Saturday, November 01, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL - RoughRiders 5, Chicago 3 .... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 78, Parkland 62 .... Mount Mercy 84, Judson 63 .... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 71, Danville 47 .... Mid-American Nazerene 74, Mount Mercy 60 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Iowa Western 3, Kirkwood 1 .... Kirkwood 3, Marshalltown 0 .... Cornell 3, Coe 1 .... WOMEN'S SWIMMING - Loras 112, Coe 107 .... MEN'S SWIMMING - Loras 151, Coe 50 ....
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RoughRiders net 500th win in team history

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders were a happy bunch of guys Saturday night after they captured the 500th victory in team history.

The RoughRiders topped Sioux Falls, 4-2, in a USHL game before 2,567 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and celebrated the milestone victory in their locker room.

Coach Mark Carlson has been with the RoughRiders since the successful franchise began 16 years ago and he spread credit throughout the organization.

"As I told the guys, I've been fortunate to be here since Day 1," he said. "I really look at it as the organization's 500th win, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders' 500th win in team history. To be a part of that is pretty cool.

"You don't win any hockey games without real good people and real good players and assistant coaches and trainers and equipment people and great owners," he remarked. "So I've been fortunate to be around all of that."

The RoughRiders have gotten off to a fast 7-1 start for 14 points this season. They are tied with Muskegon for first place in the Eastern Conference, but Muskegon (7-3) has played two more games than Cedar Rapids.


Kohawks drubbed by Central, 45-21

The Coe College football team appeared to be in good shape at the tail end of the first Saturday against Central College, but everything went haywire from there.

The visiting Dutchmen spanked the Kohawks, 45-21, in an Iowa Conference game that became more lopsided as the lovely fall afternoon went along.

Coe led, 14-10, and was driving for more points when quarterback Josh Rekers overshot a receiver and was intercepted with 1:22 left in the second quarter. Central quickly drove 69 yards the other way and took a 17-14 advantage at intermission and the game slipped away from there.

Central (5-2, 3-1) blitzed the Kohawks 28-7 in the second half and won easily.

It was the second straight lopsided defeat at Clark Field for Coe, which fell to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Kohawks lost to Wartburg, 43-0, at home Oct. 11 and have been outscored 88-21 in their last two home games.


Pairings set for football playoffs

High school football coaches, players and fans had an extended Friday night as many stayed up late to catch the first glimpse of the 2014 playoffs.

The IHSAA posted the pairings at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

One of the most intriguing matchups in Class 4A will send Coach Mike Morrissey and the Prairie Hawks against Pleasant Valley. Morrissey played his high school football at Pleasant Valley for his father, Ed Morrissey.

Here are all the Metro pairings for the first-round games, which will be played Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

+ Top-ranked Washington hosts Clinton at Kingston Stadium in Class 4A.
+ Linn-Mar hosts Davenport Central at Linn-Mar Stadium in Class 4A.
+ Xavier entertains Charles City at Saints Field in Class 3A.
+ Jefferson visits second-ranked Bettendorf in Class 4A.
+ Kennedy visits Muscatine in Class 4A.
+ Prairie travels to Pleasant Valley in Class 4A.


No. 6 Lions roll; Jeff makes playoffs

Good football teams get big plays when they need them from their key players.

Linn-Mar is a good football team and its key players on offense have been Trevor Noble and Ryan Schmidt. The senior tandem came to the front when the Lions needed them most in Friday's regular-season finale against Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Schmidt and Noble hooked up for four touchdown passes as the Lions rallied from a 14-7 deficit to win going away, 42-21, on a foggy Friday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.

The Lions (8-1, 5-0) had already locked up the Class 4A District 5 title after Week 8. Coach Bob Forsyth's team will host a No. 4 seed Davenport Central in a first-round playoff game on Wednesday night.

Jefferson (4-5, 2-3) got into the playoffs as a No. 4 seed. The J-Hawks will be on the road against a No. 1 seed and unbeaten Bettendorf on Wednesday night.

Noble, who caught three TD passes and returned an interception for a score in last week's win at Waterloo West, said the Lions weren't overlooking the J-Hawks.


Cougars storm into playoffs at 2-7

The Kennedy Cougars shook off several layers of frustration Friday night and stormed into the Class 4A playoffs with an impressive 48-28 victory over Waterloo West at Kingston Stadium.

The Cougars will enter the postseason tournament Wednesday night with a lowly 2-7 record, but they managed to claim the No. 3 seed from Class 4A District 5 and will play a No. 2 seed from another district in the opening round on the road.

Kennedy suffered a string of near-misses during the regular season against Iowa City West, Jefferson and Cedar Falls that could have given them a winning record, but they shoved all that disappointment aside Friday night and will get a new chance in the playoffs.

"This win meant lots," said Kennedy quarterback Sammy Lizarraga, who had three touchdown passes Friday. "We have qualified 10 straight times for the playoffs with this win. It continues quite a tradition for us."


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.26 Friday, Oct. 31
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders 5, Chicago 3

MBB: SCC Classic: Kirkwood 78, Parkland 62
Monday, Oct. 27 MBB: GV Classic: Mount Mercy 84, Judson 63
5A Regional VB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 WBB: SCC Classic: Kirkwood 71,  Danville 47

WBB: GV Classic: Mid-American Nazerene 74,  Mount Mercy 60
Tuesday, Oct. 28 CVB: At Boone: Iowa Western 3, Kirkwood 1
CVB: Coe 3, Luther 1 CVB: Cornell 3, Coe 1
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, Waldorf 0 MSW: Loras 151, Coe 50; WSW: Loras 112, Coe 107
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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