The IMS boys basketball team is in it’s last week of the regular season with the conference shoot-out at home Friday against Danville. The team record going into the last week is 15-5, 11-5 in conference play. The team survived injuries and foul trouble in both games last week, on the road at Louisa-Muscatine, a 64-57 win, and at home on Senior Night Friday in the 49-33 win over Pekin. I really like the way the team has come along and gets along. It is a fun-loving, hard-working team that has been responsive to coaching and good to one another. The seniors are providing terrific leadership. Different guys have stepped up to lead the scoring, and we are getting positive contributions from each of the guys every night out.
Something new this year is that the head coaches in each district got together to work though district seeding. We did this just last Wednesday, February 1. No longer can “the boys in Boone” be blamed for how things turn out! It was an interesting process with schools representing three leagues, the South Iowa Cedar, the Tri-Rivers, and the Southeast Iowa SuperConference.
IMS was voted the number two seed behind number one Lone Tree. Springville, Lisbon, and Alburnett are three four, and five respectively, Iowa Valley is six, Cedar Valley seven, HLV eight, and English Valleys received the number nine seed. Lisbon has already defeated Lone Tree, so it’s a very competitive bracket.
IMS will play number seven seed Cedar Valley Christian at Lone Tree on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. If IMS wins that first game, IMS will host the second round against the winner of Springville and Iowa Valley on Tuesday, February 21. This is obviously a very exciting part of the season and we invite everyone to come and support our teams down the tournament trail, as we seek to make it back to the Well in Des Moines!
Coach Gingerich Honored
On Tuesday, December 20, 2016 the players, managers, and coaches from the 1992 basketball team were invited back to campus to be recognized. Hillcrest Union was packed on this historic night as IMS celebrated the 25 year anniversary of their State Championship. To honor Dwight Gingerich’s 34 years as basketball coach at IMS, it was announced that the basketball court will officially be named Dwight Gingerich Court. With an overall record (at the start of the season) of 621-174, this put him 10th overall and 6th for active coaches in the IHSAA. His teams made it to the state tournament 12 times. They won in 1992 and were Runner Up in 1991, 1998, 2005, 2007. The ‘Dwight Way’ of fundamentals, hard work ethic, respect for one another, team play, and selflessness has been embraced by many IMS student athletes over the years. It is because of the impact Dwight has had on the IMS community that he is deserving of this honor.
Milestone Reached 2014-15 Basketball Season
In 2014-15 our boys’ basketball coach, Dwight Gingerich, reached the important milestone of 600 wins in his coaching career. The Iowa City Press Citizen featured him on the front page of their paper. Here is the online version of the article: Iowa City Press Citizen Article
We are fortunate to have a caring and dedicated coaching staff led by Coach Gingerich. Our coaches help develop our student-athletes into better players and better people. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, go to our Admissions tab to find out more and set up a personal visit.
IMS Basketball Camp for boys entering grades 5-10 will run July 24-27. Grades 8-10 will run 7:30-11:30 a.m., and grades 5-7 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. You may register online at www.iowamennonite.org/camps. You may also contact Camp Director Dwight Gingerich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-936-6402 for more information.