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Olson helps Eagles top prep school

Taylor Olson led the Mississippi Valley Conference in floor burns during his playing days at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School. He’s doing the same thing for the Kirkwood Eagles.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore did a pretty good job filling out a stat line Wednesday night at Johnson Hall, leading the Eagles to a 67-55 win over ABCD Prep Academy of Des Moines with 12 points, six assists, four steals and untold hustle plays.

Olson takes pride in his work ethic and hustle.

“I try to be,” he said. “Especially in games like that. We needed a spark from somewhere and I felt like I needed to step up and do that tonight.”


Tirone shines as RoughRiders get shutout

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders crowded around Danny Tirone and gleefully pounded him on the head Wednesday night. When the celebration ended, the 19-year-old goalie skated down the ice and acknowledged the cheers from 2,550 fans at the Ice Arena.

He deserved all the tributes he could get.

Tirone stopped 18 shots and gave the RoughRiders their first shutout of the USHL season in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Des Moines.

"It was great," said Tirone, calling it a total team effort. "The offense was going, the defense was going. The defense made it pretty easy for me. They blocked so many shots."


Metro grads help UNI set 3-point mark

CEDAR FALLS - Matt Bohannon, Wes Washpun and Max Martino helped the University of Northern Iowa break the school record for most 3-pointers Wednesday night in a 95-81 victory over Evansville at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.

The Panthers made 17 3-pointers, snapping the old mark of 15.

Bohannon, a Linn-Mar graduate, hit six triples and scored 19 points. Washpun, a Cedar Rapids Washington graduate, made a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points. Martino, a Kennedy grad, made one 3-pointer for three points.

Washpun, who missed 12 straight 3-pointers to begin the season, has made seven in a row.


Kirkwood signs 8 new baseball players

Kirkwood baseball coach Todd Rima is intrigued by the prospect of having a 6-foot-8 pitcher on the mound with his long arms, long legs and 88 mph fastball.

His name is Nick Bruno and he hails from Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill. He won't be here this season, but he's on his way for the 2015 campaign.

Rima has signed eight high school seniors to letters-of-intent for the 2015 season.

"Bruno is probably the most intriguing guy in our recruiting class," said Rima. "I cannot wait to see where he's at in two years.

"He's kind of the sleeper in this class. In the long run, we might have stolen one."


Lohaus lifts No.3 Trojans by Kennedy

Wyatt Lohaus did not score any points against Kennedy in the first quarter Tuesday night, but the all-state guard made up for lost time after that.

Lohaus poured in 27 markers as No.3 Iowa City West handled the ninth-ranked Cougars, 68-51, in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown for second place in the Valley Division.

Kennedy chopped a 16-point deficit to eight points, 46-38, thanks to technical fouls against Iowa City West freshman Connor McCaffery and West Coach Steve Bergman late in the third quarter, but Lohaus led the Trojans out of danger.


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