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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dyrland is 'The Voice of J-Hawks'

Although he’s been the announcer at Jefferson High School sporting events for two decades, it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that David Dyrland was first called by the title that suits him so well.

“I was at a Hawkeye basketball game and saw (former Jeff star) Jarrod Uthoff before the game,” recalls Dyrland, 64, a retired Cedar Rapids electrician with 40 years in the trade. “I said, ‘Remember me?’ And he said, ‘You’re The Voice of the J-Hawks.’ And that really pleased me.”

He’s much more than the anonymous guy that reads the starting lineup, though. Before nearly every Jeff home game – basketball, baseball and sometimes football – he also sings the National Anthem.

And while untrained as a singer but with a lifetime of experience, he sings it with such gusto that it’s a crowd-pleaser every time.

“I’ve had other teams’ coaches come up and ask me if I was going to sing that night,” Dyrland says. “And there are refs who will say to me, ‘Are you going to go for the high note tonight?’ I’d say 90 percent of the time I hit the high note at the end, unless I have a cold.”



Urbi, Kitsos power Kennedy swimmers

Brennan Urbi and Stefan Kitsos of Cedar Rapids Kennedy have their names written all over the state leader board in boys swimming this year.

Urbi ranks 10th to 22nd in three events, Kitsos ranks 12th to 25th in three other events and they are members of three relay teams that rank 13th to 21st.

That's not bad for now, but they both think they can climb even higher as the season moves toward the state meet in February.

"I definitely think we have the potential to move up," Urbi said Monday night. "I think it's just going to come down to what we want to put in at practice and how much we really want to buckle down and make ourselves get better, no matter how much it's going to hurt during those weeks of training."

Urbi and Kitsos, both juniors, had a hand in four victories Monday as the 16th-ranked Cougars topped No. 27 Jefferson, 104-66, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Jefferson.



Sibomana, Briggs triumph at SE Polk

RUNNELLS - Joseph Sibomana and Kyle Briggs of Cedar Rapids Jefferson captured titles at the Red Owens Holiday Classic wrestling tournament at Southeast Polk High School Saturday.

Sibomana claimed the 120-pound title with a pin in the finals. Briggs took top honors at 132 pounds with a 2-1 victory in the championship match.

Southeast Polk dominated the tournament with 323.5 points. Jefferson finished second with 223 points.

Brenden Baker of Jefferson lost to Nathan Lendt of Southeast Polk, 8-7, in the finals at 113 pounds. Baker is ranked second in the weight class and Lendt is ranked seventh. It was Baker's first loss of the season.

Matt Culver (145), Tavian Rashed (152), Nick Dreckman (170), Kelly May (182) and Dalton Kuehl (285) placed second for the J-Hawks. Zach Main (106) and Luke Sedlacek (160) finished third.

Team Standings

1. Southeast Polk 323.5, 2. Jefferson 223, 3. Glenwood 173, 4. Atlantic 157.5, 5. Creighton Prep 133, 6. Southeast Polk JV 129, 7. Odebolt Arthur 125, 8. Des Moines Roosevelt 49.



J-Hawks falter without Ollinger

In high-energy sports like basketball, you can compete for only so long on adrenaline alone.

In their first game without their star player Friday night at home, the Jefferson girls played their hearts out in the first half against Xavier.

Then they simply ran out of gas.

Ahead for the opening 12 minutes, the short-handed J-Hawks trailed just 18-15 at the hallway point. But as they sagged from then on, the surging Saints picked up steam and won going away, 50-22.

Jefferson (5-4, 4-2 MVC) managed only five points from center Kennedy Dighton and two from point guard Avery Guy in the second 16 minutes.

They desperately needed 6-foot-2 all-stater Amanda Ollinger, who left the team two days ago and will transfer to Linn-Mar.

“I thought the girls played great during that first half,” said even-tempered Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards. “We were moving the ball, and we knocked down some shots.”

But with just six girls (all juniors and sophomores) facing the relentless pressure of Xavier’s patented pressing defense, they could not sustain the momentum.

Longtime Xavier Coach Tom Lilly said his squad knew what to expect coming into the contest.

“Jefferson came out with a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” he noted. “Missing their best player, they wanted to tell the world.‘Hey, we don’t need her.’



Winker leads Saints over J-Hawks

Calvin Winker had 21 points to lead the Xavier boys basketball team to a 71-45 win over Jefferson on Friday at Xavier.

The Saints led 16-9 after the first quarter and 34-19 at halftime. Xavier (2-3) also made nine 3-point goals.

Mitchell Burger added 11 points for the Saints, and Tim Otting had nine points.

Valentino Green had 12 points to lead the J-Hawks (0-6), and Lucas Larson had 11 points.

JEFFERSON (45): Wiederin 0 0-0 0, Galvin 0 0-0 0, McCauley 0 0-0 0, webb 1 1-2 3, Van Oort 3 2-3 8, Davidson 0 0-0 0, Larson 5 1-2 11, Szabo 0 2-2 2, Konigsmark 0 0-0 0, Hall 2 0-0 4, Kramer 1 0-0 3, Furrow 1 0-0 2, Hunt 0 0-0 0, Green 5 2-4 12. Totals 18 8-13 45.

