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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rashed nets 3 TDs as J-Hawks roll

Don't close the book on Jefferson's comeback season.

Bouncing back from one of the most discouraging losses in recent program history, the J-Hawks fought back into the Iowa Class 4A playoff picture Friday night.

A week after squandering a game-winning touchdown chance on a first-and-goal play from the 5-yard line, Jefferson returned to Kingston Stadium wiser, even more driven and in complete control from first snap to last in a no-doubt, penalty-plagued 35-0 throttling of winless and punchless Waterloo East.

Tavian Rashed turned a touchdown hat trick with scores of 13, 19 and 8 yards, Bryce Lund added a pair of touchdowns and Jefferson (4-4, 2-2 District 5) delivered a powerful rebound that kept it in contention for District 5's fourth and final playoff spot and its first postseason berth in six years.




Murphy, Mather lead Lions to MVC title

CEDAR FALLS - Daniel Murphy and Michael Mather of Linn-Mar finished in nearly a dead heat Thursday to help the Lions capture the Valley Division cross country title at Birdsall Park in Cedar Falls.

Murphy and Mather were both timed in 16 minutes, 10 seconds in a photo finish, but Murphy was declared the winner.

Ryan Murphy placed fourth for Linn-Mar as the Lions edged Cedar Falls for the title, 37-39.

Linn-Mar junior Amber Decker, who won the title at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet last week, had to settle for third place in the Valley Division race behind Bailey Nock and Emmie Skopec of Iowa City West.

Iowa City West topped Linn-Mar for the girls team championship, 19-37.

Hannah Fusselman of Kennedy finished 10th.



Saints host Regina in premier battle

All of the Class 4A football teams in the Metro area refused to play Xavier when the Saints dropped to Class 3A this year, so the Saints had to get creative and find some willing partners.

They succeeded beyond anyone's wildest imagination.

Xavier will host Iowa City Regina Friday night at Saints Field in an intriguing showdown of state powers.

The Saints reached the Class 4A finals in 2012 and 2013 before the advent of district play in Eastern Iowa allowed them to drop safely into their proper enrollment bracket in Class 3A. The Regals, meanwhile, are the premier program in Class 1A and have won four straight state titles under Coach Marv Cook.

Regina saw its 56-game winning streak come to an end against Solon - a Class 3A club - in the season opener this year, but the Regals have won six straight games since then and are averaging 43.4 points per game.



Dike-New Hartford wins Jeff volleyball

Dike-New Hartford won six straight matches Saturday and captured top honors at the Westside Invitational volleyball tournament at Jefferson High School.

Dike-New Hartford, ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, played giant killer when it whipped Ankeny Centennial, 25-18, 25-19, in the championship match. Ankeny Centennial is ranked No. 3 in Class 5A, which is the largest class in the state.

Kennedy and Linn-Mar both reached the quarterfinals of the gold bracket playoffs before being eliminated. Kennedy fell to Dowling, 25-21, 25-20, and Linn-Mar lost to Dike-New Hartford, 25-20, 25-18.

POOL A: Dike-New Hartford 3-0, Linn-Mar 2-1, Davenport Assumption 1-2, Waterloo West 0-3.
POOL B: Ankeny Centennial 3-0, Wahlert 2-1, Xavier 1-2, North Cedar 0-3.
POOL C: Kennedy 3-0, West Delaware 2-1, West Liberty 1-2, Washington 0-3.
POOL D: Solon 3-0, Iowa City West 2-1, Tripoli 1-2, Waterloo Columbus 0-3.
POOL E: Mount Vernon 3-0, Grundy Center 2-1, Jefferson 1-2, Des Moines Roosevelt 0-3.
POOL F: Dowling 3-0, Marion 2-1, Williamsburg 1-2, Hempstead 0-3.



J-Hawks fumble away shot at victory

What a win it would have been.

But Jefferson’s high homecoming hopes died Friday night at Kingston Stadium on a fumbled hand-off five yards from the goal line with nine seconds left in the game.

Waterloo West, which seemed to have things sealed just 30 seconds earlier with a score of its own, jumped on the loose ball to save a 23-17 victory.

“Missed opportunities and lack of execution,” said Jefferson Coach Brian Webb in trying to explain what went wrong at the end and throughout the night as a whole.

Behind from the start, the J-Hawks rallied back to tie the score at 17-17 with 4:38 left on a 21-yard field goal by Caleb Kesterson. A dropped pass in the end zone would have given them a touchdown the play before.




