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Linn-Mar wins 9 titles at PV boys tennis invite

PLEASANT VALLEY -- Linn-Mar won every match and rolled to the championship Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Invitational.

"We had one of our best days of tennis so far this season," Linn-Mar Coach Chris Wundram said. "Everyone played at a high level and we had some great results."

Linn-Mar was first with 27 points and Pleasant Valley second with 16. Pleasant Valley finished second in eight of the nine championship matches.

Pleasant Valley Invitational

Team Scores
1. Linn-Mar 27; 2. Pleasant Valley 16; 3. Geneseo 11; 4. Camanche 7; 5. Pleasant Valley JV 2; 6. Davenport West 1; 7. North Scott 0; 7. Western Dubuque 0.

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J-Hawks finally get their kicks

It was an offensive explosion for Jefferson at lower Kingston on Thursday as the J-Hawks topped Iowa City High, 4-0, n a Mississippi Valley Conference girls soccer game.

Jefferson took control of the game right out of the gates and put the pressure on the Little Hawks for the entire first half.  The J-Hawks (3-4, 2-2 MVC) were finally able to break through in the 13th minute when sophomore Katie Dierks found the back of the net.

“We did a give and go,” Dierks said. “I passed it to Trina (Gallagher) and she passed it back to me after I had gotten around a girl, then I think I took a touch in and just shot.”

The shot was a beauty as Dierks was able to chip it over the keeper from inside the 18-yard box and into the upper 90 over the keepers outstretched hands.

That goal opened up the flood gates for the J-Hawks as Dierks scored again four minutes later and Gallagher piled on another less than 40 seconds later to put Jefferson up 3-0.

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Linn-Mar girls win West Delaware Invite

MANCHESTER - Carolyn Newhouse and Amanda Piche collected impressive victories Thursday as Linn-Mar won the West Delaware Invitational girls track meet.

Newhouse captured the 1500-meter run in 5:00.39, beating the runnerup by more than seven seconds. Piche took the discus at 140 feet, 8 inches, topping the second-place finisher by 26 feet.

Linn-Mar also won the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay.

The Lions finished with 112 points in the 11-team field to beat Western Dubuque by 13.5 points. Marion finished last with 18.5 points. The Indians placed second behind Linn-Mar in the 4x800 relay.

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Two words of advice for athletes: Have fun

An Easter-time message for my high school athletes: With better weather hopefully coming on, you'll be competing this spring and summer and I have some advice for you.

And that is, after seeing the Spring Fling showcase in basketball at the old Field House in Iowa City last weekend I got the idea that most of the players there were on exhibit with the idea of obtaining a college scholarship, and that included the parents.

I came away with the idea that high school athletics should be fun, and the lessons you learn from competing are just acquired as part of the payoff for having fun. Yes, you want to be as good in your chosen sports as possible, but if it's not fun, if it becomes work or drudgery, you're missing out on the benefits of an athletic experience.

So I would tell you at this Easter time to take stock of how much you're investing in your athletic experience and what you're getting out of it. And if it doesn't come out in a positive way, just put a smile on your face when you're competing and you'll reap some rewards that you probably never thought about.

Let's go back to the NCAA line that only 1 percent of college athletes ever become a pro at their chosen sport, and I would suggest the same total of high school athletes get full scholarship rides. So at this Easter time, smile a bit, enjoy what you're doing and compete to the best of your ability. And remember the word sportsmanship.

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Furnish, J-Hawks win CRANDIC

Megan Furnish missed qualifying for the Class 4A state golf tournament by a single shot last year, but it looks like she could be on course for a trip this season.

Furnish won top honors at the CRANDIC meet Wednesday and helped Cedar Rapids Jefferson claim the team championship on a cold, gray day at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion.

Furnish fired a 7-over-par 79 on the 5,090-yard layout to beat Madison Goodfellow of Iowa City West by one stroke. Kimmy Askelson of Xavier finished third at 89 in the blustery conditions.

The golfers wore jackets, hats and mittens in an effort to keep warm with the temperature in the low 40s and the wind-chill lower than that. It was not a day for low scores, but Furnish topped the field of 49 golfers from nine schools.

"It shows a lot of character and heart," Jefferson Coach Dan Ray said. "She came off the front-9 with a 42 and I could tell she wasn't satisfied."

Furnish shot a 1-over-par 37 on the back-9 for the title. "That's tough to do under these conditions," Ray said.

Furnish had to beat the elements before she could beat the rest of the golfers.

"Try to stay positive and stay focused on the ball, not the weather," she said. "I tried to focus on my shots, not the other people. Stay positive, stay focused, and my putting came around a little better."

Furnish was paired with Askelson and Emma Lorenz of Linn-Mar. Askelson finished fourth in the Class 4A state tournament last year and has signed with Drake, but she struggled with a lingering calf injury and shot 43-46 for her 89.

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