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Amber Decker wins Metro Spotlight Award

Linn-Mar junior Amber Decker is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Decker, one of the top runners in Iowa, posted a convincing wire-to-wire victory in the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet Thursday on the Prairie High School cross country course. She defeated runners from all 14 MVC schools, showing she's ready to compete for high honors at the state meet this year.

Decker finished ninth at the state cross country meet as a freshman in 2012 and placed eighth last year as a sophomore. Now she appears ready to take another step this season.

Decker also has excelled at the Class 4A state track meets the past two years. She has collected seven top-10 finishes in individual events and relays for Linn-Mar.


Tysen VanDraska wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Tysen VanDraska is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

VanDraska collected an impressive victory at the Mississippi Valley Conference cross country meet Thursday and led Prairie to the team championship with a strong finishing kick.

VanDraska is ranked third among Class 4A cross country runners and has stamped himself as a serious threat to contend for the state title in Fort Dodge this fall. He finished 11th in the individual standings last year as a sophomore when Prairie won the Class 4A state title.

VanDraska measures only 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds, but he has a rare combination of speed and endurance. He had a neck-and-neck race with Daniel Murphy of Linn-Mar at the Super Meet Thursday, then left everyone behind with a punishing kick at the end.


No.7 Wartburg slams Kohawks, 43-0

The Wartburg Knights are ranked seventh in the latest NCAA Division III football poll, but that may not be high enough.

For a testimonial about the powerful Knights, just spend a few minutes with vanquished Coe Coach Steve Staker.

He was mighty impressed with Wartburg Saturday afternoon - and mighty disappointed in his own club.

The Knights rolled up 523 yards of total offense and squashed the Kohawks, 43-0, in an Iowa Conference mismatch before 4,819 spectators at Coe Field.

"I told the players, they're a better football team than we are right now," Staker said. "Forty-three to nothing better? I don't know about that."


RoughRiders lanced by Omaha, 2-1

Sometimes you can play at a pretty high level game and still lose the silly hockey game.

Sometimes a winless team defeats an undefeated team, simply because the puck does not bounce your way all the time.

It happened to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Saturday night.

The Omaha Lancers handed the RoughRiders their first loss of the season, 2-1, before 2,035 customers at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Omaha arrived in town with an 0-3-1 record, compared to a spotless 3-0 mark for the RoughRiders. It's too early in the USHL to make any profound judgments about the league, however, and both clubs appeared to be fairly even in ability.

Cedar Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Andrew Gaus scored a shorthanded goal while the RoughRiders were killing a penalty. Nobody got an assist on the goal, but Casey Jerry created the action for Cedar Rapids when he broke away from the pack and fired a shot at Omaha goalie Hayden Hawkey.


Hawkey stopped Jerry's shot, but Gaus was in perfect position for the rebound and goal.


Akers helps No.1 Warriors top Prairie

Landen Akers had a few problems hanging onto punts Friday night, but he made amends with a huge play on defense.

Akers intercepted a pass near the goal line and raced 99 yards for a touchdown to help No. 1 Washington knock off Prairie, 28-6, at John Wall Field.

Washington led 21-6 with four minutes left in the game, but the Hawks marched to the 5-yard line and could have made it a tight game with a touchdown.

Akers had other ideas.

Prairie quarterback Dakota Simonsen lofted a fourth-down pass toward the end zone, but Akers saw it coming and made a clean interception. Akers is one of the top quarter-milers in the state and nobody was going to catch him once he got going.

"I saw he was throwing a fade route to the corner, so I just waited backand waited for the ball and went up and got it," he said. "It's pretty fun, because I made a few mistakes in the game earlier. I tried to make up for it."



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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.
No events scheduled HSFB: Marion at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Washington at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Springville at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Wamac Tournament at Mount Vernon, 4 p.m. CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
HSVB: Iowa City High at Jefferson, 7 p.m. CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament
HSVB: Washington at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Xavier at Linn-Mar, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25
HSVB: Prairie at Iowa City West, 7 p.m. CFB: Central at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Jefferson at Dubuque Senior USHL: Sioux Falls at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
CVB: Central at Coe, 7:30 p.m. CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
MSOC: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville, 7 p.m. 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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