October 22, 2020 - 2:49 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures have dropped to the upper 40’s. Anglers are picking up yellow perch and crappie along Ice House point, the stone piers, and the fish house in Town Bay. Yellow Perch -Fair: Look for perch near shore. Anglers have had luck along Ice House Point and in Town Bay. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleye along the north shore, Ice House Point and near the outlet on the east shoreline. Bluegill – Fair: Pick up bluegill along shore with small jigs. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig or a small live minnow under a bobber in and around the fish house in Town Bay and along Ice House Point.

Brushy Creek Lake
Brushy Creek has been drawn down about 4-5 feet for a construction project. Launch boats at the north ramp or the west ramp. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure along shore. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure. Yellow Perch – Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near rocky areas and submerged woody structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits fished near the bottom in 10-15 feet of water.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
River levels are low; fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish in the deeper areas with cut bait, liver or stinkbait fished on the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Water clarity is good. Look for walleye in deeper areas; use crawlers, twisters or crankbaits.

North Twin Lake
Water levels are about 15 inches below crest. Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Try around the dead falls and woody structure along the shoreline just to the south of Featherstone Park. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. If fishing from shore, let the bait sit near the bottom. Use crawlers or dip baits. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber near vegetation edges. Walleye – Slow: With cooler water temperatures, try fishing near shore with twisters or leeches. Recent surveys show a lot of big walleye along the shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Water clarity is good. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Shore fishing has been productive. Try twisters or minnows/leeches fished under a bobber along shore at the marina, near the outlet and along the north and east shores in the main lake. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a variety of dip baits and cut baits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure or rock piles. Bluegill – Slow: Find bluegill along shore near rocks and patches of vegetation. Use a small jig with a piece of crawler fished under a small bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Fair.

Water temperatures in most area lakes are in the upper 40’s. Most lake levels are over a foot low. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the mid-40’s. The Ventura Access boat ramp is closed while a new boat ramp is installed. The fish cleaning station has closed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success pitching a jig and minnow in 4 to 9 feet of water. Best bite is early morning and evening. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler. Use your electronics to find and stay on fish. White Bass – Fair.

Rice Lake
Bluegill – Slow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a small minnow along the north shore near the boat ramp or the deeper water on the south shore by the homes. You may have to use larger bait to catch keeper-size fish. With clear water conditions, the best bite is early morning and evenings. Largemouth Bass – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Find schools in deeper water. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good. Yellow Bass – Good.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Excellent. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open; the bite should pick up as water temperatures continue to fall. The water temperature is 52 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Walleye – Fair: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead – Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch – Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are starting to be found closer to shore from accessible areas such as docks. Other areas to try are small humps in the main basin or weed edges.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. The panfish bite has been good. The ability to anchor or use Spot Lock is very useful to stay on fish in about 20-30 feet of water. Fish will start to move to shallower water soon and be able to be caught from docks/shore. Bluegill – Good: Schools are deeper off shore. Try fishing in 20-30 feet of water off most points. Anglers have had success using pilkies. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore. Yellow Bass – Good: Easily find yellow bass while fishing for bluegill.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 43 degrees or lower. The extended forecast calls for continued cooler temperatures. Air temperatures are expected to be in the 20’s to upper 30’s for the remainder of the week. The area walleye bite has started to pick up in many wadable areas off shore. The yellow perch bite has began to pick up in many area lakes. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

October 21, 2020 - 9:55 am - Posted in Sports

The latest Iowa High School Cross Country team rankings are out from IowaRunJumpThrow.com.

In Class 3A Boys rankings, MOC-Floyd Valley is receiving votes.

Class 2A Boys rankings have Western Christian in the 7 spot, Unity at 13, and Sheldon rounds out the top 15. GLR/CL is receiving votes. Class 2A Girls rankings puts Sibley-Ocheyedan at 10, Cherokee in 11th, and GLR/CL and Okoboji are receiving votes.

For the complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 15, 2020 - 3:15 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Shore fishing action has picked up. Water temperatures are around 60 degrees. Anglers are having success along Ice House point, the stone piers, and the fish House in Town Bay. Yellow Perch -Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore and near docks. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill. Walleye – Fair: Look for walleye along the north shore, Ice House Point and near the outlet on the east shoreline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try nightcrawlers or dip baits along shore of Ice House Point, near the outlet, and near the inlet bridge. Bluegill – Fair: Pick up bluegill along shore with small jigs. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small jig or a small live minnow under a bobber in and around the fish house in Town Bay and along Ice House Point. Many crappie are 8- to 9-inches, but a few bigger ones are mixed in.

