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Lions win title despite poor outings

The last pair of dual meets for a wrestling team are usually the best and brightest of the season, if not a mini-preview of what’s to come.

Doug Streicher, the Linn-Mar coach, hopes that is definitely not the case for his 2011 team.

Linn-Mar struggled to top Iowa City High, 33-28, then crushed Washington, 61-12, in a double-dual at Washington Thursday night.

"That first dual of ours was not good at all," he said. "We were not intense, not sharp, not focused, they tied us up, they slowed us down, and wrestlers not as good as us were either close to us or beat us."

Despite clinching the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division title, Striecher cited several of the usual suspects for his team’s subpar performance, including poor pre-match preparation, not being ready to go, and a lackluster intensity level.


Herman, Witte reach milestones

Thursday's wrestling meet between Jefferson and Prairie had been over for about 15 minutes when Conner Herman found Zach Witte and ambled over to shake hands.

It was a night for mutual congratulations.

Herman broke Jefferson's career record for most pins and Witte became the newest member of Prairie's 100-victory club during their double-dual at Jefferson.

Herman, a senior who is ranked No.1 at 215 pounds, snapped Mark Ironside's record when he pinned Prairie's Colton Tonn in 3:26 for the 54th stick of his career.

Witte, a junior who is ranked No.4 at 145 pounds, collected an 18-6 decision over Jefferson's Dylan Moenck to reach the century mark in just three years.

Both wrestlers were happy with their milestones, but both preferred to look ahead and refused to be satisfied.

"Don't get me wrong. It's great," Herman said of his accomplishment. "Mark Ironside is a great wrestler. He still has something that I don't. A state championship."


French beats snow, signs with Oregon

Christian French got up early Wednesday morning to help his mother and stepfather shovel all the snow in front of their house on the northeast side of Cedar Rapids.

There wasn't any school due to the heavy storm that hit the midwest on Tuesday, but he needed to get to Kennedy and sign his national letter-of-intent with the University of Oregon football program.

That made the shoveling worthwhile.

"We had about two feet with the drifts in front of our house," said French. "And then on the street it was like 7 or 8 inches."

French got in the family's F-150 truck with his mother, Caroline Luter-French, and step-father, Russell Dobbins, for the short drive to Kennedy High School.

"Our street wasn't plowed, so we had to work our way through the snow on our street," he said. "I wouldn't expect a blizzard on signing day, but hey, there's no school and I can't complain."

They were joined at Kennedy by Aaron Stecker, the activities director, so French could sign his letter-of-intent and fax the document to Oregon. Kennedy had planned a ceremony in the main gym for French and other athletes, but the snowstorm delayed those plans for another day.

The Oregon Ducks, however, wanted French's document Wednesday so they could announce their entire recruiting class on the opening day of the signing period.

"We got it all faxed out to Oregon and they said they got it, so it's all good," he said.


Cedar Valley Christian joining IHSAA, IGHSAU

Cedar Valley Christian School plans to join the official governing bodies for high school sports in Iowa, effective with the start of the 2011-12 school year.

The school will join the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) for boys sports and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) for girls sports.

"Paperwork has not been signed, but it's been confirmed verbally and through e-mail," said Stephanie Hodge, the athletic director at Cedar Valley Christian. "We have been accepted."

Cedar Valley Christian is a private school in southeast Cedar Rapids with 75 students in grades 9 through 12. The school is a member of the Northern Illinois Christian Conference, but will be leaving to seek stronger competition and save on travel costs.


Warrior swimmers up to 4th

Cedar Rapids Washington is ranked fourth in the boys swimming power rankings released Tuesday (Feb. 1) by the Iowa High School Swim Coaches Association.

The Warriors were ranked eighth before their surprising run to the Mississippi Valley Conference Mississippi Division title at the conference super meet Jan. 22.

Washington's highest ranked swimmer is junior Morgan Barnes, who has the second-best 200 freestyle time at 1:45.79. Barnes also is sixth in the 500 freestyle. Other top 10 ranked Warriors are Ian Ford (sixth in the 100 backstroke) and Josh Hughes (seventh in the 500 free). Washington's 200 medley relay team has the fourth best time in the state.

Linn-Mar is ranked 27th, Jefferson 29th and Kennedy 32nd.


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