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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Stecklein makes Academic All-State

Cedar Rapids Prairie senior Amanda Stecklein has been named to the Academic All-State softball team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Twenty-four players were named to the squad.


J-Hawks nip Prairie in 9 innings

Going into the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night with the score tied 2-2, Jefferson Coach Kyle Rodenkirk was as calm as if his team was nursing a 10-run lead on Prairie.

“I just told the guys to loosen up and have fun," he said afterward. “They were a little uptight, especially since they tied the score on us in the seventh.

“I said,‘This isn’t life or death. It’s baseball. Have some fun.’”

The first three batters in the ninth inning took him at his word and loaded the bases on three straight hits, then a suicide squeeze did not pan out.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 22:27



Sommer tops All-Metro softball team

Katie Sommer spent only year on the Linn-Mar High School softball team after moving here from Dubuque, but she made the most of it.

Sommer hit a sizzling .617 for the Lions this season, stole 57 bases, averaged two hits per game and displayed amazing skills at shortstop.

The Metro softball coaches honored Sommer Monday by naming her the Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro Softball Team.

Nikki Price of Xavier and her assistant coaches were named the Staff of the Year.

The Jefferson J-Hawks, who have qualified for the Class 5A state tournament, led the All-Metro team with three first-team selections with Maddie Hansen, Alyssa Olson and Erin Kuba.

Erin Drahozal and Hayley Deutmeyer were honored on the first team from Xavier. Jessi Puk and Bria Lenten made the top honor squad from

Washington. Gabi Carter and Natalie Rumer were named from Prairie. Sommer and Maddy Ryan were selected from Linn-Mar. Haley Vanourney from Marion High School also made the first team.


Maddie Hansen (Jefferson), Alyssa Olson (Jefferson), Erin Kuba  (Jefferson), Erin Drahozal (Xavier), Hayley Deutmeyer (Xavier), Jessi Puk (Washington), Bria Lenten (Washington), Haley Vanourney (Marion), Gabi Carter (Prairie), Natalie Rumer (Prairie), Katie Sommer (Linn-Mar), Maddy Ryan (Linn-Mar).


Hannah Towns (Jefferson), Katelyn Holub (Jefferson), Alissa Good (Jefferson), Kristie Sommer (Linn-Mar), Elison Ollinger (Linn-Mar), Christina Lincoln (Linn-Mar), Allison Schwach (Xavier), Courtney Colston (Xavier), Emily Oler (Washington), Anne Riley (Washington), Halle Lueck (Prairie), Ashley Hamilton (Kennedy).


Jefferson - Tori Brandon, Emily Walton
Kennedy - Tianna Drahn, Paige Timmerman
Marion - Camryn Cannoy, Bayley Fuller
Washington - Payton Bruner, Erica Oler
Xavier - Morgan Breitbach, Jamie Feltes
Linn-Mar - Madison Rentschler, Morgan Braughton
Prairie - Amanda Stecklein, Mallory Jones


Prairie knocks off Bettendorf, 8-7

The Cedar Rapids Prairie baseball team built an 8-2 lead Tuesday night and held off Bettendorf, 8-7, in the final game of the regular season at Prairie.

The Hawks (14-21) will visit Jefferson in the opening round of the Class 4A substate tournament Friday at 5 p.m.

Nic Mougin belted a home run and drove in three runs for Prairie. Jalen Rima went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Keenan Kilpatrick drove in two runs.

Brody Alberts allowed two runs in 4.2 innings for the victory.

Bettendorf    011 002 3 - 7 14 3
Prairie       301 040 x - 8 7 4

W - Alberts. L - Broyles.



Beckman tosses gem for Prairie

CEDAR FALLS - Trey Beckman pitched a three-hit shutout Monday night as the Prairie Hawks blanked No. 7 Cedar Falls, 1-0, in the first game of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader in Cedar Falls.

The Tigers took the nightcap, 10-5.

Prairie snapped a scoreless battle in the opener in the top of the seventh inning when Nick Benson drove in Coen Brown with the game's only run.

Beckman surrendered two doubles in the opener, but Cedar Falls was not able to push a run across the plate. He struck out eight batters and walked four.

Prairie grabbed a 5-1 lead in the top of the third inning in the second game, but Cedar Falls exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the third for an 8-5 advantage.

Drew Yanecek went 3-for-3 for Prairie in Game 2. Nic Mougin had two hits and Cooper Reittinger drove in two runs.

The split left Prairie at 13-21 overall and 11-15 in the MVC. Cedar Falls is 26-10 overall and 17-9 in the conference. Both teams have finished their league seasons.


Game 1

Prairie      000 000 1 - 1 4 0
Cedar Falls  000 000 0 - 0 3 4

W - Beckman. L - Kuntz.


Game 2

Prairie      104 000 0 - 5 10 5
Cedar Falls  107 002 x - 10 8 2

W - Corson. L - Havel-Pisarik.

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