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Lions stopped by No. 2 Trojans in semis

DES MOINES - The Linn-Mar Lions made Iowa City West a little nervous for three quarters Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Class 4A state basketball tournament.

Then Dondre Alexander stole the show and Linn-Mar's bid for consecutive state titles fell by the wayside.

Alexander collected 14 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth period and No. 2 Iowa City West denied the fifth-ranked Lions, 71-51, at the Wells Fargo Arena.

The Lions trailed by only two points, 40-38, entering the final stanza and Linn-Mar fans had a question for the undefeated Trojans: "Feeling Any Pressure?" they chanted in unison.

Apparently not.

Iowa City West drubbed the Lions in the fourth quarter, 31-13, to win comfortably at the end.


Brooksie covered state tournament in 1945

The state high school boys basketball tournament is celebrating 100 years this week, so I thought I would take a look at a couple of moments from my years of covering the high school finals.

As I was telling our esteemed editor, Jim Ecker, I covered my first state tournament in 1945 at Drake's original fieldhouse in Des Moines when Ames defeated Muscatine, 35-33. I was just out of high school at the time.

Cedar Rapids Franklin played Waverly for the state title in 1944 at the old fieldhouse in Iowa City. Franklin was coached by Orville Rust, a legendary figure from the old school who also was head football coach and head track coach.


Allee named NJCAA DII Player of Week

Iowa Central sophomore Morgan Allee has been named National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the week.

Allee, a former Cedar Rapids Jefferson standout, led the Tritons to victory in all six of their games last week. Allee sported a staggering .739 batting average (17-for-23) with 12 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and 16 runs scored.

Allee, a returning All-American, was an extra base machine, recording five doubles, two triples and two home runs for the week. She cemented herself in the Iowa Central record book against Fort Scott CC (Kan.), stealing a school single game-record five bases in the 17-6 win.



Lassen faces West again - 3 months later

DES MOINES - Linn-Mar High School junior Matt Lassen was lying in his hospital bed in Iowa City on Saturday, Dec. 10 when a visitor came to his room.

Lassen had suffered a severe concussion the night before during a basketball game against Iowa City West and had been placed in intensive care at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

The visitor was Jeremy Morgan, one of the star players for Iowa City West who had been on the court when Lassen hit his head on the floor, passed out and had a seizure.

Morgan was at the hospital as a concerned opponent but also as a good friend. He and Lassen played AAU basketball together on the Iowa Barnstormers and became close, but they are more than simply good friends.

"Jeremy Morgan is my BEST friend," Lassen said Wednesday at the state tournament in Des Moines.


Metro runners claim 4 titles at Demon track

IOWA CITY - Chase Grabau of Linn-Mar set a meet record in the 800-meter run Thursday at the Demon Indoor track meet at the University of Iowa Recreation Center.

Grabau ran the race in 2:02.34, breaking the mark of 2:04.29 set a year ago. Grabau beat Bryant Johnson of Des Moines Roosevelt by exactly one second.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug. 21
MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 22
MWL: Kernels 4, Quad Cities 2 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
BGLF: Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Tuesday, Aug 19 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Robert Morris vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.; Benedictine vs. Mount Mercy, 7 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3 Saturday, Aug. 23
BGLF: Washington at Blue Top Ridge Invitational MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 20 CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MWL: Quad Cities 5, Kernels 2 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Dakota State vs. Mount Mercy, 9 a.m.; Hannibal-LeGrange vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
MWL: Kernels at Quad Cities, 1:15 p.m.
WSOC: Roosevelt at Mount Mercy, Lower Kingston, 11 a.m.



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