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Warriors jump to top in 4A football

The people who vote in the high school football polls have been keeping a keen eye on the Washington Warriors all season.

The Warriors began the year in the No.3 spot in the Class 4A poll in the Des Moines Register rankings. Then they climbed to No. 2 and now they're sitting all alone at the top of the poll after demolishing then-No. 9 Linn-Mar, 43-3, Friday night.

Washington got some help in the rankings Friday night from the Lombardi family. Rocky Lombardi, the son of former Washington coach Tony Lombardi, passed for 206 yards and two touchdowns as West Des Moines Valley upset Dowling Catholic, 24-21, an outcome that knocked Dowling out of the No. 1 spot in the poll and opened the door for the Warriors.


Sarah Renner wins Metro Spotlight Award

Linn-Mar senior Sarah Renner is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Renner is an outstanding student-athlete at Linn-Mar who excels in volleyball, track and the classroom, where she carries a 4.1 GPA with a heavy load of Advanced Placement courses.

Renner, 5-foot-11, has been a three-year starter on the Linn-Mar volleyball team. She has contributed to a balanced attack with 55 kills, 163 assists, 67 digs, 42 blocks, five aces and a 94.2 percentage on her serves (81 of 86). The Lions are enjoying a successful season with a 14-5 record.


Sean Murphy wins Metro Spotlight Award

Xavier junior Sean Murphy has won the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Murphy, a 5-foot-9 junior, returned two kickoffs for a touchdowns Friday night as the Class 3A top-ranked Saints defeated DeWitt Central, 59-3, in a district game in DeWitt.

Murphy raced 96 yards for a touchdown with the opening kickoff. He was untouched behind a bevy of blockers for Xavier, which has a tradition of successful special teams.


Kohawks fall to Stevens Point, 37-21

Disappointment. Frustration. Surprise.

Those words described the Coe Kohawks after they lost to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 37-21, in a homecoming football game at Clark Field Saturday.

Coe built a 21-14 lead and appeared in good shape late in the first half, but Stevens Point scored 23 unanswered points and blanked the Kohawks in the entire second half.

Coe Coach Steve Staker was surprised his club was unable to score in the second half after putting 21 points on the board in the second period alone.

"Yeah, I am," he said. "I really did not expect that at all. Not at all."

The Kohawks (1-2) drove to the 12-yard line in the final minute of the first half with their 21-14 advantage, looking for a 28-14 cushion with a touchdown or a 24-14 lead with a field goal. Instead, a holding penalty and a sack pushed the Kohawks out of field goal range and they lost the ball on downs at the Stevens Point 30-yard with just 29 seconds left before intermission.

Stevens Point (1-1) quickly completed two passes and got a 47-yard field goal from Jesse Vervelde on the final play of the half to pull within 21-17 at intermission.


Anderson makes quick impact for Coe

Brady Anderson has made a smooth and successful transition from Linn-MarĀ High School to the men's tennis program at Coe as a freshman.

Anderson sailed by teammate Alex Bernt, 6-3, 6-0, to win the Flight A singles title at the Iowa Conference tournament at Clark Field Saturday.

Anderson also teamed with Riley Galbraith to captured the Flight A doubles crown with an 8-5 victory over Coe teammates Ryan Hickman and Mark Kroll as the Kohawks dominated the two-day tournament.

Anderson, the state singles champion at Linn-Mar as a junior, edged Galbraith in the semifinals Saturday, 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9). On Friday, Anderson defeated Matt Knutson of Luther in the Round of 16, 6-1, 6-1, and swept Trent Schneider of Luther in the quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-1.

Galbraith, a Kennedy grad, defeated Kyle Appel of Luther for third place, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).

Noah Sprinkel, who normally plays No.1 singles for Coe, is not attending school this semester but plans to enroll for his final semester of competition this winter and spring.


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