offers starting this spring and summer.

Other schools showing moderate interest are Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Missouri.

However, keep an eye on Iowa. Head coach Fran McCaffery has shown he can out-recruit the likes of Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, so there’s no reason to think McCaffery couldn’t get the son of a former player.

Morgan tends to be a force on the inside at times — after all, prep basketball doesn’t feature many players over 6-3 — but has also shown he can hit the 12-foot jump shots and the occasional shot from beyond the arc.

For now, Morgan will just have to keep mastering the likes of high school basketball, but he appears to have a bright future.

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is 22-0 after defeating Davenport West in the Class 4A regional semifinal this past Friday.

Head coach Steve Bergman has been at the helm for the Trojans for 22 years. But this could be perhaps his most memorable one. With West still undefeated and seemingly not slowing down, Bergman and his squad are the favorites to win the state title.

Here is an interview (click here for the transcript) with Steve Bergman:

AN INTERVIEW WITH IOWA CITY WEST’S STEVE BERGMAN

Q: How has this run been throughout the season?

A: Well obviously, it’s been a great season for us. It hasn’t been perfect – we’ve had some rough spots. The toughest part of our season was early, we played three or four ranked teams early and we played really, really well. I thought we improved quite a bit. We don’t play games for two weeks over the holidays, and I thought we really improved and played really well coming out of the holidays. We’ve also played a lot of blowouts in that stretch, and we picked up some bad habits. We struggled a little bit here and there, but we had a week off and we kind of redid things a little bit and got our attitude right, and we played very well in the [playoff] game the other night.

Q: What’s one thing you’ve taken away from this season – has this season felt different at all?

A: I had most of these kids last year, and last year we started out 4-4 and then we won 16 straight games. So it was sort of a struggle, we lost some close games to some good teams and had some struggles, but then we sort of just figured it out a little bit at a time. By the end of the year, we went to the state tournament and made it to the semifinals and then kind of stalled against Linn-Mar, who had way more talent and way more experience. So we knew we were — we had everybody back. We only lost a couple guys and the key guys; our leading scorers were all back. We knew we were pretty talented. You know, the season never goes exactly like you think, but it’s gone a lot like we expected.

Q: I want to ask you about [highly-touted players] Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan. Where do those two guys rank in terms of the student-athletes you’ve coached over the years?

A: Well, they’re good. Jordan Stoermer was a four-year player for us, Glenn Worly was a four-year player for us. I can’t name too many more. So they’ve played with us — this is their third year, so they’re just juniors — they will hopefully play four years with us, and they’ve made progress every year. They both bring a little something different to the table, but they’re both all-conference players and they’ll be all-state players if not this year then for sure before they’re done. We’ve had a lot of good players, but they fit into that conversation. We had Ali Farokhmanesh here too, so we’ve had a lot of good players and they are right in that group.

Q: With just a couple more games towards the goal [of a state championship], what’s the feeling around the team at this point and what are you saying to your players?

A: This time of year you try to keep everything pretty positive and you try to keep everything pretty short. You got to guard against over-coaching them and getting them too ready to the point where they’re thinking rather than playing. I think that they really have handled the transition, so far, into the postseason very well. You can just see the focus go way up. Last week in practice and the game we played Friday night, that was a different team we’ve seen the last couple of weeks of the regular season.

Friday Hoops Roundup: 2/24

Posted: February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

Boys Basketball:

No doubt about it, the Iowa City West boys basketball team is one of the greatest rolls this area has seen in years. West is 21-0 heading into the playoffs and don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Trojans have been consistently led this season by a trio of varsity mainstays: Dondre Alexander, Jeremy Morgan, and Wyatt Lohaus. Alexander (15.9 ppg) and Morgan (15.3 ppg) are being recruited by Division-I programs.

Not to be overshadowed because of West’s success this year is Regina. The Regals are 16-6 going into postseason play and could be a force to be reckoned with. While Regina is coming off of a loss to Mount Vernon a few days ago, that shouldn’t be anything they can’t overcome. Senior guard Ryan Lynch leads the team in scoring at a 16.3 points per game average.

After one of the most illustrious decades in the school’s history, City High has struggled in its last two seasons of play. Seniors Jerel Moore and Cortez Barfield have done most of the heavy lifting for the Little Hawks this season. Maybe a playoff push is in store?

Girls Basketball: 

Similar to the boys’ program, the Iowa City West girls basketball team has been rolling all winter. The Women of Troy are 22-1 and favorites to win the state championship. Their last loss was on Jan. 28 against Assumption. Junior Ally Disterhoft (16.9 ppg) has lead the team in scoring all season, and will be highly-recruited prospect come this spring into next fall.

