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WILDCATS ADVANCE TO STATE!!

The Humboldt High boys basketball squad proudly display their state tournament qualifying banner after they defeated Carroll, 70-62 in a Class 3A Substate final in Ames on Mar. 3. Humboldt will face Harlan in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday, Mar. 11, 3:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt boys basketball team earned the school's first trip to the state basketball tournament in 12 years by turning back the Carroll Tigers, 70-62 Monday night (Mar. 3) in a Class 3A Substate final in the Ames High gym.

The Wildcats scored the first basket and never trailed in the game as they sidelined the No. 8 ranked Tigers. Jaxon Heinz scored 20 points while Brady Ross and Austin Zylstra each had 15 to lead Humboldt's scoring. Thomas Orness added 11, including a trio of crucial 3-point baskets in the second half. Jack Curran added six points and Nick Heider provided three. Addison Ross scored 20 to pace the Tigers, who bow out at 18-5 overall. Eli Cleveland added 16 and Cody Netusil had 14.

Humboldt, now 16-7 on the year, earned a No. 8 seed in the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Wildcats will face No. 1 seeded and No. 3 ranked Harlan (22-2) in a first round game at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 11. The winner of that game will face either No. 4 seed Chariton (21-3) or No. 3 seed Wahlert Dubuque (20-4) in the semifinals. Other first round state tournament games have No. 2 Waverly-Shell Rock (21-3) facing No. 7 Grinnell (17-7) and No. 3 Central Clinton DeWitt (21-3) meeting MOC-Floyd Valley (19-5).

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