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Jim Ecker, President & Editor

Metro Sports Report

Panthers are all grown up now

As the prep basketball season winds down, the hoops careers of a special group of local girls will also come to an end.

They’re seniors now, playing for several different area teams, but in their younger years they bonded together as Cedar Rapids Panthers.

During a six-year period starting in 2007 as fourth graders they won five AAU state championships. Not only were they the very best girls team in Iowa, they were among the elite squads in the whole Midwest.

Their record over that stretch was a sterling 234-65 (.783 winning percentage).

Soon, they’ll be going their separate ways.

All of them will be off to college, though only one is sure to play basketball. Accomplished multi-sport athletes, almost all of the others will compete on the collegiate level, but in soccer or softball.

Of the core bunch that stayed together the longest, undisputed Panthers star Arika Wooldridge of Center Point-Urbana has a basketball scholarship at Winona State University in Minnesota.


Blood wins Metro Spotlight Award

Rylee Blood of Cedar Rapids Prairie is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Blood, a senior, leads all Metro bowlers this season with a 196.7 game average and 393.4 series. She's rolled a high game of 266 this season and a high series of 470.

Blood ranks seventh overall in the state this year. Last year, she helped the Hawks place third at the Class 3A state tournament.


Saulnier, Kelley share Metro Spotlight

Nick Saulnier and Cameron Kelley of Cedar Rapids Washington are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Saulnier and Kelley led the Warriors to their 53rd straight district swimming title Saturday with superlative performances at the Linn-Mar Aquatic Center.

Saulnier, a senior, captured the 200 individual medley (1:52.19) and the 100 backstroke (51.16) at the district meet. He also swam on two triumphant relay teams and has been seeded No. 1 in the 200 IM and 100 back for the state meet in Marshalltown this Saturday.


Kirkwood men sunk by Iowa Lakes

Iowa Lakes guard Chris Jones was born quick.

And when it comes to college basketball, the quicker the better.

Jones and his teammates were too quick - and tough scrappy - Saturday afternoon and upset the 10th-ranked Kirkwood Eagles, 95-85, in an ICCAC conference game at Johnson Hall.

Jones, who is generously listed at 6-foot-1, tormented the Eagles with quick jitterbug moves to the basket for a series of layups, and when he wasn't getting to the rim he was driving the Eagles on their heels and popping up for a quick jumper.


Wood helps KCC women roll again

Madison Wood is a long drink of water for the Kirkwood women's basketball team at 6-foot-3.

Long and lean.

"Scrawny," is her own description.

Scrawny, perhaps, but she's good and getting better.

Wood collected 12 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots Saturday as the fourth-ranked Eagles dunked Iowa Lakes, 69-46, at Johnson Hall to remain undefeated in ICCAC conference games.

Wood, who prepped at Cedar Falls, leads Kirkwood in three major categories at 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

Wood has long arms and long legs, and she puts them to good use on the basketball floor.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 7 Friday, Feb. 12
No events scheduled USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7 p.m.

GBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8 GBB: Jefferson at Washington, 6 p.m.
GBB: Marion at Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m. GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Prince of Peace, 6:15 p.m. GBB: Xavier at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Prince of Peace, 7:45 p.m. GBB: West Delaware at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, 6 p.m. BBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Western Dubuque at Marion, 3 p.m. BBB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Western Dubuque at Marion, 3 p.m. BBB: Kennedy at Dubuque Hempstead, 7:30 p.m.

BBB: Waterloo East at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Alburnett, 7:45 p.m.
GBB: Kennedy at Jefferson, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
GBB: Washington at Prairie, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar at Xavier, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Clear Creek Amana at Marion, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
BBB: Washington at Prairie, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar at Xavier, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Marion at Clear Creek Amana, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.

M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 M/WTRK:  Mount Mercy at Heart of America meet, at Crete, Neb.
3A WRESTLING REGIONAL TEAM DUALS CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Emerson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 10:30 a.m.; Mount Mercy vs Judson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2 p.m.
Clinton/Iowa City High at Kennedy, 6 p.m. CSB: Mount Mercy vs Ashford, at UNI-Dome, 9:30 p.m.
Linn-Mar vs. Bettendorf, at Dubuque Hempstead, 6 p.m.
Jefferson vs. WDM Dowling, at Johnston, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
North Scott/Ottumwa at Prairie, 6 p.m. USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
WBB: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 5:30 p.m. BBB: Ankeny Centennial at Linn-Mar, 4:30 p.m.
WBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, 5:30 p.m. BBB: Washington at Cedar Falls, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Coe at Dubuque, 6 p.m. HSWRST: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Washington in 3A District at Jefferson, 12 p.m.
MBB: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 7:30 p.m. HSWRST: Prairie, Xavier in 3A District at Waverly-Shell Rock, 12
MBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, 7:30 p.m. BSWM: State Meet at Marshalltown YMCA, 12:30 p.m.
MBB: Coe at Dubuque, 8 p.m. WBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 7 p.m. WBB: Coe at Simpson, 2 p.m.

WBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11 MBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 3 p.m.
GBB: 1A Regional: Cedar Valley Christian at Iowa Valley, 7 p.m. MBB: Coe at Simpson, 4 p.m.
CWRST: Coe at Dubuque, 7 p.m. MBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 4 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 7 p.m. M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.

M/WTRK: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational, 11 a.m.

M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Heart of America Meet, at Crete, Neb.

CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Taylor, at Lakepoint, Ga., 11 a.m., Mount Mercy vs Shawnee State, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2:30 p.m.

MTEN: Cornell at Coe, 9 a.m., Simpson at Coe, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14

No events scheduled



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