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Jefferson girls put clamps on Prairie

Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards speaks so softly that it’s barely above a whisper.

But his J-Hawk girls certainly paid attention to what he had to tell them at halftime Tuesday night as they turned a two-point lead into a 24-point blowout over Prairie in the Jeff gym.

“Coach always tells us to aim for three things,” said junior sparkplug guard Sam Kitterman following the 51-27 runaway win. “Defend, rebound and run.”

Sophomore backcourt running mate Avery Guy repeated the mantra. “He says if we do those three things right, we’ll win games,” she said.

After a sometimes sloppy first half, Jefferson’s girls followed instructions from then on with near perfection. They held Prairie to just five points in the third quarter and kept them from scoring any points at all in the fourth quarter.


Let's hope Paige stays in school

Doug McDermott set a terrific example for college basketball players last season when he postponed his entry into the NBA draft and returned to Creighton for his senior year with the Bluejays.

Let's hope Marcus Paige does the same thing and returns to North Carolina next season for his senior year with the Tar Heels.

McDermott was a first team All-American at Creighton as a junior and undoubtedly would have been a first-round NBA draft pick that year, but he decided to stay in school and wait another year before raking in millions of dollars in the pros with the Chicago Bulls.

McDermott's situation was a little different because he was playing for his father, Greg, at Creighton and had his family to consider, but he made the right choice and stayed in school.

Paige should as well.


This Uthoff is a wrestler for Prairie

If your last name is Uthoff, you can either play basketball during the winter or you can wrestle.

Sam Uthoff is a wrestler for Cedar Rapids Prairie. And he's a darn good one.

"The story that my dad always told me is, if you're tall and a Uthoff you go to Jefferson to play basketball," he said Saturday, "and the Uthoffs that go to Prairie are wrestlers.

"It makes the name sound good when they're both pretty good."

Uthoff upheld the family name Saturday by capturing the 126-pound title at the Independence Invitational with three pins and a decision.


Mustangs turn up defense on Coe

The Mount Mercy Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in their final season in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Coach Paul Gavin admitted his men's basketball team has been playing with a chip on its shoulder and that chip fell squarely on visiting Coe on Saturday afternoon at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy's pesky defense forced 21 turnovers, 12 in the first half. The Kohawks could never get into a consistent offensive flow as the Mustangs raced to a convincing 81-65 victory.

"Our kids have worked awfully hard this year," Gavin said after his team moved to 9-3 with the win. "It was a tough year last year, both personally and privately and they've worked really hard to change the culture here.

"It's been a lot of fun to be with these guys each and every day."


Sheldon brings toughness to Coe wrestling

Coe senior Ryan Sheldon is tough and dedicated to wrestling.

The biggest thing for Sheldon is being tough during the events.

“There’s not a lot of thinking while I wrestle. It’s just a lot of reacting,” he said.

Sheldon, a Kennedy graduate, is ranked No. 4 at 184 pounds at the NCAA Division III level. He has a 9-2 record, with four major decisions and three pins for the fifth-ranked Kohawks.

He won the 184-pound title at the Turkey Open at Coe Nov. 22 and placed third at the Luther Hill Invitational in Indianola Saturday.

Sheldon said wrestlers build their toughness in the workout room and in practices. “You feel like your body doesn't want to go any more so you keep pushing it to get tough,” he remarked.


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, Dec. 21 Friday, Dec. 26
CWRST: Desert Duals: Coe 26, Olivet 9; Concordia College-Moorhead 21, Coe 17; Wisconsin-La Crosse 27, Coe 14 No events scheduled

Monday, Dec. 22 Saturday, Dec. 27
GBB: Kennedy at Fairfield, 7:45 p.m. USHL: Chicago at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
GBB: Marion at Washington (Iowa), 6 p.m. M/W BOWL: Mount Mercy at Quaker Classic (Allentown, Pa.)
BBB: Washington at New Hampton, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Marion at Washington (Iowa), 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28
BSWM: Kennedy at Jefferson, 6 p.m. WBB: Kirkwood vs. Lake Michigan at Peoria, Ill., 2 p.m.
M/W BOWL: Mount Mercy at Quaker Classic (Allentown, Pa.)
Tuesday, Dec. 23
No events scheduled

Wednesday, Dec. 24
No events scheduled

Thursday, Dec. 25
No events scheduled





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