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4 million reasons to give thanks

The Metro Sports Report hit a major milestone last Friday when we passed 4 million page views since the website was launched in 2011, and it got me thinking about the work we do in our community.

Most of the stories we write are about the games and the people who play them at the eight Metro high schools, the three colleges in Cedar Rapids, the Kernels and the RoughRiders, although once in awhile we'll stray beyond those borders and write something about the Iowa Hawkeyes or offer a tribute to the late, great Johnny Orr.

None of us at the MSR knew Danny DeBacker, the former Mount Mercy University basketball player and track athlete who was tragically killed by a drunk driver Sept. 28 in Davenport.

We just began covering Mount Mercy in August, so we never saw him perform for the Mustangs last year, but once we heard about the tragedy we tried our best to tell people what happened and to write something about him. These are difficult stories to write and reminded me of writing about Chris Street's tragic death in 1993 when I was covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for The Gazette.


Greve survives tumor to swim for Lions

A young man with a scientific mind, Linn-Mar senior Calvin Greve measures his life in millimeters and fractions of seconds.

As a swimmer, every fractional time drop gets him that much closer to the ultimate prize of the state swim meet for his Lions team. And in the even bigger race, success in the pool shows he’s beating the tumor that could have killed or paralyzed him just two years ago.

Miraculously detected, a 40-millimeter tumor (about the size of a ping-pong ball) was growing under his inner ear and pushing against his brain stem. It was discovered only after a routine school physical in the spring of his sophomore year showed what he already knew - that he was losing the hearing in his left ear.

“I really didn't notice it. I’d just gotten used to it,” the 17-year-old says matter-of-factly in the manner that befits a student scholar who already has a number of college credits under his belt. “But I felt perfectly fine.”

A subsequent MRI to find a reason for the hearing loss revealed the life-threatening brain tumor on his auditory nerve. Within 48 hours, he underwent surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Removal of the mass left him permanently deaf in one ear and with a loss in balance that he’s still working on to fully recover.


J-Hawks drop opener to North Scott

The mantra from the coaches on the Jefferson bench Monday night was that the girls play with “hot hands” on defense against their visitors from North Scott.

It was on offense, however, that they had much more trouble holding onto the ball with a severe case of butter fingers.

In their season opener, the young J-Hawks committed 23 turnovers that finally led to a 57-42 loss to the Lady Lancers.

“I think it was a little bit of first-game jitters,” said Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards. “And we were playing a really good team.”

North Scott is ranked third in Class 4A, and the J-Hawks made it a much closer game than the end score would indicate.


KCC women knock off Australians

Kirkwood Coach Kim Muhl says the Eagles are still looking for their identity as a basketball team this season, but that was better than Kirsten Larson's predicament Tuesday night.

She was looking for part of a front tooth.

Larson popped in three 3-pointers and scored 13 points but was inured in the second half during Kirkwood's 79-59 victory over the South Australia Institute of Sports at Johnson Hall.

Larson banged heads with Sophie Houral of Australia, bit through her upper lip and lost part of a tooth in the collision. Her mouth was a bloody mess and she spent the rest of the game with an ice bag on her face.

"Don't kiss anyone tonight," teased Muhl after the game.


Balanced Eagles raise mark to 9-0

The Kirkwood Eagles know they won't make nineteen 3-pointers too many times like they did Saturday against Iowa Western, so they had a new plan of attack Tuesday night against the Coe junior varsity.

Take it to the rack.

The Eagles attacked the basket and defeated the Kohawks, 85-55, with five players scoring in double figures.

Kirkwood raised its record to 9-0 heading into a short break for Thanksgiving.

"Driving to the hole was our main focus today," said point guard Ajay Lawton, who finished with 12 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds. "We wanted to get to the bucket as much as possible."

Lawton and Jordan Ashton made six 3-pointers against Iowa Western and Matt Lassen had five, part of a breathtaking performance that saw the Eagles hit 19 of 32 from behind the arc.



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Metro Schedule

Sunday,Nov. 23 Friday, Nov. 28
No events scheduled MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Dakota State at Midland Tourney (Fremont, Neb.), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Monday, Nov. 24 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
BBOWL: Kennedy 2,992, Washington 2,575 GBB: Johnston at Xavier, 2:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Kennedy 2,324, Washington 2,300 GBB: Jefferson at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25 GBB: Linn-Mar at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
GBB: North Scott 57, Jefferson 42 AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy 77, Davenport Central 32 Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar 56, Waterloo East 19 Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: Marion 50, DeWitt Central 28 Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Muscatine 63, Prairie 57 Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 65, Central City 27 MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy Jamboree: Jefferson 34, Center Point-Urbana 30; Washington 46, Benton Community 26; Iowa City West 65, Solon 31; Xavier 36, Vinton- Shellsburg 19; Kennedy 49, Mount Vernon 31  MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,044, Prairie 2,772
BBOWL: Marion 2,913, DeWitt Central 2,782 Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier 2,881, Iowa City West 2,843 WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
BBOWL: Jefferson 3,398, Iowa City High 2,494
GBOWL: Prairie 2,635, Linn-Mar 2,605
GBOWL: DeWitt Central 2,327, Marion 2,156
GBOWL: Iowa City West 2,056, Xavier 1,786
GBOWL: Iowa City High 2,524, Jefferson 2,466
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington
WBB: Coe 78, Elmhurst 72
WBB: Simpson 77, Mount Mercy 61
WBB: Kirkwood 79, South Australia 59
MBB: Kirkwood 85, Coe JV 55
Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Lincoln 3 (shootout)

Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Waterloo 1



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