Sunday, September 21, 2014
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD: - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Wisconsin-Stevens Point 37, Coe 21 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Kirkwood 3, Vincennes 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Owens 0 .... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Mount Mercy 3, Purdue Calumet 1
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Kohawks fall to Stevens Point, 37-21

Disappointment. Frustration. Surprise.

Those words described the Coe Kohawks after they lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 37-21, in a homecoming football game at Clark Field Saturday.

Coe built a 21-14 lead and appeared in good shape late in the first half, but Stevens Point scored 23 unanswered points and blanked the Kohawks in the entire second half.

Coe Coach Steve Staker was surprised his club was unable to score in the second half after putting 21 points on the board in the second period alone.

"Yeah, I am," he said. "I really did not expect that at all. Not at all."

The Kohawks (1-2) drove to the 12-yard line in the final minute of the first half with their 21-14 advantage, looking for a 28-14 cushion with a touchdown or a 24-14 lead with a field goal. Instead, a holding penalty and a sack pushed the Kohawks out of field goal range and they lost the ball on downs at the Stevens Point 30-yard with just 29 seconds left before intermission.

Stevens Point (1-1) quickly completed two passes and got a 47-yard field goal from Jesse Vervelde on the final play of the half to pull within 21-17 at intermission.


Slezak finds new home with Kohawks

Coe College junior Ben Slezak is easy to spot on a football field.

At 341 pounds, he's easily one of the biggest players on the gridiron.

He's also easy to spot off the field, with his long hair and thick, bushy beard.

Slezak, who graduated from Xavier High School in 2011, is starting at right tackle on a rebuilt offensive line for the Kohawks. He was one of their top blockers Saturday in a 37-21 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Clark Field.

Slezak attended Southwest Minnesota State for two years before deciding to come back home.

“Then I went to Coe," he said Saturday. "I kind of lost some credits when I transferred, so I have another year.”

Coe's offensive line suffered heavy graduation losses from last year, so they've had to put new pieces in place this season.

“It’s tough,” Slezak said. “We’ve got some good guys ... We’ve just been working hard.


Anderson makes quick impact for Coe

Brady Anderson has made a smooth and successful transition from Linn-Mar High School to the men's tennis program at Coe as a freshman.

Anderson sailed by teammate Alex Bernt, 6-3, 6-0, to win the Flight A singles title at the Iowa Conference tournament at Clark Field Saturday.

Anderson also teamed with Riley Galbraith to captured the Flight A doubles crown with an 8-5 victory over Coe teammates Ryan Hickman and Mark Kroll as the Kohawks dominated the two-day tournament.

Anderson, the state singles champion at Linn-Mar as a junior, edged Galbraith in the semifinals Saturday, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9). On Friday, Anderson defeated Matt Knutson of Luther in the Round of 16, 6-1, 6-1, and swept Trent Schneider of Luther in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

Galbraith, a Kennedy grad, defeated Kyle Appel of Luther for third place, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).

Noah Sprinkel, who normally plays No.1 singles for Coe, is not attending school this semester but plans to enroll for his final semester of competition this winter and spring.


No. 2 Warriors belt No. 9 Lions, 43-3

O'Rien Vance had a block party Friday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.

The rangy Cedar Rapids Washington linebacker may have been unknown before the No. 2 Warriors' showdown with No. 9 Linn-Mar. On a team loaded with NCAA Division I-caliber players, Vance showed the overflow crowd he is a star in the making.

Vance blocked a pair of punts that were both scooped up by teammates for touchdowns and the Warriors kept the Linn-Mar offense in check en route to an impressive 43-3 non-district victory.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was also all over the field on defense, making life miserable for Lions quarterback Ryan Schmidt.


Simonsen's gutsy call lifts Prairie

Dakota Simonsen, a sophomore with absolutely no varsity experience, was minding his own business on the sideline Friday night when Cedar Rapids Prairie quarterback Trey Beckman was injured late in the third quarter and had to leave the game against North Scott.

