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Cougars dominate J-Hawks on the mat

Kennedy broke out the white singlets for its Senior Night meet against Jefferson.

It was not a white flag of surrender.

Kennedy routed Jefferson, 45-25, Thursday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling meet at Kennedy.

Kennedy won the first seven matches before forfeiting to Jefferson’s Conner Herman at 215. The J-Hawks’ Riley Welsh pinned Jake Dunne at heavyweight and Griffin Bollman received a forfeit at 103.

Kennedy won eight of the matches contested, Jefferson three.

Key matches for Kennedy included 145-pound senior Logan Kubovec winning over Dylan Moenck, 6-2.

“I just wanted to dominate—he beat me before earlier in the year,” said Kubovec. “I wanted to give the crowd what they came to see.”


Lions, Warriors hold spots, Xavier slips

Linn-Mar and Washington kept their holds on the No. 3 and 5 spots, respectively, in the Class 4A basketball poll released Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Xavier, which was beaten by Linn-Mar and Washington in its last two games, fell five spots to No. 11.

Three other Mississippi Valley Conference teams are ranked. Iowa City West is No. 4, Iowa City High No. 6 and Waterloo West No. 7.

CLASS 4A POLL (Records through Wed.)

1. Des Moines East (11-0), 2. Ankeny (11-0), 3. Linn-Mar (12-1), 4. Iowa City West (10-1), 5. Washington (10-1), 6. Iowa City High (11-2), 7. Waterloo West (9-2), 8. Southeast Polk (11-1), 9. Pleasant Valley (11-1), 10. Sioux City North (7-3), 11. Xavier (10-3), 12. Waukee (8-3), 13. West Des Moines Dowling (9-2), 14. Mason City (10-2), 15. Lewis Central (7-1).

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Piecing together the tourneys

The next two weeks begin a huge time for prep boys and girls basketball teams in the Metro area and across Iowa.

Not only are teams trying to fit all their “pieces” together to come up with the best possible combination to win games, but also the pairings for the various substate and regional tournaments will be determined.


Stokes sets Linn-Mar scoring record

Perched atop the Mississippi Valley Conference with Thursday night’s showdown against No. 5 Washington looming, No. 3 Linn-Mar is keeping a laser-like focus on playing as a team and staying in the win column, one game at a time.

But the Lions hit the pause button just over a minute into Tuesday night’s 69-21 drubbing of Dubuque Hempstead (3-9, 1-8) to celebrate the latest accomplishment by their star player, Kiah Stokes.


Xavier down, Wash looks to Linn-Mar

The 10th-ranked Washington Warriors took care of Xavier in a hurry Tuesday night. Now they can think about top-ranked Linn-Mar, their next opponent Friday night.

"I've been thinking about Linn-Mar this whole year," said Washington senior Josh Oglesby. "We're excited to play them and we're just excited they're still No.1 in the state.

"To be the best you've got to beat the best, and Friday night we get a chance to do that on our home court."

Washington ticked off 18 straight points in the first half Tuesday and cruised to a 55-39 victory over the Saints in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Xavier.


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