Friday, October 31, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL - RoughRiders at Chicago .... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood vs. Parkland .... Mount Mercy at Judson .... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood vs. Danville .... Mount Mercy vs. Mid-American Nazerene .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Kirkwood vs. Iowa Western .... Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown .... Coe at Cornell ....
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Cougars, Lions headed for early showdown

The Kennedy Cougars are ranked No. 1 and the Linn-Mar Lions look like they have the ingredients to make a run for the top as well this year.

They'll clash Tuesday in the semifinals of the Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament at the Linn-Mar diamond at approximately 7 p.m.

Alex Hayden struck out 14 batters as the top-ranked Cougars blanked Washington, 4-0, in the opening game of the tournament Monday night to spoil Tony Lombardi's debut as the Warriors' coach.

Linn-Mar scored 11 runs in the first inning against Jefferson and pounded the J-Hawks, 15-2, in five innings in the nightcap.


Xavier, Prairie roll in Metro openers

Baseball season has come knocking again. The clanging of aluminum bats marks the beginning of summer, and opening day never fails to bring feelings of excitement and nervousness.

The days and hours leading up to the Bob Vrbicek Metro Tournament were filled with preparation and speculation. Come game time it was time to play baseball, and relax. The Xavier Saints were very relaxed.

Calm minds and strong bats helped the eighth-ranked Saints cruise to an 11-1 victory over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Monday in the opening round at Marion.

The ninth-ranked Prairie Hawks topped Marion, 8-2, in the second game.


Metro teams looking up to IC West

It hasn’t been a horrible season by any stretch for Metro teams in state tournament play thus far. But everything seems to pale in comparison to Iowa City West’s success.

West added a boys state track championship Saturday to its already-impressive resume during the 2011-2012 athletic season. It was the Trojans’ fourth state title this school year to go along with seven other Top 10 state finishes.

West has had a terrific run of athletes in recent times, and that’s really all it takes to be successful at the state level. That sounds very simple, but it’s true in the high school ranks. The cycle of athletes can make a high school’s prowess pretty large during a fixed period of time.



Lions outlast Jeff; Warriors outclass Bobcats

It was a tale of opposites at Kingston Stadium Monday night as the Washington and Linn-Mar boys soccer teams advanced to Wednesday’s Class 3A substate semifinals.

The Warriors skunked Western Dubuque 9-0 in the opener and didn’t allow a single shot at the goal the entire match.

In the nightcap, meanwhile, the Lions were knotted with Jefferson 0-0 after two overtimes and won by outscoring the J-Hawks 4-2 in the shootout.


Former Metro preps in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Boston Red Sox) --  Did not play Monday in Boston's 8-6 win at Baltimore. Ryan is 2-for-20 in his last five games, dropping his average from to .353 to .311. He is tied for fifth in the major leagues in doubles (14) and is seventh in the AL in batting (.311). Year to date: BA -- .311 (38-122), R -- 11, RBI -- 12, 2B -- 14, 3B -- 1, HR -- 0, SB -- 0.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Lansing (MWL, Blue Jays) -- Did not play Monday in the Lugnuts' 2-1, 11-inning loss at Lake County. Year to date: BA -- .188 (22-117), R -- 11, RBI -- 10, 2B -- 2, 3B -- 1, HR -- 0, SB -- 1.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Great Lakes (MWL, Dodgers) -- Started in left field Monday and was 0-for-5 in the Loons' 7-6 loss at Dayton. Scott leads the league in triples (6). Year to date: BA -- .243 (43-177), R -- 23, RBI -- 24, 2B -- 9, 3B -- 6, HR -- 3, SB -- 4.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.26 Friday, Oct. 31
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

MBB: Kirkwood vs. Parkland, SCC Classic, 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27 MBB: Mount Mercy at Judson, 7 p.m.
5A Regional VB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 WBB: Kirkwood vs. Danville, SCC Classic, 1 p.m.

WBB: Mount Mercy vs. Mid-American Nazerene, GV Classic, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28 CVB: Kirkwood vs. Iowa Western at Boone, 3 p.m.; Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown at Boone, 5 p.m.
CVB: Coe 3, Luther 1 CVB: Coe at Cornell, 7:30 p.m.
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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