Saturday, February 28, 2015
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL: RoughRiders 3, Muskegon 2 ... BOYS BASKETBALL - 4A Substate Semifinals: Linn-Mar 66, Waterloo West 45 ... Kennedy 71, Cedar Falls 55 ... Iowa City West 84, Prairie 56 ... Washington 62, Burlington 39 ... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament semifinals ... Mount Mercy 72, Grand View 61 ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Kirkwood 17, Riverland 0 ... Kirkwood 25, Rochester 1 ...
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Bohannon nets 30 as No. 6 Lions roll along

When it comes to defensive schemes, Linn-Mar's slick tandem of Jordan Bohannon and Nic Uhlir have seen just about all of them.

The Lion sharpshooters got a variety of defensive looks from Waterloo West in Friday night's Class 4A substate semifinal at Linn-Mar.

None of them proved successful.

Bohannon torched the Wahawks for 30 points, including six 3-point baskets, and Uhlir finished with 17 as the No. 6 Lions (18-4) rolled to a 66-45 victory.

That sets up the much-anticipated rematch with Kennedy in the substate final Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center. The Cougars advanced with a 71-55 win over Cedar Falls in their substate semifinal at Kennedy.

West dropped a 60-50 decision to the Lions in the regular-season finale last Thursday in Waterloo as both teams stuck to the basics in anticipation of Friday's tournament contest.


No.9 Cougars roll by Tigers

Kennedy Coach Jon McKowen has preached to his team all year about the importance of playing their best basketball at the end of the season when it really counts.

The Cougars are getting pretty darn close.

Kennedy rode two different 13-0 streaks Friday night to an impressive 71-55 conquest of Cedar Falls in the Class 4A substate semifinals at Kennedy.

Now comes the showdown that Metro fans have craved with the ninth-ranked Cougars (17-5) facing the sixth-ranked Linn-Mar Lions (18-4) in the substate finals Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center for a berth in the state tournament.

Cole Murdock and Zach Daniels picked Cedar Falls apart with their sharp passing Friday night, the Cougars attacked the backboards with reckless abandon and Brendon Manning got the place jumping with a rebound dunk with the game just 20 seconds old.


Warriors earn shot at Iowa City West

The Cedar Rapids Washington players and coaches aren’t the only ones who think they can bump off top-ranked and undefeated Iowa City West in the Class 4A substate finals this Tuesday at the U.S. Cellular Center.

“West for a long time has played at a different level than, really, the rest of the state,” said long-time Burlington Coach Jeff Bloomer after watching his undermanned Grayhounds get pummeled by the Warriors, 62-39, Friday night.

“We all know that," he said. “But Washington has a lot of length and a lot of athleticism. When you have a combination of those two things, you can pose problems for anyone.

“They’re a tough team. They’ll be hard for anybody to matchup against.”

Always-upbeat Washington Coach Adam Sanchez knows it will be a tall task to upset a 22-0 Trojan juggernaut that has steamrolled nearly every team in its path this year. West dumped the Warriors, 68-46, in their fourth game of the season back in mid-December.


No.13 Mustangs reach MCC finals

The 13th-ranked Mount Mercy men's basketball team has reached the championship game of the Midwest Collegiate Conference tournament, but there were some nervous moments at the Hennessey Recreation Center Friday night.

The Mustangs had to rally for a 72-61 victory over Grand View with a strong finish in the MCC semifinals.

Grand View led 55-54 with 6:03 left in the game, seeking to upset the No. 1 seeds on their home court. Mount Mercy kept battling and took a slim 62-60 lead into the final minute, with the outcome still very much in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mustangs, the final 49 seconds belonged to them.


Riders hang on to edge Muskegon

MUSKEGON, Mich. - Erik Foley netted the tiebreaking goal early in the second period and goaltender Ryan Larkin made it stand up as the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders downed Muskegon, 3-2, Friday night before 2,654 fans at L.C. Walker Arena.

Larkin stopped 43 of 45 shots as Cedar Rapids had to come up with two penalty kills in the third period to secure the victory.

The Riders jumped to a 2-0 lead before five minutes had been played on goals from Ross Colton and Joe Wegwerth, only to see the hosts score twice before the end of the first period to tie the score.

Cedar Rapids (32-15, 64 points) remained three points ahead of Youngstown for first place in the USHL's Eastern Division. Muskegon is 26-17-3 for 55 points.


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, Feb. 22 Friday, Feb. 27
USHL: RoughRiders 1, Dubuque 0 USHL: RoughRiders 3, Muskegon 2
WTEN: Truman State 5, Coe 4 BBB: 4A Substate Semifinal: Linn- Mar 66, Waterloo West 45

BBB: 4A Substate Semifinal: Kennedy 71, Cedar Falls 55

BBB: 4A Substate Semifinal: Iowa City West 84, Prairie 56
Monday, Feb. 23 BBB: 4A Substate Semifinal: Washington 62, Burlington 39
BBB: 3A District Semifinal: Xavier 74, Benton Community 44 MBB: Mount Mercy 72, Grand View 61
BBB: 3A District Semifinal: Solon 42, Marion 32 CSB: Kirkwood 17, Riverland 0;  Kirkwood 25, Rochester 1
BBB: 4A Substate Quarterfinal: Prairie 60, Jefferson 51

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Saturday, Feb. 28
GBB: 4A Regional Final: Waverly-Shell Rock 46, Marion 32 USHL: RoughRiders at Muskegon, 7:15 p.m.
GBB: 4A Regional Final: Xavier 65, Davenport North 52 WBB: Iowa Central at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
GBB: 5A Regional Final: Southeast Polk 56, Linn-Mar 45 WBB: MCC Tournament Semifinals: Mount Mercy at St. Ambrose 2 p.m.
GBB: 5A Regional Final: Cedar Falls 51, Kennedy 49 MBB: Iowa Central at Kirkwood, 3 p.m.
B/G BOWL: Class 2A State Tournament at Des Moines MTEN: Kalamazoo at Coe, 9 a.m.
WBB: Iowa Conference Tournament: Coe 70, Simpson 64 WTEN: Kalamazoo at Coe, 9 a.m.

CBSB: Kirkwood at St. Louis CC (2), ppd
Wednesday Feb. 25 CBSB: Coe vs. Greenville at St. Louis, cancelled
B/G BOWL: Class 3A State Tournament at Des Moines CBSB: Mount Mercy at Tabor College (2), cancelled
WBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, ppd. to 2/26 CSB: Coe vs. Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 1 p.m.; Coe vs. Gustavus Adolphus, 3 p.m. (Both at Rochester, Minn.)

MBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, ppd to 2/26

M/WTRK: Iowa Conference Meet at Waverly

CWRST: NCAA Division III Regional at Dubuque, 9 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26

BBB: 3A District Final: Xavier 88, Solon 57

Sunday March 1
WBB: MCC Tournament Quarterfinals: Mount Mercy 64, Viterbo 52 MBB: MCC Tournament Final, 6 p.m.
WBB: Iowa Conference Tournament Semifinals: Luther 89, Coe 82 CBSB: Kirkwood at Southwestern Illinois (2), 1 p.m.
WBB:  Kirkwood 85, DMACC 67 CBSB: Mount Mercy at Tabor College (2), cencelled
MBB: Iowa Conference Tournament Semifinals: Dubuque 71, Coe 59 CBSB: Coe at Washington U (St. Louis) (2), cancelled
MBB: DMACC 66, Kirkwood 60






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