Posted On: 02/4/21 4:00 PM


The favorite: Lake Mills entered last year’s state tournament as the #1 seed in 1A before being upset by eventual champion Wapsie Valley. The Bulldogs haven’t let that bother them, rolling teams again this year, winning their first 17 games by an average of 31 points a game, including a sweep of possible semifinal opponent Bishop Garrigan by 26 a game. They are an overwhelming favorite here behind the strength of their senior inside-out tandem of Caleb Bacon Caleb Bacon 6'4" | PF Lake Mills | 2021 State IA (12.2, 9.9 rebounds) and Dashawn Linnen Dashawn Linnen 6'3" | SG Lake Mills | 2021 State IA (18.8). Linnen is a nightly threat to score 25+ with his ability to get to the bucket or pull from 3, while junior wing Wyatt Helming (13.3) has emerged as a strong secondary scorer. This group shares the ball at a high-level, dishing out 19.5 assists a game, and they’re excellent defensively. It would be a major upset if Lake Mills odesn’t come out of this district. 

The biggest threat: A pair of sophomores lead Newman Catholic in slashing wing Douglas Taylor Douglas Taylor 6'5" | SF Newman Catholic | 2023 State IA (18.9) and point guard Max Burt Max Burt 6'0" | PG Newman Catholic | 2023 State IA (9.2, 6.7 assists), with junior James Jennings (13.0) serving as

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