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In case you missed it Wednesday night, Johnson County Sports posted an entire multimedia package on the aftermath of West High’s athletic success this school year. There are three parts to the story, all of which go hand-in-hand. Check them out.

– The volleyball, girls basketball, and boys basketball teams all won state titles. That success has translated over to other portions of West High, including the overall aura and atmosphere of the school. Boys hoops coach Steve Bergman labeled West a “well balanced school” and also said “it was simply a great year all around.” Click here for that story.

– Junior Ally Disterhoft is a very heralded and decorated prep player. But even she has learned from the entire experience as a whole. Disterhoft, an Iowa commit, also highlighted West’s overall profile as an institutional success story. Click here for an audio interview with Ally.

– Over the last few months, some of West’s students — including the athletes — have taken to social media to share their opinions and jubilation over the emotions of winning a state championship. Using Storify to reveal some of their Tweets, juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan are some of the main highlights from this piece. Click here for it.

As always, thank you to those who’ve read, watched, and listened to content on JCS.

Five months. Three state titles.

And in three of the largest sports, no less.

For high schools around the country, athletics can be an important aspect of the overall experience. From the athletes to the coaches to fellow students and fans, it can become a big ordeal.

So that’s why when a school wins a state championship, the school takes pride in that success and finds a newfound support following that particular’s sports victory.

Or how about three state titles? Now that, is rare. A rarity that Iowa City West triumphed.

Within the last several months, West High athletics has been dominate — there is no other way to say it. Volleyball won a state championship. So did the girls basketball team. And add the boys basketball squad to that list as well. Five months, three state titles. Not too shabby.

“It’s an amazing thing when it happens,” girls basketball star Ally Disterhoft said. “West High has been so fortunate this year to have some great athletic teams … I think this year has just been a really special year in general and unlike any other the community or the school has seen before.”

She’s right.

Not many teams have banners hanging within the rafters of their gymnasium recognizing a state championship. But West High has three, and that is just this school year.

Disterhoft added she’s come to appreciate what has been accomplished, and not simply by the girls basketball team she was on.

“I really enjoyed being apart of it and we all feel very thankful that we’ve had such good fortune throughout the year,” she said.

Heading into the school year, the West High boys basketball team had seemingly the highest expectations. The Trojans were runners-up in 2010-11 and head coach Steve Bergman had his team prepped for another deep run into the postseason.

Then, the entire West High community was shaken.

In August, volleyball player and senior Caroline Found died in a moped accident. The volleyball team, coached by the legendary Kathy Bresnahan (537-159 in her 20 seasons at the helm), went on to win the state championship, albeit a bittersweet one. Bresnahan, who was not available for comment to Johnson County Sports, was named National Coach of the Year for her efforts.

“The most amazing story is volleyball and how that all unfolded,” Bergman said. “I don’t think most people would have picked us to win after some of the things that happened, and I think that’s carried over into everything else.”

Girls basketball head coach BJ Mayer agreed with Bergman’s sentiments.

Following volleyball’s triumph through a tragic situation, the basketball teams kept West High’s athletic profile on top.

Led by juniors Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan — who expressed their emotions via Twitter a lot during the season — the boys squad went undefeated on its way to winning the Class 4A state title. Alexander and Morgan averaged 16 and 14.8 points per game, respectively.

Disterhoft helped lead the girls team, as the Women of Troy went 23-1 on their way to winning state.

“I wouldn’t have bet money ahead of time for us [to win the state championship], but it was plausible after the way volleyball unfolded the way it did,” Bergman said. “It was simply a great year all around.”

While West has had immense success athletically this school year, Bergman said that doesn’t necessarily transition to the entire school as a whole. He added that some students don’t know that he’s the basketball coach — Bergman has coached the Trojans for three-plus decades.

But the success has permeated into other aspects of prep school life. West has also had notable achievements in music, theatre, and in academia throughout this 2011-12 school session.

“We’re a very well balanced school, and I think that has shown up a lot this year,” Bergman said. “We have really strong drama, music, athletics, speech and debate, and the whole thing. I don’t think athletics drives the school, but the kids we have that show up are very supportive.

“I think it’s built up this year. No question.”

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.

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