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North Scott's Gary Morgan drives to the basket during a game last season against Davenport Central. The Lancers return all five starters and are sixth in Quad-City Times prep sports editor Matt Coss' preseason Class 4A rankings.

John Schultz

The Iowa high school boys basketball season begins Monday night. Champions will be crowned March 10 and 11 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Here is a look at Quad-City Times prep sports editor Matt Coss' preseason rankings. Next to each team is its record from a season ago.

The first Associated Press poll of the season will be released Monday, Dec. 5.

Class 4A

1. Iowa City West (21-5)

2. Des Moines Hoover (21-3)

3. West Des Moines Valley (23-3)

4. Cedar Falls (20-6)

5. Dowling Catholic (20-4)

6. North Scott (15-7)

7. Waukee (15-8)

8. Dubuque Senior (14-11)

9. Des Moines North (18-6)

10. Sioux City East (18-5)

Next five (in alphabetical order): Ankeny Centennial (14-9), Bettendorf (14-9), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (11-12), Davenport Central (15-7), Dubuque Hempstead (10-14)

Class 3A

1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (19-8)

2. Pella (24-2)

3. Waverly-Shell Rock (18-6)

4. Glenwood (19-5)

5. West Delaware (16-7)

6. Storm Lake (10-13)

7. Mount Pleasant (18-6)

8. Sioux City Heelan (14-9)

9. Carroll (9-15)

10. ADM, Adel (13-9)

Next five (in alphabetical order): Atlantic (18-5), Dubuque Wahlert (21-6), Harlan (19-4), Mount Vernon (17-7), Sergeant Bluff-Luton (12-9)

Class 2A

1. Carroll Kuemper (18-7)

2. Western Christian (25-2)

3. Pella Christian (18-10)

4. MFL MarMac (16-7)

5. Hinton (15-7)

6. Des Moines Christian (21-4)

7. South Hamilton (14-10)

8. Camanche (17-6)

9. Northeast (20-3)

10. Aplington-Parkersburg (18-4)

Next five (in alphabetical order): Iowa City Regina (15-10), Jesup (22-4), Pocahontas Area (18-4), Rock Valley (14-10), Treynor (21-3)

Class 1A

1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (24-4)

2. Lynnville-Sully (23-2)

3. Danville (24-2)

4. Boyden-Hull (20-3)

5. North Linn (21-2)

6. Montezuma (22-3)

7. Lone Tree (18-6)

8. Grand View Christian (25-2)

9. South O'Brien (25-3)

10. Boyer Valley (16-7)

Next five (in alphabetical order): Calamus-Wheatland (10-12), Clinton Prince of Peace (14-10), Keota (17-7), West Fork (23-1), West Hancock (25-3)

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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.