Brushy Creek Lake
Brushy Creek has been drawn-down about 4-5 feet for a construction project. Launch boats at the north ramp or the west ramp; docks have been adjusted at the west ramp to make them easier to use. Black Crappie – Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber near submerged woody structure along shore. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines. Yellow Perch – Slow. Walleye – Slow. Bluegill – Fair. Channel Catfish – Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near rocky areas and submerged woody structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits fished near the bottom in 10-15 feet of water.

North Raccoon River (above State Highway 175 bridge near Auburn)
River levels are low; fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Channel Catfish – Fair: Target catfish in the deeper areas with cut bait, liver or stinkbait fished on the bottom. Walleye – Fair: Water clarity is good. Look for walleye in deeper areas; use crawlers, twisters or crankbaits.

North Twin Lake
Water levels are about 15 inches below crest. Water temperatures are in the upper 50’s. Yellow Bass – Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long. Try around the dead falls and woody structure along the shoreline just to the south of Featherstone Park. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake. If fishing from shore, let the bait sit near the bottom. Use crawlers or dip baits. Bluegill – Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a crawler fished under a bobber near vegetation edges. Walleye – Slow: With cooler water temperatures, try fishing near shore with twisters or leeches. Recent surveys show a lot of big walleye along the shore.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperatures are in the upper 50’s. Water clarity is good. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye – Fair: Shore fishing has been productive. Try twisters or minnows/leeches fished under a bobber along shore at the marina, near the outlet and along the north and east shorelines. White Bass – Fair: Pick up white bass from shore. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore and anywhere with rocky structure or rock piles. Bluegill – Slow: Find bluegill along shore near rocks and patches of vegetation. Use a small jig with a piece of crawler fished under a small bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair. Black Crappie – Slow: Find crappie around patches of vegetation near shore.

Water temperatures in most area lakes are in the upper 50’s. The walleye bite and panfishing action from shore has picked up. Most lake levels are over a foot low. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 50’s. Starting Oct. 19th, the Ventura Access boat ramp will be closed for an extended period as a new boat ramp is installed. The fish cleaning station has closed for the season. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success pitching a jig and minnow in 4 to 9 feet of water. Try fishing near lighted docks after sunset. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellows are biting on small jigs tipped with a piece of crawler. Use your electronics to find and stay on fish.

East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)
Fall fishing is picking up. Smallmouth Bass – Fair. Walleye – Fair.

Rice Lake
Bluegill – Slow. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try a jig tipped with a small minnow along the north shore near the boat ramp or the deeper water on the south shore by the homes. You may have to use larger bait to catch keeper-size fish. With clear water conditions, the best bite is early morning and evenings. Largemouth Bass – Slow.

Silver Lake (Worth)
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill – Fair.

Winnebago River
Fall fishing is picking up. Walleye – Slow.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Find schools in deeper water. Black Crappie – Fair. Yellow Perch – Good. Yellow Bass – Good.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms. Black Crappie – Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms. Largemouth Bass – Good: Use rubber worms or other slow-moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Excellent. Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Fair.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open; the bite should pick up as water temperatures continue to fall. The water temperature is 52 degrees. Bluegill – Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore. Walleye – Fair: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crankbaits to cover more water. Black Bullhead – Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade. Yellow Perch – Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are starting to be found closer to shore from accessible areas such as docks. Other areas to try are small humps in the main basin or weed edges. Many 9-inch fish have been caught.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 55 degrees. The panfish bite has been good. The ability to anchor or use Spot Lock is very useful to stay on fish in about 20-30 feet of water. Fish will start to move to shallower water soon and be able to be caught from docks/shore. Bluegill – Good: Schools are deeper off shore. Try fishing in 20-30 feet of water off most points. Anglers have had success using pilkies. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Find smallmouth bass on rock piles or on the points. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Find largemouth bass on the weed lines. Yellow Perch – Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore. Yellow Bass – Good: Easily find yellow bass while fishing for bluegill.

Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 55 degrees or lower. The extended forecast calls for much cooler temperatures, so water temperatures should continue to fall fast. Air temperatures are expected to be in the 40’s to 50’s for the remainder of the week. The area walleye bite should start to pick up as water temperatures fall. The yellow perch bite has started to pick up in many area lakes. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

The latest cross country team rankings are out from IowaRunJumpThrow.com.

In Class 3A Boys Rankings, MOC-Floyd Valley is receiving votes.

