Friday, December 19, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL - Madison 5, RoughRiders 2 .... HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Jefferson 34, Prairie 28 .... Wahlert 47, Xavier 24 .... Kennedy 60, Washington 17 .... Linn-Mar 48, Waterloo East 18 .... South Tama 60, Marion 18 .... Clear Creek-Amana 43, Marion 33 .... GIRLS BOWLING - Marion 2,212, Independence 1,979 .... BOYS BOWLING - Marion 2,849, Independence 2,285 .... BOYS SWIMMING - Dubuque Senior 85, Washington 84 .... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Coe 67, Redlands (Calif.) 60 .... Little Priest Tribal College at Kirkwood, canceled ....
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No.3 J-Hawks slap No. 4 Prairie

Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling coach Dick Briggs has all the presents he needs for Christmas now.

The third-ranked J-Hawks put another ornament on their tree Thursday night with a 34-28 victory over fourth-ranked Prairie in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown at Prairie.

Jefferson has collected victories over No. 4 Prairie, No.5 Iowa City West and No. 7 Linn-Mar this season and the campaign has barely started.

"It feels pretty good," said Briggs. "It's an early Christmas present. But this is a fun team. Hopefully we can keep it rolling throughout the season."

Briggs and Prairie Coach Blake Williams juggled their lineups Thursday, looking for an edge at different weights, and Jefferson prevailed by winning eight of the 14 bouts.


Ollinger leaving Jeff for Linn-Mar

Amanda Ollinger confirmed Wednesday night that she has played her last basketball game at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and will start attending Linn-Mar High School when school resumes in January after the holiday break.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-2 junior, is one of the most decorated two-sport athletes in the state. She has been named all-state in basketball and volleyball and has committed to the University of Iowa for basketball.

Ollinger said the transfer is for "personal reasons" and not related to basketball. Both of her parents, Scott and Bonnie Ollinger, work in Marion and the family will be moving from the Jefferson district to the Linn-Mar district in the coming weeks, making it more convenient for the family.


Schmidt tops All-Metro football team

Linn-Mar quarterback Ryan Schmidt has been named the Player of the Year on the All-Metro football team.

Schmidt topped all Metro players in scoring with 21 touchdowns and led the Lions to a division title in the Mississippi Valley Conference. He passed for 1,541 yards and 14 touchdowns and he ran for 658 yards and 21 TDs.

Washington Coach Paul James and his staff were named the Metro Coach of the Year. The Warriors won 13 straight games and reached the championship game of the Class 4A playoffs before falling to Dowling Catholic.

The All-Metro team was selected by the coaches.

Five Washington players received first-team honors on the 22-man squad. Linn-Mar and Xavier had four first-team picks. Prairie and Jefferson had three first-team berths, Kennedy had two and Marion had one.


Murdock helps Cougars hold off Wash

Cole Murdock has already made a name for himself as a premier golfer at the high school level, but the Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior has elevated his game on the basketball floor as well.

Murdock scored 13 points and led the Cougars to a 63-57 victory over the Washington Warriors in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kennedy Tuesday.

Murdock was primarily a shooter and off-guard for Kennedy last year when AJ Carter ran the show, but he's made a smooth transition to the point this season with his ballhandling, passing and shooting.

"He had the skill set last year. He might not have had the confidence," said Kennedy Coach Jon McKowen. "The team puts a lot of faith in him and he's taken over a leadership role."

And make no mistake, Murdock likes running the club.


O'Donnell helps Wash top No. 10 Cougars

There is life after Dani Franklin and Aleena Hobbs.

The Washington Warriors proved that Tuesday night with a convincing 53-46 victory over 10th-ranked Kennedy in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls basketball game at Kennedy.

Franklin and Hobbs enjoyed prolific careers for the Warriors before heading to college this year, with Franklin at Valparaiso University and Hobbs practically across the street at Coe, but the Warriors still have some arrows in their quiver.

Kandis O'Donnell led Washington with 13 points and six assists Tuesday in their best win of the year.

