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Moline sophomore Megan Pittington did not think it was any big deal when she would win the 100 and 200 at junior high meets.

\u201cIt was fun,\u201d she said of those days. \u201cMe and Shaniah Holiday would compete against each other. She went to John Deere (Middle School). And I won a lot.\u201d

But when she got to Moline High School and was competing against varsity athletes and still winning, it dawned on her.

\u201cI didn\u2019t really think any of it until last year, the first meet, \u2018I think I kind of am fast,\u2019\u201d she recalls thinking. \u201cI just thought it was middle school meets, not a big deal. Then I started winning high school meets as a freshman, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I might actually be decent.\u2019\u201d

Decent enough to qualify for Class 3A state in the 100 meters, 200 and 400 as just a freshman.

A year ago at the Western Big Six Championships, Pittington took second in the 100 with a time of 12.64, third in the 200 with a time of 25.70 and first in the 400 with a time of 59.58.

In the sectionals, she ran a 12.62 100 for fourth place, a 26.29 in the 200 for second place and a 59.14 in the 400 for second place. All were good enough to qualify her for state, where she did not reach the medal round of the top nine.

\u201cShe\u2019s already doing better this year than she was doing halfway through the season last year,\u201d Moline coach Joel Bohnsack said. \u201cShe\u2019s doing awesome.\u201d

Pittington would like to get to state again in all three events. She\u2019s willing to add a relay or have it perhaps take away from one of the three individual events.

\u201cMedaling this year, if not next year in one of them\u201d is a goal, she said.

She says she learned some things at last year\u2019s state meet.

\u201cIt was a good experience,\u201d she said. \u201cI had no idea what to expect. They just said to \u2018it doesn\u2019t really matter as much this year, as see what\u2019s going on.\u2019 It\u2019s just good so that this year, when I go down, I kind of know what to expect, so I can set higher goals.\u201d

The atmosphere on the Eastern Illinois University track is different compared to most other meets during the season.

\u201cIt\u2019s much more intense,\u201d Pittington said. \u201cIt\u2019s much more serious. It\u2019s kind of like one shot.\u201d

Her favorite of the sprints is the 200 meters.

\u201cLast year I did the 400 only a few times,\u201d she recalled. \u201cI liked it. But I think probably the 200 (is my favorite). The 100 is just so quick. I don\u2019t think it\u2019s my best event obviously. The 200 is my best event so I think it\u2019s the most fun.\u201d

A year older, wiser and stronger, Pittington, a three-sport athlete, has been working at improving her starts heading into this season.

\u201cMy starts can improve and just getting stronger every day improves me,\u201d Pittington said. \u201cLooking at times from this year and last year, I am a lot stronger and faster this year than I was last year.\"

Perhaps most importantly, as she heads into her sophomore season, Pittington is still having fun.

\u201cIt\u2019s just a lot of running,\u201d she said. \u201cThere\u2019s not really much else to do so it gets a little overwhelming at times, but once I get to the meets and do the events, I would miss it if I couldn\u2019t do it.\u201d

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Six individuals to watch

Carolyn Donaldson, jr., Rock Island: The sprinter, along with Camryn Comodore, were part of the Rocks' fifth-place 400 relay team at Class 3A state. Donaldson also took third in the 100 (12.81) and fourth in the 200 (26.50) in the Western Big Six.

Erika Furbeck, jr., Geneseo: She placed second in long jump at Class 2A state meet last year (19 feet) and ninth in the 100 meters.

Chloe Lindeman, so., Fulton:\u00a0Took second in the Class A state shot put with a throw of 43-03.75 last year as a freshman.

Kiah O\u2019Neal, so., Alleman:\u00a0She returns to defend her Western Big Six title (5-5) while also seeking a return trip to state.

Azlynn Sherrod-Butler, jr., United Township: The hurdler took second in the Big Six (15.68) for second straight year and was seventh in 3A sectional (16.73). \u201cShe has really stepped up her game,\u201d coach Damon Bautista said.

Kylie Wymer, sr., Rock Island: Placed fourth in the shot put (35-0) and second in the discus (113-2) at the Big Six meet a year ago.

Three teams to watch

Rock Island: Rocks have won three straight Western Big Six titles and a fourth is expected. Camryn Comodore and Carolyn Donaldson return in sprints and relays along with Mollee Murphy, another state qualifier in the pole vault. The Rocks also add Jade Ford, a transfer, who took second in the 800 at the Big Six meet last year plus sophomore Dulce Perez returns in the 3,200 after a strong cross country season.

Moline: With sophomore Megan Pittington back after qualifying for three events at state a year ago, Moline is worth keeping an eye on. Despite key losses, Moline coach Joel Bohnsack sees stronger and greatly improved athletes from 10 key returnees plus a freshman class he likes a lot.

Mercer County: Caitlyn Hoffman, a junior, and Kenzie Baker, a senior, are back from the Golden Eagles\u2019 second-place Class 1A state 400 and 800 relay teams. Both will also run 100 and 200 and Hoffman may run the 400, too. Other key personnel for coach Lara Swanson's team: Alyssa Hess, a junior middle distance runner; Josie Finch, a junior in shot and discus; Kari Coulter, a junior long jumper; and Brook Ziegenhorn, a triple jumper and pole vaulter.

Key dates

Saturday --\u00a0Shipley Invite at Moline at Browning Field.

April 15 \u2014\u00a0Rock Island Invite at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium

May 5 \u2014\u00a0Western Big Six meet at Soule Bowl.

May 11-12 \u2014\u00a0IHSA Sectionals

May 18-20 --\u00a0IHSA State meet at Eastern Illinois University

\u2014 Jim Meenan

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 For Iowa offensive linemen, everything old is new again.

Seniors Sean Welsh and Boone Myers said offseason coaching changes have led to learning opportunities for both young players and veterans in the Hawkeye offense\u2019s front five.

\u201cA lot of things have changed and that\u2019s something we\u2019re all working through,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said Wednesday. \u201cWe\u2019re going to be fine. But, we all find ourselves with a lot of work to do.\u2019\u2019

With Brian Ferentz shifting to the offensive coordinator\u2019s role and former North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek on staff as Iowa\u2019s first-year offensive line coach, this spring has become a time of transition for the Hawkeyes.

Myers, topping the depth chart at left tackle after splitting time between tackle and guard last season, said Polasek has meshed quickly with the players he is coaching.

\u201cHe\u2019s our main guy right now. He\u2019s doing a really good job with us right now. He\u2019s very passionate, loves the game, and he loves coaching. That\u2019s good for us. That\u2019s what you want,\u2019\u2019 Myers said. \u201cYou want to play for somebody who loves the game, loves working with his guys.\u2019\u2019

Not unlike Ferentz, that passion shows in Polasek's style as he works with his position players. Welsh describes Polasek\u2019s approach as \u201chigh energy.\u2019\u2019

The expectations have not changed either for a line which returns four starters and includes seven players with at least one career start on their resume.

