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Washington's Jones doubles up in 100, 200

It was a day of firsts for Washington freshman Jasmyne Jones on Tuesday at the Warrior Invitational at Kingston Stadium.

She had never beaten her fellow speedy freshman from Washington, Kadejah Sanders, in the 100 meter dash.  But at the Warrior Invitational, Jones just barely edged out Sanders by 0.01 of a second with a time of 13.40.

"Kadejah Sanders is one of my friends," Jones said. "She has always been faster than me, so I was glad that I beat her. We are both working each other to get better, so running with her is really good. I think I just leaned a little bit faster than her this time."

Jones also had never run the 200 meter dash at a high school meet before. Not only did she get a chance to run it at the Warrior Invitational, she won it by 0.78 of a second with a time of 27.34.

"I have never run an open 2 before, I have only done split 2's so that was actually really good that I got whatever my time was," Jones said. "I'm not even sure what time is good for an open 2."

The 4x100 provided a couple more firsts for Jones as she helped Washington win yet again with a time of 51.48 seconds.


Four Metro preps tabbed for Shrine Bowl

Four Metro preps are on the rosters released for the Iowa Shrine Bowl football game that will be played July 23 at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Metro players selected to play in the game for the North Squad are Linn-Mar running back Jer Garman, Marion flanker Dusty Albaugh, Xavier defensive end Chase Kloepfer and Kennedy offensive lineman Ross Ellsworth.

Garman set 12 school records during his three years as running back for the Lions. He also broke two Mississippi Valley Conference records set by Tim Dwight. He was a three-time MVC first teamer and twice first team all state. He will play college football at North Dakota.


No. 10 Tigers tame No. 1 Saints

For the third time this season Xavier found itself down in the second half, but this time the Saints weren’t able to take it into overtime as they fell to Cedar Falls 3-2 at Xavier on Monday.

Xavier is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, Cedar Falls No. 10 in Class 3A.

The Saints (3-1-1, 1-1 MVC), who trailed 1-0 in the second half against Linn-Mar and 2-0 against Bettendorf, finally had a slow start catch up to them as the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 MVC) got a late goal with just 3:21 left to prevent overtime and escape with a win.

“Maybe it is a good lesson for us to not wait 60 minutes before we start playing,” Xavier Coach Amir Hadzic said.

After a scoreless first half, the Saints got the action going early in the second half when Daniel Cowden chipped a pass over the defense and right in front of Chad Gilmer who buried the ball in the back of the net.

It only took Cedar Falls three minutes to get the equalizer, on a corner kick that bounced around in the penalty box before Mohammad Shehata was able to boot it in.

“I think that tying goal was really big because it was a momentum shifter for them,” Hadzic said.


No. 7 Warriors whack No. 2 Wahlert

Monday was not a good day to be ranked among the top two teams in Class 2A boys soccer.

Class 3A No. 7 Washington scored three first-half goals and drubbled Class 2A No. 2 Dubuque Wahlert, 3-1, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kingston Stadium.

Xavier, the No. 1 Class 2A team, also was beaten Monday by Cedar Falls, 3-2.

Washington scored its first goal in the 17th minute on a penalty kick by Austin Bergstrom. The Warriors' Brandon Besong found the back of the net in the 34th minute and Max Versteegh's rebound goal one minute later pushed Washington's lead to 3-0.

Washington improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MVC.


Saxen headed to Missouri Western

Alex Saxen's real first name is Alexandria, but most people just call her Alex.

"Pretty much," she said, "except when I'm trouble."

Saxen probably doesn't have much time for trouble, considering her busy schedule at Xavier High School. She's a three-sport athlete, belongs to numerous clubs at school and has maintained a healthy 3.5 grade point average.

Her next stop will be Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., where she plans to play basketball for the NCAA Division II school and possibly study pre-medicine.

"I'm real excited, but I'm kind of nervous, because I'm not going to know very many people there," she said. "I'm nervous, but I'm excited."

Saxen, who stands about 5-foot-10, averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Saints last season. She could be a swing player at Missouri Western State for Coach Lynn Plett, who led the Griffons to a 14-13 record this year.


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