Friday, March 06, 2015
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Region XI Tournament Semifinals: Kirkwood 95, Iowa Central 48 ... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Region XI Tournament Semifinals: Kirkwood 86, Southwestern 80 ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Indian Hills 6, Kirkwood 5 ... Kirkwood 4, Dakota Tech 2 (suspended 3rd inning, finish Friday) ...
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Saints clicking at right time of year

It took a long time for the Xavier Saints to rebuild their basketball team this season with Prairie transfer Michael Mims added to the mix in the backcourt.

From the look of things now, they've finally figured it out and could be on a roll toward the Class 3A state tournament.

Mims popped in four 3-pointers Monday night and scored 21 points as the Saints belted Benton Community, 74-44, in the semifinals of the district tournament at Marion High School.

The Saints had an 8-8 record a month ago, but they've won six straight games now and will take a 14-8 mark into the district finals Thursday night against Solon, a 42-32 winner over Marion, at Kennedy.

Mims was an all-conference point guard at Prairie last year, but Xavier already had an accomplished point guard on the club with Mitchell Burger, along with two all-conference wings in Adam McDermott and Calvin Winker.

"It took some time, because last year Mitchell dominated the ball and played point for us," said Xavier Coach Ryan Luehrsmann. "It took awhile, I think, for those two to get on the same page and jell and share the ball.


Prairie Hawks hold off J-Hawks

The Prairie boys escaped an inspired bunch from Jefferson by the skin of their teeth Monday night in opening-round play of the Class 4A substate boys basketball tournament.

And now the Hawks get a second crack at top-ranked and undefeated Iowa City West Friday night on the Trojans' home floor.

“It’ll be a tall task,” acknowledged even-keel Prairie Coach Jeremy Rickertsen in the home team locker room after Monday’s 60-51 nail-biter against Jefferson. “But it’s like we stressed to the guys: You gotta believe.

“If you don’t believe we can beat them, don’t get on the bus.”

Jefferson Coach Brandon Horman had a similar message beforehand for his hard-luck J-Hawks. And they came within a couple of missed shots toward the tail-end of winning just their second game of a disappointing season.


Marion falls short against Solon

Craig Engle sat on a stool after Marion's Class 3A district game against Solon Monday night and slowly unwrapped the brace on his tender left ankle, an ice bag waiting on a table nearby.

The Marion High School star insisted the ankle did not slow him down in the 42-32 loss to the Spartans, but Coach Mike Manderscheid was not entirely sure about that.

"Maybe not quite as explosive, but he hadn't played in two weeks, so that doesn't help," said Manderscheid.

Engle, who averages more than 16 points, was held to only 10 points in the final game of his prep career. He hurt his ankle against Center Point-Urbana and skipped two games before returning against Solon in the postseason tournament.


Mia Laube wins Metro Spotlight Award

Mia Laube of Marion is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Laube is a member of a strong freshman class that has helped Marion High School reach the finals of the Class 4A regional basketball tournament. The 13th-ranked Indians (17-5) will face fifth-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock (22-0) in the regional finals Tuesday night at Vinton, with the winner advancing to the state tournament in Des Moines.

Laube matched her career-high with 21 points Saturday night when Marion defeated West Delaware, 63-48, in the regional semifinals. She also had 21 points earlier this season against Benton Community.


Kuehl, Cadena share Metro Spotlight Award

Dalton Kuehl of Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Jarod Cadena of Prairie are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Kuehl and Cadena both finished second at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines Saturday night, helping their teams to high finishes in the overall standings.

Kuehl, ranked second in the state at 285 pounds, pinned Blake Moser of Iowa City West in the first round in 1:59. He beat eighth-ranked Collin Olson of Ankeny Centennial, 3-1, in the quarterfinals and pinned third-ranked Tyler Clark of Clinton in the semifinals in 2:57.


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, March 1 Friday, March 6
MBB: MCC Tournament Final: Mount Mercy 93, William Penn 76 USHL: Madison at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
CBSB: Kirkwood at Southwestern Illinois (2), cancelled BTRK: Demon Invitational at Cornell, 3 p.m.
CBSB: Mount Mercy at Tabor College (2), cancelled CSB: Kirkwood vs. Marshalltown, 8 a.m.; Kirkwood at Illinois Central, 10 a.m.
CBSB: Coe at Washington U (St. Louis) (2), cancelled CSB: Mount Mercy vs. Bethany, 12 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Graceland, 2 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Baker, 6 p.m. (All games at Wichita, Kan.)

Monday, March 2 Saturday, March 7
BBB: Class 3A Substate Final: Xavier 80, Mount Vernon 64 USHL: Green Bay at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
WBB: MCC Tournament Final: Clarke 56, Mount Mercy 52 MBB: Region XI Tournament Final: Kirkwood at DMACC, 3 p.m.


WBB: Region XI Tournament Final: NIACC at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 3 MTEN: Coe vs. Valparaiso, 10 a.m.; Coe vs. Northwestern College, 2 p.m. (Both matches in Orlando, Fla.)
GBB: Class 4A State Quarterfinals: Harlan 54, Xavier 31 CSB: Coe vs. Saint Scholastica, 11:15 a.m.; Coe vs. Albion, 1:30 p.m. (Both games in Winter Haven, Fla.)
BBB: Class 4A Substate Final: Iowa City West 79, Washington 50 CSB: Mount Mercy vs. Kansas Wesleyan, 10 a.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Bethel, 12 p.m. (Both games at Wichita, Kan.)
BBB: Class 4A Substate Final: Kennedy 58, Linn-Mar 54 CBSB: Coe vs. Milwaukee Engineering at Auburndale, Fla., 8 a.m.
BTRK: Jefferson at Wartburg College Meet CBSB: Mount Mercy vs. Sterling at Lamoni, 2 p.m.; Mount Mercy at Graceland, 4:30 p.m.
GTRK: Prairie at Wartburg College Meet CBSB: Kirkwood vs Jefferson, at St. Charles, Mo. (2), 1 p.m.
MBB: Region XI Tournament: Kirkwood 83, Iowa Lakes 59
WBB: Region XI Tournament: Kirkwood 75, Ellsworth 30 Sunday, March 8

CSB: Coe vs. Illinois Wesleyan, 12:30 p.m.; Coe vs. Carroll, 5 p.m. (Both games in Winter Haven, Fla.)

CBSB: Coe vs. Roger Williams (2) at Winter Haven, Fla., 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4

CBSB: Mount Mercy at Graceland (2), 1 p.m.
No events scheduled CBSB: Kirkwood vs Jefferson, at St. Charles, Mo. (2), 12 p.m.

WTEN: Coe vs. Oglethorpe at Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1 p.m.; Coe vs. St. Mary's at Orlando, Fla., 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 5

MTEN: Coe vs. Oglethorpe at Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1 p.m.
GTRK: Demon Invitational at Cornell
WBB: Region XI Tournament Semifinals: Iowa Central at Kirkwood
MBB: Region XI Tournament Semifinals: Southwestern at Kirkwood
CSB: Indian Hills 6, Kirkwood 5 ... Kirkwood 4, Dakota Tech 2 (suspended 3rd inning, finish Friday)






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