The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s state basketball tournament tipped off this morning at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Nodaway Valley squared off in Class 1A action, the first of 32 games to be played over the next six days. Dating back 104 years, the state basketball tournament has an impressive history.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About State Boys’ Basketball
- The first boys’ state basketball tournament was held in 1912, when Ottumwa beat Sioux City Central 38-31. From 1912 to 1922, the event was an invitational state tournament, created to increase interest in the sport. The IHSAA took over control in 1923 and established standards for eligibility, season length and age of participants.
- Early tournaments were held in sites with railroad access. The University of Iowa, then known as the State University of Iowa, hosted the first five tournaments in its armory. Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) hosted in 1917, and both schools held tournaments during the 1920-22 seasons.
In the ensuing years, tournaments were also held in Ames, Boone, Ottumwa and Des Moines (at Drake University). The tournament landed at the iconic Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines for the first time in 1955, and was held there every year from 1963 to 2005. In 2006, it shifted across the street to the new Wells Fargo Arena.
- The longest state tournament game in history was in 1985. Maple Valley outlasted Northwood-Kensett 87-81 in six overtimes.
- The 3-point field goal was introduced before the start of the 1982-83 regular season, adding a new dimension to the game.
- With 18 state tournament trips under his belt, Mitch Osborn of Harlan owns the record for most state appearances by a coach.
This week’s state tournament includes teams from every area of the state: from the western edge (Sioux City North, Glenwood and Western Christian of Hull) to the banks of the mighty Mississippi (Pleasant Valley, Dubuque Wahlert) and all points between.
While you’re in Des Moines…
With the state’s best basketball teams descending on Des Moines this week, there will be plenty of action to take in at Wells Fargo Arena. But if you’re looking for looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the state boys’ basketball tournament, come see us at Homemakers. Whether you’re dusting off a tough loss or celebrating a big win, there’s something for everyone on our 215,000-sq. ft. showroom floor.
You’ll also be able to take advantage of one of our favorite furniture deals of the year, the Winning Combo sale. With a qualifying purchase of $999 or more, you’ll receive:
- Free statewide driveway delivery
- 5% off of your entire purchase
- 10 months financing — Use your Homemakers/NFM card and you’ll pay no interest if paid in full by December.
If you’re in the market for new furniture (and even if you aren’t!), a stop at the state’s largest furniture showroom is a must on any trip to the metro. Come see us!
Which team are you cheering for this week?
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