Diamonds and Ice

Jefferson’s Sweeney one of top juniors in country
April 2, 2009, 5:07 pm
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Shortstop Kellen Sweeney of Cedar Rapids Jefferson has been named a first-teamer on Perfect Game USA’s Preseason Underclassmen all-American Baseball team.

According to a release from Perfect Game, Sweeney is one of 60 prep players across the country to receive the honor. He is the brother of Oakland Athletics outfielder Ryan Sweeney.

Kellen Sweeney at Perfect Game event

Kellen Sweeney at Perfect Game event

Every Metro boys’ hoops team still alive
Linn-Mar's Nate Hutcheson

Linn-Mar's Nate Hutcheson

As of Thursday night, every Metro boys’ basketball team was still kicking in the postseason. Marion played a 3A district final Thursday night against Williamsburg.

In Class 4A, all six Metro schools and both Iowa City’s schools have advanced into the substate semifinal round. That list will be pared starting Friday, considering there are some head-to-head matchups:

No. 2 Linn-Mar (19-2) hosts Cedar Rapids Xavier (7-14)
Cedar Rapids Washington (15-6) hosts Cedar Rapids Jefferson (11-10)

In other games Friday, No. 4 Cedar Rapids Kennedy (20-1) hosts Waterloo East (11-10). It’s Cedar Rapids Prairie (3-18) playing at sixth-ranked Iowa City High (16-5). Iowa City West (9-12) hosts Burlington (7-15).

It’s the Wash-Jeff winner facing the Linn-Mar/Xavier winner in a substate final at the U.S. Cellular Center on Tuesday night (8 p.m. tip). The City High-Prairie winner plays either West or Burlington in a 6:30 game at The Cell that same night.

Kennedy or East will play the winner of Friday night’s Marshalltown (ranked ninth)-Cedar Falls game in a Tuesday substate final at UNI’s McLeod Center.

So who will emerge out of all this to play in the state tournament in Des Moines in a couple of weeks?