Wednesday, July 01, 2015
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MIDWEST LEAGUE: Kernels 3, Wisconsin 2 ... PREP BASEBALL: Kennedy 10, Ankeny Centennial 0 (6 innings) ... Kennedy 8, Ankeny Centennial 3 ... Bettendorf at Jefferson, canceled (wet grounds) ... Cedar Valley 8, HLV 3 ... WDM Dowling 5, Xavier 2 ... PREP SOFTBALL: Prairie 10, Dubuque Hempstead 0 ... Prairie 5, Dubuque Hempstead 3 ... Linn-Mar 5, Cedar Falls 0 ... Linn-Mar 10, Cedar Falls 0 (6 innings) ... Jefferson 7, Iowa City West 4 ... Jefferson 8, Iowa City West 4 ... Xavier 10, Washington 1 ... Xavier 5, Washington 3 ... Kennedy 9, Waterloo East 0 ... Kennedy 9, Waterloo East 1 ... Mount Vernon 5, Marion 0 ...
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J-Hawks sweep No. 1 Iowa City West

It's rarely a good idea to spot the No. 1 team in the state a fat early lead, but Erin Kuba and the Jefferson J-Hawks have learned to spit at adversity.

The fifth-ranked J-Hawks rallied for a pair of impressive victories over top-ranked Iowa City West, 7-4 and 8-4, in a key Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader Tuesday at Larry Niemeyer Field.

Iowa City West arrived in town with a spotless 18-0 record in the MVC, but Jefferson dropped the Women of Troy to 18-2 and raised their own mark to 17-3, climbing within one game of Iowa City West in the Valley Division standings with six games left.

The J-Hawks trailed 4-0 in the first game and 3-0 in the nightcap, but came roaring back both times.

"It would have been easy to get our daubers down and just say, 'Oh well, they're the No. 1 team in the state, they should beat us.' But they didn't," said Jefferson Coach Brian Erbe.

"We got down twice and we didn't waver. The kids, I'm just so proud of them."


NAIA hoops tourney coming to town

It looks like Mount Mercy University might learn to enjoy its status as an independent basketball school during the 2015-16 campaign while it waits for full membership in the Heart of America Conference.

The Association of Independent Institutions has decided to hold the 2016 A.I.I. Division II men's and women's basketball tournaments at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids from Feb. 26-28.

Mount Mercy will serve as the host school and will receive automatic bids to the tournament for both of its teams.

There will be eight men's teams and eight women's teams in both tournaments, which will run simultaneously. The top three teams in each tournament will receive automatic berths to the NAIA Division II national tournament.

There will be wall-to-wall basketball at the U.S Cellular Center on Friday, Feb. 26 with all eight quarterfinal games -- four men's games and four women's games -- from early in the morning until late at night. The four semifinals will be staged on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the championship games and third-place games on Sunday, Feb. 28.


Westphal returns home to beat Wisconsin

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Luke Westphal earned a win for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of family members and many friends Tuesday afternoon before 2,884 fans at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis.

The southpaw, along with Randy LeBlanc and Cam Booser, held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to just two hits as the Kernels won, 3-2, for their second consecutive win.


No. 8 Kennedy sweeps Ankeny Centennial

The eighth-ranked Kennedy Cougars raised their record to 17-5 Tuesday night by sweeping a doubleheader from Ankeny Centennial, 10-0 and 8-3, at Herkelman Field.

The Cougars are battling Linn-Mar (16-6) for the No. 1 seed in their substate, with the final seedings to be based on games through this Saturday, July 4.

Jacob Henry twirled a four-hit shutout for Kennedy in the 10-0 victory in the first game, which ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. Henry helped his own cause by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.


Prairie girls sweep Dubuque Hempstead

Natalie Halvorson tossed a four-hit shutout Tuesday night as Cedar Rapids Prairie blanked Dubuque Hempstead, 10-0, in the first game of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader at Prairie.

The Hawks also won the second game, 5-3.

The sweep lifted Prairie to 14-6 in the Mississippi Division of the MVC as it continues to battle for the title with six games left in the conference race.

Amanda Pipolo went 3-for-3 with a double and triple for Prairie in the 10-0 victory. Lauren Kuch went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Shelby Frederick wsa 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Anne Cerveny was 2-for-3 with a double.



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Metro Schedule

Sunday, June 28 Thursday, July 2
MWL: Quad Cities 6, Kernels 1 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.

BB: Prince of Peace vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Daniels Park (2), 4 p.m.
Monday, June 29 BB: Xavier at Dubuque Wahlert (2), 4 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 4, Wisconsin 0 BB: Waterloo West at Jefferson (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Marion 10-12, Center Point-Urbana 7-0 BB: Dubuque Senior at Washington (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Alburnett 13-16, Cedar Valley Christian 2-7 SB: Marion at South Tama (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Kennedy 8-6, Dubuque Hempstead 7-7 SB: Prairie at Dubuque Senior (2), 4 p.m .
BB: Iowa City West 10-8, Washington 3-2 SB: Washington at Jefferson (2), 5:30 p.m.
BB: Xavier 11-4, Waterloo East 1-1 SB: Xavier at Kennedy (2), 5:30 p.m.
BB: Linn-Mar 3-3, Jefferson 1-1 SB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo West (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Prairie 9-12, Waterloo West 3-1
SB: Marion 3-1, Center Point-Urbana 0-5 Friday, July 3
SB: Waterloo West 6-7, Xavier 4-4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
SB: Kennedy 9-0, Linn-Mar 7-4 BB: Dyersville Beckman at Marion (2), 5 p.m.
SB: Waterloo East 5-5, Washington 3-7 BB: Linn-Mar at Dubuque Hempstead (2), 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30

BB: Waterloo East at Jefferson (2), 5 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 3, Wisconsin 2

BB: Iowa City High at Prairie (2), 5 p.m.

BB: Cedar Valley Christian 8. HLV 6 BB: Kennedy at Waterloo West (2), 5 p.m.
BB: Bettendorf at Jefferson, canceled (wet grounds)

SB: Jefferson at Ottumwa Tournament

BB: Kennedy 10-8, Ankeny Centennial 0-3

SB: Xavier, Kennedy at Iowa City West Tournament

BB: Waterloo West at Washington (2), 5 p.m.

BB: WDM Dowling 5, Xavier 2 Saturday, July 4
SB: Mount Vernon 5, Marion 0

MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 5:05 p.m.

SB: Jefferson 7-8, Iowa City West 4-4 BB: North Scott at Kennedy, 10 a.m.

SB: Prairie 10-5, Dubuque Hempstead 0-3

BB: Johnston at Kennedy, 2 p.m.
SB: Xavier 10-5, Washington 1-3 SB: Xavier, Kennedy at Iowa City West Tournament
SB: Linn-Mar 5-10, Cedar Falls 0-0
SB: Kennedy 9-9. Waterloo East 0-1 Sunday, July 5

MWL: Burlington at Kernels, 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1

MWL: Kernels at Wisconsin, 7:05 p.m.
BB: West Delaware at Marion (2), 5 p.m.


BB: Clinton at Jefferson, 7 p.m.
BB: Washington at Davenport North, 7 p.m.
BB: Prairie at Linn-Mar (2), 5 p.m.
BB: North Scott at Xavier, 7 p.m.


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