Prairie Coach Mike Morrissey sent Simonsen into the game against the No.7 Lancers with the score tied, 7-7, and all the fans hooting and hollering.

"At first I was thinking, 'Oh crap,'" Simonsen confessed later. "I was nervous. First varsity game. Homecoming. And they're one of the better teams in the state."

Simonsen took a deep breath and made a gutsy call that resulted in the winning touchdown as Prairie topped North Scott, 13-7.



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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 14 Friday, Sept. 19
MGLF: Kirkwood at Clarke Invitational HSFB: Pleasant Valley 40, Kennedy 28
WGLF: Mount Mercy at Viterbo Invitational HSFB: Washington 43, Linn-Mar 3
MSOC: Illinois Tech 2, Coe 1 (OT) HSFB: Solon 21, Marion 7
WSOC: Coe 2, Illinois Tech 1 (OT) HSFB: Prairie 13, North Scott 7
WTEN: Coe 6, Luther 3 HSFB: Xavier 59,  DeWitt Central 3

HSFB: Elkader Central 94, Cedar Valley Christian 7
Monday, Sept. 15 BGLF: Cedar Falls Invitational, Beaver Hills
BGLF: MVC Division meet, Finkbine B/GCC: Xavier, Marion at Cascade Invitational
BGLF: MVC Division meet, Airport National CVB: Benedictine 3, Mount Mercy 1; Morningside 3, Mount Mercy 1
MGLF: Kirkwood at Clarke Invitational CVB: Parkland Tournament: Parkland 3, Kirkwood 1, Kirkwood 3, Muskegon 1
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Deer Park Classic WSOC: Mount Mercy 2, Coe 0
WGLF: Coe at Simpson Invitational MSOC: Purdue Calumet 2, Coe 1 (OT)
WSOC: Mount Mercy 4, Harris-Stowe 0 WGLF: Coe at Luther Invitational
Tuesday, Sept. 16 WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
HSVB: Jefferson 3, Dubuque Wahlert 2 MTEN: Iowa Conference Tournament at Coe
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Cedar Falls 2 USHL Exhibition: Waterloo 6,  RoughRiders 3
HSVB: Prairie 3, Linn-Mar 2 Saturday, Sept. 20
HSVB: Marion 3, Benton 0 CFB: Wisconsin-Stevens Point 37, Coe 21
HSVB: Washington 3, Waterloo West 0 GSWM: Jefferson Invitational
HSVB: Xavier 3, Waterloo East 0 GSWM: Kennedy at Iowa City Invitational
HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian 3, Prince of Peace 0 HSVB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo Invitational
GSWM: Jefferson 107, Waterloo West 70 HSVB: Benton Tournament
GSWM: Kennedy 125.5 Washington 59.5 HSVB: Bellevue Marquette Tournament
GSWM: Linn-Mar 127, Dubuque Wahlert 59 G/BCC: Heartland Classic at Ames
WSOC: Grinnell 4, Coe 1 CVB: Parkland Tournament: Kirkwood 3, Vincennes 0, Kirkwood 3, Owens 0
MSOC: Mount Mercy 2, Dordt 1 (OT) CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Grace, Mount Mercy vs. Benedictine
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Deer Park Classic M/WCC: Coe at Gil Dodds Invitational

WGLF: Coe at Luther Invitational
Wednesday, Sept. 17 WGLF: Mount Mercy at Clarke Invitational
CVB: Coe 3, Dubuque 0 MGLF: Coe at Dubuque Invitational
CVB: Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0 MTEN: Iowa Conference Tournament at Coe
WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
Thursday, Sept. 18 MSOC: Mount Mercy 5, Judson 1
HSFB: Jefferson 62, Davenport West 0 WSOC: Mount Mercy 3, Purdue Calumet 1
B/GCC: Cedar Falls Invitational USHL Exhibition: Waterloo 6, RoughRiders 2
HSVB: Easton Valley 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0

Sunday, Sept. 21
MGLF: Coe at Dubuque Invitational
WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
MSOC: Cornell at Coe, 2 p.m.



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