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Iowa State Girl's Basketball Tournament Turns 100

Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union / The Gazette


There was a time in the state when it was debated whether basketball was healthy or appropriate for girls. Now, the Iowa's state girl's basketball tournament is celebrating its 100th year. 

On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks to Jason Eslinger, Assistant Director of the Iowa State Girls High School Athletic Union, about commemorating the tournament's biggest milestone yet.


The tournament is the oldest in the country and survived heated debate in the 1920s, Eslinger says. This weekend, Iowa high school girls will compete for state titles at Wells Fargo Arena. 


Also on the show, Kay Henderson, News Director for Radio Iowa, joins to talk about what bills are making headway in the Iowa legislature. 


Then, IPR's Western Iowa Reporter Katie Peikes shares the latest from Sioux City, where the Catholic church dioscese has made public a list of priests who sexually abused minors. Thomas Nelson, Staff Writer for the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, gives an update on the upcoming special election for Senate District 30, and we hear from Kris Byers, a first grade teacher at Lowell Elementary School, where the roof caved in due to heavy snow.


Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer