When the new Iowa high school baseball rankings came out Tuesday just five Siouxland teams made the top ten in the four classes. That includes Bishop Heelan and LeMars in Class 3A, and Lawton-Bronson, West Lyon and Hinton in Class 1A. There are no area teams on the 4A or 2A lists.
In the last 11 years, there have been 44 state baseball champions crowned in Iowa, and just three have been from Northwest Iowa. Bishop Heelan won in '05, Cherokee won in '07 and Sioux City North won a title in '09.
Sioux City East had been ranked in 4A this season, but dropped out after starting 8 and 4 games. Sioux City hasn't had a team even make the 4A state tournament for the last two years, but the Black Raiders are confident that will change.
"We haven't fully yet played to our full potential and trust me, we will eventually," said Dom Thompson-Williams. "This is around the time of the year we start playing as a team and getting better. I see us going to state definitely. I feel like we could be one of the best teams ever to go out of East High."
Since the state baseball tourney went to four classes in 1981, Siouxland's best year was in 2001, when Heelan, Emmetsburg and Spalding Catholic all won titles.
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