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(Des Moines) Nodaway Valley gave #1 seed Danville all they wanted for three and a half quarters before the undefeated and defending state runner-up Bears were able to close the game out and punch their ticket to a second straight state championship game. Nodaway Valley scored the games first two points but Danville answered right back with a 4-0 run and the game would go back and fourth over the next 25 minutes with neither team ever leading by more than six points until the late stages of the fourth quarter.


Alex Welsch led Nodaway Valley with a 17 point, 11 rebound and  5 blocked shot effort that included a crowd pleasing dunk in the third quarter. Sophomore T.J. Bower contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to top Danville, a team that has now won 54 of their last 55 games. The Bears were led by the twin brother combination of Steven (25) and Michael (13) Soukup who combined for 38 points. 6'6" post man Collin Bartsch scored 15 for 27-0 Danville. Danville's largest lead of the game was 16 which was the final margin at 65-49.


Nodaway Valley will play in the consolation game game at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. The Wolverines draw defending state champion Storm Lake St. Mary's. The winner of Friday's consolation matchup will go home with a 3rd place trophy.