Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union

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The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) is the governing body for girls' junior and senior high school sports in the U.S. state of Iowa. The association promotes and regulates interscholastic sports among its member schools. Though its counterpart for boys sports in Iowa, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, is a full-time member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the IGHSAU is only an affiliate member. It is headquartered at 5000 Westown Parkway, Suite 150,West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.

Sports overseen by the IGHSAU are basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, track and field, tennis, and volleyball.[1]


Classification guidelines[edit]

For 2011-2012, the 48 largest schools are in 4A, the next 64 in 3A, the next 128 in 2A, and the rest (130) in 1A.
From 2012–present: 5 Classes: Top 40=5A, 2nd tier of 48=4A, 3rd tier of 64=3A, 4th tier of 96=2A, the rest=1A.

State Champions[edit]

From 1926 until 1984, there was one tournament for teams with 6 players. From 1985-1993, there was a tournament for 5-player teams and one for 6-player teams.

IGHSAU State Basketball Champions[2]
Year 6-Player 5-Player
1926 Hampton
1927 Newhall
1928 Ida Grove
1929 Ida Grove
1930 Perry
1931 Avoca
1932 Parkersburg
1933 Hampton
1934 Wellsburg
1935 Centerville
1936 Centerville
1937 Guthrie Center
1938 West Bend
1939 West Bend
1940 Hansell
1941 Numa
1942 Clutier
1943 Steamboat Rock
1944 Wiota
1945 Wiota
1946 Coon Rapids
1947 Seymour
1948 Kamrar
1949 Wellsburg
1950 Slater
1951 Hansell
1952 Reinbeck
1953 Garnavillo
1954 Garnavillo
1955 Goldfield
1956 Maynard
1957 Garrison
1958 Maynard
1959 Gladbrook
1960 Gladbrook
1961 Valley (Elgin)
1962 Van Horne
1963 Guthrie Center
1964 West Monona
1965 South Hamilton
1966 Everly
1967 Mediapolis
1968 Union-Whitten
1969 Montezuma
1970 Montezuma
1971 Farragut
1972 Roland-Story
1973 Mediapolis
1974 Manilla
1975 Lake View-Auburn
1976 Lake View-Auburn
1977 Southeast Polk
1978 Ankeny
1979 Des Moines East
1980 Ankeny
1981 Norwalk
1982 Estherville
1983 Fairfield
1984 Vinton
1985 Fort Dodge Linn-Mar
1986 Sibley-Ocheyedan Marshalltown
1987 Ventura Western Dubuque
1988 Dike Cedar Rapids Washington
1989 Ankeny Muscatine
1990 Atlantic Waterloo Columbus
1991 Emmetsburg Cedar Falls
1992 Osage WDM Dowling
1993 Hubbard-Radcliffe Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Starting in 1994, there were 4 classes, all with 5 players

Year 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A
1994 Treynor Solon Central DeWitt Bettendorf
1995 Winfield-Mt. Union Center Point-Urbana Vinton-Shellsburg Cedar Rapids Washington
1996 Winfield-Mt. Union Sibley-Ocheyedan Carroll WDM Dowling
1997 Lynnville-Sully Solon Carroll Ankeny
1998 Lynnville-Sully Solon Carroll Kuemper WDM Dowling
1999 Lynnville-Sully Audubon Washington Ankeny
2000 Preston North Cedar Washington WDM Dowling
2001 Preston Rock Valley Washington Cedar Falls
2002 Rock Valley Mid-Prairie Perry Ankeny
2003 Rock Valley Underwood Cedar Rapids Xavier Ankeny
2004 Rockwell City-Lytton Underwood Waukon Ankeny
2005 Charter Oak-Ute Grundy Center Cedar Rapids Xavier Ankeny
2006 IKM North Butler Norwalk Des Moines Roosevelt
2007 Graettinger-Terril North Butler Cedar Rapids Xavier Sioux City North
2008 Springville Davenport Assumption Sioux City Bishop Heelan Iowa City
2009 AGWSR IKM-Manning Ballard Sioux City North
2010 Exira Mount Vernon Sioux City Bishop Heelan Linn-Mar
2011 Martensdale-St. Mary's OA-BCIG Davenport Assumption Des Moines East
2012 North Mahaska Western Christian Davenport Assumption Iowa City West
2013 Central Lyon Western Christian Davenport Assumption Cedar Rapids Xavier Southeast Polk
2014[3] Burlington Notre Dame Western Christian MOC–Floyd Valley Hudson Dowling Catholic


Classification guidelines[edit]

For the 2011-2012 school year, schools with enrollments greater than 800 are in 2A, all others in 1A.

State Champions[edit]

Year 1A 2A
2007 Red Oak Ottumwa
2008 Louisa-Muscatine Muscatine
2009 Keokuk Ottumwa
2010 Oelwein Muscatine
2011 Dubuque Wahlert Muscatine
2012 Keokuk Ottumwa


Classification guidelines[edit]

For 2011-2012, the 48 largest schools are in 4A, the next 64 in 3A, the next 128 in 2A, and the rest in 1A.
From 2012–present: 5 Classes: Top 40=5A, 2nd tier of 48=4A, 3rd tier of 64=3A, 4th tier of 96=2A, the rest=1A.


Classification guidelines[edit]

State Champions[edit]

IGHSAU Tennis Team Champions[1]
Year 1A champion 2A champion
1983 Dubuque Wahlert
1984 Waterloo Columbus
1985 Waterloo Columbus
1986 Waterloo Columbus
1987 Cedar Rapids Washington
1988 Waterloo Columbus
1989 Waterloo Columbus
1990 Cedar Rapids Jefferson
1991 Dubuque Wahlert
1992 Waterloo Columbus
1993 West Des Moines Valley
1994 Decoran West Des Moines Valley
1995 Waterloo Columbus Bettendorf
1996 Souix City Heelan Bettendorf
1997 Camanche Bettendorf
1998 Decorah Bettendorf
1999 Decorah Bettendorf
2000 Decorah Bettendorf
2001 Waterloo Columbus West Des Moines Valley
2002 Waterloo Columbus Urbandale
2003 Decorah Bettendorf
2004 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2005 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2006 Waterloo Columbus Iowa City West
2007 Waterloo Columbus Cedar Rapids Kennedy
2008 Camanche Boone
2009 Dubuque Wahlert Ames
2010 Camanche Ames
2011 Waterloo Columbus Ames


  1. ^ a b "Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union". IGHSAU. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  2. ^ "All Time State Tournament Results". Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. pp. 10–17. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "2014 Iowa High School Girls State Basketball Tournament Parings/Results". Sports Spotlight. Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. March 8, 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 

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