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Scott gets his kicks with Saints

It's not unusual for brothers to grab a football and toss it around in the back yard, but the Scott family of Cedar Rapids can form the guts of its own place-kicking team.

Drew Scott, the eldest brother, is a long-snapper for the Kansas State Wildcats in the Big 12 Conference. Shane Scott, the middle brother, is the top place-kicker for the Xavier Saints. And Jack Scott, the youngest brother, is a back-up quarterback for the Saints and certainly capable of being the holder.

Here's the snap ... Here's the placement ... Here's the kick ... It's goooood!

Drew Scott starred at Xavier before heading to Kansas State, where he's a fifth-year senior. Shane Scott, a senior, has made all three of his field goals this season, including a 44-yarder two weeks ago against Decorah. And Jack Scott, a junior, is an important reserve and member of the Scout Team at Xavier.

And if the Scott brothers need any tips, their father Andrew Scott can steer them in the right direction as a former coach at Regis Middle School (and a former player at Regis High School).

"It's neat to have the whole family aspect with the three Scott boys," Xavier Coach Duane Schulte said this week.

Like many football players at Xavier, Shane Scott had to wait his turn to play for the varsity. He was the No. 2 place-kicker last year behind Dallas Klein, who's now playing in college.


Tough schedule fuels Kirkwood volleyball

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team has a simple philosophy when it comes to playing the toughest opponents they can find in weekend tournaments.

Bring 'em on!

The Eagles have compiled a 7-4 record against teams that have been ranked in the national polls this season, including the top-ranked junior college team in Division II (Parkland) and the second-ranked team in Division I (Iowa Western).

Kirkwood whipped four straight ranked teams during a two-day swing in the Kirkwood tournament last month and the Eagles also have faced stiff competition in tournaments at the Wisconsin Dells, Norfolk (Neb.), Champaign (Ill.) and Overland Park (Kan.).

"Just jumping into it 12 years ago when I came here, I learned that if you want to hang with the Joneses you have to go do what the Joneses are doing," Kirkwood Coach Jill Williams said Wednesday night. "That's what the top teams are doing.

"It gives us a good perspective of where we're at."

Kirkwood finished seventh at the national Division II tournament last year and is currently ranked No. 9 in the country.

The Eagles stepped away from tournament competition Wednesday night and swept Southwestern Community College, 25-12, 25-12, 25-19, in a conference match at Johnson Hall to remain undefeated in the league.


3 more players join MSR softball league

Three players in Week 1, three more players in Week 2.

That's the score so far as college softball players begin to register for the Metro Sports Report summer league that will begin operations next year.

Lexi Kinnaird of Kirkwood, Maddy Ryan of Coe and Mallory McArtor of Coe are the three latest players to enroll in the program. They join Tianna Drahn of Northern Iowa, Erin Kuba of Indian Hills Community College and Peyton Baskerville of Mount Mercy.

That makes six players to join the league since we announced the new program just two weeks ago.


Kinnaird, who played at Clear Creek Amana High School, helped the Kirkwood Eagles finish fifth at the junior college national tournament last season as a freshman as one of their star pitchers.

Ryan, who starred at Linn-Mar High School as a pitcher and outfielder, is now a sophomore at Coe. She received all-state honors in high school and is pitching and chasing fly balls for the Kohawks.

McArtor was an all-state shortstop at Mid-Prairie High School and helped the Golden Hawks finish 5th, 3rd, 6th and 5th at the state tournament during her career. She's now a senior at Coe and would like to continue playing after she finishes her career with the Kohawks this spring.

Kuba, who was an all-state third baseman at Cedar Rapids Jefferson, is now a freshman at Indian Hills. Drahn, who was an all-state center fielder at Kennedy, is a freshman at UNI. And Baskerville, who was an all-conference catcher at Kennedy, is a freshman at Mount Mercy.


Stumbling Hawks need repairs in hurry

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Hawkeyes are a college football team with serious defects.

Even the most ardent Iowa fan has to admit that now.

The Hawkeyes stumbled against Northwestern, 38-31, before 67,047 fans at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday when they had trouble protecting C.J. Beathard, had trouble running the football and had trouble stopping the Wildcats when it counted.

Northwestern scored 21 straight points in the second half, turning a 24-17 deficit into a 38-24 lead when Austin Carr caught his third touchdown pass for the Wildcats with 12:06 left in the game.

Northwestern averaged 16.3 points in its first four games for the worst scoring offense in the Big Ten, but the Wildcats got healthy against the leaky Hawks on a damp day in Iowa City.

Northwestern sacked Beathard six times for 42 yards in losses and hurried him into an errant pass that was intercepted with 58 seconds remaining to seal the victory. By contrast, Iowa sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson just once.

Iowa tailbacks LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley combined for only 107 yards on the ground, and Iowa's net rushing total fell to just 79 yards on 41 attempts when the sacks were subtracted.

Meanwhile, Northwestern tailback Justin Jackson carried the ball 26 times for 171 yards all by himself.

The Hawkeyes fell to 3-2 overall for the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten, and this was supposed to have been the "easy" part of the schedule with games against Miami (Ohio), Iowa State, North Dakota State, Rutgers and Northwestern. So much for that.


Easy win is music to Xavier's ears

Zach Barish and Tom Pudil are helping the Xavier Saints play some sweet music this season.

Barish and Pudil are members of the Xavier football team that is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A with a 6-0 record after dismantling Independence, 45-0, Friday night in a district game at Saints Field.

They're also members of the delightful Xavier marching band that performs at halftime during home games, trading their shoulder pads and helmets for musical instruments while their teammates head to the locker room for a break.

On some days they have band practice before school, football practice after school and more band practice after football.

"Some days you get up about 5 and get home about 10," said Pudil, a 230-pound lineman who plays the trumpet. "You just have to make time. You've got to do it all to support your team, both the band group and the football team.

"Sometimes you lose sleep, but you have to do it for the group."

Barish and Pudil helped the Saints roll by Independence, but their weekend performances are hardly finished. They'll both perform in the Five Seasons Invitational marching band contest at Kingston Stadium Saturday afternoon, then they'll put on their dress clothes and play at the homecoming dance Saturday night.


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