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Redshirt junior Michael Jacobson keeps the ball out of reach from Texas Southern senior Jeremy Combs during the game against Texas Southern at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 12. The Cyclones won 85-73.

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It’s been a tightly-contested battle for the crown in the 2019 YMCA Capital City League as in the four games played, no team is undefeated or winless and four out of the six teams have a 2-2 record. 

The YMCA Capital City League is a league that features six teams that consist of former and current Iowa State players, Drake players and players from other in-state colleges, community colleges as well as some out of state schools. 

“It’s fun and a good experience,” Iowa State junior forward Terrance Lewis said. 

Each summer, the YMCA Capital City League provides the opportunity for fans to interact with players, which is something that is not a common thing.

“There’s a lot of fans out here from different schools,” Lewis said.

Iowa State freshman guard Caleb Grill and senior forward Michael Jacobson have led the Des Moines Lions Club to a 3-1 record which is the best in the league thus far.

There is a four way tie for second place between Walnut Creek YMCA, Waukee-Clive Vet Clinic, MRG International and Fore the Veterans all have 2-2 record. 

The Walnut Creek YMCA team is led by Iowa State newcomers, sophomore guard Rasir Bolton and freshman forward Marcedus Leech. 

Iowa State freshman guard Tre Jackson and sophomore George Conditt IV are a part of the Vet Clinic team.

MRG International is lead by Iowa State forwards freshman Javan Johnson and Lewis.

Rounding out the league is the Sparta Waste Services team that has 1-3 record.

The Sparta Waste Services team features Iowa State senior guard Prentiss Nixon and freshman forward Luke Anderson.

Sunday marks the beginning of the YMCA Capital City League playoffs where the six seeded team will take on the three seeded team and the five seeded team, play will begin at 5:45 p.m. at Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Also on Sunday, there will be a fan appreciation event that will feature the players in the league competing in a dunk contest and three point contest. 

The winner of the game between the six seed and the three seed will face the two seed on July 18 at Valley High School. 

The winner of the game between the game between the five seed and the four seed will play the one seed on Saturday. 

At 5:00 p.m. on July 21 will be the championship game at Valley High School.