Friday, October 31, 2014
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD - REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL - Marion 3, Davenport Assumption 0 .... Xavier 3, Fairfield 0 .... Jefferson 3, Marshalltown 2 .... Prairie 3, Davenport West 0 .... Kennedy 3, Linn-Mar 2 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Culver-Stockton 3, Mount Mercy 0
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Xavier, Jeff, Prairie win matches

Xavier, Jefferson and Prairie won their matches in the regional volleyball tournament Thursday night and will play in the regional finals Tuesday.

The Xavier Saints blanked Fairfield, 3-0, and will face Clear Creek-Amana in the Class 4A regional finals at Marengo.

The Jefferson J-Hawks trimmed Marshalltown, 3-2, and will meet Ankeny Centennial in the Class 5A regional finals at Huxley.

The Prairie Hawks shut out Davenport West, 3-0, and will tangle with Iowa City High in the Class 5A regional finals at Linn-Mar.

The regional champions will advance to the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Amanda Ollinger collected 35 kills for Jefferson despite battling leg cramps. Avery Guy contributed 49 assists. Sam Kitterman had 22 digs, Maddie Slagle 15 digs, Makenzie Tomkins 17 kills and Autumn Anderson 15 assists.

Kayla Torson led Xavier with 19 kills and 14 digs. Melanie Wertzberger had 20 assists, Rachel Sodawasser 13 assists and Charlotte Richards 10 kills.

Mallory Jones had 16 assists for Prairie. Kendra Gaskill had 15 assists, Kenzie Soeken 14 kills and Megan Sprengeler five aces.


Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 06:12

Pleasant Valley tops Prairie in OT

BETTENDORF - Mike Morrissey nearly had a happy homecoming Wednesday night, but his Prairie Hawks fell just short in an agonizing defeat.

Pleasant Valley tripped Prairie, 31-24, in overtime in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Pleasant Valley.

Pleasant Valley scored a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter and kicked the PAT to forge a 24-24 tie and force overtime.

The Spartans had the ball first in overtime and scored on a 5-yard run by Chase Kipper and Austin Adamson added the extra point. Prairie was not able to respond with a touchdown and went home with a tough defeat.

JoJo Simpson rushed for 203 yards for Prairie and scored two touchdowns, including an 89-yard jaunt to begin the scoring. Prairie took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown by Keagan Pinter and Sam Drysdale's PAT, but Pleasant Valley rallied in the second half.

Brendon Bormann scored on a 20-yard run and Tyler Flanders tallied on a 27-yard run as Pleasant Valley grabbed a 17-14 advantage. Drysdale tied the game, 17-17, with a 44-yard field goal for Prairie.



Lions are 'most improved' team in 4A

Linn-Mar football coach Bob Forsyth said in August that he was "cautiously optimistic" about the 2014 season and hopeful for a good year.

He may have underplayed his hand a bit.

Quite simply, Linn-Mar is the most improved team in Class 4A this year with a good chance of making a deep run in the playoffs.

The Lions finished with a 2-7 record in 2013 and improved to an 8-1 mark for the regular season this year. That's a gain of six victories and that plus-6 mark is the best among all 46 Class 4A teams in Iowa.

Lewis Central is next on the "most improved" list at plus-4, going from four victories in 2013 to eight wins in 2014.

Two Metro teams tied for third place in the "most improved" category at plus-3. The Washington Warriors jumped from 6-3 to 9-0 and the Jefferson J-Hawks climbed from 1-8 to 4-5.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:35



Cougars deserve cheers, not jeers

It would be easy to make fun of the Kennedy Cougars for making the Class 4A football playoffs with a 2-7 record, but that would be a big mistake.

First of all, the Kennedy players are not responsible for the new district format this year that made it possible for 2-7 clubs to advance. Administrators did that, not the athletes.

Secondly, the Cougars should be applauded for sticking with it and playing hard after a rough 0-6 start. They had to adjust to a new head coach and new offensive scheme, and they lost a couple of games they could have - maybe should have - won.

Kennedy began the season with a 12-9 setback at Iowa City City when the Trojans threw a 33-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-15 with 1:59 left in the game. Four weeks later, the Cougars missed a 33-yard field on the final play of the fourth quarter and fell to Jefferson, 27-24, in overtime

Two weeks ago, the Cougars scored a touchdown with 71 seconds left against Cedar Falls to pull within 21-20, but they unable to convert a two-point conversion and lost by a single point.



Cougars ranked 9th in volleyball poll

The Kennedy Cougars will enter the postseason volleyball playoffs next week as the highest ranked Class 5A team from the Metro area.

Kennedy climbed one spot to No. 9 in the final poll of the season Thursday after reaching the championship round of the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament last Saturday.

The Marion Indians remained third in the Class 4A rankings despite losing two matches in the tough Wamac Conference tournament Tuesday.

The Prairie Hawks dropped out of the Class 5A poll Thursday.


1. Bettendorf (34-0), 2. Ankeny Centennial (36-3), 3. Dowling (35-5), 4. Johnston (34-5), 5. Ankeny (33-6), 6. West Des Moines Valley (35-10), 7. Council Bluffs Lincoln (35-13), 8. Iowa City High (22-9), 9. Kennedy (26-11), 10. Southeast Polk (30-9).


1. Harlan (35-2), 2. West Delaware (41-2), 3. Marion (30-7), 4. Sioux City Heelan (28-11), 5. Clear Creek-Amana (24-9), 6. Charles City (39-4), 7. Indianola (30-9), 8. LeMars (29-9), 9. Waverly-Shell Rock (31-19), 10. Boone (31-6), 11. Dallas Center-Grimes (23-13), 12. Davenport Assumption (18-13), 13. Fort Madison (28-10), 14. Glenwood (16-13), 15. ADM (21-12).

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