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Jenks named USA Junior Triathlete of Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Stephanie Jenks of Linn-Mar High School has been named the 2014 Junior Elite Triathlete of the Year by the USA Triathlon organization, it was announced Tuesday.

Jenks captured the silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in China on her 17th birthday last summer. She also won the Olympic Games qualifier in Mexico, won the PATCO North American Junior Championships in Florida, competed at an international event in Canada and finished the season as the top-ranked junior elite woman in the United States.

"Stephanie was a true international performer in 2014," said Steve Kelley, a top official with USA Triathlon. "She has a bright future in triathlon."

Jenks also has been named an Elite All-American by USA Triathlon.

Jenks, a high school junior, is a member of the track and swimming teams at Linn-Mar.


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MYFA spring registration has begun

The Metro Youth Football Association (MYFA) has begun the on-line registration process for its spring seasons.

Families can register for the Flag Football League and the 7-on-7 Passing League at The fee is $50 if registration is completed by Feb. 28, or $60 if completed after Feb. 28.

The Flag Football program is divided into two divisions. The 1st & 2nd Grade League is on Saturdays, and the 3rd & 4th Grade League is on Sundays. The 5th & 6th Grade Passing League also is on Sundays.

The six-game seasons begin in April and are finished before Memorial Day Weekend. The games are played at the MYFA Main Complex, 1100 A'Hearn Drive NE in Cedar Rapids.



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5 Metro wrestlers get bronze medals

DES MOINES - Sam Uthoff of Prairie, Clint Lembeck of Xavier, Matt Wempen of Linn-Mar, Shea Hartzler of Linn-Mar and Kelly May of Jefferson finished third at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament Saturday.

Uthoff beat Jackson Gallagher of Bettendorf, 5-3, for the bronze medal at 126 pounds. Lembeck stopped Spencer Nevills of Pleasant Valley, 7-1, for third place at 132 pounds.

Wempen blanked Christian Foote of Pleasant Valley, 2-0, at 145 pounds. Hartzler pinned Anthony Sherry of Glenwood in 1:34 for third place at 160 pounds. May trimmed Donovan Doyle of Iowa City West, 2-1, at 182 pounds.

Marcus England of Prairie (106), Brenden Baker of Jefferson (113) and Nolan Hromidko of Kennedy (120) all finished fourth at the state tournament.

Baker beat Nate Lendt of Southeast Polk in the first round of the tournament, but Lendt turned the tables and defeated Baker in the consolation match for third. Both matches were decided by 5-4 scores.

Noah Ajram of Linn-Mar finished sixth at 120 pounds. Kyle Briggs of Jefferson (132) and Taylor Mehmen of Prairie (195) both placed eighth.


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Lions 6th, Cougars 9th in hoops poll

The Linn-Mar Lions dropped two spots to No. 6 in the new Class 4A boys basketball rankings Monday by the Associated Press.

The Lions (15-4) were upset by Xavier at home last week.

The Kennedy Cougars (14-5) remained No. 9 in Class 4A.

Xavier narrowly missed climbing into the Class 3A rankings. Keokuk is ranked 10th in 3A with 14 points, with the Saints next with 11 points.

Iowa City West (19-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A. The other top-ranked clubs are Williamsburg (18-1) and Pella (17-2) in 3A, New Hampton (20-1) in 2A and Gladbrook-Reinbeck (21-0) in 1A.


1. Iowa City West (19-0), 2. Pleasant Valley (19-0), 3. North Scott (16-3), 4. Des Moines Hoover (17-1), 5. Urbandale (16-4), 6. Linn-Mar (15-4), 7. Ankeny Centennial (17-3), 8. Waukee (15-5), 9. Kennedy (14-5), 10. Ames (14-5).


1. (tie) Williamsburg (18-1), Pella (17-2), 3. Waverly-Shell Rock (18-2), 4. Le Mars (17-3), 5. Fort Madison (18-2), 6. MOC-Floyd Valley (18-3), 7. Wahlert (12-7), 8. Spirit Lake (17-3), 9. Davenport Assumption (14-5), 10. Keokuk (17-3).






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Lions jump to 4th, Cougars 9th

The Linn-Mar Lions climbed three spots to No. 4 in the Class 4A boys basketball poll Monday by the Associated Press.

The Kennedy Cougars, who could face Linn-Mar in the substate finals March 3, entered the rankings this week at No. 9 in the poll. Linn-Mar is 14-3 for the season and Kennedy is 12-5.

The top-ranked teams are Iowa City West in 4A, Pella in 3A, Aplington-Parkersburg in 2A and Gladbrook-Reinbeck in 1A.


1. Iowa City West (17-0), 2. Pleasant Valley (17-0), 3. Des Moines Hoover (16-0), 4. Linn-Mar (14-3), 5. North Scott (14-3), 6. Ankeny Centennial (16-2), 7. Urbandale (15-4), 8. Waukee (13-5), 9. Kennedy (12-5), 10. Dowling (13-5).


1. Pella (15-2), 2. Williamsburg (16-1), 3. Waverly-Shell Rock (17-2), 4. Spirit Lake (16-2), 5. (tie) MOC-Floyd Valley (16-2), Dubuque Wahlert (11-6), 7. Le Mars (15-3), 8. Fort Madison (16-2), 9. Gilbert (16-2), 10. Davenport Assumption (12-5).


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