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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Dighton leads J-Hawks by Bettendorf

Kennedy Dighton popped in 17 points Saturday as Jefferson bumped off Bettendorf, 55-42, in a non-conference girls basketball game at Jefferson.

Dighton made 7-of-12 shots from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Kylie Wise made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points for the J-Hawks (1-1) and Avery Guy added 10 points.

Emily Ivory hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points for Bettendorf.

JEFFERSON (55): Culver 0 0-0 0, Kitterman 0 0-0 0, Guy 4 2-5 10 Donner 0 0-0 0, Wise 4 0-0 11, Melton 0 0-0 0, Watkins 0 0-0 0, Kuba 1 2-2 4, Thurmond 0 0-0 0, Erica Oler 2 0-0 4, Dighton 7 1-3 17, Emily Oler 3 3-4 9. Totals 21 8-14 55.

Halftime - Jefferson 23, Bettendorf 17. 3-point goals - Jefferson 5 (Wise 3, Dighton 2).


Horman eager to get J-Hawks moving

Brandon Horman was all excited when he became the head coach of the Cedar Rapids Jefferson boys basketball team last season, but the J-Hawks struggled through a rough 1-21 campaign that would have tested anyone's resolve and patience.

If anything, Horman sounds even more excited for Year 2.

Horman had heart-to-heart conversations with all of his players after the season and questioned them about their commitment to the game.

"I kind of challenged a lot of people that way," he said this week. "The commitment level of our boys went way up. They worked really hard in the offseason to get better as individuals and with our team stuff.

"We've gotten off to a tremendous start in our first week of practice," he said. "I couldn't be much happier."

Horman said the J-Hawks maintained a positive attitude last season, kept plugging away and played some of their best basketball near the end of the year. He said his assistant coaches and players helped boost his own spirits along the way.



Jefferson girls fall to City High

IOWA CITY - Iowa City High beat Jefferson behind Liz Goss with a 224 game and 384 series and Brooklynn Shaw with the high game of 232 with a 362 series in a Mississippi Valley Conference bowling meet at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City Tuesday.

Madison Rasmussen led Jefferson with a 319 series.


Jefferson: Madison Rasmussen 184/319, Megan Kitzmiller 166/305, Maddie Kisling 150/281, Hailey Kimble 152/279, Allie Schirmer 134/263.

Iowa City High: Liz Goss 224/384, Brooklynn Shaw 232/362, Shyniece Cirillo 195/353, Taylor Hayslett 145/271.

Round 1: Iowa City High 1599, Jefferson 1447
Bakers: Jefferson 693, Iowa City High 678


Gardner paces J-Hawks by City High

IOWA CITY - John Gardner rolled a 458 series with games of 219 and 239 to help the Jefferson boys bowling team top Iowa City High, 2937-2663, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City Tuesday.

Freshman Riley Walton had a 410 series for the J-Hawks and Chaise Donner checked in with a 404.

Hunter Sturtz of Jefferson missed the meet due to injury.


Jefferson: John Gardner 219-239=458, Riley Walton 224/410, Chaise Donner 231/404, Tanner Bennett 183/365, Tyler Fowler 170/321, Logan Miller 140/271.

Iowa City High: Austin Young 232-218=450, Paul Sirena 166/329, Garrett Highly 194/316, Cameron Chavez 160/311, Winston Lui 164/292, Logan Crawford 162/291.

Round 1: Jefferson 1958, Iowa City High 1698
Bakers: Jefferson 979, Iowa City High 965


Dighton leads Jeff girls in setback

ELDRIDGE – Kennedy Dighton scored 14 points to lead the Jefferson girls basketball team in a 55-34 loss to North Scott to open the season Tuesday.

North Scott jumped to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and led 36-10 at halftime.

JEFFERSON (34): Watkins 0 0-0 0, Culver 0 0-0 0, Kitterman 0 1-2 1, Guy 0 2-2 2, Donner 1 1-2 4, Wise 1 0-0 3, Melton 0 0-0 0, Kuba 1 0-0 2, Erica Oler 1 2-2 4, Dighton 5 2-2 14, Emily Oler 1 2-3 4, O’Brien 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 10-13 34.

