Wednesday, October 01, 2014
WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD: COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Loras 0 ..... Viterbo 3, Mount Mercy 0 ..... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Central 3, Coe 2
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Slezak finds new home with Kohawks

Coe College junior Ben Slezak is easy to spot on a football field.

At 341 pounds, he's easily one of the biggest players on the gridiron.

He's also easy to spot off the field, with his long hair and thick, bushy beard.

Slezak, who graduated from Xavier High School in 2011, is starting at right tackle on a rebuilt offensive line for the Kohawks. He was one of their top blockers Saturday in a 37-21 loss to Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Clark Field.

Slezak attended Southwest Minnesota State for two years before deciding to come back home.

“Then I went to Coe," he said Saturday. "I kind of lost some credits when I transferred, so I have another year.”

Coe's offensive line suffered heavy graduation losses from last year, so they've had to put new pieces in place this season.

“It’s tough,” Slezak said. “We’ve got some good guys ... We’ve just been working hard.


No. 2 Warriors belt No. 9 Lions, 43-3

O'Rien Vance had a block party Friday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.

The rangy Cedar Rapids Washington linebacker may have been unknown before the No. 2 Warriors' showdown with No. 9 Linn-Mar. On a team loaded with NCAA Division I-caliber players, Vance showed the overflow crowd he is a star in the making.

Vance blocked a pair of punts that were both scooped up by teammates for touchdowns and the Warriors kept the Linn-Mar offense in check en route to an impressive 43-3 non-district victory.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was also all over the field on defense, making life miserable for Lions quarterback Ryan Schmidt.


Simonsen's gutsy call lifts Prairie

Dakota Simonsen, a sophomore with absolutely no varsity experience, was minding his own business on the sideline Friday night when Cedar Rapids Prairie quarterback Trey Beckman was injured late in the third quarter and had to leave the game against North Scott.

Prairie Coach Mike Morrissey sent Simonsen into the game against the No.7 Lancers with the score tied, 7-7, and all the fans hooting and hollering.

"At first I was thinking, 'Oh crap,'" Simonsen confessed later. "I was nervous. First varsity game. Homecoming. And they're one of the better teams in the state."

Simonsen took a deep breath and made a gutsy call that resulted in the winning touchdown as Prairie topped North Scott, 13-7.



No.1 Saints demolish DeWitt Central

DeWITT – Follow the train.

Cedar Rapids Xavier return man Sean Murphy says all he had to do to find the end zone on his dazzling 96- and 89-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns Friday night was follow the lead of the bevy of Saints blockers clearing and paving the road.

Perhaps only the president had a better security detail Friday as the top-ranked Saints pulverized DeWitt Central, 59-3.

“We got the best work out of our blockers,” Murphy said. “The blockers did all their jobs. I really had the perfect setup.”

For Class 3A opponents, trying to tackle Xavier ballcarriers this fall has been like trying to corral a galloping bull guarded by an army of broncos in a china shop.


Warriors, Lions tangle in 4A showdown

The resurgent Linn-Mar football team has gotten off to a 3-0 start, but the Lions will face their stiffest test of the season Friday night when the No. 2-ranked Washington Warriors invade Linn-Mar Stadium for a Class 4A non-district game.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on KGYM 1600-AM/107.5 FM.

Linn-Mar senior quarterback Ryan Schmidt has rushed for 152 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He also has passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns by hitting 19 of 35 passes.

Speedster Perrion Scott has carried the ball 26 times for 287 yards. He scored three touchdowns in the first quarter last week in an easy win at Clinton.

Logan Benter, a running back and linebacker for the No. 9 Lions, missed last week's game with a leg injury, but is expected back this week.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 28 Friday, Oct. 3
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Ashford Invitational USHL: Muskegon at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
MTEN: Coe at ITA Regional, St. Peter, Minn. HSFB: Marion at Maquoketa, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Ottumwa at Washington, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Western Dubuque at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 HSFB: Midland at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Valley Meet, Ellis Park CVB: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville Tournament
BGLF: MVC Mississippi Meet, Irv Warren WGLF: Coe at Iowa Conference Tournament, Dubuque
MGLF: Coe at Midwest Classic, Wisconsin Dells, ppd rain WTEN: Coe at Iowa Conference Meet, Pella
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Ashford Invitational
WSOC: Culver-Stockton at Mount Mercy, ppd Saturday, Oct. 4
Tuesday, Sept. 30 USHL: Muskegon at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
B/GCC: Iowa City West Invitational CFB: Loras at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Jefferson 1 HSVB: Waverly Shell-Rock Tournament, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Iowa City West 2 HSVB: Waterloo Columbus Tournament, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Marion 3, Independence 0 HSVB: Prairie Invitational, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Iowa City High 3, Prairie 1 GSWM: Cedar Falls Invitational, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Xavier 3, Washington 0 BCC: Clinton Classic, 9:40 a.m.
GSWM: Kennedy 149, Williamsburg 31 CVB: Coe at Wartburg Classic
GSWM: Washington 100, Jefferson 65 WSOC: Coe at Dubuque, 5 p.m.
GSWM: Linn-Mar 104, Iowa City West 82 WSOC: Grand View at Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
MSOC: Central 3, Coe 1 MSOC: Coe at Dubuque, 7:30 p.m.
CVB: Kirkwood 3, Marshalltown 0 MSOC: Grand View at Mount Mercy, 3 p.m.
MGLF: Coe at Midwest Classic, Wisconsin Dells WGLF: Coe at Iowa Conference Tournament, Dubuque
Wednesday, Oct. 1 WTEN: Coe at Iowa Conference Meet, Pella
CVB: Viterbo 3, Mount Mercy 0
CVB: Coe 3, Loras 0 Sunday, Oct. 5
WSOC: Central 3, Coe 2 MGLF: Kirkwood at Eastman Invitational
Thursday, Oct. 2
HSFB: Linn-Mar at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
HSFB: Prairie at Iowa City High, 7:15 p.m.
HSFB: Jefferson at Cedar Falls, 7:45 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Quad at St. Andrews, 3:15 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Quad at Pheasant Ridge, 3:15 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Quad at Gardner, 3:15 p.m.
B/GCC: Western Dubuque Invitational, 5 p.m.
HSVB: Cal-Wheatland at Cedar Valley Christian, 6 p.m.
CVB: Kirkwood at Iowa Lakes, 7 p.m.



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