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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hartzler tops all-Metro wrestling team

Shea Hartzler of Linn-Mar has been named the Wrestler of the Year on the all-Metro team, as selected by the coaches.

Hartzler won the Class 3A state title at 160 pounds this season and was the only state champion from the Metro area.

Dennis Hynek, who led Kennedy to a fourth-place tie in the Class 3A standings at the state meet, was named the Metro Coach of the Year.

106 Pounds

1st Team - Conrad Braswell (Prairie)
2nd Team - Cam Shaver (Kennedy)
Honorable Mention - Jack Eichhorn (Marion)

113 Pounds

1st Team - Marcus England (Prairie), Jeff Vipond (Xavier), Joseph Sibomana (Jefferson)

120 Pounds

1st Team - Brenden Baker (Jefferson)
2nd Team - Keegan Schultschik (Xavier)
Honorable Mention - Jacob Tedrow (Prairie)

126 Pounds

1st Team - Nolan Hromidko (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Will Foreman (Washington)
Honorable Mention - Trenten Wennermark (Prairie)

132 Pounds

1st Team - Sam Uthoff (Prairie)
2nd Team - Dalton Mastin (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - Austin McLeod (Kennedy)

138 Pounds

1st Team - Clint Lembeck (Xavier)
2nd Team - Alex Streicher (Linn-Mar)
Honorable Mention - Chase St. John (Prairie)

145 Pounds

1st Team - Josh Gerke (Xavier), Johnny Clymer (Linn-Mar)
2nd Team - Caleb Conway (Marion)

152 Pounds

1st Team - Logen Rodriguez (Kennedy), Kyle Briggs (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - Jacob Wempen (Linn-Mar)

160 Pounds

1st Team - Shea Hartzler (Linn-Mar)
2nd Team - Ben Sarasin (Kennedy)
Honorable Mention - Tavian Rashed (Jefferson)

170 Pounds

1st Team - Garrett Kubovec (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Matt Culver (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - AJ Geers (Linn-Mar)

182 Pounds

1st Team - Nick Dreckman (Jefferson)
2nd Team - Logan Hagmeier (Linn-Mar)
Honorable Mention - Preston LaGrange (Prairie)

195 Pounds

1st Team - Taylor Mehmen (Prairie)
2nd Team - Sam Pape (Kennedy), Braydon Schultz (Linn-Mar)

220 Pounds

1st Team - Dalles Jacobus (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Tyler Pasker (Prairie)
Honorable Mention - Alex Francois (Xavier)

285 Pounds

1st Team - Alex Heisdorffer (Prairie)
2nd Team - Tommy Pudil (Xavier), Carson Webster (Marion)


Improved Hawks fall at City High

IOWA CITY – A team’s record doesn’t always tell the whole story.

That’s how Prairie boys basketball coach Jeremy Rickertsen will look back on his 2015-16 squad, which had its season end Friday with a 66-55 loss to Iowa City High in a Class 4A substate semifinal at City High.

The Hawks finished the season with an 8-15 record, but Rickertsen is pleased with the direction of the program.

“I just told the seniors, 'You leave a place better than when you got here,'” Rickertsen said. “And regardless of the record, they’ve done that.

“They’ve set a good tone for how to practice for the young kids and how to work hard and compete and not give up.”

Prairie never led in Friday’s game, but it also refused to wilt.

City bolted to a 7-0 lead, but the Hawks answered with five consecutive points. City led 31-20 at halftime, but Prairie started the second half with a 7-2 scoring run, trimming the deficit to 33-27.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 23:55



4 Metro boys make all-MVC bowling

Four Metro boys have earned first-team honors from the Mississippi Valley Conference on the all-star bowling team.

Jefferson senior Hunter Sturtz, Kennedy senior James Jambois and Linn-Mar junior Alex Diercks were unanimous first-team picks in the Valley Division.

Prairie senior Matt Galloro was a first-team pick in the Mississippi Division.


Athlete of the Year – Justin Lanser, jr., Dubuque Hempstead.

Coach of the Year – Roger Poling, Dubuque Hempstead.

