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Warriors ousted by controversial call

DES MOINES - The Washington boys soccer team ended its season on a controversial goal by Iowa City West in a 2-1 loss in the first round of the state tournament at
the Cownie Soccer Complex.

With the score tied 1-1 in the 59th minute, the Trojans' Nick Kuntz let go a long shot from way outside the box and it bounced off of teammate Justin Baker’s head and into the Washington goal. The sideline judge put up his flag signaling offsides but after a conference with the head official, they decided that Baker didn’t touch the ball and the goal was counted.

“None of the officials saw it hit his head,” Washington Coach J.P. Graham said. “We had a good view of it, because we could see it deflect. It was going right at our keeper then all the sudden it took a left turn and went into the side netting. Physics could tell you that ball hit somebody's head.”

Baker admitted that the ball went off of his head, although he didn’t think that he was offsides in the first place.


Prep sports turn from spring to summer

The transition is nearly complete.

The spring sports have had their championships, or are nearing their championships, and the summer sports are now in full gear.

Here are some observations:

Best of luck to the three Metro boys soccer representatives at the state tournament this week in Des Moines.  Washington and Kennedy will be in the 3A field, while Xavier looks for another title in 2A.

The draw was unfortunate for Kennedy. The Cougars, despite having a very good squad, drew the No. 8 -- and last seed -- and will open against No. 1 West Des Moines Valley. The Cougars played a strong schedule and are somewhat penalized for it because the seeds are set up based solely on record and winning percentage. That is unlike other sports which seed their tournaments based on strength of schedule as well. Hopefully, we will see an all-Metro semifinal with Kennedy and Wash.

I had an opportunity to witness two of the top 4A baseball teams in the state battle it out Tuesday night as No. 1 Kennedy traveled to Iowa City to meet No. 4 West in a rematch of last season's state championship game. These two squads have talent galore up and down their lineups and it was all on display in their Mississippi Valley Conference opening doubleheader.


Washington girls want first trip to state

Cedar Rapids Washington has never sent a team to the girls state soccer tournament.

They're just a game away now.

The eighth-ranked Warriors blanked Dubuque Senior, 6-0, in the regional semifinals Wednesday night at Kingston Stadium and will play for a berth in the state tournament on Monday.

The obstacle will be 10th-ranked Linn-Mar in a match scheduled for Kingston at 7 p.m. Monday.

The Warriors don't like having a "zero" next to the entry for state tournament appearances.

"We have a chance to deal with that on Monday, so it's kind of exciting," said Sean McCoy, in his second year at Washington.


IHSAA throws Washington soccer team a curve

DES MOINES - The Iowa High School Athletic Association changed the pairings for the Class 3A boys state soccer tournament on Wednesday and gave the Washington Warriors a new opponent, just one day before the event begins.

Washington will face Iowa City West - not Bettendorf - in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines.

Paul James, the activities director at Washington, said the IHSAA made a mistake when it originally seeded the teams. The IHSAA had Bettendorf as the No.5 seed and Iowa City West as the No.6 seed, when it should have been just the opposite.

Washington has been the No.4 seed all along, paired to face the No.5 seed in the opening round. The Warriors thought they'd play Bettendorf, but now they'll face Iowa City West instead.

Iowa City West originally thought it would face No.3 seed Dowling Catholic on Thursday, but now Bettendorf will play Dowling.

The seedings are based on a points formula, based on victories. The IHSAA made a mistake in its original computations.


Rumpf beats Kennedy, 10 months too late

IOWA CITY - Ryan Rumpf knows he made a big mistake at the state baseball tournament last year and may have cost Iowa City West the Class 4A title against Kennedy.

He was supposed to pitch against the Cougars in the state finals, but he was suspended before the game and watched helplessly as Kennedy rolled to an 11-1 victory and the championship.

That's why Rumpf was so anxious to pitch against the top-ranked Cougars Tuesday night. Missing the state finals has gnawed at him for the last 10 months.

"Since that game ended, I marked this game on my calender," he said Tuesday. "This game was pretty big for me, to see where I'm at and to see what I could have done last year. This is the game I wanted to pitch for a long time."

Rumpf tossed a complete game and beat Kennedy, 8-1, in the opener of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader at Iowa City West to help ease his pain.

The Cougars won the nightcap, 10-8, to gain a split.


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