Two of the area boys’ basketball teams opened postseason play Monday. Three more begin playoff action Thursday and Newton opens Class 4A substate play Monday.
Colfax-Mingo lost Monday to finish the season at 0-23. Pella Christian won and moved into the semifinals of the Class 2A District 12 tournament.
The Eagles take on top-seeded Prairie City-Monroe’s Mustangs at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Albia. In the other semifinal, Davis County plays Albia at 8 p.m.
The winners play in the district championship game Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Oskaloosa at 7 p.m. The District 12 champion advances to the Class 2A Subtate 6 to face the District 11 champion on March 1 in Ottumwa.
In Class 2A District, Collins-Maxwell/Baxter’s Raiders play South Hardin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Marshall in State Center. The other semifinal has West Marshall playing North Polk, which beat Colfax-Mingo Monday, at 8 p.m.
The semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Nevada. The District 13 champion moves in to the Class 2A Substate 7 championship game against the District 14 winner on March 1 in Johnston.
Lynnville-Sully’s Hawks travel to Pleasantville Thursday to play Woodward-Granger at 6:30 p.m. in a Class 1A District 11 quarterfinal contest. The winner plays at Pleasantville Tuesday, Feb. 25, in a semifinal game agaisn the winner of Martensdale-St. Marys and Colo-NESCO.
On the other side of the 1A District 11 bracket, Madrid plays Ankeny Christian and Pleasantville plays Grandview Park Baptist of Des Moines on Thursday. The winners play at Pleasantville Feb. 25.
Semifinal winners play at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Ankeny and the District 11 champion goes to Indianola March 1 to play the District 12 champion for the Class 1A Substate 6 championship.
Newton begins Class 4A Substate 6 play at home Monday, Feb. 24. The Cardinals host Ottumwa at 7 p.m. The winner travels to Iowa City Feb. 28 to take on Iowa City City High in a semifinal game.
Iowa City West awaits the winner of Cedar Rapids Prairie and Marshalltown game. That semifinal is Feb. 28 at Iowa City West. The semifinal winners play for the substate title on March 4 at 7 p.m. either at Cedar Rapids Prairie or Iowa City West, depending on which team wins that semifinal.