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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kelley, Saulnier, Thorson pace Wash swimmers

Cameron Kelley, Nick Saulnier and Jared Thorson were double-winners Tuesday in the Metro swim meet at Washington High School.

Kelley captured the 200 free and 500 free, Saulnier won the 200 IM and the 100 back, and Thorson claimed the 50 free and 100 fly.

Brennan Urbi of Kennedy took the 100 free and Paul Hummell of Jefferson won the 100 breaststroke. Linn-Mar won the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Kennedy took the 400 freestyle relay.

No team scores were kept.


200 medley relay - Linn-Mar (Calvin Greve, Justin Arebaugh, Zach Hendricks, Brock Fischer) 1:43.65

200 free - Cameron Kelley (CRW) 1:49.34

200 IM - Nick Saulnier (CRW) 1:58.46

50 free - Jared Thorson (CRW) 21.87

100 fly - Jared Thorson (CRW) 54.01

100 free - Brennan Urbi (CRK) 50.23

500 free - Cameron Kelley (CRW) 4:52.23

200 free relay - Calvin Greve, Noah Decker, Brock Fischer, Justin Arebaugh) 1:35.20

100 back - Nick Saulnier (CRW) 53.29

100 breast - Paul Hummell (CRJ) 1:04.10

400 free relay - Kennedy (Stefan Kitsos, Alec Hanson, Brennan Urbi, Reece Linder) 3:38.64


Jefferson rally falls short against City

The Jefferson girls bowling team took a lead early in the Baker round, but could not hold on against Iowa City High Tuesday at May City Bowl, losing 2,524 to 2,466 to open the season.

Rylea Bennett led the J-Hawks with a 406 series.

Shyneice Cirillo led the Little Hawks with a 403 series.

Iowa City High (2,524): Shyneice Cirillo 213-190=403, Brooke Shaw 171-180=351, Liz Goss 152-191=343, Britnee Price 136-156=292, Taylor Hayslett 152-125=277, Megan Schnoebelen 81-127=208.

Jefferson (2,466): Rylea Bennett 204-202=406, Hailey Kimble 145-178=323, Kattie Smith 177-134=311, Holly Miller 119-172=291, Rachael Daugherty 155-120=275.

Iowa City High: 1,666-858=2,524.
Jefferson: 1606-860=2,466.


J-Hawks drop opener to North Scott

The mantra from the coaches on the Jefferson bench Monday night was that the girls play with “hot hands” on defense against their visitors from North Scott.

It was on offense, however, that they had much more trouble holding onto the ball with a severe case of butter fingers.

In their season opener, the young J-Hawks committed 23 turnovers that finally led to a 57-42 loss to the Lady Lancers.

“I think it was a little bit of first-game jitters,” said Jefferson Coach Jason Edwards. “And we were playing a really good team.”

North Scott is ranked third in Class 4A, and the J-Hawks made it a much closer game than the end score would indicate.



Sturtz leads J-Hawks over Little Hawks

Hunter Sturtz had a 513 series to lead the Jefferson boys bowling team to a 3,398 to 2,494 season-opening win over Iowa City High Tuesday at May City Bowl. Sturtz also had the high game with 279 pins.

Colby Melsha led the Little Hawks with a 355 series.

Jefferson (3,398): Hunter Sturtz 234-279=513, Noah Tiedtke 227-266=493, Victor Baccam 228-237=465, Tyler Fowler 268-187=455, Chaise Donner 225-204=429.

Iowa City High (2,494): Colby Melsha 153-202=355, Andrew Franz 193-171=364, Paul Sirena 190-163=353, Garrett Highly 154-66=320, Austin Young 140-168=308, Adam Fiagle 135-91=226.

Jefferson: 2,355-1,043=3,398.
Iowa City High: 1,700-794=2,494.



Prairie, Jefferson win sportsmanship awards

Cedar Rapids Prairie and Cedar Rapids Jefferson are the winners of the Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Awards in the Mississippi Valley Conference, as voted by the league's athletic directors.

Prairie won the award in the Mississippi Division and Jefferson took the honors in the Valley Division.

The award was based on each school's sportsmanship during the football and volleyball seasons.


Ollinger stands above the crowd

Amanda Ollinger has received all the accolades she needs for the time being. And heaven knows she's hosted enough college basketball coaches in her home, where her mother was happy to cook for them on their long trips to Cedar Rapids.

All Ollinger wants now is one thing. She'd fervently like to play for a winning team at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and help the J-Hawks succeed at a high level. It hasn't happened yet, although it could this winter.

"Yeah, that bugs me a lot," she said Tuesday after basketball practice.

Ollinger has played three years of varsity volleyball and has been named first team all-state in Class 5A, but Jefferson has finished with losing records all three years. She's played two years of varsity basketball and has been named second team all-state in Class 5A, but the J-Hawks finished with sub-.500 marks both times.

That's five seasons and five losing records. Now the 6-foot-3 junior wants to get Jefferson pointed in the right direction.



Ollinger, Thomas, Torson named all-state

Amanda Ollinger of Jefferson, Alyssa Thomas of Marion and Kayla Torson of Xavier have been named to the all-state volleyball squads by the Des Moines Register.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-3 junior, was named first team all-state in Class 5A. She led Class 5A in kills with 532 and finished second overall in kills in the state. She also had 218 digs, 68 blocks and 28 ace serves.

Thomas, a 5-10 junior, was named first team all-state in Class 4A. She helped Marion reach the semifinals of the state tournament and finished the season with 367 kills, 89 digs and 49 blocks.

