Saturday, December 20, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL - Madison 5, RoughRiders 1 ... BOYS BASKETBALL - Xavier 71, Jefferson 45 ... Kennedy 83, Hempstead 76 ... Linn-Mar 66, Prairie 54 ... Marion 52, Vinton-Shellsburg 32 ... Iowa City West 68, Washington 46 ... Calamus-Wheatland 75, Cedar Valley Christian 47 ... GIRLS BASKETBALL - Linn-Mar 60, Prairie 35 ... Xavier 50, Jefferson 22 ... Kennedy 53, Dubuque Hempstead 44 ... Marion 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 33 ... Iowa City West 67, Washington 21 ... Cedar Valley 54, Cal-Wheatland 42 ... WRESTLING - Linn-Mar, Prairie at Battle of Waterloo ... BOYS BOWLING - Jefferson 3,391, Waterloo East 2,731 ... Kennedy 2,857, Iowa City High 2,463 ... Linn-Mar 3,099, Waterloo West 2,935 ... Prairie 2,688, Dubuque Wahlert 2,435 ... Cedar Falls 3,005, Washington 2,904 ... GIRLS BOWLING - Waterloo East 2,736, Jefferson 2,430 ... Iowa City High 2,507, Kennedy 2,122 ... Waterloo West 2,979, Linn-Mar 2,631 ... Prairie 2,477, Dubuque Wahlert 1,822 ... Washington 2,340, Cedar Falls 2,191... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Mount Mercy 77, St. Francis (Ill.) 74 ...
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Freese ready to sign; Puk ready for college

Dakota Freese and Chad Christensen are getting ready to pack their bags and sign pro baseball contracts.

A.J. Puk will be packing his bags soon too, but he'll be leaving Cedar Rapids to play college baseball at the University of Florida.

All three Cedar Rapids Washington graduates were selected in the Major League draft Saturday.

Freese, a 2011 Washington grad, was picked in the 12th round by the Oakland A's and plans to report to rookie camp in Arizona on Monday.

"I feel amazing," said Freese, a 6-foot-4 righthander. "I'm ready to go and play for this team and hopefully go high (in the minor leagues) this year."

Christensen, a 2009 Washington grad, was selected in the 25th round by the Minnesota Twins following his senior campaign at Nebraska. He plans to fly to Minnesota's training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday and begin his pro baseball career, with an eye on playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels some day.

"I'm super excited about it," said Christensen, an all-Big Ten outfielder this year. "It's a great organization. The chance to play in Cedar Rapids in awhile would be great."

Puk, a lefthanded pitcher who graduated from Washington this year, was ranked fairly high on Major League draft lists, but he informed all of the MLB teams before the draft that he would attend Florida.

The Detroit Tigers picked him in the 35th round anyway, but he said there's no chance he'll sign a pro contract.

"It's 100 percent Florida," he said.

Puk plans to leave for Florida on June 22 to get ready for summer school. He said he'll play baseball for the Washington Warriors this coming week, then take a week off before heading south.

Jon Keller, a righthander who graduated from Xavier in 2010, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round. He was a junior at the University of Tampa this year and has one more year of college eligibility.

Keller could not be reached for comment Saturday night about his plans. He could either sign or return to school.

Andrew Hanse, a Linn-Mar graduate and a righthanded pitcher, was selected by Tampa Bay in the 22nd round. Hanse was a senior at the University of Iowa this year and will get a chance to play pro ball.

Puk might have been selected in the first five rounds of the draft, according to draft experts, but decided about three weeks ago that he'd rather go to college and wait for his next draft opportunity in 2016.

"I just sat down and decided what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to college," he said.

Puk is a 6-foot-7 lefthanded pitcher and first baseman. Major League teams had him listed as a pitcher on their draft charts, but he'd like to keep his options open as a hitter as well.

"There's no doubt in my mind that if I go to Florida I'm going to get better as a pitcher," he said. "I'd like to hit, too, and down there I'll be a two-way player right from the start.

"The question between pitching and hitting will be resolved at Florida."

Puk did not pay much attention to the draft after informing MLB teams of his decision to attend Florida.

"I was actually playing golf when I got the phone call," he said. "I was surprised. I wasn't expecting it. But it's a good feeling being selected. It's an honor."

Puk told MLB teams how much money it would take to sign him away from Florida, according to his mother. "He gave them a number, which was up there, and expressed that he wanted to play at Florida," said Chris Puk, who declined to reveal the amount.

