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Dunn suspended, will miss Drake Relays

Linn-Mar High School track star Kyle Dunn was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Saturday on a charge of drunk driving and will miss the Drake Relays and two other meets, according to a report Monday on the Iowa Prep Sports website.

Dunn was charged with operating while intoxicated and failure to maintain control of a vehicle, according to Iowa Prep Sports.

Dunn is the defending Class 4A state champion in the 400 hurdles and the 400 dash. He has signed a letter of intent to run track at the University of Arkansas next season.

Dunn will serve a three-meet suspension for violating school rules at Linn-Mar, according to the website report. He will miss the Prairie Relays and Forward Relays this week and will miss the prestigious Drake Relays next week.

 

Stamp not about to surrender to cancer

LISBON -- Everyone who's ever played for legendary coach Gary Stamp has been required to memorize a classic poem called "It's All in the State of Your Mind."

Whether the team star or a reserve, if they couldn't recite the 24 lines word-for-word to the coach before the season started, they didn't dress for the game.

The hard-and-fast rule went for his own four children as well - sons Tait, Quinn, Shea and daughter Paige, each of them all-staters for their dad's Lisbon High School teams.

Over 42 years of coaching softball, baseball and football at 11 area high schools and a small college, Stamp instilled the lessons of those lines. "If you think you're beaten, you are, and if you think you'll lose, you've lost."

But, "Think that you can, and you will - it's all in the state of your mind."

Now, as the respected coach and teacher faces a life-threatening disease that was diagnosed just last month, the words of a simple poem take on new meaning.

"It's how I've always lived my life," says Stamp, 65, who has Stage IV lung cancer though he never smoked in his life.

"I have always been optimistic and hopeful. And I've never believed in upsets. The team that usually wins a game is the team that thinks they can win the game."

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Metro baseball tournament pairings set

Area baseball fans will be treated to a triple-header at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, May 25 on the final day of the 2011 Bob Vrbicek Metro Baseball Tournament.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels will play Clinton at 12:05 p.m. that day in a Midwest League game, followed by the third-place game of the high school tournament at 5 p.m. and the championship game at 7 p.m.

Kennedy, the defending Class 4A state champion, will face Jefferson in the opening round of the Metro tournament on Monday, May 23 at Kennedy at 7 p.m.

The other first-round pairings are Marion vs. Washington, Linn-Mar vs. Xavier, and Mount Vernon vs. Prairie. Kennedy is hosting the tournament, with Xavier serving as co-host.

OPENING ROUND
Monday, May 23
 At Kennedy
5 p.m. - Mount Vernon vs. Prairie
7 p.m. - Jefferson vs. Kennedy
 At Xavier
5 p.m. - Marion vs. Washington
7 p.m. - Linn-Mar vs. Xavier

SEMIFINALS
Tuesday, May 24
Consolation Round
 At Xavier
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Championship Round
 At Kennedy
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

FINALS
Wednesday, May 25
Consolation Round
 At Kennedy
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Championship Round
 At Veterans Memorial Stadium
5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

   

Christensen, Freese showcase talents

Dakota Freese struck out five batters in two innings and flashed a 90 mph fastball, then Austin Christensen whiffed five hitters in two frames and displayed an 87 mph heater.

It appeared Sunday that the Metro area's two best high school pitchers are poised to have strong years this season.

Freese and Christensen performed in the Perfect Game showcase at Veterans Memorial Stadium on a chilly day and showed why they're considered two of the top players in the state.

Freese, a 6-foot-4 righthander from Cedar Rapids Washington, is ranked third among all seniors in Iowa by Perfect Game. Christensen, a 6-foot-4 lefthander, is ranked seventh in the state.

Freese can hit a little (.301 last year), but he's mostly a pitcher who went 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 2010. Christensen, on the other hand, is a pitcher/outfielder/first baseman who helped Kennedy win the Class 4A state title last season with his arm and his bat. He went 9-4 with a 1.94 ERA and hit a robust .492 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs.

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Cuonzo Martin has big plans for Washpun

New Tennessee Coach Cuonzo Martin will give Wes Washpun a chance to crack the starting lineup as a freshman and make an immediate impact with the Volunteers next season.

Washpun, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Cedar Rapids Washington, signed with Tennessee on Wednesday.

"I really think he has an opportunity to play," Martin said in a telephone interview with the Metro Sports Report. "It's not a deal where he comes in and we say we're gong to sit you out for one or two years. Wes has every opportunity to come in and play from Day 1."

Washpun will be competing with Trae Golden and Chris Jones at point guard. Golden, 6-1, averaged 3.0 points and 0.7 assists for Tennessee this season as a freshman with one start. Jones, 5-10, from Memphis, signed with former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl last fall.

"Wes will pretty much get what he earns," Martin said.

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