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Boys Basketball

About Boys Basketball

Recently crossing the 300-career win mark, head coach Vance Downs is in his 20th year at the helm of the boys basketball program, after more than a decade of serving as an assistant on staff. The Little Cyclones appeared in the program’s 24th all-time state tournament appearance (4A record), but it marked the first time in team history of making three consecutive appearances. Junior Jack Wynter (14.4ppg) and senior Lucas Lueth (12.2ppg) led the team in scoring as the program had to come back from a 13-point substate semifinal halftime deficit to avenge an early-season loss to Ankeny.

Points of Pride

NBA Legacy

Ames Success

An NBA Legacy exists at Ames High, which includes active players Harrison Barnes and Doug McDermott in addition to Fred Hoiberg and Dick Gibbs.


State Tournament Appearances

The Little Cyclones joined Marshalltown at the top of the all-time state tournament appearances list for 4A schools


State Championships

The 2022 title marked the program’s 9th championship in program history. That tops all 4A teams and is second-most in state history.


State Tournament Victories

With three wins in the 2022 state tournament, the Little Cyclones’ 43 all-time state tournament wins is the most in state history among active programs

Contact the Coach

Vance Downs

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