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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.


Prairie tops Ottumwa in 4A substate

Jalen Rima scored 16 points Monday night and Max Smith-Drahos added 14 as the Prairie Hawks clipped Ottumwa, 62-46, in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A substate tournament at Prairie.

Prairie (8-14) will visit Iowa City High (12-9) in the substate semifinals Friday at 7 p.m.

The Hawks led 29-21 at halftime and pulled away from Ottumwa in the third period.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 4-18 record.

OTTUMWA (46): Bowers 0 2-2 2, Thomas 2 0-0 6, M. Moreland 3 0-0 6, S. Moreland 0 0-0 0, Bays 1 0-0 2, McCoy 0 0-0 0, Strunk 0 0-0 0, Yeaway 2 0-0 4, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Altifillisch 1 4-4 6, Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Crosby 0 0-0 0, Boyer 1 2-2 4, Brumbaugh 0 0-0 0, Ryder 6 0-0 14. Totals 17 8-8 46.

PRAIRIE (62): Nierling 0 0-0 0, Lorenz 0 2-2 2, C. Clark 3 1-1 9, Reittinger 0 0-0 0, G. Clark 1 0-0 3, Smith-Drahos 5 3-3 14, Eilers 1 0-0 2, Rima 4 8-9 16, Chadima 1 0-0 2, Hook 0 0-0 0, Kilpatrick 1 1-2 4, Serbousek 1 0-1 2, Oxley 4 0-0 8, Usher 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 15-19 62.

Halftime - Prairie 29, Ottumwa 21. 3-point goals - Ottumwa 4 (Thomas 2, Ryder 2), Prairie 5 (C.Clark 2, G.Clark 1, Smith-Drahos 1, Kilpatrick 1).


Blood, Sturtz top all-Metro bowling

Rylee Blood of Prairie and Hunter Sturtz of Jefferson have been honored as the Athletes of the Year on the all-Metro bowling teams, as selected by the Metro coaches.

Prairie girls claimed three of seven spots on the all-Metro first team with Blood, Ashley Sundstrom and Sabrina Keiper. Shania Christensen of Washington, Bre Smith of Marion, Mekena Diercks of Linn-Mar and Jamie Milota of Kennedy also made the first team.

Alex Diercks of Linn-Mar, James Jambois of Kennedy, Matt Galloro of Prairie, Jarrett Steward of Marion, Jacob Fulton of Xavier and Charlie Hart of Xavier joined Sturtz on the all-Metro first team for boys.

Don Willfong of Prairie was named the girls Coach of the Year and Mat Fowler of Jefferson was named the boys Coach of the Year.

Second Team Girls

Kaitlyn Early (Prairie), Alexis Tschantz (Linn-Mar), Jade Klinefelter (Prairie), Alexis Smith (Marion), Megan Kitzmiller (Jefferson), Tanya Zaugg (Xavier).

Second Team Boys

Chase Donner (Jefferson), Nathan Williams (Linn-Mar), Ryan Wyant (Linn-Mar), Bert Goodwin (Kennedy), Shawn Wille (Prairie), Dakota Timmerman (Marion).

Honorable Mention Girls

Jefferson - Allie Schirmer, Hailey Kimble
Kennedy - Alyssa Wiedemeier, Abbie Haller
Linn-Mar - Abbie Smith, Brittni Krause
Marion - Aleann Romo, Alicia Steepleton
Prairie - Mikayla Hite, Ashley Grady
Washington - Ella Wake, Lucy Forster
Xavier - Cheyanne Crane, Ella Schrader

Honorable Mention Boys

Jefferson - Riley Walton, John Gardner
Kennedy - Max Hiatt, Nick Green
Linn-Mar - Jacob Wheaton, Alex Barnett
Marion - Dylan Nash, Nate Meister
Prairie - Lucas Galloro, Brendan Poock
Washington - Donovan Trimble, John Taylor
Xavier - Jackson Schuster, Michael Buenzow

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:50

Prairie bowlers win Spotlight Award

All of the stars on the Cedar Rapids Prairie bowling team are the winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

The Hawks are enjoying a terrific season and are favored to win the Class 3A state title at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Prairie has compiled a perfect 11-0 record this season and the Hawks boast the highest scoring average in the state at 2,931.8 pins per match.

The Hawks blew away the competition at the state qualifier meet in Marshalltown last Tuesday with a marvelous performance by the entire team with a score of 3,270.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:48



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