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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

J-Hawks beat Senior; No. 2 Linn-Mar next

They were sick. They were tired. But mostly, the Jefferson girls basketball team was sick and tired of losing and they played like it Wednesday night.

Sophomore Taylor Jacobson, who is battling a case of mononucleosis, scored 14 of her 17 points in the second half to lead Jefferson past Dubuque Senior, 66-54, in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game at Jefferson.

“I got a little tired but I pushed through it,” Jacobson said. “I wanted to win so bad.”

Jefferson's prize for beating Senior is a game against second-ranked Linn-Mar (19-2) Saturday night at Linn-Mar. The Lions had a bye in the quarterfinal round.



Bohannon, Paige torch J-Hawks for 30 apiece

Linn-Mar senior Matt Bohannon knows how to lighten the mood before a big game.

The top-ranked Lions, crippled and missing their two tallest starters, were about to play Jarrod Uthoff and the Jefferson J-Hawks Tuesday night when Bohannon said something on the bench that had everybody laughing.

The Lions were still smiling after the game.

Bohannon and Marcus Paige poured in 30 points apiece as Linn-Mar topped the 10th-ranked J-Hawks, 70-64, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Jefferson.



J-Hawk girls bowlers crush Kennedy

Four Jefferson bowlers bowled 200-plus games and three broke the 400 series barrier, and the J-Hawks clobbered Kennedy, 2967-2629, Tuesday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls bowling meet at May City Bowl.

Whitnie Jones rolled games of 237 and 211 for a 448 series that led the J-Hawks (12-3, 10-1 MVC). Allie Trcka fired a 243 for high game and had a 400 series. Jenna Alff also had a 400 series with a high game of 209. Courtney Moore rolled a 206.

Jefferson recorded its high score of the season in its regular season finale.



Healy's hot hand leads J-Hawk bowlers

Dan Healy had the hot hand, rolling a 257 high game and 440 series that led Jefferson past Kennedy, 3201-2853, Tuesday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at May City Bowl.

The score was Jefferson's highest since it scored 3284 in its season opener. Four J-Hawks rolled 400-plus series. Will James was at 433, Michael Kilts 428 and James Bruce 420.

Jefferson closed out the regular season 11-6 overall and 7-4 in the MVC.

Kyle Custer shot a 247 high game and 401 series for Kennedy (6-10, 3-8).



J-Hawks draw IC West in Dual Mat tourney

Waverly-Shell Rock and Iowa City West could have the two strongest wrestling teams in the state this year, so guess who Prairie and Jefferson drew in the Regional Dual Team Tournamament?

Exactly right.

Prairie will visit Waverly-Shell Rock and Jefferson will visit Iowa City West in the opening round of the Regional Dual Team Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Both Metro teams will be heavy underdogs in those meets.

Linn-Mar will host North Scott in the opening round Feb. 22 with a shot at making the state tournament Feb. 26 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Prairie and Jefferson finished second in the team standings at their district tournaments this past Saturday, which is why they were paired with district champions for the dual team tournament. Linn-Mar won its district and drew a district runnerup in North Scott.

Sixteen teams qualified for the regional tournament. The assignments are Burlington at Bettendorf, Jefferson at Iowa City West, Spencer at Lewis Central, North Scott at Linn-Mar, Ankeny at Mason City, Urbandale at Southeast Polk, Indiana at West Des Moines Valley and Prairie at Waverly-Shell Rock.


Welsh, Herman win district mat titles

WAVERLY -- Jefferson's Riley Welsh and Conner Herman won their respective weight classes and the J-Hawks finished second at Saturday's Class 3A district wrestling meet.

Waverly-Shell crowned nine individual champions and rolled to the team title with 291 points. Jefferson was second with 140, one point ahead of Cedar Falls. Washington was fifth with 100 points and Marion seventh with 77.

Waverly-Shell Rock and Jefferson qualify for the Class 3A regional dual meet tournament. The state dual meet tournament is Feb. 26 at the US Cellular Center.

The champions and consolation champions qualify for next week's traditional state tournament.

Waverly-Shell Rock qualified wrestlers at 12 of 14 weights.

Jefferson was the only Metro school to crown a champion. Welsh won at 189, scraping past Tyler Zook of Gladbrook-Reinbeck/North Tama 6-5 in the semifinals before pinning Zach Rahnavardi of Cedar Falls in the championship. Herman had to wrestle three matches at 215. He pinned his first two foes, then beat Waverly-Shell Rock's Kaleb Staack 2-0 for the title.

Jefferson qualified a third wrestler when Blake Carson finished second at 135.



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.


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