Archive for March, 2012

Below you will find a link to a data interactive timeline of West High’s state title winning season and a screen shot of the timeline. The Trojans had one of the best seasons in Johnson County prep sports history.

Most of the data collected — scores, stats, and other miscellaneous facts — is courtesy of the website Quik Stats Iowa. This is of interest because a chronological time lapse of the season has not been created up to this point and a summary of some major events and noteworthy points exists on the timeline as well. The timeline, created on TimeRime, can be found at this link.


Funny how much of a contrast can occur from one high school in the very same city to the next.

Iowa City West, as you can see, will be very experienced even coming off of their state title. City High, not so much.

Five of the Little Hawks’ best players are graduating and moving on to future endeavors. They don’t have the best resumé recently — City went 9-14 this past season — and at the current moment, they don’t have a head coach.

Wait, what?

Yes, Adam Loria resigned earlier this month after four seasons at the helm. Loria went 38-53 during those years. He will remain on staff at the school, but will focus more on his family and higher education for the time being.

City High plans to have a new coach in place by May 1.

One benefit of losing those five seniors is that the Little Hawks will have a lot of senior leadership on next year’s squad while still boasting a considerable amount of juniors and even sophomores. So while the future may not necessarily be right now as the saying goes, it may be sooner rather than later.

With or without Lora, the Little Hawks will still aim for success.

The Iowa City West boys basketball team is fresh off a state championship.

They have a coach who’s been in his position for two-plus decades. They have two Division-I recruits that heading into their senior seasons.

Really, nearly every key player from the state title winning team is returning for the 2012-13 season. So the Trojans will likely have high hopes going into their defense of the state championship, but they’ll have plenty of experience.

Jake Gylten is the only senior in this past seasons’s starting lineup, meaning four starters will be back.

Those players include Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan, both of whom will be sought after beginning this summer for both collegiate football and basketball. Alexander has been the go-to player for the last two years, but Morgan is right there with his teammate.

Morgan, the son of former Iowa Hawkeye Michael Morgan, might have the highest ceiling out of any prep player in the area. The 6-6 prospect can also play multiple positions.

Rounding out the all-star trio is Wyatt Lohaus, who will be a junior. Lohaus is the son of former Hawkeye Brad Lohaus and has a bright future. Lohaus average 12 points this past seasons as a sophomore and will likely have an increased role next season for West.


The Iowa City West boys basketball team squares off against Linn-Mar today at 3:15 p.m. in the Class 4A state semifinal.

West is 24-0 while Linn-Mar is 20-4.

The Trojans defeated Waukee 74-52 on Wednesday to advance to today’s action.

Head coach Steve Bergman’s had already accumulated one of the best seasons in school history and in area history. West got bounced in last season’s tournament by the Lions, so a bit of revenge is on the line this afternoon.

Juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan continue to be forces to be reckoned with in postseason play for West. The duo is perhaps the best in the entire state, and their play on Wednesday against Waukee was nearly flawless.

Well actually for Alexander, it was arguably. Alexander tallied 13 points — two of them by way of a thunderous dunk — on 6-of-6 shooting. Morgan added 15.

Linn-Mar features the best player in the state at point guard in Marcus Paige. The North Carolina recruit scored an unfathomable 49 points in a sub-state game last week and is averaging 28.4 points per game.

Either Alexander or Morgan will likely defend Paige, which is a tough task for any prep player. The Lions have centered there offense on Paige for the last two seasons, and for good reason, so that will be a matchup to keep an eye on.

The game can be seen on KCRG-TV 9.2 and heard on KXIC 800-AM.

The Iowa City West girls basketball team won the Class 4A state championship this past Saturday by defeating Ankeny, 61-56.

The Women of Troy – coached by B.J. Mayer — finished the season 23-1.

Click here for a below post of an audio slideshow, created from post game happenings following the win at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The scene after the game was positively chaotic, as the speakers blared traditional music after big wins and players, parents, and fans embraced.

Overall, West High has had a pretty good year in athletics. The Trojans program has won state championships in volleyball and girls basketball and the boys basketball team begins play at the state finals beginning this Friday.

“We went from volleyball champions to girls state champions, now we need boys basketball to be state champions,” Shelly Stumpf said. “Spread the love.”

Putting a little pressure on them, aren’t you Shelly?

“They need it.”

That’s the attitude of West High this season. And look what’s happened. Two state titles and perhaps one more on the horizon.

“We lost last year in the state championship, and that was hard,” junior Ally Disterhoft said. “But we fought back and stuck it through.”

To enjoy an audio slide show of the Women of Troy’s state championship victory, visit this link titled ‘Mission Accomplished: West wins state.’

Thanks for watching and listening.