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SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD - HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Prairie wins 3rd straight MVC title ... USHL- RoughRiders 5, Youngstown 0 ... BOYS BASKETBALL - Center Point-Urbana 57, Marion 49 ... GIRLS BASKETBALL - Jefferson 43, Clinton 34 ... Mount Vernon at Prairie, ppd ... Washington 53, Muscatine 42 ... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 86, Iowa Central 79 ... Mount Mercy 62, Ashford 61 ... Coe 67, Luther 60 ... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 77, Iowa Central 59 ... Coe 73, Luther 62 ...
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Linn-Mar thrives with 3 head coaches

This has been a magical season for the Linn-Mar baseball team and Coach Chad Lechner with a school record for victories, a Mississippi Valley Conference title and now a trip to the Class 4A state tournament next week.

It's also been a magical season for Linn-Mar's two other "head" coaches who have helped guide the Lions this year.

Lechner quickly credits Kyle Rodenkirk and Brent Henry for the pivotal roles they've played as assistant coaches with the Lions. A year ago, Rodenkirk was the young head coach at Anamosa and Henry was the interim head coach at Cedar Rapids Washington.

They've joined forces with Rob Sturenfeldt, the fourth member of the varsity staff, to help produce one of the best seasons in school history.


Tip of the fedora to Cougars and Lions

You know football is just around the corner when it's time for the championship round of the summer baseball tournament at Principal Park in Des Moines.

It should be mentioned that Iowa is one of the few states that has a summer championship rather than spring. For the high school baseball teams, I think this is a very good idea, although there is disagreement about that.

At the beginning of the year, Cedar Rapids Kennedy was rated No. 1 in Class 4A and slipped slightly to No. 2 in the middle of the season behind Ankeny. The Cougars had a super season and will be a team to be reckoned with in next week's state championships.

A tip of the fedora to Bret Hoyer on winning his 600th game in 23 years as a head coach and qualifying for the state tournament by taking out Cedar Falls.


Former Metro preps in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Boston Red Sox) -- Started in right field Sunday and was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Boston's 15-7 loss to the Blue Jays. Year to date -- BA - .272, AB - 191, R - 22, H - 52, RBI - 14, 2B - 18, 3B - 2, HR - 0, SB - 0.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers), MWL) -- Started in left field Sunday and was 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Loons' 10-7 win at Beloit. Scott is 9-for-19 in his last four games, boosting his average 11 points. Year to date -- BA - .268, AB - 373, R - 50, H - 100, RBI - 51, 2B - 27, 3B - 6, HR - 5, SB - 15.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Vancouver Canadians (Blue Jays), NWL) -- Started at third base Sunday and was 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in Vancouver's 5-2 win over Spokane. Kellen has a five-game hitting streak that has boosted his average 21 points. Vancouver totals -- BA - .184, AB - 114, R - 17, H - 21, RBI - 15, 2B - 6, 3B - 0, HR - 2, SB - 1.


Hoyer's 600th win puts Cougars in state

Kennedy's win Wednesday night wasn't much different than the other 599 wins Coach Bret Hoyer has experienced.

With one major exception.

This one was for a berth in the Class 4A state baseball tournament.

Kennedy used nine hits and seven Cedar Falls errors to bury the Tigers, 9-1, in a Class 4A substate final at the Cougar diamond.

It was the 600th career win for Hoyer, his 536th in 20 years at Kennedy. He also had 64 wins in three seasons as coach at Iowa City Regina.


5 Metro stars ready for Shrine Bowl

The 90 players in the Iowa Shrine Bowl had one week to practice, learn all the plays and get ready for Saturday night's football game at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

It's a lot of material to absorb in a short period of time, but they always seem to grasp the basics in a hurry and put on a good show for the fans.

"We have some top-notch athletes," said Kennedy strong safety Josh Jahlas, who will play for the North squad. "They're really smart, so they'll be able to get it down."