Class 2A Boys Rankings puts Western Christian at #9, GLR/CL in the 12 spot, and Okoboji in 13th. Class 2A Girls Rankings have Sibley-Ocheyedan in the ten spot, Cherokee in 14th, along with GLR/CL and Okoboji receiving votes.

For the complete rankings CLICK HERE

October 14, 2020 - 2:48 pm - Posted in Sports

Team sites and assignments for the 2020 IHSAA and IGHSAU state qualifying meets for all four classes of co-ed cross country are now available.

With the previously announced adjusted dates for postseason cross country, Class 4A and Class 3A meets will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21. Class 2A and Class 1A meets will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 22.

The state meet in Fort Dodge has also been split over two days, with 4A and 3A racing on Friday, October 30, followed by 2A and 1A races on Saturday, October 31.

2A UNITY CHRISTIAN, ORANGE CITY
Cherokee, Washington
Estherville Lincoln Central
George-Little Rock/Central Lyon
OABCIG
Okoboji, Milford
Sheldon
Sibley-Ocheyedan
Sioux Central, Sioux Rapids
Spirit Lake
Unity Christian, Orange City
WC-KP
West Lyon, Inwood
West Sioux, Hawarden
Western Christian, Hull

1A RIDGE VIEW
Alta-Aurelia
East Sac County
Gehlen Catholic, LeMars
Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire
Harris-Lake Park
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn
Hinton
Lawton-Bronson
Manson Northwest Webster
MMCRU
North Union
Ridge View
Siouxland Christian
South O’Brien, Paullina
St. Edmond, Fort Dodge
St. Mary’s, Remsen
Trinity Christian High School
West Bend-Mallard

3A SPENCER
Algona
Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City
Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
Denison-Schleswig
Harlan
Humboldt
LeMars
MOC-Floyd Valley
North Polk, Alleman
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Sioux Center
Spencer
Storm Lake

 

2020 SITES & ASSIGNMENTS

CLASS 4A

CLASS 3A

CLASS 2A

CLASS 1A

This weeks IowaRunJumpThrow.com individual cross country rankings are out.

Class 3A Boys has MOC-Floyd Valley’s Sam May ranked 17th, followed by Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley’s Marco Lopez in 18th. Class 3A Girls rankings put MOC-Floyd Valley’s Emily Haverdink in 11th, and Spencer’s Brenna Fisher in 14th.

Class 2A Boys rankings keeps Sheldon Orab Brendan Cain in 2nd, Western’s Tage Hulstein is in 14th, and Orab Jager Roozenboom is ranked 22nd. Class 2A Girls rankings puts Cherokee’s Kyrstin Agnitsch in the 8 spot, Sibley-Ocheyedan’s Madison Brouwer is 14th, and the General’s Bria Wasmund is 15th. GLR/CL’s Mary Schriever rounds out the top 30.

For the complete rankings CLICK HERE

The latest Radio Iowa High School Football poll is out. In Class 2A, CLGLR is up to #3, while West Lyon fell to #5.

Class 4A
1. Southeast Polk (6-0), LW #1 vs C.R. Jefferson or Ames 10/23
2. Dowling Catholic (5-1), LW #2 vs Sioux City North 10/23
3. Ankeny (6-1), LW #4 vs Sioux City West or C.B. Jefferson 10/23
4. Pleasant Valley (7-0), LW #5 vs Davenport West Or Davenport Central 10/23
5. Waukee (5-2), LW #6 vs Linn-Mar 10/23
6. Iowa City West (4-0), LW #8 vs Iowa City or Ottumwa 10/23
7. Dubuque Hempstead (6-1), LW #7 vs Iowa City Liberty 10/23
8. Urbandale (5-1), LW #3 vs Marshalltown 10/23
9. Sioux City East (6-1), LW #9 vs vs Ankeny Centennial 10/23
10.Cedar Rapids Prairie (4-2), LW #10 vs Davenport North 10/23

Class 3A
1. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-0), LW #1 vs Oskaloosa or Carlisle 10/23
2. Harlan (7-0), LW #2 vs ADM or Bondurant-Farrar 10/23
3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (7-0), LW #3 vs Marion or Clear Creek-Amana 10/23
4. Davenport Assumption (7-0), LW #5 vs Clinton Or Central DeWitt 10/23
5. Washington (7-0), LW #6 vs Fairfield or Keokuk 10/23
6. Lewis Central (5-1), LW #4 vs Creston 10/16
7. West Delaware (7-1), LW #7 vs Waterloo East 10/16
8. Webster City (7-0), LW #9 vs Mason City or Gilbert 10/23
9. Ballard (6-1), LW #10 @ Boone 10/16
10.Decorah (6-1), LW (X) vs Charles City or Wahlert 10/23

