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Prep basketball pairings, my dislike of the Olympics

February 12, 2014 - Troy Banning
Here are some local thoughts ...

The IHSAA revealed the postseason boys’ basketball pairings in Classes 3A and 4A on Wednesday and Webster City drew Gilbert in a district semifinal on Monday, Feb. 24. My first thought – the IHSAA hates me.

Why that reaction? Webster City will host a doubleheader that night. Humboldt and Nevada will meet in Game 1, followed by Webster City versus Gilbert with a tip-off time of 8 p.m. I’m already starting to get the deadline migraine.

I’ve actually watched Gilbert in person this season and it will be an intriguing match-up for Webster City. The Tigers love to shoot the 3 (at least they did in the game I saw against South Hamilton) and they have no problem hoisting it up from well behind the arc.

WCHS should be the favorite in that game though. The Lynx play a tougher schedule ... a pair of games against top-ranked (3A) Clear Lake, as well as the likes of Humboldt and Fort Dodge St. Edmond should have them well prepared.

Northeast Hamilton senior forward Logan Seiser needs just 16 more points to reach 1,000 in his career. I’ve known he was getting close for about a week, but his dad and head coach John Seiser declined to give me the actual numbers until today. Apparently he’s superstitious. I’m not.

Logan Seiser averages 24.2 points per game and he has two games – at a minimum -- remaining. I’ll eat my own shoe if he doesn’t get 16 more.

Here are some thoughts on subjects outside of the area ...

Flipped on the Winter Olympics the other day and watched women cross country skiing around a course. Every once in a while they’d stop, pull out a gun and shoot at targets. Huh? This is a sport, an actual sanctioned OLYMPIC sport? Needless to say I switched the station 45 seconds later.

Sorry, I just can’t get into the Winter Olympics. Outside of hockey and downhill skiing, there isn’t much that peaks my interest. Sports keep score and have a clear winner in my opinion. Anything with judges ... click.

I’ve seen about a hundred excited tweets that go something like “pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Yes!” Let me know when October rolls around.

I’m out.


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