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Olberding's ace helps Saints win title

Xavier High School junior Lisa Olberding had two reasons to celebrate at Ellis Park Golf Course Monday afternoon.

Olberding collected the first hole-in-one of her golfing career and the Saints topped Linn-Mar for the team championship at the 2012 Kennedy Invitational.

Olberding used a pitching wedge to ace the 98-yard 14th hole.


Title IX not entirely fair for males

I’ve always struggled with Title IX and gender equality issues, especially since I’ve seen it unfold over the past 40 years. The pure thought that males and females ought to have the same athletic opportunities makes total sense, but it doesn’t seem to have panned out that way.

I got to thinking about this issue when I read Amy Chu was back on the Iowa City West campus this weekend to participate in the dedication of the school’s soccer complex. Chu is 44 years old now and has a flourishing consulting career on the East Coast, but in 1984 the teenager made local and national headlines.

West did not have a girls soccer program at the time. Chu’s brother was on the boys team and she yearned to play. Then a junior, Chu joined the boys team at West after a series of legal wranglings. Chu entered a game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson and the J-Hawks promptly walked off the field in protest, per orders of the Cedar Rapids Community School District.


Baseball forecast: Kennedy, Marion on top

The Metro Sports Report began covering high school baseball in Cedar Rapids and Marion last year, a few months after it launched the new website in January of 2011. As you may recall, I began the season with an overview of each of the local programs and offered a prognostication for each team’s season.

It went over fairly well, so I'm giving it another shot this season. We'll see the results as the sesson unfolds.

Historically, Cedar Rapids and Marion have had good high school baseball programs with excellent players. This year should be more of the same.


Strellner tosses gem; Kohawks win title

Ben Strellner pitched the best game of his career for Coe College Saturday afternoon.

His timing was perfect.

Strellner tossed a complete game as the Kohawks tamed Buena Vista, 4-1, in the championship game of the Iowa Conference tournament at Veterans Memorial Stadium to earn the league's automatic berth in the NCAA regional tournament.


Former Metro preps in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Boston Red Sox) --  Did not play Monday in Boston's 6-1 win over Seattle. Ryan is fourth in the major leagues in doubles (13) and is tied for fourth in the AL in batting (.333). Year to date: BA -- .333 (37-111), R -- 10, RBI -- 11, 2B -- 13, 3B -- 1, HR -- 0, SB -- 0.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Lansing (MWL, Blue Jays) -- Started at third base Monday and was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Lugnuts' 4-2 win at Dayton. Year to date: BA -- .192 (20-104), R -- 10, RBI -- 9, 2B -- 2, 3B -- 1, HR -- 0, SB -- 1.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Great Lakes (MWL, Dodgers) -- Started in left field Monday and was 0-for-4 in the Loons' 6-3 loss at Lake County. Scott leads the league in triples (5). Year to date: BA -- .234 (34-145), R -- 19, RBI -- 22, 2B -- 9, 3B -- 5, HR -- 3, SB -- 2.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct.19 Friday, Oct. 24
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

HSFB: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 HSFB: Waterloo West at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
WSOC: Mount Mercy 3, Grace 1 HSFB: Marion at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
MSOC: Mount Mercy 17, Grace 0 HSFB: Washington at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 HSFB: Ottumwa at Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
HSVB: Wamac Tournament: Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0; Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 HSFB: Springville at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
HSVB: Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Washington 0 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Xavier 0 Saturday, Oct. 25
HSVB: Iowa City West 3, Prairie 0 CFB: Central at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Central City 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0 USHL: Sioux Falls at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
CVB: Coe 3, Central 1 CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central Tournament
MSOC: Wisconsin-Platteville 1, Coe 0 CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Whitewater Tournament

CVB: Mount Mercy at Clinton Tournament, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 WSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 4:30 p.m.
CVB: Indian Hills 3, Kirkwood 1 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 5 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, AIB 1 MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.
WSOC: Coe 1, Clarke 0 WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 7 p.m.

M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitational, 11 a.m
Thursday, Oct. 23
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Marshalltown Sunday, Oct. 26
B/GCC: 4A Regional at Cedar Falls No events scheduled
B/GCC: 3A Regional at Solon
B/GCC: 3A Regional at West Delaware
HSVB: Marion 3, Iowa City High 2



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