First Team

Justin Lanser*, jr., Dubuque Hempstead; Jordan Mattix*, sr., Waterloo West; Noah Cheever, jr., Dubuque Hempstead; Cody Scheffert, sr., Dubuque Hempstead; Chance Brimeyer, sr., Dubuque Hempstead; Matt Galloro, sr., Prairie.

Second Team

Metro Only

Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 15:46



Milota, Blood honored on MVC bowling

Kennedy junior Jamie Milota has been named the Athlete of the Year on the Valley Division all-star girls bowling team, the Mississippi Valley Conference announced Thursday.

Rylee Blood, a senior at Prairie and the Class 3A state champion, shared the honor with senior Ashley Care of Waterloo East in the Mississippi Division.

Prairie’s Don Willfong was named Coach of the Year in the Mississippi Division. Linn-Mar’s Jeremy Moser was named Coach of the Year in the Valley Division.

Blood and freshman Prairie teammate Ashley Sundstrom were unanimous first-team picks in the Mississippi Division. Prairie senior Sabrina Keiper and Washington senior Shania Christensen also made the first team.



Blood wins state bowling title

Prairie senior Rylee Blood capped her stellar four-year high school career by capturing the Class 3A state bowling championship Wednesday at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines.

“It was all good today,” she said of her 470 series on games of 246 and 224. “But I wasn’t thinking of my individual score. I was bowling for the team, and I wanted us to get that first team trophy.”

It was not the day for that, however, as a team of youngsters from Johnston bowled almost 400 pins higher than their season average to easily claim the team title. With four girls (including three freshmen) in the top 10 individual scores and a Baker round average of 210, Johnston recorded a score of 3171.

Prairie came in second at 2910, close to their season average of 2931. Their season average was by far the best in state coming into the tournament.

“We bowled really well today, and I’m proud of all of the girls,” said Prairie Coach Don Willfong. “But the Johnston girls were well over their average. They deserved it.”

Johnston had entered the championship like Prairie with an undefeated season but ranked third in team scoring. Muscatine was ranked second and finished in third place on Wednesday.

The Prairie Hawks came in third last year and fourth the year before.

Bolstered by their high individual games, Johnston went into the team Baker round on Wednesday with a 93-pin advantage over Prairie. They extended their lead even further even with a Baker total of 1051, compared to Prairie’s 883.

“We had about an hour of idle time in there,” said Willfong. “I think our energy level dropped a little bit.”

Besides Blood’s top individual score, Prairie placed three others in the top 13.

Sophomore Mikayla Hite rolled a 410 series (194+216), junior Ashley Grady 409 (194+215) and senior Sabrina Keiper 403 (195+208) to finish 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

“I was a little nervous at the start,” said Grady, whose series was 69 pins higher than her season average. “But it ended up being a pretty good day.”

Hite’s series was 56 points above her season average.

Keiper, who will attend Iowa State University next year to study animal ecology, said the end of her four-year prep bowling career was bittersweet.

“We pulled together today when we needed to, and it’s good to finish on a high note,” she said. “But they (Johnston) were on fire today.”

Blood made her fourth straight trip to the state tournament and finished in style.

“She found her groove today,” said Willfong. “She’s had a fantastic career. She’s set goals and achieved every one of them. And the girls will vouch that she’s been a great team leader.”

Blood will bowl next year at Mount Mercy University but has yet to decide on a major.

“We definitely bowled our best today,” she said. “We gave it our all.”

Top 3 Individuals

1. Rylee Blood, Prairie         246+224=470
2. Christian Swank, Muscatine   234+225=459
3. Morgan Wolfe, Johnston       214+243=457

Team Standings

1. Johnston 3171, 2. Prairie 2910, 3. Muscatine 2859, 4. Dubuque Hempstead 2696, 5. Des Moines Lincoln 2592, 6. Bettendorf 2513, 7. Des Moines Roosevelt 2260.

PRAIRIE (2,027): 1. Rylee Blood 246+224=470, 11. Mikalya Hite 194+216=410; 12. Ashley Grady 104+215=409, 13. Sabrina Keiper 195+208=403, 26. Kaitlyn Early 159+176=335, 28. Ashley Sundstrom 166+164=330.

2027 Game Total + 883 Baker Total = 2910.


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