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Schlotterback apparently out as Wash baseball coach

There were strong indications Wednesday that Byron Schlotterback is no longer the varsity baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

According to two parents of Washington baseball players, Washington Principal Ralph Plagman informed the team on Tuesday that assistant coach Brent Henry has been named the interim head coach in Schlotterback's absence.

Two other sources told the Metro Sports Report that Schlotterback is no longer the head coach. All four sources said they do not know what led to this situation or whether Schlotterback will return as head coach at some point.

Paul James, the activities director at Washington, declined comment. He referred all questions to a spokesperson for the Cedar Rapids Community School district, who could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Schlotterback did not answer his cell phone and did not return a message seeking comment.

On Tuesday, it was learned that Washington pitcher Dakota Freese has been suspended for the first seven games of the season for a violation of school rules.

Schlotterback conducted Washington's first practice of the season on Monday, according to sources, but did not attend practice on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Although Schlotterback coaches at Washington, he teaches at Jefferson High School as the head vocal music director.


Kyle Dunn is contrite - and impressive

Kyle Dunn is sorry. And he's back, as good as ever.

Dunn returned from a three-meet suspension Tuesday and starred at the Linn-Mar Relays with strong performances in his signature events on a chilly night.

He won the 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles with excellent times, then anchored Linn-Mar's 4x400 relay to victory with a 48.5 second split to finish the night in style.

Dunn, a senior at Linn-Mar and one of the top track athletes in the state, was arrested at 1:57 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

He was suspended for 20 percent of the season, according to school rules, and was not allowed to compete in the prestigious Drake Relays, where he was the defending champion in both hurdles events. Dunn sat in the stands at Drake last week as a spectator, unable to participate and defend his titles.

"It was pretty tough," he said. "Just hearing the announcer call 'Linn-Mar' and knowing I should be out there, it was was really tough. I don't want to experience that ever again."

Dunn expressed remorse for setting a bad example and disappointing the Linn-Mar community, especially younger kids.


All in the soccer family

They came to Cedar Rapids from different parts of the globe, all with the same intent. Little did they realize how much impact they would have on the local soccer scene in a few short years.

They met at Mount Mercy. John O'Connor and Corey Brinkmeyer were the first on the scene. J.P. Graham and Amir Hadzic soon followed.

Now they are four of the seven men coaching Metro prep soccer teams -- O'Connor at Jefferson, Brinkmeyer at Linn-Mar, Graham at Washington and Hadzic at Xavier.

O’Connor, a native of Ontario, Canada, and Brinkmeyer, from Illinois, were the first to arrive in 1993 as freshman for the Mount Mercy soccer team and quickly became good friends.

Two years later, Graham, also an Illinois native, transferred to Mount Mercy as a high scoring forward from a junior college in St. Louis.

“Corey was the only person that I knew when I came to Cedar Rapids,” Graham said. “I met him in a camp in Illinois so I barely even knew him then, but he was the only person that I knew at all.”

But the Mustangs took him in. Brinkmeyer and Graham were majoring in education together and O’Connor, who was pre-med at the time, had science classes with Graham.



Freese suspended from Wash baseball team

Dakota Freese, the star pitcher for the Cedar Rapids Washington baseball team, has been suspended for the first seven games of the 2011 season for a violation of school rules.

Paul James, the activities director at Washington, confirmed the suspension Tuesday afternoon.

Freese, a senior, is a 6-foot-4 righthander who made third team all-state last season as a utility player. He had a 6-3 pitching record and 2.69 ERA in 2010, with 91 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings. He also hit .301 with three homers and 17 RBIs.

Freese has been training with the Washington track team and will serve part of his suspension during the current track season. Otherwise, Freese would have faced a 13-game suspension from the baseball team (one-third of the regular season).

James said Freese had been working out with the track team, although not competing in meets, prior to the school violation.

According to the Washington schedule, barring postponements Freese would be eligible to start playing May 31 when the Warriors play Iowa City High.

Freese has committed to play college baseball at LSU-Eunice, a junior college in Louisiana. Perfect Game USA rates Freese as the third-best senior in Iowa for the 2011 major league draft in June. His fastball has been clocked at 92 mph.


Foreman takes a break, still wins

Just three days after Brooke Foreman placed in three events in the Drake Relays, she was back at it with Washington at the Prairie Relays on Tuesday.

Foreman ran well again, although she didn’t run her usual slate of races.

"After Drake, I am very tired so my coach just wanted to put me in some 100's to see if I could get my time down,” Foreman said.

Foreman picked up two victories, one in the 100 meter dash and one in the 100 hurdles. She also helped the 4x100 relay team to a second place finish.

Last season Foreman placed seventh in the state in the 100 meter dash, but this year, she hasn’t run it much, focusing instead on hurdles.

"My time hasn't been where I've wanted it to be, but I have found other races that I can be much better at this season," she said.

In the 100 meter race at the Prairie Relays, Foreman was credited with the win, running a 12.53, .02 seconds faster than teammate Kadejah Sanders, though Foreman is fairly sure Sanders edged her out in the end.

“I haven't run the 100 since early in the season,” Foreman said. “I got out well, but I think my teammate caught me at the end, Kadejah, but they announced me as first so I was a little confused."


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