The number of area girls’ basketball unbeatens stands at 15.
That’s a high number for this deep into the season. Tuesday’s wave of postponements took away an opportunity to eliminate some of them, but still … that’s a high number for mid-December, especially since the season started earlier this year.
However, several of them are going to take a hit, particularly on Saturday, when unbeaten-vs.-unbeaten matchups are common. Cedar Rapids Jefferson travels to MFL MarMac (“The whole town will be there,” Larry Niemeyer expects), Springville meets Midland and West Branch takes on Highland.
Here they are, with weekend obstacles:
CEDAR RAPIDS JEFFERSON (5-0): Hosts Cedar Rapids Xavier tonight, at MFL MarMac Saturday.
CEDAR RAPIDS WASHINGTON (3-0): Hosts Waterloo East tonight.
DECORAH (4-0): At Waverly-Shell Rock tonight, hosts Cedar Falls Saturday.
HIGHLAND (3-0): At Winfield-Mount Union tonight, hosts West Branch Saturday.
LINN-MAR (6-0): Hosts Dubuque Senior tonight.
MARION (3-0): At Independence tonight.
MFL MAR MAC (3-0): Hosts Sumner-Fredericksburg tonight, hosts Cedar Rapids Jefferson Saturday.
MIDLAND (3-0): At Calamus-Wheatland tonight, hosts Springville Saturday.
NORTH LINN (3-0): At Springville tonight, at Janesville Saturday.
SIGOURNEY (4-0): Hosts Tri-County tonight.
SPRINGVILLE (2-0): Hosts North Linn tonight, at Midland Saturday.
TIPTON (5-0): Hosts Wilton tonight.
TURKEY VALLEY (4-0): Hosts Postville tonight, at New Hampton Saturday.
WAUKON (5-0): Idle.
WEST BRANCH (5-0): At North Cedar tonight, at Highland Saturday.
My guess: the number shrinks from 15 to nine by the end of the night Saturday. And a hint: Waukon’s one of those still standing.