Class 2A
1. PCM (Monroe) (7-0), LW #1 vs Clarke or Saydel 1/23
2. Williamsburg (7-0), LW #2 vs West Burlington or Davis County 10/23
3. Central Lyon/George-Little Rock (7-0), LW #4 vs Sheldon or Unity Christian 10/23
4. Waukon (6-1), LW #5 vs New Hampton or Forest City 10/23
5. West Lyon (6-1), LW #3 vs MOC-Floyd Valley or Sioux Center 10/23
6. Atlantic (6-1), LW #6 vs DSM Christian or Albia 10/23
7. Solon (5-2), LW #7 vs Oelwein or South Tama 10/23
8. West Marshall (6-1), LW #8 vs Chariton or Centerville 10/23
9. Camanche (6-1), LW #9 vs Anamosa or Center Point-Urbana 10/23
10.Mount Vernon (6-1), LW #10 vs Vinton-Shellsburg 10/16

Class 1A
1. OABCIG (7-0), LW #1 vs Missouri Valley or East Sac County 10/23
2. Van Meter (7-0), LW #2 vs ACGC or Pleasantville 10/23
3. Southeast Valley (7-0), LW #4 vs Clarion-Goldfield-Dows or Belond-Klemme 10/23
4. Sigourney-Keota (7-0), LW #5 vs Cardinal or Pekin 10/23
5. South Hamilton (7-0), LW #6 vs Central Springs or South Hardin 10/23
6. Underwood (6-1), LW #7 vs West Central Valley 10/16
7. South Central Calhoun (5-1), LW #8 vs Sioux Central 10/16
8. Emmetsburg (5-1), LW #3 vs Eagle Grove 10/16
9. Waterloo Columbus (6-1), LW #9 vs Aplington-Parkersburg or Osage 10/23
10.Mount Ayr (6-1), LW #10 vs Central Decatur or Interstate-35 10/23

Class A
1. Grundy Center (7-0), LW #1 vs BCLUW or Ogden 10/23
2. Saint Ansgar (7-0), LW #2 vs North Union or West Fork 10/23
3. Iowa City Regina (6-1), LW #3 vs Columbus Jct. or Wapelo 10/23
4. Edgewood-Colesburg (7-0), LW #4 vs North Linn or Clayton Ridge 10/23
5. West Hancock (6-1), LW #5 vs NW Webster 10/16
6. MFL-Mar-Mac (6-1), LW #6 vs Postville 10/16
7. Wapsie Valley (6-1), LW #7 vs Starmont 10/16
8. South Winneshiek (6-1), LW #8 vs Nashua-Plainfield 10/16
9. Logan-Magnolia (6-1), LW #9 vs IKM-Manning or Southwest Valley 10/23
10.Council Bluffs St. Albert (4-2), LW (X) vs Sidney 10/16

8-Player
1. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #1 vs GMG (Garwin) 10/16
2. Remsen St. Mary’s (6-0), LW #2 vs GT/RA 10/16
3. Audubon (5-0), LW #3 vs Bedford 10/16
4. Montezuma (7-0), LW #4 vs Lone Tree or Winfield-Mount Union 10/23
5. CAM (Anita) (6-0), LW #6 vs Griswold 10/16
6. Fremont-Mills (3-1), LW #5 vs Exira/EHK 10/16
7. Newell-Fonda (6-1), LW #7 vs West Bend-Mallard 10/16
8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (7-0), LW #8 vs West Central 10/16
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (7-0), LW #9 vs River Valley or Harris-Lake Park 10/23
10.Easton Valley (6-1), LW #10 vs Dunkerton 10/16

October 10, 2020 - 12:16 pm - Posted in Sports

The playoff pods are out from the IHSAA.

Sheldon opens their Class 2A playoff run at Unity, and the winner will play Central Lyon/George-Little Rock, who earned a first round bye. West Lyon earned a first round bye and will play the winner of MOC-Floyd Valley and Sioux Center.

In Class 3A, Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley earned a first round bye, and will play the winner of Le Mars and Storm Lake. Spencer and Sergeant Bluff-Luton each earned first round byes as well.

In Class 1A, West Sioux and Western each earned a first round bye.  West Sioux will play the winner of Hinton and Sibley-Ocheyedan. Western will play the winner of MVAOCOU and Treynor.

