Saturday, October 25, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - Linn-Mar 42, Jefferson 21 .... Kennedy 48, Waterloo West 28 .... Xavier 37, Marion 6 .... Washington 63, Burlington 19 .... Prairie 48, Ottumwa 0 .... Springville 58, Cedar Valley Christian 13 .... USHL - RoughRiders 2, Chicago 1 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Wisconsin-Whitewater 2 .... Coe 3, North Central 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Carl Sandberg 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Neosho 0
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Murray named General Manager of MSR

Tom Davis always looked for the "Wow!" factor when he recruited basketball players for the University of Iowa, guys with great character, ability and personality who gave the coach a certain "tingle" when he watched them.

Kenyon Murray was one of those guys and he enjoyed a terrific career for Dr. Tom and the Hawkeyes in the 1990's, one of only two players in school history who finished their playing days with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 steals.

Now Murray will be bringing that "Wow!" factor to the Metro Sports Report in his new role as General Manager of the Cedar Rapids website company.

"I always enjoyed working with Kenyon when I covered the Hawkeyes for The Gazette," said Jim Ecker, president of the Metro Sports Report. "He was always friendly, helpful and insightful about the games, whether Iowa won or lost.

"I developed a tremendous amount of respect for Kenyon during his career and we have become friends over the years. Now it is my pleasure to welcome him to our team here at the Metro Sports Report."


Indian Hills 'foreigners' top Kirkwood

The talented young ladies from Serbia, Brazil and Norway were a little too tough for the talented young ladies from Ely, West Branch and Maquoketa Wednesday night.

Indian Hills and its international cast of characters topped Kirkwood, 25-19, 25-14, 18-25, 25-12, in a premier junior college volleyball match at Johnson Hall.

Indian Hills also has 12 players from Iowa, including Sarah Ryder from Cedar Rapids Kennedy, but Tamara Merseli of Belgrade, Serbia; Mirela Vasconselos of Monte Azul Paulista, Brazil, and 6-foot-3 Nora Buvarp of Sands, Norway were too tough to handle.

"That makes it a difficult battle, but still, we've done it before," said Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams, whose team is comprised entirely of Iowans. "We can compete with that, we have the size to match that, we can play with that."

Not this night, however.

It was Sophomore Night and Dig Pink Night to Beat Cancer, and Williams thought her club may have lost focus with the pre-game ceremony and personal distractions.


Kohawks clinch tie for IIAC title

The Coe volleyball team clinched a tie for the regular-season title in the Iowa Conference Tuesday night with a 25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 25-11 victory over Central College at Eby Fieldhouse.

The Kohawks raised their records to 22-6 overall and 6-0 in the IIAC.

Coe senior Rachel Bosworth collected eight kills and became only the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 kills in her career. She also had eight blocks.

Rachel Schaefer contributed 14 kills and 14 digs for the Kohawks. Mackenzie Harbaugh had 34 assists and eight kills.

Alissa Wittenburg finished with 15 digs and Ali Arns had 10 digs.

Central fell to 16-8 overall and 3-3 in the league.


No.3 Indians clipped at Wamac meet

MOUNT VERNON - They held a mini-state volleyball tournament at Mount Vernon High School Tuesday night and called it the Wamac Conference tournament.

Seven ranked teams reached the quarterfinals of the star-studded field, so some awfully good squads fell by the wayside and failed to reach the semifinals in the elite event.

Unfortunately for the Marion Indians, they were one of the teams that fell short.

Clear Creek-Amana swept Marion, 31-29, 25-18, in the quarterfinals, dropping the Indians into the consolation bracket with other disappointed clubs.



Brave new world for football playoffs

Bracketology is dead.

We're not talking about brackets for March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament. Those brackets are alive and well.

Rather, we're talking about brackets for the high school football playoffs that begin next week. Those brackets are gone.

In previous years, the IHSAA would select 32 teams in each class for the playoffs and assign them to an orderly bracket that you could follow from the first round all the way to the championship game in the UNI-Dome.

You could study the bracket, pick the winners and see how close you came to the real thing as the tournament went along.

No more.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.19 Friday, Oct. 24
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders 2, Chicago 1

HSFB: Linn-Mar 42, Jefferson 21
Monday, Oct. 20 HSFB: Kennedy 48, Waterloo West 28
WSOC: Mount Mercy 3, Grace 1 HSFB: Xavier 37, Marion 6
MSOC: Mount Mercy 17, Grace 0 HSFB: Washington 63, Burlington 19
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Prairie 48, Ottumwa 0
HSVB: Wamac Tournament: Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0; Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 HSFB: Springville 58, Cedar Valley Christian 13
HSVB: Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament: Coe 3, No. 23 Wisconsin-Whitewater 2, Coe 3, North Central 0
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament: Kirkwood 3, Carl Sandburg 0,  Kirkwood 3, Neosho 0
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Xavier 0 Saturday, Oct. 25
HSVB: Iowa City West 3, Prairie 0 CFB: Central at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Central City 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0 USHL: Sioux Falls at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
CVB: Coe 3, Central 1 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
MSOC: Wisconsin-Platteville 1, Coe 0 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament

CVB: Mount Mercy at Clinton Tournament, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 WSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 4:30 p.m.
CVB: Indian Hills 3, Kirkwood 1 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 5 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, AIB 1 MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.
WSOC: Coe 1, Clarke 0 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 7 p.m.

M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitational, 11 a.m
Thursday, Oct. 23
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Marshalltown Sunday, Oct. 26
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Cedar Falls No events scheduled
B/GCC: 3A Regional at Solon
B/GCC: 3A Regional at West Delaware
HSVB: Marion 3, Iowa City High 2



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