XAVIER (71): Mims 3 0-0 6, Burger 4 3-5 11, Ramlo 2 2-2 7, Klostermann 1 0-0 3, Welch 0 0-0 0, Whitten 1 0-0 3, Downey 2 0-0 6, Winker 7 4-4 21, Stulken 0 0-1 0, Clasen 0 0-0 0, Otting 4 1-3 9, Brems 2 0-0 5. Totals 26 10-15 71.

Halftime – Xavier 34, Jefferson 19. 3-point goals – Jefferson 1 (Kramer), Xavier 9 (Winker 3, Downey 2, Ramlo, Klostermann, Whitten, Brems).


Trojans defeat J-Hawks

Rylea Bennett led the Jefferson girls bowling team in a 2,736 to 2,430 loss to Waterloo East on Friday at May City Lanes.

Alissa Classen led the Trojans with a 438 series.

Waterloo East (2,736): Alissa Classen 247-191=438, Olivia Ferrie 181-222=403, Leah Frost 168-174=342, Ashley Cary 137-183=320, Cecilia Borwig 139-176=315, Trisa Edler 147-161=308.

Jefferson (2,430): Rylea Bennett 194-200=394, Kattie Smith 154-205=359, Holly Miller 168-156=324, Rachael Daugherty 143-155=298, Hailey Kimble 155-133=288, Allie Schirmer 107-126=233.

Waterloo East: 1,818-918=2,736.
Jefferson: 1,663-767=2,430.


Baccam powers Jefferson with 478

Victor Baccam had a 478 series to lead the Jefferson boys bowling team to a 3,391 to 2,731 win over Waterloo East on Friday at May City Lanes. Chaise Donner had a 473 series for the J-Hawks.

Kody Smith led the Trojans with a 431 series.

Jefferson (3,391): Victor Baccam 245-233=478, Chaise Donner 245-228=473, Hunter Sturtz 205-247=452, Noah Tiedtke 226-202=428, Tyler Fowler 196-141=337.

Waterloo East (2,731): Kody Smith 234-197=431, Bryce Staver 191-180=371, Chris Smith 177-180=357, Chris Brown 169-168=337, Tannis Morgan 170-158=328, Brennan D 114-144=258.

Jefferson: 2,168-1,223=3,391.
Waterloo East: 1,824-907=2,731.


No.3 J-Hawks slap No.4 Prairie

Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling coach Dick Briggs has all the presents he needs for Christmas now.

The third-ranked J-Hawks put another ornament on their tree Thursday night with a 34-28 victory over fourth-ranked Prairie in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown at Prairie.

Jefferson has collected victories over No. 4 Prairie, No.5 Iowa City West and No. 7 Linn-Mar this season and the campaign has barely started.

"It feels pretty good," said Briggs. "It's an early Christmas present. But this is a fun team. Hopefully we can keep it rolling throughout the season."

Briggs and Prairie Coach Blake Williams juggled their lineups Thursday, looking for an edge at different weights, and Jefferson prevailed by winning eight of the 14 bouts.



No. 3 Jeff vs. No. 4 Prairie tonight

The Jefferson J-Hawks are ranked No. 3 and the Prairie Hawks are ranked No. 4 in the first Iowa Wrestling Coaches Association dual meet poll of the season.

Jefferson and Prairie tangle Thursday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference showdown at Prairie.

The Linn-Mar Lions are ranked 13th in the poll. Southeast Polk and  Bettendorf rank 1-2.

The IWCOA rankings are used to determine which 16 teams will qualify for the Class 3A dual meet playoffs later this season.


1. Southeast Polk (4-0), 2. Bettendorf (2-0), 3. Jefferson (4-0), 4. Prairie (4-1), 5. Dowling (5-1), 6. West Des Moines Valley (3-0), 7. North Scott (6-2), 8. Johnston (2-1), 9. Pleasant Valley (9-1), 10. Fort Dodge (4-1), 11. Iowa City West (4-2), 12. Western Dubuque (8-2), 13. Linn-Mar (2-5), 14. Hempstead (5-2), 15. Waverly-Shell Rock (2-2), 16. Norwalk (6-0).


Ollinger leaving Jeff for Linn-Mar

Amanda Ollinger confirmed Wednesday night that she has played her last basketball game at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and will start attending Linn-Mar High School when school resumes in January after the holiday break.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-2 junior, is one of the most decorated two-sport athletes in the state. She has been named all-state in basketball and volleyball and has committed to the University of Iowa for basketball.

Ollinger said the transfer is for "personal reasons" and not related to basketball. Both of her parents, Scott and Bonnie Ollinger, work in Marion and the family will be moving from the Jefferson district to the Linn-Mar district in the coming weeks, making it more convenient for the family.

According to IGHSAU rules, Ollinger will be immediately eligible at Linn-Mar since her family will be living in the Linn-Mar district. She will become the second high-profile athlete to switch from Jefferson to Linn-Mar this year. Kelsey Drake, a state champion in swimming, moved from Jefferson to Linn-Mar for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.



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