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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Two No. 2s too many for Prairie girls

One night after losing to the No. 2 team in Class 4A, Prairie got a chance to see how it stood up against the No. 2 team in Class 3A.

The Hawks didn't fare any better.

Amanda Platte scored 18 points to lead Class 3A No. 2 Mount Vernon to a 43-22 victory Saturday night in a nonconference girls basketball game at Prairie.

Mount Vernon (17-1) played without its leading scorer, 6-foot-2 senior Taylor Dicus. Even without Dicus, Mount Vernon's height and defense was too much for Prairie to overcome.

“She (Dicus) has been out since Thursday with an ankle she rolled playing club volleyball,” Mustangs Coach Bob Kintzel said. “We went with a smaller lineup, the guards played well.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:50



No. 1 Linn-Mar too much for Prairie boys

A focused Linn-Mar remained unbeaten handing Prairie a 70-40 loss on the Hawks home court Friday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball game.

It was a lesson learned from a slow first half the last time the No. 1 Lions (15-0, 10-0 MVC) played.

“We weren’t ready to at Waterloo East last Tuesday night and since we saw that they (the Hawks) gave Kennedy a tough game, we knew we couldn’t start off without focus in tonight’s game,” said Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson.  “Prairie works hard and they have improved a lot through the season.  We took advantage of our size, our experience, and aggressive defense to control the game.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:50



Fiala hot but Hawks drop showdown with East

WATERLOO -- Prairie's Brogan Fiala rolled games of 268 and 259 for a 527 series but the Hawks were beaten by Waterloo East, 3226-3156, Friday in a showdown of the top boys bowling teams in the Misssissippi Valley Conference Valley Division.

Jeff McCann rolled games of 270 and 246 for undefeated East (8-0, 8-0) which took a two-match lead over Prairie (11-2, 6-2) with three to play.

Jeremy Cline also had a hot hand going for Prairie, with games of 238 and 202 for a 440 series. The Hawks also had high games of 225 by Nick Blood, 211 by Chase Bicket and 209 by Sean Steichen.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:50



Solon coach nixes Prairie offer

 Solon Coach Kevin Miller has declined an offer to become the new football coach at Prairie High School, he told The Gazette.

Miller has won four straight state titles and compiled a 105-15 record in 10 years with the Spartans. Solon won the 3A championship this past fall after winning 2A titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Craig Jelinek retired as Prairie's head coach after the 2010 campaign.

Marv Cook, who led Iowa City Regina to the 2A title last fall, said in November that he's not interested in leaving Regina.


Prairie gridiron gets facelift

Anyone familiar with outdoor activities at Prairie High School over the years probably also is familiar with with occasional football games played in mud, canceled band practices and other inconveniences brought on by the Iowa weather.

Those problems should be history  soon, thanks to a large-scale renovation of John Wall Field that’s scheduled to be finished before next football season.

It’s the latest phase in a series of facilities improvements at Prairie, where upgrades for the baseball and softball programs are nearing completion and a 1,000-seat concert hall has been in use for a couple of years.

"A lot of fantastic things are going on," said Rocky Bennett, associate principal and activities director at Prairie, citing cooperative efforts by the College Community school board, the Prairie booster club and "many, many others. I can’t say enough about all they’ve done."

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 01:27



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