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Soph QB sparks No. 6 Warriors

Cedar Rapids Washington’s star players came through as always in Thursday night’s 39-14 Kingston Stadium romp over Prairie.

But who would have thought the game-breakers would end up being a 5-foot-7 linebacker who scored his third touchdown in two weeks and a novice quarterback who warmed up by throwing five touchdown passes earlier in the evening in the sophomore game.

Bryan Kunde played only the first half in the sixth-ranked Warriors' one-sided win in the sophomore contest but ran for one touchdown besides throwing for five. He was then called into duty for the varsity early in the second quarter when starting signal-caller Andrew Dostal was knocked out of the game with a hit to the stomach on a hard tackle.

(Dostal himself was subbing for TJ Vogel, who was in a brace after hurting his knee last week against Ottumwa.)


VanDraska gets revenge at MVC meet

WATERLOO - Tysen VanDraska was not happy when he lost to a pair of runners from Cedar Falls at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational back in August at the start of the cross country season.

He did something about it Thursday.

VanDraska used a blistering kick to conquer those same two runners from Cedar Falls and take top honors at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet at Byrnes Park in Waterloo.

Sam Schillinger and Isaac Smith of Cedar Falls pulled away from VanDraska in the final stages of the Prairie Invitational to finish first and second in that race, but this time the Prairie senior was ready for them.

VanDraska sprinted away from the Tigers in the home stretch and won the race in 15 minutes, 46 seconds. He beat Schillinger by four seconds and topped Smith by six seconds.


Gorman excels as member of 'Team Jenks'

WATERL00 - Pound for pound, inch for inch, year for year, Reagan Gorman of Cedar Rapids Washington is the best distance runner in the Mississippi Valley Conference and perhaps the best in the state.

The petite freshman finished a resounding second at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet on Thursday at Byrnes Park in Waterloo by a scant six seconds behind Iowa City High junior Mary Arch.

Gorman, who measures 5-foot-2 and about 85 pounds, might have caught Arch if the 5K race had been a little longer. She was getting closer and closer as the race wound around the Irv Warren Golf Course.

It's hard to believe a 14-year-old girl who is that small could have so much strength and energy, but Gorman has been running since was about 7 years old and excels in triathlons, a grueling event that combines running, swimming and biking.

Gorman trains for the triathlon with "Team Jenks," a group of outstanding young athletes that features Linn-Mar senior Stephanie Jenks and is operated by the Jenks family. Gorman placed 31st at the national triathlon meet in Westchester, Ohio, this August in the youth elite 13-to-15 age group and is the second-highest ranked triathlete in the state in her division.


Young J-Hawks play for 'Mom & Dad'

The Jefferson volleyball players call their coaches Mom and Dad. Which seems to fit just fine.

Married first-year co-coaches Amy and Will Norton, both 32, are like new parents raising a young family.

There are only two seniors on the 15-girl roster. Three freshmen are starters and all six ninth graders play prominent roles in the rotation.

The team leaders in kills, assists and digs are all in their first or second year on the varsity.

Yet even with a decidedly baby-faced lineup, the J-Hawks have more than held their own this year against arguably some of the best teams in the state.

An 11-13 record hardly reflects their overall consistent play.

“We’ve only lost to one unranked team,” says Will Norton. “The others have all been ranked in the top 15 in their class.”

Moreover, notes Amy, “We’ve pushed a lot of really good teams. Our record may not show it, but I think we’ve proven that we can play with anybody.”


Neighbors leads Wash to district title

Connor Neighbors will be one of the youngest golfers at the state tournament this weekend at Elmcrest Country Club, but that's perfectly OK with him.

The freshman from Cedar Rapids Washington is accustomed to being one of the youngest kids on the course.

"I probably started when I was 3," the soft-spoken ninth grader said Tuesday, "and I probably took it seriously when I was about 8. I started playing in tournaments at that age.

"It took me awhile to get going," he said, "but I enjoy it a lot now."


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Oct. 4 Friday, Oct. 9
MTEN: Coe at ITA Regional, St. Peter, Minn.

USHL: RoughRiders at Tri-City, 7:30 p.m.

MGLF: Kirkwood at Ronnie Eastman Invitational HSFB: Waterloo East at Kennedy, 7:15 p.m.
M/WBOWL: Mount Mercy at Midwest Championships HSFB: Dubuque Wahlert at Xavier, 7:15 p.m.

HSFB: Linn-Mar at Cedar Falls (UNI-Dome), 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 5 HSFB: Marion at Western Dubuque, 7:15 p.m.
BGLF: Linn-Mar in Class 4A District at Palmer Hills GC, Bettendorf HSFB: Jefferson at Waterloo West, 7:15 p.m.
MGLF: Kirkwood at Ronnie Eastman Invitational HSFB: West Central at Cedar Valley Christian, 7 p.m.
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Grand View Invitational BGLF: Class 4A State Meet at Elmcrest, 9 a.m.
MSOC: Coe 5, Iowa Wesleyan 0 CVB: Coe at Naperville Tournament, 8 p.m.

CVB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 CVB: Kirkwood at DMACC Invitational, 5 p.m.
BGLF: Kennedy, Prairie, Jefferson, Washington, Xavier in Class 4A District at Finkbine WGLF: Iowa Conference Meet at Peosta, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Jefferson 3, Washington 0 Saturday, Oct, 10
HSVB: Prairie 3, Waterloo West 0 CFB: Coe at Wartburg, 1 p.m.
HSVB: Kennedy 3, Dubuque Senior 0 BGLF: Class 4A State Meet at Elmcrest, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Linn-Mar 3, Dubuque Wahlert 1 HSVB: Jefferson Invitational, 8 a.m.
HSVB: Dubuque Hempstead 3, Xavier 0 HSVB: Prairie Invitational, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Marion 3, South Tama 0 HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian in Waterloo Christian Tournament, 9 a.m.
HSVB: Cedar Valley Christian at Maquoketa Valley GSWM: Washington Invitational, 10 a.m.
GSWM: Washington 111, Dubuque Hempstead 75 B/GCC: Marion at North Linn Invitational, 9 a.m.
GSWM: Cedar Falls 97, Kennedy 89 CVB: Kirkwood at DMACC Invitational, 10 a.m.
GSWM: Iowa City High 110, Jefferson 75 CVB: Coe at Naperville Tournament, 1 p.m.
B/GCC: Marion at West Delaware Invitational M/WCC: Coe Invitational at Noelridge, 11:45 a.m.
MGLF: Mount Mercy at Grand View Invitational M/WCC: Mount Mercy at St. Ambrose Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
CVB: Mount Mercy 3, Saint Ambrose 0 MSOC: Buena Vista at Coe, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 MSOC: Mount Mercy at Viterbo, 1 p.m.
CVB: Southwestern 3, Kirkwood 2 WSOC: Buena Vista at Coe, 3 p.m.
CVB: Wartburg 3, Coe 1 WGLF: Iowa Conference Meet at Peosta, 11 a.m.
MSOC: Coe 2, Cornell 1 (2 OTs)
MSOC: Ashford 4, Mount Mercy 1 Sunday, Oct. 11

MGLF: Kirkwood at Region XI Tournament at Lake Panorama, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 WGLF: Mount Mercy at William Penn Invitational, 12 p.m.
USHL: RoughRiders 4, Fargo 1
HSFB: Washington 39, Prairie 14
BCC: MVC Super Meet at Waterloo
GCC: MVC Super Meet at Waterloo


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