Wednesday, October 22, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL - Clear Creek-Amana 2, Marion 0 .... Mount Vernon 2, Marion 1 .... (Wamac Conference tournament) .... Linn-Mar 3, Xavier 0 .... Kennedy 3, Washington 0 .... Iowa City West 3, Prairie 0 .... Iowa City High 3, Jefferson 1 .... Central City 3, Cedar Valley Christian 0 (1A Regional tournament) .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Central 1 .... MEN'S SOCCER - Wisconsin-Platteville 1, Coe 0 ....
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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cougars make strong run in MVC tourney

After winning  five straight matches Saturday, the Kennedy girls finally ran out of steam and had to settle for second place to Iowa City High in the 14-team Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball tournament.

Along the way, the Cougars got revenge for regular-season losses to Iowa City West and Linn-Mar. And they beat City High in three games in pool play during the morning session.

But in the championship final the Little Hawks found their groove and posted a dominating 25-16 25-16 victory.

“I think the kids were kind of zapped at the end,” said Kennedy Coach Michelle Goodall. “And Iowa City came out on fire.”

Ranked eighth in Class 5A, City High (21-9) came into the tourney as the top seed with the only unblemished MVC record of 6-0. The Class 5A 10th-ranked Cougars (25-11) were seeded eighth based on their 4-2 conference mark.



Drake, Lions shatter 3 MVC records

It's too bad they don't have a decathlon for high school swimmers.

If anyone could win 10 events at one meet, it would be Linn-Mar sophomore Kelsey Drake.

Freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke. Sprints, middle distances, long distances. It wouldn't matter.

Drake, Drake, Drake, Drake.

"It would be her," Linn-Mar Coach Chad Derlein confirmed Saturday. "It doesn't matter, she can swim it. Whatever event.

"She's probably the most versatile swimmer I know."

Drake starred at the Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Kennedy Saturday. She broke meet records in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly, then had a sizzling anchor on the 400 freestyle relay to help Jenn Jenks, Lizzie Adams and Stephanie Jenks shatter another record.

High school swimmers are limited to four events at one meet. The closest Drake ever came to a "decathlon" in swimming was at the 12-and-under state meet a few years back, when she recalls winning nine events.

Drake enjoys all four strokes, although the butterfly is her favorite. "I could swim butterfly and never got bored with it, I love it so much," she remarked.



6 Metro teams could make playoffs

Three Metro football teams have clinched spots in the football playoffs and three more Metro clubs are still alive heading into the final week of the regular season.

Washington and Linn-Mar have clinched Class 4A district titles and the Xavier Saints can win their Class 3A district crown with a victory over Marion Friday night.

Jefferson, Prairie and Kennedy are still in contention for Class 4A playoff spots heading into decisive contests.

The top-ranked Washington Warriors and sixth-ranked Linn-Mar Lions will be No. 1 seeds for the playoffs and will face a No. 4 seed in the opening round.

The fifth-ranked Xavier Saints are tied for first place in their district with Solon and Western Dubuque, but the Saints own the tiebreaker and will draw a No. 1 seed by topping Marion.



Rashed nets 3 TDs as J-Hawks roll

Don't close the book on Jefferson's comeback season.

Bouncing back from one of the most discouraging losses in recent program history, the J-Hawks fought back into the Iowa Class 4A playoff picture Friday night.

A week after squandering a game-winning touchdown chance on a first-and-goal play from the 5-yard line, Jefferson returned to Kingston Stadium wiser, even more driven and in complete control from first snap to last in a no-doubt, penalty-plagued 35-0 throttling of winless and punchless Waterloo East.

Tavian Rashed turned a touchdown hat trick with scores of 13, 19 and 8 yards, Bryce Lund added a pair of touchdowns and Jefferson (4-4, 2-2 District 5) delivered a powerful rebound that kept it in contention for District 5's fourth and final playoff spot and its first postseason berth in six years.




Murphy, Mather lead Lions to MVC title

CEDAR FALLS - Daniel Murphy and Michael Mather of Linn-Mar finished in nearly a dead heat Thursday to help the Lions capture the Valley Division cross country title at Birdsall Park in Cedar Falls.

Murphy and Mather were both timed in 16 minutes, 10 seconds in a photo finish, but Murphy was declared the winner.

