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Kellen Sweeney promoted to Bluefield Blue Jays

Kellen Sweeney woke up Saturday morning in the cool mountain air in Bluefield, W.Va., refreshed and ready for his next stop in professional baseball.

The Toronto Blue Jays have assigned Sweeney to the Bluefield Blue Jays in the Appalachian League, a 10-team rookie league with teams in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Sweeney had been in extended spring training in Dunedin, Fla., since late February, living in the same hotel for four months and playing baseball in hot, sweaty conditions.

The Blue Jays told him last Thursday to pack his bags, because he was moving up in the world after playing in the Florida Gulf Coast League in 2010. He flew to Charlotte, N.C., on Friday and had a three-hour bus ride to Bluefield.

He already likes the climate, especially compared to Florida.

"The weather is very cool. Everybody is loving it," Sweeney said Sunday. "We're not sweating before we even stretch.

"It would be really hot in Dundedin. You'd be drenched by the time you were done stretching. You had to wear two shirts every day."

Sweeney (Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 2010) is one of four Metro athletes who will be playing in the minor leagues this season, joining Scott Schebler (Cedar Rapids Prairie, 2009), Matt Holland (Marion, 2006) and Nate Woods (Xavier, 2007).

Schebler has been assigned by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Ogden Raptors in Ogden, Utah, in the Pioneer League. Holland will be playing for the Clearwater Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., in the Florida Gulf Coast League. Woods will be playing for the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., in the Gulf Coast League.


Ryan Sweeney update

Former Xavier prep Ryan Sweeney started in left field and was 0-for-3 Sunday in the Oakland Athletics' 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants at Oakland.

The Athletics' next game is Tuesday (June 21) at New York against the Mets. Game time is 6:10 p.m. (Iowa time).

Ryan Sweeney File

Last game: Started in left field and was 0-for-3 against the San Francisco Giants on June 19.

Year-to-date: Batting avg. -- .268 (30-112), HR -- 0, RBI -- 7, 2B -- 5, 3B -- 1, R -- 15, SB -- 1.



J-Hawks only Metro team with tourney bye

DES MOINES -- Cedar Rapids Jefferson was the only Metro softball team to receive a first-round bye Monday when pairings for the regional tournaments were released by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Jefferson, ranked sixth in the latest Class 4A poll, received a bye in Region 2. The J-Hawks will host either Cedar Rapids Washington or Waterloo East in a regional semifinal on July 11 at 7 p.m.  Washington plays at East in the first round on July 9. The other half of Region 2 has Des Moines North, Marshalltown and #13 West Des Moines Dowling. The regional final is July 13 at Marshalltown.

Prairie plays at Xavier in the Region 4 first round on July 9. The winner plays at No. 7 Iowa City West in the regional semifinals on July 11. The other half of Region 4 includes Newton, Urbandale and No. 14 Des Moines Lincoln. The regional final is July 13 at Iowa City West.

Kennedy plays at Linn-Mar in the Region 5 first round on July 9. The winner plays at No. 3 Muscatine in the regional semifinals on July 11. The other half of Region 5 includes Davenport Central, Pleasant Valley and No. 9 Davenport West.

Marion is in Region 4 in Class 3A. The Indians host Center Point-Urbana on July 9. If they win they play at Solon against either Anamosa or No. 6 Solon. The other half of Region 4 includes Maquoketa, Davenport Assumption, DeWitt Central and No. 9 Mount Vernon. The regional final is July 13 at Solon.

The state softball tournament runs July 18-22 at Fort Dodge.


Cannoy sidelined 2 months with arm injury

Marion High School junior Cale Cannoy was getting ready for a doubleheader at DeWitt Central on June 3 when he threw a fastball in practice and knew something was wrong.

He felt tingling and pain in his left elbow. "It hurt," he said. "My pinkie went numb."

The original fears were a torn ligament in his pitching arm, which may have meant Tommy John surgery, but an MRI revealed only a partial tear and the southpaw does not need an operation.

"Hopefully it will heal itself," Marion Coach Steve Fish said. "It's bad news from a baseball standpoint as far as this season, but it's positive news for him because they said they're going to try and let it heal itself."

Cannoy won't be allowed to throw a baseball for two months, but he can serve as a pinch-runner and might be able to swing the bat with a flexible brace on his left elbow.



8 Metro girls 1st team all-state

DES MOINES -- Eight Metro girls soccer players, including two each from Xavier, Washington and Kennedy, have been named first team all-state by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

Kayla Armstrong and Annie Dale, who helped lead Xavier to its sixth straight girls soccer title, were named to the Class 2A first team.

Marion's Kristin Kramer, who scored 58 goals in two seasons playing for the Indians, also was a 2A selection.

Washington's Morgan Bjornsen and Ashley Piper were chosen for the Class 3A team. They helped the Warriors to the first state girls soccer tournament appearance in school history.

Kennedy's Shauna Happel and Katie Helmlinger also were selected to the Class 3A first team. The Cougars also qualified for the state tournament.

Linn-Mar's Madisen Garman also was a first team selection in Class 3A.

Maggie Bruckman of Jefferson, the Metro Player of the Year, and Linn-Mar's Kali Hubler were second team choices on the Class 3A team.


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