Tuesday, December 01, 2015
MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD - BOYS BASKETBALL: Xavier 61, Mount Pleasant 28 ... NOTE: Tuesday's Davenport West at Prairie boys basketball game has be rescheduled for Thursday night ...
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Even headed for bowl game in Florida

Nate Even had modest goals when he graduated from Xavier High School in 2011 and headed to Loras College, but he set all sorts of school records with the Duhawks and now is headed to a national all-star football game in Florida.

Even will play in the 2015 National Bowl this Sunday in Miami, joining fellow All-American and All-Conference seniors from Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.

Even finished his remarkable career at Loras with 220 receptions for 3,314 yards and 26 touchdowns, which are all school records. He caught 77 passes for 1,282 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and followed that outstanding performance with 74 catches for 1,151 yards and 12 TDs this year.

Even was a four-sport athlete at Xavier in football, baseball, soccer and wrestling, but never dreamed about the types of numbers he accumulated in college. Loras ran a power-I offense that featured the running game his first three years in school before changing head coaches and installing a spread offense that featured the passing game.

Loras won only a handful of games during his first three years on campus before making the change.

"It was kind of a struggle the first couple of years," Even said Monday. "To get where I am now, I didn't think was really a possibility."


Kennedy dominates Metro football stats

Class 4A state finalist Cedar Rapids Kennedy, not surprisingly, had individual offensive performances this football season that rank among the Metro's all-time best.

Running back Tyler Dralle rushed for a Metro record 2,241 yards in 14 games. That total eclipsed the previous mark of 2,212 yards set in 2009 by Washington's Andre Dawson. Dralle's 3,156 rushing yards and 34 career TDs also rank among the Metro's best.

Kennedy all-purpose star Shaun Beyer, a University of Iowa commit, accounted for 1,524 yards rushing (682) and receiving (842) this season. His 77 career receptions and 1,313 yards rank among the Metro's Top 10 all-time.

Beyer, an all-stater along with Dralle, also punted for a 44.4-yard average on 36 attempts. That average certainly would be among the Metro's all-time bests, if not the best, but complete records are not available.

In team statistics, Kennedy (13-1) led all Metro teams in rushing offense, total offense, rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense.

Xavier's Maliki Wilson, second behind Dralle in Metro rushing, posted one of the top 20 totals in Metro history with 1,232 yards. Saints junior quarterback Bryce Schulte is climbing the Metro record charts with 34 career TD passes.

Washington's Tavian Patrick, Jefferson's Valentino Green and Prairie's Jalen Rima all accounted for more than 1,000 yards combined rushing and receiving. Rima has committed to Northern Iowa.


No. 15 Mustangs edged by No. 11 Saints

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team squandered a 17-point lead Sunday and lost to Saint Francis of Illinois, 94-92, in a battle of NAIA powers at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy (5-2) is ranked No. 15 in the NAIA national poll and Saint Francis (6-0) is ranked No. 11.

The Mustangs took a 65-48 lead with 17:01 left on a 3-pointer by Tre Wagner, but the Saints staged a furious rally and surged into an 84-84 deadlock with 4:51 remaining.


Kennedy gridders win Metro Spotlight

All of the members of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy football team have been named winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

The Cougars performed one of the most memorable rags-to-riches stories in  state history this year by compiling a 13-1 record and reaching the finals of the Class 4A playoffs, just a year after enduring a 3-8 campaign.

Kennedy jumped 10 games in the victory column and reached the 4A finals for the first time in school history. The Cougars bumped off Washington in the quarterfinals, beating the Warriors for the second time this year, and handed Bettendorf its only loss of the season in the semifinals.


Ollinger wins Metro Spotlight Award

Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-1 senior, is one of the top basketball players in the state. She averaged 25 points in two games during the first week of the regular season and helped the 10th-ranked Lions get off to a 2-0 start.