The Regina girls squad was bounced from the playoffs last weekend and finished 18-4. Zoe Dutchik finished the season averaging 17.5 points per game to finish off a productive prep career. She played in the Prime Time League last summer with top-level collegiate players as well.

City High is still alive and has a record of 16-6. Sierra Chambers is leading the team in scoring at a 13.8 points per game average.

Friday Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that will showcase the week that was in area basketball. In the future, it will be primed with more stats, links, and multimedia interaction.

This is probably not how City High’s four seniors envisioned their last game at their home court.

On Senior Night, Dubuque Wahlet defeated City 55-46, on Tuesday night in Iowa City. City dropped to a 7-13 record while Wahlert improved to 9-10.

The Little Hawks’ quartet of last-year players — Jeremy Johnson, Jerel Moore, Ronald Thompson, and Cortez Barfield — went out on a loss, as they also combined for just 17 points. Thompson fouled out in the final seconds of the third quarter and Moore fouled out with about two minutes remaining in the game.

The contest was close for a majority of the night, but Wahlert made a push in the fourth quarter to eventually put the game away.

Both squads got off to cold shooting starts, as each team’s shooting percentage was quite low in the first half. Each team played at a solid pace, although City held the ball for the final shot for about a minute at the end of each the first and second quarter.

City utilized a 2-3 zone for most of the game while Wahlert tended to play man-to-man defense. City’s Jerel Moore took advantage of that at times, and finished with 12 points. Moore also had a thunderous breakaway dunk before fouling out in the fourth.

For the Golden Eagles, guard Nate Burks showcased his ability to drive to the basket and hit open shots on the base line. The senior tallied 13 points. Senior Jake May — brother of Iowa’s Eric May — scored 13 points for Wahlert. May was a force inside at the forward position, both offensively and defensively. Riley McCarron, who also quarterbacked Wahlert’s football team, added 6 points and 4 assists.

Aside from Moore, City head coach Adam Loria didn’t get much production from his seniors. Johnson scored 3 points, Thompson had 2, and Barfield was held scoreless.

But it didn’t really matter.

May and Burks led the way for Wahlert in the fourth quarter, and City was not able to hold its opponent on defense.

The Little Hawks’ next game is against Waterloo East on Thursday night in their last game of the regular season.

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Tonight, Johnson County Sports will host a live blog via Twitter at the City High-Dubuque Wahlert boys basketball game. You can follow these Tweets @JohnsonCoPreps.

This will be the debut of the website’s Twitter account, and I will likely be experimenting with certain methods regarding live Tweeting and on-site game coverage. While there is no avatar yet for @JohnsonCoPreps, there will be soon — hopefully.

As always, thank you for visiting JCS. More content to come in the following days and weeks.

Another week of prep basketball in Iowa City, another week of numerous wins. Here is Johnson County Sports’ first Friday Hoops Roundup, with a little bit of a season summary since this is just the first week of the site.

Boys Basketball:

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is 16-0 overall and 11-0 in the MVC Valley Division. The Trojans don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, and are anchored by juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan. The duo is getting recruited by major Division-I programs. Both for basketball and football. West has a three-game lead in the division over Cedar Falls.

Iowa City High is 6-10 overall and 3-8 within the MVC Valley Division. City High has had its share of struggles this season, but can use this year to build into the future presumably. The Little Hawks are led by seniors Ronald Thompson, Jasper Washington, and Jeremy Johnson.

Regina is 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the Cedar Valley conference. Regals senior guard Ryan Lynch has led his squad for most of the season, as the school is prepared to make a deep run in the state playoffs this season.

Girls Basketball:

The West High girls basketball team is 17-1 overall and 13-0 in the MVC Valley Division. Junior Ally Disterhoft has led the team in scoring numerous times this season, and also paced the team for the majority of last year as a sophomore. Disterhoft has already received a scholarship offer from Iowa State.

City High’s girls are 13-5 and 8-5 in the MVC Valley Division. Head coach Bob McTaggart has led some quality teams in the last few years and the Little Hawks seem to amp up their competition towards the end of the season.

Regina is 17-3 overall and 12-1 in the Cedar Valley conference. The Regals have continued the string of quality girls basketball action in the area this season. Head coach Jeff Wallace is in his sixth year at the helm for Regina.

Friday Hoops Roundup is a weekly feature that will showcase the week that was in area basketball. In the future, it will be primed with more stats, links, and multimedia interaction.