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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

17 Metro wrestlers win state openers

DES MOINES - Seventeen wrestlers from Metro schools won their opening-round matches at the Class 3A state tournament Thursday in Des Moines and advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday.

The Prairie Hawks finished with a 5-3 record in the first round with Conrad Braswell (106), Marcus England (113), Sam Uthoff (132), Morgan Hood (152) and Taylor Mehmen (195) all advancing. Tyler Pasker (220) lost in the first round, but bounced back in a consolation match and stayed alive in the tournament. Trenten Wennermark (126) and Alex Heisdorffer (285) dropped both of their matches for the Hawks and were eliminated.

Prairie is tied for third place in the team standings with 19.5 points with Johnston and West Des Moines Valley. Fort Dodge leads the Class 3A standings with 31 points, with Southeast Polk second at 28.

The Kennedy Cougars had an impressive day in the opening round with Nolan Hromidko (126), Logen Rodriguez (152), Ben Sarasin (160), Garrett Kubovec (170) and Dalles Jacobus (220) all prevailing in the Round of 16. Kennedy is tied for ninth in the team standings with 14 points after going 5-for-5 in their openers.

The Jefferson J-Hawks went 2-2 in the opening round with Joseph Sibomana (113) and Kyle Briggs (152) advancing. Brenden Baker (120) and Nick Dreckman (182) lost in the first round, but won in their wrestle-back to stay alive. The J-Hawks are in 17th place in the standings.

The Xavier Saints went 2-1 in the opening round with Clint Lembeck (138) and Josh Gerke (145) collecting pins. Keegan Schultschik (120) lost in the first round, but won his wrestle-back. The Saints are in 21st place.

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Prairie girls roll by Marshalltown

Olivia Usher scored 13 points Wednesday night as Cedar Rapids Prairie bounced Marshalltown, 61-26, in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A regional basketball tournament at Prairie.

The Hawks (11-11) will play No. 6 Linn-Mar (17-4) in the semifinals Saturday night at Linn-Mar.

MaKenzie Stoffer scored 11 points for Prairie and Lauren Kuch added 10.

Victoria Johnson scored nine points for Marshalltown (1-21).

MARSHALLTOWN (26): Aspen Chadderdon 0 0-2 0, Johnson 4 0-1 9, Ceren 0 0-0 0, Vergara 0 1-2 1, Alyvia Chadderdon 2 3-4 7, Maxour 2 3-4 7, Feldman 1 0-1 2, Gatwech 1 0-0 2, Vest 1 0-0 3, Metzger 0 0-0 0, Boland 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 4-10 26.

PRAIRIE (61): Moenk 1 0-0 2, Altenhofen 3 0-0 9, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Lampe 1 0-0 2, Schmitt 2 2-3 7, Stebral 0 0-0 0, Usher 4 3-6 13, Wagemester 3 0-0 6, Shreeves 0 0-2 0, Kuch 3 5-8 11, Stoffer 0 1-2 1, Person 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 11-21 61.

 

Halftime - Prairie 38, Marshalltown 18. 3-point goals - Marshalltown 2 (Johnson 1, Vest 1), Prairie 8 (Altenhofen 3, Usher 2, Kuch 2, Schmitt 1).

 

Prairie girls bowl them over

MARSHALLTOWN – High school bowling tournaments usually don’t feature cheerleaders.

But the iconic Totem Bowl in Marshalltown on Tuesday was nearly as raucous as any Friday night gym as former Prairie bowler Nick Blood and a bunch of his buddies were on hand to cheer on this year’s record-setting girls team.

With a different chant for each of the six girls, they celebrated every made split and especially every strike. And by the end of the night the boys were hoarse as the Prairie girls bowled over the four-team field and easily danced their way into the state tournament next week in Des Moines.

With an unbeaten record and the highest team average in the state by far, the Prairie girls will be the team to beat.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:08

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Smith-Drahos nets 29 in loss to Trojans

Max Smith-Drahos scored 29 points, but the fifth-ranked Iowa City West boys basketball team dominated Prairie 83-53 in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Prairie.

Prairie kept the deficit to 10 points at halftime, 39-29, but the Trojans pulled away in the second half.

Jalen Rima added 15 points for the Prairie Hawks (7-13, 5-10).

Alex Henderson scored 23 points to lead the Trojans (16-4, 13-2). Devontae Lane added 19.

IOWA CITY WEST (83): Pederson 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Parks 3 1-2 7, Henderson 9 1-1 23, Lane 8 3-3 19, Lohaus 5 0-0 10, P.McCaffery 2 0-0 3, C.McCaffery 4 5-6 14, Barnes 0 0-0 0, Fullard 0 0-0 0, Disterhoft 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0. Totals 33 12-14 83.

PRAIRIE (53): Copeland 0 0-0 0, Lorenz 0 0-0 0, C.Clark 0 2-2 2, Reittinger 0 0-0 0, Smith-Drahos 11 7-7 29, Eilers 1 0-0 3, Rima 7 0-1 15, Hook 0 0-0 0, Serbousek 0 0-0 0, Oxley 11 0-0 2, Nierling 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 9-10 53.

Halftime – Iowa City West 39, Prairie 29. 3-point goals – Iowa City West 5 (Henderson 4, C.McCaffery), Prairie 2 (Eilers, Rima).

 

Prairie wrestlers eye 2 trophies at state

Kane Thompson proved you can win two state wrestling titles in one week when he led Alburnett to the state dual meet title and the state individual meet title in 2013 when he was coaching at Alburnett.

"It can be done," Thompson said Monday. "Our community at Alburnett was super-proud of that."

Now he'd like to collect high finishes in both tournaments this week with the Prairie Hawks. He's not predicting state titles, but he does think top-3 finishes in both events - or higher - are possible.

"We have a great opportunity," said Thompson, in his first season at Prairie. "I know the traditional tournament means a lot to the individuals, but I think you can be ready for both."

The Hawks (19-3) will face Johnston (21-2) in the opening round of the state dual meet tournament on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. It's a one-day tournament, with the semifinals at 1 p.m. and the finals at 6:30 p.m.

The other first-round matches are Southeast Polk (16-0) against Clinton (16-2), West Des Moines Valley (21-1) against Waverly-Shell Rock (23-4), and Hempstead (27-0) against Indianola (18-2).

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