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A final look before the ball gets kicked

With the high school football season kicking off in earnest this week, it's time to take a quick snapshot of the eight Metro football squads. I will not be predicting records for each of the teams, but just taking a look at what I think each team needs to do to be successful. After talking to all the coaches over the last three weeks on the KGYM Coaches Corner, here are some of the observations I have noted:

Cedar Valley Christian - The task is simple. Get better each week and learn. Wins and losses do not mean anything this season. It is difficult to start a program from the ground up, especially with a group of kids who basically have never played the sport before. The Huskies will be playing four varsity games this first season with the possibility of picking up another JV game or two. It will be great for the new program to get in as many games as they can to learn the game, especially for the younger players. The Huskies have athletes, they just need to continue to make them football players.

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Red-hot Cougars claim Johnston golf title

GRANGER - The Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys golf team turned Jester Park into its personal playground Wednesday.

Brigham Stewart grabbed medalist honors with a 1-under-par 71 as Kennedy topped a strong field at the Johnston Invitational by 10 strokes.

Cody Bell tied for third with a 1-over-par 73, Harrison Moore tied for fifth with a 2-over 74 and Tyler Kalina tied for 10th with a 78, giving the Cougars a four-man total of 8-over 296.

Ames finished in second place at 306, followed by Dowling (313), Johnston (316), Urbandale (322), Waterloo West (324), Southeast Polk (325) and Des Moines Lincoln (376).

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Linn-Mar, Xavier in 1st football rankings

Linn-Mar is ranked eighth and Xavier 10th in the first Associated Press Iowa high school football poll of the season.

Both teams are ranked in Class 4A and both qualified for the playoffs last season. Three other Metro teams that reached the playoffs also received votes in the poll: Kennedy and Washington in Class 4A and Marion in 3A.

While a few teams kicked off their seasons last weekend, the majority of teams play their first games this weekend. Linn-Mar opens Thursday against Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. Xavier plays Kennedy on Friday at Kingston, Washington plays at Prairie on Friday and Marion is at Mount Vernon on Friday.

Cedar Falls and Iowa City High are ranked 1-2 in the Class 4A poll. West Des Moines Valley, which beat Dowling 28-21 last Friday, is No. 3.

Sioux City Heelan, a 20-18 winner over Sioux City East last Friday, is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. Defending state champion Solon is No. 2.

 

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McDonald is a big 'hit' for Marion Indians

Jake McDonald averaged 6.2 yards every time he carried the ball for the Marion Indians last year as the starting fullback, so he's a very capable member of the offensive backfield and a good weapon for Coach Tony Perkins.

But running with the football is not his first love. It's not what he wants to play in college next year, and it's not why Upper Iowa, Winona State and others are on his trail.

McDonald is an all-state linebacker. He loves to hit people on a football field. It makes him happy.

"Defense is my pride," he said with a smile.

McDonald made 96 solo tackles in 10 games last season. That ranked eighth among all players in the state, according to the IHSAA, and helped the Indians qualify for the Class 3A playoffs.

McDonald played very well, but Perkins thinks he can do even better this year.

 

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Cougar swimmers help hungry kids

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls swim team did its part to help feed hungry kids around the world this past weekend by working for a charitable organization in Minnesota.

Having accomplished their mission, the Cougars returned home and opened the 2011 season with a resounding 138-48 victory over Iowa City High at the Kennedy pool Tuesday night.

The Cougars worked with an organization called "Feed My Starving Children" during their trip to Minnesota, where they helped prepare 29,000 meals for shipment to children 5-and-under in impoverished countries around the world. As an example, those 29,000 meals would feed 44 kids in Haiti for a year.

Kennedy Coach John Ross said his team has worked with "Feed My Starving Children" for seven years, helping to prepare more than 200,000 meals during that time. Ross is proud of his athletes for volunteering again this year.

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