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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Uthoff gets physical in win over Kennedy

Jarrod Uthoff bought a ticket and watched his future teammates at the University of Wisconsin defeat Iowa in a physical game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday night.

It inspired him Friday night against Kennedy.

Uthoff scored 26 points, snared a career-high 19 rebounds and blocked five shots as No. 9  Jefferson upended the third-ranked Cougars, 53-44, at  Jefferson.

The 26 points were typical (he leads the state at 26.2 per game), but the 19 rebounds and five blocks were nearly twice his norm. He played a fierce, inspired game at both ends of the court, 48 hours after watching that physical game in Iowa City.

"I realized I need to get a lot stronger and be more physical to play in the Big Ten," he said. "And I figured I should start playing like it right now."



J-Hawks overpower Linn-Mar on the planks

Allie Trcka rolled a high game of 254 and Courtney Moore a 454 series to power Jefferson past Linn-Mar, 2899-2503, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls bowling meet at May City Bowl.

The J-Hawks (11-3, 9-1 MVC) had three bowlers torch the lanes with 400-plus series. Trcka rolled a 435 and Nicole Werling a 405. They also had five 200-plus games. Nicole Werling shot a 215, Jenna Alff a 210.

Valerie Loudenback fired a 241 high game and 399 series to lead Linn-Mar (6-7, 5-5).

LINN-MAR (2503): Nicole McMahon 153-285, Stacey Schwarzenstein 165-312, Mckenzie Routhe 180-335, Valerie Loudenback 241-399, Amy Pickering 189-356.

JEFFERSON (2899): Nicole Werling 215-405, Jenna Alff 210-360, Courtney Moore 253-454, Allie Trcka 254-435, Nicole Petersen 189-344.

First round -- Jefferson 1998, Linn-Mar 1687. Baker round -- Jefferson 901, Linn-Mar 816.


Kennedy girls shoot down J-Hawks

Kennedy's Dennis Roloff moved one game closer to a coaching milestone Friday night when the Cougars clobbered Jefferson, 66-44, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls basketball game at Jefferson.

The win was the 299th of Roloff's 20-year career at Kennedy. He goes for his 300th Saturday night in a home game against Marion.

“It’s just another game,” Roloff said.

Courtney Strait, who led the Cougars with 17 points, said she would like to be a part of the team that gets Roloff his milestone win. “We think we can do it, we feel confident,” Strait said. “We haven’t felt any pressure to get this win so that should help.”

Kennedy (7-13, 6-10 MVC) came out hot against the J-Hawks. The Cougars made their first three shots and continued to shoot the ball well throughout the game.



J-Hawk boys win shootout with Linn-Mar

James Bruce had the hot hand for Jefferson, rolling games of 265 and 213 for a 478 series that led the J-Hawks past Linn-Mar, 3164-2999, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at May City Bowl.

Dan Healy fired games of 246 and 217 for a 463 and Will James 234 and 209 for a 443 for Jefferson (10-6, 6-4 MVC). Michael Kilts shot a 237.

Linn-Mar (7-6, 6-4) had four bowlers crack the series 400 mark. Dreyson Robe shot games of 242 and 238 for a 480 series. Tyler Lemon added games of 204 and 235 for a 439 and Matt Wheaton 226 and 191 for a 417.

LINN-MAR (2999): Justin Wyant 207-392, Tristan Stevens 200-370, Dreyson Robe 242-480, Tyler Lemon 235-439, Matt Wheaton 226-417.

JEFFERSON (3164): Michael Kilts 237-388, Will James 234-443, Dan Britton 217-388, James Bruce 265-478, Dan Healy 246-463.


J-Hawks to induct 4 into Hall of Fame

Jim Cox, Connie Aldridge, Sue Hennick and Mike Humphrey will be inducted into the Jefferson High School Booster Club Hall of Fame Friday night.

Cox retired from teaching at Jefferson after the 2003-2004 school year. He taught for 32 years at Jefferson in the Industrial Arts Department and then in the Technology Department.

Cox was a successful head volleyball coach and assistant wrestling coach. He also was instrumental in fundraising for the booster club.

Aldridge has been the wrestling concession stand manager for the past 11 years. She graduated from Jefferson in 1971 and her three children are J-Hawk graduates. Aldridge also has given hundreds of volunteer hours in the football and track concession stands.

Hennick has been involved with booster club activities since her son Jay was a student at Jefferson. Over the years, it has become a family gathering with her children helping at the Kingston concession stands.

Humphrey will be honored at a football game this fall. He has been instrumental in helping with the concession stands at Kingston Stadium.



Bruckman signs to play soccer at Iowa State

Maggie Bruckman played in a soccer tournament in Ames this past weekend with her club team. It was a taste of things to come for the Jefferson High School senior.

Bruckman signed a national letter-of-intent with the Iowa State women's soccer team last week and will spend a considerable amount of time in Ames the next few years as a full-time student and athlete.

"I'm really excited," Bruckman said about joining the Cyclones. "I worked really hard to get this. It paid off."

Bruckman played for Eastern Iowa United in the Toyota Indoor Cup in Ames this last weekend. The team reached the semifinals and finished 3-1.

Bruckman considered Clark, St. Ambrose, Cornell College and Nebraska-Omaha before she got the offer from Iowa State Coach Wendy Dillinger about a month ago.

"I was very excited, because I like everything about the university," she said. "I was surprised, but I was happy."

Bruckman, a defender, has played soccer since she was 5 years old. "I've always liked it," she said.

Her older brother, Hunter, also played soccer at Jefferson.

Iowa State finished 8-10-2 overall last season and 3-7 in the Big 12. The Cyclones have signed 11 recruits from Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Michigan and Illinois.

Bruckman said she plans to study kinesiology and exercise science.



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