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Marion's Keel is Wamac medalist

WATERLOO - Marion High School junior Brandon Keel fired a 4-over-par 76 Monday to claim medalist honors at the Wamac Conference meet at Gates Park.

Keel beat Mitch Maiers of Waterloo Columbus by one shot to become the first Marion golfer to win medalist honors at the Wamac meet since the league expanded.

Matt Schnieders of Marion shot a 6-over-par 78 to help the Indians take third place in the 15-team field.

Waterloo Columbus won the meet with a score of 317. Solon was second at 332, followed by Marion at 335.

Team Standings

1. Waterloo Columbus 317, 2. Solon 332, 3. Marion 335, 4. Anamosa 339, 5. Williamsburg 340, 6. Maquoketa 341, 7. Dyersville Beckman 350, 8. Mt. Vernon 351, 9. Independence 353, 10. DeWitt Central 355, 11. Benton Community 357, 12. West Delaware 357, 13. Center Point-Urbana 371, 14. Vinton Shellsburg 372, 15. Clear Creek Amana 383.

Top-5 Individuals

1. Brandon Keel (Marion) 76, 2. Mitch Maiers (Columbus) 77, 3. (tie) Alex Beck (Maquoketa) 78; Adam Squires (Columbus) 78; Matt Schnieders (Marion) 78.

Marion (335): Brandon Keel 76, Matt Schnieders 78, Colton Mowry 90, Tyler Ohl 91.


Griffin next great Wash tailback?

Will Griffin thundered down the track at Kingston Stadium Friday night in the Mississippi Valley Conference meet with a rare combination of speed, power and grace.

He has immense thighs, a powerful torso and a muscular upper body, capable of running the 100-meter dash in 10.8 seconds for Cedar Rapids Washington High School.

He stands 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, and pity the poor defensive back who tries to tackle him this fall when he becomes the No.1 tailback at Tailback High.

"I expect 2,000 yards out of him," said Alex Carr, Griffin's teammate, friend and mentor.

That's no idle boast by Carr. Andre Dawson rushed for 2,212 yards as Washington's No.1 tailback in 2009 and Carr scooted for 1,911 yards last fall for the Warriors.

"I expect that out of every running back at Washington," Carr remarked. "We've always had a tradition of having good running backs. I don't think anything is going to fall off.

"He's a little different than Andre and I are, but he's just as good."


Mom, coach, athlete ... and freshman

In her four years as head coach of the Xavier Saints girls tennis team, Erin Seely was proud that her teams always posted winning seasons.

She's on the other side of the net this spring, so to speak. But, as a 39-year-old freshman on the Cornell College tennis team, she's no less excited that she's holding her own against women young enough to be her daughter.

Well, she did drop her last singles match a week ago, 6-1, 6-0, against a Luther College coed on a blustery day in Decorah.

"Hey," she said good-naturedly afterward, "at least I didn't get hurt."

Win or lose, Erin brings the same spunk to college competition as she does to coaching. Being a full-time wife, mother of two teenage boys and first-year Cornell student, she gave up the Xavier gig this year but still helps Kennedy girls coach and friend Joe Benedict with his team.

"Erin's always the positive one," says doubles partner Wanda Carter-Moorings, an 18-year-old freshman from Los Angeles. "She's always picking up the other kids. She acts and looks so young, you forget she could be your coach."


Lions capture 1st MVC boys track crown

The Linn-Mar boys track team took a special victory lap at Kingston Stadium Friday night.

The Lions won a Mississippi Valley Conference title for the first time since joining the league in 1986, according to Coach Ken Hopkins, and they did it by beating two other strong MVC teams to the finish line.

"I'm pretty proud of the kids," Hopkins said. "I'm pretty proud of what they've done."

Linn-Mar rolled up 140 points on a comfortable evening to win the Mississippi Division title in a good three-team race with Iowa City High (128) and Washington (118).

Linn-Mar senior Kyle Dunn won three individual events and turned in a blazing 46.9-second split on the 4x400 relay, but he had plenty of help from his teammates.

The Lions clinched the title when Matt Simon won the 800 in 1:59.79 with a strong kick and Nick Gentzler finished third, giving Linn-Mar 16 points in one race.

The Lions also captured the 4x800 relay with Simon running the anchor, got a victory from Josh Evans in the 3200 and scored 14 points in the shot put with a 2-3 finish by Jack Halupnik and Brandon Allen.

The Lions won the meet despite the absence of Nick Lucas, who was third in the 400 hurdles last week at the Drake Relays. Lucas sat out because of a hamstring problem, but assured his coach he will be able to run in the district meet May 12.


Kyle Stocker garners 3 wins at Valley track

Kyle Stocker swept the distance events at the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division boys track meet at Xavier on Friday, winning the 3200 meter (9:41.49), 1600 meter (4:29.04) and 800 meter (2:01.43) races.

“Of course three gold medals is great, but we were just shooting for team points, me and my brother (Matt) just working together one-two,” Stocker said. “It doesn’t really matter who wins.”

Matt Stocker also ran well, taking second behind his brother in the 3200 meter race and finishing third in the 1600 and 800 meter races.

“For the 2 mile, we just took it out slow and then kicked at the end,” Kyle Stocker said. "That was my brother's and my strategy, so we don’t wear ourselves out. The mile, we went really slow and it was a kick race at the end, which Matt and I thought would be to our advantage. The 800 was just all out, give it your all. Tomorrow is going to be easy running anyway.”

Despite winning three races, Stocker was humble in victory, insisting that he was just trying to score as many points as possible for his team.

“It is kind of good I guess,” he said. “It is always your goal to win a race, that’s why we race. At Prairie you are expected to, nothing less.”

The Stocker brothers' finishes in the distance races helped to lead Prairie to third place with 120 points. Cedar Falls won theteam  race with 145 points and Iowa City West came in second with 127 points. Xavier was fourth with 67 points and Jefferson fifth with 51 points.


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