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Iowa City West basketball player Jeremy Morgan has started to experience the effects of recruiting.

The recruiting trail has met up with Morgan, as the senior-to-be has received three scholarship offers within the last two weeks. This is coming off of the beginning of AAU season, which runs from spring and then throughout the summer. Morgan is a member of the Iowa Barnstormers squad, which also has fellow West teammate Dondre Alexander.

Morgan has heard from a bevvy of Division-I schools — including Iowa and Wisconsin, most notably — and has current offers from nearby Northern Iowa, Rice, and Weber State.

It will be interesting to see what other programs decide to reach out to the 6-6 Morgan, who helped lead the Trojans to a Class 4A state championship this past winter. The assumption is that more recruiting activity will pick up as the summer moves along.

Morgan, who has mostly played forward at West, is on record saying he envisions himself as a guard at the collegiate level.

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.”


(West High guard Ally Disterhoft — Photo credit to The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette)

Ally Disterhoft learned a lot from winning a state title.

Cohesiveness. Comaradarie. The ability to adapt. The ability to respond.

Disterhoft, who committed to play collegiately at Iowa last month, helped lead the Women of Troy (23-1) to the Class 4A girls basketball state title.

In this brief interview, Disterhoft reflects on the past few of months, specifically on West High securing state titles in not one or even two, but three sports.


(West’s Dondre Alexander — Photo credit to The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette)

During West’s state title run, especially in boys and girls basketball, athletes and even some students went to social media sites to show their support and then ultimately revel in victory.

Dondre Alexander and Jeremy Morgan — the dynamic duo of the boys’ hoops squad — were perhaps the most proactive out of any players. They both took to Twitter to share their excitement and behind-the-scenes commentary during that memorable run.

Some of the girls team did as well, including senior Mackenzie Piper.

Using Storify, here is a link to some of the Tweets that were published before, during, and after the state tournament stretches.

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 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.