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Piecing together the tourneys

The next two weeks begin a huge time for prep boys and girls basketball teams in the Metro area and across Iowa.

Not only are teams trying to fit all their “pieces” together to come up with the best possible combination to win games, but also the pairings for the various substate and regional tournaments will be determined.

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Stokes sets Linn-Mar scoring record

Perched atop the Mississippi Valley Conference with Thursday night’s showdown against No. 5 Washington looming, No. 3 Linn-Mar is keeping a laser-like focus on playing as a team and staying in the win column, one game at a time.

But the Lions hit the pause button just over a minute into Tuesday night’s 69-21 drubbing of Dubuque Hempstead (3-9, 1-8) to celebrate the latest accomplishment by their star player, Kiah Stokes.

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Xavier down, Wash looks to Linn-Mar

The 10th-ranked Washington Warriors took care of Xavier in a hurry Tuesday night. Now they can think about top-ranked Linn-Mar, their next opponent Friday night.

"I've been thinking about Linn-Mar this whole year," said Washington senior Josh Oglesby. "We're excited to play them and we're just excited they're still No.1 in the state.

"To be the best you've got to beat the best, and Friday night we get a chance to do that on our home court."

Washington ticked off 18 straight points in the first half Tuesday and cruised to a 55-39 victory over the Saints in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Xavier.

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Indians pound Waterloo Columbus

MARION -- Waterloo Columbus Coach John Holmes said he couldn't understand why his team started out so sluggish against the Marion Indians Tuesday night. Then he answered his own question.

"They're a very good team," Holmes said. "They play a real aggressive halfcourt man-to-man defense that caused way too many turnovers for our guys."

Indeed, the Sailors had seven turnovers in the first quarter alone, falling behind 15-3. Then they committed five more before taking a shot in the second quarter, had three others before the half and trailed by 20.

Marion, meanwhile, methodically scored almost at will on steals and layups to take an easy 63-27 Wamac Conference West Division win at Marion.

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Warrior swimmers drown Kennedy

It was senior night for Kennedy’s Christian McKee and the Kennedy stands were filled with fans. A line of dyed blonde heads on both teams made swimmers indistinguishable -- until they hit the water. From that point on, eighth-ranked Washington dominated Kennedy, 125-45.

Washington seniors Brian Kopec and Scott Allison, junior Morgan Barnes and sophomore Josh Hughes led the team with two individual wins each. Chandler Heisler was the sole winner for Kennedy, winning the 50 yard freestyle in 22.83.

Despite the one sided result, these in-town meets are something that the athletes look forward to.

“It’s always fun to have in-town meets. We meet at Wash and carpool over here. These are the meets we all truly enjoy,” said Kopec.

Sometimes, the fun comes from getting to compete in events the swimmers don’t normally swim.

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