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J-Hawks' season ends in a shootout

The Jefferson boys soccer players sat in heavy silence on the bench after a heartbreaking 2-1 shootout loss to Marshalltown on Monday in the first round of the Class 3A substate tournament.

The season-ending loss dropped the J-Hawk to a 4-13 in a season marred by close loss after close loss.

“We lost another tough game,” said Coach John O’Connor. “That’s the story of our season, losing games that we have been in and dominated a lot of the game. We just haven't been able to finish it out. It has not been by a lack of effort, not by lack of good kids, it just wasn’t our year for finishing out games.”


Xavier frosh firing her way to the top

Shooting at clay targets with a 12-gauge shotgun may not be considered a glamour sport among Carly Berutti’s classmates at her urban high school. But for the 15-year-old Xavier freshman, trap shooting is a natural extension of her love of the great outdoors – so natural that she has quickly become the Metro area’s trap-shooting queen and one of the top
girls in the state.

A triplet, Carly has carved the most unusual path among the athletic Berutti kids. Her sister, Marisa, plays on Xavier’s varsity soccer team as a freshman, Carly notes with obvious pride. Brother Gino is a football player.

“I’m my dad’s hunting girl,” Berutti says. “I’ve been hunting with my dad since fourth grade with my shotgun. I just like hunting and the outdoors.”

Side by side with her father, Joe, and the family’s German shorthair, she has hunted deer – with shotgun and bow – pheasant, squirrel and turkey.

At last year’s freshman orientation, she stopped by a table with information about Xavier’s trap shooting club. “I went to a meeting and joined,” she recalls, thinking it would be a good way to meet people at her new school.


Soccer's most common injury to the shoulder

Soccer season has another couple weeks left, and so it’s still fitting to discuss the most common shoulder injury that occurs in high school soccer – the “shoulder separation.”

This painful injury can lead to future shoulder disability if not diagnosed properly and treated appropriately.

What exactly is a “shoulder separation”?

The shoulder is connected to the rest of the body via the clavicle (collarbone). This bone acts like a support strut in a racing car suspension, providing stability while allowing movement of the shoulder blade.

The acromio-clavicular (AC) joint is the joint where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade (on top of your shoulder at the end of your collarbone. If you grabbed your sternum (breastbone), go to the “other end” of the collar bone!).The AC joint is the area injured in what is commonly called a “shoulder separation”. For a closer look at the anatomy of this area, just type in “AC joint” on your favorite search engine to look at the images on the web.


Metro baseball tournament starts Monday

The high school baseball season begins Monday evening with the 2011 Bob Vrbicek Metro Tournament at Kennedy and Xavier.

The two games at Kennedy feature Prairie vs. Mount Vernon at 5 p.m. and Kennedy vs. Jefferson at 7 p.m.

The two games at Xavier feature Washington vs. Marion at 5 p.m. and Xavier vs. Linn-Mar at 7 p.m.

The tournament continues with Round 2 on Tuesday at Kennedy and Xavier. Round 3 is Wednesday, with the championship game scheduled for Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.


Kyle Dunn ends career with 6th title

DES MOINES -- Kyle Dunn was not excited about track when he entered Linn-Mar High School in 2007. It was just something to do, and the "fragile" freshman kept getting hurt in the long jump.

"I would say I was more excited about baseball and football than I was track my freshman year," he said Saturday.

And the hurdles? Forget about it.

"I wasn't too keen about the idea at first," he said. "I was pretty adamant about sticking with the long jump as a freshman."

He laughs about all that now.

Dunn finished his high school career Saturday as one of the top hurdlers in state history after winning the 110 high hurdles at the Class 4A state meet in Des Moines. That gave him six gold medals during his prep career -- three in the 400 hurdles, two in the 400 meter dash and one in the 110 highs.

"Very impressive," said Linn-Mar Coach Ken Hopkins.

Hopkins and Tim Stamp, Linn-Mar's hurdles coach, turned Dunn into one of the premier track athletes in Iowa and the entire country, and he'll be heading to an elite college program at the University of Arkansas in a few months.

"Looking at me when I was in the eighth grade and freshman year, it's amazing what my coaches have turned me into," he said. "They kind of molded me into the athlete I am today.

"They put me in there and they kind of forced me to get better and really got me interested."


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