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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

New call at UNI: I love Jalen Rima!

Jalen Rima has been attending football games at the University of Northern Iowa for as long as he can remember. He's got as many purple-and-gold caps and shirts as you could need, but he's about to get more.

Rima plans to sign his national letter-of-intent with the Northern Iowa football program Wednesday morning during a ceremony in the Cedar Rapids Prairie library, further cementing the Rima family's strong ties to the university.

"I've been a UNI Panther since I've been a little boy," he said. "I've gone to multiple games for multiple years since I've been in elementary school."

Rima starred for the Prairie football team last season as a receiver, runner and kick returner to the tune of 1,638 yards and 15 touchdowns despite a few injuries along the way. He proved he's one of the fastest high school athletes in Iowa by winning the 200 and 400 meter dashes at the Class 4A state track meet last May and now he'll be taking all those skills to Cedar Falls.

His father, Todd Rima, played baseball at the University of Northern Iowa and is the head baseball coach at Prairie and Kirkwood Community College. His grandfather, Gary Rima, is the enthusiastic radio voice of Northern Iowa and one of Jalen's biggest fans.

If you've ever listened to a UNI football game on the radio, you've heard Gary Rima express his love for the Panthers with one of his favorite catch-phrases.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 19:20



Prairie claims 4th MVC title in row

The best wrestling in the Mississippi Valley Conference is happening right here in Cedar Rapids.

And the best of the best are the Prairie Hawks.

Prairie captured its fourth straight conference title Saturday by winning the MVC SuperMeet and leading a 1-2-3 finish by Cedar Rapids schools at the Prairie gym.

Jefferson finished second in the team standings and Kennedy was third. On top of that, Metro wrestlers won 10 of the 14 individual titles with Prairie, Jefferson, Kennedy, Xavier and Linn-Mar grapplers all climbing to the top of the victory stand.

"Obviously we're on an upbeat right now with the three schools finishing up high there," said Jefferson Coach Dick Briggs. "Prairie is always real good, we've been good the last few years and now Kennedy is up there. It's good to see them (the Cougars) up there as well."

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:26



Blood, Sundstrom spark Prairie girls

Rylee Blood rolled a 236 game and a 425 series and Ashley Sundstrom had a 420 series to lead the Prairie girls bowling team to a 2,923 to 2,289 win over Washington in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Lancer Lanes.

Shania Christensen rolled a 234 game and a 410 series for the Warriors.

WASHINGTON: Shania Christensen 176-234=410, Ella Wake 137-153=290, Kenzie Dills 126-163=289, Kobie Dills 133-152=285, Viola Niyizigama 128-146=274, Lucy Forster 136-109=245.

PRAIRIE: Rylee Blood 189-236=425, Ashley Sundstrom 257-163=420, Kaitlyn Early 180-214=394, Sabrina Keiper 233-141=374, Jade Klinefelter 183-175=358, Mikayla Hite 156-162=318.

Washington: 1,548-741=2,289,

Prairie: 1.971-952=2,923.


Galloro helps Prairie top Washington

Matt Galloro rolled a 236 game and a 418 series to lead the Prairie boys bowling team in a 2,870 to 2,581 win over Washington in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Lancer Lanes.

Walker Hunt was close behind with a 414 series for the Prairie Hawks.

Hunter Bachmeier rolled a 228 game and a 432 series for the Warriors.

WASHINGTON: Hunter Bachmeier 228-204=432, Donovan Trimble 211-152=363, Anthony Valenti 142-214=356, Jacob Bents 222-119=341, Gabe Wedel 162-162=324, Chris Schuttloffel 139-165=304.

PRAIRIE: Matt Galloro 182-236=418, Walker Hunt 203-211=414, Paul Toczylowski 189-188=377, Lucas Galloro 200-175=375, Brendon Poock 161-204=365, Tristan Ohrt 129-110=239.

Washington: 1,816-765=2,581.

Prairie: 1,949-921=2,870.


Prairie girls nipped by City High

IOWA CITY - The Cedar Rapids Prairie girls basketball team pushed third-ranked Iowa City High to the limit Friday night before dropping a 59-57 verdict to the Little Hawks in Iowa City.

Olivia Usher hit three 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Prairie (9-9, 4-7). Lynsey Altenhofen popped in four 3-pointers and added 16 points. Sarah Schmitt had 12 points.

Ashley Joens poured in 24 points for Iowa City High (14-2, 9-1).

PRAIRIE (57): Schmitt 5 2-2 12, Moenk 0 2-2 2, Altenhofen 6 0-0 16, Usher 7 4-6 21, Wagemester 0 0-0 0, Kuch 0 0-0 0, Person 1 2-2 4, Stoffer 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 10-12 57.

IOWA CITY HIGH (59): Schroder 3 4-4 10, A.Joens 7 9-13 24, Hora 3 0-0 8, Gamamou 1 0-2 2, Lacey 0 0-0 0, C.Joens 2 6-9 10, Earl 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 20-30 59.

Halftime - Prairie 27, Iowa City High 26. 3-point goals - Prairie 7 (Altenhofen 4, Usher 3), Iowa City High 3 (Hora 2, A.Joens 1).


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