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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

J-Hawks finish 1-4 at WSR tourney

WAVERLY - The Cedar Rapids Jefferson volleyball team finished with a 1-4 record at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational in Waverly Saturday.

The J-Hawks topped Union in pool play for their only victory. They lost to Denver, Mount Vernon, Nevada and Mount Vernon again.

Maddy Baxter led Jefferson with 77 assists in the tournament. Maddie Slagle finished with 45 kills. Kaylee Donner had 38 digs and Kristen Naber contributed six blocks.

Grundy Center defeated Waverly-Shell Rock, 25-17, 25-15, for the title.


J-Hawks foiled by Tigers in OT

Jefferson gained twice as many yards on the ground as Cedar Falls Friday night at Kingston Stadium. But when it counted in overtime, the J-Hawks stumbled while the Tigers rumbled just enough to pull out a come-from-behind 34-31 win.

With the first crack to score in the extra period, after being stuffed on two running plays and completing a pass behind the line of scrimmage, Jefferson had to settle for a field goal to go ahead 31-28.

Cedar Falls came back with two 5-yard runs right up the gut to end the game.

“We knew what they were going to do,” said J-Hawk coach Brian Webb, himself a product of Cedar Falls’ proud prep football program. “Power right and power left. But we just could not stop them.

"It’s unfortunate, because I thought we were the better team. This was a game we knew we could win.”



Wash golfers win on super-tiebreaker

WATERLOO - Alex Slattery shared medalist honors with a 36 Thursday to help the Washington Warriors win a Mississippi Valley Conference quadrangular meet at the Irv Warren course in Waterloo, but the victory went much deeper than that.

Washington and Cedar Falls tied for first place with team scores of 148 for their top four golfers, which is the normal system for determining a high school meet. They went to the first tiebreaker, but the fifth-place golfer for both teams both shot 39s. Then they looked at the sixth-place finisher for both squads and declared Washington the winner on the basis of a 40 by Logan Bracey, compared to a 41 for Cedar Falls.

Frank Lindwall and Joe Slattery fired 37s for the Warriors. Connor Neighbors had a 38.



Koenigsfeld leads J-Hawks at X-C meet

WEST BRANCH - Meredith Koenigsfeld placed sixth to lead the Jefferson J-Hawks at the Bud Williams Invitational cross country meet Thursday in West Branch.

The Jefferson girls finished fourth out of six teams. The Jefferson boys placed third out of six teams. Barrett Wise led the J-Hawk boys in 19th place.

Julia Noah of Urbandale won the girls race in 18:03.9. Michael Westphal of Urbandale took the boys title in 16:13.8.



Havertape, Harris help Wash sink Jeff

Lauren Havertape and Alyssa Harris were triple-winners Tuesday night as the Washington Warriors dunked Jefferson, 125-61, in a Mississippi Valley Conference swim meet at Washington.

Havertape won the 200 IM and swam on two triumphant relays. Harris took the 500 free and swam on two winning relays.

Emily Nelson, Delaney Thoma and Jenny Hughes were double-winners for the Warriors.

Jefferson got victories from Mika McChesney (50 free), Josie Thompson (100 fly) and Taylor Langel (100 free).



Cougars clinch title without Goodall

Cedar Rapids Kennedy volleyball coach Michelle Goodall was halfway around the world Tuesday at a special event in the Philippines, but that did not stop her talented and well-coached team from having a successful night back home.

The fifth-ranked Cougars topped Jefferson, 25-16, 25-12, 25-21, at the Kennedy gym to clinch at least a tie for just the second Mississippi Valley Conference title in school history.

Kennedy can win an outright Valley Division crown with a victory at Dubuque Senior Tuesday night with Goodball back in the USA.

Kennedy has been a state volleyball power for many years under Goodall, but conference titles have been hard to come by in a tough league. The Cougars are 5-0 in the Valley Division and want to finish 6-0 with an unblemished flag.

"That would be amazing," senior Macy Anderson said. "That's huge for our program."



Linn-Mar takes Valley golf title

DUBUQUE - The Linn-Mar Lions rallied Monday and won the Valley Division golf title by one shot at The Meadows in Dubuque.

Linn-Mar trailed Dubuque Wahlert by four shots entering the final round of the 54-hole tournament, but the Lions moved ahead of the Golden Eagles Monday and captured the 2015 Valley Division championship by a count of 943 to 944.

