The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the boys' basketball playoff brackets for Class 1A and 2A on Thursday and three area teams could be playing in a March 1 substate final.
Class 1A No. 10 Gladbrook-Reinbeck and Meskwaki Settlement School will both be one of the favorites in their district tournaments, while West Marshall is the top seed in its 2A district bracket.
The Trojans (16-3) received a first-round bye and will host either Colfax-Mingo (0-16) or North Polk (7-10) in State Center at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20. The other game in State Center that night will be Collins-Maxwell-Baxter (13-4) taking on either South Hardin (7-9) or East Marshall (1-17).
The Tigers and Mustangs will play at North Polk on Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. North Polk and Colfax-Mingo will square off on the same night at 8 p.m.
The two Feb. 20 winners will meet for the District 13 championship at 7 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Nevada. The Substate 7 final will be played at Johnston High School at 7 p.m. on March 1. Potential opponents for the District 13 champion include 2A No. 7 Des Moines Christian (18-1) or Van Meter (17-1).
The ranked Rebels also received a first-round bye out of Class 1A District 4. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (16-2) will host either BCLUW (5-12) or CAL (2-14) in Reinbeck on Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. The other game in Reinbeck on Feb. 20 will feature Iowa Star Conference rivals GMG (10-6) and North Tama (7-11) and tip-off for that contest is 6:30 p.m.
BCLUW and CAL will meet as part of a first-round doubleheader in Grundy Center at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17. The nightcap pits host Grundy Center (6-12) against Clarksville (0-20) at 8 p.m.
The Grundy Center-Clarksville winner travels to Ackley on Feb. 20 and faces AGWSR (12-6) at 8 p.m. The night in Ackley begins at 6:30 p.m. with North Butler (8-7) challenging Northeast Hamilton (7-9).
The district semifinals will be played in Grundy Center on Feb. 25, while the championship game takes place at Aplington-Parkersburg on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
The Substate 2 final will be at Hamton-Dumont at 7 p.m. on March 1. Potential opponents for the 1A District 4 champion include Belmond-Klemme (14-3), Rockford (13-5) or Lake Mills (11-5).
Meskwaki Settlement (17-2) may have the toughest road of any of the area's small schools. The Warriors, who have won 12 straight games, get a bye in the first round of 1A District 9 and will host either Tri-County (7-10) or English Valleys (0-16) in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20. The early game on Feb. 20 at Meskwaki will have BGM (14-3) taking on Iowa Valley (8-8) at 6:30 p.m.
Tri-County and English Valleys face off in a Feb. 17 doubleheader at Tri-County. The other game pits North Mahaska against HLV.
The North Mahaska-HLV winner gets No. 8 Keota (16-1) on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Montezuma. Montezuma hosts Belle Plaine in the other matchup at 8 p.m.
BGM will host the quarterfinal doubleheader on Feb. 25 and the district title game will be played at Mid-Prairie on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The Substate 5 final is at Oskaloosa on March 1. Potential opponents for the District 9 winner include ninth-ranked Pekin (15-1), Van Buren (15-2) or Twin Cedars (12-6). Van Buren and Meskwaki both received votes in this week's Associated Press poll.
The final area team from Class 1A is Colo-NESCO and the Royals (13-5) got a first-round bye in District 11 and will meet Martensdale-St. Marys (11-6) in a Feb. 20 quarterfinal game at Madrid. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. with the nightcap featuring Madrid (14-5) and either Ankeny Christian Academy (13-6) or Southeast Warren (1-16).
Ankeny Christian hosts Southeast Warren in a first-round game at 8 p.m. on Feb. 17, while Iowa Christian Academy (5-13) and Woodward-Granger (0-17) kick off the night at 6:30.
The Iowa Christian-Woodward-Granger winner faces Lynnville-Sully (12-4) in a quarterfinal game at Pleasantville on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Pleasantville (14-4) takes on Grandview Park Baptist (14-5) in the other quarterfinal at 8 p.m.
Pleasantville also will be the host site for the District 11 semifinals on Feb. 25, while Ankeny is the site of the district final on Feb. 27. The Substate 6 championship game on March 1 will be at Indianola with tip-off set for 7 p.m. The favorite to win District 12 and meet the District 11 winner in Indianola is third-ranked and undefeated Lamoni (16-0).