Friday, August 29, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MWL - Kane County 3, Kernels 2
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Jordan Even wins Metro Spotlight Award

Xavier senior Jordan Even is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Even captured the Pribyl Rotary junior golf title this past week with a 72-hole score of 297 for a two-stroke victory.

Even played steady golf all week with rounds of 75, 74, 74 and 74 at four different courses, including the final round at Elmcrest Country Club on Friday.

Even competed in the Class 4A state tournament last fall with the Xavier Saints. He hopes to play golf in college, but has not made a decision.

The Class 4A high school golf season begins Thursday with the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at Gates Park in Waterloo.


Burdi gets a save and his jersey (for $500)

Cedar Rapids pitcher Nick Burdi wanted a souvenir of his summer with the Kernels, so he asked his girlfriend to bid on the special Hawaiian jersey he wore during Saturday night's game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

It reportedly cost $500 for his girlfriend to submit the winning bid during the silent auction, but Burdi figured it was worth it.

The 6-foot-5 flamethrower collected his fourth save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning as the Kernels trimmed Kane County, 3-2, before a season-high crowd of 5,570 fans on Jimmy Buffett Night and Hawaiian Jersey Night at the ballpark.

Burdi got the save and the shirt.



Jake ejected, Joe stars, Kernels lose

The Cedar Rapids Kernels did not charge nearly enough money for tickets to Friday night's game at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Jake Mauer got ejected and gave the umpires an earful before he left and his brother Joe got three hits and helped ignite a big rally in the ninth inning.

There were post-game fireworks for the 5,307 fans to enjoy as well, a regular staple at Friday night home games.

The only thing that was missing was a dramatic come-from-behind victory, and the Kernels came darn close to supplying that as well.

Cedar Rapids rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell a run shy against Kane County, 6-5, in a battle for first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League.



Even claims Pribyl golf title

Like a lot of young golfers in Cedar Rapids, Jordan Even admires Zach Johnson and the way he manages a course.

Smart, steady, avoid trouble.

Even borrowed a page from Johnson this week and won the Pribyl Rotary junior championship with another solid round at Elmcrest Country Club Friday.

Even fired rounds this week of 75 at Gardner, 74 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club, 74 at Hunters Ridge and 74 again at Elmcrest to finish at 297 and clip Conner Koberg by two shots.



Kernels tie for top with clutch win

If you like a good pennant race, look no further than the Western Division of the Midwest League.

It doesn't get any tighter than this.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Western Division Thursday night when they rallied for a 4-3 victory in 11 innings over Kane County before 3,347 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Mitch Garver led off the bottom of the 11th by ripping a double to left-center field, then Bryan Haar followed with a double off the left-field wall to drive in pinch-runner Jon Murphy with the winning run.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 24 Thursday, Aug. 28
MWL: Quad Cities 8, Kernels 6 MWL: Kane County 3,  Kernels 2
WSOC: Mount Mercy 5, Roosevelt 4 BGLF: MVC Quad, Jones Park
Monday, Aug. 25 BGLF: MVC Triangular, Pleasant Valley
MWL: Quad Cities 3, Kernels 2 BGLF: MVC Quad, Jones Park
Tuesday, Aug 26 BGLF: MVC Quad, Dubuque Golf & CC
MWL: Kernels 6, Quad Cities 1 HSVB: Kennedy, Prairie at MVC/MAC Challenge
GSWM: Iowa City West 135, Jefferson 51 WSOC: Mount Mercy at Grace (Omaha), ppd
GSWM: Kennedy 124, Iowa City High 59 MSOC: Mount Mercy at Grace (Omaha), ppd
GSWM: Linn-Mar 99, Newton 87 Friday, Aug. 29
GSWM: Cedar Falls 140, Washington 45 MWL: Kane County at Kernels, 6:35 p.m.
MSOC: Mount Mercy 3, St. Francis Ill. 1 FB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 27 FB: Kennedy at Iowa City West, 7:15 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 3 Kane County 2 FB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
BGLF: Kennedy, Xavier at Johnston Invitational FB: Marion at Mount Vernon, 7:15 p.m.
CVB: Kirkwood 3, Ellsworth 0 FB: Xavier at Dowling Catholic, 7:15 p.m.
FB: Cedar Valley Christian at Harmony, 7 p.m.
CVB: Iowa Lakes at Kirkwood, 4 p.m.


CVB: Elmhurst Invitational: Coe vs. Spaulding, 4 p.m.; Coe vs. Westminster, 6 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Roosevelt (Chicago), 6 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Spring Arbor (Chicago), 8 p.m.
WSOC: Illinois College at Coe, 3 p.m.
MSOC: Illinois College at Coe, 5 p.m.
WGLF: Coe at Sail Classic (Cedar Falls), 10 a.m.
WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational, Hunters Ridge, 1 p.m.
M/WCC: Coe at Bill Buxton Invitational (Indianola), 6 p.m.
M/WCC: Mount Mercy Invitational (Seminole Valley Park), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 30
MWL: Kernels at Clinton, 6:30 p.m.
B/GCC: Prairie Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
CVB: Elmhurst Invitational: Coe vs. Lake Forest, 1 p.m.; Coe vs. Elmhurst, 3 p.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy vs, Lourdes (Palos Heights, Ill.), 2 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs, Siena Heights (Palos Heights, Ill), 4 p.m.
WGLF: Coe at Sail Classic (Cedar Falls), 10 a.m.

WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational, Hunters Ridge, 1 p.m.
MSOC: Hannibal-LaGrange at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
WSOC: Holy Cross vs. Mount Mercy, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 31
MWL: Kernels at Clinton, 2 p.m.
MSOC: Coe at Cornell, 2 p.m.


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