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New role for Stokes as Lions top Ballard

Kiah Stokes and Ballard star Taylor Greenfield are planning a vacation to the Dominican Republic this spring, but the two friends did not share any travel stories Saturday.

In fact, Stokes made life difficult for Greenfield in the 7th Annual Rivalry Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Stokes abandoned her normal defensive post near the basket and guarded Greenfield on the perimeter, an unusual and somewhat uncomfortable spot for the 6-foot-3 center from Linn-Mar. She handled her new assignment superbly.

Stokes stopped Greenfield when it counted to help Linn-Mar defeat Ballard, 50-40, in a battle of highly ranked teams.

Greenfield, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored 22 points, but did little damage while Stokes was guarding her in the second half. Stokes, a 6-foot-3 center, turned the game around with her defensive effort against the Ballard star.

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Hall of Fame coach Joe Kenney dies

I didn't know Joe Kenney well, but I knew him well enough.

I got to know Joe when he was an assistant baseball coach at Washington during the 1970s. He was the guy who was chalking and talking when you reached the baseball field at Washington, and he always had a kind word.

I was a gangly junior with a permanent spot on the Jefferson bench. I don't think Bopper knew my name. 

Joe knew me. He called me Koolbecky, as in "Well, Koolbecky, how are we doing today?"

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Wash boys swimmers snag MVC title

 IOWA CITY – Surprising Washington claimed the Mississippi Division title and finished third overall Saturday in the Mississippi Valley Conference Boys Swimming Championships at Mercer Park Aquatic Center.

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Linn-Mar matmen 2nd at Clinton

CLINTON -- Competing in a large field of schools, Linn-Mar finished the runner-up in the Clinton wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Twenty-five teams competed in the daylong event. The Metro area was represented by two other teams: Cedar Rapids Washington and Kennedy.

Davenport Assumption took the top honors. It accumulated 244 points, outdistancing Linn-Mar by 73.5. Kennedy finished fifth and Washington finished 20th.

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At the buzzer

Last second shots dealt the No. 5 Washington and No. 11 Xavier girls basketball teams tough losses in games pitting them against ranked foes.

Washington was beaten by Class 3A No. 7 DeWitt Central, 43-42, at the U.S. Cellular Center. Read about it here>>

A banked 3-point shot from the top of the key with 2.4 seconds left sent No. 13 West Des Moines Dowling past Xavier, 38-37. Read about it here>>

 

   

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