\u201cHe is improvement driven,\u2019\u2019 Welsh said. \u201cHe\u2019s similar in a lot of ways to (strength and conditioning coordinator Chris) Doyle in that he\u2019s all about improving.\u2019\u2019

All of the Hawkeyes, from veterans to players working through their first spring drills, are adjusting to new terminology.

Welsh considers that to be among the biggest challenges the entire group faces this spring.

\u201cThat might even be easier for the younger guys than for some of us who have been around. I\u2019ve been around for five years now and I\u2019ve been fortunate to have had the same position coach up to this point. I know it doesn\u2019t work that way everywhere,\u2019\u2019 said Welsh, the returning starter at right guard.

\u201cFor the older guys who are settled in, there is a new language to learn this season. The young guys, they\u2019ve just been around it for a year. It\u2019s exciting, though. We\u2019re all in it together.\u2019\u2019

That includes Polasek.

\u201cHe came in and laid it on the line and said, \u2018I love football. I love the game and I\u2019m excited to do this and teach offensive linemen.\u2019 He\u2019s never coached the offensive line before,\u2019\u2019 Myers said. \u201cHe said it was going to be a challenge for him, a challenge for us and the challenge for all of us is to pull it all together.\u2019\u2019

Four practices into the 15 workouts Iowa is allowed in the spring, linebackers coach Seth Wallace said Polasek\u2019s players and the Hawkeye offense are presenting the Iowa defense with challenges as well.

He said the multitude of offensive staff changes have led to emerging philosophical changes on offense.

\u201cDefensively, it has probably made us think at a faster rate,\u2019\u2019 Wallace said. \u201cWe\u2019ve typically been able to put our toes in the water before we jumped right in when it came to spring practice. This year, we had water up to our waist on the first day.\u2019\u2019

Wallace doesn\u2019t mind that.

\u201cI think it has been good for all of our guys because we\u2019ve had to adjust,\u2019\u2019 Wallace said. \u201cWe\u2019re getting something out of this, too.\u2019\u2019

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The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs have multiple TV partners in the Quad-Cities in 2017.

Here are the dates, times and channels of the 2017 Chicago Cubs television broadcast schedule in the Q-C.

DateOpponentTimeChannel
April
Sunday, April 2@St. Louis7:35 PMESPN
Tuesday, April 4@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN-C+
Wednesday, April 5@St. Louis12:45 PMMyTV 8.3
Friday, April 7@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN-C
Saturday, April 8@Milwaukee6:10 PMCSN-C+
Sunday, April 9@Milwaukee1:10 PMWQAD
Monday, April 10vs. LA Dodgers7:05 PMESPN
Wednesday, April 12vs. LA Dodgers7:05 PMKGCW
Thursday, April 13vs. LA Dodgers1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, April 14vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, April 15vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMCSN-C
Sunday, April 16vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Monday, April 17vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, April 18vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Wednesday, April 19vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, April 21@Cincinnati6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, April 22@Cincinnati12:10 PMKGCW
Sunday, April 23@Cincinnati12:10 PMCSN-C
Monday, April 24@Pittsburgh6:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, April 25@Pittsburgh6:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Wednesday, April 26@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN-C
Friday, April 28@Boston6:10 PMCSN-C
Saturday, April 29@Boston3:05 PMKGCW
Sunday, April 30@Boston7:05 PMESPN
May
Monday, May 1vs. Philadelphia7:05 PMCSN-C+
Tuesday, May 2vs. Philadelphia7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, May 3vs. Philadelphia7:05 PMCSN-C
Thursday, May 4vs. Philadelphia1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Friday, May 5vs. NY Yankees1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, May 6vs. NY Yankees6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, May 7vs. NY Yankees7:05 PMESPN
Monday, May 8@Colorado7:40 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, May 9@Colorado7:40 PMMyTV 8.3
Wednesday, May 10@Colorado2:10 PMCSN-C
Friday, May 12@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN-C
Saturday, May 13@St. Louis3:05 PMKGCW/FS1
Sunday, May 14@St. Louis1:15 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, May 16vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, May 17vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, May 18vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, May 19vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, May 20vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMCSN-C
Sunday, May 21vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Monday, May 22vs. San Francisco7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, May 23vs. San Francisco6:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, May 24vs. San Francisco7:05 PMCSN-C
Thursday, May 25vs. San Francisco1:20 PMKGCW
Friday, May 26@LA Dodgers9:10 PMKGCW
Saturday, May 27@LA Dodgers6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, May 28@LA Dodgers3:10 PMCSN-C
Monday, May 29@San Diego3:40 PMKGCW
Tuesday, May 30@San Diego9:10 PMCSN-C+
Wednesday, May 31@San Diego2:40 PMMyTV 8.3
June
Friday, June 2vs. St. Louis1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, June 3vs. St. Louis1:20 PMWQAD
Sunday, June 4vs. St. Louis6:35 PMESPN
Monday, June 5vs. Miami7:05 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, June 6vs. Miami7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, June 7vs. Miami7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, June 8vs. Colorado7:05 PMCSN-C+
Friday, June 9vs. Colorado1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, June 10vs. Colorado1:20 PMKGCW
Sunday, June 11vs. Colorado1:20 PMWQAD
Monday, June 12@NY Mets6:10 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, June 13@NY Mets6:10 PMKGCW
Wednesday, June 14@NY Mets6:10 PMCSN-C
Friday, June 16@Pittsburgh6:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, June 17@Pittsburgh7:15 PMFOX
Sunday, June 18@Pittsburgh12:35 PMCSN-C
Monday, June 19vs. San Diego7:05 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, June 20vs. San Diego7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, June 21vs. San Diego1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, June 22@Miami6:10 PMCSN-C
Friday, June 23@Miami6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, June 24@Miami3:10 PMKGCW
Sunday, June 25@Miami12:10 PMCSN-C
Monday, June 26@Washington6:05 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, June 27@Washington6:05 PMKGCW
Wednesday, June 28@Washington6:05 PMCSN-C
Thursday, June 29@Washington3:05 PMCSN-C
Friday, June 30@Cincinnati6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
July
Saturday, July 1@Cincinnati3:10 PMCSN-C
Sunday, July 2@Cincinnati12:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, July 4vs. Tampa Bay1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Wednesday, July 5vs. Tampa Bay1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, July 7vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, July 8vs. Pittsburgh6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, July 9vs. Pittsburgh12:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Friday, July 14@Baltimore6:05 PMCSN-C
Saturday, July 15@Baltimore6:05 PMKGCW
Sunday, July 16@Baltimore12:35 PMKGCW
Monday, July 17@Atlanta6:35 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, July 18@Atlanta6:35 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, July 19@Atlanta11:10 AMCSN-C
Friday, July 21vs. St. Louis1:20 PMKGCW
Saturday, July 22vs. St. Louis3:05 PMCSN-CFS1
Sunday, July 23vs. St. Louis7:05 PMESPN
Monday, July 24vs. Chi White Sox1:20 PMKGCW
Tuesday, July 25vs. Chi White Sox1:20 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, July 26@Chi White Sox7:10 PMKGCW
Thursday, July 27@Chi White Sox7:10 PMCSN-C
Friday, July 28@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN-C+
Saturday, July 29@Milwaukee6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Sunday, July 30@Milwaukee1:10 PMCSN-C
August
Tuesday, August 1vs. Arizona7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, August 2vs. Arizona7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, August 3vs. Arizona1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, August 4vs. Washington1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, August 5vs. Washington1:20 PMKGCW
Sunday, August 6vs. WashingtonTBD
Monday, August 7@San Francisco9:15 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, August 8@San Francisco9:15 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, August 9@San Francisco2:45 PMCSN-C
Friday, August 11@Arizona8:40 PMCSN-C
Saturday, August 12@Arizona7:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Sunday, August 13@Arizona3:10 PMKGCW
Monday, August 14vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, August 15vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, August 16vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, August 17vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN-C
Friday, August 18vs. Toronto1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, August 19vs. Toronto1:20 PMKGCW
Sunday, August 20vs. Toronto1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, August 22@Cincinnati6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Wednesday, August 23@Cincinnati6:10 PMCSN-C
Thursday, August 24@Cincinnati6:10 PMCSN-C
Friday, August 25@Philadelphia6:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, August 26@Philadelphia6:05 PMKGCW
Sunday, August 27@Philadelphia12:35 PMCSN-C
Monday, August 28vs. Pittsburgh7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Tuesday, August 29vs. Pittsburgh7:05 PMCSN-C+
Wednesday, August 30vs. Pittsburgh7:05 PMCSN-C
Thursday, August 31vs. Atlanta7:05 PMCSN-C
September
Friday, September 1vs. Atlanta1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, September 2vs. Atlanta1:20 PMCSN-C
Sunday, September 3vs. AtlantaTBD
Monday, September 4@Pittsburgh3:05 PMKGCW
Tuesday, September 5@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, September 6@Pittsburgh6:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, September 7@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN-C
Friday, September 8vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, September 9vs. Milwaukee3:05 PMCSN-C
Sunday, September 10vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMKGCW
Tuesday, September 12vs. NY Mets7:05 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, September 13vs. NY Mets7:05 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, September 14vs. NY Mets7:05 PMKGCW
Friday, September 15vs. St. Louis1:20 PMKGCW
Saturday, September 16vs. St. Louis12:05 PMFOX
Sunday, September 17vs. St. LouisTBD
Tuesday, September 19@Tampa Bay6:10 PMCSN-C
Wednesday, September 20@Tampa Bay6:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Thursday, September 21@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN-C+
Friday, September 22@Milwaukee7:10 PMMyTV 8.3
Saturday, September 23@Milwaukee6:10 PMCSN-C
Sunday, September 24@Milwaukee1:10 PMKGCW
Monday, September 25@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN-C
Tuesday, September 26@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN-C+
Wednesday, September 27@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN-C
Thursday, September 28@St. Louis6:15 PMMyTV 8.3
Friday, September 29vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN-C
Saturday, September 30vs. Cincinnati3:05 PMCSN-C
October
Sunday, October 1vs. Cincinnati2:20 PMMyTV 8.3

