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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Prairie wrestlers eye 2 trophies at state

Kane Thompson proved you can win two state wrestling titles in one week when he led Alburnett to the state dual meet title and the state individual meet title in 2013 when he was coaching at Alburnett.

"It can be done," Thompson said Monday. "Our community at Alburnett was super-proud of that."

Now he'd like to collect high finishes in both tournaments this week with the Prairie Hawks. He's not predicting state titles, but he does think top-3 finishes in both events - or higher - are possible.

"We have a great opportunity," said Thompson, in his first season at Prairie. "I know the traditional tournament means a lot to the individuals, but I think you can be ready for both."

The Hawks (19-3) will face Johnston (21-2) in the opening round of the state dual meet tournament on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It's a one-day tournament, with the semifinals at 1 p.m. and the finals at 6:30 p.m.

The other first-round matches are Southeast Polk (16-0) against Clinton (16-2), West Des Moines Valley (21-1) against Waverly-Shell Rock (23-4), and Hempstead (27-0) against Indianola (18-2).



Prairie wins title, sends 9 to state

WAVERLY - The Cedar Rapids Prairie wrestling team won the Class 3A district title at Waverly-Shell Rock Saturday and qualified nine grapplers for the state tournament in Des Moines.

The Hawks rolled up 245.5 points, topping Waverly-Shell Rock by 41.5 points for the crown.

Conrad Braswell (106), Marcus England (113), Trenten Wennermark (126), Sam Uthoff (132) and Taylor Mehmen (195) claimed titles for Prairie. Jacob Tedrow (120), Morgan Hood (152), Tyler Pasker (220) and Alex Heisdorffer (285) placed second and qualified for state as district runners-up.

The Xavier Saints captured three district titles and finished fourth in the team standings. Keegan Schultschik (120), Clint Lembeck (138) and Josh Gehrke (145) were crowned district champions for the Saints.

Team Standings

1. Prairie 245.5, 2. Waverly-Shell Rock 204, 3. Mason City 137.5, 4. Xavier 135, 5. Marshalltown 128, 6. Cedar Falls 123, 7. Waterloo East 75, 8. Waterloo West 55.


Sundstrom paces Prairie by Wahawks

Ashley Sundstrom had a 243 game and a 460 series to lead the Prairie girls bowling team to a 3,126 to 2,575 win over Waterloo West in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Lancer Lanes.

Marissa Gates rolled a 379 series for the Wahawks.

WATERLOO WEST: Marissa Gates 165-214=379, Abbey Fangman 179-184=363, Laura Collins 190-173=363, Katlyn Bracken 170-163=333, Kira Gilbert 177-147=324, Mackenzie Hackbarth 155-155=310.

PRAIRIE: Ashley Sundstrom 243-217=460, Rylee Blood 210-213=423, Sabrina Keiper 193-212=405, Jade Klinefelter 192-207=399, Mikayla Hite 202-161=363, Kaitlyn Early 161-198=359.

Waterloo West: 1,762-813=2,575.

Prairie: 2,050-1,076=3,126.


Prairie boys fall to Waterloo West

Waterloo West beat the Prairie boys bowling team, 3,055 pins 2,892, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Lancer Lanes.

Matt Galloro rolled a 256 game and 440 series to lead the Prairie Hawks.

Jordan Mattix had a 473 series for the Wahawks.

WATERLOO WEST: Jordan Mattix 225-248=473, Dalton Draeger 195-242=437, Branden Frederick 160-229=389, Hunter Holman 169-219=388, Michael Buehner 201-172=373, J.P. Richmond 172-200=372.

PRAIRIE: Matt Galloro 184-256=440, Brendon Poock 207-203=410, Shawn Wille 202-191=393, Walker Hunt 213-178=391, Lucas Galloro 193-188=381, Paul Toczylowski 184-176=360.

Waterloo West: 2,060-995=3,055.

Prairie: 2,015-877=2,892.


Klostermann stars as Lions bop Hawks

The Linn-Mar Lions put on the "Beau & Bo" show Friday night, and it was bye-bye Prairie.

Beau Klostermann pumped in a career-high 26 points and Jordan Bohannon notched 23 after a slow start as the Lions knocked off the Prairie Hawks, 81-63, in an entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference game at the Prairie gym.

Bohannon did not score in the first 15 minutes of the game and had two personal fouls at that point, but he got hot after that and finished with five 3-pointers and slick drives to the hoop.

The Lions are accustomed to getting big nights from Bohannon, who leads Class 4A in scoring, but Klostermann more than doubled his pre-game norm of 11.7 points per outing. Klosterman pumped in four 3-pointers in the first half and had 18 points at intermission, helping the Lions take a 47-38 lead.

Klostermann, a 6-foot-4 senior, added eight more points in the second half. He's technically the starting center for the smallish Lions, but he's a versatile player who can score from all spots.

"That was a big game for him," Linn-Mar coach Chris Robertson said. "He was really in the groove and really shot it well. He's a tough match-up."

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 11:16



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