Wednesday, October 22, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL - Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0 .... Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 .... (Wamac Conference tournament) .... Linn-Mar 3, Xavier 0 .... Kennedy 3, Washington 0 .... Iowa City West 3, Prairie 0 .... Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 .... Central City 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0 (1A Regional tournament) .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Central 1 .... MEN'S SOCCER - Wisconsin-Platteville 1, Coe 0 ....
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Wahlert hands Marion 7th loss in row

Despite a dismal 1-7 season, Marion Coach Tony Perkins does not have one bad thing to say about his team.

“I love these kids,” he said Friday night after yet another disappointing loss, this time 28-14 on Senior Night at home to Dubuque Wahlert.

“I still believe they’re a good football team. They don’t believe it. And that’s the hard thing, to get them to believe in themselves.”

As has been the case all year for the hard-luck Indians, they once again gave the game away. Two first-half fumbles deep in their own territory led to Wahlert scores.

The Golden Eagles scored again early in the third quarter after yet another Marion fumble. And they came right back to go up 24-8 following a 33-yard punt return gave them a starting point at Marion’s 38.

“That’s been the way it’s been in our other games,” Perkins pointed out. “We hurt ourselves.



Cougars suffer tough loss to Tigers

CEDAR FALLS - Cedar Falls let a 14-point halftime lead get away, but the Tigers made some big plays late and posted a 21-20 victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy Friday at the UNI-Dome.

After the Cougars tied the game 14-14 in the fourth quarter, Cedar Falls drove 75 yards for the go-ahead score, sparked by a 43-yard pass from quarterback Trey Hansen to Tra'Von Fagan.

Hansen then hit Javon Middleton with a 15-yard touchdown strike. Jacob Iehl added what turned out to be the decisive extra point and the Tigers had a 7-point lead at 21-14 with 3:43 to go in the final period.

Back came Kennedy. Quarterback Sammy Lizarraga connected with Rey'z Bell over the middle for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 left. After the Tigers went offside, the Cougars elected to pass up the PAT and went for two points.



Wash tops Little Hawks for district title

Conference champs one year, district champs the next.

The Washington Warriors have a good thing going with their football program these days.

The top-ranked Warriors spanked Iowa City High, 28-7, Thursday night at Kingston Stadium to capture the Class 4A District 6 title a year after claiming the final crown in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

"It feels pretty good," said Washington scatback Tavian Patrick, who scooted for a pair of touchdowns. "Last year we were conference champs, this year we're district champs. I think we've got something good going. We don't need to mess that up.

All of the Class 4A teams in Eastern Iowa switched from conference competition to districts this year. The Warriors surprised folks last season when they captured a league title, but they've been heavy favorites in their district since Day 1 this year.

"We're in a unique situation," said Washington Coach Paul James. "We won the last Valley divisional championship last year in the MVC and we open this year with the first district championship. I think it's a great accomplishment for these kids."


Saints host Regina in premier battle

All of the Class 4A football teams in the Metro area refused to play Xavier when the Saints dropped to Class 3A this year, so the Saints had to get creative and find some willing partners.

They succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination.

Xavier will host Iowa City Regina Friday night at Saints Field in an intriguing showdown of state powers.

The Saints reached the Class 4A finals in 2012 and 2013 before the advent of district play in Eastern Iowa allowed them to drop safely into their proper enrollment bracket in Class 3A. The Regals, meanwhile, are the premier program in Class 1A and have won four straight state titles under Coach Marv Cook.

Regina saw its 56-game winning streak come to an end against Solon - a Class 3A club - in the season opener this year, but the Regals have won six straight games since then and are averaging 43.4 points per game.


Simpson, Vincent create havoc on defense

JoJo Simpson of Prairie and Connor Vincent of Cedar Rapids Washington have spent a lot of time in enemy backfields this season.

Simpson ranks second in Class 4A in tackles-for-loss with 19 in seven games. Vincent is a half-step behind with 18.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage to rank third in the state.

Ben Boldt of Prairie leads all Metro football players and ranks second in Class 4A with 76 tackles in seven games, an average of nearly 11 stops per game for the Hawks.

Prairie tailback Keagan Pinter continues to lead the Metro in rushing with 886 yards. He ranks fifth in Class 4A in that department. Jay Kortemeyer of Xavier has rushed for 771 yards, Tavian Patrick of Washington has 685 and Perrion Scott of Linn-Mar is next at 604.

Jesse Furrow of Jefferson has passed for 1,042 yards and nine touchdowns. Sammy Lizarraga has thrown for 925 yards and leads the Metro with 10 TD passes. Reid Snitker of Washington has thrown eight touchdown passes.

Linn-Mar quarterback Ryan Schmidt has scored 14 touchdowns in seven games for 84 points. He leads the Metro in scoring and ranks fifth in Class 4A.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.19 Friday, Oct. 24
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

HSFB: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 HSFB: Waterloo West at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
WSOC: Mount Mercy 3, Grace 1 HSFB: Marion at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
MSOC: Mount Mercy 17, Grace 0 HSFB: Washington at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Ottumwa at Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
HSVB: Wamac Tournament: Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0; Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 HSFB: Springville at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
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 at Kirkwood, 6:30 p.m. WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 5 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy at AIB, 7:30 p.m. MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.
WSOC: Clarke at Coe, 7 p.m. 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: Iowa City High at Marion



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