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Lions win meet; Cougars lead chase

DUBUQUE - Tyler McCann claimed medalist honors with a 1-under-par 68 Monday to help Linn-Mar finish in first place at the MVC Mississippi Division golf meet at Bunker Hill.

This was the second leg of the three-tourney series that determines the division champions. Kennedy, which built a commanding lead in winning the MVC Super Meet last month, is 18 shots ahead of Linn-Mar heading into the final division meet Sept. 26 at Irv Warren Golf Course in Waterloo.

Tyler McCann holds a one-shot lead over Kennedy's Cody Bell in the medalist race. Kennedy's Brigham Stewart is four shots back.

Trevor Berry and Mark Drake shot 3-over 72s Monday and Clay Vieth contributed a 5-over 74 as the Lions finished with 286 strokes, four shots better than Kennedy.

Bell and Mitchell Martin led Kennedy with 1-over-par 70s on Monday. Bell shot a 66 in the MVC Super Meet.

Dominic Rodriguez helped Washington finish in sixth place in the seven-team field with a 75.


Saints take 13-stroke lead in Valley meet

WATERLOO - Xavier had four players finish among the top six and took control of the MVC Valley Division lead Monday at Gates Park.

J.P. King finished second, Matt Junge and Jason Beer finished in a three-way tie for third and Ben Sagers tied for sixth as Xavier won the second leg of the three-tourney series that determines the division champions.

"I made a comment recently that we hadn't played our best golf yet," Xavier Coach Tom O'Brien said. "Today we played well."

Xavier posted a 306 that was 12 strokes better than second-place Cedar Falls. The Saints entered the meet in second place, one stroke behind Hempstead and one ahead of Cedar Falls. They now hold a 13-stroke lead over the second-place Tigers and are 16 clear of Hempstead, which finished third Monday with a 323.

Jefferson was fourth, Prairie fifth, Iowa City West sixth and Waterloo East a distant seventh. Those teams hold those same places in the overall standings.

Hempstead's Carson Hillery shot a 1-over par 73 to take medalist honors. He is the overall medalist leader by three strokes over Xavier's Beer. King is five shots back.

The final round of the tournament is Sept. 26 at Airport National Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.



Former Metro preps in pro baseball

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier, Oakland Athletics) -- Started in center field Monday and was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Athletics' 6-3 win over the Angels.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .270 (70-259), HR -- 1, RBI -- 25, 2B -- 11, 3B -- 3, R -- 34, SB -- 1.

MATT HOLLAND (Marion, GCL Phillies) -- Season completed.
Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .236 (26-110), HR -- 4, RBI -- 15, 2B -- 7, 3B -- 0, R -- 19, SB -- 1.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (Prairie, Ogden (Dodgers)) -- Ogden did not play Monday. The Raptors open the Pioneer League's best-of-3 championship series Tuesday against Great Falls.
Year-to-date (regular season): Batting avg. -- .285 (84-295), HR -- 13, RBI -- 58, 2B -- 17, 3B -- 8, R -- 44, SB -- 1.

KELLEN SWEENEY (Jefferson, Bluefield (Blue Jays)) -- Season completed.
Season stats: Batting avg. -- .114 (4-35), HR -- 0, RBI -- 1, 2B -- 1, 3B -- 0, R -- 4, SB -- 0.

NATE WOODS (Xavier, Jupiter (Marlins)) -- Season completed.
Season stats (Total, 3 teams): Batting avg. .266 (47-177), HR -- 4, RBI -- 22, 2B -- 17, 3B -- 1, R -- 23, SB -- 0.


New book on Ed Thomas is compelling story

Be prepared to cry. Several times, in fact.

It's impossible to read "The Sacred Acre: The Ed Thomas Story" without crying when you get to that tragic day of June 24, 2009 when the Aplington-Parkersburg football coach was murdered by one of his former players.

But you should also be prepared to laugh, smile and learn valuable lessons as you read this story about the life - and death - of the man who was truly devoted to Faith, Family and Football.

Mark Tabb, the author, was afforded near-total access to the Thomas family for this book, and indeed the credit line on the cover says it was written by "Mark Tabb with the Ed Thomas Family."

Jan Thomas, Ed's wife of 33 years, opened her heart for this book. So did Ed's two sons, Aaron and Todd, along with numerous friends, neighbors, former players and school administrators who participated in the telling of this story.

It's a compelling story that goes well beyond that tragic day in 2009 when Thomas was gunned down by Mark Becker, one of his former players who had severe mental problems. In a cruel twist, Becker's father was a captain for Thomas' first football team at Parkersburg and the two families were friends.


Cougars 6th, Saints 10th in golf poll

Kennedy is ranked No. 6 and Xavier No. 10 in this week's Class 4A boys golf poll released Sunday by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association.

Kennedy is the top-ranked team in the Mississippi Valley Conference. Cedar Falls is No. 7 and Xavier No. 10.

Other ranked Metro teams are Linn-Mar (15), Prairie (19), Washington (22) and Jefferson (27). Rankings are based on a team's nine-hole scoring average in its meets.

Kennedy senior Cody Bell is the top-ranked player in the Metro in the individual rankings. He is No. 9 in the state with a 37.76 stroke average per nine holes. Tyler McCann is 15th and Kennedy's Brigham Stewart 22nd.


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