Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Kernels keep winning despite roster moves

With just 40 games remaining in the regular season, now seems like a good time to step back and take a look at the state of the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

It's almost laughable to even question whether or not the affiliation switch from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the Minnesota Twins has been good for Cedar Rapids. Of course it has, by pretty much every measurement.

The Kernels have already qualified for the Midwest League postseason by virtue of their second-place finish in the first half of the season and fan interest is up.

Attendance has increased, but even more telling, the fans who show up for games are enthusiastically engaged in what's happening on the field. That has not always been the case at Veterans Memorial Stadium the past few years.



Local players in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Chicago Cubs) - Placed on disabled list June 30 with fractured rib. Expected to miss at least six weeks. Season stats: G - 44, Avg. - .295, AB - 112, H - 33, HR - 4, RBI - 15, SB - 1.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers)) - Started in right field Wednesday and was 1-for-3 in the Quakes' 4-3, 10-inning win over Inland Empire. Has hit safely in his last 10 games. Season stats: G - 90, Avg. - .312, AB - 343, H - 107, HR - 21, RBI - 66, SB - 12.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Lansing (Blue Jays)) - Started at third base Wednesday and was 0-for-2 with a run scored in the Lugnuts' 7-1 win over Dayton. Season stats: G - 82, Avg. - .183, AB - 263, H - 48, HR - 4, RBI - 19, SB - 0.

ANDREW HANSE (Linn-Mar, Hudson Valley (Rays)) - Did not pitch Wednesday in the Renegades' 4-0 loss to Tri-City. Season stats: W - 1. L - 2. Sv - 2. ERA - 5.00. G - 13. IP - 18. H - 19. BB - 7. SO - 11.

CHAD CHRISTENSEN (Washington, GCL Twins (Twins)) - Started at first base Wednesday and was 0-for-3 with an RBI in the Twins' 3-1 win over the GCL Orioles. Season stats: G - 19, Avg. - .284, AB - 67, H - 19, HR - 1, RBI - 8, SB - 1.

JON KELLER (Xavier, GCL Orioles (Orioles)) - Did not pitch Wednesday in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the GCL Twins. Season stats: W - 0. L - 0. Sv - 0. ERA - 0.00. G - 1. IP - 1. H - 1. BB - 0. SO - 1.


J-Hawks stopped by No.3 Ottumwa, 2-0

FORT DODGE - Alyssa Olson and Maddie Hansen are young. They're just sophomores. They'll have two more chances to get back to the state softball tournament with the Jefferson J-Hawks in the next two years and try to win the title.

Their first trip to the Class 5A state tournament ended in frustration Tuesday night with a 2-0 loss to third-ranked Ottumwa in the opening round at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge.

The J-Hawks (31-12) put up a good fight, but Ottumwa pitcher Mandi Moore and the Ottumwa hitters were just a little better and defeated Jefferson for the third time this season, including once in 13 innings back in Cedar Rapids.

Ottumwa (37-6) will face Johnston (31-11) in the semifinals Thursday night.

Jefferson will meet West Des Moines Valley (26-16) in a consolation game Wednesday at noon. The J-Hawks will play a second time Wednesday at 4 p.m., either for fifth place or seventh place.


No.2 Ankeny too strong for Prairie

FORT DODGE - Cedar Rapids Prairie pitcher Katie Kuch had a few big, moist tears in her eyes after the Hawks lost to Ankeny, 8-1, in the opening round of the state softball tournament Tuesday, but she knew the Hawks had just faced a formidable opponent.

Ankeny is the defending state champion, loaded with Division I talent and the No.1 seed in the tournament. Prairie, by contrast, had never been to the state tournament before and is the only unranked team in the Class 5A field.

The odds were extremely steep.


Wyant pitches Lions past Cougars

The last time Linn-Mar's Justin Wyant faced Kennedy's baseball team - one week ago - he fired a five-inning no-hitter.

The Cougars had a little more success against Wyant Tuesday night at Linn-Mar.

Very little.

Wyant tossed a three-hitter and struck out eight in Linn-Mar's 4-0 win in a Class 4A substate semifinal.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 22 Friday, Nov. 27
No events scheduled USHL: Madison at RoughRiders, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 23 Saturday, Nov. 28
HSFB: 4A State Final: West Des Moines Dowling 41, Kennedy 10 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7 p.m.
GBOWL: Prairie 3,034, Linn-Mar, 2,160 GBB: Xavier at Johnston, 2:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Boys: Linn-Mar 2,814, Prairie 2,330 GBB: Bettendorf at Jefferson, 6:30 p.m.

GBB: Muscatine at Linn-Mar, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 WBB: Coe at Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 6 p.m.
BBB: Jefferson Jamboree WBB: Mount Mercy vs. William Penn at Clinton, 2 p.m.
BBOWL Kennedy 2,826, Washington 2,381 MBB: Oak Hills at Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
BBOWL: Jefferson 2,937 Iowa City High 2,663
BBOWL: Iowa City West 2,864, Xavier 2,614 Sunday, Nov. 29
BBOWL: Marion 2,809, DeWitt Central 2,669 MBB: Wisconsin-Platteville at Coe, 3 p.m.
GBOWL Washington 2,270, Kennedy 2,168 MBB: St. Francis at Mount Mercy, 5 p.m.
GBOWL: Iowa City High 2.270, Jefferson 2,140 WBB: Coe at MacMurray, 1 p.m.
GBOWL: Iowa City West 2,058, Xavier 2,000 WBB: Mount Mercy vs. Doane at Clinton, 2 p.m.
GBOWL: DeWitt Central 2,064, Marion 1,663
BSWM: Metro Meet at Linn-Mar
GBB: Xavier 41, Decorah 21
GBB: Waukee 49, Kennedy 43
GBB: Prairie 62, Muscatine 54
GBB: Washington 78, Davenport Central 49
GBB: Linn-Mar 67, Waterloo East 29
GBB: North Scott 55, Jefferson 34
GBB: Alburnett 55, Cedar Valley Christian 52
WBB: Coe 92, Mount Mercy 73
WBB: Kirkwood 67, South Australia 56
MBB: Kirkwood 73, Blackhawk 70

Wednesday, Nov. 25
No events scheduled

Thursday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders at Waterloo, 6 p.m.


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