Author Archives: Jim Ecker

New website up and running

It’s moving day By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report It’s moving day for the Metro Sports Report and you’re invited to come along for the ride. We promise, it will be a smooth, easy trip. We’ve been posting our stories … Continue reading

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Book review — 1.2.11 Marion

Book gives insight into Hipple’s legacy By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report Marion native Dan Kellams gives readers a rare treat with his new book on former Marion High School coach Les Hipple, well worth the time for anyone interested in the school … Continue reading

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Boys swimming — 1.1.11 Linn-Mar

Lions go the extra distance By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report Swimmers at Washington, Jefferson and Kennedy can stroll down the hallways at their school and jump in the pool for practice. Not at Linn-Mar. The Lions don’t have a pool. … Continue reading

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Championships — 12.31.10 Xavier

‘X’ marks the championship spot By Jim Ecker The lane that leads into the Xavier High School parking lot is cleverly called the Avenue of the Saints, but it also could be called Championship Alley. The private school on the northeast side … Continue reading

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Football — 12.29.10 Marion

Hawkeyes’ Reisner makes former coach proud By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report Marion High School football coach Tony Perkins was watching the final minute of the Insight Bowl Tuesday night with his family when Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi hit tight … Continue reading

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Swimming — 12.28.10 Jefferson

Honored by Hall, Santee shuns the limelight By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report Lee Santee has been an assistant swimming coach at Jefferson High School for 39 years. That’s a remarkable achievement, but he didn’t think it was worthy of any … Continue reading

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Boys swimming — 12.24.10 Washington

Warriors are the state’s banner program By Jim Ecker Metro Sports Report Chris Cruise has helped Cedar Rapids Washington win eight state titles in boys swimming during the past 25 years as an athlete, assistant coach and head coach, but that eighth … Continue reading

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Girls basketball — 12.24.10 Washington, recruiting

Ashley Piper headed to Colorado Christian By Jim Ecker Ashley Piper had never heard of Colorado Christian University prior to last summer, but she’s learning fast. Piper has signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at the NCAA Division … Continue reading

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Boys basketball — 12.21.10 Kennedy, Washington

No. 4 Cougars too strong for No. 7 Warriors By Jim Ecker There were skeptics when Kennedy jumped from No. 9 to No. 4 in the Class 4A rankings Tuesday, but maybe the folks who vote in the AP poll knew … Continue reading

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Swimming — 12.20.10 Kennedy

Richardson goes to Xavier, swims for Cougars By Jim Ecker John Richardson is a man with two high schools, and not just any two schools. It’s Xavier and Kennedy, the northeast Cedar Rapids neighbors, the Battle of 42nd Street and all … Continue reading

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