Friday, October 31, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL - RoughRiders at Chicago .... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 78, Parkland 62 .... Mount Mercy at Judson .... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 71, Danville 67 .... Mount Mercy vs. Mid-American Nazerene .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Kirkwood vs. Iowa Western .... Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown .... Coe at Cornell ....
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No. 1 Warriors dump Burlington, 63-19

BURLINGTON - The top-ranked Washington Warriors rolled up 604 yards of total offense Friday night and flattened Burlington, 63-19, to finish the regular season with a 9-0 record.

The Warriors are a No. 1 seed for the playoffs and will host a No. 4 seed in the opening round Wednesday night at Kingston Stadium.

Quarterback Reid Snitker rushed for 149 yards, ran for three touchdowns and passed for two TDs in an impressive all-around performance. Snitker hit 6-of-7 passes for 88 yards and TJ Vogel, his understudy, completed 4-of-6 for 178 yards.

Washington ran for 338 yards and passed for 266 in its biggest output of the season.


3 Metro teams seek playoff berths

It will be interesting to see how many high school football teams with 2-and-7 records make the Class 4A playoffs this year.

The Kennedy Cougars will make the 32-team field with a 2-7 mark if they defeat Waterloo West at Kingston Stadium Friday night, but they're not the only ones who could advance with a 2-7 record.

Iowa City High, Clinton and Mason City also could "earn" spots in the Class 4A tournament with 2-7 marks. That would be an improvement for Mason City, which qualified a few years ago with a 1-8 record.

We can thank - or blame - the district format for all this. The only results that count are district games. The non-district games are simply exhibitions, as far as making the playoffs, so it's a lot easier to make the playoffs now.

You can lose all of your non-district games, finish fourth in your district with a wobbly record and march into the playoffs at 2-7 (and sometimes even 1-8).

Under the old conference format, it normally took at least four victories to make the playoffs, although occasionally a team would slip through with a 3-6 mark. The schools voted for this system, so now everyone has to live with it.

Washington, Linn-Mar and Xavier have clinched playoff berths. The top-ranked Warriors are 8-0 and rolling along. The sixth-ranked Lions are 7-1, with the only loss to Washington. The Saints are 5-3, but have struggled on offense in their losses to Dowling (24-2), Western Dubuque (7-6) and Iowa City Regina (21-7) with only one touchdown on offense.


VanDraska, Lions win titles in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN - The Linn-Mar Lions and Prairie Hawks have battled all season to see who has the best boys cross country team in Eastern Iowa.

They'll settle things at the Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge Nov. 1.

Linn-Mar captured top honors Thursday with an impressive performance at the district meet in Marshalltown, but Prairie placed second and also earned a trip to state.

It was the fifth time the two powers have clashed in a meet this year. Linn-Mar leads the series, 3-2, but it's not over yet.

Prairie is the defending state champion and boasts Tysen VanDraska, who won the individual title Thursday at Marshalltown Community College.

"They're a great team and they're always pushing us," said VanDraska. "I don't want to say we're rivals. We're buds with them. We like the right kind of competition."


Schmidt is 'Mr. Touchdown' in Metro

Linn-Mar senior quarterback Ryan Schmidt knows his way into the end zone.

Schmidt has scored 17 touchdowns this season and leads all Metro football players by a wide margin in scoring with 102 points. He ranks fourth in Class 4A in scoring.

Jefferson tailback Tavian Rashed and Xavier quarterback Bryce Schulte are tied for second in Metro scoring with 10 touchdowns for 60 points.


Heitland joins MSR as Vice President

Advertising with the Metro Sports Report really works.

Take it from me. I know from first-hand experience.

Some of you may remember the "help-wanted" column we posted on the MSR website on Sunday, Oct. 19. I announced we were looking for a General Manager and invited folks to apply.

Within 24 hours, I received inquiries from six very talented and qualified people, all of whom were good candidates. The talent pool was so deep that we decided to hire two of them - one as General Manager and another as Vice-President.

We introduced Kenyon Murray as the GM on Monday, filling one spot with an outstanding person.

Now it is my great pleasure to introduce Scott Heitland as the new Vice-President of the Metro Sports Report, adding another very talented and successful person to our team.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.26 Friday, Oct. 31
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago

MBB: SCC Classic: Kirkwood 78, Parkland 62
Monday, Oct. 27 MBB: GV Classic: Mount Mercy at Judson
5A Regional VB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 WBB: SCC Classic: Kirkwood 71,  Danville 47

WBB: GV Classic: Mount Mercy vs. Mid-American Nazerene
Tuesday, Oct. 28 CVB: At Boone: Kirkwood vs. Iowa Western; Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown
CVB: Coe 3, Luther 1 CVB: Coe at Cornell
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, Waldorf 0
WSOC: Loras 8, Coe 2 Saturday, Nov. 1
WSOC: St. Mary 3, Mount Mercy 0 CFB: Coe at Luther, 1 p.m.
MSOC: Loras 9, Coe 0 USHL: RoughRiders at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

GCC: State Meet at Fort Dodge, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 BCC: State Meet at Fort Dodge, 11 a.m.
4A: Washington 78, Clinton 13 MBB: Kirkwood vs, St. John's Academy, SCC Classic, 1 p.m.
4A: Linn-Mar 34, Davenport Central 14 MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Trinity, Elgin, Ill. 1 p.m.
4A: Bettendorf 35, Jefferson 7 WBB: Kirkwood vs. Lewis & Clark, SCC Classic, 11 a.m.
4A: Prairie 31, Pleasant Valley 24 (OT) WBB: Mount Mercy vs. Central Christian, GV Classic, 2 p.m.
4A: Kennedy 20, Muscatine 17 M/WCC: Iowa Conference Meet at Indianola, 12 p.m.
3A: Xavier 35, Charles City 6 WSOC: Iowa Conference Tournament
CVB: Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 2 WSOC: Midwest Collegiate Tournament: Mount Mercy at St, Ambrose, 2 p.m.

Thursday Oct. 30
4A: Marion 3, Davenport Assumption 0 MSOC: Midwest Collegiate Tournament: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 2 p.m.
4A: Xavier 3, Fairfield 0
5A: Jefferson 3, Marshalltown 2
5A: Prairie 3, Davenport West 0
5A: Kennedy 3, Linn-Mar 2
GSWM: Regional Diving at Linn-Mar
CVB: Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0



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