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Kennedy claims CRANDIC golf tourney

IOWA CITY - The Kennedy Cougars flexed their muscles at the annual CRANDIC golf tournament at Pleasant Valley in Iowa City Tuesday.

The Cougars claimed four of the top seven spots in the individual standings and won the team championship with a four-man score of 292.

Davis Sutton of Kennedy was the medalist with a 1-under-par 71. Tanner Stewart placed second with a 72, Cole Murdock tied for fifth with a 74 and Conner Koberg placed seventh with a 75 for Kennedy.

The Cougars won the meet by 11 shots over Washington.


State bowling meet expands to 3 classes

The boys and girls high school state bowling tournaments will expand to three classes effective this winter.

The action was approved by the Iowa High School Athletic Association Board of Control in August and by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Board of Directors Tuesday.

The new three-class format accounts for the growth in the sport, which has increased from 84 schools in 2010, the first year of the meet, to an expected 102 this winter. It also allows the organizations to stage the tournament separately for each class, thus allowing for the expanding number of spectators.

The girls originally sanctioned bowling in 2006 with 53 schools.

Under the new format, the top 28 schools based on enrollment will form Class 3A; the next 28 will be in Class 2A with the remaining schools forming Class 1A. Under the two-class structure, participating schools with an enrollment of 800 or more were in Class 2A with the remainder being assigned to Class 1A.


Fort Myers wins Florida State League title

In his first playoff game, Twins prospect Jason Kanzler delivered a game-tying grand slam for Fort Myers. In his last, he managed to deliver an even bigger blow.

The 24-year-old outfielder drove a go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning and Fort Myers held on to beat Daytona, 4-2, in Game 4 to win the Florida State League championship.

"It's surreal," said Kanzler, one of may former Cedar Rapids Kernels on the club. "Winning a championship is amazing. It's an amazing feeling. Everyone on this team is all fired up. It's indescribable."

The title is the first for Fort Myers in its 22-year history, and also the first for second-year manager Doug Mientkiewicz. The 12-year Major Leaguer made the final out when the Miracle lost to the Cubs in the 1995 Florida State League Championship Series, Mientkiewicz's first season as a pro player.

"I lingered on that for a long time," Mientkiewicz said. "To get my first Minor League championship means the world."


Big Ten football, Christensen, J-Hawk ads

Somebody needs to conduct a serious analysis of what's happened to Big Ten football.

With all the attention paid to Maryland and Rutgers joining the league and the expanded Big Ten "footprint," there doesn't seem to be much attention being paid to the quality of the product on the field.

Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan all lost non-conference games Saturday. They all lost to quality opponents, but they were losses nonetheless. Ohio State fell to Virginia Tech, Michigan State lost to Oregon and Michigan got embarrassed by Notre Dame, 31-0.

Northwestern lost to Northern Illinois, a good program from the MAC, and the Iowa Hawkeyes nearly lost to Ball State, just a week after the Hawkeyes struggled to beat Northern Iowa.

A week ago, Wisconsin lost to LSU.

Michigan State is the highest-ranked team from the Big Ten in the AP poll this week at No. 13, which tells you what voters around the country think of the once-proud conference.


Kane County KO's Kernels from playoffs

GENEVA, Ill. - John Curtiss faced a lot of high-pressure situations on the mound during his days as the closer for the Texas Longhorns, but he never faced a situation as unique as what he faced Sunday night in Geneva, Ill.

Curtiss made his Midwest League debut Sunday after being called up to join the Kernels on Saturday.

