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Ruling may impact future prep coverage

As it has for years, coverage of high school sports is evolving.

Newspapers, radio and television have provided the bulk of information on games for some time, but now websites – such as Metro Sports Report  – and other online options have become available.

Where it goes is anyone’s guess. But it could be that a three-judge panel in Chicago will have a lot to say about the way high school sports are brought to you.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will issue a ruling in the coming months on a case that began in 2008 between the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and a newspaper. The WIAA sued the Appleton Post-Crescent after the paper streamed live coverage of high school football playoff games.

A U.S. District judge ruled in favor of the WIAA last year, claiming its exclusive deal with a production company did not violate the Constitutional rights of newspapers and other media. The Chicago judges heard the case in January.


Stokes in national spotlight

Linn-Mar senior Kiah Stokes will step onto the national stage Wednesday when she plays in the 10th annual McDonald's All-American women's basketball game at the United Center in Chicago.

The game will be televised by ESPNU with tipoff scheduled for 6:30.

Stokes was named Iowa Miss Basketball this season and is the two-time Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year. She led Linn-Mar to the Class 4A state title in 2010 and steered the Lions to the semifinals of the state tournament this season.

Stokes, a 6-foot-3 center, set a state record with 515 blocked shots during her four-year career. She scored 1,704 points and grabbed 1,239 rebounds (fourth most in state history).

Stokes averaged 16.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.1 blocks for her career.

Stokes has signed with Connecticut, one of the most prestigious women's college basketball programs in the country, and she'll be joined in the McDonald's All-American game tonight by two of her future college teammates -- Brianna Banks (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Santa Ana, Calif.).


Bohannon MVP of IBCA All-Star Games

GRIMES -- Linn-Mar senior Matt Bohannon was named the MVP of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) All-Star Games that were played at Dallas Center-Grimes High School on Saturday.

Bohannon averaged 21 points in two games to help the Northeast Team win the championship. He scored 22 in a 131-70 victory over the Southeast Team in the opening round, then popped in 20 in a 116-99 verdict over the Southwest Team in the finals.

Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Jarrod Uthoff poured in 26 points for the Northeast Team in the finals after not playing in the opening round. Uthoff won the 3-Point Contest and was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with Bohannon.

Wes Washpun (Cedar Rapids Washington), Josh Oglesby (Cedar Rapids Washington) and Kasey Semler (Marion) also played for the Northeast Team. Semler played both games and averaged 15 points. Washpun (16 points) and Oglesby (11 points) played in the opening round, but did not play in the finals.

Alissa Oney of Cedar Rapids Washington played in the girls IBCA All-Star Games and averaged 10 points in two games for the Northeast Team.


Alissa Oney commits to Maryville U.

Cedar Rapids Washington senior Alissa Oney has accepted an offer to play basketball at Maryville University in St. Louis next season.

Maryville is an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Oney, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 7.5 points this season as the Warriors tied for the Mississippi Valley Conference title and reached the Class 4A state tournament. She collected 65 assists and 47 steals.

Oney received a phone call from Maryville in late February. She visited the school about 10 days ago and commited last Tuesday.

"It was kind of sudden," she said Monday. "They called me up and were wondering if I was still looking for a college. They got me right down there for a visit and I really liked it there, so I thought it was the right fit.

"I had some other options, but nothing really felt right when I took those visits," she said. "I'm really excited. I think it will be a lot of fun. I think the city has a lot to offer and a lot to do."

Oney is the third member of Washington's team who will play basketball in college next season, joining Tia Dawson (Dartmouth) and Ashley Piper (Colorado Christian).

Oney's sister, Katelin, plays basketball at the University of Northern Iowa and has helped the Panthers make the NCAA tournament for two straight years. Katelin Oney will be a senior next season at UNI, giving the Oney family two college players at the same time.

Maryville finished 11-15 overall and 6-12 in the league this season. Coach Chris Ellis has compiled a 171-97 record in 10 years with the Saints.



Lala living the dream with Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY -- Patrick Lala says he doesn't get nervous when he's playing baseball, but there are exceptions.

One of those exceptions happened Feb. 19 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., when Lala pitched his first game for the University of Iowa.

It came in relief against Pittsburgh in the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. And he doesn't mind saying, he had butterflies.

"I couldn't explain the feeling the first time I came into the game against Pittsburgh," he said Friday. "I was nervous, and I never get nervous."


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