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Prairie High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Prairie Hawks knock off J-Hawks

The Cedar Rapids Prairie boys basketball team set a goal for a certain number of victories this season, but sophomore Max Smith Drahos and Coach Jeremy Rickertsen do not agree on the exact number.

"At the beginning of the year we said we wanted to be the first Prairie team in awhile to get 10 wins," Smith Drahos said Tuesday night, "and we wanted to go deep into substate and possibly go to state."

Rickertsen thought 10 wins was reasonable, but set his sights higher than that.

"We were thinking more like 14 or 15," he remarked. "We'll see. Double digits would be good. It's a step in the right direction. Yeah, we'd take that."

The improved Prairie Hawks won their eighth game Tuesday night with a 66-45 victory over the struggling Jefferson J-Hawks in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest at Prairie.



Prairie claims 3rd MVC title in row

DUBUQUE - There's nothing flashy about the Cedar Rapids Prairie wrestling team, but the program has been built on bed-rock principles that stands the test of time.

The Hawks captured the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament for the third straight year Saturday with another workmanlike performance at Dubuque Wahlert.

Prairie won back-to-back MVC crowns in 1994 and 1995, but this is the first time in school history the Hawks have claimed three MVC titles in a row.

"It's really cool to be part of that," said Marcus England, who took top honors at 106 pounds. "We've got a strong team, we work together well. I'm proud to get another victory."

Prairie nudged Jefferson for the championship, 217.5 to 208.5, in a battle of rivals from southwest Cedar Rapids.



Clark leads Prairie in comeback

IOWA CITY – The Prairie boys basketball team went on a 21-8 run in the fourth quarter and came back to beat Iowa City High, 53-45, Friday at Iowa City High.

Cal Clark scored 16 points for the Prairie Hawks (7-9), including a 3-point goal with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left to give Prairie its first lead of the game.

The Prairie Hawks made 10-of-12 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Nate Wieland scored 17 points for the Little Hawks (7-8).



Prairie girls fade against Little Hawks

The Prairie girls basketball trailed by just five points at halftime but couldn’t keep up in the second half as seventh-ranked Iowa City High beat the Hawks 67-46 Friday at Prairie.

Lynsey Altenhofen and Emily Rotter led Prairie (2-15) with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Ashley Joens scored 20 points to lead the Little Hawks (13-4).



Prairie boys edge Washington by 44 pins

Matthew Gallaro posted a 245 game and a 449 series to lead the Prairie boys bowling team in a tight 2,946 to 2,902 win over Washington on Friday at Lancer Lanes.

Bryan Cline had a 249 game and a 431 series for the Warriors, who won the Baker round 990 to 976, but couldn’t catch the Prairie Hawks.

Prairie (2,946): Matthew Gallaro 245-204=449, Nick Moffitt 198-189=387, Zach Zimmermann 181-183=364, Lucas Gallaro 188-158=346, Walker Hunt 150-194=344, Sawyer Hanson 212-212=424.

Washington (2,902): Bryan Cline 182-249=431, Chris Schuttloffel 235-184=419, John Taylor 160-216=376, Gabe Wedel 190-159=349, Zach Nading 139-198=337, Donovan Trimble 174-151=325.

Prairie: 1,970-976=2,946.
Washington: 1,912-990=2,902.


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