He threw five shutout innings for Cedar Rapids, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Kernels’ season going as they fell, 4-2, to the Kane County Cougars in a back-and-forth ballgame before 1,239 fans at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Curtiss spent his spring with the Longhorns and his summer in Elizabethton with the Twins’ rookie level team in the Appalachian League after Minnesota made him its sixth-round pick in the June draft. But with the Kernels’ starting pitching corps running thin, Curtiss got the word he needed to board a plane to Cedar Rapids on Saturday morning and by Sunday night he was starting a game the Kernels needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

All Curtiss did was throw five innings of one-hit baseball at the team with the Midwest League’s best record. He did not give up a hit until the fifth inning, though he did walk a pair and gave up a couple of warning-track sized fly balls.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 21 Friday, Sept. 26
MGLF: Coe at Dubuque Invitational HSFB: Waterloo East at Linn-Mar, 7:15 p.m.
WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional HSFB: DeWitt Central at Marion, 7:15 p.m.
MSOC: Coe 4, Cornell 0 HSFB: Prairie at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.
WGLF: Mount Mercy at Clarke Fall Invitational HSFB: Muscatine at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22 HSFB: Maquoketa at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Quad at Pleasant Valley HSFB: Cedar Valley Christian at Lansing Kee, 7 p.m.
BGLF: MVC Triangular at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at Overland Park, Kan.
BGLF: MVC Triangular at Pheasant Ridge CVB: Coe, Mount Mercy at Dubuque Tournament

MGLF: Kirkwood at AIB Invitational, Lake Panorama
Tuesday, Sept. 23 WGLF: Iowa Conference Meet at Cedar Falls
HSVB: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 7 p.m. MTEN: Coe at ITA Regional, St. Peter, Minn.
HSVB: Iowa City West at Kennedy, 7 p.m. W/MCC: Mount Mercy at Augustana Invitational
HSVB: Marion at Clear Creek-Amana, 6 p.m.
HSVB: Prairie at Washington, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27
HSVB: Iowa City High at Xavier, 5:30 p.m. USHL: Dubuque at Cedar Rapids, 7:05 p.m.
HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian at Bellevue Marquette, 6 p.m. GSWM: Kennedy Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
GSWM: Jefferson at Cedar Falls, 6 p.m. GSWM: Linn-Mar Invitational, 10 a.m.
GSWM: Waterloo West at Kennedy, 6 p.m. GSWM: Washington at DM Lincoln Invitational, 11:30 a.m.
GSWM: Williamsburg at Washington, 6 p.m. G/BCC: Jefferson at Anamosa Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
G/BCC: Marion at Center-Point Urbana, 5 p.m. G/BCC: Linn-Mar at Aurora Central Invitational, 9 a.m.
CVB: Buena Vista at Coe, 7 :30 p.m. GCC: Marion at Independence Invitational, 9:10 a.m.
MGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational, Blue Top Ridge, 8 a.m. HSVB: Kennedy, Xavier at Dubuque Senior Invitational, 9 a.m.

HSVB: Linn-Mar at Monticello Tournament, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24 HSVB: Prairie, Washington at Cedar Falls Invitational, 9 a.m.
CVB: Clinton at Kirkwood, 6:30 p.m. CVB: Coe, Mount Mercy at Dubuque Tournament
CVB: William Penn at Mount Mercy, 7 p.m. MGLF: Kirkwood at AIB Invitational, Lake Panorama
WSOC: Coe at Blackburn, 2 p.m. WGLF: Iowa Conference Meet at Cedar Falls
MSOC: Upper Iowa at Mount Mercy, 5 p.m. WSOC: Luther at Coe, 5 p.m.
WTEN: Wartburg at Coe, 3:30 p.m. WSOC: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.

MSOC: Luther at Coe, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25 MSOC: Clarke at Mount Mercy, 3 p.m.
HSFB: Kennedy at Jefferson, 7:15 p.m. MTEN: Coe at ITA Regional, St. Peter, Minn.
G/BCC: Eastern Iowa Classic, Dubuque, 4:30 p.m.
GSWM: Linn-Mar at Dubuque Senior, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28
GSWM: Marshalltown at Washington, 6 p.m. MGLF: Mount Mercy at Ashford Invitational, 12:30 p.m.
HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian at East Buchanan, 6 p.m. MTEN: Coe at ITA Regional, St. Peter, Minn.
WTEN: Dubuque at Coe, 3 p.m.; Loras at Coe, 6 p.m.



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