Torson, a 5-11 senior, was named second team all-state in Class 4A. She collected 338 kills, 325 digs, 48 blocks and 25 aces for Xavier. She will play college volleyball at Nebraska-Omaha.



3 Jeff softball players commit to college

All five seniors on the Cedar Rapids Jefferson softball have found a home for their college careers.

Hannah Towns has committed to Loras, Tori Brandon has committed to Wartburg and Alissa Good has committed to Buena Vista. They join Alyssa Olson (Coe) and Maddie Hansen (Kirkwood), as previously reported.

Towns played left field for Jefferson in the Class 5A state tournament this past season and hit .343 with 31 RBIs for the campaign. Tori Brandon was Jefferson's designated hitter at the state tournament and hit .282 with one homer and 24 RBIs. Good compiled a 15-2 record and 1.11 ERA on the mound.

Olson had an 18-6 record and 0.74 ERA for the J-Hawks and Hansen, a catcher, hit .441 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs.

Jefferson placed seventh at the state tournament with a 35-8 record.


Drake tops All-Metro swim team

Kelsey Drake of Linn-Mar has been named the Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro girls swim team.

Megan Lewis and her assistants at Washington High School were named the Coach of the Year.

Drake won gold medals in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly at the state swim meet in Marshalltown Saturday. She also helped Linn-Mar place third in the 400 freestyle relay and sixth in the 200 freestyle relay.

The All-Metro teams were based on times and points.


Lizzie Adams (Linn-Mar), Maddie Bagby (Kennedy), Paige Broghammer (Linn-Mar), Alyssa Deuso (Linn-Mar), Kelsey Drake (Linn-Mar), Logan Eckhardt (Washington), Taylor Golden (Kennedy), Lauren Havertape (Washington), Sam Jacobsen (Kennedy), Jenn Jenks (Linn-Mar), Stephanie Jenks (Linn-Mar), Mikaela Lengwin (Linn-Mar), Mackinzee Macho (Kennedy), Emily Nelson (Washington), Kirsten Siebenga (Kennedy), Brooke Timmerman (Kennedy), Jessica Williams (Kennedy).


Sarah Gannon (Kennedy), Jayden Lovell (Kennedy), Darby Manternach (Kennedy), Kaitlyn Nemickas (Washington), Caitlin Sievers (Washington), Carolyn Simon (Kennedy), Delaney Thoma (Washington), Lydia Yang (Kennedy).


Linn-Mar: Grace Ahlers, Emma Behrens, Elizabeth Cavanah, Hannah Gardner, Hailey Harms, Georgia Sanderson, Kelly Wingerson
Washington: Morgan Chambers, Lucy Ernst, Alyssa Harris, Jenny Hughes
Kennedy: Courtney Fisher, Raquel Green, Kennedy Smith
Jefferson: Josie Thompson, Emily Wallace





Ollinger honored on MVC volleyball

Amanda Ollinger of Cedar Rapids Jefferson has been named the Valley Division Athlete of the Year on the Mississippi Valley Conference all-star volleyball team.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-3 junior, was one of the top kill-shot artists in the state this season with her powerful slams. She has committed to play basketball at the University of Iowa.

Sarah Renner of Linn-Mar, Ellie Anderson of Linn-Mar, Anna Fluent of Kennedy and Macy Anderson of Kennedy joined Ollinger as first-team selections in the Valley Division.

Kate Busswitz of Prairie and Kayla Torson of Xavier were first-team picks in the Mississippi Division.


Athlete of the Year - Amanda Ollinger, Jefferson
Coach of the Year - Matthew Johnson, Cedar Falls

First Team

Amanda Ollinger (CRJ), Lauryn Kramer (CF), Mackenzie May (DW), Laynie Whitehead (ICW), Sarah Renner (LM), Ellie Anderson (LM), Anna Fluent
(CRK), Macy Anderson (CRK).

Second Team

Emma Gerdes (CF), Mikaela Morgan (ICW), Tayah Mahi (CF), Sami Boekhoff (LM), Emilee McGowan (LM), Brinley Milbrath (CRK), Maddie Heiar (DW), Makenzie Tomkins (CRJ).

Honorable Mention
Metro Only

Jefferson - Avery Guy, Sam Kitterman
Kennedy - Paige Franck, Kendal Meier
Linn-Mar - Meg Gostonczik, Carly Spies

Metro Only

Jefferson - Brianna Prohaska, Hannah Carter
Kennedy - Hannah Skow, Breanna Osterkamp
Linn-Mar - Meg Gostonczik, Sarah Renner


Athlete of the Year - Alexa Aldrich-Ingram, Iowa City High
Coach of the Year - Craig Pitcher, Iowa City High

First Team

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram (ICH), Kate Busswitz (CRP), Kayla Torson (CRX), Ashley Smith (ICH), Kendra Cave (ICH), Kasey Davis (DH), Hope Splinter (DH), Indya Beaman (WE).

Second Team

Makenzie Soeken (CRP), Caiti Peterson (CRW), Majda Sulic (WW), Shannon James (ICH), Rylee Price (ICH), Makayla Doyle (DH), Mallory Jones (CRP), Madsy Richards (CRX).

Honorable Mention
Metro Only

Prairie - Jenni Lockhart, Rachel Shelangoski
Washington - Sophie Smith, Rumer Weiland
Xavier - Melanie Wertzberger, Olivia Krapfl

Metro Only

Prairie - Rachel Shelangoski, Megan Sprengeler
Washington - Ellen Holt, Sophie Smith
Xavier - Melanie Wertzberger, Olivia Krapfl

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