Class A has South O’Brien hosting Westwood, Akron-Westfield on the road to Ridge View, MMCRU at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, and Gehlen Catholic at Alta-Aurelia.

8-Player puts GT/RA at Remsen St. Mary’s, River Valley at Harris-Lake Park, and West Bend-Mallard at Newell-Fonda, along with Ar-We-Va, Westside at Kingsley-Pierson

Class 4A

Class 3A

Class 2A

Class 1A

Class A

8-Man

Larchwood, Iowa — Bragging rights in Lyon County and the title in class 2A district one is on the line when fourth ranked Central Lyon/George-Little Rock visits third ranked West Lyon.

Central Lyon has posted four shutouts and is yielding only three and a half points per game in a 6-0 start.

That’s Lions’ coach Curtis Eben who says West Lyon will test their defense in ways no other opponent has this season.

Eben says the Wildcats will provide a physical challenge.

Tonight’s game brings to an end an abbreviated regular season that for much of the year was in doubt. Eben says it was worth the effort.

October 8, 2020 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Sports

Boone, Iowa — The final scheduled week of the 2020 IHSAA football regular season is here with an unprecedented playoff system starting next week.

The information below is a brief overview and explanation of items included in the 2020 football postseason manual as teams and fans prepare for the playoffs.

For purposes of playoff planning, Friday, October 9 (Week 7) marks the final day of the regular season. Per an update from Tuesday’s Board of Control session, teams whose regular seasons were shortened due to COVID-19 or the derecho storm may conduct select regular season contests after being eliminated from the postseason.

The IHSAA began its varsity football playoffs in 1972. The playoff system used in recent seasons and previously planned for 2020 featured 16 qualifiers per classification. Due to COVID-19 and scheduling adjustments announced in July, all eligible teams in all classifications may qualify for the 2020 playoffs.

The updates below are subject to change. Visit www.iahsaa.org/football or find the IHSAA on Twitter for the latest announcements and news.

Playoff Announcements

First round and second round playoff pod assignments will be announced at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Third round and quarterfinal pods will be released at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Semifinal and final pairings will be released following games on Friday, November 6.

There will not be a traditional bracket release or late Friday night announcement of matchups.

Points of Emphasis

Due to the uncertainty in participation and scheduling created by COVID-19, the manual outlines four points of emphasis for all classifications.

A: All teams need to be eligible to participate by the Friday of the first round (October 16). This includes teams with first round byes.

B: Games will be played on the Fridays scheduled and will not be delayed due to COVID-19 related issues at a school.

C: Once pod assignments are released, teams forced to suspend their seasons will submit a no contest and their opponents will be advanced to the next round.

D: If a team wins and is forced to suspend their season prior to the next contest, their upcoming opponent will be advanced to the next round. The team they defeated will remain eliminated from the postseason.

Selection Process

The IHSAA will assign teams to pods throughout the postseason. Geography and district placement will be key determinants in pod assignments.

Due to the number of schools in each classification, byes will be applied in the first round of the six-round playoff system. When possible, byes will be given to teams defined as district champions. Additional byes will be determined by geography and district placement.

Pods will be assigned three times: 1. Ahead of the first round for the first round and second round; 2. Ahead of the third round for the third round and quarterfinals; 3. Ahead of the semifinals for the semifinals and finals.

Pods will be listed numerically (1-16) for the first release and alphabetically (A-D) for the second release. Pods from the first assignment are not linked with other pods for subsequent assignments and teams are not seeded.

An example of pods from the first round through the third round redraw is listed here with points of emphasis added:

POD #1

First Round

Team B beats Team C

Team A BYE

Second Round

Team A beats Team B

 

POD #2

First Round

Team X beats Team Y

Team Z beats Team W

Second Round

Team Z beats Team X

 

POD #3

First Round

Team J no contest BYE, Team K suspended

Team L beats Team M

Second Round

Team J beats Team L

 

POD #4

First Round

Team N beats Team O

Team P beats Team Q

Second Round

Team N no contest BYE, Team P suspended

POD A

Third Round

Team A vs. Team Z

Team J vs. Team N

Fourth Round

Winner of A & Z vs. Winner of J & N

UNI-Dome Updates

Semifinals and finals for all classifications will be played at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Start times have been adjusted from past years to allow for cleaning and clearing the facility. Semifinal kickoff times are now 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on each day (November 12-14). Finals kickoff times are now 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. on both days (November 19-20).

More information on spectator and UNI-Dome requirements will be announced prior to the event.