Times provided by the television stations often reflect broadcast times, and not necessarily first pitch times.

Note: KGCW is an affiliate of ABC 7 Chicago. My 8.3 is an affiliate of WGN 9 Chicago and WPWR 50 Chicago. If you do not live in the Q-C area and are unable to find a game, find out which station in your area is affiliated with the above stations and you can use this schedule.

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Pleasant Valley has reeled off a record 10 consecutive Mississippi Athletic Conference boys track and field championships. Most have come in dominating fashion.\u00a0

But when it comes to performing on the state stage, the Spartans recently have walked out of Drake Stadium unfulfilled.\u00a0

Coach Chris Bryant's team was positioned for a top-five finish in Class 4A a year ago, but injuries to sprinter Kyle Werning (before the district meet) and distance standout Karson Sommer (at state meet) kept the Spartans out of the top 10.\u00a0

\"We've had some good teams in my four years, but we haven't done the best at the state meets whether it be fatigue, injuries or just not performing well,\" senior sprinter and long jumper CJ Carter said. \"This is the year for everything to come together.\"

PV suffered a setback to its distance crew this winter. Nicholas Yanek, a top-10 finisher at the state cross country meet and expected to be a state contender in the 1,600 and 3,200, moved to Georgia.\u00a0

Konnor Sommer and Anthony Pena, key components on PV's state runner-up cross country squad, have emerged. Sommer ran a 9:43 to win the 3,200 at the Dickinson Relays earlier this month. Pena posted a 4:33 in the 1,600 during the indoor season.

\"Not just from a running standpoint but a leadership standpoint we miss Nick,\" Bryant said. \"Nick was a great all-around kid. It hurts from several aspects, but those other guys are shouldering the burden pretty well.\"

What excites the Spartans most is a veteran sprint crew and the return of Cody Snyder in the throws.\u00a0

PV returns three members from its state runner-up 800 relay \u2014\u00a0Arthur Braden, Carter and Keshaun Baker \u2014 and three runners from its seventh place 400 relay. Baker also was fourth in the open 400 last spring.

\"A state title is always the goal,\" Carter said. \"If your goal isn't to win a state title or compete to be the best in the state, you're not having the right mindset.\u00a0

\"The 4 by 2 showed it was possible last year. We have the confidence and ability to do that in more than just that event now.\"

With a strong quarter-miler in Baker, the addition of the sprint medley relay (100-100-200-400) to the boys lineup this spring has PV optimistic.\u00a0

Baker already has run a 49.1 in the open 400 and believes he can reach the 47s by season end.\u00a0

\"I'm very motivated,\" Baker said. \"The coaches have given me some real good workouts, some things I've never encountered before to push my limits.\u00a0

\"We have a good understanding of what we want.\"

Conversely, a 19th event requires more juggling from Bryant and his coaching staff on how to use his top-end performers.\u00a0

\"From our team perspective, I am a fan of that event being added,\" Bryant said. \"From a general standpoint, I think 18 events was more than enough.\u00a0

\"Watching the girls run that for quite a bit, it is an exciting event. I'm sure the fans will really like it. It just adds another wrinkle in where to put guys.\"

Terry Saul missed last year's state meet with a hamstring injury. He'll factor into PV's sprint relay crew. Junior Collin Ankton ran on PV's 400 relay at state.

\"We pride ourselves on being the deepest sprint crew in the state,\" Saul said. \"We have guys run 100s, 200s and 400s, and we can switch it up from meet to meet. The versatility of our guys is big.\"

In the throws, Snyder placed seventh at the state meet in the discus and qualified in the shot put despite missing most of the season.\u00a0

Carter and Baker were state qualifiers in the long jump. Max Cremer made it in the high jump.

