(Des Moines) Round two of Nodaway Valley vs. Kuemper Catholic in boys basketball takes place today. Round one was played just over three weeks ago in Greenfield and was won by Nodaway Valley 64-60.
Heading into the 2012 boys state basketball tournament the 23-1 Wolverines have won 9 straight games and their 73.6 point per game average is the highest in 2A. Nodaway Valley’s average margin of victory is a whopping 39.5, ten better than any other team in the state.
16-8 Kuemper though has played a rugged Hawkeye 10 Conference schedule and the Knights have not lost to the same team twice all year. They have already avenged five of their eight losses and hope to make Nodaway Valley their sixth.
This is Nodaway Valley’s 5th trip to state. They’ve won one state title and head coach Darrell Burmeister has never lost a first round game. Kuemper Catholic’s state tournament history includes 13 appearances counting this year. Their highest finish came in 1985 when they won it all and they have placed 10 times.