Saturday, November 22, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD: CLASS 4A STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - WDM Dowling Catholic 49, CR Washington 14 .... USHL - RoughRiders 6, Team USA 0 .... GIRLS' BASKETBALL - JEFFERSON JAMBOREE .... Linn-Mar 25, Prairie 16 .... Xavier 23, Solon 18 .... Kennedy 36, Mount Vernon 17 .... Iowa City West 28, Marion 25 .... Jefferson 30, Benton Community 20 .... MEN'S BASKETBALL - Mount Mercy 85, Loras 76 .... WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Kirkwood 80, Columbus Central 75 .... MEN'S SWIMMING - Nebraska Wesleyan 118, Coe 69 .... WOMEN'S SWIMMING - Coe 132, Nebraska Wesleyan 69 ....
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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

VanDraska leads Prairie to MVC crown

Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Tysen VanDraska is built to run.

A compact 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds, he has the endurance to run long distances at a fast clip and the speed to finish a 5-kilometer race with a punishing kick that leaves others behind.

VanDraska put his talents to good use Thursday and captured the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet on his home course at Prairie in 15 minutes, 59 seconds for a seven-second victory.

The Prairie Hawks edged Linn-Mar and Cedar Falls for the team championship in a tight three-school battle with VanDraska in first place, Matt Lorenz in fifth place and Jake Moore seventh for Prairie.

VanDraska and Linn-Mar senior Daniel Murphy ran stride-for-stride for much of the race and Murphy nudged in front at the 10-minute mark, but VanDraska was too fast for everyone else when they finished on the Prairie track.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 05:45



Decker races to MVC title

Linn-Mar junior Amber Decker established herself as one of the top distance runners in Iowa a long time ago, but she stands only 19th in the current state cross country rankings and had not done anything truly special this season.

That changed Thursday.

Decker raced to the front of the pack and posted an impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet in 14 minutes, 32 seconds for the 4K course at Prairie.

Decker thinks she may have been sub-consciously waiting for the bigger races to come around - like the MVC Super Meet and the postseason meets that are on the horizon.

"My parents described it a little bit as teen-age procrastination. I don't know," she said, smiling. "It's been kind of a struggle this year, but I'm glad that I pushed through.

"It was a good race. It was a good time to finally push through and do what I needed to do."

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:59



Prairie jumps to 6th in volleyball

Cedar Rapids Prairie climbed four spots to No. 6 in the Class 5A volleyball rankings Thursday by the IGHSAU.

The Hawks (17-7) were ranked 10th a week ago and are the only Metro school in the 5A rankings.

The Marion Indians (23-3) held onto the No. 3 spot in the Class 4A poll. The Xavier Saints (13-11) dropped from 11th to 15th in the 4A rankings.


1. Harlan (22-1), 2. West Delaware (29-0), 3. Marion (23-3), 4. Sioux City Heelan (18-8), 5. Clear Creek-Amana (17-6), 6. Charles City (26-4), 7. Le Mars (21-4), 8. Indianola (20-9), 9. Boone (22-5), 10. ADM (19-8), 11. Lewis Central (16-9), 12. Creston (14-3), 13. Carroll (16-6), 14. Wahlert (10-12), 15. Xavier 13-11).


1. Bettendorf (27-0), 2. Johnston (23-2), 3. Ankeny Centennial (23-1), 4. Dowling (24-3), 5. Iowa City High (13-6), 6. Prairie (17-7), 7. West Des Moines Valley (29-9), 8. Council Bluffs Lincoln (29-11), 9. Ankeny (26-5), 10. Southeast Polk (26-5).


Prairie rolls by Waterloo West

WATERLOO - Kendra Gaskill collected 18 assists Tuesday night as Cedar Rapids Prairie swept Waterloo West, 25-13, 25-21, 25-13, in a Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball match in Waterloo.

Kate Busswitz finished with 14 kills, six digs, five aces and two blocks. Makenzie Soeken provided 10 kills and five blocks.

Mallory Jones had 15 assists and was 13-for-13 on serves. Jenni Lockhart contributed five digs, three aces and was 10-for-10 on serves.


Murdock's ace sparks Cougars to district title

The free drinks are on Cole Murdock.

Murdock fired a hole-in-one and claimed medalist honors Tuesday at Hunters Ridge as the Kennedy Cougars won their eighth straight district golf title.

Kennedy will compete for the state title this Friday and Saturday at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.

Murdock aced the 16th hole at Hunters Ridge with a pitching wedge. The ball hit the bottom of the flag and dropped into the cup.

Murdock knew he hit a good shot, but did not realize the ball was in the hole.

"I've never had a hole-in-one, so I guess I've never really seen what it looks like going in from the distance," he said. "When I heard it hit the flag I was kind of looking around to see where it went."


Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:55



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