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, Jan. 25 Friday, Jan. 30
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders 6, Youngstown 1

BBB: Linn-Mar 79, Jefferson 43
Monday, Jan. 26 BBB: Iowa City West 64, Kennedy 54
GBB: Alburnett 51, Cedar Valley Christian 20 BBB: Clear Creek-Amana 61, Marion 51
BBB: Alburnett 66, Cedar Valley Christian 22 BBB: Prairie 53, Iowa City High 45
CBSB: Southeastern U 6-9, Mount Mercy 5-6, 1st 8 inn BBB: Washington 69, Xavier 63

GBB: Linn-Mar 46, Jefferson 34
Tuesday, Jan. 27 GBB: Kennedy 60, Iowa City West 54
BBB: Dubuque Wahlert 68, Jefferson 41 GBB: Marion 62, Clear Creek-Amana 54
BBB: Kennedy 78, Dubuque Senior 74 GBB: Prairie 67, Iowa City High 46
BBB: Linn-Mar 66, Xavier 57 GBB: Xavier 66, Washington 50
BBB: Marion 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 38 BBOWL: Jefferson  2,916, Cedar Falls 2,874

BBB: Dubuque Hempstead 63, Prairie 48

BBOWL: Marion, Denver at Tripoli
BBB: Washington 64, Waterloo East 50 BBOWL: Prairie 2,946, Washington 2,902
BBB: Cal-Wheatland 57, Cedar Valley Christian 34 BBOWL: Waterloo West 2,935, Xavier 2,902
GBB: Dubuque Wahlert 52, Jefferson 45 GBOWL: Jefferson  2,598, Cedar Falls 2,286
GBB: Kennedy 61, Dubuque Senior 37 GBOWL: Marion, Denver at Tripoli
GBB: Xavier 38, Linn-Mar 36 GBOWL: Prairie 2,774, Washington 2,407
GBB: Marion 69, Vinton-Shellsburg 34 GBOWL: Waterloo West 2,943, Xavier 2,389
GBB: Dubuque Hempstead 51, Prairie 37 CWRST: Wartburg 35, Coe 3

GBB: Washington 79, Waterloo East 15

CSWM: Northern Iowa 188, Coe 77
GBB: Cal-Wheatland 56, Cedar Valley Christian 18
HSWRST: Waterloo West, Xavier at Prairie Saturday, Jan. 31

CBSB: Southeastern U 8, Mount Mercy 3

USHL: RoughRiders 5, Youngstown 0

GBB: Jefferson 43, Clinton 34
Wednesday, Jan. 28 GBB: Mount Vernon at Prairie, ppd
WBB: Kirkwood 76, DMACC 52 GBB: Washington 53, Muscatine 42
WBB: Dubuque 77, Coe 72 HSWRST: MVC Tournament at Dubuque Wahlert
WBB: Grand View 63, Mount Mercy 53 HSWRST: Wamac Tourney at Western Dubuque
MBB: DMACC 88, Kirkwood 87 (OT) WBB: Kirkwood 77, Iowa Central 59
MBB: Coe 69, Dubuque 63 WBB: Coe 73, Luther 62
MBB: Mount Mercy 103, Grand View 100 (2 OTs) MBB: Kirkwood 86, Iowa Central 79

CBSB: Southeastern U 9, Mount Mercy 2

MBB: Mount Mercy 62, Ashford 61

MBB: Coe 67, Luther 60
Thursday, Jan. 29 CWRST: Coe at Duhawk Open (Dubuque)
GBB: Midland 59, Cedar Valley Christian 36 M/WTRK: Coe at Pioneer Open (Platteville, Wis.)
BBB: Midland 67, Cedar Valley Christian 44 M/WSWM: Coe at Grinnell

HSWRST: Linn-Mar 51, Cedar Falls 17; Linn-Mar 32, Kennedy 31

MTEN: Chicago at Coe
HSWRST: DeWitt Central 49, Marion 30
GBOWL: Linn-Mar 2,505, Kennedy 2,415 Sunday, Feb. 1
BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,202, Kennedy 3,120 No events scheduled




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