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Linn-Mar, Wash ranked same despite losses

Despite suffering their first losses of the season, Linn-Mar and Washington remained Nos. 3 and 5 in the Class 4A basketball poll released Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Linn-Mar (10-1) was beaten by Waterloo West Tuesday, snapping the Lions' Mississippi Valley Conference winning streak at a record-tying 39. West (7-2) moved up from No. 10 to 8 in the poll.

Washington (9-1) was beaten by Iowa City West, 65-50. The Trojans (8-1) vaulted from No. 6 to No. 4.

Xavier (10-1) moved up one spot to No. 6.

Des Moines East (10-0) and Ankeny (10-0) remain 1-2 in the poll.


1. Des Moines East (10-0), 2. Ankeny (10-0), 3. Linn-Mar (10-1), 4. Iowa City West (8-1), 5. CR Washington (9-1), 6. CR Xavier (10-1), 7. Iowa City High (9-2), 8. Waterloo West (7-2), 9. Southeast Polk (10-1), 10. Pleasant Valley (9-1), 11. Sioux City North (6-3), 12. WDM Dowling (8-1), 13. Waukee (6-3), 14. Mason City (9-2), 15. Bettendorf (6-2).

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West ends Linn-Mar streak at 39

WATERLOO -- Powerhouse Linn-Mar roared into Siddens Gymnasium propelled by a 39-game Mississippi Valley Conference winning streak, tied for the longest in MVC history.

The Lions also boasted a 53-game regular season win streak, a No. 3 ranking in Class 4A, and a spotless 10-0 record. Not to mention the state's leading scorer and Connecticut recruit, Kiah Stokes.

Waterloo West shot past all that, and stopped a potentially record-breaking night, handing the Lions their first loss of the season, 53-44.

"We have had all week to practice and figure out how to beat them,"said West's Jordan Johnston, who led the Wahawks with 22 points. "We utilized it tonight. We all really had the passion and really wanted this game.

"We came out to fight tonight."

West proved early that if the Lions wanted the record, they were going to have to earn it.


Xavier grad Woods All-American

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Belmont University senior Nate Woods has been named a Preseason All-American by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball.

Woods, 21, graduated from Xavier High School in 2007 and helped the Saints win the Class 3A state baseball title in 2006.

Woods collected 20 home runs and 78 RBIs for Belmont last season, setting school records in both categories. He hit .319, compiled a 5-6 record on the mound with a 6.65 ERA and was a first-team pick in the Atlantic Sun Conference.


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