\"If we can stay healthy, I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility that this team could finish third, fourth or fifth at the state meet,\" Bryant said.\u00a0

After a sub-par football season, one that included Saul, Braden, Carter and Ankton, PV wants to settle the score on the track.\u00a0

PV's senior class has never finished better than 10th at the state meet. \u00a0

\"We realized we haven't always competed like we wanted to in the big moments,\" Saul said, \"but we know what we need to do this year. The chemistry is already there. We're just ready to go get it.\"

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Six individuals to watch

Bryce Bemer, sr., North Cedar:\u00a0Sprinter placed fifth at 2A state meet in 200 (22.45) and eighth in the 100 (11.39). He broke his fibula during football season, but did compete in the conference indoor meet recently.

Kevin Kurth, sr., Davenport Central:\u00a0Headed to West Point after this season, Kurth recorded a long jump of 21-9 in the first outdoor meet \u2014\u00a0a distance that should be good enough to qualify him for the Drake Relays.\u00a0

Cole Moeller, sr., Calamus-Wheatland: Iowa recruit looks to become just the fourth Iowa athlete to claim three consecutive state titles in high jump. He leaped 6 feet, 10 inches last year and already has posted 6-8 this spring.\u00a0

Cody Snyder, sr., Pleasant Valley:\u00a0He missed most of last season but returned late in the year to place seventh at state in discus (159-8) and qualify in the shot put. He threw 51-7 in the shot put at the Dickinson Relays.\u00a0

Alphonso Soko, sr., Muscatine:\u00a0Despite battling hamstring injuries most of last season, the Northern Iowa football recruit placed sixth at 4A state meet in 100 (11.30) and seventh in 200 (22.50).\u00a0

Andrew Wright, jr., Davenport West: A returning state qualifier in the 1,600, Wright won three events in last week's outdoor opener at North Scott. He ran a 4:36 in the 1,600 and a 9:55 in the 3,200 during indoor season.

Three teams to watch

Bettendorf: The Bulldogs should be formidable in field events with Northern Illinois football recruit Cole Webster (second at state last year in discus, sixth in shot put), defending high jump champion Suni Lane and sophomore Carter Bell in the long jump. Darien Porter was a state qualifier in 400 last year as a freshman. Bettendorf is coming off a ninth-place finish at state meet.\u00a0

Northeast: Nick Kennicker and Will Hasken have graduated, but Northeast has big-point capabilities in its lineup. Sophomore Braeden Hoyer already has cleared 6-8 and teammate Axel Dondiego 6-7 in the high jump this spring. Wyatt Schmidt and Ben Lange return off a state third place 3,200 relay, and Schmidt nearly medaled in the 1,600.\u00a0

West Liberty: The Comets tallied only six points at last year's 2A state meet, but should thrive in the sprint relays with Tanner Iske, Michael Hartman, Noah Feldman and Joe Kelly. Iske was seventh in the 100 at state last May in 11.32. State wrestling champion Bryce Esmoil was sixth in the discus last spring. His status is unknown this spring because of a lingering knee injury.

Key dates

April 6 \u2014 Ira Dunsworth Relays at Brady Street Stadium

April 13 \u2014 Jesse Day Relays at Brady Street Stadium

April 27-29 \u2014 Drake Relays at Des Moines

May 4 \u2014 MAC meet at Burlington

May 11 \u2014 Coed state qualifying meets

May 18-20 \u2014 Coed state meet at Des Moines

\u2014 Matt Coss

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BOYS GOLF

NEW LONDON 181, LOUISA-MUSCATINE 247:\u00a0New London's Justin Carter earned medalist honors with a score of 40.

L-M was led Davis Hunt, who shot 56. Teammate Zack Bieri added a 59.

GIRLS GOLF

NEW LONDON 222, LOUISA-MUSCATINE 244:\u00a0L-M's Faith Carroll earned shot 57 for the Falcons, while Olivia Danz shot 59.

New London's Casey Noble carded a 46 to earn medalist honors.

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

NAVARETTE LEADS MUSKIES JV AT WOMEN OF TROY RELAYS: Raquel Navarrette placed fourth for the Muskies in the 800-meter run in a time of 2 minutes, 53.13 seconds Tuesday in Iowa City.

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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Quad-City Mallards have definitely settled into life in the ECHL.

With a 4-1 win over the Wichita Thunder Tuesday, the Mallards collected their 82nd point, most since joining the league in 2014.

\"Guys are showing up more consistently and getting points,\" head coach Phil Axtell said. \"It doesn't really mean much. We've got to keep getting better and moving towards the playoffs. Getting points against everyone we're playing right now is huge. As long as we keep getting better, I'm happy.\"

The Mallards have won four straight games and now have a six-point lead over the Kalamazoo Wings for third place in the Central Division. The Mallards trail the Fort Wayne Komets by just four points for second place, though the Komets do have two games in hand over the Mallards.

Sam Warning\u00a0\u2014\u00a0who scored the overtime winner against the Thunder Sunday\u00a0\u2014 scored the game's first goal at the 16-minute, 17-second mark of the first period at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Former Mallard Ryan Tesink tied the game 1:27 into the second period. Axtell noted that Tesink's goal shouldn't have counted, but the Mallards responded to retake the lead.\u00a0Chris Francis jumped on a turnover and buried a shot past Scott Greenham less than two minutes later.

\"Shouldn't have been a goal,\" he said. \"The kid kicked it in. Should have been a shutout for (goalie C.J. Motte) ... we kind of took our foot off the gas pedal in our play, just not in our scoring.\"

Michael Parks added his team-leading 27th goal of the season at 11:15, then the Mallards relied on C.J. Motte in net.

Motte made 30 saves on the night, including 12 in the third period. Mike Wilson scored an empty-net goal with 1:05 left in the game, assisted by Francis, who finished with three points on the night.

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Boys golf

New London 181, Louisa-Muscatine 247

Medalist -- Justin Carter, New London, 40

L-M -- Davis Hunt 56,\u00a0 Zack Bieri 59, Danny Jacobo 65, Karson Cantrell 67, Jackson Soy 75, Isaac Aguirre 75

New London -- Carter 40, Cole Helmerson 41, Gavin Prottsman 49, Javis Krieger 51, Alex Detlinger 52, Joseph Carpenter 64

Girls golf

New London 222, Louisa-Muscatine 244

Medalist -- Casey Noble, New London, 46

L-M -- Faith Carrol 57, Olivia Danz 59, Mallory Hohenadel 61, Sarah Martinez 67, Meagan Miller 72, Cloey Schulthesis 73

New London -- Noble 46, Jaiden Streeter 51, Addy Pry 61, Carle Lloyd 64, Summer Melot 69

Boys track and field

Wapello Co-Ed

Team results: 1, Wapello 128; 2, West Liberty 105; 3, Columbus 86; 4, Durant 37; 5, Louisa-Muscatine 27

(Top-three finishers)

