Posts Tagged ‘Class 1A’

Video from Xavier and Kennedy girls’ state soccer titles

June 15, 2009

The Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints staked their claim as the Dan Gable wrestling Hawkeyes of Class 1A girls’ soccer with their fourth consecutive state title last weekend in Muscatine. Kathryn Mettenberg, seen here in the interview portion, scored the Saints’ goal in a 1-0 victory over Dallas Center-Grimes.

On the other side, the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars finally broke through in Class 2A. Senior and Iowa recruit Jade Grimm, also interviewed here, scored a pair of goals in the Cougars’ 3-1 victory over fellow Mississippi Valley Conference school Iowa City West.

After three straight runner-up finishes — all 1-0 losses to West Des Moines Valley — the Cougars overcame a 1-0 first-half deficit and claimed the title. Shauna Happel tied the game early in the second half.

This video is from Gazette reporter Marc Morehouse, who covered Saturday’s title games.

Dandy dozen for Stoakes

May 23, 2009
Sara Stoakes of North Tama won the Class 1A girls' 800- and 1,500-meter races at the state track meet Saturday. (Photo by Brian Ray)

Sara Stoakes of North Tama won the Class 1A girls' 800- and 1,500-meter races at the state track meet Saturday. (Photo by Brian Ray)

DES MOINES — Sara Stoakes’ goosebump moment came on an 80-degree day.

One of the most versatile track athletes in state history, Stoakes wrapped up a brilliant career with two more girls’ Class 1A state championships at Drake Stadium.

She finished her career with 12 titles, including four this year. She accounted for all of North Tama’s 40 points, which was enough to give her school the 1A team title, its fourth in a row.

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Stoakes rules in 400 hurdles

May 22, 2009
North Tama's Sara Stoakes races to victory in the girls' Class 1A 400-meter hurdles Friday at Drake Stadium. (Photo by Brian Ray)

North Tama's Sara Stoakes races to victory in the girls' Class 1A 400-meter hurdles Friday at Drake Stadium. (Photo by Brian Ray)

DES MOINES — The first time Sara Stoakes tinkered with hurdling, she did so without her coach’s permission.

“(Coach Kent Hanser) wasn’t very happy about it,” Stoakes said. “He didn’t want me to get hurt.”

It didn’t take long to get Hanser’s blessing.

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Stoakes wins state title No. 9

May 21, 2009
North Tama's Sara Stoakes set a girls' Class 1A record in the 400-meter dash Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Photo by Brian Ray)

North Tama's Sara Stoakes set a girls' Class 1A record in the 400-meter dash Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. (Photo by Brian Ray)

DES MOINES — Sara Stoakes chose her state itinerary based on level of enjoyment.

She dominated the sprints in the past. She needed a new challenge.

“I wanted to do the races that would be most challenging,” said Stoakes, a senior at North Tama. “A challenge is fun. That’s what it takes to be good. You have to enjoy a challenge.”

Stoakes enjoyed the Class 1A 400-meter dash Thursday, setting a small-school state-meet record (56.08 seconds) in the process.

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