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Stokes leads MVC all-league teams

The honors keep coming for Linn-Mar senior Kiah Stokes.

Stokes was named first team all-Mississippi Valley Conference and Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year the league announced Wednesday.  Earlier in the day she was named the Cedar Rapids-Marion Metro Player of the Year.

Stokes, a McDonald's All-American, was one of seven Metro athletes to earn MVC first team honors. The league selects all-conference teams by division. Joining Stokes on the Mississippi Division team are Washington senior Tia Dawson and Kennedy junior Courtney Strait.  First team selections in the Valley Division are Prairie freshman Madison Dellamuth, Jefferson sophomore Taylor Jacobson and Xavier seniors Alex Saxen and Krissi Tow.

Stokes, Dellamuth and Saxen were unanimous selections.

Five Metro athletes are on the second teams. Linn-Mar senior Jenna Eells, Washington senior Alissa Oney and Kennedy senior Olivia Meier are on the Mississippi Division second team. Jefferson sophomore Kaitlyn Davidson and Xavier junior Emily Walvoord are on the Valley Division second team.

Coaches of the Year are Dr. Tony Pappas from Waterloo West in the Mississippi Division and B.J. Mayer of Iowa City West in the Valley Division. The Valley Division Athlete of the Year is Iowa City West sophomore Ally Disterhoft.


Mississippi Division

First Team

Tia Dawson, CR Washington, sr.
*Virginia Johnson, Iowa City High, sr.
*Jordan Johnston, Waterloo West, sr.
*Jadyn Spencer, Waterloo West, sr.
*Kiah Stokes, Linn-Mar, sr.
Courtney Strait, Kennedy, jr.
Claire Till, Dubuque Wahlert, jr.

Second Team

Zinka Duric, Waterloo West, jr.
Jenna Eells, Linn-Mar, sr.
Mickey Hansche, Iowa City High, soph.
Tessa Leytem, Dubuque Wahlert, jr.
Olivia Meier, Kennedy, sr.
Alissa Oney, CR Washington, sr.
Kristie Sommer, Dubuque Senior, fr.

Honorable Mention

Kennedy -- Shauna Happel, Cassi Nunnikhoven
Washington -- Ashley Piper, Jazz Royster
Linn-Mar -- Mykaela Brandt, Kailee Karr

Athlete of the Year -- Kiah Stokes, Linn-Mar

Coach of the Year -- Dr. Tony Pappas, Waterloo West

Valley Division

First Team

*Madison Dellamuth, Prairie, fr.
*Ally Disterhoft, Iowa City West, soph.
Taylor Jacobson, Jefferson, soph.
Megan Kluesner, Hempstead, sr.
McKenzie Piper, Iowa City West, jr.
*Alex Saxen, Xavier, sr.
Krissi Tow, Xavier, sr.

Second Team

Kaz Brown, Cedar Falls, fr.
Kaitlyn Davidson, Jefferson, soph.
Brittani Graves, Hempstead, jr.
Jessica Shull, Iowa City West, jr.
Shelly Stumpff, Iowa City West, jr.
Emily Walvoord, Xavier, jr.
Allie Wirth, Cedar Falls, jr.

Honorable Mention

Jefferson -- Rachel Broghammer, Brittney Steffeny
Prairie -- Katie Carver, Alisa Weiland
Xavier -- Alex Bartz, Annie Dale

Athlete of the Year -- Ally Disterhoft, Iowa City West

Coach of the Year -- B.J. Mayer, Iowa City West

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:30

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Barnes, Garcia earn MVC honors

Washington's Morgan Barnes and Linn-Mar's AJ Garcia were two of the six Mississippi Valley Conference Athletes of the Week announced Monday.

Barnes was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle Saturday at the boys' state swimming meet. He helped the Warriors to a fourth place finish.

Garcia won the 215-pound title at the Class 3A wrestling district at Epworth. The Lions won the district crown to earn a berth in next week's dual meet tournament. Garcia (41-4) was one of eight Linn-Mar wrestlers to qualify for this week's state meet.


Boys basketball -- Cody Leach, Dubuque Hempstead

Girls basketball -- Claire Till, Dubuque Wahlert

Boys bowling -- Nathan Wright, Waterloo East

Girls bowling -- Tori Ovel, Waterloo West

Boys swimming -- Morgan Barnes, Washington

Wrestling -- AJ Garcia, Linn-Mar


Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 19:51

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IC West dominates MVC all-conference mat teams

Top-ranked Iowa City West followed up its dominating performance at the Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling tournament by dominating the all-conference teams announced Monday.

