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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Furnish wins 2nd Iowa Women's title

WAVERLY - Megan Furnish of Cedar Rapids won her second straight Iowa Women's Amateur golf championship Wednesday at Centennial Oaks in Waverly.

Furnish and Christy Nelson of Central City finished the 54-hole tournament in a tie at 5-over-par 221, so they went to a sudden-death playoff.

Furnish sank a five-foot putt on the second playoff hole for a par and the victory.

Furnish, a Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate, had steady rounds of 74, 74 and 73 in the tournament. She is a member of the women's golf team at Missouri State University.


J-Hawks finish 7th at state softball

FORT DODGE - It took three games and 19 innings, but the Jefferson J-Hawks finally scored some runs at the Class 5A state softball tournament.

Jefferson tallied twice in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday and blanked 10th-ranked Waukee, 2-0, on a three-hit shutout by Alyssa Olson to finish seventh at the state meet.

The sixth-ranked J-Hawks lost to No.7 Pleasant Valley, 12-0 in six innings, earlier Wednesday in a consolation game.

Jefferson (35-8) and Waukee (25-19) were tied, 0-0, entering the seventh inning. Maddie Hansen drew a walk, Kennedy Dighton reached on an infield error and Erin Kuba singled to load the bases.

Tori Brandon drove in Jefferson's first run with a single. Kuba was credited with stealing home for Jefferson's second run.



No. 6 J-Hawks stranded at state softball

FORT DODGE - They don't keep any records at the state softball tournament for how many runners you leave on base in the first four innings of a ballgame.

Likewise, they don't keep records for how many times you fail to execute a sacrifice bunt.

If they did, the Jefferson J-Hawks might have their name all over the record book for missed opportunities on a big stage.

Jefferson left a whopping 10 runners on base in the first four innings and  never scored in a 2-0 loss to No. 3 Southeast Polk Tuesday in the opening round of the Class 5A state tournament at the Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

The sixth-ranked J-Hawks (34-7) will face No. 7 Pleasant Valley (30-9) in a consolation game Wednesday at 10 a.m. in hopes of battling back for fifth place.



J-Hawks ousted by Burlington, 5-1

Veterans Memorial Stadium is a terrific minor league ballpark with all the amenities, but it turned into a haunted house for the Jefferson J-Hawks this season.

Jefferson lost to Kennedy, 20-10, in the championship game of the Metro Tournament to begin the season in May when the Cougars scored 14 runs in the final inning.

The J-Hawks returned to the stadium Monday night and lost to Burlington, 5-1, in the semifinals of the Class 4A substate tournament.

The lights at the Jefferson field were severely damaged in a storm in June and have not been replaced yet, so the J-Hawks moved up the block to Veterans Memorial Stadium for their most important game of the year.




Jeff's Schafer named to softball 'Hall'

Cedar Rapids Jefferson graduate Melissa Schafer has been named to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union's Softball Hall of Fame.

Schafer starred in the outfield for the J-Hawks from 1984 to 1987. She was a three-time all-state selection and helped Jefferson compile a 215-40 record during her career.

Schafer helped Jefferson finish third at the 1984 state tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. She batted .456 as a senior and led the state with 73 hits. She led the state in runs scored as a junior with 68.

Schafer played two years at the University of Northern Iowa and started in center field.

Molly McClelland of West Des Moines, Whitney McElrath of Woodbury Central and Sammy Snygg of North Polk also have been named to the Hall of Fame.


Sommer tops All-Metro softball team

Katie Sommer spent only year on the Linn-Mar High School softball team after moving here from Dubuque, but she made the most of it.

Sommer hit a sizzling .617 for the Lions this season, stole 57 bases, averaged two hits per game and displayed amazing skills at shortstop.

The Metro softball coaches honored Sommer Monday by naming her the Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro Softball Team.

Nikki Price of Xavier and her assistant coaches were named the Staff of the Year.

The Jefferson J-Hawks, who have qualified for the Class 5A state tournament, led the All-Metro team with three first-team selections with Maddie Hansen, Alyssa Olson and Erin Kuba.

Erin Drahozal and Hayley Deutmeyer were honored on the first team from Xavier. Jessi Puk and Bria Lenten made the top honor squad from

Washington. Gabi Carter and Natalie Rumer were named from Prairie. Sommer and Maddy Ryan were selected from Linn-Mar. Haley Vanourney from Marion High School also made the first team.


Maddie Hansen (Jefferson), Alyssa Olson (Jefferson), Erin Kuba  (Jefferson), Erin Drahozal (Xavier), Hayley Deutmeyer (Xavier), Jessi Puk (Washington), Bria Lenten (Washington), Haley Vanourney (Marion), Gabi Carter (Prairie), Natalie Rumer (Prairie), Katie Sommer (Linn-Mar), Maddy Ryan (Linn-Mar).


