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Jim Ecker, President & Editor

Metro Sports Report

Girls hockey grows with Lady RoughRiders

Cedar Rapids Prairie sophomore Madeline Rainey is a three-sport athlete. She runs cross country and plays tennis for the Hawks, but leaves her classmates behind three evenings a week and nearly every weekend from late September through early April to play ice hockey with the Cedar Rapids Lady RoughRiders.

It is, “by far,” her favorite sport, she says. “When you get out on the ice, it’s so exciting, and there are so many things you can improve on, like skating and stick-handling. Nothing can compare to having fun on the ice.”

Like most of her teammates on the 20-member Lady RoughRiders squad, Rainey began playing hockey with her brother about the time she started kindergarten. “My dad and brother both played, and my brother was always at the rink, so it was kind of a family thing,” she says.

Rainey and other girls who fell in love with the sport at the newly opened Cedar Rapids Ice Arena played with the boys teams for several years.

That changed in 2008 with the arrival of Kevin Brooks as hockey director at the arena.

Mark Dukes

Strong Metro flavor everywhere you look

Everywhere you looked, they were there ... NCAA basketball tournaments, NCAA wrestling, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, PGA Tour. In nearly every major sport that was in action in a four-day period, the Metro area was well represented.

Quite incredibly, former Metro area athletes were involved in, and often starred on, some of sports’ biggest stages this past week. They were on the courts, the mats, the pavement and the grass of the events making headlines.

Jordan Printy (Linn-Mar) played a reserve role, scoring eight points, in Indiana State’s first-round loss Friday to Syracuse in the NCAA men’s tournament. His sister, Jaime (Linn-Mar), poured in 25 points for Iowa in an opening-round loss Saturday at Gonzaga in the women’s tournament. Jade Rogers (Kennedy) also was on the Hawkeye women’s roster.


Shin splints: Fact or fiction?

High school track practices just started, and you notice a moderate aching on the inside of your shin, a couple of inches above your ankle.

This ache started after training, lasted a couple of hours and then seemed to go away. The ache reappeared after the next practice. Yesterday, training intensity increased, and the ache lasted until bedtime and you noticed it hurt while walking to class the next morning.

Unfortunately, after today’s practice, you could hardly walk and went to see the school trainer for some ice. The trainer examined your shin and told you that you had a case of “shin splints.”

You were advised  to ice your shin and take some ibuprofen at home. The trainer encouraged you to return tomorrow before track practice to be re-evaluated.

You iced your shin, limped home and took some ibuprofen. The next morning you felt a lot better, so you decided not to go back to the trainer. Unfortunately, you couldn’t finish training two days later and went back to see the athletic trainer.

What are “shin splints”?

In 1913, Dr. Charles P. Hutchins, a physician and former Big Ten football coach, first described pain along the medial shin as “spike soreness.” He defined spike soreness as a problem track runners develop when training with spikes that leads to a condition he called “lameness of the shin.”


Matt Stocker wins 1600 at Dickinson Relays

CEDAR FALLS -- Cedar Rapids Prairie senior Matt Stocker won the 1600-meter run in 4:24.62 Monday at the Dickinson Relays in the UNI-Dome.

Kyle Stocker, Matt's twin brother, finished second in the 1600 in 4:25.61. Josh Evans of Linn-Mar was third in 4:34.72.

Justin Burns of Prairie placed second in the 800 in 2:01.84 in a field of 68 runners. Coty Thompson of Mason City won the race in 2:01.72, just  12-hundredths of a second ahead of Burns.

Brandon Ophoff of Linn-Mar took second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.36 seconds. Tyler Donels of Southeast Polk won the event in 8.23.

Mitch Pritts of Prairie placed third in the 3200 in 10:05.78.

Prairie finished fifth in the 4x800 relay in 8:29.66 with Kyle Stocker, Justin Burns, Matt Stocker and Jordan Burns.





Metro baseball: It's getting close

Take a deep breath. Can you smell it? Baseballs are beginning to bloom.

Probably no one in the Metro area is more excited about high school baseball than I am, excepting, maybe, the coaches and the players themselves. Just like Major League fans in the offseason, I believe there is interest in your favorite high school team right now, along with interest in the opponents, even though the games will not begin until May.

The summer of 2010 was the first summer I wasn’t coaching a baseball team or individual players at one level or another since the summer of 1973. I coached at Kennedy, Amana, WACO of Olds, West Branch, Riceville and Prairie. It’s been a wonderful journey that I have shared with hundreds of great kids and parents.

As a product of the legendary Ray and Roy Allard Little League experience and Hall of Fame Coach George Thompson, I was taught by the very best to “respect your competition, to love the game and the kids who play it, and to encourage others to love it, too.”

It is to that end that I present these team capsules of the Metro baseball teams for the 2011 season. The team capsules can be found on each of the seven baseball pages for each Metro school on the Metro Sports Report website.

I provide a team summary of each Metro varsity program.  I have compiled statistics from Quick Stats regarding returning players, interviewed many of the head coaches and added my own perspective to each team’s evaluation.


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