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Lassen, Tagarelli lift Kirkwood

By his own admission, Matt Lassen was having a subpar game.

The Kirkwood sharpshooter spent a good portion of Saturday's men's  basketball game with Southeastern at Johnson Hall on the bench with foul trouble.

Scoreless through the game's first 36 minutes, Lassen converted a pair of clutch 3-point baskets, the second one with 1:51 remaining with the Eagles clinging to a one-point lead.

Lassen's second trey gave Kirkwood the cushion it needed. Hunter Rhodes' six free throws in the final minute sealed a hard-fought 72-63 victory in a battle of unbeatens.

"I had a tough time getting going," Lassen said. "It was just one of those games. I was in foul trouble. I wasn't guarding very well, but I always have confidence in my shot.


Fighting Saints slip by RoughRiders, 2-1

Several hockey fans saw their vehicles slip on the slick streets in southwest Cedar Rapids Saturday night as they headed home after watching the RoughRiders play the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

It was unfortunately symbolic, because the RoughRiders slipped inside the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena as well.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored two goals early in the third period and trimmed the RoughRiders, 2-1, before 2,367 fans on a snowy night in Cedar Rapids.

The loss snapped the RoughRiders' impressive 10-game winning streak and lifted the Fighting Saints within four points of Cedar Rapids in the USHL standings.


No. 1 Warriors surge into 4A finals

CEDAR FALLS - Paul James figured his glory days as a football coach were over when he stepped down as Washington's head man after the 2005 season to become the school's athletic director.

Unlike Ponce de Leon, James has discovered the fountain of youth.

The top-ranked Washington Warriors, blessed with great athletes making great players, rallied for a 28-17 victory over second-ranked Bettendorf in the semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs in the UNI-Dome Friday night.

James led Washington to the championship game in 2003 but never dreamed he'd return with headsets and a clipboard with a chance to win the ultimate prize in coaching again.

"That's what I just said to my family," said James, who returned to coaching last year. "I said, 'Would you have thought a year-and-a-half ago in May that we'd be where we are now?'


No. 1 Pella crushes Saints in 3A semis

CEDAR FALLS - The tulips in Pella will never look as pretty to Xavier football fans after what happened to their beat-up team in the UNI-Dome Thursday night.

In fact, the Saints might want to skip the next few tulip festivals in the old Dutch town entirely.

Pella and all-star quarterback Noah Clayberg proved their No. 1 billing in the state was no fluke Thursday by handing the 10th-ranked Saints their worst loss of the season, 27-0, in the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs.

The Dutch held Xavier to a grand total of 49 yards of offense, including minus-2 yards on the ground and a skimpy 51 yards through the air (nearly all of it on one play in the fourth quarter).

Meanwhile, Clayberg rushed for 117 yards, passed for 112 yards, had a 35-yard punt return and executed a perfect 33-yard pooch punt to the 1-yard line.


Fronk gets hat trick as Riders win 10th straight

Jiri Fronk made sure he scooped up the puck as he left the ice Friday night.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRider right winger wanted a souvenir of the best night of USHL career. Fronk, a native of Louny in the Czech Republic, finished with a hat trick and and assist as Cedar Rapids' win streak hit 10 with a 7-2 thrashing of Tri-City before 2,206 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Coach Mark Carlson's team, now 13-0-1, 26 points, was the quicker team to the puck all night. None were faster than Fronk and linemates Andrew Oglevie and Erik Foley.

Foley finished with two goals and two assists while Oglevie had three helpers.

"It's a little hard to believe we've only been together (as a line) for two games," Foley said. "It's great playing with them because we are such good friends."


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Metro Schedule

Sunday,Nov. 23 Friday, Nov. 28
No events scheduled MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Dakota State at Midland Tourney (Fremont, Neb.), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Monday, Nov. 24 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
BBOWL: Kennedy 2,992, Washington 2,575 GBB: Johnston at Xavier, 2:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Kennedy 2,324, Washington 2,300 GBB: Jefferson at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25 GBB: Linn-Mar at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
GBB: North Scott 57, Jefferson 42 AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy 77, Davenport Central 32 Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar 56, Waterloo East 19 Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: Marion 50, DeWitt Central 28 Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Muscatine 63, Prairie 57 Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 65, Central City 27 MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy Jamboree: Jefferson 34, Center Point-Urbana 30; Washington 46, Benton Community 26; Iowa City West 65, Solon 31; Xavier 36, Vinton- Shellsburg 19; Kennedy 49, Mount Vernon 31  MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,044, Prairie 2,772
BBOWL: Marion 2,913, DeWitt Central 2,782 Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier 2,881, Iowa City West 2,843 WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
BBOWL: Jefferson 3,398, Iowa City High 2,494
GBOWL: Prairie 2,635, Linn-Mar 2,605
GBOWL: DeWitt Central 2,327, Marion 2,156
GBOWL: Iowa City West 2,056, Xavier 1,786
GBOWL: Iowa City High 2,524, Jefferson 2,466
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington
WBB: Coe 78, Elmhurst 72
WBB: Simpson 77, Mount Mercy 61
WBB: Kirkwood 79, South Australia 59
MBB: Kirkwood 85, Coe JV 55
Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Lincoln 3 (shootout)

Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.



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