CEDAR RAPIDS – They’re still homeless. Sort of.
The Cedar Valley Christian Huskies can’t play any basketball games in their on-campus gym because it’s simply too small. The school wants to build a new, bigger place but doesn’t have the money for it, yet.
Instead of playing virtually every game on the road like last season, CVC did find a pseudo home in Shellsburg Elementary School. Monday night’s snow makeup with Garwin GMG will be the seventh CVC game there this winter.
“Instead of playing in 20 different gyms, we’re playing in 12 different gyms this season, so that’s nice,” said head coach Jeff Pospisil. “We’re getting a little used to it. Shellsburg has been very good, very gracious to us, but, frankly, we’d like to find a place that’s closer.”
Pospisil, also the school’s principal, has some time to solve that problem. What’s on his mind now is the postseason.
Class 1A and 2A schools begin district play Monday night around the state. Cedar Valley Christian’s first district game is Thursday night at Highland.
Let’s just say the Huskies go into it on a roll. CVC (11-8) has won 10 of 11 down the stretch to secure a second straight winning season.
Cedar Valley Christian officially joined the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union last year. You’re not supposed to jump to a new level like this and be successful.
“Once we got everybody back and everybody healthy, we’ve started to get things going,” Pospisil said.
That took awhile.
Will Muhlbach didn’t even go out for the team until December because of bad knee tendinitis, missing CVC’s first seven games, six of which were losses. The springy 6-foot-4 center has averaged 15.6 points and 9.4 rebounds upon his return.
The team also battled the flu before Christmas, which cut down on good practice time.
“When Will came back, that helped a lot,” Pospisil said.
Five seniors play pretty much the entire game for Cedar Valley Christian: Muhlbach, Jeremy Strutz, Jon Landis, Spencer Zielke and Evan Koch. Strutz leads the team in scoring at 17.9 points, with Landis third at 11.3.
Lack of depth hasn’t been much of an issue, though. Victories include eye openers against a very good Wapsie Valley team and Class 2A Mid-Prairie.
“We haven’t been in it long enough to know teams. We just go out and play them,” said Pospisil, who said he wasn’t much familiar with Highland (13-8). “We had people say ‘Wow, you beat Wapsie Valley’ and ‘Wow, you beat Mid-Prairie.’ We didn’t (understand) those were good wins.
“We’ve got five seniors who have played together for a long time. They are five really good players.”