Saturday, May 23, 2015
SATURDAY'S SCOREBOARD: MIDWEST LEAGUE - Beloit 7, Kernels 6 (10 innings) ... GIRLS SOCCER - Linn-Mar 2, West Des Moines Valley 1 ... Kennedy 2, West Des Moines Valley 1 ...
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Linn-Mar girls, boys take 2nd at state

DES MOINES - Linn-Mar High School became the track capital of Iowa Saturday.

In a rare show of strength across the board, the Linn-Mar girls and boys both finished second at the Class 4A state track meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

The Linn-Mar girls made a strong run for the title but had to settle for runner-up honors behind Pleasant Valley, 99-90, as the Spartans set a meet record for points.

The Linn-Mar boys, competing without injured stars Daniel Murphy and Austin Flieder, shot out of the pack to finish in second place behind Waukee, 83-53.

"We peaked at the right time," said Linn-Mar boys coach Ken Hopkins. "This is where we shine."

The Linn-Mar boys won the state meet in 2013 and placed second last year for an impressive three-year run.


Jefferson girls carved names in history

DES MOINES - Their names are Lucy, Morgan, Jasmine and Abbie and they've carved their names into the history books of Iowa girls track.

"We wanted to stake our claim as the greatest relay team ever," Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Bill Calloway said Saturday at the state meet. "I think we've done that with two all-time bests."

Lucy Schneekloth, Morgan Meese, Jasmine Blue and Abbie Ranschau set an Iowa all-time best in the 4x200 relay Friday at the state meet, just a few weeks after tying the all-time best in the 4x100 relay at the Drake Relays.

The sleek J-Hawks, who call themselves the "Cheetah Girls," were hoping to snap the all-time best in the 4x100 relay Saturday at state but had to settle for an ordinary (for them) victory.

Ranschau stepped away from the relays Saturday and captured the 100 hurdles in 14.96 seconds, giving her three gold medals and a silver at the state meet this year.


Rima claims 200 for 2nd state title

DES MOINES - Jared Rima does not like running the 100 meter dash because it's too short. And he does not particularly care for the 400, even though he's the state champ this year.

"The 400 is just too long," he said.

In Rima's opinion, the 200 meter dash is just right - not too short and not too long. And he flashed to victory in his favorite event Saturday in 22.03 seconds at the Class 4A state meet in Des Moines.

"I like the 200, because I'm not very good coming out of the blocks and it gives me time to catch up," he remarked.

Rima won the 400 on Thursday, making him a two-time winner this year for Cedar Rapids Prairie. He also placed fifth in the 100 Saturday


Wash, Prairie girls earn date at state

The Washington and Prairie girls tennis teams won Class 2A regional titles Saturday and will meet in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

The Warriors and Hawks will battle Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Center.

Washington, which is the defending state champion, blanked Marshalltown and Cedar Falls in the regional tournament Saturday.

Prairie topped Dubuque Hempstead and Iowa City West.


Washington 5, Cedar Falls 0


1. Lilly Hartman (W) vs Madison McCann, 6-2 (did not finish)
2. Hannah Sherman (W) def. Becky Hughes, 6-1, 6-2
3. Kelly King (W) def. Ariana Mitra, 6-1, 6-2
4. Jennifer Greif (W) def. Emma Redington, 6-2, 6-0
5. Eliza Sunderman (W) def. Rachel Paup, 6-2, 6-2
6. Laura Gibson (W) def. Kalleigh Kress, 6-0, 6-0


Kernels fall at Beloit in 10

BELOIT, Wis. - Shawn Duinkerk's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Beloit a 7-6 win over the Kernels Saturday afternoon before 1,438 fans at Pohlman Field.

The Kernels scored three runs in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings.

Duinkerk's RBI single in the 10th capped a string of four consecutive singles with one out. With the game tied 6-6, Sandber Pimentel began the rally by singling into right. Max Kuhn and Joe Bennie followed with singles to center to load the bases.

Duinkerk's RBI single went the opposite way to left-center and scored Pimentel, giving Beloit its first win over the Kernels in eight games this season.

The Kernels rallied to tie the game 6-6 with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. With Beloit leading 6-3, Nick Gordon singled into left field before Trey Vavra chopped a single through the middle to put two on base.


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