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Little cat tames big dogs at Westside

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.

Or in this case, the size of the fight in the Panther.

The Class 1A top-ranked Tripoli Panthers, the smallest school in the 24-team Westside Invitational tournament field, took down 4A top-ranked Iowa City West Trojans in straight sets 25-16, 25-18 to win the championship Saturday at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

The tournament featured six Metro teams and nine ranked teams, including the top ranked teams in 1A, 3A and 4A.

“It shook out the way it was seeded,” Jefferson AD Scott Kibby said. “In a way, we had a mythical state championship here.”

Jefferson has hosted the large tournament for years. Kibby said it was been a 24-team affair for all 11 years that he has been in charge of the event.

After early morning pool play the teams were put into bronze, silver and gold brackets based upon their pool records. Kennedy was the only Metro team among the eight teams to reach the gold bracket and have a chance to win the championship. But the Cougars were beaten in the quarterfinals by Iowa City West, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10.


Prairie wins Consolation Bowl with Jefferson

Mike Morrissey got drenched with a bucket of water in honor of his first victory at Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday night.

It happened in the final seconds of a 29-17 triumph over Cedar Rapids Jefferson on homecoming at John Wall Field.

"That was a lot of fun," Morrissey said after the impromptu bath, which took him by surprise.

The celebration was dampened, however, by the sight of Prairie quarterback Jace Hanna being loaded into an ambulance and taken to Mercy Hospital with an apparent back injury in the fourth quarter.



Saints snap 3-game losing streak, 19-13

After starting the 2011 season with three straight wins, the Cedar Rapids Xavier football team hit a rut.

The Saints lost to No. 2 Iowa City High, No. 1 Cedar Falls and No. 9 Iowa City West in consecutive weeks. Even though most teams couldn’t win those three games, much less one of them, the Saints wanted to get back to playing Xavier football.

On Friday night, Xavier got back to its style of play with a vengeance.

The Saints pounded the ball between the tackles with tailback Carter Valentine, played stifling defense and topped Waterloo East, 19-13, at Saints Field.

From the opening kickoff, the Saints were in control as they dominated the line of scrimmage.

“Yeah, we definitely wanted to make a statement coming into the game and I think for the most part we executed pretty well,” said Valentine.

That statement was made loud and clear when Valentine posted 170 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 225 yards.


DeWitt spoils Marion homecoming, 18-6

Chris Lubben's 47-yard interception return for a touchdown broke a 6-6 tie and sent DeWitt Central past Marion, 18-6, Friday night in a Class 3A District 5 football game at Thomas Park.

The loss spoiled Marion's homecoming and put the Indians' playoff hopes in doubt. Marion (2-3, 4-3) has two games remaining. The Indians play at Union next Friday and close out the season at home against district co-leader Maquoketa on Oct. 21.

"We still have a chance, but we have to play better than we are right now,” Marion Coach Tony Perkins said.

Both teams ground out the ball on offense. DeWitt Central (3-2, 3-4) finished with 329 rushing yards and Marion 252. The Indians' Colton Storla rushed for 143 yards.

DeWitt Central used a 12-play, 80-yard drive in the first quarter and took a 6-0 lead on Jake Kagemann's 9-yard run with 3:06 left in the quarter.

Marion tied the game on Cale Cannoy's 72-yard scoring romp with 8:56 left in the second quarter.


Kennedy 4th after 1st round of state

IOWA CITY - They played the first round of the Class 4A state golf tournament Friday and the winner was the Finkbine Golf Course.

Slick greens and windy conditions left many of the state'e elite golfers shaking their head in dismay as a succession of high scores came rolling off the University of Iowa course.

Cody Bell and Mitchell Martin led Kennedy with 7-over-par 79s, unusually high scores but good enough to leave the Cougars only 10 shots behind West Des Moines Valley heading into the final round on Saturday.

"It's do-able," said Kennedy Coach Mark Wilden said.

West Des Moines Valley took the lead with a four-man score of 21-over-par 309. Waukee is second at 311, with Dowling Catholic third at 314 and Kennedy fourth at 319.


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