Ryan Murphy placed fourth for Linn-Mar as the Lions edged Cedar Falls for the title, 37-39.

Linn-Mar junior Amber Decker, who won the title at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet last week, had to settle for third place in the Valley Division race behind Bailey Nock and Emmie Skopec of Iowa City West.

Iowa City West topped Linn-Mar for the girls team championship, 19-37.

Hannah Fusselman of Kennedy finished 10th.



Saints host Regina in premier battle

All of the Class 4A football teams in the Metro area refused to play Xavier when the Saints dropped to Class 3A this year, so the Saints had to get creative and find some willing partners.

They succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination.

Xavier will host Iowa City Regina Friday night at Saints Field in an intriguing showdown of state powers.

The Saints reached the Class 4A finals in 2012 and 2013 before the advent of district play in Eastern Iowa allowed them to drop safely into their proper enrollment bracket in Class 3A. The Regals, meanwhile, are the premier program in Class 1A and have won four straight state titles under Coach Marv Cook.

Regina saw its 56-game winning streak come to an end against Solon - a Class 3A club - in the season opener this year, but the Regals have won six straight games since then and are averaging 43.4 points per game.



Dike-New Hartford wins Jeff volleyball

Dike-New Hartford won six straight matches Saturday and captured top honors at the Westside Invitational volleyball tournament at Jefferson High School.

Dike-New Hartford, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, played giant killer when it whipped Ankeny Centennial, 25-18, 25-19, in the championship match. Ankeny Centennial is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, which is the largest class in the state.

Kennedy and Linn-Mar both reached the quarterfinals of the gold bracket playoffs before being eliminated. Kennedy fell to Dowling, 25-21, 25-20, and Linn-Mar lost to Dike-New Hartford, 25-20, 25-18.

POOL A: Dike-New Hartford 3-0, Linn-Mar 2-1, Davenport Assumption 1-2, Waterloo West 0-3.
POOL B: Ankeny Centennial 3-0, Wahlert 2-1, Xavier 1-2, North Cedar 0-3.
POOL C: Kennedy 3-0, West Delaware 2-1, West Liberty 1-2, Washington 0-3.
POOL D: Solon 3-0, Iowa City West 2-1, Tripoli 1-2, Waterloo Columbus 0-3.
POOL E: Mount Vernon 3-0, Grundy Center 2-1, Jefferson 1-2, Des Moines Roosevelt 0-3.
POOL F: Dowling 3-0, Marion 2-1, Williamsburg 1-2, Hempstead 0-3.



J-Hawks fumble away shot at victory

What a win it would have been.

But Jefferson’s high homecoming hopes died Friday night at Kingston Stadium on a fumbled hand-off five yards from the goal line with nine seconds left in the game.

Waterloo West, which seemed to have things sealed just 30 seconds earlier with a score of its own, jumped on the loose ball to save a 23-17 victory.

“Missed opportunities and lack of execution,” said Jefferson Coach Brian Webb in trying to explain what went wrong at the end and throughout the night as a whole.

Behind from the start, the J-Hawks rallied back to tie the score at 17-17 with 4:38 left on a 21-yard field goal by Caleb Kesterson. A dropped pass in the end zone would have given them a touchdown the play before.




Ollinger powers Jeff past Wash

Amanda Ollinger had 23 kills and 10 digs Tuesday night as Jefferson swept Washington, 25-17, 25-9, 25-18, in a Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball match at Washington.

Ollinger finished with a kill efficiency rating of .724.

Maddie Slagle contributed nine kills and seven digs for the J-Hawks. Makenzie Tomkins had eight kills.

Hannah Carter had five kills and three blocks. Lexi Moore made 21 assists and Avery Guy had 18 assists and two aces.



Murdock's ace sparks Cougars to district title

The free drinks are on Cole Murdock.

Murdock fired a hole-in-one and claimed medalist honors Tuesday at Hunters Ridge as the Kennedy Cougars won their eighth straight district golf title.

Kennedy will compete for the state title this Friday and Saturday at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.

Murdock aced the 16th hole at Hunters Ridge with a pitching wedge. The ball hit the bottom of the flag and dropped into the cup.

Murdock knew he hit a good shot, but did not realize the ball was in the hole.

"I've never had a hole-in-one, so I guess I've never really seen what it looks like going in from the distance," he said. "When I heard it hit the flag I was kind of looking around to see where it went."



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