Saturday, February 13, 2016
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kirkwood 86, Southwestern 55 ... Mount Mercy 101, Governors State 89 ... Coe 87, Simpson 66 ... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kirkwood 87, Southwestern 42 ... Mount Mercy 87, Governors State 64 ... Simpson 77, Coe 68 ... BOYS BASKETBALL: Linn-Mar 77, Ankeny Centennial 52 ... MEN'S TENNIS: Coe 9, Cornell 0 ...
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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, Feb. 7 Friday, Feb. 12
No events scheduled USHL: RoughRiders 4, Waterloo 1

GBB: Linn-Mar 50, Prairie 35
Monday, Feb. 8 GBB: Washington 64, Jefferson 63
GBB: Marion 45, Vinton-Shellsburg 20 GBB: Dubuque Hempstead 50, Kennedy 43
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 66, Prince of Peace 36 GBB: Xavier 73, Waterloo East 21
BBB: Prince of Peace 74, Cedar Valley Christian 40 GBB: Marion 37, West Delaware 25
BBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,916, Marion 2,805 BBB: Linn-Mar 81, Prairie 63
GBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,765, Marion 2,505 BBB: Jefferson 62, Washington 58
WBB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, ppd BBB: Kennedy 57, Dubuque Hempstead 50

BBB: Waterloo East 66, Xavier 44
Tuesday, Feb. 9 BBB: Alburnett 59, Cedar Valley Christian 21
GBB: Kennedy 56, Jefferson 43 GBOWL: Linn-Mar 2,488, Jefferson 2,464
GBB: Washington 60, Prairie 52 GBOWL: Cedar Falls 2,415, Kennedy 2,261
GBB: Linn-Mar 67, Xavier 61 (OT) GBOWL: Xavier 2,234, Washington 2,124
GBB: Marion 65, Clear Creek Amana 28 GBOWL: Prairie 3,126, Waterloo West 2,575
BBB: Kennedy 60, Jefferson 59 BBOWL: Linn-Mar 3,143, Jefferson 3,097
BBB: Prairie 78, Washington 65 BBOWL: Cedar Falls 3,118, Kennedy 3,030
BBB: Linn-Mar 82, Xavier 76 BBOWL: Xavier 2,936, Washington 2,719
BBB: Marion 43, Clear Creek Amana 41 BBOWL: Waterloo West 3,055, Prairie 2,892

M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 M/WTRK:  Mount Mercy at Heart of America meet, at Crete, Neb.

CBSB: Mount Mercy 2, Bluefield 1; Judson 4, Mount Mercy 1

Clinton 44, Kennedy 26 CSB: Mount Mercy vs Ashford, at UNI-Dome
Linn-Mar 45, Bettendorf 24; Dubuque Hempstead 49, Linn-Mar 27
WDM Dowling 39, Jefferson 33 Saturday, Feb. 13
Prairie 51, North Scott 21 USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha
WBB: Mount Mercy 74, Clarke 65 BBB:  Linn-Mar 77, Ankeny Centennial 52
WBB: Kirkwood 71, DMACC 66 BBB: Washington at Cedar Falls
WBB: Dubuque 94, Coe 89 HSWRST: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Washington in 3A District at Jefferson
MBB: Mount Mercy 72, Clarke 49 HSWRST: Prairie, Xavier in 3A District at Waverly-Shell Rock
MBB: Kirkwood 83, DMACC 80 BSWM: State Meet at Marshalltown YMCA
MBB: Dubuque 82, Coe 75 WBB: Kirkwood 87, Southwestern 42
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill. WBB: Simpson 77, Coe 68

WBB: Mount Mercy 87, Governors State 64
Thursday, Feb. 11 MBB: Kirkwood 86, Southwestern 55
GBB: 1A Regional: Cedar Valley Christian 55, Iowa Valley 47 MBB: Coe 87, Simpson 66
CWRST: Coe 22, Dubuque 16 MBB: Mount Mercy 101, Governors State 89
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill. M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill.

M/WTRK: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational

M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Heart of America Meet, at Crete, Neb.

CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Taylor, at Lakepoint, Ga., Mount Mercy vs Shawnee State, at Lakepoint, Ga.

MTEN: Coe 9, Cornell 0, Simpson at Coe

Sunday, Feb. 14

No events scheduled



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