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Carlson is 'Iron Hawk' in Prairie sweep

Dustin Carlson probably didn't need any lullabies to fall asleep Friday night after Cedar Rapids Prairie swept a doubleheader from the Linn-Mar Lions at Prairie.

Carlson pitched the first five innings of the opener, then caught the final two frames as the Hawks collected a 5-4 victory.

He took some nourishment between games of the twinbill, then caught all seven innings of the nightcap as the Hawks posted an 8-7 victory in a sloppy affair.

All that came 24 hours after he caught both ends of a doubleheader against Dubuque Wahlert Thursday night.

His secret?

"I guess getting a lot of sleep the next night and eating healthy," he said. "I've been doing a lot of yoga, too. It kind of helps."



Hoopsters should swim in the summer time

The summer season means summer camps. Not in the vein of going to the north woods, but going to a coach’s-for-money camp for improving your athletic ability.

It also means it’s the season for the PTL, better known as the Prime Time League, where collegians and ex-pros and players gather in North Liberty to pursue their basketball dreams. The Prime Time League also is a time for fans come to see the Hawkeyes of 2011-2012, and it’s nice to note there is more interest in the Hawks than in the last few years.

My question is, does this sort of activity - camps and summer leagues - really improve the people who are  participating in them?

It seems to me that, yes, there is a great positive out of this, but how much teaching and coaching really goes on at camp or in a league? That is a subjective topic that can’t really be identified.

But I have noted that, especially in basketball, there is a tendency for bad habits to develop in passing, shooting, screening - the little things that might make a player better that are overlooked.

Most coaches who have been around a long time will tell you that the three months of June, July and August were times for reflection and vacation. But today’s coaches are on the hunt for talent non-stop. And the summer is filled with more activities than they would have during the regular season.



J-Hawk hurlers sweep away Linn-Mar

For years when you thought of Jefferson softball you'd think pitching and defense.

It's no different this year.

No. 8 Jefferson has a dominant pitching duo in senior Katie Naber and junior Hannah Petersen and Thursday night the J-Hawk pitching and defense were on display as the J-Hawks swept the Linn-Mar Lions at Jefferson in a MVC doubleheader. Jefferson took the first game, 6-0, and the second, 7-1.

“Katie and Pete pitched well tonight,” Jefferson Coach Larry Niemeyer said. “We just try to control the tempo of the game with our pitch calls.”

Petersen dominated the Linn-Mar lineup in the opener, scattering four singles over seven shutout innings. Only one runner advanced past first base and Petersen struck out 10.

Naber nearly matched her teammate in the nightcap, giving up just five hits. The Lions were able to put up one unearned run on Naber in the seventh inning. Naber struck out four. but worked her way out of some self-created trouble.



Appleget, Taylor help Kennedy to sweep

The talent-rich Cedar Rapids Kennedy baseball team got a little richer Thursday night.

Nick Appleget and Colin Taylor stepped into major roles and helped the ninth-ranked Cougars sweep Waterloo East, 6-3 and 11-1, in a Mississippi Valley Conference twinbill at Kennedy.

Appleget pitched a strong game in the nightcap, while Taylor contributed with his bat and arm in both games.

Appleget's career has been hindered by two major knee operations, but the right-hander made his first start on the mound and baffled East (4-16, 1-9) with a crackling fastball and sharp curve.



Furnish makes U.S. Girls Junior golf meet

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Megan Furnish of Cedar Rapids shot an 81 Wednesday at a USGA Girls Championship qualifier and advanced to the national tournament in July.

Furnish, a senior-to-be at Jefferson High School, finished third at the qualifier at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo.

She earned a spot in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship that will be held at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., from July 18-23.

Mika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif., won the qualifier at Bogey Hills with a 73. Julie Yang of Mesa, Ariz., was second with a 76. The top three finishers advanced.


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