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Kohawks facing Drake in exhibition game

The Coe men's basketball team finished with an 11-15 record last season, but the Kohawks were not far away from doing much better than that.

The Kohawks were outscored by a slim margin, 72.9 to 71.6, and they lost the rebounding battle by a small differential of 35.3 to 34.2 per game. The Kohawks had fewer turnovers than their opponents, more steals and just as many assists.

"It seems like we became the kind of the two-possession losses. And our guys are well-aware of that," third-year coach Bryan Martin said Friday. "These guys are hungry for success this year. They're motivated by last year.

"Our league is that way," he remarked. "It comes down to a couple of possessions almost every game."

Coe will face the Drake Bulldogs in an exhibition game Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, pitting an NCAA Division III team from the Iowa Conference against an NCAA Division I club from the Missouri Valley Conference. Martin plans to use the media timeouts to his advantage and break the game into 10 four-minute segments.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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: Kennedy 2,992, Washington 2,575 GBB: Johnston at Xavier, 2:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Kennedy 2,324, Washington 2,300 GBB: Jefferson at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25 GBB: Linn-Mar at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
GBB: Xavier 58, Decorah 41 BOYS BASKETBALL HALL OF PRIDE CHALLENGE
GBB: North Scott 57, Jefferson 42 AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy 77, Davenport Central 32 Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar 56, Waterloo East 19 Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: Marion 50, DeWitt Central 28 Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Muscatine 63, Prairie 57 Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 65, Central City 27 MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy Jamboree: Jefferson 34, Center Point-Urbana 30; Washington 46, Benton Community 26; Iowa City West 65, Solon 31; Xavier 36, Vinton- Shellsburg 19; Kennedy 49, Mount Vernon 31  MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,044, Prairie 2,772
BBOWL: Marion 2,913, DeWitt Central 2,782 Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier 2,881, Iowa City West 2,843 WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
BBOWL: Jefferson 3,398, Iowa City High 2,494
GBOWL: Prairie 2,635, Linn-Mar 2,605
GBOWL: DeWitt Central 2,327, Marion 2,156
GBOWL: Iowa City West 2,056, Xavier 1,786
GBOWL: Iowa City High 2,524, Jefferson 2,466
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington
WBB: Coe 78, Elmhurst 72
WBB: Simpson 77, Mount Mercy 61
WBB: Kirkwood 79, South Australia 59
MBB: Kirkwood 85, Coe JV 55
Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Lincoln 3 (shootout)


Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Waterloo 1































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