Sunday, August 30, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MIDWEST LEAGUE: Kane County 6, Kernels 2 (Game 1) ... Kane County 4, Kernels 3 (Game 2) ... PREP FOOTBALL - Washington 27, Jefferson 14 ... Prairie 31, Linn-Mar 17 ... Mount Vernon 37, Marion 14 ... WOMEN'S SOCCER - William Penn 3, Mount Mercy 0 ... MEN'S SOCCER - William Penn 1,Mount Mercy 0 ...
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Jenks featured in Running Times

Stephanie Jenks is a cover girl.

The distance star from Linn-Mar High School is featured in the new edition of Running Times, a magazine devoted to running and everything that goes with it.

Jenks is pictured on the cover of the magazine and is the subject of a two-page article, complete with four more pictures and her training log for a typical week.

The title of the article is "A Balanced Approach," and explains how Jenks used the triathlon to help further her running career. Jenks won the silver medal in the triathlon at the Junior Olympics in China last summer, but she's put the triathlon aside to focus on running.


Pitchers shine for Kernels again

In a series dominated by pitching, the Cedar Rapids Kernels took the rubber game of their three-game showdown with the Kane County Cougars 2-1 Thursday night before 3,135 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels outscored the Cougars, 6-4, in the low-scoring series. Manager Jake Mauer acknowledged the lack of production by his team, but was not complaining about the end result.

"If you’re an offensive lover, there wasn’t very much of that, that’s for sure,” he said. “But we played pretty good defense, especially in the infield.”

Once again, it was the Kernels' pitching that gets primary credit for the win as the Cedar Rapids lineup managed just four hits.

"It was really good to see how our pitching responded. We gave up a lot of home runs, a bunch of runs, on that road trip,” Mauer said. “Coming back home here, obviously, they (Kane County) are one of the better hitting teams in the league.”

Ethan Mildren, reinserted this week into the Cedar Rapids rotation after spending most of the past month in the bullpen, worked the first four innings, giving up just three hits, including a second-inning home run by Monty Herum that accounted for the sole Kane County run.

“Mildren was good, what we hoped,” Mauer said of his starter. “He didn’t back off, kind of used his movement. He’s a guy that’s kind of an innings guy, eat up innings and give you a chance to give the bullpen a rest.”

Kane County is going to be joining the Kernels in the Midwest League playoffs, though the two teams would not meet until the second round. Still, Mauer and his team believe these games against potential playoff opponents are important.


J-Hawks, Nearad honored by Register

Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduates Maddie Hansen and Hannah Towns have been named to the Class 5A all-state softball teams by the Des Moines Register.

Hansen, a catcher, and Towns, an outfielder were named second team all-state in Class 5A.

Taylor Nearad of Solon, who is now a freshman outfielder at Kirkwood, has been named to the Elite All-State Team by the Register. Nearad led the state with 75 RBIs and helped Solon win the Class 3A state title.


Kernels make 3 roster moves

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Minnesota Twins announced Friday that outfielder Max Murphy has been activated from the 7-day disabled list, outfielder Chris Paul has been placed on the 7-day DL with a right shoulder impingement and infielder Blake Schmit has been activated from the 7-day DL and promoted to Fort Myers.

Murphy went on the DL July 19 with a left oblique strain. He has played in 77 games this season, batting .227 with four home runs and 30 RBIs.

Schmit went on the DL June 11 with a left facial fracture after being hit by a pitch against Great Lakes June 10. He played in 18 games for the Kernels and was batting .226 with a home run and 12 RBIs.

Paul joined the Kernels Aug. 9 from Elizabethton and is batting .167.


Metro Players in Pro Baseball

The Metro Sports Report provides regular updates on all the Metro graduates in pro baseball. Here is the report through Thursday, Aug. 20.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (CR Prairie), Oklahoma City, OF, Triple-A, Pacific Coast League (Dodgers): Schebler went 1-for-5 with a double and run scored Thursday in a 9-3 loss to Reno as the leadoff hitter. He is batting .244 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs.

