Tuesday, January 27, 2015
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - BOYS BASKETBALL - Dubuque Wahlert at Jefferson ... Kennedy at Dubuque Senior ... Linn-Mar 66, Xavier 57 ... Marion 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 38 ... Hempstead 63, Prairie 48 ... Washington at Waterloo East ... Cedar Valley Christian at Cal-Wheatland ... GIRLS BASKETBALL - Jefferson at Dubuque Wahlert ... Kennedy 61, Dubuque Senior 37 ... Xavier 38, Linn-Mar 36 ... Marion 69, Vinton-Shellsburg 34 ... Prairie at Dubuque Hempstead ... Washington 79, Waterloo East 15 ... Cal-Wheatland 56, Cedar Valley 18 ... HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING - Waterloo West, Xavier at Prairie ... COLLEGE BASEBALL - Southeastern 8, Mount Mercy 3 ...
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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, Jan. 25 Friday, Jan. 30
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders at Youngstown, 7:05 p.m.

BBB: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 26 BBB: Iowa City West at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Alburnett 51, Cedar Valley Christian 20 BBB: Clear Creek-Amana at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Alburnett 66, Cedar Valley Christian 22 BBB: Prairie at Iowa City High, 7:30 p.m.
CBSB: Southeastern U 6-9, Mount Mercy 5-6, 1st 8 inn BBB: Xavier at Washington 7:30 p.m.

GBB: Linn-Mar at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 27 GBB: Kennedy at Iowa City West, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Dubuque Wahlert at Jefferson GBB: Marion at Clear Creek-Amana, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy at Dubuque Senior GBB: Iowa City High at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar 66, Xavier 57 GBB: Washington at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Marion 53, Vinton-Shellsburg 38 BBOWL: Jefferson at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.

BBB: Hempstead 63, Prairie 48

BBOWL: Marion, Denver at Tripoli, 4 p.m.
BBB: Washington at Waterloo East BBOWL: Prairie at Washington, 4 p.m.
BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Cal-Wheatland BBOWL: Waterloo West at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Jefferson at Dubuque Wahlert GBOWL: Jefferson at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Kennedy 61, Dubuque Senior 37 GBOWL: Marion, Denver at Tripoli, 4 p.m.
GBB: Xavier 38, Linn-Mar 36 GBOWL: Prairie at Washington, 4 p.m.
GBB: Marion 69, Vinton-Shellsburg 34 GBOWL: Waterloo West at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Prairie at Dubuque Hempstead CWRST: Coe at Wartburg, 7 p.m.

GBB: Washington 79, Waterloo East 15

CSWM: Coe at Northern Iowa, 6 p.m.
GBB: Cal-Wheatland 56, Cedar Valley 18
HSWRST: Waterloo West, Xavier at Prairie Saturday, Jan. 31

CBSB: Southeastern 8, Mount Mercy 3

USHL: RoughRiders at Youngstown, 7:05 p.m.

GBB: Clinton at Jefferson, 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 28 GBB: Mount Vernon at Prairie, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: DMACC at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m. GBB: Muscatine at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Dubuque at Coe, 6 p.m. HSWRST: MVC Tournament at Dubuque Wahlert, 10 a.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Grand View, 5:30 p.m. HSWRST: Wamac Tourney at Western Dubuque, 10 a.m.
MBB: DMACC at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m. WBB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central, 1 p.m.
MBB: Dubuque at Coe, 8 p.m. WBB: Luther at Coe, 2 p.m.
MBB: Mount Mercy at Grand View, 7:30 p.m. MBB: Kirkwood at Iowa Central, 3 p.m.

CBSB: Mount Mercy at Southeastern U (Lakeland, Fla.), 5 p.m.

MBB: Ashford at Mount Mercy, 3 p.m.

MBB: Luther at Coe, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 29 CWRST: Coe at Duhawk Open (Dubuque)
GBB: Midland at Cedar Valley Christian, 6:15 p.m. M/WTRK: Coe at Pioneer Open (Platteville, Wis.)
BBB: Midland at Cedar Valley Christian, 7:45 p.m. M/WSWM: Coe at Grinnell, 1 p.m.

HSWRST: Kennedy, Cedar Falls at Linn-Mar, 5:30 p.m.

MTEN: Chicago at Coe, 10 a.m.
HSWRST: DeWitt Central at Marion, 6:30 p.m.
GBOWL: Linn-Mar at Kennedy, 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1
BBOWL: Linn-Mar at Kennedy, 3:45 p.m. No events scheduled




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