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What if Wash and Dowling played again?

I honestly thought the Washington Warriors would give Dowling a good game in the Class 4A finals Friday night in the UNI.

Maybe they would if given another chance, but you only get one chance at something like this and you have to face reality. Dowling was simply too good.

More specifically, Dowling's linemen were too good. And Dowling's defense was too good. And Dowling quarterback Ryan Boyle was sensational.

This make two straight years that the Maroons destroyed a strong team from the Metro in the state finals. They did the same thing to Xavier last year, 44-13, and this time they easily handled Washington in a 49-14 mismatch.

The Warriors hurt their chances when they fumbled the snap on their first punt of the game, giving Dowling excellent field position and an easy touchdown.

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Landen Akers wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Washington senior Landen Akers is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Akers, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, had a sensational season for the Washington football team this year as a receiver, defensive back and kick return specialist.

He accumulated 1,320 all-purpose yards and scored 11 touchdowns as the Warriors finished 13-1 and reached the championship game of the Class 4A playoffs before losing to Dowling.

Akers scored touchdowns in five different ways with five TD catches, two TDs on kickoff returns, two TDs on interceptions, one TD on a punt return and one TD on a run from scrimmage.

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Jersey state champ joining Coe matmen

Ryan Harrington got a taste of major college wrestling during his time atĀ the University of North Carolina, but now he's excited about competing at the NCAA Division III level at Coe.

Harrington compiled an impressive 84-0 record and won two state titles in New Jersey as a high school junior and senior, but he did not feel comfortable at North Carolina and decided to leave.

"It wasn't the right fit," he said Saturday after competing at Coe's Turkey Open at Eby Fieldhouse. "I was excited about it at first.

"I'm at a great place now," he said. "I can't wait to get in the room. I'm ready to go."

Harrington, 20, has not been able to practice or wrestle with the Kohawks yet due to NCAA transfer rules. He's currently training on his own and is wrestling unattached, but believes he'll become eligible Dec. 16 and will be available for the bulk of the campaign.

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Boyle stars as Dowling whips Warriors

CEDAR FALLS - If it's any consolation, the Dowling quarterback who destroyed the Washington Warriors Friday night has enjoyed one of the most spectacular football careers in state history.

His name is Ryan Boyle and he could be starring for the Iowa Hawkeyes someday soon.

Boyle ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as fourth-ranked Dowling whipped top-ranked Washington, 49-14, in the Class 4A state championship game in the UNI-Dome.

Dowling defended its 2013 state crown and captured its third title in five years with a dominant performance from start to finish.

"We ran into a good team," Washington Coach Paul James said in his concession speech. "There's no doubt how good Dowling is."

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Ollinger stands above the crowd

Amanda Ollinger has received all the accolades she needs for the timeĀ being. And heaven knows she's hosted enough college basketball coaches in her home, where her mother was happy to cook for them on their long trips to Cedar Rapids.

All Ollinger wants now is one thing. She'd fervently like to play for a winning team at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and help the J-Hawks succeed at a high level. It hasn't happened yet, although it could this winter.

"Yeah, that bugs me a lot," she said Tuesday after basketball practice.

Ollinger has played three years of varsity volleyball and has been named first team all-state in Class 5A, but Jefferson has finished with losing records all three years. She's played two years of varsity basketball and has been named second team all-state in Class 5A, but the J-Hawks finished with sub-.500 marks both times.

That's five seasons and five losing records. Now the 6-foot-3 junior wants to get Jefferson pointed in the right direction.

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