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Linn-Mar matmen 2nd at Clinton

CLINTON -- Competing in a large field of schools, Linn-Mar finished the runner-up in the Clinton wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Twenty-five teams competed in the daylong event. The Metro area was represented by two other teams: Cedar Rapids Washington and Kennedy.

Davenport Assumption took the top honors. It accumulated 244 points, outdistancing Linn-Mar by 73.5. Kennedy finished fifth and Washington finished 20th.


At the buzzer

Last second shots dealt the No. 5 Washington and No. 11 Xavier girls basketball teams tough losses in games pitting them against ranked foes.

Washington was beaten by Class 3A No. 7 DeWitt Central, 43-42, at the U.S. Cellular Center. Read about it here>>

A banked 3-point shot from the top of the key with 2.4 seconds left sent No. 13 West Des Moines Dowling past Xavier, 38-37. Read about it here>>



Bohannon's 25 send No. 1 Lions past Cougars

The people who told Matt Bohannon he'll never be as good as his brother Jason could be right.

He might turn out better.

Bohannon popped in 25 points Friday night as No.1 Linn-Mar beat fourth-ranked Kennedy, 66-57, in a choppy Mississippi Valley Conference game before a near-capacity crowd at Linn-Mar.

Jason Bohannon helped Linn-Mar win the Class 4A state title in 2004 and was named Iowa's Mr. Basketball in 2006, then had a solid career at the University of Wisconsin. Matt is five years younger than Jason, but closing ground fast.

Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson, who has coached all three Bohannon brothers so far -- Jason, Zach and Matt -- said Matt has been motivated by unfavorable comparisons to his siblings.


4th quarter rally boosts Wash girls

Out-shot, out-rebounded, but not out-hustled.

The No. 5 Washington Warriors used a thrilling 14-4 run in the fourth quarter to engineer an important and hard-fought 57-54 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Iowa City High on Friday night in girls basketball at the Warrior gym.

Washington moved to 12-2 overall (9-2 MVC) and Iowa City High dropped to 12-4 overall (7-4 MVC).

Washington led only once early in the first quarter, before finally taking the lead against at 50-48 with 2:26 left to play. City High dominated the boards (35-20) and scored six more field goals than the Warriors (18 to 12).

Washington won the game by hitting 28-of-38 from the foul line and outscoring City High, 23-10, in the final eight minutes.

“I didn’t want to hear that,” Warrior Coach Frank Howell said when informed of the rebounding stats. “I knew we were getting outrebounded pretty badly, but I don’t think it will hurt my mood too much. It turned out OK.”

City High committed 28 turnovers against the vaunted Warrior full-court press. Howell went inside to Jazz Royster down the stretch.

“We had a pretty good matchup with Jazz Royster in the low block and we tried to expose that a little bit,” he said. “We did a great job getting her the ball and letting her go to work.”


Lions have a fine all-around program

The Linn-Mar against Washington boys basketball game last Friday at Washington generated a nice gate for the Warriors, even though they were outplayed by quite a margin by the top-ranked Lions.

The gate was in the $7,000 range for the packed house and meant a nice increase for the Warriors' athletic program. They also got to see a sideshow for a bonus in the appearance of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams, who slipped into the Warriors' gym after a 1 hour, 40 minute jet ride from North Carolina to watch Marcus Paige.

He paid his own way at the gate, also bought his own popcorn and posed for every boy, girl, mother and father in the house. I had a nice visit with him, but he had to cut it a little short because the only person he could talk to after the game was Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson (NCAA rules prohibited him from talking to Paige, other than to say hello).


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