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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.”


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.

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 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: