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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Public hearing on Prairie project

Renovations to the Prairie High School's John Wall Field, including an all-weather surface and additional seating, moved a step closer to reality Monday night when the College Community School Board set a public hearing on the project for Monday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.

The board expects to advertise for bids on the project the next day, so work can be expedited and everything ready to go by next football season, said Dick Whitehead, District Superintendent. Engineering work is about 95 percent complete, he said. 

In addition to the all-weather surface, visiting seating will be replaced and 1,400 seats added to the home side, welcome news to band members and younger students who have been relegated to the end zones in the past.  A storage building is included in the project, as well as a decorative colored concrete entryway.

Cost of the work is estimated at $1.9 million, although the final figure will not be known until engineering is completed and bidding is conducted.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 January 2011 22:27

Hawks soar past Golden Eagles

Nick Blood rollled back-to-back games of 243 for a 486 series that paced Prairie past Dubuque Wahlert, 3204-2697, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at Lancer Lanes.

Zach Bolton rolled high game of 248 for Prairie (11-1, 6-1 MVC). He also had a 441 series. Brogan Fiala had a 223 high game and 428 series.

Prairie rolled its second highest score of the season.

Joe Weber led Wahlert (2-5, 2-5) with a 219 game and 424 series.



Blaha win sparks Prairie

Trey Blaha never beat Alijah Jeffery in AAU youth wrestling tournaments, but they're freshmen in high school now and Blaha has fired the first shot.

Blaha defeated Jeffery in a battle of ranked 103-pounders Thursday night to help Prairie trim Linn-Mar, 30-27, in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual meet at Linn-Mar.

Jeffery won both times they meet on the AAU circuit, but Blaha prevailed Thursday with a solid 9-4 victory.

"The team needed me. I had to pull through," he said.

Jeffery was ranked No. 5 in the state by The Predicament with a 26-2 record heading into Thursday's showdown, while Blaha was ranked No. 9 with a 26-4 mark.

"Trey showed some guts and determination. It was good to see," Prairie Coach Blake Williams said. "It's going to help his confidence a lot heading into the postseason, knowing he can go with an extremely tough 103 pounder."

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 01:26



Hawks hold off Xavier girls

Prairie overcame a standout performance by Xavier sophomore Tara Trcka to beat the Saints, 2457-2341, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls bowling meet at Lancer Lanes.

Trcka rolled games of 215 and 202 for a 417 series for Xavier (1-5, 1-5 MVC).

Jamie Kadolph rolled a 213 high game and 383 series to lead Prairie (3-3).

Both teams will compete Saturday in the Prairie Baker Invitational at Lancer Lanes.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 01:25



Howell impressed with Hawks' effort

Tia Dawson sure knows how to fill out a stat line.  And the record books.

The 6-foot-2 Washington senior became the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots Tuesday night and dominated Prairie in a 67-51 win at the Hawks' gym.

Dawson passed Kayla Pirtle (1991-95), who had 231 blocks during her Washington career. Dawson now owns the single-season, single-game and career records. She needed just two rejections to break the record, but had four to give her 234.

“I didn’t know that,” Dawson said of the record. “That feels amazing.”

Fueled by a loss and poor performance against Linn-Mar’s Kiah Stokes last week, Dawson had her best all-around game of the year with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four rejections. She altered another 10 shots or so and was a dominating presence inside against the smaller Hawks.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 January 2011 01:25



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