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Lions, Warriors and Hawks took shots at title

DES MOINES -- The Linn-Mar, Washington and Prairie boys track teams all made a run for the Class 4A state title Saturday, but one by one they all fell short.

It wasn't for lack of effort.

The drama began early Saturday when Prairie moved to the top of the team standings at the state track meet when Kyle Stocker finished second in the 800 meter run.

In the very next race, Linn-Mar grabbed the lead in the tight standings when it placed second in the shuttle hurdle relay to score eight big points.

And on the next race after that, Washington tied Linn-Mar for the top when Will Griffin and Alex Carr finished 2-3 in the 100 meter dash to collect 14 points.

That tie was quickly broken when Kyle Dunn won the 110 high hurdles for Linn-Mar and Brandon Ophoff finished fifth, giving the Lions 14 points in one race and 48 overall.

Linn-Mar held the lead for two more races, but Cedar Falls nudged ahead by winning the 4x100 relay in the next-to-last event of the day, leaving the Lions out of bullets and ending the drama.


Schemmel expects another successful season

(Editor's note: This is the seventh and last in a series of preseason articles about Metro baseball teams)

Dave Schemmel keeps churning out winning teams and draft picks at Xavier High School.

The Saints won the Class 3A state title in 2006, finished second in 2005 and 2007, and made a trip to state in 1999 shortly after the school opened its doors.

Schemmel is the only baseball coach the school has ever had, and he's produced a series of pro draft picks in Ryan Sweeney, Nate Woods, Michael Harrington, Brent Warren, Ryan Arp and Jon Keller.

Schemmel knows what it takes to put a winning club on the field and he's confident the 2011 Saints will have a good year. "I think they're very capable," he said, "and I think they're focused on doing a nice job."

Xavier opens the season on Monday against Linn-Mar in the quarterfinals of the Bob Vrbicek Metro Tournament. The game is scheduled for Xavier at 7 p.m.

Schemmel said he does not set specific goals for his team each season.

"Not really," he said. "We've been successful in the past, and the kids know that to be successful they have to play a certain way. We always shoot for making it to state. I think they understand that's not the only success they can have, and they work hard for anything they can get."


Saints want a return trip to state

Editor's note: This is the seventh and last in a series of preseason articles about Metro softball teams)

The Xavier softball team is coming off of an appearance in the state tournament last season and is aiming to make it back to Fort Dodge again this season.

First, the Saints will have to replace a talented senior class that lead the team to a 34-9 record.

“I think we can surprise a lot of people,” said senior third baseman Abby Bedard. “We are younger but we have been working really hard in practice and bonding a little bit more than we thought we would.”

Last year's seniors featured two second team all-state performers in catcher McKenna Miller and pitcher/outfielder Jenny Drahozal, who now is playing softball at Iowa State. Miller plays for Kirkwood.

“We are all just going to have to work really hard,” said senior Kristen Winter, who will play softball at Kirkwood next year. “We lost a lot of people, so we are going to need to have some younger kids step up.”

One of the young kids that will be stepping up this year is eighth grader Erin Drahozal, Jenny’s cousin. Erin will fill in the pitching vacancy left by her older cousin and already is earning the admiration of her teammates.


Metro rules the 400 hurdles

DES MOINES - Brooke Foreman ran the best race of her life Friday and Kyle Dunn ran one of the fastest races in Iowa prep history.

Together, they crowned the Metro area as the undisputed monarchs of the 400-meter hurdles this year.

Foreman, a junior at Cedar Rapids Washington, slashed more than 1.2 seconds off her previous best in the 400 hurdles and won the Class 4A state title in 1:02.62.

She crossed the finish line and pointed to the sky, a tribute to her grandfather Edward Foreman, who died in January after a courageous battle with cancer.

"That was for my grandpa. All of that was for him," she said breathlessly, with a big happy smile. "I just ran the race of my life."

Dunn, a senior at Linn-Mar, ran one of the best races in state history and captured his 400 hurdles in 51.04 seconds, but barely missed the Iowa all-time best of 50.96 set by Dustin Avey of Ames in 1996.


Race a breeze, but not the celebration

DES MOINES - The Cedar Rapids Jefferson girls made their victory in the 4x200 relay look easy at the Class 4A state track meet Friday.

The post-race celebration turned out to be the rough part and left Rachel Broghammer with blood oozing from a cut on her right eyebrow.

The happy J-Hawks jumped into each other's arms after winning the race, and Broghammer's head hit Taylor Jacobson in the mouth. Broghammer has a gold medal - and a toothmark - to prove it.

"I can't even feel it," Broghammer said, laughing and mopping blood from around her eye. "I'm on such a high right now. I know she smacked me, but I didn't know it was bleeding."

They're blood sisters now, united in victory along with Maliya Rattliffe and Summer Carber.


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