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Posted January 30, 2012
Area league races taking shape

One area girls’ basketball conference race has been decided. Several more could follow as soon as Tuesday.

North Tama became the first area team to clinch an outright league title Friday when it defeated Waterloo Christian to lay sole claim to the Iowa Star Conference.

Five area schools — Benton Community, Iowa City West, Maquoketa Valley, Mount Vernon and Sumner-Fredericksburg — have clinched a share of their respective leagues.

Here is a primer on how the league races shape up heading into Tuesday’s games:

MVC MISSISSIPPI DIVISION — Four teams still harbor realistic title hopes, led by Cedar Rapids Washington (10-6, 9-4). The Warriors have a challenge Friday at home against Cedar Rapids Kennedy (10-6, 7-5), which has joined the mix with five straight league wins. Dubuque Wahlert (12-4, 7-4) and Iowa City High (13-5, 8-5) also remain in the hunt. Kennedy and City High both still play Iowa City West, while Wahlert has the easiest remaining schedule.

MVC VALLEY DIVISION — Iowa City West (15-1, 12-0) has wrapped up a title share. The Women of Troy will try to clinch the crown outright Thursday at Cedar Rapids Prairie (11-5, 8-4).

WAMAC EAST DIVISION — Mount Vernon (13-4, 11-0) has a three-game lead on Western Dubuque (10-5, 8-3) with three to play. The Mustangs host DeWitt Central on Tuesday.

WAMAC WEST DIVISION — Benton Community (16-0, 11-0) figures to wrap up the title solo Tuesday at Waterloo Columbus.

CEDAR VALLEY — It’s a dead heat between Iowa City Regina (16-2, 11-1) and Mid-Prairie (13-4, 11-1), and the teams split their series (both winning on the road). Regina has the tougher remaining path — hosting North Cedar and West Branch while Mid-Prairie has Wilton and Tipton at home.

BIG EAST — Bellevue (16-0, 11-0) is up three games with five to play. The Comets play their five remaining games in eight days, including games with pursuers Camanche (12-6, 10-3) and Clinton Prince of Peace (13-5, 9-3).

NORTHEAST IOWA — Waverly-Shell Rock (12-4, 9-0) can wrap it up Friday when it travels to Oelwein (10-5, 6-2).

SOUTH IOWA CEDAR — It’s just a matter of time before North Mahaska (17-0, 16-0) clinches. The Warhawks already have beaten second-place Lynnville-Sully (17-2, 16-2) twice.

TRI-RIVERS — Maquoketa Valley (19-0, 14-0) has a share of the title in its pocket and wins it outright if it beats Cascade on Tuesday. If not, it would set up a showdown at North Linn (19-2, 13-2) on Friday.

UPPER IOWA — Sumner-Fredericksburg (17-0, 14-0) has wrapped up a title share and has two chances to claim the whole thing. The Cougars host Lansing Kee on Tuesday.

IOWA STAR — North Tama (15-3, 14-0) is the champion.

NICL EAST — Union (14-2, 11-0) needs just one win in the final three league games to earn a title share, and two wins means an outright title.

NICL WEST — League newcomer South Tama (16-1, 10-1) is up two games on Grundy Center and West Marshall with three to play. The Trojans are at Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Tuesday.

SOUTHEAST — Washington (12-4, 6-0) owns a piece of the pie, and wraps up the crown entirely if it can win at last-place Fort Madison on Friday.

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