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McKnight named Kennedy girls soccer coach

Kennedy has named Andrew McKnight as its new girls soccer coach, Activities Director Aaron Stecker announced Wednesday.

McKnight replaces Homer Screws, who resigned last month to focus more on the men's and women's soccer programs at Coe, where he is head coach of both programs. Screws had also coached Kennedy the past three years.

McKnight is delving into the high school ranks after a successful career as a club coach. He worked with the Iowa City Alliance Soccer Organization from 1995-2010, serving as a staff coach, associate director of coaching, and director of coaching. He also worked for two years with the Iowa Soccer Association as tha associate state director of coaching.

McKnight coached a boys U-17 team to a national title in March 2010. That team included several Metro athletes.

McKnight earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa in Health and Sport Studies, and Cultural Studies. He served in the British Royal Air Force from 1989-94.


Former Saint Kramer earns academic award

University of Northern sophomore Derek Kramer was one of two Panthers to be named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Team for the 2011 season. Kramer is a former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep.

Kramer holds a 3.26 cumulative GPA with an exercise science major and also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the Panthers' 4x100m relay team. He won state prep championships in 2008 in the 100 meters, 4x100 meter relay and 4x200 meter relay.

UNI senior Jarred Herring, from Burlington, also was named to the all-academic team.



Bell keeps his cool, wins district title

CEDAR FALLS - Cody Bell is unflappable.

Some golfers might lose their cool after missing two short putts at the start of an important round, but not Bell. He shrugged it off and surged to the top.

Bell claimed medalist honors with a 1-over-par 73 Tuesday to help Kennedy win the Class 4A district golf title at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls.

Bell missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 570-yard second hole and had to settle for par. Then he missed another short putt on the 420-yard fourth hole and took a bogey.

He never tossed a club or uttered an unhappy word. His only visible sign of annoyance was a small grimace.

"It was just a matter of settling in," he said. "You have those nerves going in, but I was able to settle in and I was able to salvage the round."

Bell collected four birdies after his slow start and beat Linn-Mar senior Tyler McCann by one stroke.

"Cody is just an unusual individual. He doesn't let things bother him," Kennedy Coach Mark Wilden said. "He has a great temperament."

Bell played the first nine holes at 2-over par, then played the back nine at 1-under for his tight victory.

"I'm proud of it," he said. "I felt like I came out here and competed with everyone else. I hit the ball really well. That was the key to my success."

Kennedy, Cedar Falls and Linn-Mar qualified for the Class 4A state meet at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City this Friday and Saturday. They will be part of an elite field that will feature 12 of the top-15 teams in Iowa.

Xavier finished fourth in the team standings and failed to qualify for state by eight shots, but Xavier senior J.P. King tied for fourth in the individual race with a 76 and advanced.


Marion boys 1st at West Delaware Invite

MANCHESTER - Marion had a trio of runners finish in the top seven and eked out a two-point win over Mount Vernon-Lisbon Tuesday at the West Delaware Invitational boys cross country meet.

Marion's Lukas Mees finished third in a time of 16 minutes, 42 seconds over the 5k course. Greg Sam was sixth in 17:27 and Cole Kuethe was seventh in 17:29. Peter Rethwisch was 21st and Isaac Smith 37th for the Indians.

Waverly-Shell Rock's Daniel Huff was the individual winner in a time of 15:42. Conner Smock of Lisbon-Mount Vernon was second in 16:24.

Western Dubuque finished third, Tipton fourth and West Delaware fifth. The 20-team meet featured nine teams from the Wamac Conference.


Henry was 1 of Washington's gladiators

Cedar Rapids Washington broke the huddle and turned toward the line of scrimmage during Friday's game at Iowa City High when one of the Warriors suddenly fell in a heap.

It was Storhm Henry, one of Washington's offensive linemen, and for a few scary moments he was lying face down in the grass as medical personnel and coaches rushed to his side.

"It was the most painful thing I've ever experienced," Henry said Monday after practice. "The game before that I had a deep thigh bruise, and this was about 10 times worse than that."

Henry had been struck by severe cramps in the upper parts of both legs, making it impossible to move, probably from dehydration. He finally was helped to his feet and waddled to the sideline.

"It just stunned me," he said. "I had to walk off like an old man. I was really bent down."

This happened during the third quarter. Washington Coach Tony Lombardi did not like what he saw. "I thought he's got to be done for the game," the coach said Monday.


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