100 -- 1, Tanner Iske (West Liberty) 11.16; 2, Michael Hartman (West Liberty) 11.47; 3, Ruben Paz (Columbus) 11.85. 200 -- 1, Hartman (West Liberty) 23.78; 2, Paz (Columbus) 24.11; 3, Logan Mears (Wapello) 24.31. 400 -- 1, A.J. Ponce (Wapello) 53.33; 2, Abel Mena (Columbus) 54.81; 3, Adrian Velez (West Liberty) 55.64. 800 -- 1. Logan Belzer (Wapello) 2:07.78; 2. Trenton Massner (Wapello) 2:14.13; 3. Coy Ruess (West Liberty) 2:15.60. 110 hurdles -- 1. Austin McMichael (West Liberty) 17.00; 2. Tommy Pretz (Columbus) 17.96; 3. Nick Hernandez (Columbus) 18.16. 1,600 -- 1. Nathan Prunchak (Durant) 5:17.63; 2. Aiden Housman (Wapello) 5:22.56; 3. Brian Redman (Wapello) 5:23.78.\u00a0 3,200 -- 1, Nathan Prunchak (Durant) 11:18.51; 2, Marc Estrada (Columbus) 11:36.95; 3, Jorge Saavedra (Wapello) 12:00.87. 400 hurdles -- 1. Armando Revelez (West Liberty) 1:01.79; 2. Clayton Meeker (Wapello) 1:01.88; 3. Nick Hernandez (Columbus) 1:03.81. Shuttle hurdle -- 1, Wapello (Meeker, Holland, Ross, Mears) 1:06.34; 2, West Liberty (Iske, Hartman, Revelez, McMichael) 1:06.68; 3, Columbus (Colby, Hernandez, Paz, Pretz) 1:10.71. 4x100 -- 1. Columbus (A. Hernandez, Solis, Mena, Paz) 47.60; 2. West Liberty (S. Feldman, Lenz, Ruess, Renteria) 48.36; 3. Wapello (Moss, Moore, Cooley, Paris) 48.72. 4x200 -- 1, West Liberty (Velez, Iske, Hartman, Feldman) 1:34.17; 2, Wapello (Moss, Pforts, Meeker, Cooley) 1:41.12; 3, Columbus (Hernandez, Fuentes, Carter Colby, Chance Colby) 1:42.67. 4x400 -- 1. Wapello (Ponce, Belzer, Massner, Mears) 3:41.33; 2. West Liberty (Velez, Revelez, N. Feldman, Gingerich) 3:45.92; 3. Columbus (A. Hernandez, N. Hernandez, Carter Colby, Solis) 3:54.80. 4x800 -- 1, Wapello (Houseman, Redmond, Hemphill, Belzer) 9:14.68; 2, West Liberty (Ruess, Schemmel, Renteria, Estrada) 9:17.63; 3, Columbus (Fox, Carrier, Hummitson, Wheeler) 10:22.31. Sprint medley -- 1, Wapello (Moss, Pforts, Moore, Ponce) 1:42.71; 2, West Liberty (Gingerrich, Lenz, Feldman, Dengler) 1:45.20; 3, Columbus (Hernandez, Solis, Fuentes, Colby) 1:48.30. Distance medley -- 1, L-M (Stubrud, Kruse, Jeambey, Wilson) 4:04.44; 2, Wapello (Moore, Cooley, Paris, Massner), 3, West Liberty (Gingerrich, Dengler, McMichael, Schemmel) 4:13.12. Long jump -- 1, Tommie Pretz (Columbus) 18-7; 2, Tiano Morel (L-M) 17-8.50; 3, Cameron Hoon (Durant) 17-5.0. High jump -- 1, Noah Feldman (West Liberty) 6-5; 2, Trenton Massner (Wapello) 6-0; 3, Koby Boysen (Wapello) 5-10. Shot put -- 1, Gage Witt (Wapello) 44-7.25; 2, Dawson Frett (Durant) 40-8; 3, Bryce Esmoil (West liberty) 38-9.5. Discus -- 1, Bryce Esmoil (West Liberty) 138-10.5; 2, Hunter Connor (L-M) 132-1.5; 3, Keaton Mitchell (Wapello) 122-05.

Girls track and field

Wapello Co-Ed

Team results: 1, Louisa-Muscatine 124; 2, Durant 120; 3, Wapello 107; 4, Wilton 87; 5, Columbus Community 72; 6, West Liberty 49

(Top-three finishers)

100 -- 1, Lani Hillard (L-M) 13.03; 2, Shania Boyd (Columbus) 13.33; 3, Amorae Meyer (Durant) 13.88. 200 -- 1. Lani Hillard (L-M) 27.39; 2. Kortney Drake (Wilton) 28.15; 3. Tiffany Parsons (Wapello) 28.24. 400 -- 1, Kortney Drake (Wilton) 1:03.39; 2, Mariah Mitchell (Wapello) 1:05.24; 3, Catarina Osbron (L-M) 1:06.32. 800 -- 1. Kirstyn Hank (Wapello) 2:39.06; 2. Jenessa Carpenter (Columbus) 2:42.77; 3. Madison Mashek (L-M) 2:53.03. 1,500 -- 1. Kaylee Ford (Wilton) 5:50.05; 2. Ellie Berry (Durant) 5:57.84; 3. Jimena Fierro (West Liberty) 6:05.93. 3,000 -- 1, Kaylee Ford (Wilton) 12:01.25; 2, Ellie Berry (Durant) 12:24.28; 3, Jimena Fierro (West Liberty) 12:41.53. 100 hurdles -- 1. Shania Boyd (Columbus) 16.53; 2. Karlee Carey (Wapello) 17.20; 3. Breanna Moeller (Durant) 18.02. 400 hurdles -- 1. Shania Boyd (Columbus) 1:11.57; 2. Autumn Wolf (Durant) 1:11.69; 3. Hailey Sanders (L-M) 1:15.40. 4x100 -- 1. Wapello (Carey, Talbott, Lanz, Massner) 55.40; 2. Durant (Meyer, Wolf, Alexander, Ostrand) 56.58; 3. Wilton (L. Ford, Pittman, Putman, Maurer) 57.83. 4x200 -- 1, West Liberty (Dalton, Partida, Burke, McNaul) 1:59.61; 2, Wapello (Kerr, Gerot, Talbott, Lanz) 2:00.40; 3, L-M (Sanders, Downing, Bodman, True) 2:00.69. 4x400 -- 1. Wapello (Dickey, Hank, Mitchell, Parsons) 4:31.43; 2. L-M (True, Schreiner, Osborn, Hillard) 4:38.56; 3. Columbus (Carpenter, Mena, Montero, Byas) 4:54.05. 4x800 -- 1, Durant (Howe, Wolf, Heinrich, Doerscher) 12:02.56; 2, L-M (Larue, wehrle, Werner, Mashek) 12:11.14; 3, Columbus (Howell, Cruz, Montero, Mena) 12:24.59. Sprint medley -- 1, Wapello (Carey, Hank, Massner, Parsons) 1:59.18; 2, Wilton (Ford, Lange, Putman, Drake) 1:59.78; 3, West Liberty (Heckman, Mendez, McNaul, Burke) 2:05.82. Distance medley -- 1, Durant (Alexander, Ostrand, Moeller, Howe) 5:02.56; 2, L-M (Grouwinkel, Schreiner, Pugh, Larue) 5:06.35; 3, Wapello (Burke, D. Lanz, K. Lanz, Knight) 5:07.96. High jump -- 1, Mariah Mitchell (Wapello) 5-2; 2, Catarina Osborn (L-M) 4-6; 3, Emily Lange (Wilton) 4-4. Long jump -- 1, Lani Hillard (L-M) 16-0.5; 2, Shania Boyd (Columbus) 15-9.50; 3, Autumn Wolf (Durant) 15-6.50. Shot put -- 1, Kelly Alexander (Durant) 30-8; 2, Samantha McConahay (Wapello) 30-7.75; 3, Emily Seligman (Durant) 29-10.5. Discus -- 1, Shelly Longstreth (L-M) 90-02; 2, Ella Filerio (West Liberty) 88-10.50; 3, Morgan ( West Liberty) 88.06.

