Sunday, May 24, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD: MIDWEST LEAGUE - Beloit 7, Kernels 6 (10 innings) ... GIRLS SOCCER - Linn-Mar 2, West Des Moines Valley 1 ... Kennedy 2, West Des Moines Valley 1 ...
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J-Hawks smash record in 4x200 relay

DES MOINES - The Cedar Rapids Jefferson girls trained in the rain. They ran in the snow. They pushed themselves in the weight room. They worked hard in the pool.

It all paid off Friday.

Abbie Ranschau, Jasmine Blue, Morgan Meese and Lucy Schneekloth shattered the all-time record in the 4x200 relay and captured the event for the third straight year at the Class 4A state meet in Des Moines.

Jefferson was clocked in 1 minute, 39.24 seconds, chopping 1.7 seconds off the all-time best that Jefferson set at the state meet in 2013.

"Every single day after school, we're on the track, in the weight room, in the pool," said Jasmine Blue. "We're working hard all the time.

"We want to win," she said. "We want to be the best."

Blue and Schneekloth ran on the 4x200 relay for Jefferson as youngsters in 2013 when they submitted the previous all-time best of 1:40.94. They were determined to go even faster this time and crack 1 minute, 40 seconds.


Lions win medley, lead 4A standings

DES MOINES - Amber Decker has been collapsing after races ever since she began running for Linn-Mar High School as a freshman two years ago.

She collapsed -- and celebrated -- again Friday.

Decker ran the anchor leg as the Lions claimed the distance medley relay at the Class 4A state meet and stayed ahead of the pack in the race for the title.

Decker runs to the point of exhaustion, and sometimes beyond. She spent a few minutes bent over on the track at Drake Stadium on Friday after the medley, got to her feet, walked off the track and then reclined on her back on the field turf while her teammates hovered around.


Scott helps Linn-Mar take 4x200

DES MOINES - Linn-Mar senior Perrion Scott wanted to make a last hurrah at the Class 4A state track meet before heading off to college.

He got it Friday.

Scott ran a sensational anchor leg on the 4x200 relay and led the Lions to victory in a bang-bang finish at Drake Stadium.

Scott seemingly came out of nowhere and leaned across the finish line to give Linn-Mar the victory in 1 minute, 29.13 seconds in one of the closest races in state history.

Ankeny Centennial finished second in 1:29.14 and Cedar Falls was third in 1:29.17, with only four-hundredths of a second separating the top three finishers.

Sean Zimmerman, Tristan Freese and Daniel Gorsich joined Scott on the 4x200 relay.


Kernels knock off Beloit, 7-3

BELOIT, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels climbed 10 games over the .500 mark Friday night with a 7-3 victory over Beloit before 1,168 fans at Pohlman Field.

T.J. White went 3-for-4 for the Kernels to lead an 11-hit attack. Nick Gordon, Trey Vavra and Rainis Silva had two hits. Vavra and Max Murphy drove in two runs. Gordon scored three runs.

Cedar Rapids raised its record to 26-16 with the victory.

Randy LeBlanc (4-0) was the winning pitcher with three innings of shutout ball in relief. Kernels started Jared Wilson allowed two runs in five innings.


Kirkwood men finish 6th at nationals

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The Kirkwood men’s golf team finished in sixth place with 1,171 strokes in the NJCAA Division II national tournament Friday.

South Mountain Community College of Arizona won the tournament with 1,122 strokes, 30-under par in the 72-hole tournament.

The Eagles shot 296 strokes in Friday’s final round and finished 19-over par for the tournament. Carson Whittington fired a 70 on Friday for a 290 total and finished tied for 27th overall.