CHAD CHRISTENSEN (CR Washington), Fort Myers, OF, High-A, Florida State League (Twins): Christensen did not play Thursday in a 1-0 victory over Bradenton. He is batting .249 with two homers and 33 RBIs.

JON KELLER (CR Xavier), Bowie, P, Double-A, Eastern League (Orioles): Jon Keller did not pitch Thursday in a 7-3 victory over Trenton. He has a 0-0 record and 0.00 ERA in three innings in Double-A.

MITCH KELLER (CR Xavier), Bristol, P, Rookie, Appalachian League (Pirates): Mitch Keller did not pitch Thursday in a 5-1 loss. He has an 0-1 record and 2.79 ERA.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 23 Friday, Aug. 28
MWL: Clinton 11, Kernels 7 MWL: Kane County at Kernels, ppd to 8/29

HSFB: Washington at Jefferson, ppd to 8/29
Monday, Aug. 24 HSFB: Prairie at Linn-Mar, ppd to 8/29
MWL: Kernels 23, Peoria 3 HSFB: WDM Dowling at Xavier, cancelled
HSFB: Mount Vernon at Marion, ppd to 8/29
Tuesday, Aug. 25 CVB: Kirkwood vs. Southeast CC;  Kirkwood vs. North Dakota State Science (At Norfolk, Neb.)
MWL: Peoria 7, Kernels 4 CVB: Mount Mercy vs. St. Francis; Mount Mercy vs. Trinity Christian (At Palo Heights, Ill.)
GSWM: Newton 105, Linn-Mar 65
GSWM: Kennedy 144, Iowa City High 41 Saturday, Aug. 29
GSWM: Iowa City West 134, Jefferson 50 MWL: Kane County 6, Kernels 2 (Game 1); Kane County 4, Kernels 3 (Game 2)
GSWM: Cedar Falls 123, Washington 63 HSFB: Washington 27, Jefferson 14
CVB: Kirkwood 3, Grand View JV 1 HSFB: Prairie 31, Linn-Mar 17
MSOC: Central Methodist 2, Mount Mercy 1 (2OT) HSFB: Mount Vernon 37, Marion 14
WSOC: Mount Mercy 2, Central Methodist 1 B/GCC: Prairie Invitational
WSOC: William Penn 3, Mount Mercy 0
Wednesday, Aug. 26 MSOC: William Penn 1, Mount Mercy 0
MWL: Peoria 7, Kernels 5 WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational at Hunters Ridge
BGLF: Kennedy, Xavier at Johnston Invitational at Jester Park CVB: Kirkwood vs. Allen County; Kirkwood vs. Fort Scott (At Norfolk, Neb.)
CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Roosevelt; Mount Mercy vs. St. Xavier (At Chicago)
Thursday, Aug. 27
MWL: Kane County 5, Kernels 0 Sunday, Aug. 30
HSFB: Kennedy 34, Iowa City West 31 MWL: Kernels at Peoria, 5 p.m.
HSFB: Cedar Valley Christian 65, Harmony 6 WGLF: Mount Mercy Invitational at Hunters Ridge, 9 a.m.
BGLF: Prairie at MVC meet, The Meadows WSOC: Mount Mercy at Crimson Wave Invitational
BGLF: Kennedy at MVC meet, Dubuque CC MSOC: Mount Mercy at Calumet St. Joseph (Ind.) Tournament
BGLF: Washington, Jefferson at MVC meet, Finkbine
BGLF: Xavier, Linn-Mar at MVC meet, Hunters Ridge
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Janesville 0

HSVB: MVC/MAC Challenge at Prairie: Prairie 2, Pleasant Valley 1, Prairie 2, North Scott 0, Prairie 2, Bettendorf 0, Kennedy 2, Pleasant Valley 0, Kennedy 2, North Scott 0, Bettendorf 2, Kennedy 1


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