Thursday, October 30, 2014
WEDNESDAYS SCOREBOARD - PREP FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS - Pleasant Valley 31, Prairie 24 (OT) .... Linn-Mar 34, Davenport Central 14 .... Kennedy 20, Muscatine 17 .... Xavier 35, Charles City 6 .... Bettendorf 35, Jefferson 7 .... CR Washington 78, Clinton 13 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Iowa Central 3, Kirkwood 2
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Washington High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No.1 Warriors break record, 78-13

The first round of the 2014 Class 4A playoffs proved to be a record-setter for the top-ranked Washington Warriors.

Coach Paul James' team led 64-0 at halftime in Wednesday night's game at Kingston Stadium and scored a school-record 78 points in a 78-13 thrashing of the Clinton River Kings.

Washington (10-0) will host Cedar Falls in the second round Monday night.

Clinton closes its season at 2-8.

Eight different Warriors scored touchdowns. Connor Vincent score three times and Nick Nassif added a pair.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 23:08



Lions are 'most improved' team in 4A

Linn-Mar football coach Bob Forsyth said in August that he was "cautiously optimistic" about the 2014 season and hopeful for a good year.

He may have underplayed his hand a bit.

Quite simply, Linn-Mar is the most improved team in Class 4A this year with a good chance of making a deep run in the playoffs.

The Lions finished with a 2-7 record in 2013 and improved to an 8-1 mark for the regular season this year. That's a gain of six victories and that plus-6 mark is the best among all 46 Class 4A teams in Iowa.

Lewis Central is next on the "most improved" list at plus-4, going from four victories in 2013 to eight wins in 2014.

Two Metro teams tied for third place in the "most improved" category at plus-3. The Washington Warriors jumped from 6-3 to 9-0 and the Jefferson J-Hawks climbed from 1-8 to 4-5.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:35



No. 9 Cougars dream about state volleyball

Michelle Goodall steered Kennedy High School to the semifinals of the state volleyball tournament in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 during a remarkable four-year run, but the Cougars have not reached the state meet the last two seasons.

Goodall is anxious to get back to the 2014 tournament, which will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids Nov. 11-14.

"It's weird when your season ends early," Goodall said Monday night. "The kids have a little dream going on. We're hopeful of getting down there. I'm guessing every kid in the state has the same dream."

The ninth-ranked Cougars began the postseason trail Monday with a 25-19, 25-7, 25-9 victory over Cedar Rapids Washington in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals at the Kennedy gym.

Kennedy (27-11) will play at Linn-Mar (27-11) Thursday night in the regional semifinals. The regional finals will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Newton with third-ranked Dowling looming in the other half of the bracket.



Cougars deserve cheers, not jeers

It would be easy to make fun of the Kennedy Cougars for making the Class 4A football playoffs with a 2-7 record, but that would be a big mistake.

First of all, the Kennedy players are not responsible for the new district format this year that made it possible for 2-7 clubs to advance. Administrators did that, not the athletes.

Secondly, the Cougars should be applauded for sticking with it and playing hard after a rough 0-6 start. They had to adjust to a new head coach and new offensive scheme, and they lost a couple of games they could have - maybe should have - won.

Kennedy began the season with a 12-9 setback at Iowa City City when the Trojans threw a 33-yard touchdown pass on 4th-and-15 with 1:59 left in the game. Four weeks later, the Cougars missed a 33-yard field on the final play of the fourth quarter and fell to Jefferson, 27-24, in overtime

Two weeks ago, the Cougars scored a touchdown with 71 seconds left against Cedar Falls to pull within 21-20, but they unable to convert a two-point conversion and lost by a single point.



Reid Snitker wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Washington senior Reid Snitker is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Snitker is the quarterback for the top-ranked Washington football team, but he does much more than that for the undefeated Warriors. He's also an excellent defensive back and kick-returner.

Snitker had a big game in Washington's 63-19 victory at Burlington Friday night. He completed 7 of 8 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, carried the ball eight times for 138 yards and three TDs, made five tackles, had two kickoff returns for 84 yards and fielded a punt.

All told, Snitker accounted for 337 yards and five touchdowns against Burlington.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:32


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