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Kiah Stokes leads Metro by wide margins

When it comes to Metro girls basketball, there's Kiah Stokes and there's everybody else.

Stokes leads the Metro in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage by wide margins in all four categories.

The Linn-Mar All-American is averaging 24.3 points, 14.9 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and hitting 70.8 percent of her shots as she continues to have a stellar senior campaign.

Two of her teammates top the Metro charts as well, with Kailee Karr leading in assists (62) and Jenna Eells leading in 3-pointers (31).

Annie Dale of Xavier leads the Metro in steals (48) and Courtney Strait of Kennedy leads in free throw shooting (84.5%).

The leaders are based on statistics posted by the IGHSAU through Sunday.


Uthoff, Paige, Oglesby top Metro stats

Jarrod Uthoff, Marcus Paige and Josh Oglesby lead Metro basketball players in multiple categories this week.

Uthoff, the Jefferson star who has signed with Wisconsin, tops the Metro in scoring (26.3 ppg), rebounding (9.9) and blocked shots (36).

Paige, the Linn-Mar star who has committed to North Carolina, leads the Metro in steals (48) and is tied with Wes Washpun of Washington for most assists (53).

Oglesby, the Washington star who has signed with Iowa, paces the Metro in most 3-pointers (36) and best free throw shooting (90.3%).

Ian McBrayer of Linn-Mar leads the Metro in field goal percentage (67.1%).

The Metro leaders are based on statistics filed with the Iowa High School Athletic Association through Sunday.


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.


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?"


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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