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Metro Schedule

Sunday, May 17 Friday, May 22
MWL: Quad Cities 6, Kernels 5 MWL: Kernels 7, Beloit 3
CBB: NCAA Division III Regional Title Games at LaCrosse, Wis.,: Wisconsin-La Crosse 5, Coe 4; Wisconsin-La Crosse 15, Coe 4 BTRK: State Track Meet at Des Moines

GTRK: Jefferson sets 4x200 record at Des Moines
Monday, May 18 GTRK: Linn-Mar leads team standings
MWL: Kernels 7-0,  Peoria 3-1 GSOC: Kennedy, Linn-Mar in WDM Valley Tournament: Linn-Mar 3, Waukee 1
GGLF: Kennedy Invitational at Ellis Park GSOC: Marion 5, West Delaware 0
GTEN: 2A Regional: Linn-Mar 5, Dubuque Senior 0 MGLF: Kirkwood in NJCAA Tournament at Scottsboro, Ala.

Saturday, May 23

Tuesday, May 19

MWL: Beloit 7, Kernels 6 (10 innings)
MWL: Peoria 7, Kernels 5 BTRK: State Track Meet at Des Moines
GGLF: Washington, Jefferson at Prairie (Airport) GTRK: State Track Meet at Des Moines
BSOC: Xavier 7, Prairie 1 GSOC: Kennedy 2, WDM Valley 1; Linn-Mar 2, WDM Valley 1
BSOC: Cedar Falls 2, Kennedy 1 HSSB: Dubuque Senior at Jefferson
BSOC: Linn-Mar 7, Dubuque Senior 0
BSOC: Washington 4, Jefferson 1 GIRLS REGIONAL TENNIS
BSOC: Marion 4, Maquoketa 1 1A: Xavier vs. Pella at Iowa City
GSOC: Washington 1, Jefferson 0 2A: Washington vs. Marshalltown at Waterloo
GSOC: Kennedy 3, Cedar Falls 0 2A: Dubuque Hempstead at Prairie
GSOC: Prairie 4, Xavier 0 2A; Kennedy vs. Iowa City High at Eldridge

GSOC: Linn-Mar 6, Dubuque Senior 1

2A: Linn-Mar vs. Clinton at Eldridge
GSOC: Marion 3, Maquoketa 2 BOYS SUBSTATE TENNIS
MGLF: Kirkwood in NJCAA Tournament at Scottsboro, Ala. 1A at Waterloo Columbus: Semifinals: Xavier vs. Decorah


2A at Washington: Semifinals: Washington vs. Cedar Falls; Linn-Mar vs. Dubuque Senior
Wednesday, May 20

Sunday, May 24

MWL: Kernels 8, Peoria 0

MWL: Kernels at Beloit, 2 p.m.

MGLF: Kirkwood in NJCAA Tournament at Scottsboro, Ala.

Thursday, May 21

MWL: Kernels 3, Peoria 2
BTRK: State Track Meet at Des Moines

GTRK: State Track Meet at Des Moines

2A: Jefferson at Bettendorf
2A: Prairie at North Scott
2A: Kennedy, Washington at Marshalltown

2A: Linn-Mar at University of Iowa

1A: Xavier, Marion at Veterans Tennis Center
GGLF: Xavier 183, Iowa City High 194  (St. Andrews)
GGLF: Washington Meet at Gardner
BSOC: Xavier 3, Waterloo West 0
BSOC: Cedar Falls 1, Jefferson 0
BSOC: Kennedy 22, Waterloo East 0
BSOC: Prairie 1, Dubuque Wahlert 0
BSOC: Linn-Mar 3, Washington 1
BSOC: West Liberty 3, Marion 1
BSOC: Cedar Valley Christian 3, West Delaware 0

GSOC: Kennedy 11, Waterloo East 0

GSOC: Xavier 10, Waterloo West 0
GSOC: Cedar Falls 2, Jefferson 0
GSOC: Prairie 8, Dubuque Wahlert 0
GSOC: Linn-Mar 3, Washington 0
GSOC: West Delaware 1, Cedar Valley Christian 0
MGLF: Kirkwood in NJCAA Tournament at Scottsboro, Ala.
WTRK: Coe at NCAA Division III Meet in Canton, N.Y.
MTEN: Coe at NCAA Division III Tournament in Mason, Ohio



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