Posted On: 11/16/20 1:30 PM

The Teams

Algona (18-5): The Bulldogs were great last season, running out to a quick 8-0 start on the year, and really pushing Ballard in the substate semifinal before losing 73-71. Three of the top four scorers graduated from that group, so expect a fairly significant drop-off here. Senior Noah NelsonNoahNelson5'8" | PGAlgona | 2021StateIA (9.6 points per game) is the top returnee, while Tyler Manske (4.8) and James Wartick (3.7) are the other key returnees. The losses of Wyatt WegenerWyattWegener6'2" | PGAlgona | 2020StateIA and Collin BleichCollinBleich6'2" | CGAlgona | 2020StateIA, who combined for over 30 points a game last season, is a lot to overcome.

Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (8-15): Expect the Cowboys to be much more competitive this season, as they bring back 98.5% of their scoring, the most in 2A. Junior big man Connor StateConnorState6'4" | PFClarion-Goldfield-Dows | 2022StateIA (13.9, 6.4 rebounds) is the standout here, an impact player on both ends of the floor who controls the paint and protects the rim. Two other players who averaged in double-figures return in Coady Olson (11.9) and Mateo Martinez (11.7), as well as Christian Gaytan (9.6). Scoring won’t be an issue for the Cowboys, but if they want to make a jump up the

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