Wednesday, August 20, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3
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Woods says Hawkeyes are dream come true

Corbin Woods met with Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller three weeks ago to discuss the possibility of joining the Hawkeyes next year after he finished his junior college career.

As it turned out, there was no reason to wait.

Heller called last week and offered Woods a spot on the team right now and the Xavier High School graduate was delighted to accept.

"It's been a dream to go there," said Woods. "It's surreal to finally have the opportunity to go play at Iowa. I'm trying to take it all in right now."

Woods graduated from Xavier in 2013 and enrolled at Heartland (Ill.) Community College, where he hit .309 as a freshman this past season. He planned to play for Heartland again as a sophomore, but Heller's offer was too good to refuse.

The Hawkeyes needed another infielder and Woods fit the bill.



Furrow gives J-Hawks 'real deal' at QB

Cedar Rapids Jefferson football coach Brian Webb was a little skeptical the first time he heard that a talented quarterback from Indiana would be joining his team this season.

Then Webb watched film of Jesse Furrow in action at Pendleton Heights High School, where he passed for 2,147 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.

Case closed.

"I knew he was the real deal. Pretty exciting," Webb said at practice Monday after watching Furrow throw the ball.

"We're very fortunate that he moved in. He's quite the talent. We're very fortunate that he's part of what we're doing."

Furrow's father, Lynn, is the new pastor at Springs of Life Church in Cedar Rapids and the family moved into the Jefferson district this spring.


Kernels square record at 60-60

BELOIT, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings Tuesday night and belted the Beloit Snappers, 12-5, in a Midwest League game before 889 fans at Pohlman Field.

Chad Christensen drove in three runs for the Kernels. J.D. Williams,Engelb Vielma and Tanner Vavra had two RBIs apiece.

Logan Wade, Christensen, Mitch Garver, Alex Swim and Max Murphy had two hits apiece.

Ryan Eades (8-11, 5.67 ERA) allowed only two runs in six innings and got the victory.

The Kernels raised their overall record to 60-60. The Kernels have a 29-21 mark for the second half of the season and stand one game behind Kane County in the Western Division standings.


Ellie Anderson wins Metro Spotlight Award

Linn-Mar sophomore Ellie Anderson is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Anderson was selected to compete at the prestigious USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Okla., July 22-26. Only 33 girls from the entire country were selected for the event.

Anderson participated at the USA Level, which is the highest level for high school players in USA Volleyball. This was the third straight year she was invited to compete.

Anderson was the starting setter for the Linn-Mar volleyball team last season as a freshman. She collected 379 assists, 143 digs and 41 kills. She also connected on 96 percent of her serves (285 or 297) and had 14 aces.

The Lions finished with a 23-15 record last year.

Anderson also competes for the Six Pack Volleyball Club of Cedar Falls.


Kernels tumble in 15 without Mauer

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer left for the Twin Cities before the Cedar Rapids Kernels took the field Sunday, but Minnesota pitcher Ricky Nolasco still had some unfinished rehab business of his own this weekend.

Chances are, even Nolasco, who left the game with two outs in the sixth inning, was nearing home by the time the Kane County Cougars finished off the Kernels, 7-4, in the 15th inning in a game that lasted an even five hours.

Nolasco surrendered three runs to the Cougars on seven hits.

After throwing two shutout innings in the 13th and 14th innings, Chris Mazza (3-3) took the loss when he gave up three runs in the 15th.

The Kernels could muster just two hits in 13 opportunities with runners in scoring position, something Manager Jake Mauer was disappointed with after the game.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug. 21
MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 22
MWL: Kernels 4, Quad Cities 2 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
BGLF: Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Tuesday, Aug 19 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Robert Morris vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.; Benedictine vs. Mount Mercy, 7 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3 Saturday, Aug. 23
BGLF: Washington at Blue Top Ridge Invitational MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 20 CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MWL: Quad Cities at Kernels, 6:35 p.m. CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Dakota State vs. Mount Mercy, 9 a.m.; Hannibal-LeGrange vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
MWL: Kernels at Quad Cities, 1:15 p.m.
WSOC: Roosevelt at Mount Mercy, Lower Kingston, 11 a.m.



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