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Here is some of the latest goings-on in the Iowa City community as it relates to the three high schools in the area and their extra-curricular activities and athletics. The snapshot of the last week or so as it relates to West High, City High, and Regina is all social media-based using Storify.

Click on this link to find a combination of Tweets and YouTube videos as it pertains to the latest buzz within social media.


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 West High girls basketball team defeated City High in a quarterfinal playoff game on Wednesday afternoon, 55-52.

The Women of Troy sealed the win on a blocked 3-point shot shot attempt at the buzzer.

West (23-1) moves on to the semifinals now, and will play Waukee at noon on Friday. West head coach B.J. Mayer’s squad last lost on Jan. 28.

City High was close throughout the entire game, and the fact that they had an opportunity to send the game into OT at the end is a testament to the Little Hawks’ postseason makeup.

The Women of Troy got two big free-throws from Brianna Sturtz within the final 15 seconds of the game, and ultimately City couldn’t overcome that last deficit.

West boys headed to state finals: The boys basketball team is going to state next week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The Trojans (23-0) are a 2-seed in a loaded field for Class 4A.

Linn-Mar (Marion) is the defending champ and arguably the favorites to win this season. Marcus Paige – who is heading to North Carolina in the fall — scored 49 points in Linn-Mar’s last playoff game. Yes, 49.

Ankeny is the top seed, and is also 23-0.

West placed fourth at state in 2011.


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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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. 

Thank you for visiting Johnson County Sports, a website/blog devoted to covering prep sports in the Iowa City area. This is the first post for JCS, which launched last week, in part, for a University of Iowa Journalism class.

JCS will attempt to cover all three Iowa City high schools — City High, West High, and Regina — with an emphasis on boys and girls basketball. The first live event will be covered within the next two weeks, but content should be posted on a couple times per week basis, at the very least.

In what has become a booming prep sports scene, Iowa City seemingly loves its high school sports. Many distinguished athletes have emerged from these schools and earned Division-I scholarships while others have enjoyed the ride of her or his prep career.

Above all though, these area high school teams have had success. And at a consistent rate.

Take this season, for example. The West High boys and girls basketball teams are rolling right now, and both Regina squads are sure to make some type of a run in the state tournament. The West girls made it to the state finals last season. City High has had some powerhouse teams in the past, too.

So, welcome to JCS. Who knows where this site will go, but hopefully some quality content can be provided to any type of consumer of Iowa City prep sports news.

— Matt Cozzi, creator/editor of Johnson County Sports