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Garman commits to North Dakota

Linn-Mar tailback Jer Garman said Wednesday he has committed to play football at the University of North Dakota next season.

Garman was honored as the 2010 Metro Player of the Year after rushing for 1,601 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns for the Lions.

North Dakota assistant coach Josh Kotelnicki visited Garman Tuesday night. They played ping-pong and Garman offered Kotelnicki a deal, based on the outcome of their match.

"I played a little trick on him," Garman said. "I told him if you win, I'll commit to North Dakota. And if I win, I'll commit to North Dakota.

"I won," he reported.

Garman, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, said he picked North Dakota over the University of Northern Iowa. He also had offers from Eastern Illinois and South Dakota.

"It felt right," he said. "The coaches love me, and I love the coaches."

Garman visited the university in Grand Forks, N.D., in December, and North Dakota head coach Chris Mussman visited Garman here a few weeks ago. Mussman told Garman he'll have a chance to play as a true freshman in 2011 as a tailback and kick returner.


Rathje pins key sweep, Hawks stay in 1st

Sophomore Cam Rathje collected a pair of second-period pins Thursday night as Prairie beat Dubuque Senior and Cedar Falls in Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling at Prairie.

Rathje flattened Ryan Gieseman in 2:30 at 152 pounds to help the Hawks beat Dubuque Senior, 52-18, and he stuck Clark Doyle in 2:45 as Prairie topped Cedar Falls, 41-21.

Prairie remained unbeaten in the MVC Valley Division at 8-0, one-half game ahead of Iowa City West. The Hawks are 13-2 overall. They wrestle at Iowa City West on Jan. 13.

Zach Becicka (125), Andrew Netolicky (189) and Dillon Brunscheen (285) also were double-winners for the Hawks.

Cedar Falls beat Dubuque Senior, 58-15, in the other match.


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We launched the new MSR on Monday, so it didn't take long for the word to spread a long, long way (or a short way in cyberspace).


Linn-Mar, Wash ranked same despite losses

Despite suffering their first losses of the season, Linn-Mar and Washington remained Nos. 3 and 5 in the Class 4A basketball poll released Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Linn-Mar (10-1) was beaten by Waterloo West Tuesday, snapping the Lions' Mississippi Valley Conference winning streak at a record-tying 39. West (7-2) moved up from No. 10 to 8 in the poll.

Washington (9-1) was beaten by Iowa City West, 65-50. The Trojans (8-1) vaulted from No. 6 to No. 4.

Xavier (10-1) moved up one spot to No. 6.

Des Moines East (10-0) and Ankeny (10-0) remain 1-2 in the poll.


1. Des Moines East (10-0), 2. Ankeny (10-0), 3. Linn-Mar (10-1), 4. Iowa City West (8-1), 5. CR Washington (9-1), 6. CR Xavier (10-1), 7. Iowa City High (9-2), 8. Waterloo West (7-2), 9. Southeast Polk (10-1), 10. Pleasant Valley (9-1), 11. Sioux City North (6-3), 12. WDM Dowling (8-1), 13. Waukee (6-3), 14. Mason City (9-2), 15. Bettendorf (6-2).

IGHSAU rankings


West ends Linn-Mar streak at 39

WATERLOO -- Powerhouse Linn-Mar roared into Siddens Gymnasium propelled by a 39-game Mississippi Valley Conference winning streak, tied for the longest in MVC history.

The Lions also boasted a 53-game regular season win streak, a No. 3 ranking in Class 4A, and a spotless 10-0 record. Not to mention the state's leading scorer and Connecticut recruit, Kiah Stokes.

Waterloo West shot past all that, and stopped a potentially record-breaking night, handing the Lions their first loss of the season, 53-44.

"We have had all week to practice and figure out how to beat them,"said West's Jordan Johnston, who led the Wahawks with 22 points. "We utilized it tonight. We all really had the passion and really wanted this game.

"We came out to fight tonight."

West proved early that if the Lions wanted the record, they were going to have to earn it.


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