Two teams from Mason City are top-ranked in the latest Radio Iowa/High School Baseball Association Coaches Poll. For years, Mason City Newman has been a frequent visitor to the top ranking in either the 1A or 2A poll. Mason City High is making its own mark now as the Mohawks climb two spots to take over as the top-ranked team in Class 4A. Coach Troy Rood’s team has featured balanced hitting and a deep pitching staff to make a run at the CIML Iowa Conference title this season and a senior class that has shined in several sports has led the way. Rood says three of the members of the team will go on to play division one football, and he believes it says a lot about the trio that they’ve decided to stick around and play their senior season of high school baseball. The Mohawks’ move to the top comes one day after posting a 4-0 victory over Newman in a contest that drew more than 2000 spectators. Burlington remains second in 4A. Cedar Rapids Kennedy is third followed by Dubuque Hempstead and Lewis Central. Previously top-rated Urbandale falls to sixth. Despite Sunday’s loss, Mason City Newman remains top-rated in 2A, Dyersville Beckman is second, Council Bluffs St. Albert, Carlisle and Center Point-Urbana complete the top five. The other change is in 1A where Martensdale St. Marys, 21-0 to start the week. edges past Lansing Kee to take over as the top-ranked team. Rounding out the top five in 1A, it is Sentral of Fenton, Iowa Valley and Granville Spalding. Cedar Rapids Xavier remains top rated in 3A, Knoxville is second, then it’s Davenport Assumption, West Delaware and Vinton Shellsburg.
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