Freese, a 6-foot-4 righthander, has more college eligibility if he wants it, but said he's definitely ready to sign with Oakland after pitching at DMACC this season.

"I'm so ready," he exclaimed. "I've been ready for awhile."



Metro Schedule

Sunday, Dec. 14 Friday, Dec. 19
MBB: Coe 85, Northland 81 USHL: Madison 5, RoughRiders 1
Monday Dec. 15 BBB: Xavier 71, Jefferson 45
BBOWL: Xavier 2,996, Dubuque Wahlert 2,347 BBB: Kennedy 83, Dubuque Hempstead 76
GBOWL: Xavier 2,066, Dubuque Wahlert 1,889 BBB: Linn-Mar 66, Prairie 54

BBB: Marion 52, Vinton-Shellsburg 32
Tuesday, Dec. 16 BBB: Iowa City West 68, Washington 46
BBB: Waterloo West 67, Jefferson 57 BBB: Calamus-Wheatland 75, Cedar Valley Christian 47
BBB: Kennedy 63, Washington 57 GBB: Xavier 50, Jefferson 22
BBB: Linn-Mar 69, Iowa City HIgh 45 GBB: Kennedy 53, Dubuque Hempstead 44
BBB: Marion 58, Clear Creek-Amana 49 GBB: Linn-Mar 60, Prairie 35
BBB: Dubuque Wahlert 75, Prairie 62 GBB: Marion 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 33
BBB: Dubuque Senior 62, Xavier 46 GBB: Iowa City West 67, Washington 21
GBB: Jefferson 59, Waterloo West 36 GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 54, Calamus-Wheatland 42
GBB: Washington 53, Kennedy 46 HSWRST: Linn-Mar, Prairie at Battle of Waterloo
GBB: Iowa City High 48, Linn-Mar 42 BBOWL: Jefferson 3,391, Waterloo East 2,731
GBB: Clear Creek-Amana 58, Marion 56 BBOWL: Kennedy 2,857, Iowa City High 2,463
GBB: Dubuque Wahlert 51, Prairie 36 BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,099, Waterloo West 2,935
GBB: Xavier 80, Dubuque Senior 42 BBOWL: Prairie 2,688, Dubuque Wahlert 2,435
BSWM: Dubuque Senior 111, Jefferson 59 BBOWL: Cedar Falls 3,005, Washington 2,904
BSWM: Iowa City West 96, Kennedy 74 GBOWL: Waterloo East 2,736, Jefferson 2,430
BSWM: Linn-Mar, Iowa City High at Waterloo East GBOWL: Iowa City High 2,507, Kennedy 2,122
BSWM: Washington 91,Bettendorf 79 GBOWL: Waterloo West 2,979, Linn-Mar 2,631

GBOWL: Prairie 2,477, Dubuque Wahlert 1,822
Wednesday, Dec. 17 GBOWL: Washington 2,340, Cedar Falls 2,191
No events scheduled WBB: Mount Mercy 77, St. Francis (Ill.) 74

Thursday, Dec. 18 Saturday, Dec. 20
USHL: Madison 5, RoughRiders 2 BBB: Solon at Kennedy, 6:30 p.m.
HSWRST: Jefferson 34, Prairie 28 BBB: Lisbon vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 5:45 p.m.
HSWRST: Kennedy 60, Washington 17 GBB: Lisbon vs. Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 4 p.m.
HSWRST: Linn-Mar 48, Waterloo East 18 HSWRST: Jefferson at Southeast Polk Tournament, 9 a.m.
HSWRST: South Tama 60,Marion 18; Clear Creek-Amana 43, Marion 33 HSWRST: Kennedy at Fort Madison Tournament, 10 a.m.
HSWRST: Dubuque Wahlert 47, Xavier 24 HSWRST: Prairie, Linn-Mar at Battle of Waterloo, 9 a.m.
GBOWL: Marion 2,212, Independence 1,979 HSWRST: Xavier Tournament
BBOWL: Marion 2,849, Independence 2,285 HSWRST: Washington at DeWitt Central Tournament, 9 a.m.
BSWM: Dubuque Senior 85, Washington 84 BBOWL: Prairie Invitational, 1 p.m.
WBB: Little Priest Tribal College at Kirkwood, canceled BSWM: Linn-Mar at Clinton Invitational, 10 a.m.
WBB: Coe 67, Redlands (Calif.) 60 WBB: Coe at Chapman (Calif.), 9 a.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Roosevelt (Ill.) Tournament
MBB: Washington at Coe, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21

CWRST: Coe at Desert Duals, Las Vegas, 10 a.m.



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