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Cold Cougars fall to PV at state

DES MOINES - You could sense the Kennedy Cougars might be in trouble at the state basketball tournament Wednesday night when Pleasant Valley put an imposing starting lineup on the floor that stood 6-foot-7, 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-5.

All four of those Spartans were taller than Kennedy's tallest starter.

You also could sense the Cougars might be in trouble when they kept clanking their 3-pointers on their way to a dreadful 3-for-20 performance from long range.


Saints top Pella for historic win

DES MOINES - Adam McDermott had a great time watching his cousin Doug McDermott help Ames High School win the state basketball title in 2010 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Now he'd like to help Xavier High School do the same thing.

McDermott cashed 15 of 16 free throws and scored 24 points Tuesday night as the Saints held off Pella, 65-61, in the opening round of the Class 3A tournament.

It was the first victory at the boys state basketball tournament in school history for Xavier, which opened its doors in 1998 and lost in the first round here in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Xavier (17-8) will play Dubuque Wahlert (16-9) in the semifinals Thursday night at 8:15.


Matos finds new home at Mount Mercy

Ian Matos sat on a comfortable chair in the University Commons building at Mount Mercy last Wednesday, eating a vanilla ice cream cone and waiting with his teammates for the NAIA Selection Show to begin on television.

He blended in nicely with the rest of the Mount Mercy basketball players and looked entirely at home, but when he was growing up in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil he could not have found Iowa on a map if you had spotted him the "I" and the "A".

"Oh, never," he said with a friendly smile.

Now he's not sure he wants to leave.

Matos, 24, is a member of the Mount Mercy team that will play in the NAIA national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo., beginning this Thursday night. He plans to get his degrees in outdoor conservation and business this fall and is thinking about applying for a work permit so he can stay in the U.S. and get a job.


Saints eye Wahlert in 3A semifinals

DES MOINES - The Xavier Saints defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 78-74, in the final game of the regular season three weeks ago at Xavier.

If the Saints beat the 2014 state champions again Thursday, they'll be playing for the Class 3A state title themselves Saturday night.

Xavier (17-8) and Wahlert (16-9) clash in the 3A semifinals Thursday at 8:15 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Williamsburg (24-1) plays LeMars (21-4) in the other semifinal at 6:35 p.m.

The winners meet Saturday at 6:05 p.m. for the crown.

Xavier had never won a game at the boys state tournament until it held on to defeat Pella, 65-61, Tuesday night in the opening round. Now the Saints have a rematch with Wahlert in the biggest game of the year so far.

Xavier Coach Ryan Luehrsmann predicted three weeks ago that the Saints and Golden Eagles might see each other again in Des Moines. Now it's here.

"I feel great about it," Luehrsmann said Tuesday night. "That means we're in the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament. We're really looking forward to playing them again.


Saints, Cougars could win state titles

The Xavier Saints and Kennedy Cougars could win boys state basketball titles this week in Des Moines if they play well and take advantage of the big 94-foot court at Wells Fargo Arena.

On the other hand, both teams could lose in the first round if they get stage fright and kick it around.

Here's betting it will be a fun week in Des Moines for Xavier and Kennedy, which have more in common than simply a campus that borders 42nd Street NE in Cedar Rapids.

The Saints and Cougars are mirror-images of each other in many ways.

Both teams have balanced attacks with lots of explosive players who are capable of scoring 20 points in a ballgame (and have).


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, March 22 Friday, March 27
CBSB: Kirkwood 6-5, DMACC 1-2 USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders
CSB: Kirkwood 13-11, Iowa Central 0-1 CBSB: Loras 7-5, Coe 2-10
WTEN: Coe 5, Augustana 4; Coe 9, St. Ambrose 0 CSB: Kirkwood 15, St. Cloud Tech 0, Kirkwood 11, Ridgewater 0
M/WTRK: Coe at Washington Invitational at St. Louis
Monday, March 23 Saturday, March 28
CSB: Auburn-Montgomery 16-8, Mount Mercy 3-0 USHL: RoughRiders at Dubuque, 7:05 p.m.
WGLF: Mount Mercy at Iowa Intercollegiate Tourney at Moravia BTRK: Jefferson hosts John Ask Relays, Kingston Stadium, 10 a.m.

BTRK: Marion at Iowa City Invitational

Tuesday, March 24

M/WTRK: Coe at Washington Invitational at St. Louis
BTRK: Kennedy, Jefferson, Washington at Waterloo West Invitational, cancelled CBB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central (2), 1 p.m.
GTRK: Xavier, Washington at Iowa City Invitational, ppd to 3/25 CBB: Loras at Coe (2), 1 p.m.
CSB: Mount Mercy 6, Faulkner 5; Faulkner 6, Mount Mercy 2 CBB: Mount Mercy at Ashford (2), 1 p.m.
CSB: St. Ambrose JV at Kirkwood (2), cancelled CSB: NIACC at Kirkwood (2), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 CSB: Coe vs. Ripon 11 a.m.; Coe vs. Augustana, Ill, 1 p.m. (Both games at Rock Island, Ill.)
GTRK: Washington at Iowa City Invitational MTEN: Luther at Coe, 1 p.m.
CSB:Kirkwood 18, Ellsworth 1; Kirkwood 23, Ellsworth 1
CSB: Coe at Cornell (2), ppd to April 1 Sunday, March 29
CSB:Mobile 12, Mount Mercy 4; Mobile 8, Mount Mercy 1 CBB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central (2), 1 p.m.
CBSB: Mount Mercy at Clarke (2), ppd CBB: Ashford at Mount Mercy (2), 12 p.m.

Thursday, March 26

CSB: Indian Hills at Kirkwood (2), 1 p.m.
BTRK: Prairie, Xavier at Washington (Iowa) Relays, cancelled CSB: Coe vs. Ripon 11 a.m.; Coe vs. Wisconsin-Stout, 1 p.m. (Both games at Rock Island, Ill.)
GTRK: Linn-Mar, Prairie, Washington at Muscatine Invitational CSB: Mount Mercy at Grand View (2), 1 p.m.

CBSB: Kirkwood 14, Cornell JV 4

MGLF: Kirkwood Invitational at Hunter's Ridge, 12 p.m.
CSB: Mount Mercy vs. Spring Hill at Mobile, Ala (2), cancelled, rain






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