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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Metro Sports Report

Reflections on top stories in girls basketball

We're not supposed to root for the athletes and teams we cover for the Metro Sports Report, but it's only natural to feel a special tug for the local kids who work so hard.

In particular, I was looking forward to following two story angles as the girls basketball season unfolded this year. I was looking forward to seeing Shelby Hembera of Cedar Valley Christian become only the sixth player in state history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career, and I was looking forward to seeing Amanda Ollinger help Cedar Rapids Jefferson have a winning season and perhaps reach the state tournament.

Neither happened. Or will.

Hembera suffered a severe ankle injury in January and finished her remarkable one-girl show at Cedar Valley with 1,859 points and 893 rebounds, among the best ever in Metro 5-on-5 history. The Huskies were riding high with a 7-3 record when Hembera got hurt, but they managed to win only one more game without her and the season ended quietly with the lanky senior on the bench.


Wenger claims state title at 138

DES MOINES - Josh Wenger got tired of having to settle for fourth place at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament.

This time the Cedar Rapids Prairie star made it all the way to the top.

Wenger defeated top-ranked Dan Kelly of Cedar Falls, 8-2, to win the 138-pound championship Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Jarod Cadena of Prairie (182) and Dalton Kuehl of Jefferson (285) lost in the finals.

Wenger finished fourth at the state tournament each year as a freshman, sophomore and junior, but he finished his career in style by dominating Kelly in a battle of Mississippi Valley Conference grapplers.


No. 8 Saints sail by No. 14 Panthers

It’s the time of year when the Xavier girls seem to be fully in their state tournament frame of mind.

“Rotation, rotation,” yelled hardly-ever-satisfied Coach Tom Lilly at the start of the second quarter Saturday night in a Class 4A regional semifinal against visiting Mount Pleasant.

The Saints were up 18-2 at the time.

Junior sharpshooter McKenna Andersen promptly drilled three straight 3-pointers from the same spot in the left corner in a span of just two minutes.

“We just stuck to our game plan,” she said afterward. “And my teammates got me the ball in an open spot.”


No. 9 Eagles rally by Southwestern

The Kirkwood Eagles struggled for much of their game Saturday and trailed Southwestern 39-33 with 14 minutes left at Johnson Hall.

At that point, few Kirkwood fans would have bet the ninth-ranked Eagles would win by 17 points.

"I wouldn't either," said Coach Bryan Petersen.

They found a way, however.

Ajay Lawton popped in all 15 of his points in the second half and Ron Singleton set the tone on defense as Kirkwood rallied for a 70-53 victory in an ICCAC conference game.

Kirkwood used a 12-0 run to grab a 45-39 lead on a 3-pointer by Lawson and the Eagles kept motoring from there, belting the visitors from Creston by a 37-14 margin in the final 14 minutes.


No.13 Mustangs roll to 24th win

The 13th-ranked Mount Mercy Mustangs raced to a 23-point lead in the first half Saturday and dunked Grand View, 77-62, to finish the regular season with a 24-4 record.

Mount Mercy captured the Midwest Collegiate Conference title by three games with an 11-1 record and will host a semifinal game in the conference tournament Friday at 7 p.m.

James Boonstoppel popped in four 3-pointers and led the Mustangs with 22 points at the Hennessey Recreation Center. Dondre Osborne collected 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Kyle Lamaah posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Mount Mercy cashed 33 of 48 free throws.


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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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