Wednesday, October 22, 2014
WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Indian Hills at Kirkwood .... Mount Mercy at AIB .... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Clarke at Coe
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VanDraska leads Prairie to MVC crown

Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Tysen VanDraska is built to run.

A compact 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds, he has the endurance to run long distances at a fast clip and the speed to finish a 5-kilometer race with a punishing kick that leaves others behind.

VanDraska put his talents to good use Thursday and captured the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet on his home course at Prairie in 15 minutes, 59 seconds for a seven-second victory.

The Prairie Hawks edged Linn-Mar and Cedar Falls for the team championship in a tight three-school battle with VanDraska in first place, Matt Lorenz in fifth place and Jake Moore seventh for Prairie.

VanDraska and Linn-Mar senior Daniel Murphy ran stride-for-stride for much of the race and Murphy nudged in front at the 10-minute mark, but VanDraska was too fast for everyone else when they finished on the Prairie track.


No mistake: KCC volleyball is No.1

Kirkwood sophomore Becca Bell thought somebody in the Student Life department exaggerated a tad Wednesday morning when they were promoting Wednesday night's volleyball match against DMACC and encouraging students to attend.

"They said, 'Come support your No. 1 Eagles.' We thought it was just a mistake," Bell related. "Then someone checked it out and looked and she was like, 'Oh my gosh, they weren't kidding. We're really No. 1.'

"There were smiles all day," said Bell. "It was really exciting."

The top-ranked Eagles were still smiling Wednesday night after they swept No. 8 DMACC, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, at Johnson Hall.

This is the first time Kirkwood has been ranked No. 1 in volleyball during Jill Williams' 10 years as head coach.

"I'll take it," she said happily after the Eagles beat one of their arch-rivals in the ICCAC conference. "We get to enjoy it for a few more hours now."

Kirkwood (23-2, 6-0) climbed from No. 7 to No. 2 in the national rankings last week. The Eagles moved into the top spot after Parkland, last week's No. 1 team, lost to Illinois Central.


Future Cyclones will clash at Prairie

Julian Good-Jones of Cedar Rapids Washington and Bryce Meeker of CedarĀ Rapids Prairie will try to bolster the offensive line when they enroll at Iowa State next year, but first they'll play against other when the top-ranked Warriors and Hawks meet at Prairie Friday night.

Good-Jones, who stands 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, and Meeker, who is 6-5 and 300, play offense and defense for their high school teams, so they could bang heads at John Wall Field.

Good-Jones and the Warriors are 6-0 and ranked No.1 in Class 4A. Prairie is sitting at 3-3 with an up-and-down season.

In other games Friday night, Cedar Falls visits Linn-Mar in a showdown for the Class 4A District 5 lead, Xavier visits Dubuque Wahlert, Jefferson hosts Waterloo West, Kennedy visits Waterloo East, Marion hosts Western Dubuque and Cedar Valley Christian visits West Central.

John Wall Field, 7:15 p.m.
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Washington (6-0, 2-0 4A District 6)
Prairie (3-3, 1-1 4A District 6)

Tavian Patrick leads Washington's powerful running attack with 615 yards on just 54 carries. Fullback Johnny Dobbs has carried the ball 71 times for 402 yards and eight TDs. Quarterback Reid Snitker has passed for only 422 yards, but the Warriors have not needed more of a passing attack yet this year.

Keagan Pinter of Prairie leads Metro rushers with 815 yards on 115 carries and has scored seven times. Quarterback Trey Beckman has been slowed by a concussion, with sophomore Dakota Simonsen filling in. Jalen Rima has caught 23 passes for 302 yards. Jojuan Simpson has 19 grabs for 274 yards.


Chicagoland turns down Mount Mercy

Mount Mercy University will have to keep looking for a new conference for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Chicagoland Athletic Conference has turned down Mount Mercy's application to join the league, ending Mount Mercy's best hope for finding a suitable new affiliation.

"We knew this was a possibility," Mount Mercy athletic director Scot Reisinger said Thursday morning. "We obviously are disappointed by it. But we have some backup plans that we're putting into place now."

Mount Mercy currently belongs to the Midwest Collegiate Conference, but that league will be disbanding after this school year due to a lack of members.

St. Ambrose University will be introduced today as the 15th member of the Chicagoland Conference, according to the Quad City Times. Mount Mercy was hoping to join them, but the Mustangs did not get enough support from current Chicagoland schools.


Warriors flexing muscles in 4A football

The top-ranked Washington Warriors have been winning football games this season with a strong running attack and stingy defense.

Wsahington (6-0) ranks second in Class 4A in rushing offense at 274.3 yards per game and ranks fourth in Class 4A in scoring defense at 9.8 points per game.

Keagan Pinter of Prairie leads all Metro rushers with 815 yards on 115 carries. Tavian Patrick of Washington is second in Metro rushing with 615 yards, but has had only 54 carries. Pinter ranks fifth in Class 4A rushing in the state.

Linn-Mar quarterback Ryan Schmidt is tied for fourth in Class 4A scoring with 11 touchdowns for 66 points. Gunner Lenzen of Washington is tied for first in Class 4A with 29 PAT's.

JoJo Simpson of Prairie leads all Class 4A punters with a 41.7-yard average on 18 punts.


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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 at Kirkwood WSOC: Mount Mercy at William Penn, 5 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy at AIB MSOC: Coe at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.
WSOC: Clarke at Coe 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



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