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Brave new world for football playoffs

Bracketology is dead.

We're not talking about brackets for March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament. Those brackets are alive and well.

Rather, we're talking about brackets for the high school football playoffs that begin next week. Those brackets are gone.

In previous years, the IHSAA would select 32 teams in each class for the playoffs and assign them to an orderly bracket that you could follow from the first round all the way to the championship game in the UNI-Dome.

You could study the bracket, pick the winners and see how close you came to the real thing as the tournament went along.

No more.


Schmidt, Noble share Metro Spotlight Award

Linn-Mar seniors Ryan Schmidt and Trevor Noble are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Schmidt and Noble shared the spotlight Friday night when the sixth-ranked Lions smashed Waterloo West, 63-28, in a district football game in Waterloo.

Schmidt, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback, passed for four touchdowns and ran for three scores as he collected 398 yards of total offense.

Noble caught three touchdown passes for 135 yards and scored on a 55-yard interception return.


Anna Fluent wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Anna Fluent is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Fluent helped the Cougars win five straight matches at the Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball tournament Saturday before falling to Iowa City High in the finals. Kennedy defeated City High in pool play, but the Little Hawks turned the tables in the championship bout.

The Cougars climbed into the Class 5A rankings last week in the No. 10 spot with a balanced overall attack.


Drake, Lions shatter 3 MVC records

It's too bad they don't have a decathlon for high school swimmers.

If anyone could win 10 events at one meet, it would be Linn-Mar sophomore Kelsey Drake.

Freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke. Sprints, middle distances, long distances. It wouldn't matter.

Drake, Drake, Drake, Drake.

"It would be her," Linn-Mar Coach Chad Derlein confirmed Saturday. "It doesn't matter, she can swim it. Whatever event.

"She's probably the most versatile swimmer I know."

Drake starred at the Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Kennedy Saturday. She broke meet records in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, then had a sizzling anchor on the 400 freestyle relay to help Jenn Jenks, Lizzie Adams and Stephanie Jenks shatter another record.

High school swimmers are limited to four events at one meet. The closest Drake ever came to a "decathlon" in swimming was at the 12-and-under state meet a few years back, when she recalls winning nine events.

Drake enjoys all four strokes, although the butterfly is her favorite. "I could swim butterfly and never got bored with it, I love it so much," she remarked.


Cougars make strong run in MVC tourney

After winning  five straight matches Saturday, the Kennedy girls finally ran out of steam and had to settle for second place to Iowa City High in the 14-team Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball tournament.

Along the way, the Cougars got revenge for regular-season losses to Iowa City West and Linn-Mar. And they beat City High in three games in pool play during the morning session.

But in the championship final the Little Hawks found their groove and posted a dominating 25-16 25-16 victory.

“I think the kids were kind of zapped at the end,” said Kennedy Coach Michelle Goodall. “And Iowa City came out on fire.”

Ranked eighth in Class 5A, City High (21-9) came into the tourney as the top seed with the only unblemished MVC record of 6-0. The Class 5A 10th-ranked Cougars (25-11) were seeded eighth based on their 4-2 conference mark.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.19 Friday, Oct. 24
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

HSFB: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 HSFB: Waterloo West at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
No events scheduled HSFB: Marion at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Washington at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Springville at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Wamac Tournament at Mount Vernon, 4 p.m. CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
HSVB: Iowa City High at Jefferson, 7 p.m. CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament
HSVB: Washington at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Xavier at Linn-Mar, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
HSVB: Prairie at Iowa City West, 7 p.m. CFB: Central at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Jefferson at Dubuque Senior USHL: Sioux Falls at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
CVB: Central at Coe,k 7:30 p.m. CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
MSOC: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville, 7 p.m. CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament

CVB: Mount Mercy at Clinton Tournament, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 WSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 4:30 p.m.
CVB: Indian Hills at Kirkwood, 6:30 p.m . WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 5 p.m.

MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.
WSOC: Clarke at Coe, 7 p.m. WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 7 p.m.

M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitational, 11 a.m
Thursday, Oct. 23
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Marshalltown Sunday, Oct. 26
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Cedar Falls No events scheduled
B/GCC: 3A Regional at Solon
B/GCC: 3A Regional at West Delaware
HSVB: Iowa City High at Marion



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