Saturday, March 28, 2015
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD - USHL: RoughRiders 7, Waterloo 2 ... COLLEGE BASEBALL: Loras 7, Coe 2 ... Coe 10, Loras 5 ... COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Kirkwood 15, St. Cloud Tech 0 ... Kirkwood 11, Ridgewater 0 ...
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RoughRiders close gap on Youngstown

The race for the Eastern Conference title in the USHL got a lot tighter Friday night.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders belted Waterloo, 7-2, and the Youngstown Phantoms finally lost after 17 straight victories, giving the RoughRiders renewed hope of claiming the conference title.

The RoughRiders raised their record to 37-17-0 for 74 points with six games left in the regular season for them.

Youngstown lost to Omaha, 4-2, dropping the Phantoms to 36-14-5 for 77 points with five games left in their regular season.

Andrew Oglevie and Jiri Fronk scored for the RoughRiders in the first period Friday for a 2-0 lead before 3,376 fans at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Andrew Gaus and Joe Wegwerth tallied in the second period for a 4-0 advantage and the RoughRiders coasted home from there.


Commissioner thinks Mustangs will add football

The commissioner of the Heart of America Conference thinks Mount Mercy University will start a football program by 2018 if the college is invited to join her league.

The Heart of America presidents will vote April 1 whether to invite Mount Mercy and Clarke University as full members. As it stands now, league by-laws require all schools to have a football team.

"Clarke has made an announcement that they're going to start football in 2018, and I think Mount Mercy is going to follow right behind them," Heart of America Commissioner Lori Thomas said Thursday. "They know it's in the by-laws and we feel positive they will add football. That's the way I understand it."

Thomas has indicated in the past that the by-laws could be changed, dropping football as a requirement, but that does not appear imminent. "At this point in time, there is no change in the by-laws," she said.


Mauer anxious to put Kernels together

FORT MYERS, Fla. - In less than two weeks, Cedar Rapids Kernels Manager Jake Mauer will be bringing a fresh crop of 25 ballplayers north from their spring training home in Fort Myers, but the exact constitution of that roster is still a work in progress.

Mauer said he’d like to get things finalized soon.

“Ideally we’d like to have who we’re going to take to Cedar Rapids by that last week of spring training,” Mauer said Thursday, just before his squad faced a Class A group of Boston Red Sox prospects.

“You can do different things and put in different signs, things we’re going to use throughout the year. Make sure we get all the kinks out before we start up there at Kane County (where the Kernels open their season April 9).”

Mauer will be entering his third season as manager of the Kernels. In fact, among all of the Twins organization’s full-season teams, he’s the only manager assigned to the same club he led a year ago.



Sewera named co-MVP in Iowa Conference

Coe College national champion Farai Sewera has been named the co-MVP in wrestling for the Iowa Conference this season.

Sewera, a junior from Roselle, Ill., finished the season with a 29-2 record after defeating Tyler Schneider of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 9-4, in the NCAA finals at 165 pounds.

Kenny Martin of Wartburg was named co-MVP with Sewera. The Iowa Conference MVP is awarded to any wrestler who wins an NCAA individual title.

Sewera, Jan Rosenberg, Ryan Harrington, Ryan Sheldon, Donnie Horner and junior Creighton Fox were named to the All-Iowa Conference Wrestling Team. Coe's six selections were the second-most by a member school. The team is composed of the top three Iowa Conference place-winners at the NCAA Division III Central Region Championships.

The Kohawks finished seventh at the NCAA Championships for the seventh top-10 finish in school history.


Jenkins sets table for powerful Eagles

Chasney Jenkins stands just a smidgeon over 5 feet tall, but she plays one of the biggest roles on the powerful Kirkwood softball team as a superb leadoff hitter.

Jenkins gets on base on a regular basis and her teammates drive her in.

The formula worked again Wednesday as the 11th-ranked Eagles overwhelmed Ellsworth Community College, 18-1 and 23-1, in a junior college doubleheader at the Kirkwood diamond.

Both games lasted only 4 1/2 innings.

Kirkwood belted 12 home runs in the twinbill, with six in each game. Lexie Biehl and Brook Prior hit three homers and at one point the Eagles hit four straight home runs. Biehl went 7-for-8 and drove in 14 runs.


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