Women of Troy Relays

at Iowa City West

Team scores: 1. Iowa City West 188; 2. Linn-Mar 94; 3. Iowa City High 84.33; 4. Cedar Rapids Prairie 81; 5. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 62.33; 6. Muscatine 30.33; 7. Cedar Rapids Xavier 25; 8. Burlington 22.

(Winners and Muscatine finishers)

100 -- 1. Jill Bennett (Linn-Mar) 12.36; 6. Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine) 13.17. 200 -- 1. Payton Wensel (Linn-Mar) 25.69; 9. Lauren Dirth (Muscatine) 28.74. 400 -- 1. Emma Copeland (Prairie) 1:05.03; 6. Rylee Blake (Muscatine) 1:10.11. 800 -- 1. Bailey Nock (West) 2:21.60. 1,500 -- 1. Bailey Nock (West) 4:50.77; 3. Moriah Morter (Muscatine) 4:59.02. 3,000 -- 1. Gabby Skopec (West) 10:33.81. 100 hurdles -- 1. Valerie Welch (West) 14.73; 12. Amanda Doyle (Muscatine) 18.71. 400 hurdles -- 1. Valerie Welch (West) 1:07.58. Shuttle hurdle -- 1. West 1:06.14. 4x100 -- 1. LInn-Mar 51.72; 7. Muscatine (Lathrop, Brauns, Tigrett, Kellett) 59.17. 4x200 -- 1. City High 1:49.99. 4x400 -- 1. Linn-Mar 4:12.67; 2. Muscatine (Harter, Lloyd, Dirth, Morter) 4:18.85. 4x800 -- 1. Linn-Mar 9:46.29; 5. Muscatine (Roos, Harter, Dirth, Blake) 10:46.27. Sprint medley -- 1. Cedar Rapids Prairie 1:53.76; 7. Muscatine (Brauns, Dirth, Tigrett, Lathrop) 2:07.39. Distance medley -- 1. West 4:26.40; 2. Muscatine (Kellett, Lathrop, Morter, Kraft) 4:32.07. High jump -- 1. Skyler Presler (Linn-Mar) 5-2; t4. Callie Kellett (Muscatine) 4-6. Long jump -- 1. Valerie Welch (West) 18-6\u00be; 9. Brittni Lloyd (Muscatine) 14-8\u00bd. Discus -- 1. Leah Dusterhoft (West) 125-11\u00bd; 10. Gracie McDonald (Muscatine) 66-6. Shot put -- 1. Chandler Haight (West) 41-9; 5. Gracie McDonald (Muscatine) 32-10\u00bd

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No matter where he's been this season, Adam Gilmour has been involved in a playoff race.

The second-year forward has spent most of the year with the Iowa Wild, but has split the last month between the Wild and the Quad-City Mallards. He's enjoyed contributing to the Mallards' playoff fates, averaging nearly a point per game with the team.

Even when he's not scoring, Gilmour is contributing, winning a key face-off to set up Sam Warning's overtime winner Sunday against the Wichita Thunder.

\"Guys are firing on all cylinders here,\" Gilmour said.

It's been a year of success for the Minnesota Wild organization. The NHL team had 95 points heading into Tuesday's matchup with Washington and is bound for the playoffs, while the Mallards are enjoying their best ECHL season. The Mallards have won more games this season than in their last two years in the ECHL, and have won their most games since going 41-27-8 in 2006.

Though losers of four straight prior to Tuesday's game against Rockford, the Iowa Wild have been in a battle for a playoff spot all season, a change of pace from the team's first three seasons in Des Moines, when the Wild finished in last place in the division.

Prior to Tuesday's game, Iowa was in sixth place, two points out of a playoff spot but if the AHL Wild can make a run and clinch a playoff berth, Minnesota will have all three affiliates in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, when the Wild's affiliates were the Houston Aeros.

\"This is the closest they've been which has created a lot of buzz there which was exciting to be a part of,\" Gilmour said. \"Here, the fans are great, it's a lot of fun to be here. They're passionate, same with Iowa and Minnesota. It's a lot of fun because they take it seriously and they've invested a lot of time and money in players to bring wins to the cities that they're in and it's showing now.\"

Though the Mallards are firmly in a playoff spot, there are still things to work on. They played one of their best games of the season in a 4-3 overtime win over potential playoff foe Fort Wayne, but then followed that with something of a snoozer in a 2-1 overtime win over cellar-dwelling Wichita on Sunday.

With five games left before the playoffs begin, the Mallards are trying to find that fine balance between staying healthy and staying in playoff form with the regular season winding down.

\"We created habits throughout the whole season and I think they've been good habits,\" Warning said. \"Showing up every day and giving it everything you got. You might be injured, you might be sick but you have to fight through that and keep playing and right now we're looking pretty good. It's a lot of fun.\"

Being part of that playoff atmosphere the whole season has been beneficial to Gilmour's ability to adjust no matter where he's played this year.

\"You have to play like you're in the playoffs because that's building and improving on habits you're going to have to have in the playoffs to be successful,\" Gilmour said. \"If we have a gameplan, we have to execute it. It doesn't matter if we're playing the worst team in the league or the best team in the league, we still have to do the same thing.

\"Ultimately, if you do that, play well, like you're supposed to, you're going to win.\"

Lang to Iowa: Forward Chase Lang was recalled Tuesday from the Mallards to the Iowa Wild. Lang has scored four goals and added two assists in 12 games with the Mallards this season. He has played just one game with the Iowa Wild this season.

Players of the week: Kalamazoo Wings forward Josh Pitt was named the Sher-Wood Hockey player of the week after scoring four goals and adding four assists in three games last week.

Utah Grizzlies goaltender Ryan Faragher was named the CCM goaltender of the week after going 1-1-0 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .947 save percentage in three appearances last week.

Former Mallards involved in brawl: Former Quad-City Mallards Kevin Kerr and Glenn Detulleo were suspended indefinitely following a post-game fight Saturday in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Kerr is the head coach of the Macon Mayhem while Detulleo is the head coach of the Huntsville Havoc.

Kerr played for the Mallards from 1998-2000, scoring 81 goals and adding 85 assists along with 270 penalty minutes in 117 games. Detulleo played for the Mallards from 2005-07, scoring 19 goals and adding 64 assists with 92 penalty minutes in 88 games.

