The answer to that is…

Harrison Barnes celebrates a 2nd straight 4A title. Courtesy of Nirmalendu Majumdar of the Ames Tribune

The things I do to entice all of you.

To no avail.

Alright, as we count down to Selection Sunday this evening, as 65 teams will know where they are going, let’s get the State tournament quiz out of the way.

Q:  Who has won the most state titles overall?

A:  Davenport (now Davenport Central), with 9 state titles.  Seven as Davenport High, two as Dav. Central.  The Blue Devils were the only school in Davenport until 1960, when West High opened.

Q:  Which Des Moines team (including WDM, Johnston, etc.) has the most state titles?

A:  The Roughriders of Roosevelt has the most with 3 state titles (’32, ’65’, ’78).  Johnston has won 2, with Hoover, Lincoln, Dowling, Ankeny, and Valley winning 1 state title.

Q:  Three coaches has taken their team to the state tournament 16 times (the most)  Name one of them.

The most recent coach is Mitch Osborn of Harlan.  He coached Palmer-Pomeroy (3 total titles).  The other two is Dick Breitbach of Cedar Rapids Regis and Xavier (4 titles), and the great Paul Moon of Davenport (7 titles)

Q:  Ames is making their 18th trip to state. What team has been to state the most?

A:  Dubuque Wahlert, with 25 trips to state (3 titles)

Q:  Two schools won the girls state title last weekend, and their boys team are in line to do the same.  Who are the schools?

A:  Sioux City Heelan, who completed the double feat last night as the boys defeated Pella for the 3-A title.  Linn-Mar would have done the same, but they lost to SE Polk in the 4-A semifinal Friday afternoon.

And the bonus question:  Who was the last team to achieve back-to-back titles?

The answer was Hull Western Christian, winning in 2007 and 2008.  They won their 6th state title Friday night in Class 2-A.  What’s interesting to know is that last year’s state champions, Rock Valley, Solon, Heelan, and Ames were going for a repeat championships in their respective classes.  Solon is the only team that didn’t repeat, losing to the Western Christian Lions.

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