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Boys Basketball

About Boys Basketball

Vance Downs begins his 19th season at the helm of the Little Cyclone boys program – currently the longest-tenured head coach in the Ames athletics department. The Little Cyclones return as 2022 State Champions who were led by two double-digit scorers Tamin Lipsey (16.3 ppg) and Trevion LaBeaux (10.8 ppg).

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 are second all-time in state tournament appearances with 23 showings.


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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