Posted On: 11/17/20 1:30 PM

The Teams

Belle Plaine (17-6): The top three scorers return to a 17-win Plainsmen team, so they should be considered the team to beat in the division this year. Senior forward Luke DeMeulenaereLukeDeMeulenaere6'1" | PFBelle Plaine | 2021StateIA (16.2) and junior Ben DeMeulenaereBenDeMeulenaere6'3" | PFBelle Plaine | 2022StateIA (13.3, 11.1 rebounds) are the leaders here, the focal points of a team that likes to play inside-out, the antithesis of modern basketball. The DeMeulenaere’s are great playing in the high-lo, working extremely well with each other. The other key returnee is senior guard Jackson Tegeler (9.5), the team’s top shooting threat, knocking down 39% of his 3s last year. They’ll need to find a primary ball-handler that they can trust to protect the ball following the graduation of Trevin Straight. 

English Valleys (9-13): The nine wins the Bears racked up last year was one of the most successful seasons they’ve had in a long time, and there is reason for more optimism this year, with the top five scorers returning. Junior forward Kaden HallKadenHall6'2" | PFEnglish Valleys | 2022StateIA (16.4, 11.2 rebounds) is one of the league’s best players, a walking double-double. Hayden Irmen (9.2) is a solid second scorer, while Beau Flander (7.2), Brayden Mikesell

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