West Lyon and Western Christian in State Semifinals Thursday

GPAC Mens BasketballA pair of area teams are in the State Boy’s Basketball semifinals Thursday. West Lyon squares off against Keota in the 1A semifinals at 10:30. Pregame on KIWA FM begins at 10:25. aA 2pm Thursday afternoon Western Christian will meet Cascade  with pregame at 1:55. We’ll stream from the website as well at


In the 1A quarterfinals on Monday eight seed West Lyon shocked top seed and unbeaten Newell Fonda 72-57 to get to the semifinals. Fourth seed Keota who eliminated EastonValley 56-47.

West Lyon won their quarterfinal game in the fourth quarter as they outscored Newell Fonda 30-11 in the final eight minutes to get the win 72-57. The other jump out number for West Lyon was a 20-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Wildcats put four players in double figures with Kyle Groeneweg leading a balanced attack with 18 points. Kacey Merlie added 14, Bandon Snyder hit for a dozen and Kaleb Heyer pumped in 11.

West Lyon takes a 22-5 record into the semis while Keota comes in at 25-1.


In Class 2A top seed Western Christian secured their spot in today’s semi final with a 76-53 win over 8th seed Albia Monday night. The Wolfpack will meet five seed Cascade of Western Dubuque who pulled the mild upset of four seed South Hamilton Jewell winning 56-40.

The Wolfpack never trailed after jumping out to a 14-0 lead to start the contest. By halftime Western led 46-24. At the end of the third quarter the Blue Demons had cut the lead to 11 at 56-45. Western outscored Albia 20-8 in the final eight minutes and put the game away 76-53.

Taylor Feenstra had a huge double-double with a game high 26 points and 20 rebounds. The Wolfpack’s other big man Josh Van Lingen added 19 points. The two were a big reason Western outscored Albia in the paint by a 36-8 margin.

The Wolfpack take a 25-0 record into the semifinals while Cascade comes in at 22-3. both games will be broadcast live on KIWA FM 105.3 and streamed from the website at

Due to Thursday’s 1A semifinal game, the Midday News, which is normally aired at 11:00 am on KIWA-FM, can be heard at noon Thursday on FM-105.3.


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