Ollinger powers Jeff past Wash

Amanda Ollinger had 23 kills and 10 digs Tuesday night as Jefferson swept Washington, 25-17, 25-9, 25-18, in a Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball match at Washington.

Ollinger finished with a kill efficiency rating of .724.

Maddie Slagle contributed nine kills and seven digs for the J-Hawks. Makenzie Tomkins had eight kills.

Hannah Carter had five kills and three blocks. Lexi Moore made 21 assists and Avery Guy had 18 assists and two aces.



Murdock's ace sparks Cougars to district title

The free drinks are on Cole Murdock.

Murdock fired a hole-in-one and claimed medalist honors Tuesday at Hunters Ridge as the Kennedy Cougars won their eighth straight district golf title.

Kennedy will compete for the state title this Friday and Saturday at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City.

Murdock aced the 16th hole at Hunters Ridge with a pitching wedge. The ball hit the bottom of the flag and dropped into the cup.

Murdock knew he hit a good shot, but did not realize the ball was in the hole.

"I've never had a hole-in-one, so I guess I've never really seen what it looks like going in from the distance," he said. "When I heard it hit the flag I was kind of looking around to see where it went."




Thompson, Langel spark Jeff swimmers

Josie Thompson and Taylor Langel were triple-winners Tuesday night as Jefferson trimmed Iowa City High, 94-82, in a Mississippi Valley Conference swim meet at Jefferson.

Thompson claimed the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and swam on the triumphant 200 freestyle relay.

Langel captured the 100 freestyle and swam on the victorious 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.




200 medley relay - Iowa City High 2:07.16

200 free - Devan O'Rourke, ICH, 2:11.52

200 IM - Alix Sharp, IC High, 2:26.31

50 free - Josie Thompson, Jefferson, 27.56

Diving - Skylar Meyers, Jefferson, 180.00

100 fly - Josie Thompson, Jefferson, 1:06.01

100 free - Taylor Langel, Jefferson, 1:01.34

500 free - Devan O'Rourke, IC High, 5:50.50

200 free relay - Jefferson (Taylor Langel, Josie Thompson,

Mika McChesney, Hannah Eckley) 1:50.87

100 back - Edie Knoop, IC High, 1:12.58

100 breast - Annie Hartley, IC High, 1:16.62

400 free relay - Jefferson (Emily Wallace, Taylor Langel,

Hannah Eckley, Samantha Wesbrook) 4:18.81


J-Hawks win 4 matches in Waverly

WAVERLY - The Jefferson J-Hawks compiled a 4-2 record at the Waverly-Shell Rock volleyball tournament Saturday in Waverly.

The J-Hawks topped Dyersville Beckman, 20-25, 25-22, 15-10, to win the playoffs in the Silver bracket.

Jefferson also defeated Mason City (21-5, 21-19), Waverly-Shell Rock (21-14, 21-18) and Union-LaPorte City (25-21, 25-19) during the day.

The J-Hawks lost to Solon (21-19, 21-15) and Nevada (21-12, 9-21, 15-10).

Amanda Ollinger collected 64 kills in the tournament and had an impressive kill efficiency rating of .486. She also had six blocks.

Maddie Slagle finished with 34 kills and 29 digs. Makenzie Tomkins had 22 kills.

Keke Pledge contributed 34 digs. Avery Guy had 56 assists and Lexi Moorer had 51 assists. Kristen Naber had six blocks and Hannah Carter had five blocks.


Cougars take 3rd at CF swim meet

CEDAR FALLS - The Kennedy Cougars gave Cedar Falls and Waukesha South a good battle at the Marcussen Invitational swimming meet in Cedar Falls Saturday before settling for third place in the 11-team tournament.

Cedar Falls won the title with 458 points, following closely by Waukesha South (446) and Kennedy (444.5).

Washington finished in ninth place and Jefferson was 11th.

Kennedy piled up points in the diving competition with Courtney Fisher winning the event, Jayden Lovell placing second and Carolyn Simon taking fourth.

Kirsten Siebenga placed second in the 50 free and Sam Jacobsen took second in the 100 backstroke for Kennedy. The Cougars placed third in the 400 freestyle relay with Jacobsen, Maddie Bagby, Darby Manternach and Lydia Yang.

Washington and Jefferson did not have anyone finish in the top-six in any event.

Team Standings

1. Cedar Falls 458, 2. Waukesha South 446, 3. Kennedy 444.5, 4. Decorah 187, 5. Dubuque Senior 162, 6. Lewis central 157, 7. Mason City 138.5, 8. Wahlert 120, 9. Washington 98, 10. Waterloo West 74.5, 11. Jefferson 18.5.


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