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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Daniels honored in MVC baseball

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Zach Daniels has been named the Athlete of the Year in the Mississippi Division on the Mississippi Valley Conference all-star baseball teams.

Daniels is hitting .471 for the state-bound Cougars with 32 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts. He also has an 8-1 record on the mound with a 1.02 ERA.

Daniels, a second baseman when he's not pitching, was joined on the Mississippi Division first team by pitcher Sammy Lizarraga and shortstop Derek Jacobus of Kennedy.

Spencer Van Scoyoc of Jefferson made the Mississippi Division first team in the outfield.

Pitcher Ryan Flaherty, first baseman Adam Pick, infielder Colin O'Connell and outfielder Bryce Grimm of Xavier were named first team in the Valley Division.

Third baseman Johnny Dobbs and Matt Troendle of Washington also made the top unit in the Mississippi Division. They were joined by outfielder Manny Jeffery from Linn-Mar.

Kennedy Coach Bret Hoyer and his assistants were named the Mississippi Division Staff of the Year.



Athlete of the Year - Zach Daniels, Kennedy

Staff of the Year - Bret Hoyer, Kennedy


P - Sammy Lizarraga (Kennedy), Nick Gallagher (IC West)

C - Devin Raffensperger (IC West)

1B - David Fitzgerald (Hempstead)

IF - Zack Daniels (Kennedy), Derek Jacobus (Kennedy), Mitch Crimmins (Hempstead)

OF - Spencer Van Scoyoc (Jefferson), Kevin DeLaney (IC West), Alex Gross  (IC West)

U - Austin Clemens (Dubuque Senior), Chris Tomkins (Hempstead)


P - Tyus Adkins (IC West), Blake Hargens (Kennedy)

C - David Janes (Dubuque Senior)

1B - Declan Doyle (IC West)

IF - Grant Ewing (IC West), Sam Noel (Dubuque Senior), John Magnuson   (Waterloo East)

OF - Jase Grant (Dubuque Senior), Brock Hatzky (IC West), Tucker Mai   (Dubuque Senior)

U - Marcus Colbert (Jefferson), Dan Millius (Hempstead), Nile Ringen (IC High)


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Jefferson - Lucas Larson, Spencer Hunt

Kennedy - Ben Sass, Matt Stevens


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Jefferson - Drew Johnson, Michael Neuberger

Kennedy - David Pauls, Nathan Althoff


Athlete of the Year - J.T. Sole, Cedar Falls

Staff of the Year - Jack Sole, Cedar Falls


P - Michael Kuntz (Cedar Falls), Ryan Flaherty (Xavier)

C - J.T. Sole (Cedar Falls)

1B - Adam Pick (Xavier)

IF - Hunter Schiefelbein (Cedar Falls), Colin O'Connell (Xavier), Johnny Dobbs (Washington)

OF - Jared Deines (Cedar Falls), Manny Jeffery (Linn-Mar), Bryce Grimm (Xavier)

U - Matt Hoffmann (Wahlert), Matt Troendle (Washington)


P - Brady Corson (Cedar Falls), Nolan Even (Xavier)

C - Nolan Arp (Xavier)

1B - Austin Miller (Cedar Falls)

IF - Luke Mozena (Cedar Falls), Jake Oglesby (Wahlert), Ryan Wyant (Linn-Mar)

OF - Caleb Reimer (Linn-Mar), Landen Akers (Washington), Jalen Rima (Prairie)

U - Nolan Timp (Wahlert), Trey Beckman (Prairie)


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Prairie - Ben Milks, Cal Clark

Washington - Trey Leonard, Chris Harrington

Xavier - Logan Clarahan, Jake Robinson

Linn-Mar - Jackson Jacobs, Ben Larson


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Prairie - Nick Benson, Jacob Sprengeler

Washington - Alec Nichols, Eric Loeffelholz

Xavier - Logan Clarahan, Adam Pick

Linn-Mar - Thomas Niemeyer, Nic Redmond


Metro Players in Pro Baseball

The Metro Sports Report provides a daily update on Metro graduates who are playing pro baseball. Here is the report through July 27:

RYAN SWEENEY (Xavier), Chicago Cubs, OF Sweeney went 0-for-1 Sunday with two walks. He was 1-for-3 Saturday with a home run, his second homer in two days. Sweeney is hitting .222 (34-for-153) with 3 homers and 16 RBIs.

