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Kennedy, LM girls draw No. 1 seeds

Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Washington and Marion have drawn opening-round byes in the girls regional basketball tournament this month and will need to win only two games to reach the state tournament.

Kennedy and Linn-Mar drew No. 1 seeds in the Class 5A regionals. Washington was assigned a No. 2 seed in Class 5A and the Marion Indians drew a No. 2 seed in Class 4A.

Jefferson, Prairie and Xavier will play in the opening round of the regional tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Washington and Marion will swing into action in the regional semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 20 and the regional finals will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

The highest remaining seeds will get to host the regional finals.

The sixth-ranked Kennedy Cougars will host Muscatine or Davenport Central in the Class 5A Region 4 semifinals. The other half of the bracket features 12th-ranked Davenport North and Bettendorf. If the seeds hold true to form, Kennedy will host Davenport North in the regional finals.


McKinney wins Metro Spotlight Award

Dennis McKinney of Cedar Rapids Jefferson is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

McKinney, a 6-foot-4 senior, has been one of the driving forces for the Jefferson basketball team during its surge the last few weeks. The J-Hawks have won three of their last four games, including an upset victory over sixth-ranked Linn-Mar Friday night, and have raised their record to 6-10.

McKinney scored 19 points and snared 17 rebounds in the victory against Linn-Mar, continuing his good work during the winning streak.


Dighton wins Metro Spotlight Award

Kennedy Dighton of Jefferson is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Dighton, a 6-foot-1 junior, has been a key member of the Jefferson basketball team as it bids for a winning season this year.

Dighton leads the J-Hawks at 13.5 points and more than eight rebounds per game. She has raised her game this season after averaging 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds last year as a sophomore.


Prairie claims 4th MVC title in row

The best wrestling in the Mississippi Valley Conference is happening right here in Cedar Rapids.

And the best of the best are the Prairie Hawks.

Prairie captured its fourth straight conference title Saturday by winning the MVC SuperMeet and leading a 1-2-3 finish by Cedar Rapids schools at the Prairie gym.

Jefferson finished second in the team standings and Kennedy was third. On top of that, Metro wrestlers won 10 of the 14 individual titles with Prairie, Jefferson, Kennedy, Xavier and Linn-Mar grapplers all climbing to the top of the victory stand.

"Obviously we're on an upbeat right now with the three schools finishing up high there," said Jefferson Coach Dick Briggs. "Prairie is always real good, we've been good the last few years and now Kennedy is up there. It's good to see them (the Cougars) up there as well."


J-Hawks upset No. 6 Lions, 71-70

After coming close so many times this season, the Jefferson boys basketball team simply found a way Friday night.

Valentino Green grabbed a rebound off a missed Dennis McKinney free throw and banked it home just before the final horn to give the J-Hawks a stunning 71-70 Mississippi Valley Conference win over No. 6 Linn-Mar at the Jefferson gym.

Green's winning basket set off a wild celebration as players and fans mobbed the 6-foot-2 senior while the Lions stood near their bench in stunned silence.

"We didn't have a play on," Green said. "We wanted to make the shot, but I knew if he missed it I was going to get the rebound. I battled for it and I knew I had to go up strong.

"This win shows just how hard we've been working," he continued. "Since Christmas break, we've been getting a lot better and it showed tonight."

Jefferson coach Brandon Horman just stood back and watched the celebration unfold. The J-Hawks dropped a 3-point decision on Tuesday at Dubuque Wahlert and refused to back down against the highly-regarded Lions.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 7 Friday, Feb. 12
No events scheduled USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7 p.m.

GBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8 GBB: Jefferson at Washington, 6 p.m.
GBB: Marion at Vinton-Shellsburg, 7:30 p.m. GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Prince of Peace, 6:15 p.m. GBB: Xavier at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Prince of Peace, 6:15 p.m. GBB: West Delaware at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, 6 p.m. BBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Western Dubuque at Marion, 3 p.m. BBB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Western Dubuque at Marion, 3 p.m. BBB: Kennedy at Dubuque Hempstead, 7:30 p.m.

BBB: Waterloo East at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Alburnett, 7:45 p.m.
GBB: Kennedy at Jefferson, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
GBB: Washington at Prairie, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar at Xavier, 6 p.m. GBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Clear Creek Amana at Marion, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
BBB: Washington at Prairie, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar at Xavier, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Marion at Clear Creek Amana, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.

M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 M/WTRK:  Mount Mercy at Heart of America meet, at Crete, Neb.
3A WRESTLING REGIONAL TEAM DUALS CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Emerson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 10:30 a.m.; Mount Mercy vs Judson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2 p.m.
Clinton/Iowa City High at Kennedy, 6 p.m. CSB: Mount Mercy vs Ashford, at UNI-Dome, 9:30 p.m.
Linn-Mar vs. Bettendorf, at Dubuque Hempstead, 6 p.m.
Jefferson vs. WDM Dowling, at Johnston, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
NorthScott/Ottumwa at Prairie, 6 p.m. USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
WBB: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 5:30 p.m. BBB: Ankeny Centennial at Linn-Mar, 5:30 p.m.
WBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, 5:30 p.m. BBB: Washington at Cedar Falls, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Coe at Dubuque, 6 p.m. HSWRST: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Washington in 3A District at Jefferson, 12 p.m.
MBB: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 7:30 p.m. HSWRST: Prairie, Xavier in 3A District at Waverly-Shell Rock, 12
MBB: Kirkwood at DMACC, 7:30 p.m. BSWM: State Meet at Marshalltown YMCA, 12:30 p.m.
MBB: Coe at Dubuque, 8 p.m. WBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 7 p.m. WBB: Coe at Simpson, 2 p.m.

WBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11 MBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 3 p.m.
GBB: 1A Regional: Cedar Valley Christian at Iowa Valley, 7 p.m. MBB: Coe at Simpson, 4 p.m.
CWRST: Coe at Dubuque, 7 p.m. MBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 4 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 7 p.m. M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.

M/WTRK: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational, 11 a.m.

M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Heart of America Meet, at Crete, Neb.

CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Taylor, at Lakepoint, Ga., 11 a.m., Mount Mercy vs Shawnee State, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2:30 p.m.

MTEN: Cornell at Coe, 9 a.m., Simpson at Coe, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14



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