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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Bennett, Donner lift J-Hawks over Tigers

Tanner Bennett rolled a 258 game and Chaise Donner had a 464 series to lead the Jefferson boys bowling team in a 3,277 to 3,080 win over Cedar Falls in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday in Cedar Rapids.

Nick Hanson had a 257 game and a 451 series for the Tigers.

CEDAR FALLS: Nick Hanson 194-257=451, Brandon Jerome 234-214=448, Dylan Swatek-Briggs 205-214=419, Avery Bauer 192-176=368, Jackson Reynolds 159-203=362, Dalton Swatek-Briggs 139-162=301.

JEFFERSON: Chaise Donner 246-218=464, Hunter Sturtz 257-200=457, Tanner Bennett 258-190=448, Riley Walton 214-202=416, John Gardner 214-183=397, Logan Miller 178-153=331.

Cedar Falls: 2,048-1,032=3,080.

Jefferson: 2,182-1,095=3,277.


Ollinger, Finley lead Lions by J-Hawks

When their team needed them most, Linn-Mar’s two stars came out bright Friday night.

First, senior Amanda Ollinger single-handedly wiped out a fast start by the energized visitors from Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Then, as the scrappy J-Hawks made a fourth-quarter rally to pull within three points, steady sophomore Kamryn Finley swished seven free throws down the stretch to preserve a 55-44 Lion victory.

"I started out kind of slow,” said Finley, who made just one basket in the first half and another in the third quarter. “My shot wasn’t falling.

"When I started driving to the hoop and getting to the line for free throws, that sort of got my confidence back.”

For her part, Ollinger scored 18 of her team’s 20 first-quarter points (including the first dozen in a row) to assume a lead after a make-shift starting line-up on senior night spotted the J-Hawks to a 12-0 opening spurt.

"She had a fantastic first quarter,” Linn-Mar coach Jaime Brandt said. “It was special to start those five seniors. But Amanda really took over when she came in and gave us a spark when we needed it.”

Ollinger made just one basket and three free throws the rest of the way but made her presence felt with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.



J-Hawks upset No. 6 Lions, 71-70

After coming close so many times this season, the Jefferson boys basketball team simply found a way Friday night.

Valentino Green grabbed a rebound off a missed Dennis McKinney free throw and banked it home just before the final horn to give the J-Hawks a stunning 71-70 Mississippi Valley Conference win over No. 6 Linn-Mar at the Jefferson gym.

Green's winning basket set off a wild celebration as players and fans mobbed the 6-foot-2 senior while the Lions stood near their bench in stunned silence.

"We didn't have a play on," Green said. "We wanted to make the shot, but I knew if he missed it I was going to get the rebound. I battled for it and I knew I had to go up strong.

"This win shows just how hard we've been working," he continued. "Since Christmas break, we've been getting a lot better and it showed tonight."

Jefferson coach Brandon Horman just stood back and watched the celebration unfold. The J-Hawks dropped a 3-point decision on Tuesday at Dubuque Wahlert and refused to back down against the highly-regarded Lions.



Koenigsfeld will run for Iowa women

Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Meredith Koenigsfeld committed to the University of Iowa women's track team Tuesday night.

Koenigsfeld has specialized in the 400 and 800 meter runs for the J-Hawks.

Koenigsfeld is the third member of the Jefferson track team to commit to a Division I program. Jefferson sprinters Jasmine Blue and Abbie Ranschau have commmitted to the University of Northern Iowa.


Pemsl nets 33 as Wahlert tips Jeff

DUBUQUE – Cordell Pemsl was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 33 points to lead Dubuque Wahlert to a 69-66 win over the Jefferson boys basketball team in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Wahlert.

Jefferson missed a half-court shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime.

Adam Van Oort scored 17 points for the J-Hawks (5-10). Royshawn Webb and Dennis McKinney each scored 13.

JEFFERSON (66): Webb 5 2-2 13, Wiederin 0 0-0 0, Green 3 0-4 6, Kramer 0 0-0 0, Brown 3 3-3 9, Van Oort 6 3-3 17, Szabo 1 0-0 2, McKinney 5 3-4 13,Hulsing 2 2-2 7. Totals 25 13-18 66.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT (69): Iwowari 1 0-0 2, Timp 0 0-0 0, Schmitt 6 2-3 15, Wedewer 3 2-3 8, White 0 0-0 0, Kluck 3 0-0 6, Till 1 3-4 5, Pemsl 13 7-10 33. Totals 27 14-20 69.

Halftime – Jefferson 41, Dubuque Wahlert 36. 3-point goals – Jefferson 4 (Van Oort 2, Webb, Hulsing), Dubuque Wahlert 1 (Schmitt).


Dighton helps J-Hawks nip Wahlert

Kennedy Dighton had 23 points and six rebounds to lead the Jefferson girls basketball team to a 42-41 win over Dubuque Wahlert in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Jefferson.