SCOTT SCHEBLER (CR Prairie), Chattanooga, OF, Double-A, Southern League (Dodgers) Schebler went 1-for-3 Sunday with a double, RBI, run scored and walk. He is hitting .268 (99-for-370) with 18 homers and 53 RBIs.

KELLEN SWEENEY (CR Jefferson), Dunedin, IF, Advanced A, Florida State League (Blue Jays) Sweeney has been released by the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He was hitting .222 (8 for 36) with four doubles and an RBI.

CHAD CHRISTENSEN (CR Washington), Kernels, OF/IF, Class A, Midwest League (Twins) Christensen went 0-for-4 Sunday. He is hitting .287 with 7 home runs and 56 RBIs.

JON KELLER (Xavier), Frederick, P, Class A, Carolina League (Orioles) Keller (0-0, 8.31) did not pitch Sunday.

MITCH KELLER (Xavier), Bradenton, P, Rookie, Gulf Coast League (Pirates) Keller (0-0, 3.00) did not pitch Sunday.

ANDREW HANSE (Linn-Mar), Bowling Green, P, Class A, Midwest League (Tampa Bay). Hanse (0-3, 5.93) pitched one inning on Saturday. He allowed one hit and one unearned run.

DAKOTA FREESE (Washington), Athletics, P, Rookie Arizona League (Oakland) Freese has been placed on the 60-day Disabled List and probably will not pitch again until the fall.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 19:57

Jenks, Lions to get state track titles

The Linn-Mar girls track team will be awarded two more championships from the 2014 state meet, two months after it was held in May.

The Quad-City Times reported Friday that the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has determined that Pleasant Valley star Kaley Ciluffo was ineligible to compete in the state meet, stripping Pleasant Valley of its team championship and changing the official results of several events.

The IGHSAU has determined that Ciluffo competed in four sanctioned collegiate meets between December of 2013 and June of 2014, which is a violation of IGHSAU rules.

Ciluffo won the Class 4A 800 meter run and helped Pleasant Valley capture the 4x400 relay at the state meet.



Jenks places 15th at IAAF race

EUGENE, Ore. - Linn-Mar High School junior Stephanie Jenks placed 15th in the 3000 meter run at the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Meet Thursday night.

Mary Cain of the United States won the race in 8 minutes, 58.48 seconds. Jenks, one of the youngest runners in the event, finished in 9:31.47.

Runners from 14 nations competed in the 3000. The World Junior Meet is for runners 19-and-younger. Jenks will not turn 17 until next month.

There were 18 runners in the race at Hayward Field.




Davenport West ousts Linn-Mar

DAVENPORT - If anyone can appreciate the strike zone as a batter, it's a pitcher.

Davenport West's Thomas Dorton used that to his advantage in his first at-bat with the bases loaded in the first inning Friday.

Dorton fought back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk for the Falcons' first run and helped sparked West to four more runs in the inning. It helped West to an eventual 5-2 victory over Linn-Mar in a Class 4A first-round substate game at the Falcons' complex.

West (26-6) advances to host Bettendorf in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Monday.

"I just had to foul (pitches) off and just try and get on base," Dorton said of his first at-bat. "The (umpire) had a pretty tight strike zone so I kind of knew where the balls and strikes were.

"I kind of knew it was coming. It's 10 times better as a pitcher because you know where everything is at."

Linn-Mar starting pitcher Ryan Wyant got the first two outs of the inning but the Falcons strung together three straight singles to load the bases when Dorton came up. He took a strike, then fouled a pitch off. Then Wyant suddenly could not find the zone.

After Dorton forced a run in with his walk, teammate Kyle Verdon took the same selective approah. Wyant walked him on five pitches to give West a 2-0 lead.

"We got (Wyant) frustrated and that's the point," Dorton said.

The Falcons then got some help from shaky defense by the Lions (16-22).

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 22:34


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