Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Former Metro preps in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Oakland Athletics) -- Started in left field Thursday and was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Athletics' 7-0 win at Cleveland.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .270 (64-237), HR -- 1, RBI -- 21, 2B -- 11, 3B -- 1, R -- 28, SB -- 1.

MATT HOLLAND (Marion, GCL Phillies) -- Season completed.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .236 (26-110), HR -- 4, RBI -- 15, 2B -- 7, 3B -- 0, R -- 19, SB -- 1.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Ogden (Dodgers)) -- Started in right field Thursday and was 0-for-4 in Ogden's 8-6 loss at Casper.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .280 (75-268), HR -- 10, RBI -- 50, 2B -- 17, 3B -- 7, R -- 40, SB -- 1.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Bluefield (Blue Jays)) -- On the disabled list with a cracked bone in his left wrist and has not played since June 30.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .114 (4-35), HR -- 0, RBI -- 1, 2B -- 1, 3B -- 0, R -- 4, SB -- 0.

NATE WOODS (Xavier, Jupiter (Marlins)) -- Reassigned to Jupiter of the Florida State League on Thursday. The Hammerheads' game at Fort Myers was rained out.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. .222 (10-45), HR -- 1, RBI -- 4, 2B -- 2, 3B -- 0, R -- 2, SB -- 0.


A tip of the fedora to Mr. Brooks

You can usually tell how the week is going to go by what happens the first thing Monday morning.

I knew this week would be a good one when I learned Monday morning that the Cedar Rapids Community Schools were not only going to begin a "Kingston Stadium Hall of Fame," but that the charter member was going to be none other than Bob Brooks. I was even happier when I learned the press box at the great stadium was going to be named in honor of Bob, one of the city's greatest men to ever hold a microphone.

Bob Brooks is not only Kingston Stadium, he is high school sports in the Metro. Bob has been covering the preps for the last 67 years and is still a fixture at the games each and every year. In fact, Bob was front and center in the press box both last Thursday and Friday for the opening two football games of the year.


Garman, Parry making their moves in college

Jer Garman and David Parry helped Linn-Mar High School turn its football program around during their all-state careers with the Lions.

Now they're on the move in college.

Garman, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound true freshman at the University of North Dakota, has made a quick impression on the Fighting Sioux and is expected to play Thursday night in their season opener against Drake.

Parry, a 6-2, 304-pound redshirt freshman at Stanford, was given a full scholarship this week and is listed as a second-string defensive lineman for Saturday's opener against San Jose State.


Langston says Prospect Meadows to get land

One way or another, builders of the proposed Prospect Meadows ball fields will be given the land they need north of Marion, though details have yet to be worked out.

While Aug. 31 had been the target date for coming up with an agreement, it’s now been pushed back a month.

“There is no question that we will make it happen,” Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston said on Tuesday.  “It’s just a matter now of how to go about it. We are enormously supportive of the project. And we’re certain we can meet their construction schedule.”

A local non-profit group for almost two years has developed plans to construct a 17-diamond softball and baseball complex in the area to meet a growing demand for playing fields and to attract major tournaments.

The plan now calls for the $10.4 million facility to be built on 120 acres of county-owned farm land southeast of Highway 13 and County Home Road adjacent to the Abbe Center.  Developers have asked the supervisors to donate the land, saying it’s the only way to make the project financially feasible.  Private fundraising along with anticipated grants would be used to raise the rest of the money.

Construction is to begin next year with the first games being played in 2013.


Xavier football prides itself on family links

The Xavier High School football program likes to consider itself one big family.

There are fathers and sons, uncles and nephews, younger brothers and brothers-in-law, former Xavier players, long-time assistants and devoted, supportive wives.

Don't forget the wives.

Xavier Coach Duane Schulte filled an entire page with family connections, then sent an addendum with two more names.

The Saints have a successful program and produce winning teams on a regular basis, and Schulte feels the family connections have a lot to do with it. The tradition gets passed along from member to member.


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