Thursday, February 11, 2016
WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD: CLASS 3A WRESTLING REGIONAL TEAM DUALS: Linn-Mar 45, Bettendorf 24 ... Dubuque Hempstead 49, Linn-Mar 27 ... WDM Dowling 39, Jefferson 33 ... Prairie 51, North Scott 21 ... Clinton 44, Kennedy 26 ... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mount Mercy 74, Clarke 65 ... Kirkwood 71, DMACC 66 ... Dubuque 94, Coe 89 ... MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mount Mercy 72, Clarke 49 ... Kirkwood 83, DMACC 80 ... Dubuque 82, Coe 75 ...
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Kelley, Saulnier lead Wash to No.53

State meet, here they come.

Cameron Kelley and Nick Saulnier had big days for the Cedar Rapids Washington swimming team Saturday as the Warriors won their 53rd straight district title at the Linn-Mar Aquatic Center.

Kelley and Saulnier both captured two individual events and swam on two victorious relay teams. Best of all, Kelley and Saulnier earned No. 1 seeds for the state meet in Marshalltown next Saturday in all four of their specialties.

Kelley, a junior, has the No. 1 seed in the 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle after claiming district titles in both events. Saulnier, a senior, has the No. 1 seed in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke after splashing to district crowns.

Washington also notched the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. In addition, sophomore George Durin won the district title in the 100 freestyle to give the Warriors eight victories in 11 events.


Saints drop battle of No. 2's to West

IOWA CITY – Playing games on back-to-back days always presents a number of challenges.

Especially when the opponent on the second day is the vaunted Iowa City West boys basketball team on its home floor.

That was the challenge facing Xavier Saturday and it proved too much as West defeated the Saints, 72-55, at the West High gymnasium. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed until Saturday because of adverse weather conditions.

The game matched a pair of clubs that are ranked No. 2 in the state by the Associated Press, with Xavier No. 2 in Class 3A and Iowa City West the co-No. 2 in Class 4A.

Both teams played Friday night – Xavier fell to Waterloo West 97-86 in Waterloo –  so there were less than 24 hours to recover for Saturday’s game.

Xavier also was without starting point guard Matt Mims because of an ankle injury.

“I think fatigue was a part of it tonight,” said Xavier coach Ryan Luehrsmann. “I think for us, missing our starting point guard was huge.


No. 7 Cougars top No. 15 Warriors

Their No. 1 ranking is only a fond memory now, but the Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls basketball team is still enjoying one of the best seasons in school history despite losing a pair of games recently.

The Cougars added another victory to their impressive resume Friday night when they knocked off 15th-ranked Washington, 64-58, in a foul-plagued Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kennedy.

The Cougars have dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the Class 5A rankings following losses to Cedar Falls and Iowa City West, two MVC opponents that are ranked by the IGHSAU as well, but they are still a dangerous club at 16-3 overall and 9-2 in the league.

"It's been a solid year for us," Kennedy coach Tony Vis said. "We have to try and peak here the last couple of weeks going into the tournament."

Lela Sellers led a balanced attack for the Cougars with 20 points and more good work off the defensive backboards. Sydney Hayden scored 13 points, Hailey Dolphin had 12 points and Ashley Hamilton came off the bench to pop in 11.


Washington boys bump off Kennedy

Justin Decker was happy and optimistic about the future when he left the Kennedy High School gym Friday night.

Jon McKowen was disappointed and frustrated.

Guess who won?

The Washington Warriors played a solid game from start to finish and defeated the Cougars, 58-42, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game that paired two Metro clubs in desperate need of victories.

Washington raised its records to 6-10 overall and 3-8 in the league. Kennedy fell to 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the MVC.

"To be honest, we played the best we have all year defensively," said Decker, in his first year as the head coach at Washington. "I challenged our guys to play a 32-minute game and we finally got one out of them.

"It's great to see that they're still buying in."

McKowen led Kennedy to the Class 4A state tournament in his first two years as head coach, but this year's club has not jelled and appears to have issues with team chemistry.


J-Hawks dumped by No. 2 IC West

Jefferson coach Brandon Horman thought about ways to slow down Iowa City West, but none of them seemed to be a good option.

So he let his J-Hawks run with the state’s second-ranked team and they literally got run out of their own gym Friday night.

Scoring one way or another nearly every time they had the ball, the tall and fast Trojans stampeded Jefferson 102-74. And that was even with subs playing the last couple of minutes.

Horman said he considered several defensive ploys, including a full-court press and a zone defense.

"But they get down the floor in about a half-second,” he said, “and they can shoot over the zone.

“Really, it’s tough to slow down a team as good as Iowa City West.”


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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 45, Vinton-Shellsburg 20 GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 66, Prince of Peace 36 GBB: Xavier at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Prince of Peace 74, Cedar Valley Christian 40 GBB: West Delaware at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,916, Marion 2,805 BBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,765, Marion 2,505 BBB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, ppd 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 56, Jefferson 43 GBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
GBB: Washington 60, Prairie 52 GBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar 67, Xavier 61 (OT) GBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Marion 65, Clear Creek Amana 28 GBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy 60, Jefferson 59 BBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
BBB: Prairie 78, Washington 65 BBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar 82, Xavier 76 BBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Marion 43, Clear Creek Amana 41 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 44, Kennedy 26 CSB: Mount Mercy vs Ashford, at UNI-Dome, 9:30 p.m.
Linn-Mar 45, Bettendorf 24; Dubuque Hempstead 49, Linn-Mar 27
WDM Dowling 39, Jefferson 33 Saturday, Feb. 13
Prairie 51, North Scott 21 USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy 74, Clarke 65 BBB: Ankeny Centennial at Linn-Mar, 4:30 p.m.
WBB: Kirkwood 71, DMACC 66 BBB: Washington at Cedar Falls, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Dubuque 94, Coe 89 HSWRST: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Washington in 3A District at Jefferson, 12 p.m.
MBB: Mount Mercy 72, Clarke 49 HSWRST: Prairie, Xavier in 3A District at Waverly-Shell Rock, 12
MBB: Kirkwood 83, DMACC 80 BSWM: State Meet at Marshalltown YMCA, 12:30 p.m.
MBB: Dubuque 82, Coe 75 WBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill. 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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