Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Waukee nips Kennedy at Hunters Ridge

The Waukee Warriors spoiled the day for the Kennedy Cougars and everyone else at the Linn-Mar Invitational golf tournament Monday at Hunters Ridge.

Tripp Kinney of Waukee fired a 3-under-par 69 to claim medalist honors and lead the Warriors to the team championship.

Waukee nipped Kennedy, 305-306, for the title.

Cole Murdock of Kennedy finished second in the individual standings with a2-over 74. The Cougars got a 75 from Conner Koberg and a 76 from Davis Sutton, but all their other golfers shot in the 80's.


There's magic in the air for Kernels

It’s the time of year when baseball teams in the playoff hunt start talking of “magic numbers” – the number of combined wins for your team and losses by your closest competitor that a team needs to clinch a postseason berth.

Before the game on Sunday, the Kernels’ magic number was 11.

After the Kernels generated a bit of ninth-inning magic Sunday, that number is now in single digits at nine with 15 games remaining in the regular season.

The Kernels completed their sweep of the Peoria Chiefs with a walk-off 5-4 win in front of 4,050 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium that featured the winning run scoring on a wild pitch during an attempted intentional walk.

With Logan Wade on third base and Chad Christensen at first, the Chiefs decided to intentionally walk Cedar Rapids cleanup hitter Mitch Garver with the score tied at 4-4.


Indians face tough schedule in 2014

Tony Perkins has been a football coach for more than three decades and he's never seen a rugged schedule like the one Marion has this season.

"From top to bottom, I've never seen anything like it in 31 years," Marion's head coach said last week. "It's a nightmare schedule, and you're going to have to be ready for every game or you're going to get blown off the field."

The schedule got tougher this season when the Xavier Saints moved from Class 4A to 3A and were put in the same district with the Indians after playing for the Class 4A title.

Marion has a non-district game with the Washington Demons, who finished second in the Class 3A playoffs last year with a 12-2 record. And they have a district contest with Solon, which reached the Class 3A semifinals and finished 11-2.

Marion also will face Class 3A playoff teams in its own district with DeWitt Central, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa. There's also a district game against Dubuque Wahlert, which dropped from Class 4A to 3A this year, and non-district dates with Mount Vernon and Cascade.


Meeker, Beckman give Prairie big boost

Bryce Meeker has been a big boy for a long time.

He weighed 260 pounds when he began playing varsity football at Cedar Rapids Prairie as a precocious freshman in 2011, battling older guys and more than holding his own.

He's gained 10 or 15 pounds every year and is now an imposing physical specimen at 300 pounds, ready for his final campaign with the Hawks and a spot with the Iowa State Cyclones next year.

"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling really good," he said this week at practice.

"I'm just taking everything in. Going out and proving something," he said. "Not taking any reps off, not trying to be a kid who commits and then takes a season off.

"I want to go out and prove something. We're still a family and a team out here. Just trying to do everything I can."


Davis Sutton wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Davis Sutton is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Sutton tamed the links at Gates Park in Waterloo Thursday with a sizzling round of 7-under-par 65 to take medalist honors at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet.

Sutton won the meet by four strokes as Kennedy ran away with the team championship.

Sutton is one of the top golfers in the state. He finished sixth at the Class 4A state meet at Hunters Ridge last October to help Kennedy place second in the team standings.

The Cougars are one of the favorites to win the state title this season.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 17 Thursday, Aug. 21
MWL: Kernels 5, Peoria 4 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 18 Friday, Aug. 22
MWL: Kernels 4, Quad Cities 2 MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
BGLF: Linn-Mar Invitational at Hunters Ridge CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Tuesday, Aug 19 CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Robert Morris vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.; Benedictine vs. Mount Mercy, 7 p.m.
MWL: Kernels 5, Quad Cities 3 Saturday, Aug. 23
BGLF: Washington at Blue Top Ridge Invitational MWL: Kernels at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug 20 CVB: Kirkwood at S. Suburban Tourney, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
MWL: Quad Cities at Kernels, 6:35 p.m. CVB: Mount Mercy Invitational: Dakota State vs. Mount Mercy, 9 a.m.; Hannibal-LeGrange vs. Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
MWL: Kernels at Quad Cities, 1:15 p.m.
WSOC: Roosevelt at Mount Mercy, Lower Kingston, 11 a.m.



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