Thursday, October 23, 2014
WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Indian Hills 3, Kirkwood 1 .... Mount Mercy 3, AIB 1 .... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Coe 1, Clarke 0
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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.


Linn-Mar, Marion boys eye state track crowns

The city of Marion could become the state capital for boys track in Iowa next week.

The Linn-Mar Lions and Marion Indians will be taking strong contingents to the state track meet in Des Moines, with the Lions among the favorites in Class 4A and the surging Indians among the top picks in Class 3A.

Linn-Mar has firepower at the top of its lineup and is seeded first or second in seven events. Marion has impressive depth, having qualified in 15 of 18 events, giving the Indians a good chance of finishing near the top of the team standings.


Foreman, J-Hawks face stiff tests at state

Washington senior Brooke Foreman can expect stiff competition next week when she seeks to defend her Class 4A state title in the 400 meter hurdles.

The same holds true for Cedar Rapids Jefferson as the J-Hawks try to claim back-to-back state titles in the 4x200 relay.

Foreman is seeded fourth in the 400 hurdles behind Anne Leners of Pleasant Valley, Sarah Plock of Iowa City High and Jenny Roberts of Ankeny. Leners nipped Foreman for the 400 hurdles title at the Drake Relays and Plock has successfully challenged Foreman in the Mississippi Valley Conference this year despite being a freshman.



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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: Iowa City High at Marion, 7 p.m.



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