Hannah Towns (Jefferson), Katelyn Holub (Jefferson), Alissa Good (Jefferson), Kristie Sommer (Linn-Mar), Elison Ollinger (Linn-Mar), Christina Lincoln (Linn-Mar), Allison Schwach (Xavier), Courtney Colston (Xavier), Emily Oler (Washington), Anne Riley (Washington), Halle Lueck (Prairie), Ashley Hamilton (Kennedy).


Jefferson - Tori Brandon, Emily Walton
Kennedy - Tianna Drahn, Paige Timmerman
Marion - Camryn Cannoy, Bayley Fuller
Washington - Payton Bruner, Erica Oler
Xavier - Morgan Breitbach, Jamie Feltes
Linn-Mar - Madison Rentschler, Morgan Braughton
Prairie - Amanda Stecklein, Mallory Jones


J-Hawks edge Rams for trip to state

With two hard-nosed, hard-throwing softball pitchers at their very best, games usually turn on a crucial play or two.

The always fundamentally sound Jefferson girls got two key hits when they needed them Tuesday night and a late-game defensive gem to squeak out a 1-0 win over tough-as-nails Dubuque Senior.

With its second straight regional championship under Coach Brian Erbe, the sixth-ranked J-Hawks (34-6) move on next week to their 21st state tournament berth at Fort Dodge.

Jefferson (34-6) will face No. 3 Southeast Polk (28-9) on Tuesday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m.

“We kind of knew this would be a pitcher’s duel,” said Jefferson junior left fielder Hannah Towns, who had written the words “work hard” on her left forearm for batting inspiration.



Lions, J-Hawks split twinbill

Manny Jeffrey had three hits and scored two runs as Linn-Mar scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to down Jefferson, 8-4, in the first game of a doubleheader Monday at Jefferson.

The J-Hawks rebounded for a 10-2 win in the nightcap.

Ryan Wyant had a double for the Lions and Ben Larson scored a pair of runs in the first game. Andrew Gassman got the win in relief for Linn-Mar.

Marcus Colbert had two hits and two runs batted in for the J-Hawks. Jacob Hansen also had two hits for Jefferson.

In the nightcap, Spencer Van Scoyoc had two hits and a homer, driving home four runs as Jefferson got the split. Spencer Hunt also had a pair of RBIs for the J-Hawks.

Connor Van Scoyoc went the distance for Jefferson to get the victory on the mound in Game 2.

Caleb Reimer had two hits, including a home run for the Lions.

Jefferson (23-14) finished with a 16-10 record in the conference. Linn-Mar (16-21) finished with an 11-15 mark in the MVC.

Game 1

Linn-Mar            010 100 24 - 8 8 2
Jefferson           200 101 00 - 4 8 2

W - Gassmann. L - S. Van Scoyoc.

Game 2

Linn-Mar             010 001 0 - 2 5  4
Jefferson            320 041 x - 10 9 2

W - C. VanScoyoc. L - Hilsenbeck.


QB from Indiana joins J-Hawks

Jesse Furrow passed for 561 yards and six touchdowns in a single game for Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Ind., last season as a junior.

Now he'll be throwing passes for the Jefferson J-Hawks after moving to Cedar Rapids with his family last winter and enrolling at Jefferson.

Chris Deam, the athletic director at Jefferson, confirmed Monday that Furrow is a student at the school.

Furrow passed for 2,147 yards and 20 touchdowns last fall at Pendleton Heights. He completed 53.1 percent of his passes (147 of 277) with nine interceptions and ran for six TDs.

Furrow is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds on the NCSA Athletic Recruiting website.

Furrow was the starting quarterback at New Pendleton as a sophomore and has passed for 3,831 yards in his career. He set school records as a junior when he completed 36 passes for 561 yards against New Palestine. He tied the school record in that game with six TD passes.

"I love football and have a passion for the game," he said on the recruiting website. "I love to play. I love to practice. I love to study the game and improve as a player and a student of the game."

Jefferson Coach Brian Webb could not be reached for comment Monday morning.


J-Hawks topped by Burlington, 12-9

The Jefferson J-Hawks lost to Burlington, 12-9, in a prep baseball game at Jefferson Saturday.

Chanse McCheseney went 4-for-4 for Burlington, which snapped Jefferson's four-game winning streak.

Spencer VanScoyoc went 3-for-4 for Jefferson and scored three runs. Marcus Colbert was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Lucas Larson drove in two runs and Ben Koering had two hits for the J-Hawks (22-13).

Burlington     305 021 1 - 12 15 5

Jefferson      232 002 0 - 9 13 1

W - Rosson. L - Wood. S - Tucker.

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