Thursday, October 30, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL - Marion 3, Davenport Assumption 0 .... Xavier 3, Fairfield 0 .... Jefferson 3, Marshalltown 2 .... Prairie 3, Davenport West 0 .... Kennedy 3, Linn-Mar 2 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0
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Lions are 'most improved' team in 4A

Linn-Mar football coach Bob Forsyth said in August that he was "cautiously optimistic" about the 2014 season and hopeful for a good year.

He may have underplayed his hand a bit.

Quite simply, Linn-Mar is the most improved team in Class 4A this year with a good chance of making a deep run in the playoffs.

The Lions finished with a 2-7 record in 2013 and improved to an 8-1 mark for the regular season this year. That's a gain of six victories and that plus-6 mark is the best among all 46 Class 4A teams in Iowa.

Lewis Central is next on the "most improved" list at plus-4, going from four victories in 2013 to eight wins in 2014.

Two Metro teams tied for third place in the "most improved" category at plus-3. The Washington Warriors jumped from 6-3 to 9-0 and the Jefferson J-Hawks climbed from 1-8 to 4-5.


Pinter has enjoyed 'grand' year for Prairie

There's something special about rushing for 1,000 yards in a season, especially if you do it before the playoffs begin.

There was only one 1,000-yard rusher in the Metro during the regular season this year and he wore uniform No. 20 for the Prairie Hawks.

Keagan Pinter carried the ball 158 times for 1,051 yards for the Hawks to top the chart. Jay Kortemeyer has 979 yards for the Xavier Saints and can reach 1,000 during the playoffs.

Tavian Patrick of Washington (794 yards) and Perrion Scott of Linn-Mar (775) also can reach 1,000 in the playoffs.

Jesse Furrow of Jefferson passed for 1,279 yards to lead all Metro quarterbacks during the regular season. Ryan Schmidt of Linn-Mar has thrown for 1,178 yards and Sammy Lizarraga of Kennedy is next at 1,146.

Here are other highlights from the regular season, compiled by Metro Sports Report contributor Mark Dukes:

+ Xavier led the Metro in every defensive category.

+ Washington leads Class 4A in rushing yards per carry (7.4), is fifth in scoring and seventh overall in rushing.

+ Sam Drysdale of Prairie is tied for fifth in Class 4A with eight field goals, just one behind the leaders.


Petersen ready for 2nd year at KCC

Bryan Petersen does not have to walk around Johnson Hall with the word "interim" hanging over his head anymore, not that it really bothered himĀ last year.

Petersen, 27, is the full-time coach of the Kirkwood men's basketball team this season now that Doug Wagemester has decided to focus solely on being the school's athletic director.

Petersen was the "interim" head coach last year when the Eagles finished 21-10 overall and tied for second in the ICCAC conference with a 10-4 league record. Now there's nothing "interim" about it.

Like any coach, things are a little easier the second time around.

"I definitely feel more comfortable," Petersen said after practice Monday. "I'm not creating everything for the first time like I was last year, so that makes it a little bit easier. But I'm still learning."


No. 9 Cougars dream about state volleyball

Michelle Goodall steered Kennedy High School to the semifinals of the state volleyball tournament in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 during a remarkable four-year run, but the Cougars have not reached the state meet the last two seasons.

Goodall is anxious to get back to the 2014 tournament, which will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids Nov. 11-14.

"It's weird when your season ends early," Goodall said Monday night. "The kids have a little dream going on. We're hopeful of getting down there. I'm guessing every kid in the state has the same dream."

The ninth-ranked Cougars began the postseason trail Monday with a 25-19, 25-7, 25-9 victory over Cedar Rapids Washington in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals at the Kennedy gym.

Kennedy (27-11) will play at Linn-Mar (27-11) Thursday night in the regional semifinals. The regional finals will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Newton with third-ranked Dowling looming in the other half of the bracket.


Muhl has 'healthy' outlook for Eagles

Kim Muhl thinks he has the ingredients for another successful women's basketball team at Kirkwood Community College this year, but there's one thing he cannot control.

Muhl learned that painful lesson last season when injuries derailed another possible trip to the national tournament.

"I think the biggest thing is staying healthy," he said Monday. "We have some nice pieces, but we have to stay healthy."

Kirkwood finished 25-7 overall last season and 12-4 in the ICCAC Conference. That's an outstanding year for most schools, but Muhl has won six national titles during his 26 years with the Eagles and he'd like another.

He's got a veteran group and so far everybody is healthy (knock on wood).


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.26 Friday, Oct. 31
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

MBB: Kirkwood vs. Parkland, SCC Classic, 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27 MBB: Mount Mercy at Judson, 7 p.m.
5A Regional VB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 WBB: Kirkwood vs. Danville, SCC Classic, 1 p.m.

WBB: Mount Mercy vs. Mid-American Nazerene, GV Classic, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28 CVB: Kirkwood vs. Iowa Western at Boone, 3 p.m.; Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown at Boone, 5 p.m.
CVB: Coe 3, Luther 1 CVB: Coe at Cornell, 7:30 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, Waldorf 0
WSOC: Loras 8, Coe 2 Saturday, Nov. 1
WSOC: St. Mary 3, Mount Mercy 0 CFB: Coe at Luther, 1 p.m.
MSOC: Loras 9, Coe 0 USHL: RoughRiders at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

GCC: State Meet at Fort Dodge, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 BCC: State Meet at Fort Dodge, 11 a.m.
4A: Washington 78, Clinton 13 MBB: Kirkwood vs, St. John's Academy, SCC Classic, 1 p.m.
4A: Linn-Mar 34, Davenport Central 14 MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Trinity, Elgin, Ill. 1 p.m.
4A: Bettendorf 35, Jefferson 7 WBB: Kirkwood vs. Lewis & Clark, SCC Classic, 11 a.m.
4A: Prairie 31, Pleasant Valley 24 (OT) WBB: Mount Mercy vs. Central Christian, GV Classic, 2 p.m.
4A: Kennedy 20, Muscatine 17 M/WCC: Iowa Conference Meet at Indianola, 12 p.m.
3A: Xavier 35, Charles City 6 WSOC: Iowa Conference Tournament
CVB: Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 2 WSOC: Midwest Collegiate Tournament: Mount Mercy at St, Ambrose, 2 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 30
4A: Marion 3, Davenport Assumption 0 MSOC: Midwest Collegiate Tournament: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 2 p.m.
4A: Xavier 3, Fairfield 0
5A: Jefferson 3, Marshalltown 2
5A: Prairie 3, Davenport West 0
5A: Kennedy 3, Linn-Mar 2
GSWM: Regional Diving at Linn-Mar
CVB: Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0



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