RATED & ADVANCING: Four rated teams by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association survived the qualifying rounds. Advancing are No. 2 Treynor and teams 7 through 9 respectively – Beckman Catholic, Van Meter and Iowa City Regins.
RETURNING FROM 2016: Three teams that were in the 2016 2A State Tournament return including runner-up and nine-time qualifier Kuemper Catholic, Denver and Beckman Catholic who has won five titles and been in 12 championships games.
FIRST-TIME STATE COACHES: The eight qualifying teams have been in the tournament before, but four head coaches are making their debut. Fred Martin of Beckman Catholic, a 15-year assistant, is taking the head coaching field chores for the venerable Tom Jenk, Jr., who is battling cancer. Jenk, who is a co-coach, is the fourth winningest coach in IHSAA history with a 1,085-507 record. Also, with their first State Tournament team are Lee Evans from Estherville-Lincoln Central; Jeff Pacha from Regina, and Centerville’s Ryan Hodges.
FORMER CHAMPIONS: Beckman Catholic, Centerville and Van Meter have combined for eight titles. Beckman’s crowns were in 1968, 1986, 2000, 2012 and 2013. Centerville won in 1988 and 2008, while Van Meter copped the 2003 1A championship.
TOP WIN COACHES: Aside from Beckman’s Jenk, Treynor’s Bob Mantell has a 12-year record of 274-99 and Kuemper Catholic’s Randy Snyder has a 10-year mark of 238-120. Van Meter’s Mike Kennedy has a four-year mark of 113-27.
BEST WIN CHAINS: Competition was keen in Class 2A this summer. The longest winning streaks coming to Des Moines are 8 by Beckman Catholic and Regina, while Kuemper Catholic, Centerville and Van Meter have won their last seven games.
WIN PERCENTAGE: Seven of the eight teams have recorded 20 or more wins and the eight combine for a win-loss record of 202-68 for a 74.8-win percentage.
LONGEST HIATUS: Estherville Lincoln Central and Centerville return to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 for the longest time between trips for the eight teams.
ENROLLMENTS: To determine the classification of each school, the IHSAA uses the official state certified BEDS enrollment figures for grades 9 thru 11 for the 2015-16 school year. The smallest Class 2A qualifier is Denver with 160 students and the largest in the class is Centerville with 278.
THE TOURNAMENT: This is the 72nd season for the State Summer Baseball, which has been in four classes since 1981. It is also the 90th State Tournament series that started in the Spring of 1928. This is the 13th year the entire 4-class tournament has been held at Principal Park. In the previous 12 years at Principal Park nearly 370,000 fans have supported their teams. Attendance since 1997 now exceeds 510,000.
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