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Trcka, Healy rule on the lanes

Xavier sophomore Tara Trcka, who won the Class 1A state bowling title Thursday, has been named the Metro's female bowler of the year and Jefferson senior Dan Healy is the male bowler of the year. Read about the All-Metro bowling team here.

Both bowlers also were honored by the Mississippi Valley Conference.

Trcka was named the Valley Division female bowler of the year. She and Jefferson junior Courtney Moore were unanimous all-conference selections. Read about the girls MVC bowling teams here.

Healy was the Valley Division male bowler of the year. He was joined on the first team by Michael Kilts. Linn-Mar had three bowlers on the Mississippi Division first team. Read about the boys MVC bowling teams here.

 

Tourney time could be good for Metro teams

At last we have hit tournament time, one of the most exciting times of the high school year athletically. Cedar Rapids and Marion, in both girls and boys basketball, should be well-represented in Des Moines.

First up will be Linn-Mar, as the defending girls champion, and Cedar Rapids Washington. Washington split two games with Linn-Mar in the regular season, which in my mind makes the Warriors viable contenders for the 4A state championship.

And on the boys side, does Cedar Rapids and Marion have an answer for last year's state titlist Ames? That was the Harrison Barnes era at Ames, and does Linn-Mar have an answer in the person of Marcus Paige?

In fact, it brings to mind the answer is a positive, because Paige is every bit the player that Barnes was with the Little Cyclones. And maybe come college time, Paige will be an even better player from his position and maybe become even more valuable to North Carolina than Barnes.

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Xavier's Trcka wins state bowling title

DES MOINES -- Xavier sophomore Tara Trcka rolled a 248 in her third game and won the Class 1A state bowling individual title Thursday at Plaza Lanes.

Trcka, who had battled a hand injury the last two weeks of the season, beat Dubuque Wahlert's Kristina Hochrein by three pins.  Wahlert won the 1A girls team title.

Western Dubuque won the boys team title and Red Oak's Taylor Mellott was the individual winner, rolling a 750 series.

Less than a week ago, Trcka's hand was so sore that she barely was able to qualify for the girls state bowling tournament.  She was one of the last players to make the field as an at-large entry after rolling a 388 in Saturday's regional tournament at May City Bowl.

But she had the line Thursday.

Trcka rolled a 236 game in the first round to take a four-pin lead over Hochrein and Creston's Taylor Hance.

Hance held a 23-pin lead over Hochrein after the second round, when Trcka slid to third place with a 190 that put her 31 pins back.

Trcka dueled Hance in the final game, beating her Mississippi Valley Conference foe by 11 pins, 248-237.  Hance, meanwhile, rolled a 197 and finished in third place, 20 pins behind Trcka.

The Class 2A tournament is Friday. Jefferson, Linn-Mar and Kennedy will compete for the girls team title and Linn-Mar for the boys.

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From Panthers to prep stars

Three area high school seniors who grew up together on a steady diet of basketball are winding up their senior seasons.

Alissa Oney (Washington), Kiah Stokes (Linn-Mar) and Kristin Kramer (Marion) were teammates on the AAU state championship Cedar Rapids Panthers team and played together for all six years (third grade through eighth grade) of the program.

The three won many 3-on-3 tourneys and were also 3-on-3 Iowa Games state champs in 2008. Their coach, Kathy Oney, gives all the credit to Mike Whited, who, according to Oney, laid the foundation when he started the program back in 1984.

“When kids came out of the Panther program, they had the foundation of basketball skills. We worked on fundamentals with repetition, ball handling, shooting, and doing things the right way. He taught me so much,” said Kathy Oney.

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Looking ahead to the girls tournament

The tickets have been punched. Thirty-two teams in four classes are headed off to the capitol city and the Girls State Basketball Tournament next week. Included in that number are a pair of Metro teams in Linn-Mar and Washington.
 
There is something magical about watching teams celebrate after winning a championship, or in this case, earning a trip to state.
 
Before we take a look at the 4A field, a few comments about the week in Des Moines are in order. For the most part the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union does an outstanding job of hosting the annual affair at Wells Fargo Arena. I do have a couple of suggestions, though.
 
First of all, get rid of the dreaded 10 a.m. game on the first three days of the tournament. No games should be played at that time. In fact, no games of any kind should be played at that early hour.

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