Ollinger poured in 30 points against Waterloo East on Tuesday and followed that performance with 20 points and six steals against Muscatine on Saturday.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Nov. 29 Friday, Dec. 4
MBB: Wisconsin-Platteville 72, Coe 57 USHL: RoughRiders at Sioux Falls, 7:05 p.m.
MBB: St. Francis 94, Mount Mercy 92 BBB: Solon at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Coe 86, MacMurray 58 BBB: Burlington at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Doane 76, Mount Mercy 49 BBB: Bettendorf at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

BBB: Kennedy at Sioux City North, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30 BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Easton Valley, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Xavier 61, Mount Pleasant 28 GBB: Marion at Solon, 7:30 p.m.

GBB: Cedar Falls at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 1 GBB: Kennedy at Iowa City High, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Marion at Maquoketa, 7:30 p.m. GBB: Jefferson at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Davenport West at Prairie, ppd to 12/3 GBB: Linn-Mar at Waterloo West, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: New Hampton at Washington, 7:30 p.m. GBB: Dubuque Wahlert at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Jefferson at Clinton, 7:30 p.m. GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Easton Valley, 6 p.m.
BBB: Waukee at Linn-Mar, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Linn-Mar at Iowa City High, 3:15 p.m.
BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Xavier at Kennedy, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Maquoketa at Marion, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Washington at Jefferson, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Xavier at Cedar Falls, 7:30 p.m. GBOWL: Iowa City West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Jefferson, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Linn-Mar at Iowa City High, 3:15 p.m.
GBB: Waterloo West at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Xavier at Kennedy, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Prairie at Iowa City West, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Washington at Jefferson, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Washington at Dubuque Wahlert, 7:30 p.m. BBOWL: Iowa City West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Springville, 6:15 p.m. MBB: Wisconsin-LaCrosse at Coe, 7 p.m.
BSWM: Linn-Mar, Vinton-Shellsburg at Kennedy, 6 p.m.
BSWM: Iowa City West at Washington, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5
BSWM: Jefferson at Waterloo West, 6 p.m. USHL: Green Bay at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m.
GBOWL: Marion at Western Dubuque, 4 p.m. BBB: Waverly-Shell Rock at Xavier, 3 p.m.
BBOWL: Marion at Western Dubuque, 4 p.m. BBB: Kennedy at Spirit Lake, 4:30 p.m.
HSWRST: Washington, Mount Vernon at Marion, 6 p.m. BBB: Linn-Mar at Bettendorf, 6:30 p.m.

BBB: Prairie at Muscatine, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 2 GBB: Prairie at Marion, 2:30 p.m.
WBB: John Wood at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m. GBB: West Des Moines Valley at Jefferson, 3:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Luther, 5:30 p.m. GBB: Pleasant Valley at Kennedy, 7 p.m.
WBB: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville, 7 p.m. HSWRST: Marion at Monticello Tournament, 10 a.m.
MBB: John Wood at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m. HSWRST: Washington at Bondurant-Farrar Tournament, 10 a.m.
MBB: Mount Mercy at Luther, 7:30 p.m. HSWRST: Jefferson, Kennedy at Cedar Falls Invitational, 10 a.m.
CWRST: Buena Vista at Coe, 7 p.m. HSWRST: Prairie, Linn-Mar at Independence Tournament, 10 a.m.

BSWM: Jefferson Relays, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3 BSWM: Washington at Ames Invitational, 11 a.m.
GBB: Dubuque Senior at Washington, 7:30 p.m. WBB: Marshalltown at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
BBB: Davenport West at Prairie, 7:30 p.m. WBB: Lincoln Christian at Mount Mercy, 1 p.m.
HSWRST: Washington, Waterloo West at Waterloo East, 5:30 p.m. MBB: Kirkwood at Southeastern, 3 p.m.
HSWRST: Jefferson, Dubuque Wahlert at Cedar Falls, 5:30 p.m. M/WSWM: Kohawk Invitational, 10 a.m.
HSWRST: Linn-Mar at Dubuque Hempstead, 7 p.m.
HSWRST: Prairie at Dubuque Senior, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6
HSWRST: Kennedy at Iowa City High, 7 p.m. No events scheduled
HSWRST: Iowa City West at Xavier, 7 p.m.


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