"I feel very excited," said O'Donnell, a 5-foot-11 senior. "I couldn't be more proud of our team.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 14 Friday, Dec. 19
MBB: Coe 85, Northland 81 USHL: RoughRiders at Madison, 7 p.m.
Monday Dec. 15 BBB: Jefferson at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Xavier 2,996, Dubuque Wahlert 2,347 BBB: Kennedy at Dubuque Hempstead, 7:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Xavier 2,066, Dubuque Wahlert 1,889 BBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

BBB: Vinton-Shellsburg at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16 BBB: Iowa City West at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Waterloo West 67, Jefferson 57 BBB: Calamus-Wheatland vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 7:45 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy 63, Washington 57 GBB: Xavier at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar 69, Iowa City HIgh 45 GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Marion 58, Clear Creek-Amana 49 GBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 6 p.m.
BBB: Dubuque Wahlert 75, Prairie 62 GBB: Marion at Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Dubuque Senior 62, Xavier 46 GBB: Washington at Iowa City West, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Jefferson 59, Waterloo West 36 GBB: Calamus-Wheatland vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 6:15 p.m.
GBB: Washington 53, Kennedy 46 HSWRST: Linn-Mar, Prairie at Battle of Waterloo, 1 p.m.
GBB: Iowa City High 48, Linn-Mar 42 BBOWL: Waterloo East at Jefferson (May City) 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Clear Creek-Amana 58, Marion 56 BBOWL: Kennedy at Iowa City High (Colonial), 3:15 p.m.
GBB: Dubuque Wahlert 51, Prairie 36 BBOWL: Waterloo West at Linn-Mar (CR Bowl Ctr), 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Xavier 80, Dubuque Senior 42 BBOWL: Prairie at Dubuque Wahlert (Cherry), 3:30 p.m. 
BSWM: Dubuque Senior 111, Jefferson 59 BBOWL: Cedar Falls at Washington (Lancer), 4 p.m.
BSWM: Iowa City West 96, Kennedy 74 GBOWL: Waterloo East at Jefferson (May City) 3:45 p.m.
BSWM: Linn-Mar, Iowa City High at Waterloo East GBOWL: Kennedy at Iowa City High (Colonial), 3:15 p.m.
BSWM: Washington 91,Bettendorf 79 GBOWL: Waterloo West at Linn-Mar (CR Bowl Ctr), 3:45 p.m.

GBOWL: Prairie at Dubuque Wahlert (Cherry), 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 17 GBOWL: Cedar Falls at Washington (Lancer), 4 p.m.
No events scheduled WBB: Mount Mercy vs. St. Francis (Ill.) at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18 Saturday, Dec. 20
USHL: Madison 5, RoughRiders 2 BBB: Solon at Kennedy, 6:30 p.m.
HSWRST: Jefferson 34, Prairie 28 BBB: Lisbon vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 5:45 p.m.
HSWRST: Kennedy 60, Washington 17 GBB: Lisbon vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 4 p.m.
HSWRST: Linn-Mar 48, Waterloo East 18 HSWRST: Jefferson at Southeast Polk Tournament, 9 a.m.
HSWRST: South Tama 60,Marion 18; Clear Creek-Amana 43, Marion 33 HSWRST: Kennedy at Fort Madison Tournament, 10 a.m.
HSWRST: Dubuque Wahlert 47, Xavier 24 HSWRST: Prairie, Linn-Mar at Battle of Waterloo, 9 a.m.
GBOWL: Marion 2,212, Independence 1,979 HSWRST: Xavier Tournament
BBOWL: Marion 2,849, Independence 2,285 HSWRST: Washington at DeWitt Central Tournament, 9 a.m.
BSWM: Dubuque Senior 85, Washington 84 BBOWL: Prairie Invitational, 1 p.m.
WBB: Little Priest Tribal College at Kirkwood, canceled BSWM: Linn-Mar at Clinton Invitational, 10 a.m.
WBB: Coe 67, Redlands (Calif.) 60 WBB: Coe at Chapman (Calif.), 9 a.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Roosevelt (Ill.) Tournament
MBB: Washington at Coe, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

CWRST: Coe at Desert Duals, Las Vegas, 10 a.m.



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