Friday, February 12, 2016
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Mount Mercy baseball team set for action

It might be a little chilly in Georgia this weekend, but that's okay with the Mount Mercy University baseball team.

The Mustangs are ready to play ball.

Mount Mercy will participate in the Perfect Game College Spring Swing event at the new LakePoint Sporting Community & Town Center in Emerson, Ga., with two games Friday and two more Saturday.

The weather forecast for Friday is for a high temperate of 55 degrees. Saturday's forecast calls for 36 degrees, but it's supposed to be dry and sunny.

"We're ready. We need to play," Mount Mercy coach Jack Dahm said before the Mustangs hopped on a bus Thursday for the 12-hour ride to Georgia. "There's only so much you can get done inside.

"We're at that point where we need to play someone else and get outside and see where we're at with things. We've got a long ways to go as a team and a program, but it will be nice to be outside."

The new baseball complex in Emerson currently features eight regulation diamonds, all with synthetic turf for easy maintenance. They are currently building eight more fields on a second campus, with full development expected by 2018.

Perfect Game USA, which was founded in Cedar Rapids, is a partner in the LakePoint complex and has an office in Emerson. The Perfect Game College Spring Swing will feature more than 70 teams in February and March.


Prairie saves day for Metro grapplers

Thank goodness for Prairie.

The Prairie Hawks won their regional dual meet tournament Wednesday night with a convincing 51-21 victory over North Scott, but none of the other Metro wrestling teams qualified for the state tournament.

The seventh-ranked Kennedy Cougars got punched by No. 13 Clinton, 44-26, in the regional finals at Kennedy.

The ninth-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks were stunned by No. 24 Dowling Catholic in the regional semifinals at Johnston and never got a chance to wrestle for a regional title.

The 18th-ranked Linn-Mar Lions lost to No. 4 Dubuque Hempstead, 49-27, in the regional finals after sticking No. 16 Bettendorf in the semifinals, 45-24.

The sixth-ranked Prairie Hawks (19-3) will face fifth-ranked Johnston (21-2) in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state dual meet tournament next Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.


Bohannon breaks Metro 3-point record

Could it be that the last of the Bohannon boys is the best of the bunch?

Linn-Mar senior Jordan Bohannon, the youngest of the four basketball brothers, scored the Lions’ game-ending nine straight points Tuesday night to preserve an 82-76 win over Xavier in a barn-burner of a battle in the Saints' gym.

He tallied 13 of his game-high 33 points (11 for 19 from the field) in the fourth quarter as the short-handed but gritty Saints made a mad-dash pull of a late comeback.

After Xavier sophomore Jackson Joens nailed a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left to bring his team within two points, Bohannon calmly shut the door by swishing four free throws in a row.


Cougars beat J-Hawks in final second

There have been some tough losses, some ill-advised shots and some long meetings after games, but the Kennedy Cougars vow they won't quit and they won't back down from anyone.

It showed Tuesday night.

Drake Brewster muscled in a basket with 0.9 seconds left Tuesday to give Kennedy a 60-59 victory over Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference tussle at the Jefferson gym.

The J-Hawks led by eight points entering the fourth period and led by four points with 37 seconds left in the game, but the Cougars kept battling and beat the J-Hawks for the ninth straight time.

Both clubs have only seven wins this year -- Kennedy is 7-11 and Jefferson is 7-12 -- and they were evenly matched Tuesday.


No. 7 Kennedy girls escape J-Hawks

The Kennedy girls basketball team has a bona fide star in Lela Sellers, but the Cougars showed Tuesday night they can win a tough game on the road with Sellers having a relatively quiet game.

The seventh-ranked Cougars rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half and escaped the Jefferson J-Hawks, 56-43, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at the Jefferson gym.

Sellers scored only three points in the second half -- all on free throws -- but Kennedy dug a little deeper into its portfolio to head home with a glossy 17-3 record.

Carly Langhurst, Ashley Hamilton, Hailey Dolphin and Linden Runels all made clutch baskets during a 15-0 run as the Cougars wiped out a 38-30 deficit and surged into a 45-38 lead to turn the game around.


