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Author: Jeff Linder | March 13, 2014 | No comments

 Here are all-conference girls basketball teams for 2013-14, as we receive them: MVC MISSISSIPPI DIVISIONFirst team (*unanimous selection) -- *Amanda Ollinger, soph., Cedar Rapids Jefferson; *Morgan Martin, sr., Cedar Rapids Kennedy; *Haley Lorenzen, sr., Iowa City High; *Kiera Washpun, sr., Iowa City High; *Mikaela Morgan, ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 7, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES -- Kiera Washpun crumpled to the ground, her head in her hands.For Haley Lorenzen, the agony lingered longer."I kept trying, but it wasn't my (day)," she said. "And it wasn't the right (day) for me not to perform."Top-ranked Iowa City High's "Big Three" ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 5, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- Kiera Washpun had a career night, and Iowa City High displayed a championship-level performance.Washpun hit 12 of 14 shots in a 31-point masterpiece as the top-ranked Little Hawks blistered Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 68-34, in a Class 5A quarterfinal at the girls' state basketball tournament ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 2, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- Somewhere, hidden in Mike Sconsa's classroom, are a list of goals composed by his girls' basketball team at Cascade High School.Sconsa hasn't seen them yet. They're out of sight and out of mind until the season is over.The word "undefeated" probably isn't ...

Author: Jeff Linder | January 24, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- An elite team on a hot night. That's a combination for invincibility.Class 5A top-ranked Iowa City High shot 62.5 percent from the floor and took down No. 7 Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 67-44, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls' basketball showdown in front ...

Author: Jeff Linder | January 23, 2014 | No comments

 Just another game? Tony Vis knows better."I'd love to downplay it, but I'm not going to lie ... this is an important game," said Vis, the girls' basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.Since the season began, this was a date worth circling: Iowa City High ...

Author: Jeff Linder | December 17, 2013 | No comments

IOWA CITY -- Come Thursday, Iowa City High will have a "1" attached to its name.Rated second for now, the Little Hawks staked their claim to the top spot in the Class 5A girls basketball rankings Tuesday night, rallying from a 16-point first-half deficit to ...

Author: Jeff Linder | December 6, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- In the words of Tom Lilly, Iowa City High has the three prerequisites for a championship-level team."They have a point guard. They have a wing shooter. And they have that post," Lilly said.Yeah, they have that post.Haley Lorenzen registered 30 points and ...

Author: Jeff Linder | November 20, 2013 | No comments

 IOWA CITY -- Her basketball genes, those came at birth.Her basketball skills and basketball passion, that arrived much later."I remember when I started playing in sixth grade, I wasn't very good," said Iowa City High center Haley Lorenzen. "I was 5-foot-10, and I had huge ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 24, 2013 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- The 2004-05 women's basketball poster for the Iowa Hawkeyes featured a little girl in a long, blonde ponytail, facing away from the camera.The theme: DREAM BIG.The little girl? A 9-year old named Ally Disterhoft."I knew the coaches and they were looking for somebody about ...

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