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Kernels fall in sleeper to Bandits

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have won 30 of their last 40 games and are undoubtedly headed to the Midwest League playoffs, but Manager Jake Mauer does not want to see his club develop any bad habits coming down the stretch.

The Kernels saw their eight-game winning streak come to end Wednesday night in a 5-2 snoozer to the Quad Cities River Bandits before 1,673 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels hold a commanding lead over their competitors for a playoff spot with 12 games left in the regular season, so Mauer did not need to hold any closed-door meetings or chew anybody out after his guys committed three errors and a few other mistakes.

Cedar Rapids opens a three-game commuter series at Burlington Thursday night, followed by another three-game commuter series at the Quad Cities. That means six straight days of getting on the bus, playing games, coming right home and doing it again the next day without spending any nights in hotel rooms.

Mauer will be curious to see how his team plays at Burlington Wednesday night before making any judgments.


Kernels win again, but Stewart hurt

The Cedar Rapids Kernels won their eighth straight game Tuesday night, but they may have paid a severe price as they chase the Midwest League pennant.

Kohl Stewart, their $4.5 million bonus baby, had to leave the game in the top of the second inning with what could be a recurrence of the shoulder ailment that landed him on the Disabled List for 19 days recently.

The Kernels rallied for a 5-3 victory over Quad Cities before 1,678 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium, but Stewart looked dejected as he left the mound after conferring with Cedar Rapids Manager Jake Mauer, pitching coach Ivan Arteaga and the Kernels trainer.

"It's frustrating," Stewart said in the locker room. "It didn't feel right the first inning, but I tried to get through it. We'll see what happens."

Stewart was placed on the DL from July 25 through Aug. 13 with an "impingement" in his right shoulder. He pitched four strong innings against Beloit Aug. 13 and looked good, according to Mauer, but Stewart struggled from the outset Tuesday.


Rekers, Glenn battle for QB job at Coe

Don't be surprised if you see Coe quarterback Gavin Glenn whisper in his center's ear before the Kohawks run a play in shotgun formation this season.

Glenn, a transfer from Minnesota-Duluth, is batting incumbent Josh Rekers for the starting job in practice and Glenn wants to make sure there are no problems with the snap.

Glenn stands 6-feet tall, but Rekers is a strapping 6-foot-6.

"Sometimes I go up to the center before the play and tell him I'm the shorter quarterback so I don't get a ball over my head," Glenn claimed during Media Day activities Monday at Clark Field.

Coe Coach Steve Staker has no trouble telling them apart, but he's having a little trouble separating them on the depth chart. That's good news, because both quarterbacks have looked good in practice.


Cedar Valley tackled big boys this summer

Cedar Valley Christian has suffered some lopsided losses during its three years of playing 8-man football, so why in the world did the Huskies voluntarily play Cedar Rapids Washington, Prairie, Iowa City West and Solon in a 7-on-7 passing league this summer?

It's simple.

Coach Ed Betsworth wanted his players to improve as quickly as possible against the best competition he could find.

"It was a good experience for us," he said. "It was a tough situation, here we are a little 8-man squad and we show up with 11 guys. We played Solon, Iowa City West, Prairie and Cedar Rapids Washington and they're walking in with 30 to 50 boys.


Mount Mercy joins MSR lineup of schools

A mother of a Mount Mercy basketball player asked me a few months ago why we were covering Coe College on the Metro Sports Report website but not the Mustangs.

It was a fair and legitimate question. Both schools have quality sports programs and are neighbors on the northeast side of Cedar Rapids, so why one and not the other?

"Just wait a few months," I told her. "It's in the works. We plan to add Mount Mercy to our lineup as soon as possible."

Today is the day.

As president of the Metro Sports Report, I am delighted to announce that the MSR has added the Mustangs to our website as we continue to focus on the schools and teams right here in Cedar Rapids and Marion.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug. 21
MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 22
MWL: Kernels 4, Quad Cities 2 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
BGLF: Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Tuesday, Aug 19 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Robert Morris vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.; Benedictine vs. Mount Mercy, 7 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3 Saturday, Aug. 23
BGLF: Washington at Blue Top Ridge Invitational MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 20 CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MWL: Quad Cities 5, Kernels 2 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Dakota State vs. Mount Mercy, 9 a.m.; Hannibal-LeGrange vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
MWL: Kernels at Quad Cities, 1:15 p.m.
WSOC: Roosevelt at Mount Mercy, Lower Kingston, 11 a.m.



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