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Friday, July 25, 2014
FRIDAY SCOREBOARD - MWL - Kernels 5, Bowling Green 4
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Cougars top No.1 Hempstead for MVC title

Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer faced a tricky proposition Monday night.

He wanted to give the Cougars a good shot at winning the Mississippi Valley Conference title without jeopardizing their chances in the Class 4A substate baseball tournament that starts Friday.

It worked out perfectly.

The third-ranked Cougars edged top-ranked Dubuque Hempstead, 4-2, in the first game of their MVC doubleheader to clinch the conference title and Hoyer was able to juggle his two best pitchers to keep them fresh for the postseason tournament.

The game had a dramatic ending when Kennedy relief pitcher Zach Daniels snagged a vicious line drive with the bases loaded and fired to third base for a double play.

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No. 3 Cougars split with Spartans

The Kennedy Cougars and Pleasant Valley Spartans played a little game of "I've Got A Secret" during their twinbill at Herkelman Field Tuesday night.

The third-ranked Cougars and Spartans will meet again Friday night at Kennedy in the Class 4A substate tournament and neither coach wanted to give away his secrets in the final games of the regular season.

Kennedy put its varsity lineup on the field in Game 1 and cruised, 6-0,behind a four-hit shutout by Jacob Henry for its 29th win of the year.

Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer backed off in the nightcap and cleared his bench on Senior Night, and by game's end it looked like somebody had kidnapped the Cougars and put strangers in those green-and-white uniforms.

Pleasant Valley took the second game, 10-2.

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Prairie girls trimmed by No. 7 Spartans

There’s a world of difference between losing a game and getting beat.

The scrappy Prairie softball girls were beaten in a Class 5A regional semifinal by No. 7 Pleasant Valley, 9-8, Monday night, but in no way could they be called losers.

In a heart-breaking end to their season, they went from leading by three runs to trailing by five and coming back to tie.

Then, as they’d done all night, the visiting Spartans from Bettendorf scored after two outs in their half of the seventh inning.

A gangly eighth grade relief pitcher for Pleasant Valley who had been battered by Prairie hitters the previous two innings calmly mowed down the Hawks in order to close out the roller-coaster contest.

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QB from Indiana joins J-Hawks

Jesse Furrow passed for 561 yards and six touchdowns in a single game for Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Ind., last season as a junior.

Now he'll be throwing passes for the Jefferson J-Hawks after moving to Cedar Rapids with his family last winter and enrolling at Jefferson.

Chris Deam, the athletic director at Jefferson, confirmed Monday that Furrow is a student at the school.

Furrow passed for 2,147 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall at Pendleton Heights. He completed 53.1 percent of his passes (147 of 277) with nine interceptions and ran for six TDs.

Furrow is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds on the NCSA Athletic Recruiting website.

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Kernels claim 5th straight win

CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning Sunday and defeated Clinton, 7-5, in a rain-shortened game before 957 fans at Ashford University Field.

The tarp was put on the field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the game was called after a 41-minute rain delay.

The Kernels (42-51) have won five games in a row, including Saturday night's rain-shortened 5-1 victory over the LumberKings.

Clinton scored the first three runs Sunday, but the Kernels scored seven runs in the top half of the sixth as they sent 11 men to the plate to move ahead 7-3.

The Kernels collected five singles and took advantage of one error. It matched the largest run-scoring inning for Cedar Rapids this season.

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Metro Schedule

Sunday, July 20 Thursday, July 24
MWL: Fort Wayne 2, Kernels 0 MWL: Bowling Green 2, Kernels 1
Monday, July 21
MWL: Kernels 8, Fort Wayne 1
3A DISTRICT BASEBALL Friday, July  25
Marion 2, Western Dubuque 0 MWL: Kernels 5, Bowling Green 4
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL
Burlington 5, Jefferson 1


Tuesday, July 22 Saturday, July 26
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 7 p.m.
5A Quarterfinal: Southeast Polk 2, Jefferson 0
Wednesday, July 23 Sunday, July 27
3A SUBSTATE BASEBALL FINAL MWL: Kernels at Dayton, 2 p.m.
Davenport Assumption 10, Marion 0
4A SUBSTATE BASEBALL FINAL
Kennedy 5, Davenport West 1
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT AT FORT DODGE

5A Consolation: Pleasant Valley 12, Jefferson 0


5A Seventh Place: Jefferson 2,  Waukee 0
MWL: Kernels 7, Bowling Green 2










































































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