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Ranked Metro girls teams get byes

Up to three Metro girls basketball teams have the opportunity to make it to the Class 4A state tournament next month in Des Moines.

Two Metro teams were sent to Region 3, three to Region 4 and one to Region 5.  Marion was assigned to Region 3 in the Class 3A tournament.

All three ranked Metro teams -- No. 2 Linn-Mar, No. 5 Washington and No. 11 Xavier -- received first round byes.

However, Linn-Mar and Xavier were assigned to the same region. Jefferson also is in that region, along with Dubuque Senior, Marshalltown and Newton. Linn-Mar will play the winner of the Jefferson-Dubuque senior game and Xavier the winner of the Marshalltown-Newton game in the regional semifinals on Feb. 19. The regional final is Feb. 22 at Jefferson.

Washington is in Region 5 with Davenport North, North Scott, Davenport Central, Clinton and No. 9 Pleasant Valley. The Warriors host the winner of the Davenport North-North Scott game on Feb. 19. The regional final is Feb. 22 at Prairie.

Kennedy plays at Prairie on Feb. 16 in a first-round game in Region 3. The winner plays at No. 8 Iowa City High on Feb. 19. The other three teams in the region are Des Moines North, West Des Moines Valley and No. 7 Southeast Polk. The regional final is Feb. 22 at Newton.

Marion gets a home game against Anamosa in the first round of the Class 3A tournament, but then likely would have to play at second-ranked Mount Vernon. The Mustangs won the Class 2A title last year. No. 12 Waverly-Shell Rock also is in the region.

The state tournament is Feb. 28-March 5 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 19:18



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Stokes leads Metro in 3 stat categories

Kiah Stokes is headed for the triple crown.

The Linn-Mar senior leads all Metro girls basketball players by a wide margin in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots. The 6-foot-3 prep All-American is averaging 25.2 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots for the third-ranked Lions.

Courtney Strait of Kennedy ranks second in scoring at 14.3 points, nearly 11 points behind Stokes. Tia Dawson of Washington is second in both rebounding (9.9) and blocked shots (3.7).

Strait ranks in the top-10 in five categories. She leads the Metro in free-throw shooting at 87.1 percent and is sixth in rebounds, sixth in blocked shots and seventh in 3-pointers made.

Madison Dellamuth of Prairie is running away with Freshman of the Year honors in the Metro. She ranks second in the Metro in assists, third in scoring and fifth in free-throw shooting.

Jefferson senior Brittney Steffeny ranks second in free-throw shooting, third in blocked shots, third in rebounding, sixth in 3-pointers and seventh in scoring.

Jenna Eells of Linn-Mar leads the Metro in 3-pointers with 26 and Kailee Karr of Linn-Mar leads in assists.

The rankings are based on information supplied by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU).

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 19:23



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Cougars up, J-Hawks down, Lions still at No. 1

Unbeaten Linn-Mar remains the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Class 4A boys basketball poll released Monday.

Linn-Mar (12-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Class 4A poll. The Lions have been ranked No. 1 all season.

Kennedy (10-1) moved up two spots to No. 4 after beating previously second ranked Jefferson, 44-37, Friday night. The J-Hawks (8-2) are No. 8 in this week's poll. Washington, which was beaten by Linn-Mar 80-55 Friday, dropped out of the poll.

Kennedy plays at Linn-Mar on Friday. Jefferson travels to No. 7 Davenport Central (8-1) Tuesday.


Class 4A

1. Linn-Mar (12-0), 2. Sioux City East (8-1), 3. Ankeny (9-1), 4. Kennedy (10-1), 5. Waukee (9-2), 6. Cedar Falls (8-2), 7. Davenport Central (8-1), 8. Jefferson (8-2), 9. DM Hoover (9-2), 10. Davenport West (9-2)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 23:00

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Cougars, Warriors in same substate

The dream scenario of getting four Metro boys basketball teams to the Class 4A state tournament did not pan out Monday.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association put No. 4 Kennedy and Washington in the same substate, which means only one of them can make the state tournament in Des Moines.

No. 1 Linn-Mar and No. 8 Jefferson were assigned to different substates, so three of the Metro's top four teams -- Linn-Mar, Kennedy, Jefferson and Washington -- could reach the state tournament if they win substate titles.

Kennedy Coach Bob Fontana appeared to take his substate assignment with Washington in stride.

"Honestly, I didn't get all worked up about it," he said. "With all the good teams in the area, I knew we'd up with somebody good."

Kennedy and Washington were placed in Substate 4 with Bettendorf, Clinton, Dubuque Hempstead and Dubuque Senior. The Cougars beat the Warriors, 56-51, at Kennedy on Dec. 21.

Linn-Mar was placed in Substate 6 with Xavier, Iowa City High, North Scott, Ottumwa and Pleasant Valley.

Jefferson was assigned to Substate 3 with Prairie, No. 6 Cedar Falls, Western Dubuque, Waterloo East and Waterloo West.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 19:23



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Metro boys stat leaders

Jefferson senior Jarrod Uthoff leads all Metro boys basketball players in scoring and rebounding with a double-double of 27.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, according to statistics posted Sunday on the IHSAA web site.

Washington senior Wes Washpun leads the Metro in assists, Washington senior Josh Oglesby leads in 3-pointers and Linn-Mar junior Marcus Paige is tops in steals.

Marion senior Kasey Semler ranks in the top-10 in the Metro in five categories. He's second in scoring, second in assists, third in 3-pointers made, third in free-throw shooting and tied for seventh in steals.

Paige also ranks in the top-10 in five departments. He's second in free-throw shooting, fourth in assists, fifth in scoring and 10th in 3-pointers, along with being first in steals.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 January 2011 23:00



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