Both coaches as well as six players were suspended indefinitely following the incident.

Mallards milestone: Chris Francis scored his 100th career ECHL goal Wednesday against the Wichita Thunder.

This week: The Mallards host the Alaska Aces Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Kelly Cup will be at Friday's game available for public viewing.

The Mallards will also auction off their military-themed jerseys that have been worn primarily for warmups, as well as during Friday's game, following the game to benefit VFW Post 1303 in Rock Island.

These will be the last two regular season meetings ever between the Aces and Mallards, with Alaska ceasing operations at the end of the season. The Mallards are 2-0-0 all-time against the Aces.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa \u2014 Neighbors who had sued to try to prevent an Iowa City couple from building a nearly 7,500-square-foot home modeled after the University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium say they will not appeal last week's dismissal of the lawsuit.

The Press-Citizen reports\u00a0that the lawsuit was dismissed on March 16 after a judge found no issue with the city issuing a building permit for the house.

The house Reed and Sandy Carlson plan to build will look like the Hawkeyes' 87-year-old stadium, complete with brick siding and a replica of the press box.

Neighbors have expressed concern about the home's size and the potential for big parties, as well as drainage, fire safety and traffic issues.

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 A four-game run in the WNIT provided the Iowa women\u2019s basketball team with more than an opportunity to extend its season.

It provided coach Lisa Bluder with a glimpse into a future that includes Davenport North\u2019s Jinaya Houston.

Bluder expects the only member of Iowa\u2019s 2017 recruiting class to make an impact next season on a team which returns four starters and had three freshmen in the lineup Sunday when a 20-14 season ended with a loss to Washington State in the quarterfinals of the WNIT.

\u201cWe\u2019re bringing in a really nice player in Jinaya Houston. She\u2019s going to do well for us,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cYou know, the future looks incredibly bright for our team.\u2019\u2019

The 6-foot-1 Houston averaged 18 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game as a Class 5A first-team all-state selection for the Wildcats as a senior.

Bluder views the return of a healthy Tania Davis, who sat out the final 11 games of the season with an ACL tear, as an important part of the equation as well.

Davis\u2019 injury forced freshmen Kathleen Doyle, Makenzie Meyer and Bre Cera to assume additional ball-handling responsibilities in the backcourt in an offense centered around the double-double average of sophomore post player Megan Gustafson.

\u201cWe got some great play from our freshmen in the last couple of weeks and I think that\u2019s exciting,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cYou can see how good our freshman and sophomore classes are and if Tania can come back healthy, that would be pretty important for us.\u2019\u2019

The Hawkeyes have some work to do in the offseason.

Iowa shot just 31.1 percent as a team from three-point range during the recently-completed season, down a percentage point from the 2015-16 season and down more than eight percent from two years ago.

Bluder believes the Hawkeyes are better shooters than they showed this season, and improvements in that area as well as in rebounding are among priorities before Iowa plays again in November.

\u201cWe\u2019ll sit down as a coaching staff and identify a development plan for every player and start working on those,\u2019\u2019 Bluder said. \u201cIndividual improvement is where the growth needs to start for us as a team.\u2019\u2019

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IOWA CITY\u00a0\u2014 NFL scouts weren\u2019t the only ones eying Faith Ekakitie when the Iowa football program hosted its annual pro day Monday.

Three scouts from Canadian Football League teams were in attendance as well and the Hawkeye defensive lineman was among players they kept a close eye on.

\u201cMy thoughts right now are on the NFL, that\u2019s the goal, but the CFL may be an option for me and options are good things,\u2019\u2019 Ekakitie said Monday after his pro day workout.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, positioned himself to have options with his play during his senior season at Iowa.

Seeing the most extensive action of his collegiate career, Ekakitie finished with 39 tackles for the Hawkeyes as a senior, broke up two passes and recorded a pair of quarterback hurries as part of a rotation at defensive tackle.

\u201cI\u2019ve been trying to build off of that,\u2019\u2019 Ekakitie said. \u201cI\u2019m probably in the best shape that I\u2019ve ever been in and right now, it\u2019s all about trying to get somebody to notice.\u2019\u2019

One of the things Ekakitie wants to scouts to notice is an upside to his game.

He grew up playing basketball and didn\u2019t begin playing football until his sophomore year of high school in Canada, eventually transferring to Lake Forest Academy in suburban Chicago where he excelled in both sports and ultimately earned a scholarship offer from Iowa.

\u201cI\u2019m still pretty young in the game,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI haven\u2019t been playing since I was five or six like some guys have. I started playing football my sophomore year in high school, so I know I still have a lot of room to grow. I know there\u2019s still a lot that I haven\u2019t learned about the game that I know I can pick up on pretty quickly in the future.\u2019\u2019

Ekakitie was clocked at 5.05 seconds in the 40-yard dash Monday, did 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and recorded a vertical leap of 28.5 inches as scouts from the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts and BC Lions looked on.

He hopes that work and any other opportunities he has between now and the April 27 start of the NFL Draft will at least earn him a free-agent opportunity.

If that doesn\u2019t work out, he would have no problem joining a CFL team.

\u201cHonestly, I didn\u2019t follow the game a lot as a kid growing up in Canada, but if the chance were to come along, it would be exciting,\u2019\u2019 Ekakitie said. \u201cThere aren\u2019t many places in the world where they are going to pay you to do something you love.\u2019\u2019

Ekakitie was rated as the 11th-best Canadian prospect in the U.S. college game in the CFL\u2019s December scouting bureau rankings.

The CFL requires that half of the spots on the 42-player rosters of its teams be filled by Canadian citizens, something which could benefit Ekakitie in upcoming weeks as CFL teams prepare for the league\u2019s May 7 draft.

\u201cIt\u2019s an exciting time, and the plan right now is to keep working to put myself in the best position possible,\u2019\u2019 Ekakitie said. \u201cKeep training, talk with whoever wants to talk with me and see where it all leads. I feel good about what I\u2019ve done and I\u2019m anxious to see where it all leads.\u2019\u2019

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Tim O\u2019Neill is running out of space.

The Davenport Assumption girls track and field program\u2019s recent dominance is captured in the head coach's cramped office on the second floor of the school inside the Knights' secondary gymnasium.

Glance in the window and Assumption\u2019s four state championship trophies are together.

There is just one problem. O\u2019Neill has no room for another piece of hardware in that display window.

\u201cI don\u2019t know what we\u2019ll do yet,\u201d he admitted, \u201cbut we\u2019ve got to earn it first. We\u2019ll worry about that when the time comes.\u201d

Assumption joined Atlantic (1998-01), Tipton (2004-07) and North Tama (2006-09) last spring as Iowa girls track and field programs to claim four consecutive state titles.

The Knights can become the first school in 55 years of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union\u2019s sanctioned sport to collect five straight championships May 20 at Drake Stadium.

O\u2019Neill\u2019s team is the overwhelming favorite to achieve the feat. The Knights, who won last year's Hy-Vee Cup at the Drake Relays, return 99.5 of their state-record 126 points from last season.

