Sometime back in the 1980s, John Mellencamp wrote a not-so-well-known song called “Minutes To Memories.”
“There are no free rides,” the Indiana rocker sang. “No one said it’d be easy.”
Kind of sounds like boys’ basketball districts and substates some high-profile area teams have to navigate through in the next couple of weeks. Teams such as defending Class 2A state champion Solon and 2009 Class 1A state tourney qualifier Iowa Mennonite.
Solon’s district includes 10th-ranked North Cedar (19-2) and fellow Cedar Valley Conference member Iowa City Regina (15-5). The Spartans (17-2) are ranked No. 3 and fresh off a Wamac Conference overall championship.
Whoever makes it through that meat grinder very likely has to play sixth-ranked Danville (19-1) in substate. All 2A first-rounders are tonight throughout the state.
Down in 1A, another third-ranked club with a tough draw is IMS (20-2). Iowa Mennonite doesn’t have to play until Thursday night, drawing the winner of tonight’s Moravia-Fairfield Maharishi first-rounder, but has Burlington Notre Dame (19-2) in its district and could match up with ninth-ranked Keota (20-1) or Lynnville-Sully (19-1) in substate.
IMS has lost only to Class 3A Keokuk and 2A Danville this season.
“This team has played really well together,” said IMS Coach Dwight Gingerich, who won his 500th-career game earlier this season. “They’re patient, they see who is open, and they’ve all contributed.”
District games in 1A and 2A continue Thursday. The larger two classes begin their postseasons next week.
Here’s the schedule for Monday night’s area teams.
CLASS 1A DISTRICTS
—- East Central at Bellevue Marquette
—- Meskwaki Settlement at North Mahaska
CLASS 2A DISTRICTS
—- Belle Plaine at Mid-Prairie
—- Clayton Ridge at MFL/Mar-Mac
—- Durant-Bennett at North Cedar
—- Dyersville Beckman at Maquoketa Valley
—- Ed-Co at South Winneshiek
—- Iowa Valley at BGM
—- Jesup at Waterloo Columbus
—- Monticello at Northeast Goose Lake
—- Mount Vernon at Cascade
—- North Fayette at Turkey Valley
—- North-Linn at Bellevue
—- Sigourney at Van Buren
—- Starmont at Sumner-Fredericksburg
—- Tipton at Camanche
—- West Branch at Iowa City Regina
—- West Liberty at Wapello
—- Wilton at Solon