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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.


Hanna paces J-Hawks in Iowa City

IOWA CITY - Sarah Hanna of Jefferson placed seventh at the Bud Williams Invitational cross country meet at the University of Iowa Thursday.

The Jefferson girls finished third out of four teams.

Nate Homan of Jefferson placed 16th in the boys race. The J-Hawks finished fifth out of six teams.


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Cedar Falls too tough for J-Hawks

CEDAR FALLS - Nobody has to tell Brian Webb about the Cedar Falls Tigers and how good they are year after year.

Webb played his high school football at Cedar Falls and he coached for a year at his alma mater, so he knew exactly what to expect from the Tigers in the UNI-Dome Thursday night.

As it turned out, it was not good for Webb and his Jefferson J-Hawks.

Cedar Falls scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and raced by the J-Hawks, 35-17, in a Class 4A district game.

"From the day I left in '98 to what it is now - probably 15 years - their D-ends are all the same, their fullbacks are all the same, their line is all the same. It's just cookie-cutter," said Webb.

"What a great way to build a program, when you have cookie-cutter kids every year to replace the old ones. They're a good team."

Hall of Fame Coach Pat Mitchell retired at Cedar Falls after the 2013 season due to health reasons, but Brad Remmert - Mitchell's co-head coach for many years - succeeded his mentor and has led the Tigers to a 5-1 start this year.



J-Hawks' Ollinger commits to Iowa

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Amanda Ollinger has committed to play basketball at the University of Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Wednesday night that Ollinger, a 6-foot-2 junior, contacted Iowa Coach Lisa Bluder earlier in the day announcing her intentions of joining the Hawkeyes.

Ollinger, who is also a top-flight volleyball player, was also being recruited by the likes of Stanford, Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky.

She averaged 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore for the J-Hawks.







J-Hawks look to take next big step

The Jefferson J-Hawks snapped a couple of serious losing streaks last week when they defeated Kennedy in overtime at friendly Kingston Stadium, but now comes an even bigger challenge for the J-Hawks.

Jefferson will try to beat the Cedar Falls Tigers in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls Thursday night, giving the J-Hawks a tougher opponent in an environment that can be imposing for visiting teams.

The late kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.

In other Metro games Thursday night, Linn-Mar visits Kennedy at Kingston Stadium and Prairie plays winless Iowa City High at Bates Field in Iowa City.

Jefferson is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Class 4A District 5. Cedar Falls is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the same district.



Kennedy tops Jeff in volleyball

The Kennedy Cougars defeated the Jefferson J-Hawks, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16, in a Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball match at Jefferson Tuesday night.

Amanda Ollinger led Jefferson with 18 kills, 15 digs and five blocks. Makenzie Tomkins had 12 kills and three blocks for the J-Hawks. Avery Guy finished with 20 assists and 10 digs.


Havertape helps Warriors sink J-Hawks

Lauren Havertape was a triple-winner Tuesday night as Washington defeated Jefferson, 100-65, in a Mississippi Valley Conference swim meet at Jefferson.

Havertape captured the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and swam on the victorious 200 medley relay.

Kaitlyn Nemickas, Caitlin Sievers, Rhiannon Smeby, Emily Nelson and Logan Eckhardt were double-winners for the Warriors. Nelson captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly.

Katelyn Canby won the diving for Jefferson. The J-Hawks also won the 400 freestyle relay.




200 medley relay - Washington (Kaitlyn Nemickas, Caitlin Sievers, Lauren Havertape, Lucy Ernst) 2:01.11

200 free - Rhiannon Smeby, Washington, 2:14.94

200 IM - Emily Nelson, Washington, 2:30.72

50 free - Logan Eckhardt, Washington, 26.81

Diving - Katelyn Canby, Jefferson, 204.85

100 fly - Emily Nelson, Washington, 1:08.35

100 free - Lauren Havertape, Washington, 59.01

500 free - Alyssa Harris, Washington, 5:51.15

200 free relay - Washington (Hannah Williams, Kaitlyn Nemickas, Rhiannon Smeby, Logan Eckhardt) 1:51.16

100 back - Lauren Havertape, Washington, 1:07.83

100 breast - Caitlin Sievers, Washington, 1:13.94

400 free relay - Jefferson (Josie Thompson, Taylor Langel, Hannah Eckley, Mika McChesney) 4:07.06


Cougars eye state title in final shot

The old gang of Kennedy golfers are all seniors now, heading down their final fairway together as high school athletes.

There are six of them - Davis Sutton, Conner Koberg, Cole Murdock, Tanner Stewart, Ross Grekoff and Seth Nutt - and they've accomplished some impressive things during their prep careers with major championships, conference titles and a pair of second-place showings at the state tournament the last two years.

The Cougars added another Mississippi Valley Conference title to their resume Monday, winning the Valley Division crown by a whopping 52 shots in the final round of the 54-hole event at Ellis Golf Course.

Sutton won the overall Valley championship with a 54-hole score of 217 with rounds of 65, 77 and 75 on three different courses. Koberg took medalist honors Monday with an even-par 72 and placed second overall at 225. Murdock placed third at 227, giving Kennedy a 1-2-3 sweep of the top honors.



J-Hawks win 2 matches in Dubuque

DUBUQUE - The Jefferson J-Hawks finished with a 2-3 record at the Dubuque Senior volleyball tournament Saturday.

The J-Hawks dropped all three of their matches in pool play to Kennedy (21-12, 21-9), Hempstead (22-20, 19-21, 15-7) and Western Dubuque (21-19, 24-22).

Jefferson rallied for two victories in the consolation bracket with verdicts over Davenport West (21-12, 21-17) and Dubuque Senior (21-19, 21-18).


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