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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Evans, Hawks, Cougars shine at state meet

DES MOINES - Josh Evans made a mad dash for immortality Thursday, but he fell just a tad short of cracking 9 minutes in the 3200 meter run at the Class 4A state track meet.

Unhappy? Sad?


Evans clocked the second-fastest time in state history in the 3200 in 9:00.97, successfully defending his state title and breaking the meet record of 9:05.25 set by Kevin Lewis of Ottumwa in 2011.

Evans ran a 9:01.55 at the Drake Relays last month in his first bid for a sub-9 minute performance, but he had to play second fiddle that day when Albert Meier of Boone won in 8:58.46 to become the first Iowa prep under the magic mark.

Meier is competing at the Class 3A state meet, leaving Evans to dominate the 4A competition from wire to wire Thursday. He led a 1-2-3 showing by Metro runners with Mitch Pritts of Prairie second in 9:12:07 and Daniel Murphy of Linn-Mar third in 9:12.46.



Jenks snaps own state mark in 3000

DES MOINES - Linn-Mar sophomore Stephanie Jenks gets a big kick out of breaking records.

The bigger, the better.

Jenks struck again Thursday morning, snapping her own state record in the 3000 meter run by more than two seconds at the Class 4A state track meet in Des Moines.

Jenks was clocked in 9 minutes, 24.67 seconds as she ran away with the race and won by more than 31 seconds, similar to her dominating performance at the Drake Relays last month.

Jenks broke her own all-time state mark of 9:26.87 and topped the meet record of 9:27.25 set by Katie Flood of Dowling Catholic in 2010.

Her next target could be the all-time national record in the 3000 of 9:08.6.



Lions, J-Hawks shine in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN - The Linn-Mar and Jefferson track teams combined for 18 gold medals at the Class 4A state qualifier coed meet in Marshalltown Thursday.

The Linn-Mar girls, led by triple-champ Stephanie Jenks, captured eight events and claimed the team championship with 179.5 points.

The Jefferson girls, always strong in the relays, won five events and finished third in the standings with 116 points.

The Linn-Mar boys, led by triple-champ Josh Evans, won five events and placed third in their team standings.



Utley earns top honor on IIAC team

Cedar Rapids Prairie grad D.J. Utley has been named the Position Player of the Year on the Iowa Conference all-star baseball team.

Utley, a junior first baseman for the Wartburg Knights, hit .407 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs this season. He led all conference players in on-base percentage and home runs, ranked second in batting average and slugging percentage, third in doubles and total bases, fourth in RBIs and seventh in hits.

AJ Reuter of Coe was named to the first team at first base. Pitcher Connor Alberhasky and shortstop Craig Konrardy of Coe were selected to the second team. Michael Redmond, a Linn-Mar grad, received Honorable Mention for the Kohawks as an outfielder.

Ben Rettenmeier, a Jefferson grad, was named as a first-team pitcher for Wartburg.


Cougars boot Jeff with late goals

Reid Botkin and Mark Schulz scored in the final five minutes Tuesday night to give No. 6 Kennedy a 2-0 victory over Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference soccer match at Kingston Stadium.

The Cougars dominated play, but could not find the net until near the end of the game.

Kennedy raised its records to 9-4 overall and 6-4 in the MVC.


Kennedy girls boot J-Hawks, 5-0

Kaela Dickerman and Sydney Hayden scored two goals apiece Tuesday night as Kennedy blanked Jefferson, 5-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference soccer match at Kingston Stadium.

The Cougars led, 4-0, at halftime.

Marcie Christianson also scored for Kennedy. Annie Feltes and Alyssa Drewelow had two assists.



Prairie girls blank Jeff netters, 9-0

Vale Caro, Magui Caro, Michelle Grenn and Karleigh Schilling won their singles matches by 10-0 scores Tuesday as the Prairie Hawks sweptJefferson, 9-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference tennis meet at Jefferson.

Vale Caro blanked Kylie Jonas at No. 1 singles.

Prairie 9, Jefferson 0


1. Vale Caro (P) def. Kylie Jonas, 10-0

2. Magui Caro (P) def. Hallie Techau, 10-0

3. Michelle Grenn (P) def. Alexa Terrington, 10-0

4. Bri Kalous (P) def. Mary Korch, 10-2

5. Karleigh Schilling (P) def. Maddy Cobb, 10-0

6. Lauren O'Brian (P) def. Ashley Davidson, 10-1


1. Grenn/Maddie Renner (P) def. Jonas/Techau, 10-3

2. Kalous/Schilling (P) def. Terrington/Korch, 10-0

3. O'Brian/Emma Sedrel (P) def. Cobb/Davidson, 10-3


Cougars, J-Hawks struggle at MVC golf

WATERLOO - The Kennedy Cougars and Jefferson J-Hawks struggled at the MVC Mississippi Division girls golf tournament at Gates Park in Waterloo Monday.

Nobody from either team cracked 100 at the par-72 layout.

Emily Moore led Kennedy to a fifth-place finish in the team standings with a 102. Regan Grekoff led Jefferson to a sixth-place showing in the team standings with a 108.

Tierney Dalsing of Hempstead shot an 11-over 83 to claim medalist honors and lead Hempstead to first place.

Team Standings

1. Dubuque Hempstead 367, 2. Dubuque Senior 375, 3. Iowa City West 385, 4. Iowa City High 392, 5. Kennedy 414, 6. Jefferson 514, 7. Waterloo Eastincomplete.

KENNEDY: Emily Moore 102, Sierra Hargens 104, Breanna Osterkamp 104, Raemi Chavez 104, Val Davidson 105, Erica Gouchee 111.

JEFFERSON: Regan Grekoff 108, Cassidy Simpson 122, Marisa Dorochowski 135, Holly Moershel 149, Jordan Henderson 158.





Nate Karlan wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Nate Karlan is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Karlan is one of the top sprinters in the Mississippi Valley Conference and ranks No. 2 in the 100 meter dash in the Mississippi Division at 11.14 seconds.

Karlan helped the J-Hawks place second in the 4x200 relay at the Drake Relays last month in 1:28.56, the second-fastest time in the state this year. The J-Hawks broke the school record in the 4x200 that had stood since 1981.



No. 13 Prairie blanks J-Hawks, 2-0

Nerm Ibrahimovic and Logan Rinderknecht scored goals Friday night as No. 13 Prairie subdued Jefferson, 2-0, in a Mississippi Valley Conference soccer match under the lights at John Wall Field.

Mitch Renwick collected an assist on the goal by Ibrahimovic, while Ibrahimovic had the assist on the goal by Rinderknecht.

Alex Balta posted the shutout for Prairie (6-5 overall, 5-4 MVC).


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