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Mattke helps Iowa take 3rd at national tourney

Mack Mattke of Xavier High School helped Iowa finish third at the Babe Ruth 18U World Series in Ephrata, Wash., this month.

Iowa won the regional championship in Missouri against teams from Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and North Dakota to earn a spot in the World Series.

The team from Mobile, Ala., won the national title. Iowa lost to Mobile, 7-6, in pool play.

The team from Iowa was centered in Ottumwa.


Puk quits Warriors; Griffin out 4-6 weeks

The Cedar Rapids Washington football team has suffered two serious setbacks this week with the loss of quarterback A.J. Puk and tailback Will Griffin.

Puk quit the team Monday to concentrate on his promising baseball career. Griffin had surgery on Tuesday to repair his ankle and will be sidelined four to six weeks.

"It's a whole different team than I had 48 hours ago," Washington Coach Tony Lombardi said Tuesday after practice.

Puk was Washington's starting quarterback last year as a sophomore when he completed 43 of 89 passes for 599 yards and four touchdowns. Lombardi kept him mostly under wraps as a sophomore, but planned to turn him loose this year.

Griffin rushed for 452 yards and six TDs last season as the No.2 tailback behind Alex Carr. An outstanding sprinter, Griffin appeared on the verge of becoming the next star tailback at Washington.

Puk practiced with the Warriors last Monday and Tuesday, then left last Wednesday (with permission) for a national baseball showcase in California. Lombardi expected Puk to rejoin the team this week, but Puk called Monday and said he was done.

"It's completely a shock," Lombardi said.


McCann takes honors at Linn-Mar Invite

Linn-Mar senior Tyler McCann felt right at home at Hunters Ridge Golf Course Monday afternoon.

McCann fired an even-par 72 to take medalist honors at the Linn-Mar Invitational and help the Lions finish in third place on their home course.

McCann collected two birdies and an eagle to beat Jacob Bermel of Cedar Falls by two strokes.

Cedar Falls won the title in the 13-team event with a four-man score of 18-over-par 306. Muscatine and Linn-Mar both shot 312, but Muscatine was awarded second place on a tiebreaker.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy, which dominated the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet last Thursday at Twin Pines, finished fourth Monday with 319 strokes. Cody Bell shot a 3-over-par 75 and MVC medalist Brigham Stewart had a 7-over 79.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson placed sixth, Xavier finished seventh, Cedar Rapids Prairie placed ninth and Cedar Rapids Washington was 10th.

Dominic Rodriguez of Washington tied for third with a 3-over 75 and Clay Vieth of Linn-Mar took sixth with a 4-over 76.



Marion QB Cannoy gets green light to play

Marion High School senior Cale Cannoy received a clean bill of health from his doctor Monday morning and has been cleared to play quarterback for the Indians this season.

Cannoy suffered a partially torn ligament in his left throwing elbow in early June during the baseball season and was not allowed to throw a baseball or football for two months. He did some light throwing in Marion's practices last week and now has permission to start putting more zip on the ball.

"He got the green light," Cannoy's father, Mike, said Monday night. "The doctor said everything looked great. There was no tenderness. He said you're good to go."

"There were a lot of smiles on Cale's face when he heard the news," Mike Cannoy said.



New Iowa law focuses on concussions

I wrote about concussions in my April 3rd sports medicine installment for the Metro Sports Report that was titled "Spring no respite from concussion concerns."

Iowa passed a concussion management law on April 7 (Senate File 367). Interestingly, in February 2011, only 11 states had concussion management laws for high school sports.

Fast forward to August 2011 and 32 states have passed laws, and 10 others have legislation pending to protect student athletes from the dangers of concussions.

What is driving this monumental change across America? Plain and simple: RESEARCH.

In a landmark study published in the journal of Pediatrics this summer, results revealed that between 1980 and 2009 there were 1,827 athletes under the age of 21 who suffered sudden death while participating in high school sports.

About 14 percent of those (261 athletes) were caused by trauma; 57 percent (148 athletes) of those occurred in football. More importantly, 11 percent of those football deaths were trauma to the head and face after sustaining a prior concussion within weeks or days of death.



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