Tuesday, November 25, 2014
MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD: BOYS BOWLING - Kennedy 2,992, Washington 2,575 .... GIRLS BOWLING - Kennedy 2,324, Washington 2,300 ....
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Boyle stars as Dowling whips Warriors

CEDAR FALLS - If it's any consolation, the Dowling quarterback who destroyed the Washington Warriors Friday night has enjoyed one of the most spectacular football careers in state history.

His name is Ryan Boyle and he could be starring for the Iowa Hawkeyes someday soon.

Boyle ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as fourth-ranked Dowling whipped top-ranked Washington, 49-14, in the Class 4A state championship game in the UNI-Dome.

Dowling defended its 2013 state crown and captured its third title in five years with a dominant performance from start to finish.

"We ran into a good team," Washington Coach Paul James said in his concession speech. "There's no doubt how good Dowling is."


Ashton finds new home at Kirkwood

Jordan Ashton hasn't had this much fun playing basketball since he led Mount Pleasant High School to the Class 3A state title in 2012 and was named captain of the all-tournament team.

Ashton spent two years at Northwest Missouri State, an NCAA Division II school in Maryville, Mo., before transferring to Kirkwood Community College, where he's fit in comfortably this season and is leading the Eagles in scoring at 16.6 per game.

Ashton tossed in a game-high 18 points Wednesday night as the Eagles cruised past the Loras junior varsity team, 117-55, at Johnson Hall for their seventh straight victory to begin the season.

Ashton, a 6-foot-4 guard, was redshirted at Northwest Missouri State as a true freshman in 2012-13 and played sparingly last year, scoring 37 points in 15 games. He had an episode with an irregular heartbeat last season and the coaching staff wanted want him to take a medical redshirt this year, even though he was pronounced healthy and cleared to play.

Ashton decided to cast his lost somewhere else. Kirkwood Coach Bryan Petersen heard the news and acted quickly.


Paige begins new chapter at Coe

Morgan Paige has begun a new chapter in her basketball career as an assistant coach at Coe, but it probably won't be her last connection to the game she loves.

The former Marion High School and University of Wisconsin star would like to play pro basketball in a foreign country if possible, and someday she'd like to coach at the NCAA Division I level.

Paige comes from a basketball family. Her parents, Sherryl and Ellis,played at Mount Mercy University and have been coaches. And her kid brother, Marcus, is doing fairly well for himself at North Carolina following his prep days at Linn-Mar.

Basketball runs in their blood.

"I don't feel I can give it up just yet," Paige said Tuesday before practice with the Coe women's basketball team. "I feel like I have so much to offer the game, and the game has so much to teach me still.

"I hope to be involved with it somehow, whether I'm coaching it or playing it. I still think it's going to be awhile before I hang it up."

Paige graduated from Wisconsin this year as one of the most successful players in school history. She scored 1,280 points, made third team all-Big Ten and ranks in the top-10 in five categories at Wisconsin. On top of all that, she was named academic all-Big Ten for three years.


Kennedy hosting Hall of Pride event

Four Metro boys basketball teams will participate in an Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge event at Kennedy High School on Saturday, Nov. 29.

There will be a series of four regulation 32-minute games, but the contests are considered scrimmages and will not count on a team's record for the 2014-15 campaign.

The Linn-Mar Lions will face the Marion Indians in the first game at 1:30 p.m. Wapsie Valley faces Vinton-Shellsburg in the second game at 3 p.m.

The final two games match Cedar Rapids Prairie against Aplington-Parkersburg at 4:30 p.m. and Kennedy against Center Point-Urbana at 6 p.m.

The Kennedy Men's Basketball Parent Support Group is hosting the event.The sponsors are Cedar Rapids Toyota, Transamerica and General Mills.

All eight teams will participate as bell-ringers for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive. The Kennedy Support Group also will make a donation to the Hall of Pride scholarship fund.


Vincent twins look to tackle Dowling

Sam Vincent and his twin brother, Connor, have gone through life side-by-side ever since Sam joined the world a scant 30 minutes before his "younger" brother arrived on the scene.

They've been partners in life and partners on the Cedar Rapids Washington football team, which will be gunning for the first state title in school history when it faces Dowling in the Class 4A finals Friday night at 7:06 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

The top-ranked Warriors have a perfect 13-0 record and the fourth-ranked Maroons are 12-1, but Dowling is the defending champion and features all-state quarterback Ryan Boyle.

Washington needs to prevent Boyle from stealing the show, which is where the Vincent twins prominently enter the picture. Connor is an all-state linebacker who leads the Warriors in tackles, while Sam also plays linebacker and ranks third in stops.


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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: North Scott at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. AT KENNEDY
GBB: Kennedy at Davenport Central, 7:30 p.m. Linn-Mar vs. Marion, 1:30 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m. Wapsie-Valley vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 3 p.m.
GBB: DeWitt Central at Marion, 7:30 p.m. Prairie vs. Aplington-Parkersburg, 4:30 p.m.
GBB: Prairie at Muscatine, 7:30 p.m. Kennedy vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Central City, 7 p.m. MBB: Clarke at Coe, 2 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy Jamboree: Washington vs. Benton Community, 5:30 p.m.; Jefferson vs. Center Point-Urbana, 6:15 p.m.; Xavier vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, 7 p.m.; Solon vs. Iowa City West, 7:45 p.m.; Kennedy vs. Mt. Vernon, 8:15 p.m. MBB: Mount Mercy at Midland (Neb.) Tourney, TBA
BBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
BBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30
BBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m. WBB: Mount Mercy at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), 1 p.m.
BBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m.
GBOWL: Linn-Mar at Prairie (Lancer), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: DeWitt Central at Marion (CR Bowling Center), 3 p.m.
GBOWL: Xavier at Iowa City West (Colonial), 3:15 p.m.
GBOWL: Iowa City High at Jefferson (May City), 3:45 p.m.
BSWM: Metro Meet at Washington, 5 p.m.
WBB: Elmhurst at Coe, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Simpson, 7 p.m.
WBB: South Australia at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m.
MBB: Coe JV at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26
USHL: RoughRiders at Lincoln, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 27
USHL: RoughRiders at Waterloo, 7:05 p.m.



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