Senior Chris Bennett is the leading scorer and rebounder on Roosevelt’s first state tournament team since 1982. He needs three more victories to match his father.
Bennett’s dad, Steve, played for the Roughriders’ 1978 state championship team. Roosevelt beat Dubuque Wahlert in the 1978 final.
BATBOYS: Roosevelt coach Chris McMahon and Dowling assistant coach Jim Nahas are rivals on the court but have at least one thing in common. Both used to be batboys for the Iowa Cubs.
STRONG DEBUTS: Bettendorf coach Curtis Clark and Sioux City North coach Cody Fisher are both in their first seasons on the job. They got their teams to the tournament with a combined record of 44-2.
HEADS TOGETHER: Despite a loss in Monday’s 2-A quarterfinals, North Cedar left a strong message at Wells Fargo Arena. Longtime assistant coach Al Moser was diagnosed with cancer less than two weeks ago and all the players shaved their heads as a sign of support.
RUNNING RUNDQUISTS: The father-son duo of Gordon and Paul Rundquist are back at the state tournament after winning back-to-back championships last season. Gordon won as an assistant for 4-A Iowa City West, and Paul returned as head coach with 3-A defending champion Mount Pleasant.
IMPACT PLAYER: Carson Parker missed the first 19 games of Dike-New Hartford’s season while recovering from a broken elbow and wrist he suffered during state football. The time off didn’t affect him much, as Parker scored 23 of the Wolverines’ 36 points in Monday’s 2-A quarterfinal loss to No. 1 West Fork.
BACK TO FORM: Cedar Falls center Zach Harvey suffered numerous athletic injuries during his high school career and is completing his first full season of basketball since eighth grade. The 6-9 senior is the Tigers’ second-leading rebounder and top shot blocker.
— Chris Cuellar