A book about a Sioux City, IA basketball rivalry

Briar Cliff University vs Morningside College

River City Rivals


For over 50 seasons, the men’s and women’s teams at Sioux City’s two colleges have been racing up and down the court in front of thousands and reaching national tournaments at an incredible pace. The basketball series between Briar Cliff and Morningside, schools just a ten-minute drive apart, has been played at the highest level, from Elite Eights to Final Fours to national titles. River City Rivals captures the memories of those who played, those who coached, and those who simply enjoyed.

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...Barry has written a very entertaining history of a terrific small college basketball rivalry ... Barry has done a great job of talking to the key figures on both sides and bringing the reader inside.

—Nic Nelson, former Morningside athlete, former Briar Cliff men’s basketball coach, and current Briar Cliff athletic director

... A very informative and enjoyable read. I was proud to be a part of both basketball programs. Reading the book, you will learn things about the colleges and basketball programs that you did not know.

—Cindy Tudehope (Kiser), former women’s basketball coach for first Briar Cliff, then Morningside

If you are a basketball fan, you’re really going to enjoy this book! If you are a Briar Cliff or Morningside basketball fan, you’ll love this book!

—Todd Barry, former Briar Cliff men’s basketball coach

About author Barry Fouts

Barry Fouts, a 1976 graduate of Morningside, has written for Victory Sports Network for most of the past 15 years. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association, specializing in NAIA coverage. In 2006, he authored A Season in the GPAC, a book covering the league’s institutions and the 2005 football season.

Barry has watched numerous women’s and men’s games between Briar Cliff and Morningside over the past 45 years. He still calls Council Bluffs, Iowa, home, though he and his wife, Phyllis, are full-time travelers in their RV. They have three adult children and a granddaughter.