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Jim Ecker, President & Editor

Metro Sports Report

Lions hit the Target

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Linn-Mar Lions enjoy playing basketball at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

The top-ranked Lions won their fourth straight game in the Timberwolves Shootout Saturday night with an 81-35 cakewalk by an injury-depleted squad from Apple Valley, Minn.

Linn-Mar (9-0) won games here in 2006, 2007 and 2010 before prevailing again Saturday.

"For some reason we've always felt comfortable on this floor and in this arena," Linn-Coach Chris Robertson remarked. "It's been a fun trip for our guys. We've never lost here, so we like to come."


Warriors on Target, too

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cedar Rapids Washington Coach Brad Metzger has been looking for a boost from his bench players all season. Oddly enough, he found it in Minneapolis.

David Tann and Trent Hoekstra gave the Warriors a lift in the first half Saturday night and the Warriors clipped Chaska, 59-55, at the Timberwolves Shootout in the Target Center.

Tann and Hoekstra combined for nine points -- two more than they'd scored all season -- as Washington beat the ninth-ranked Class 4A team in Minnesota.

Hoekstra, who hadn't scored a point all year, made two big baskets for four points.


Kennedy boys rout SC West

SIOUX CITY – Kennedy unleashed a winning defensive combination for a second straight day.

After squashing Sioux City North 64-37 Friday in the sprawling CNOS Classic event in the Tyson Events Center, Kennedy mashed Sioux City West Saturday in the West gym, 86-48.

No. 4 Kennedy (8-1) limited West (1-8) to 21 field goals and forged a 35-18 rebounding advantage.  The Cougars' defense, led by junior workhorse Joe Coleman, operated so efficiently that West never got to the free throw line.


How high school sports have changed

First of all, I would like to congratulate all of the people who have put the Metro Sports Report together. I fully support this effort and wish it well and think it will serve the Cedar Rapids and Marion high schools with excellent coverage.

High school athletics in my mind have always been in the forefront of what I have covered over a period of years, from my days at Franklin High School as an athlete who wasn't any good, but I did get coached by a gentleman named Orville Rust. And this column will give you an overview of how high school athletics have changed from my time in the late 1930s and early 1940s to today.

Some of the things that Orville taught and coached are still on my mind, things I refer to from time to time. That shows you how much a football coach, basketball coach and track coach could influence a high school athlete, even into his latter years.


Uthoff is 'Mr. Clutch' in Jefferson's OT win

You'll have to forgive Iowa City West Coach Steve Bergman if he doesn't let the team bus stop in Cedar Rapids anymore.

One of the Metro's top teams and elite players killed him again Friday night with a miracle shot.

Jarrod Uthoff poured in 34 points and turned into "Mr. Clutch" as fifth-ranked Jefferson squeezed past the Trojans in overtime, 67-63, in a Mississippi Valley Conference thriller at the Jefferson gym.

Uthoff hit two 3-pointers in the final 20 seconds of regulation, including an off-balance triple with eight seconds left that tied the game and forced overtime. The 6-foot-8 superstar then scored the first five points of overtime to put the J-Hawks (7-1, 4-1) ahead to stay.

"I thought Jarrod's performance was one of the most competitive performances I've seen in 32 years of coaching," Jefferson Coach Stu Ordman remarked. "I thought he was absolutely sensational. He kind of put us on his back and carried us. I'm very proud of him."

Iowa City West (4-4, 2-4) lost Tuesday night at Washington, 54-52, when Wes Washpun banked in a 3-pointer from about 28 feet at the buzzer. Three nights later, Uthoff sent them home unhappy again.


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