The all-conference teams were divided up by division. Iowa City West had 10 of the 14 wrestlers on the Valley Division first team. The Trojans also had a second-team selection and an honorable mention.

Prairie, which finished second in the conference meet, had one first teamer -- 145-pounder Zach Witte, who is 32-0. The Hawks had seven second teamers and two honorable mentions.

Linn-Mar had five members of the Valley Division first team -- 103-pounder Alijah Jeffery (34-4), 112-pounder Joel Northrup (33-4), 145-pounder Tanner Regenwether (17-12), 189-pounder Mark Atwater (18-7) and 215-pounder A.J. Garcia (38-4). Garcia was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the conference meet when he upset Jefferson's top-ranked Conner Herman for the 215-pound title.  The Lions also had three second team picks and three honorable mentions.

Herman (31-2) was Jefferson's only representative on the Valley Division first team at 215. The J-Hawks also had three honorable mentions.

Kennedy 135-pounder Luke Kremer (34-3), 140-pounder Ryan Rodriguez (26-11) and 171-pounder Ryan Sheldon (36-1) was first team selections in the Mississippi Division. The Cougars also had three second teams and a pair of honorable mentions.

Xavier had two first teamers in the Valley Division -- 171-pounder Peter Ickes (32-8) and heavyweight Chantz Rodriguez (18-6). The Saints also had one second teamer and two honorable mentions.

Washington heavyweight Tyler Burrell (27-6) was the Warriors' sole first teamer in the Mississippi Division. Washington had one second teamer and one honorable mention.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 19:56



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Manning, Trcka earn MVC honors

Kennedy's Jake Manning and Xavier's Tara Trcka were two of the six Mississippi Valley Conference Athletes of the Week announced Monday.

Manning, a 6-foot-5 senior, scored 30 points in a pair of conference wins that kept Kennedy in second place in the Mississippi Division boys basketball race. Included was 21 points against Prairie that helped raise his league scoring average to 12-plus points per game.

Trcka, a sophomore bowler for Xavier, torched the lanes last Friday, rolling games of 267 and 247 for a 514 series that led the Saints past Washington. The 514 is the second-highest series by a conference girls bowler this season. She boosted her season average to 212.


Boys basketball -- Jake Manning, Kennedy

Girls basketball -- Sierra Chambers, Iowa City High

Boys bowling -- Jeff McCann, Waterloo East

Girls bowling -- Tara Trcka, Xavier

Boys swimming -- Josh Gill, Dubuque Senior

Wrestling -- Phillip Laux, Iowa City West

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 21:39

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Former Hawk Smith officiated BCS title game

It has been quite a week for Robert Smith Jr., a former University of Iowa football star who now works at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Big Ten Conference had the assignment for the officiating crew to work the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz., Monday night and Smith was the back judge.

Smith, originally from Dallas, played football at Iowa from 1983-86 and was aware that former UI coach Hayden Fry broke the color barrier in the Southwest Conference when he was at SMU in the 1960s, giving Jerry LeVias, the first African-American player, a scholarship in that league.

"That meant a lot to me and so did Coach Fry, as early as when he recruited me and what he stands for and what's right for kids," Smith said.

Smith just completed his ninth season as a Big Ten official. His fleet-footed action on the field helps keep him in tune with receivers in the "big time."

Smith is well-known around the Mississippi Valley Conference as an outstanding basketball official. He has worked both the boys and girls state tournaments at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines and the newer Wells Fargo Arena.

He also worked several state championships in football prior to getting his bid to be a Big Ten ref.

"All games are big games, particularly in the Big Ten," he said after the national championship game. "This game was different as to how other people reacted to it, but I always approach every game as a big game due to the importance for the young people, schools and communities involved."

Smith has aspirations of working in the National Football League, but high school and college games have dominated his schedule so far. This was his first national championship game, but he worked a handful of bowl games before this year.

"I approached this game like any other and will certainly do the same this coming Friday night when I return to action in the Washington-Linn-Mar boys basketball game," he said. "High school athletics are fun and very important to so many people.

"My goal is simply to 'get 'em right,'" he said, "and I will continue to make that my focus while on the gridiron or basketball court."




8-Player District 4

x-Springville 7 0 11 1 752 174 Quarterfinals
y-Lansing Kee 6 1 6 4 378 299 Friday, Nov. 8
y-Easton Valley
5 2 6 4 457 439 Don Bosco 36, Springville 21
y-Elkader Central 4 3 6 5 442 429
West Central
3 4 3 6 215 365
2 5 3 6 280 328
Central City 1 6 1 8 193 450
Cedar Valley 0 7 0 8 108 551

x-clinched district title; y-clinched playoff berth

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