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Coe aiming for IIAC tourney crown

Coe College has been a member of the Iowa Conference since 1997, and in all that time the Kohawks have never won the conference volleyball tournament despite having some strong teams.

They hope to change all that Saturday night.

The Kohawks marched into the IIAC tournament finals with a convincing 25-17, 25-13, 25-19 victory over Central College in the semifinals Thursday night at Eby Fieldhouse.

Coe (27-8) will host Buena Vista (25-10) for the title Saturday at 7 p.m., with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III postseason tournament.

"It will be fun," said senior Alissa Wittenburg. "We're going to bring everything we have. All four years we've been working for this."

The Kohawks won the Iowa Conference regular-season title this season with a perfect 7-0 league record. They reached the tournament finals last year, but lost to Wartburg on the road.


Warriors, Saints look to keep rolling

The Cedar Rapids Washington football team is loaded with lots of good players.

Everywhere you look - offense, defense, special teams - there's a talented player is a little bigger, stronger and faster than the other guy on the other team.

It's one of the reasons the top-ranked Warriors are 11-0 and favored to defeat Iowa City West (7-4) in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs Friday night at Kingston Stadium (7 p.m., KGYM).

The Xavier Saints (8-3) are not quite as loaded with talented athletes this year as they were the last two seasons when they reached the championship game of the Class 4A playoffs, but they've enjoyed another good year and will try to keep advancing when they host sixth-ranked West Delaware (10-1) in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Saints Field (7 p.m., KMRY).

Washington and Xavier are the only two Metro teams still kicking as we move toward the final stages of the 2014 playoffs.

Remarkably, 14 different players have scored touchdowns for the Warriors this season. They do not have a 1,000-yard rusher (yet) or a 1,000-yard passer, but they have plenty of weapons, a powerful running attack and a stout defense.

Washington blanked Iowa City West, 28-0, in Game 3 of the season Sept. 12, holding the Trojans to 101 yards through the air and 99 on the ground. The trick Friday night will be keeping Iowa City West quarterback Aaron Bleil under wraps.


Marion saved day for state volleyball

If you've never attended the state volleyball tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center, do yourself a favor and stop by next week.

You'll be glad you did.

You do not have to be a volleyball fan to enjoy the tournament. You don't even have to know the teams, although watching the Marion Indians will be an added bonus.

If you like sports and competition, you'll enjoy the state volleyball tournament for its sheer athletic excellence. The jumping ability and reflexes of these girls is a pleasure to behold.

I remember the first time I was assigned to cover the state tournament. Volleyball, I remember thinking? You've got to be kidding. That's something you play at family picnics.

I went to the U.S. Cellular Center, kicking and screaming, and actually enjoyed myself. It's a remarkable sport with some truly remarkable athletes.

The tournament will be held next Tuesday through Friday, with all five championship matches scheduled for Friday. That would be a great day to camp out in downtown Cedar Rapids.


Marion cruises to 4A state tourney

MAQUOKETA - Roxanne Paulsen has been operating a successful volleyball program at Marion High School for many years and won a state title in 2008, but none of the players on this year's team had ever played in the state tournament when the season began.

That changed Tuesday night.

The third-ranked Indians dominated DeWitt Central, 25-13, 25-13, 25-18, in the Class 4A regional finals and claimed the school's first trip to the state tournament since 2009.

Marion (33-7) will face Charles City (41-4) in the quarterfinals of the state meet next Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids at 4 p.m. on Court 2.

"It's been five years," Paulsen noted. "None of these girls were part of the high school squad the last time we went, so it was nice to be able to do it tonight.



Prairie spiked by Iowa City High

Spirited students from both Iowa City High and Prairie packed the south stands of the Linn-Mar gym Tuesday night, cheering on their schools’ volleyball teams in a Class 5A regional and trying hard to out-yell the other side.

Except for the fact that the Little Hawks brought with them a 6-foot tall Big Bird mascot, the outcome of the dueling students section seemed to be a draw.

Would that the match on the floor been equally close as eighth-ranked City High (24-10) dominated Prairie (23-14) in three sets and punched its ticket to next week’s state tournament in Cedar Rapids.

The up-and-coming Prairie girls took a short-lived 12-11 lead in the first game but ended up losing, 25-20. They didn’t lead again until briefly at 3-2 in the third game but lost that one as well, 25-19.

In between, the young and vastly improving Little Hawks led all the way in game two as they coasted 25-14.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday,Nov. 23 Friday, Nov. 28
No events scheduled MBB: Mount Mercy vs. Dakota State at Midland Tourney (Fremont, Neb.), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Monday, Nov. 24 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
BBOWL: Washington at Kennedy (CR Bowling Center), 3:45 p.m. GBB: Johnston at Xavier, 2:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Washington at Kennedy (CR Bowling Center), 3:45 p.m. GBB: Jefferson at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25 GBB: Linn-Mar at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
GBB: North Scott at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy at Davenport Central, 7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m. Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: DeWitt Central at Marion, 7:30 p.m. Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Prairie at Muscatine, 7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Central City, 7 p.m. MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m. MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
BBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m. WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
GBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m.
GBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m.
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington, 5 p.m.
WBB: South Australia at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m.
WBB: Elmhurst at Coe, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Simpson, 7 p.m.
MBB: Coe JV at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.



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