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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - STATE SOFTBALL: CLASS 5A QUARTERFINALS: Southeast Polk 2, Jefferson 0
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J-Hawks edge Rams for trip to state

With two hard-nosed, hard-throwing softball pitchers at their very best, games usually turn on a crucial play or two.

The always fundamentally sound Jefferson girls got two key hits when they needed them Tuesday night and a late-game defensive gem to squeak out a 1-0 win over tough-as-nails Dubuque Senior.

With its second straight regional championship under Coach Brian Erbe, the sixth-ranked J-Hawks (34-6) move on next week to their 21st state tournament berth at Fort Dodge.

Jefferson (34-6) will face No. 3 Southeast Polk (28-9) on Tuesday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m.

“We kind of knew this would be a pitcher’s duel,” said Jefferson junior left fielder Hannah Towns, who had written the words “work hard” on her left forearm for batting inspiration.

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Van Scoyoc wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Jefferson sophomore Spencer Van Scoyoc is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Van Scoyoc had an exceptional stretch for the J-Hawks in six games last week.

He went 14-for-23 for a .609 batting average in those six games. He had three doubles, three home runs, 11 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

Van Scoyoc is hitting .414 (46-for-111) this season with 5 homers and 34 RBIs. He also has 17 doubles and three triples.

Jefferson has compiled a 22-13 record heading into the final week of the regular season and the Class 4A playoffs.

 

Drahn wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy sophomore Tianna Drahn is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Drahn went 2-for-3 Saturday night with a clutch two-run double as the Cougars trimmed Washington, 2-0, in the semifinals of the Class 5A regional softball tournament.

Kennedy (27-13) will play at third-ranked Southeast Polk Tuesday night in the regional finals, with the winner claiming a spot in the state tournament.

Drahn plays center field and hits in the leadoff spot for Kennedy. She is batting .478 this season (66-for-138) with two doubles, a triple and 19 RBIs.

Drahn has stolen 34 bases in 36 attempts and has scored 36 runs in 40 games.

Kennedy compiled a 16-10 record in Mississippi Valley Conference games this season.

   

Cougars top No.1 Hempstead for MVC title

Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer faced a tricky proposition Monday night.

He wanted to give the Cougars a good shot at winning the Mississippi Valley Conference title without jeopardizing their chances in the Class 4A substate baseball tournament that starts Friday.

It worked out perfectly.

The third-ranked Cougars edged top-ranked Dubuque Hempstead, 4-2, in the first game of their MVC doubleheader to clinch the conference title and Hoyer was able to juggle his two best pitchers to keep them fresh for the postseason tournament.

The game had a dramatic ending when Kennedy relief pitcher Zach Daniels snagged a vicious line drive with the bases loaded and fired to third base for a double play.

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No. 3 Cougars split with Spartans

The Kennedy Cougars and Pleasant Valley Spartans played a little game of "I've Got A Secret" during their twinbill at Herkelman Field Tuesday night.

The third-ranked Cougars and Spartans will meet again Friday night at Kennedy in the Class 4A substate tournament and neither coach wanted to give away his secrets in the final games of the regular season.

Kennedy put its varsity lineup on the field in Game 1 and cruised, 6-0,behind a four-hit shutout by Jacob Henry for its 29th win of the year.

Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer backed off in the nightcap and cleared his bench on Senior Night, and by game's end it looked like somebody had kidnapped the Cougars and put strangers in those green-and-white uniforms.

Pleasant Valley took the second game, 10-2.

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Metro Schedule

Sunday, July 20 Thursday, July 24
MWL: Fort Wayne 2, Kernels 0 MWL: Kernels at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
Monday, July 21 STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE
MWL: Kernels 8, Fort Wayne 1 TBD
3A DISTRICT BASEBALL Friday, July  25
Marion 2, Western Dubuque 0 MWL: Kernels at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m.
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE
Burlington 5, Jefferson 1 TBD


Tuesday, July 22 Saturday, July 26
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 7 p.m.
5A Quarterfinal: Southeast Polk 2, Jefferson 0
Wednesday, July 23 Sunday, July 27
MWL: Kernels at Bowling Green, 7:05 p.m. MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 2 p.m.
BB: Marion vs. Davenport Assumption at Maquoketa, 7 p.m.
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL
Davenport West at Kennedy, 7 p.m.


STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE
5A Consolation: Jefferson vs. Pleasant Valley, 10 a.m.














































































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