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Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 21, 2014 | No comments

 DES MOINES - Carter Happel turned 17  years old today.He was going to make sure to visit his parents, Dawn and Dean, for a birthday gift. Unfortunately for them, it will pale in comparison to the present he provided to himself.Lisbon's top-ranked 132-pound sophomore scored a fall ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 19, 2014 | No comments

This is the best Linn-Mar’s Alijah Jeffery has ever felt.The timing is perfect since he will attempt to cap his prep career with his best finish.The Lions’ top-ranked 120-pounder enters the Iowa High School Athletic Association state wrestling tournament as one of only seven unbeaten ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 19, 2014 | No comments

It seems fitting that when Carter Happel was in practice when being named one of the state’s best wrestlers.He received a text from his father, Dean, who was in Des Moines for the announcement, and turned his attention back to the honor that means most ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 18, 2014 | No comments

The Mississippi Valley Conference will be well represented at the state’s top dual competition.Actually, more conference teams will participate than ever.Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa City West and Linn-Mar account for half of the field in the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 15, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Brenden Baker went from feeling the worst to being first.All the hard work and dedication to reverse the result of last year’s district meet paid dividends. The Cedar Rapids Jefferson sophomore reaped the rewards, which is a chance at a state title.“I’m ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 14, 2014 | No comments

 CEDAR RAPIDS - Coaches and wrestlers don't emphasize rankings.Regularly, they can be used as motivation. They can also serve as an indicator of an upcoming challenge.The subjective list of the state's individual talent promises tough competition at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 3A ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 12, 2014 | No comments

MARION – The season has presented its share of challenges for the Linn-Mar Lions.They have endured injuries, leading to some disappointments along the way.Even though they are not totally healthy, the Lions are close. The Lions adopted the attitude of making their mark in the ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 11, 2014 | No comments

 The last time Cedar Rapids Jefferson's wrestling team competed in the state duals none of the current J-Hawks were alive.Focus has been fixed on that feat the last half of the season.The J-Hawks have one of their best shots in many seasons when they head ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 8, 2014 | No comments

LISBON - Avenge and advance.Lisbon's Nick Williams did both and enjoyed some redemption.Williams recorded a 5-1 victory over English Valley's fourth-ranked Sheldon Ealy, claiming the 120-pound title at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Class 1A sectional Saturday at Lisbon. He was one of three ...

Author: K.J. Pilcher | February 6, 2014 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS – Consider it brotherly love instead of a sibling rivalry.It played out when Ross Lembeck crossed the gymnasium and landed a congratulatory pat on the backside to younger brother, Clint Lembeck. The meaningful, yet simple, gesture occurred despite being on opposite sides of ...

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