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Winter season finally winding down

In tribute to the mix of outdoor atmospheres our area has experienced last month, I’ll offer a mixed bag of different high school sports observations this week.

The tribute, rather, would be more appropriate to the main character of my favorite second-grade book series, “Amelia Bedelia,” who was known to create things using “a little of this, and a little of that.”

So here’s a little of this, and a little of that with what’s left this winter:

Winter wins update: Updating the totals mentioned in last week’s column about win combinations between basketball and wrestling, Newman’s trio sits at 69 wins, and Dixon has 62.

If the Dukes defeat Galesburg, they’ll set a record with 63 wins between boys and girls basketball and wrestling.

Newman has a chance to become only the second local school to amass 70 total wins in those three sports. The Comets can reach 70 if they win a sectional title tonight against Bureau Valley.

The Storm (20-10) have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2003-04 and 2004-05. Basketball is the only winter sport at Bureau Valley, and so far, the teams have combined for 38 wins, which is the most since 2002-03, when the boys went 25-4 and girls went 19-8.

As I mentioned last week, Rock Falls is the only other school to have 70 combined wins between its basketball programs and wrestling in the same season; this year, and in 2005-06. The Rockets have 77 so far, and could get to 80 with a sectional championship.

Marcos find their hardware: Polo was the final local 1A team to bow out, falling to NUIC West foe River Ridge 71-60 in an East Dubuque Sectional semifinal. 

Polo (27-4) fell one win short of the program record for wins, which is 27 in 2009; that season also was the last time the Marcos had won a regional title before this year. They also won an outright conference championship this year, having gone 10-1 in the NUIC East. The last time Polo won an outright title was in 1969, when longtime Marcos coach Bill Jenkins coached a team to a 17-6 record and the Blackhawk Conference title.

In the 9 years that Polo fell short of winning regional titles from 2010-18, they went 166-90; which includes a stretch where they went 131-54 from 2013-18. 

The Marcos have posted 20-win seasons in each of the past 7 years, amassing a record of 160-59. The last local boys team to do that was Fulton from 1955-61; those Steamers went 161-37, with six regional titles and a sectional championship in 1958. The last 3 seasons were the first of Stan Borgman’s tenure; he’s the namesake of the court on which the Steamers play today.

If it weren’t for an IHSA rules violation in 2003, Rock Falls would have had a streak of 10 straight seasons with more than 20 wins from 1998 to 2007. The 2003 Rockets finished with 14 wins and 15 losses, after forfeiting 10 wins. 

One of those forfeited wins was to Sterling.

Fulton, Thomson natives play on: The Fulton boys basketball team’s season is over, and so is Unity Christian’s. However, one Fulton kid will be experiencing the state finals this weekend.

Nathan Moeller is a junior center and power forward at Prince of Peace Prep in Clinton, Iowa. The Irish (21-3) advanced to the Iowa Class 1A State Finals with a 63-60 win over Dunkerton in a sub-state final on Saturday, the school’s first appearance in the finals since 1994 – when the school was Mater Dei High School.

Moeller scored eight points in Saturday’s win. Hansi Hudson of Thomson is a senior reserve forward.

The Irish will face Remsen St. Mary’s at 1 p.m. Monday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The winner will advance to the semifinal round at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Sioux Central and Alburnett. The third-place game will be at 10:20 a.m. Thursday, and the championship game at 2:10 p.m. Friday. 

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