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Marion 5th at own invitational

The Marion boys didn't win any events, but they ran well enough to score 71 points and finish fifth out of 14 teams at their home meet on Monday.

"I thought they made some strides, but they still have some work to do,” Coach Chad Zrudsky said. “We are at a point where we have had some injuries and things keeping our kids from running and the weather hasn't helped, so we are trying to get some things figured out here and shuffle some things around with relays and individuals and try to get the best line-up for conference."

DeWitt Central won the meet with a score of 113 followed by Western Dubuque with 103 and Solon with 90.

The Indians' two best events were the 100 meter dash and the distance medley, which both came in second.


Duals gone; embrace what remains

Recent news from the Iowa High School Athletic Association last week has changed the sport of wrestling but it also had a profound effect on Cedar Rapids.

In addition to changing weight classes, the IHSAA moved the state team wrestling tournament to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines the day before the traditional state championships in February 2012. Instead of the team meet being held in Cedar Rapids a week later than the traditional event, now all state wrestling action is in a four-day period in the state capital.

It is one fewer state tournament that Cedar Rapids will host.

One reaction to the move was that the IHSAA and Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union really want every state competition to be held in Des Moines. But that simply isn’t true.


Small college route worked out for Osborne

It was a tough decision for a high school senior, but also a decision most prep athletes can only dream of facing, especially those at relatively small high schools.

He had scholarship offers in both football and basketball from the state university, which just a few months earlier had played in the Orange Bowl.

His decision? To turn them both down and attend the local college -- enrollment about 1,000 -- and pay his own way, to boot.

Would Tom Osborne make the same decision again?

"I never regretted it," he said with a smile.

The legendary football coach, now athletics director, at the University of Nebraska was at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Monday to speak at an affair sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization with which he first became involved in 1957.

That was two years after the multi-sport star in Hastings, Neb., decided against taking those scholarship offers from the big university 90 miles away in Lincoln. He had been named the state's top high school athlete that year after making first-team all state as a quarterback, leading his team to a state basketball championship, starring on a good baseball team and topping it off by winning the discus at the state track and field meet.


Metro stars help make Everyone Counts

The idea was for some of the Metro area’s biggest high school basketball stars to teach fundamentals of the game to a bunch of little kids.

So what was the one thing 6-year-old Jace Fopma of Marion and 7-year-old Kaylee Herr of Cedar Rapids learned Thursday night at the first-of-its-kind clinic at the downtown Helen G. Nassif YMCA?

“How to dribble between our legs,” said the tow-headed Jace.

“That was the funnest part,” agreed his new friend Kaylee.

“These days, that is one of the fundamentals,” said a half-joking Kasey Semler, the Marion Indian senior known for his dazzling dribbling and no-look passes during an all-state career.

Semler and his childhood buddy Wes Washpun, the Washington Warrior senior all-stater who recently signed with Tennessee, were teamed up for the two-hour hoops session organized by the YMCA’s Patty Bezan, volunteer director of the Everyone Counts Campaign.

Through the program, memberships are provided to children and families who otherwise may not be able to afford them.

The clinic Thursday night, though, was a come-one-come-all affair for area kids promoted mostly through word-of-mouth throughout the metro-area Y branches. Mostly grade school-age youngsters showed for what Bezan hopes will become an annual event.



Grading the sprains, soccer's common injury

Twisted your ankle in Soccer?
You twisted your ankle in a soccer tournament over the weekend. It’s already Wednesday and it is still bothering you when walking to class and in soccer practice. X-rays at your doctor’s office were negative and you have been following the doctor’s instructions -- taking Tylenol, using ice packs at the end of the day and using an ace wrap for practice. The swelling gets worse by the end of the school day, especially after practice, and you do not seem to be getting better. Your doctor diagnosed your injury as a “simple ankle sprain”. What should you do?

Ankle Sprains in High School Soccer-the most common injury
Thirty-four percent of all high school soccer injuries are ankle sprains, with a higher rate of these injuries in girls soccer than boys soccer. Ankle fractures occur more often in girls than boys, and girls are more likely to be injured while still wearing an ankle brace than boys. Boys' ankle sprains were more likely to be related to a mechanism involving another player, and girls are more likely to sprain an ankle in a non-contact situation and while contacting soccer apparatus (goal post, the ball, etc). Is there such a thing as a simple ankle sprain?


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