Tuesday, September 16, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD: HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Dubuque Wahlert at Jefferson .... Kennedy at Cedar Falls .... Linn-Mar at Prairie .... Marion 3, Benton 0 .... Washington 3, Waterloo West 0 .... Xavier 3, Waterloo East 0 .... Cedar Valley Christian 3, Prince of Peace 0 .... GIRLS' SWIMMING - Jefferson 107, Waterloo West 70 .... Kennedy 125.5 Washington 59.5 .... Linn-Mar 127, Dubuque Wahlert 59 .... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Grinnell 4, Coe 1 .... MEN'S SOCCER - Mount Mercy 2, Dordt 1 (OT) .... MEN'S GOLF - Mount Mercy at Deer Park Classic ....
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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lane used sports as springboard for success

The one thing Doug Lane was good at as a Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School student back in the mid-1960s was throwing a 12-pound steel ball.

He could throw it so far, in fact, that after 46 years he still holds the state shot put record as well as the high school record at the Drake Relays.

When he heaved the shot 70 feet, 11 inches at a meet in Dubuque on a mild day in May in 1968, it was a remarkable 10 feet farther than any Iowa prep had thrown before and five feet farther than any has done since.

“A perfect day,” Lane, now 64, recalled on Friday while watching this year's J-Hawk track squad practice at Kingston Stadium. “Everything came together.”

It set the national record then, too, by more than a foot and put him on the cover of the prestigious Athletic Journal.

Long since living in California after he left Cedar Rapids for an All-American and NCAA championship stint at USC, he was back in town to visit relatives. And he asked Jefferson Coach Ron Tower if he could talk to the track team.

“I've wanted to do this for a long time,” he said.



Waterloo West slips past J-Hawks, 5-4

WATERLOO — Waterloo West captured four of six singles matches to edge Jefferson, 5-4, in boys tennis action Saturday in Waterloo.

Nate Weger was the lone double-winner for the J-Hawks, winning at No. 3 singles and combining with Zach Denny to win at No. 2 doubles.



Lions nip J-Hawks in boys soccer

It took 72 minutes, but the Linn-Mar Lions finally scored and trimmed Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys soccer meet at the Lower Kingston field in Cedar Rapids on Thursday.

A shot by Kevin Simons was turned away, but Ben Johnson scored on the rebound to give fifth-ranked Linn-Mar a 1-0 victory.

Two other scoring opportunities for Linn-Mar hit the post.


Jacobson sets NCAA record for homers

Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate Alex Jacobson has written her name into the NCAA record book.

Jacobson, a senior third baseman at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., broke the NCAA softball record for all divisions when she hit home runs in eight consecutive games from March 22 to March 29.

"I didn't think much about the streak until the sixth game," she said in a story posted on her school's website.

Jacobson hit .481 (13 of 27) with eight home runs during her streak, belting one homer in each game. She broke the previous NCAA record of home runs in seven straight games.

"Alex made a small adjustment to her swing," said Rockhurst Coach Galen Struve. "She struggled last year. She has always been in great shape and takes care of herself."

Jacobson hit .207 last season with five home runs. "I am seeing the ball much better," she said.



Blue helps J-Hawks enjoy golden meet

Cedar Rapids Jefferson sophomore Jasmine Blue needed a Brink's truck to haul all her gold medals back to school Saturday afternoon.

Blue collected four gold medals and helped Jefferson smash three meet records at the 28th Annual J-Hawk Relays on a mild, sunny day at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids

Blue captured the 100 meter dash and ran on the 4x200 relay, sprint medley relay and 4x100 relay that set new standards for excellence.

"It feels so great," said Blue, a sophomore. "We've worked so hard as a team. Our team has put in so much work and so much effort. And I have, too."

The J-Hawks snapped their own meet record in the 4x200 relay. That's significant, because the Jefferson girls broke the all-time state record in that event last year when they won the 4x200 relay at the Class 4A state meet.



J-Hawk boys boot Davenport North

Seth Jellison, Jordan Hawkins and Carter Schmidtz scored goals Tuesday as Cedar Rapids Jefferson blanked Davenport North, 3-0, in a boys soccer match at the Lower Kingston field in Cedar Rapids.

Ian Karr, Henok Kidane and Zeb Grimm had assists for the J-Hawks.


Jeff boys win Prairie tennis meet

Jacob Donald captured the No.1 singles title Saturday to help the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks claim top honors at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invitational tennis meet.

Donald clipped Jimm Huiskamp of Davenport Assumption, 6-2, 6-3, in the championship match.

The J-Hawks won both of the doubles titles in the seven-team meet.

Zach Denny and Nate Weger defeated Caleb Scott and Jeremy Ellerby of Marion, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals at No.1 doubles. Jason Chung and Kellen Brown beat Daniel Rholf and Jack Thomas of Davenport Assumption, 6-1, 6-1, at No.2 doubles.

Team Standings

1. Jefferson 38, 2. Davenport Assumption 28, 3. (tie) Marion 20, Prairie 20, 5. Western Dubuque 10, 6. Independence 4, 7. South Tama 0.


Ordman resigns as Jefferson coach

Stu Ordman announced Tuesday morning that he has resigned as the boys basketball coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson to become the new coach at Iowa City Regina.

Ordman, who lives in Iowa City, succeeds Randy Larson at Regina.

Ordman compiled a 232-160 record in 17 years as the head coach at Jefferson with four trips to the state tournament in 1999, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The J-Hawks finished 7-15 this past season.



Olson named MVP of all-star game

Jacob Olson would love to follow his brother's footsteps and play basketball at Kirkwood Community College next season.

He'd also love to strike out on his own and play at Mount Mercy University.

Either way, the all-state point guard from Cedar Rapids Jefferson figures it's a win-win situation.




Olson set for All-Star Game

Six high school basketball players from the Cedar Rapids Metro area will participate in the 4th Annual Eastern Iowa All-Star Games at Kirkwood Community College on Wednesday.

A.J. Carter of Kennedy and Jacob Olson of Jefferson will play in the boys game that's scheduled to start at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Katie Sommer of Linn-Mar, Kristie Sommer of Linn-Mar, Morgan Martin of Kennedy and Cyerra Hutchins of Prairie will play in the girls game at 6 p.m.

A 3-point shootout will be held during halftime of the girls game, and a dunk contest will be held during halftime of the boys game.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for students. Doors open at 5:30.



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