Emily Oler added eight points and Avery Guy had five assists for the J-Hawks (8-8).

Katy Fricano scored 12 points for the Golden Eagles (7-9).

DUBUQUE WAHLERT (41): Roling 2 1-1 5, Osterberger 2 0-1 4, Schmerbach 3 0-0 , Fricano 6 0-1 12, Tranel 2 1-2 5, Ott 2 0-0 4, Boge 2 13 5. Totals 19 3-8 41.

JEFFERSON (42): Kitterman 0 0-0 0, Guy 1 1-4 4, Donner 0 0-0 0, Wise 1 0-0 2, Melton 0 0-0 0, Kuba 1 1-1 3, Erica Oler 1 0-0 2, Dighton 7 8-10 23, Emily Oler 3 2-4 8. Totals 14 12-19 42.

Halftime – Jefferson 25, Dubuque Wahlert 19. 3-point goals – Dubuque Wahlert 0, Jefferson 2 (Guy, Dighton).


J-Hawks snap 23-game MVC skid

The Jefferson J-Hawks didn't just break their 23-game losing streak in Mississippi Valley Conference games Friday night, they shattered it.

Dennis McKinney and Royshawn Webb scored 20 points apiece and Adam Van Oort added 15 points on his 18th birthday as the J-Hawks stopped the Washington Warriors, 76-62, at the Jefferson gym.

The J-Hawks lost all 16 of their MVC games last season and were 0-7 this year before playing well for 32 minutes against the Warriors.

Jefferson had come agonizingly close to winning a conference game this year, losing three straight times by a grand total of five points against Dubuque Senior, Cedar Falls and Kennedy, but Friday was finally their night.



Wash girls press Jeff into trouble

The speedy girls from Cedar Rapids Washington love to run and press and create as much havoc as possible on a basketball court.

It worked Friday night.

The Warriors tormented the Jefferson J-Hawks with their press in the first half and raced to a 25-point lead before settling for a 76-70 victory in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Jefferson.

The Warriors made 20 steals and forced the J-Hawks into 31 turnovers, including 18 miscues in the first half.

Jefferson made a spirited rally in the second half and pulled all the way within five points in the final seconds, but it was too little and too late.

The shorter Warriors capitalized on their speed and athletic ability to beat the taller J-Hawks.

The basketball floor is 84 feet long and the Warriors used every inch of it to press the J-Hawks into submission, especially in the first half.



Jefferson grapplers bump off Warriors

The Jefferson wrestling team won 11 of 14 matches and beat Washington, 65-11, in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual Thursday at Washington.

Colten Mastin (113 pounds), Joseph Sibomana (120), Dalton Mastin (132), Taylor Viktora (195), Keenan Stewart (220) and David Bonner (285) had pins for the J-Hawks.

Logan Sears led the Warriors with a technical fall at 138.

120 – Joseph Sibomana (J) pinned Ronnie Arenas 4:35.
126 – Will Foreman (W) dec. Zach Main 9-4.
132 – Dalton Mastin (J) pinned Chris Karamitros 3:38.
138 – Logan Sears (W) tech. fall over Tyrese Smith 16-0 3:33.
145 – Logan Black-Marchard (W) dec. Cody Clendenen TB-1 12-10.
152 – Kyle Briggs (J) tech. fall over Tyonchi Johnson 18-1 3:45.
160 – Tavian Rashed (J) won by forfeit.
170 – Matt Culver (J) won by forfeit.
182 – Nick Dreckman (J) won by forfeit.
195 – Taylor Viktora (J) pinned Jared Scherrman 3:18.
220 – Keenan Stewart (J) pinned Billy Faulkner 1:41.
285 – David Bonner (J) pinned Andrew Todd 2:29.
106 – Jaden Collins (J) won by forfeit.
113 – Colten Mastin (J) pinned Jason Techau :47.


J-Hawk boys stay unbeaten in bowling

DUBUQUE – Riley Walton rolled a 247 game and a 434 series as the Jefferson boys bowling team remained undefeated with a 2,833 to 2,609 win over Dubuque Wahlert in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Tuesday at Cherry Lanes.

Jack Kamentz had a 394 series for the Golden Eagles.

JEFFERSON: Riley Walton 187-247=434, Hunter Sturtz 210-202=412, Tanner Bennett 210-171=381, Logan Miller 180-170=350, Chaise Donner 152-188=340, John Gardner 138-143=281.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT: Jack Kamentz 222-172=394, Sang Hyuk Chae 223-161=384, Will Conlon 179-175=354, Matt Bahl 160-194=350, Colton Hoover 157-172=329, Dillon Waters 113-130=243.

Jefferson: 1,917-916=2,833.

Dubuque Wahlert: 1,815-794=2,609.


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