Pella, last year\u2019s Class 3A runner-up, finished with 79.5 points.

\u201cWe just all build off each other,\u201d sophomore sprinter Carly King said. \u201cWe see the success ahead of us and we want to be as good or better than the team before us.\u201d

Rose Ripslinger, Maddie Irmen, Emma Bassier, Markel Mommsen and Kennedy King were the prominent names at the start of Assumption\u2019s title wave.

The baton has been passed to Joy Ripslinger, Carly King, Jasmine Harris, Mary Grace Carroll and Julia Schumacher.

They've taken the program to greater heights.

Harris, Carroll, Carly King and Joy Ripslinger teamed for the program\u2019s first national championship earlier this month at the New Balance Indoor meet in New York. The 1,600 medley relay clocked in at 3 minutes, 59.31 seconds.

\u201cIt was an amazing experience, an atmosphere I\u2019ve never, ever been around,\u201d Harris said.

The championship came somewhat as a surprise. Powered by a 2:09.9 anchor from Ripslinger in the 800, the Knights prevailed by nearly 1.5 seconds.

\u201cIt definitely puts our confidence in a good spot heading into outdoor season,\u201d Ripslinger said. \u201cWe weren\u2019t going into it expecting to be national champs. That was definitely a hope. It was a very pleasant outcome and we\u2019re excited for what\u2019s to come.\u201d

Assumption has star power and a talented supporting cast to offset no field event participants and likely no hurdlers.

Ripslinger, an Arkansas signee, won three state championships last year and is among the nation\u2019s top 800 runners. King, the reigning 3A 100-meter champion, had four top-two finishes at state as a freshman. Schumacher was among the top five at state in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

\u201cIt has been an unbelievable run of talent,\u201d O\u2019Neill said. \u201cIt is the kids who put in the work, the kids that are showing up and performing.

\u201cWe had one or two kids that started this six or seven years ago. Then it was six or seven, then 10 or 12. Now, we\u2019ve got 23 girls on our roster, and I don\u2019t think I would trade any one of them for anybody else in the state. They buy in, they train, they are disciplined and good kids.\u201d

Assumption has to replace three seniors who provided considerable state relay points in Mallory King, Rachel Jennings and Sarah Adams.

\u201cWe lost some very unselfish kids who added a lot of depth to what we do,\u201d O\u2019Neill said. \u201cTrying to find those replacements is our biggest task. How do we fill those shoes?\u201d

In addition to Harris and Carroll, O\u2019Neill anticipates Grace Rohlf and Lea Nelson to play a vital role along with Molly Gervase and seniors Billi Marzen and Liz Fennelly (first year out for track).

And with each year of success, the target grows on Assumption\u2019s program.

The Knights don\u2019t shy away from it. They embrace it.

\u201cThat\u2019s what makes us so resilient and such a strong team,\u201d Harris said. \u201cWe know we\u2019ve got to set the bar even higher.

\u201cWe\u2019re at a whole different level than we were last year. Our training is a lot harder, and we\u2019re on a mission.\u201d

Prior to its run of championships, Assumption was chasing Dubuque Wahlert, Pella, Decorah and Mount Vernon.

Now everybody is looking up at the Knights in 3A.

O'Neill mentioned to his team at the outset of the season the opportunity that awaits them, a chance to do something unprecedented.\u00a0

\"The kids know the expectation,\" O'Neill said. \"All the kids in this program only have one expectation and are used to one thing, and that's winning.\u00a0

\"They also know you don't just show up and win. There is a process.\"

There are steps along the way -- the Assumption Invitational (April 8), Kansas Relays (April 22), Drake Relays (April 27-29), the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet (May 4) and the state-qualifying competition (May 11).

It culminates with the three-day, coed state meet starting May 18.\u00a0

\u201cWe all just need to motivate each other, hold each other accountable for our actions in workouts and outside of workouts,\u201d Carroll said. \u201cWe just need to make sure everyone\u2019s head is in the right place two months from now.\u201d

If that happens, O\u2019Neill might be searching for a new location to showcase Assumption's hardware.

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Six individuals to watch

Brina Kraft, sr., Muscatine: Headed to run at Iowa State, Kraft earned three top-six finishes at last year\u2019s state meet. She took sixth place in the Class 4A 1,500 (4:44.88) along with running on fourth place 3,200 and distance medley relays.

Erica Loussaert, sr., North Scott: Was seventh at 4A state meet in high jump last year (5 feet, 3 inches) and nearly made finals in 100 hurdles. She anchored the Lancers' state-qualifying shuttle hurdle relay that returns all four members.

Camryn Reeg, jr., Bellevue/Marquette: Placed eighth at last year's 2A state meet in the 3,000 and was ranked No. 1 for most of the cross country season. She won 800 and 1,500 at last week's conference indoor meet.

Joy Ripslinger, sr., Assumption: Arkansas signee has won last two 3A state titles in 800, including a record run of 2:07.51 last May. She also won state championships in 1,500 and distance medley relay. Already has state's best times in 800 and 1,500 this spring.

Courtney Schnoor, sr., Camanche: After an all-state basketball season, Schnoor won the River Valley Conference indoor shot put last week with a record toss of 38 feet, 11 inches. She was a state qualifier last season.

Addie Swanson, sr., Pleasant Valley: The Iowa recruit has anchored the Spartans to 1,600-meter relay state titles in Class 4A each of the past two years. She also ran on PV\u2019s third place sprint medley relay and was sixth in open 200 at state last season.

Three teams to watch

Bettendorf: The Bulldogs won their outdoor season opener at Iowa City High\u2019s Sherwood Relays and followed with a runner-up finish at Muscatine. South Dakota recruit Alli Wroblewski gives team a strong anchor in the 800, 1,600 and sprint medley relays. Bettendorf returns all four runners from its state-qualifying 800, 1,600 and sprint medley relays. Hailey Behning is back in the hurdles.

North Cedar: The Knights had five top-three finishes at last week's River Valley Conference indoor meet. Junior Grace Proesch placed in three events at last year's 2A state meet \u2014 fifth in the 400 (58.85 seconds), anchored third place 1,600 relay and ran final leg on eighth place sprint medley relay. High jumper Darby Hawtrey and the throwing duo of Leah Crock and Nicole Sander should provide points for North Cedar.

Pleasant Valley: It lost plenty of firepower from a state runner-up squad with four-time state high jump champion Kelli DeGeorge, a four-event state champion in Carly Donahue, distance specialist McKenzie Yanek and sprinter Emily Paul, but the cupboard isn\u2019t bare. Addie Swanson, the Spelhaug and Arthofer sisters and Rachel Tebbe form a nice nucleus for a team with good numbers.

Key dates

April 8 \u2014 Assumption Invitational at Augustana College

April 13 \u2014 Jesse Day Relays at Brady Street Stadium

April 27-29 \u2014 Drake Relays at Des Moines

May 4 \u2014 MAC meet at Pleasant Valley

May 11 \u2014 Coed state qualifying meets

May 18-20 \u2014 Coed state meet at Des Moines

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