Grand View Christian wins Class 1A state championship

DES MOINES (AP) — Grant DeMeulenaere scored 17 points and sparked a fast start that carried Grand View Christian to a 61-50 victory over Gladbrook-Reinbeck on Friday night and the Class 1A state championship.

Mach Nyaw added 11 points and Bryce Crabb 10 for Grand View Christian (27-1), which has been open for only three years but already has become a force in small-school basketball. The Thunder lost only to Class 3A state tournament qualifier Pella and finished with 27 straight victories.

Joe Smoldt led Gladbrook-Reinbeck with 25 points but struggled early when Grand View Christian took control. Smoldt, averaging 30 points a game, missed his first seven shots and went 5-for-19 from the field.

Caden Kickbush, usually the No. 2 scorer for the Rebels (26-3), started 0-for-6 and scored only four points.

Western Christian beats Pella Christian for 2A title

DES MOINES (AP) — Jesse Jansma scored 22 points, Ben Gesink added 21 and Western Christian beat Pella Christian 62-50 Friday night to win its second straight Class 2A state championship and third in four years.

It was the ninth title overall for Western Christian (24-2), tying Davenport Central for the most in state history. And coach Bill Harmsen became the first to coach state championship teams in boys and girls basketball at the same school.

Harmsen, in his first season as the boys coach, guided the Western Christian girls to three titles.

Kenden Veenstra led Pella Christian (22-5) with 12 points, Levi Jungling scored 11 and David Kacmarynski had nine points and 10 rebounds.

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