Friday, September 19, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - Pleasant Valley 40, Kennedy 28 .... Washington 43, Linn-Mar 3 .... Solon 21, Marion 7 .... Prairie 13, North Scott 7 .... Xavier 59, DeWitt Central 3 .... Elkader Central at Cedar Valley Christian .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Mount Mercy vs. Benedictine .... Mount Mercy vs. Morningside .... Parkland 3, Kirkwood 1 .... Kirkwood 3, Muskegon 1 .... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Mount Mercy 2, Coe 0 .... MEN'S SOCCER - Coe 2, Purdue Calumet 1 (OT) .... USHL - Waterloo at RoughRiders
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Atwater switches to defense for Coe

Linn-Mar graduate Mark Atwater, the backup quarterback the past two years at Coe, has switched to being part of the defensive team as a linebacker this season.

Atwater suffered from a concussion his freshman year and tore the PCL ligament in his knee as a sophomore. He is back in good health, but said he made the switch to defense partially because of his injury problems.

“I wanted to play as much as I could,” he said.

Atwater's first chance to play defense for the Kohawks will come Saturday in their season opener at Wheaton College.

Atwater, a  physical education major, loves football and wants to make it his career after his playing days are done. “(I want to) get in the coaching world and basically see how high I can get and hopefully be a D1 coach some day,” he said.


No. 9 Lions trim Cougars in marathon

Ellie Anderson loves volleyball so much that she plays the sport 12 months of the year.

She plays sand volleyball, club volleyball, USA volleyball and high school volleyball for the Linn-Mar Lions.

"It's so fun," she said Tuesday night. "It gets me going. I love it.

"I love setting up my teammates," she said. "When they get a kill I go crazy."

Anderson led a balanced attack Tuesday as the ninth-ranked Lions trimmed Kennedy in a five-set marathon, 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10 in a Mississippi Valley Conference match at Linn-Mar.

Anderson, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, was all over the court with her jump serves, digs, assists and kills at the net.


Garver hurt as Kernels drop opener

The Midwest League playoffs have just started, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels are already in deep trouble in their best-of-3 series after the Burlington Bees after losing 2-0 at Veterans Memorial Stadium Wednesday night.

Chih-Wei Hu, their best pitcher, tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday but it wasn't good enough.

The Kernels bullpen, nearly flawless the past two months, gave up two runs and took a rare loss.

Mitch Garver, their MVP and Midwest League all-star, took two nasty foul tips off his mask and could be done for the playoffs with concussion-like symptoms for the second time this summer.

The Kernels will have to defeat the Bees in Burlington Thursday night and Friday night to reach the second round of the playoffs. Right now it does not look good.


Saints, Cougars search for 1st win

There are two intriguing high school football games on tap Thursday night in Week 2 of the regular season.

The Xavier Saints will face Davenport Assumption at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, looking to rebound from a 24-2 loss at Dowling Catholic last week.

The Kennedy Cougars will host the Washington Warriors at Kingston Stadium, hoping to bounce back from a tough 12-9 loss at Iowa City West last week.

The Saints stayed No.1 in Class 3A in the Des Moines Register poll this week despite the loss to Dowling, which is ranked No.1 in Class 4A.

The Washington Warriors remained No.3 in the Class 4A rankings following their 43-26 verdict over Jefferson in the season opener last week.


Thursday, 7:15 p.m.
Brady Street Stadium, Davenport
KMRY-1450 AM (tape delayed after Kernels game)

The rebuilt Saints played well on defense in their 24-2 loss to Dowling on a stormy night in West Des Moines last Friday, holding the high-powered Maroons to just 231 yards and three touchdowns.


Mauer could return to Kernels in 2015

Jake Mauer is a loyal member of the Minnesota Twins organization and will happily return to Cedar Rapids as manager of the Kernels again next season if that's what the Twins want.

"There's a chance," he said. "Without a doubt."

