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Don't blame Linn-Mar for transfers

First the Jenks sisters transferred into the Linn-Mar school district, although they were young at the time and not in high school. Then the Sommer twins transferred to Linn-Mar when their mother got a new job. Then Kelsey Drake switched from Jefferson to Linn-Mar for swimming. Now Amanda Ollinger has followed suit and is leaving Jefferson behind for the Lions.

These are six high-profile transfers involving some of the very best female athletes in the state. The Jenks sisters flew under the radar when they open-enrolled in the Linn-Mar district, because Stephanie was in the sixth grade at the time and Jennifer was in the fifth grade, but all the others happened after they began their high school careers.

People like to rush to judgment about these things and suspect there was foul play, but there is no shred of evidence to suggest that anyone who works for the Linn-Mar school district did anything wrong. There was no recruiting, no tampering, nothing improper by Linn-Mar.

Did parents talk to other parents before these things happened? Perhaps, but there's nothing illegal about that. If you were thinking about changing schools, wouldn't you have questions that needed to be answered?


Manning wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Brendon Manning is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Manning, a 6-foot-4 forward, is one of the most improved basketball players in the Metro area this season. He averaged just 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 11 games last year and missed the second half of the campaign with a broken ankle, but he has become one of the leaders for the Cougars this year.

Manning enjoyed three big games for Kennedy this past week as the Cougars raised their record to 5-1 with three straight victories.


Chloe Rice wins Metro Spotlight Award

Marion freshman Chloe Rice is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Rice, a 5-foot-10 guard, is one of the top young basketball players in the state. She poured in 28 points in a 58-56 loss to Clear Creek-Amana Tuesday and is averaging 12.5 points for the season.

Rice is already being followed by NCAA Division I colleges who might like to recruit her, including several of the top schools in Iowa.


Coe pushes No.1 team to the limit

The Coe men's basketball team squandered an opportunity to knock off the top-ranked NCAA Division III club in the country Saturday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Kohawks, too many missed free throws and too many blown layups got in the way.

Washington University of St. Louis escaped Eby Fieldhouse with an 88-78 victory that left the Kohawks disappointed with the result but encouraged about the future.

"In order for us to beat a team like this today - the way they played - we needed to make more free throws and capitalize on those easy opportunities," said Coe Coach Bryan Martin. "It feels good to know we went toe-to-toe with them, yet we have areas for improvement.

"If we shore them up we can play with some high-level teams like these guys," he said.

Washington has one of the top D3 programs in the country, with national titles in 2008 and 2009 and a perfect 11-0 mark this year. They have talented players, shoot well and make few mistakes.


Manning paces Cougars by Solon

Brendon Manning broke his ankle midway through the season last year and made only a marginal contribution to the Kennedy basketball team at 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-4 senior is a different guy this year.

Manning scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday night as the Cougars topped Solon, 63-49, in a sluggish affair at the Kennedy gym for his second big outing in a row.

Manning collected 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists Friday when Kennedy upended eighth-ranked Dubuque Hempstead, 83-76, in Dubuque. That means he averaged 21.5 points and 11 rebounds for the weekend, a far cry from what he contributed a year ago.

Manning is averaging 14 points and 6.7 rebounds overall for Kennedy, which raised its record to 5-1 Saturday.


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Metro Schedule


Sunday, Dec. 21 Friday, Dec. 26
CWRST: Desert Duals: Coe 26, Olivet 9; Concordia College-Moorhead 21, Coe 17; Wisconsin-La Crosse 27, Coe 14 No events scheduled

Monday, Dec. 22 Saturday, Dec. 27
GBB: Kennedy at Fairfield, 7:45 p.m. USHL: Chicago at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
GBB: Marion at Washington (Iowa), 6 p.m. M/W BOWL: Mount Mercy at Quaker Classic (Allentown, Pa.)
BBB: Washington at New Hampton, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Marion at Washington (Iowa), 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28
BSWM: Kennedy at Jefferson, 6 p.m. WBB: Kirkwood vs. Lake Michigan at Peoria, Ill., 2 p.m.
M/W BOWL: Mount Mercy at Quaker Classic (Allentown, Pa.)
Tuesday, Dec. 23
No events scheduled

Wednesday, Dec. 24
No events scheduled

Thursday, Dec. 25
No events scheduled





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