J.D. Goodfellow of Iowa City West claimed medalist honors with a 54-hole tally of 220. Three Linn-Mar golfers finished in the top six with Jake Sevcik third at 233, Max Thrune fourth at 234 and Brent Larson tied for sixth at 238.


1. Linn-Mar 943, 2. Dubuque Wahlert 944, 3. Dubuque Senior 966, 4. Cedar Falls 967, 5. Iowa City West 979, 6. Kennedy 990, 7. Jefferson 1074.

Top 6

1.  JD Goodfellow, IC West      72-69-79=220
2.  Alec Weber, Wahlert         79-73-76=228
3.  Jake Sevcik, Linn-Mar       77-78-78=233
4.  Max Thrune, Linn-Mar        79-79-76=234
5.  Ben Schmidt, Wahlert        73-85-78=236
6.  Brent Larson, Linn-Mar      75-78-85=238
Louis Psihoyos, Senior      77-82-79=238

LINN-MAR - Jake Sevcik 77-78-78=233, Max Thrune 79-79-76=234, Brent Larson 75-78-85=238, Jack Recker 73-78-92=243, Jordan Bohannon 90-82-89=261.

KENNEDY - Jordan Weiss 77-78-87=242, Cameron Stump 86-76-83=245, Parker Kalb 80-85-87=252, Jake Corkery 92-76-90=258, Jonah Beman 86-84-89=259, Aaron Daughetee 94-87-97=278.

JEFFERSON - Nile Happel 84-73-87=244, Adam Van Oort 95-83-83=261, Carter Schmitz 88-105-92=285, Lucas Brown 99-95-98=292, Austin Schmitz 117-98-114=329.


1. Linn-Mar 302, 2. Dubuque Wahlert 307, 3. Dubuque Senior 317, 4. Cedar Falls 322, 5. Kennedy 330, 6. Iowa City West 333, 7. Jefferson 365.


Max Thrune, Linn-Mar    76
Alec Weber, Wahlert     76


Linn-Mar wins title at Monticello

MONTICELLO - The Linn-Mar Lions won all five of their matches at the Monticello volleyball tournament Saturday and defeated West Delaware, 22-25, 25-17, 15-9 in the championship match.

West Delaware, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, began the tournament with a perfect 25-0 record. Linn-Mar is ranked No. 7 in Class 5A with an 18-4 mark.

Amanda Ollinger collected 12 kills and 13 digs in the championship match against West Delaware. Ellie Anderson had eight kills and 29 assists in the finals. Megan Renner contributed eight kills and 12 digs. Emile McGowan had 11 digs.



No. 5 Cougars bowl over J-Hawks

Shaun Beyer never saw the umpire who got in his way during his 55-yard gallop for a touchdown Friday night against the Jefferson J-Hawks at Kingston Stadium.

Pity the poor ref.

And pity the undersized J-Hawks for the pounding they took from the fifth-ranked Kennedy Cougars as well.

Kennedy rushed for 441 yards and finished with 510 yards of total offense in its 35-7 conquest of Jefferson before a big crowd of approximately 5,000 fans who came to see a battle of two winning clubs.

It was Kennedy all the way.

The bigger, stronger Cougars drove 91, 90 and 84 yards on their first three possessions and never looked back.

They have been playing football at Kennedy since the school opened in 1967, and this is the first time a Kennedy football team has begun a season with five straight wins. It comes a year after the Cougars began the season with six straight losses.



Kennedy versus Jefferson: It's a rivalry again

Inch by inch, step by step, Brian Webb has rebuilt the downtrodden Cedar Rapids Jefferson football program into a competitive Class 4A team that appears headed to the playoffs for the second straight year.

Along the way, Jefferson's annual game against Kennedy has become a rivalry again instead of a one-sided affair.

The J-Hawks (3-1) and fifth-ranked Cougars (4-0) meet again Friday night in the District 5 opener for both clubs at Kingston Stadium. It's always fun when both teams go into a game with a legitimate chance to win and that's certainly the case this time.

Jefferson stunned Kennedy, 27-24, in overtime last season in a "statement" game for the J-Hawks. It was Jefferson's first victory over the Cougars in 12 years and showed that Webb is serious about returning the J-Hawks to glory.

Kennedy kicked a field goal for a 24-21 lead in overtime, forcing Jefferson to respond or lose. The J-Hawks faced fourth down at the 2-yard line, where a chip-shot field goal would have tied the game and forced a second overtime.



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