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Metro Schedule

Sunday, Feb. 7 Friday, Feb. 12
No events scheduled USHL: Waterloo at RoughRiders, 7 p.m.

GBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 8 GBB: Jefferson at Washington, 6 p.m.
GBB: Marion 45, Vinton-Shellsburg 20 GBB: Dubuque Hempstead at Kennedy, 7:30 p.m.
GBB: Cedar Valley Christian 66, Prince of Peace 36 GBB: Xavier at Waterloo East, 7:30 p.m.
BBB: Prince of Peace 74, Cedar Valley Christian 40 GBB: West Delaware at Marion, 7:30 p.m.
BBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,916, Marion 2,805 BBB: Linn-Mar at Prairie, 6 p.m.
GBOWL: Western Dubuque 2,765, Marion 2,505 BBB: Jefferson at Washington, 7:30 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy at Waldorf, ppd BBB: Kennedy at Dubuque Hempstead, 7:30 p.m.

BBB: Waterloo East at Xavier, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 9 BBB: Cedar Valley Christian at Alburnett, 7:45 p.m.
GBB: Kennedy 56, Jefferson 43 GBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
GBB: Washington 60, Prairie 52 GBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Linn-Mar 67, Xavier 61 (OT) GBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
GBB: Marion 65, Clear Creek Amana 28 GBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.
BBB: Kennedy 60, Jefferson 59 BBOWL: Jefferson at Linn-Mar, 3:30 p.m.
BBB: Prairie 78, Washington 65 BBOWL: Kennedy at Cedar Falls, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Linn-Mar 82, Xavier 76 BBOWL: Washington at Xavier, 3:45 p.m.
BBB: Marion 43, Clear Creek Amana 41 BBOWL: Waterloo West at Prairie, 4 p.m.

M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 10 M/WTRK:  Mount Mercy at Heart of America meet, at Crete, Neb.
3A WRESTLING REGIONAL TEAM DUALS CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Emerson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 10:30 a.m.; Mount Mercy vs Judson, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2 p.m.
Clinton 44, Kennedy 26 CSB: Mount Mercy vs Ashford, at UNI-Dome, 9:30 p.m.
Linn-Mar 45, Bettendorf 24; Dubuque Hempstead 49, Linn-Mar 27
WDM Dowling 39, Jefferson 33 Saturday, Feb. 13
Prairie 51, North Scott 21 USHL: RoughRiders at Omaha, 7:05 p.m.
WBB: Mount Mercy 74, Clarke 65 BBB: Ankeny Centennial at Linn-Mar, 4:30 p.m.
WBB: Kirkwood 71, DMACC 66 BBB: Washington at Cedar Falls, 6:30 p.m.
WBB: Dubuque 94, Coe 89 HSWRST: Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Washington in 3A District at Jefferson, 12 p.m.
MBB: Mount Mercy 72, Clarke 49 HSWRST: Prairie, Xavier in 3A District at Waverly-Shell Rock, 12
MBB: Kirkwood 83, DMACC 80 BSWM: State Meet at Marshalltown YMCA, 12:30 p.m.
MBB: Dubuque 82, Coe 75 WBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 1 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill. WBB: Coe at Simpson, 2 p.m.

WBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 11 MBB: Southwestern at Kirkwood, 3 p.m.
GBB: 1A Regional: Cedar Valley Christian 55, Iowa Valley 47 MBB: Coe at Simpson, 4 p.m.
CWRST: Coe 22, Dubuque 16 MBB: Governors State at Mount Mercy, 4 p.m.
M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill. M/WSWM: Coe at Liberal Arts Meet, Elsah, Ill., 10 a.m.

M/WTRK: Coe at Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational, 11 a.m.

M/WTRK: Mount Mercy at Heart of America Meet, at Crete, Neb.

CBSB: Mount Mercy vs Taylor, at Lakepoint, Ga., 11 a.m., Mount Mercy vs Shawnee State, at Lakepoint, Ga., 2:30 p.m.

MTEN: Cornell at Coe, 9 a.m., Simpson at Coe, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 14

No events scheduled



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