Fairfield boys facing Keokuk in postseason opener
Records will be tossed out and rivalries reignited when Class 3A boys’ postseason basketball returns Feb. 18.
For every team, regardless of record, it will take three consecutive wins to advance to the eight-team state tournament. For the Fairfield boys, that means beating a few teams they’ve seen on numerous occasions, and possibly a team or two they’ve yet to encounter.
Fairfield (4-15) has been assigned to Substate 5 and opens play Feb. 18 in Keokuk against the Southeast Conference rival Chiefs. Although Keokuk (14-5) previously beat Fairfield by scores of 53-24 and 67-53 this season, head coach Tyler Miklo said he’s eager for a third shot.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to go back to Keokuk,” said Miklo. “Obviously, they’re a very good team and we’ll need to be playing our best against them, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Should the third time be the charm for Fairfield, they’ll move on to play either Washington (5-13) or Solon (16-3) in the substate semifinal scheduled Feb. 21 in Washington.
“We’re excited to be playing our best basketball at this time,” Miklo added. “Being a tough out for anybody is going to be our goal.”
Teams on the other side of the Substate 5 bracket include defending state champion Mount Pleasant (14-5), Clear Creek-Amana (4-15), Williamsburg (11-7) and Fort Madison (11-7). The substate final will be Monday, Feb. 25, at Iowa City West High School.