He'd also like to reach the Major Leagues as a coach or manager of the Twins some day, ideally while his brother Joe is still playing for Minnesota.

Mauer, 35, has no control over the situation, other than to handle each assignment to the best of his ability and remain patient. The Minnesota organization thinks highly of him, but so far he's spent nine years in the low minors as a coach and manager.

He's considered an excellent teacher and has done a terrific job with the Kernels the past two years with a 161-117 overall record and two straight trips to the Midwest League playoffs.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 14 Friday, Sept. 19
MGLF: Kirkwood at Clarke Invitational HSFB: Pleasant Valley at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
WGLF: Mount Mercy at Viterbo Invitational HSFB: Washington at Linn-Mar, 7:15 p.m.
MSOC: Illinois Tech 2, Coe 1 (OT) HSFB: Marion at Solon, 7:15 p.m.
WSOC: Coe 2, Illinois Tech 1 (OT) HSFB: North Scott at Prairie, 7:15 p.m.
WTEN: Coe 6, Luther 3 HSFB: Xavier at DeWitt Central, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Elkader Central at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15 BGLF: Cedar Falls Invitational, Beaver Hills, 9 a.m.
BGLF: MVC Division meet, Finkbine B/GCC: Xavier, Marion at Cascade Invitational
BGLF: MVC Division meet, Airport National CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Benedictine, 6:30 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Morningside, 8:30 p.m.
MGLF: Kirkwood at Clarke Invitational CVB: Kirkwood at Parkland Tournament
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Deer Park Classic WSOC: Mount Mercy at Coe, 5 p.m.
WGLF: Coe at Simpson Invitational MSOC: Purdue Calumet at Coe, 3 p.m.
WSOC: Mount Mercy 4, Harris-Stowe 0 WGLF: Coe at Luther Invitational
Tuesday, Sept. 16 WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
HSVB: Jefferson 3, Dubuque Wahlert 2 MTEN: Iowa Conference Tournament at Coe
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Cedar Falls 2 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
HSVB: Prairie 3, Linn-Mar 2 Saturday, Sept. 20
HSVB: Marion 3, Benton 0 CFB: Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Coe, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Washington 3, Waterloo West 0 GSWM: Jefferson Invitational, 10 a.m.
HSVB: Xavier 3, Waterloo East 0 GSWM: Kennedy at Iowa City Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian 3, Prince of Peace 0 HSVB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo Invitational, 9 a.m.
GSWM: Jefferson 107, Waterloo West 70 HSVB: Benton Tournament, 9 a.m.
GSWM: Kennedy 125.5 Washington 59.5 HSVB: Bellevue Marquette Tournament, 9 a.m.
GSWM: Linn-Mar 127, Dubuque Wahlert 59 G/BCC: Heartland Classic at Ames, 10 sa.m.
WSOC: Grinnell 4, Coe 1 CVB: Kirkwood at Parkland Tournament
MSOC: Mount Mercy 2, Dordt 1 (OT) CVB: Mount Mercy vs. Grace, 1 p.m.; Mount Mercy vs. Benedictine, 3 p.m.
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Deer Park Classic M/WCC: Coe at Gil Dodds Invitational, 10:45 a.m.

WGLF: Coe at Luther Invitational
Wednesday, Sept. 17 WGLF: Mount Mercy at Clarke Invitational
CVB: Coe 3, Dubuque 0 MGLF: Coe at Dubuque Invitational
CVB: Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0 MTEN: Iowa Conference Tournament at Coe
WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
Thursday, Sept. 18 MSOC: Judson at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
HSFB: Jefferson 62, Davenport West 0 WSOC: Purdue Calumet at Mount Mercy, 4:30 p.m.
B/GCC: Cedar Falls Invitational USHL: RoughRiders at Dubuque, 7:05 p.m.
HSVB: Easton Valley 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0

Sunday, Sept. 21
MGLF: Coe at Dubuque Invitational
WTEN: Coe at ITA Midwest Regional
MSOC: Cornell at Coe, 2 p.m.



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