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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

J-Hawks jump to 7th in mat rankings

The Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling team has climbed two spots to No.7 in the Class 3A dual meet rankings by the Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association.

Prairie is ranked No.4 and Linn-Mar is No.5 in the latest poll.

All three Metro teams will be competing in the regional finals tonight, with winners advancing to the state dual meet tournament in Des Moines next Wednesday, Feb. 19.




Deutmeyer paces Saints by J-Hawks

Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards thought his team's 59-45 loss at Xavier Tuesday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls basketball game was because the Saints showed more energy.

Xavier Coach Tom Lilly felt it was something all together different.

“It's called contagion,” he said. “That's a smart man's term. It means to have a collective influence on others. It's like the flu.”

Whatever it was, the game was decided when the Saints went on a 17-0 run over a five-minute span in the second quarter.




Burger's 26 points lead Saints past J-Hawks

Mitch Burger poured in 26 points and Adam McDermott added 21 to help Xavier rally past Jefferson for a 70-59 win Tuesday night in MVC boys basketball at Jefferson.

Jacob Olson tallied 24 points and Tyler Konigsmark 23 for Jefferson (5-13, 3-11).

Calvin Winker added 11 points for Xavier (11-7, 7-6).

Xavier outscored Jefferson 19-8 in the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime deficit into a 47-39 lead.



Sweeney, boosters honored by Jefferson

Kellen Sweeney was inducted into the Jefferson Baseball Hall of Fame Friday during a ceremony at the high school.

Sweeney, who graduated in 2010, finished his Jefferson baseball career with a .456 batting average and ranks in the top-4 in hits, doubles, walks and batting average.

Sweeney, a shortstop and pitcher, was named all-Metro, all-Mississippi Valley Conference and all-state during his career. He was also named a Louisville Slugger and AFLAC All-American.



Bardsley torches J-Hawks with 31

John Bardsley's right hand is a mess, with bubble wrap on the back of his hand and two fingers taped together to protect a broken bone.

It hasn't hurt his shot a bit.

Bardsley poured in a career-best 31 points off the bench Friday night to steer Kennedy past Jefferson, 80-73, in an entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference game at Jefferson.




Young J-Hawks upset No.9 Cougars

The young kids on the Cedar Rapids Jefferson girls basketball team are growing up before our very eyes.

Freshman Avery Guy played the best game of her young career and scored 15 points Friday night as the J-Hawks upended ninth-ranked Kennedy, 59-47, to snap a 13-game losing streak against the Cougars.

Sophomore Amanda Ollinger also scored 15 points for Jefferson and freshman Kennedy Dighton had 12 as the three talented youngsters combined for 42 markers.

The experienced Cougars (14-5, 8-3) had four seniors and a junior in the starting lineup, but the young J-Hawks controlled the game from start to finish.




Kluth, Baccam lead J-Hawks' rout of Trojans

WATERLOO - Austin Kluth and Victor Baccam were on fire once again for Jefferson on Friday. Kluth rolled a 518 series and Baccam had a 507 that fueled the J-Hawks' 3218-2877 rout of Waterloo East in boys bowling.

Kluth shot games of 268 and 250, Baccam games of 263 and 244. Hunter Sturtz had a 245 high game and 440 series.

Jefferson held a 436-pin lead after the first round.




Jeff girls fall to Waterloo East

WATERLOO - Waterloo East overcame a slim Jefferson lead in the Baker round and beat the J-Hawks, 2649-2571, Friday in girls bowling.

Rylea Bennett was high for the J-Hawks with a 223 game and 374 series.  Abbi Stastny had a 213 game.

Waterloo East held a 20-pin lead after the first round that Jefferson erased in the first Baker game. East stormed back to claim the match.




J-Hawk grapplers sweep MVC duals

WATERLOO - Michael Moncivais and Kelly May collected two pins Thursday night as Jefferson swept a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling meets in Waterloo.

The J-Hawks defeated Waterloo West, 50-19, and whipped Iowa City High, 71-9.

Brenden Baker, Matt Culver and Luke Sedlacek also had two victories on the mat for Jefferson.




Sullivan, Hunt to sign LOIs

Two Jefferson athletes will sign national letters-of-intent with colleges Thursday in a ceremony at the school.

Layne Sullivan will sign to play football at Wayne State, Neb., and Spencer Hunt will sign to play baseball at North Iowa Community College in Mason City.

Sullivan was a two-way starter at quarterback and safety as a junior and senior for the J-Hawks. He completed 46.2 percent of his passes for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He also was Jefferson's leading rusher with 595 yards and five touchdowns.

Hunt is a catcher-third baseman. He batted .248 with four home runs and 28 RBI as a junior last summer.



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