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Shorthanded Warriors honor coach

One week to the day after the passing of Washington boys tennis coach Dave Meyer, the Warriors hosted the newly named Dave Meyer Warrior Invitational in his honor.

“The first half of the week was especially tough,” Charlie Hammond said. “But getting back to practice I think really helped us. We are closer as a team, just trying to push each other through all of this.”

Despite playing undermanned and with heavy hearts, Washington was able to finish in fourth place and crown one champion when Hammond and Ian Fischer swept their way through the seeded double group.

“It was a ‘Do it for Dave,’ mentality.” Fischer said. “It’s an honor coming here and winning for him. I feel like we kind of did him justice.”


Washpun gets scholarship offer from Tennessee

Cedar Rapids Washington senior Wes Washpun has been offered a scholarship to play basketball at Tennessee, and according to his high school coach it's now a two-team race between Iowa and Tennessee for the flashy 6-foot-1 point guard.

"Flip a coin," Washington Coach Brad Metzger said Saturday.

New Tennessee Coach Cuonzo Martin told Metzger Friday afternoon that he's decided to offer Washpun a scholarship, and Metzger quickly relayed the news to his star player.

Washpun's reaction? "The same as always," said Metzger, chuckling. "He said 'OK.' That's all he says to anything."

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery offered Washpun a scholarship earlier this week, and they met for more than an hour at Carver-Hawkeye Arena Thursday night without Washpun giving an answer.

Metzger said Washpun and his family are weighing the offers from Tennessee and Iowa. Washpun has said he plans to decide by Monday or Tuesday, prior to the national signing day on Wednesday. "He's kind of thinking it through," Metzger said.

Meanwhile, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett called Metzger and said he wanted to fly to Iowa this weekend, watch Washpun work out and offer a scholarship. "Wes said no," Metzger said.


Report: Semler headed to Kirkwood

All-state guard Kasey Semler of Marion High School has committed to play basketball at Kirkwood Community College, according to a report on KCRG Sports Saturday night.

Semler was the second-leading scorer in Class 3A this season at 21.2 points and helped the Indians reach the state tournament. He hit 41.9 percent of his 3-pointers.

Semler holds the school record for most 3-pointers in a career and surpassed 1,000 points to rank among the leaders in school history.



Kennedy is Top Gun at Columbus

WATERLOO -- The Kennedy girls tennis team won the Waterloo Columbus Top Gun Tournament Saturday, squeezing past the host Sailors.

Kennedy narrowly defeated a strong Waterloo Columbus team that returns four of its top six players from last year's final four state tournament team. The Cougars tallied 32 points and Columbus had 29.

"Columbus will likely be a strong contender for the 1A final four, so this was a great experience for our team," Kennedy Coach Joe Benedict said. "Our strong showing
gives us hope for another strong showing this year."

Ottumwa finished third with 15 and Decorah was 4th with 14.


Linn-Mar stakes claim as top Metro track team

The Linn-Mar Lions staked their claim as the best boys track team in the Metro area Friday night, and they did it with superstar Kyle Dunn on the sidelines.

The Lions captured the 25th Annual Wilkinson Relays in a meet that featured all seven Metro schools, including the 2009 and 2010 state champion Washington Warriors.

Linn-Mar rolled up 113 points to clip Des Moines Hoover, the runnerup, by 21 points. Washington finished third with 90 points in the 10-team field at Kingston Stadium.

It was an impressive showing by the Lions, especially with Dunn sidelined with a nagging hamstring problem. Dunn is the defending state champion in the 400 meter dash and the 400 low hurdles, but he skipped the Wilkinson Relays on a chilly night.


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