CEDAR FALLS - The Cedar Rapids Prairie girls tennis team won its meet in Cedar Falls Tuesday, but lost its encounter with a wild turkey on the way home.
Coach Scott Leggat was driving the team van when it struck a turkey on I-380 near Gilbertville.
"Blew out the driver's window and ripped the mirror off," Leggat reported. "Glass and turkey feathers all over the inside of van.
"Gilbertville fire department very helpful," he wrote in an e-mail to the Metro Sports Report. "Took us to their station and cleaned the girls up.
"They also vacuumed and cleaned the inside of the van and put plastic on the window so I could drive it home. Girls picked up by parent after
getting tour of fire station and trucks. Very nice people in Gilbertville!!!"
Leggat said he sustained "very minor cuts" from the broken glass.
Prairie defeated Cedar Falls in the Mississippi Valley Conference meet, 5-4. Vale Caro, Magui Caro and Karleigh Schilling won their singles
matches for the Hawks.
Prairie 5, Cedar Falls 4
1. Vale Caro (P) def. Sophie Malloro, 10-4.
2. Magui Caro (P) def. Madison McCann, 10-3.
3. Becky Hughes (CF) def. Michelle Grenn, 10-6.
4. Arianna Mitra (CF) def. Bri Kalous, 11-10 (7-4).
5. Karleigh Schilling (P) def. Mia Poleksic, 10-2.
6. Emma Redington (CF) defe. Lauren O'Brian, 10-5.
1. Caro/Caro (P) def. McCann/Hughes, 10-0.
2. Malloro/Poleksic (CF) def. Grenn/Kalous, 10-6.
3. Schilling/O'Brian (P) def. Redington/Rachel Paup, 10-2.