Saturday, August 29, 2015
BREAKING NEWS - Linn-Mar's Jordan Bohannon verbally commits to play college basketball at the University of Iowa ... FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MIDWEST LEAGUE: Kane County at Kernels (postponed, doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Saturday) ... PREP FOOTBALL - Prairie at Linn-Mar (postponed to 5 p.m. Saturday) ... Washington at Jefferson (postponed to 2 p.m. Saturday) ... Dowling at Xavier, (canceled, will not be made up) ... Mount Vernon at Marion (postponed to 7 p.m. Saturday) ...
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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Xavier cancels game; 3 others postponed

None of the high school football games that were scheduled for the Metro area were played Friday night due to the heavy thunderstorms and lightning that passed through the area.

Xavier High School canceled its home game against Dowling Catholic. The game will not be rescheduled. Dowling is unable to make another round trip from West Des Moines on Saturday for a possible makeup date.

The other three games in the Metro area were postponed until Saturday.

Washington will face Jefferson at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingston Stadium.

Prairie will play Linn-Mar at 5 p.m. Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium.

Marion will host Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Park.


Prairie wins MVC/MAC Challenge

Cedar Rapids Prairie went 3-0, capping the evening with a thrilling win over top-ranked Bettendorf to take the title in the MVC/MAC Challenge at Prairie.

Prairie opened with a 2-1 win over Pleasant Valley, then swept North Scott before taking both games from Bettendorf to win the challenge.

Kennedy went 2-1, losing a 3-set match to Bettendorf before bouncing back with sweeps over Pleasant Valley and North Scott.

Iowa City West also went 2-1 giving the MVC a 7-2 mark against the MAC teams



Wahlert edges Prairie by 1 shot

DUBUQUE - Led by medalist Ben Schmidt, host Dubuque Wahlert nipped Prairie by one stroke to win a four-team MVC meet on Thursday at The Meadows.

Schmidt fired a 2-over par 38 as Wahlert finished at 159. Cal Clark's 39 led a balanced Prairie effort as the Hawks scored 160.



Register tabs 3 Metro ballplayers

Zach Daniels of Kennedy, Sammy Lizarraga of Kennedy and Cal Clark of Prairie have been named to the all-state baseball teams by the Des Moines Register.

Daniels, a shortstop and pitcher, made the Elite All-State team for players from all school classifications. Lizarraga was named first team all-state in Class 4A as a pitcher. Clark made second team all-state in Class 4A as a shortstop.

Daniels and Lizarraga are now playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Clark is entering his senior year at Prairie.


Bliss brings 4 state titles to Prairie

Mark Bliss won 62 straight football games and four straight Class 3A stateĀ titles at Conway Springs High School in Kansas from 2001 to 2005, but he reluctantly walked away from that job for a very simple reason.

It had to do with basic family economics.

"It was hard, believe me. I could have stayed there the rest of my life," the new Cedar Rapids Prairie coach said Tuesday after practice. "But quite frankly, I have four daughters and I was only getting paid $38,000 a year."

Bliss heard about a better-paying job at a new high school in Naples, Fla., and went for it.

"It was double my salary and free insurance," he said. "So when you're almost borderline food-stamps, you basically have to do the right thing and better your family. So when that job came open in Florida I took advantage of it."

Bliss, 51, grew up in Oklahoma and has coached in Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and now Iowa. He came to Prairie from a high school in Ozark, Mo., where he made three straight trips to the playoffs.

"Iowa is probably the last place I was cut out to be, because I was pretty happy in Missouri," said Bliss, who speaks with a distinctive Oklahoma twang.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 19:49


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