NORTH SCOTT (55): R.Rucker 2 2-2 7, K.Rucker 3 6-9 13, Loussaert 2 0-1 4, Junker 0 0-0 0, Bogner 0 2-2 2, Schmidt 5 2-4 15, Moeller 3 0-0 8, Claussen 3 0-0 6. Totals 18 12-18 55.

Halftime - North Scott 36, Jefferson 10. 3-point goals – Jefferson 4 (Dighton 2, Dohner, Wise), North Scott 7 (Schmidt 3, Moeller 2, R.Rucker, K.Rucker).


J-Hawks looking to bounce back

Jason Edwards never saw it coming last season.

The Jefferson girls basketball team had gotten off to a nice start with a 5-3 record, but Amanda Ollinger left the club in mid-December and began playing for Linn-Mar a few weeks after that.

The J-Hawks, staggered by the blow, won only three more games the rest of the season, although Edwards thought his players handled the adversity the best they could.

"I think the kids did a nice job of circling the wagons and sticking together," he said Thursday. "We all wish Amanda well. She's a good player, obviously. They did what they needed to do for their family.

"Obviously in the middle of the season it takes awhile to find your identity without a very important piece, but I thought the girls did a really nice job of that. I've been very pleased."

Ollinger averaged 17.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during the first eight games of the 2014-15 campaign at Jefferson before the family left and moved into the Linn-Mar district. Ollinger is a senior at Linn-Mar now and the J-Hawks have turned the page.



Havertape tops all-Metro swim team

Cedar Rapids Washington sophomore Lauren Havertape has been named the Athlete of the Year on the all-Metro girls swimming team.

John Ross of Kennedy and his assistants were named the Coach of the Year.

The Kennedy Cougars claimed 10 spots on the all-Metro first team with Maddie Bagby, Taylor Golden, Jayden Lovell, Kassidy Lovig, Mackinzee Macho, Darby Manternach, Kirsten Siebenga, Kennedy Smith, Jessica Williams and Lydia Yang.

Washington claimed five spots on the first team with Logan Eckhardt, Havertape, Jenny Hughes, Jill Hughes and Amara Taylor. Josie Thompson of Jefferson also made the first team.



Maddie Bach wins IATC All-Star race

ANKENY - Marion High School senior Maddie Bach captured top honors at the IATC Senior All-Star cross country meet Saturday in Ankeny.

Bach covered the 5K course in 19 minutes, 8 seconds for a four-second victory over Maddy Bradley of Johnston.

Meredith Koenigsfeld of Jefferson finished seventh in 20:09 and Sarah Hanna of Jefferson was eighth in 20:13.


Wash tops Jeff, gets Kennedy next

The Washington Warriors have been waiting for two long months to get another shot at the Kennedy Cougars.

Now it's here.

TJ Vogel fired three touchdown passes Monday night as the Warriors topped Jefferson, 42-21, in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at Kingston Stadium for their 23rd victory in their last 25 games.

Washington (10-1) will battle Kennedy (11-0) in the quarterfinals Friday night at Kingston Stadium, with the winner earning a trip to the Class 4A semifinals in the UNI-Dome.

Kennedy nipped Washington, 28-24, in the second game of the regular season on Sept. 4. Now they'll meet again in a high-stakes showdown of Metro powers.

The Warriors were hoping to draw the Cougars and their wish has been granted.



Jared Eivins wins Metro Spotlight Award

Jared Eivins of Cedar Rapids Jefferson is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Eivins, a senior quarterback, had a big game Wednesday night when the J-Hawks defeated Dubuque Senior, 61-43, for their first victory in the playoffs since 1992.

Eivins carried the ball 12 times for 84 yards and four touchdowns. He also completed 6 of 10 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. All told, he collected 256 yards of total offense and five TDs.


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