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Prairie girls win Mount Pleasant Relays

MOUNT PLEASANT - The Cedar Rapids Prairie girls track team won four events and captured the team championship at the Panther Relays in Mount Pleasant Tuesday.

Hannah Grimm won the 400 (1:01.66), Kenzie Soeken took the high jump (4-10) and Rachel Grifin won the discus (111-9) for the Hawks. Prairie also won the sprint medley (1:54.76).

The Hawks got second-place showings from Jocelyn Wood (800), Soeken (200),Halle Lueck (long jump), Natalie Rumer (shot and discus), the distance medley and 4x400 relay.

The Jefferson J-Hawks won the 4x400 relay (4:18.78) and placed second in the 4x800 relay. Jefferson rested most of its top people for the Drake Relays and finished seventh out of eight teams in the standings.


Kernels fall at Peoria, 5-3

PEORIA, Ill. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 5-3, before 561 fans at Dozer Park Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Peoria's Jake Stone came up with the big hit when he drilled a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The hit scored Kenny Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz, broke a tie and moved Peoria ahead, 5-3.

The inning started when Peoples-Walls singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Katz drew a walk to put two men on in front of Stone.

Christian Powell (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels. He allowed two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out three and walked one.

Peoria picked up the game's first run in the first inning. C.J. McElroy, Jr. singled to start the inning, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Aaron Slegers, went to third base on a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Garver and scored on another wild pitch.

The Kernels quickly tied the score, 1-1, in the top of the second inning. Bryan Haar doubled to left to start the inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Logan Wade's RBI single into left.


Haar riding the surf with Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League's Western Division standings.

One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.

The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this week's games, largely due to power generated by catcher Mitch Garver and infielder Bryan Haar. Garver leads the league with five home runs, and Haar is right on his heels with four round-trippers.


Horman named J-Hawk basketball coach

Brandon Horman has been promoted to become the new boys basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, the school announced Monday afternoon.

Horman replaces Stu Ordman, who resigned after the season to become the new head coach at Iowa City Regina. Horman has spent the last six years with the Jefferson basketball program and served as the co-head coach this past season.

"Brandon will work hard to instill the tradition of J-Hawk basketball in student-athletes and bring about changes that they can be proud of and excited for," said Jefferson activities director Chris Deam.


Emily Feltes wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Emily Feltes is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Feltes is one of the top soccer players in the state and she led Kennedy in scoring as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She has scored 53 goals in 58 games during her career and was named Class 3A all-state last season.

Feltes is a 4.0 student and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to play soccer at Lewis University next year.


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