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Author: Jeff Johnson | March 10, 2014 | No comments

DES MOINES - After 45 years and nearly 700 victories, it's moments like this that keep bringing Al Marshall back to the gym."You cherish it, and you really cherish it for the kids," Marshall said, after his Cascade Cougars ousted South Hamilton, 56-40, in a ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 6, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- Abbey Meyer felt agony. But not a hint of regret."This really hurts. We wanted this one really bad," Meyer said tearfully after second-ranked Cascade suffered a 45-33 loss to No. 4 Hudson in a Class 2A semifinal at the girls' state basketball tournament ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | March 4, 2014 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s pretty easy to paint Iowa City West as a one-man team – if only on paper.Wyatt Lohaus has torched most teams for the better part of four years, after all, and came into last night’s Class 4A substate final averaging 19.8 ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 4, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- They're good anyway.But the Mediapolis Bullettes were very good and highly motivated Tuesday afternoon, and that was a combination too tall to tackle.The fourth-ranked Bullettes avenged a regional-semifinal loss from last year, taking control midway through the first quarter and maintaining it ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 3, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- In a nip-and-tuck, back-and forth thriller, it came down to this:"Our kids love to play basketball," said North Linn Coach Brian Wheatley. "And they didn't want it to be over tonight."The fifth-ranked Lynx made the pivotal fourth-quarter surge, a 9-0 spree in ...

Author: Jeff Linder | March 3, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES -- Mike Sconsa considered the implementation of a new, junk defense.Then he thought better of it. After all, why mess with success?"I just thought we needed to do what we do," he said.And nobody does it better than Cascade.The second-ranked Cougars scored the ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 27, 2014 | No comments

MARION – Entering the third quarter, Cedar Rapids Xavier had built a comfortable lead over Marion in their Class 3A District 8 substate semifinal game.The Saints had built a 31-18 halftime margin, but the Indians mounted an 11-2 run to start the third and were ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 25, 2014 | No comments

IOWA CITY -- Haley Lorenzen exited the game, leaned down and hugged each of her coaches before finding a comfortable seat on the bench."I just wanted to thank them all for pushing me so hard," she said.Lorenzen registered 25 points and eight rebounds, and Courtney ...

Author: Jeremiah Davis | February 25, 2014 | No comments

MOUNT VERNON – The Cedar Rapids Xavier girls’ basketball team has been through this before.Ten years ago, the Saints won a state championship, lost several seniors and struggled through an up and down season before failing to return to the state tournament.Unfortunately for Xavier (11-12) ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 25, 2014 | No comments

IOWA CITY -- The Kennedy Cougars were teetering, their season edging toward oblivion."We were on life support," acknowledged Coach Tony Vis. "Then Jordan (Holmes) gave us new life."Holmes' deep 3-pointer in the third quarter strengthened Cedar Rapids Kennedy's pulse and ignited a run as the ...

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