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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jeff girls trimmed by Wahlert bowlers

DUBUQUE – The Dubuque Wahlert girls bowling team edged Jefferson, 2,290 pins to 2,196, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Tuesday at Cherry Lanes.

Megan Kitzmiller led the J-Hawks with a 205 game and 362 series.

Cindy Stierman rolled a 338 series for the Golden Eagles.

JEFFERSON: Megan Kitzmiller 157-205=362; Maddie Kisling 156-171=327; Hailey Kimble 177-145=322; Allie Schirmer 116-148=264; Madison Rasmussen 118-108=226; Lauren Sheets 113-94=207.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT: Cindy Stierman 150-188=338, Elena Dominguez 172-157=329, Allie Timmerman 148-177=325, Sarah Wareham 143-144=287, Annie Hingtgen 115-154=269, Vanessa Wareham 109-147=256..

Jefferson: 1,501-685=2,186.

Dubuque Wahlert: 1,548-742=2,290.


Jeff girls flatten Davenport Central

DAVENPORT – The Jefferson girls basketball team made short work of winless Davenport Central, rolling 68-33 in a non conference game Tuesday at Central.

Emily Oler scored 13 points for the J-Hawks (7-6), who led 17-2 after the first quarter. Avery Guy and Kylie Wise each added 10 points.

Davenport Central fell to 0-13.

JEFFERSON (68): Culver 0 0-0 0, Kitterman 1 1-2 3, Guy 3 3-6 10, Donner 3 2-2 8, Wise 3 3-3 10, Melton 1 3-6 5, Watkins 0 1-2 1, Kuba 1 2-2 4, Thurmond 0 0-0 0, Erica Oler 2 0-0 4, Baxter 0 0-0 0, Dighton 4 0-0 8, Emily Oler 5 3-5 13, O'Brien 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 18-28 68.

DAVENPORT CENTRAL (33): Camp 2 0-0 4, Smith 2 1-4 7, Hawkins 1 3-6 5, Puck 3 0-0 8, Brown-Taylor 0 0-0 0, Light 0 2-2 2, Baker 1 0-0 2, Moore 0 1-2 1, Westmoreland 0 0-4 0, Gardner 1 2-6 4, Grady 0 0-2 0. Totals 10 9-26 33.

Halftime – Jefferson 38, Davenport Central 14. 3-point goals – Jefferson 2 (Guy, Wise), Davenport Central 4 (Smith 2, Puck 2).


Van Oort sparks J-Hawks by Davenport

Adam Van Oort scored 20 points as the Jefferson boys basketball team beat Davenport Central, 69-59, in a non conference game Tuesday at Jefferson.

The J-Hawks led 51-50 at the start of the fourth quarter, but pulled away down the stretch.

Valentino Green and Dennis McKinney each scored 14 points for Jefferson (4-9). Kane Kramer added 10 points.

Kelvin Miller scored 16 points for Davenport Central (8-4).

DAVENPORT CENTRAL (59): Vesey 2 1-3 5, Kargbol 1 2-4 4, Miller 7 2-8 16, Summage 0 0-0 0, Bourrage 3 2-6 10, Rummels 4 2-2 10, Thorpe 0 0-0 0, Randolph 4 5-5 14. Totals 18 14-28 59.

JEFFERSON (69): Webb 1 5-8 7, Shaw 0 0-0 0, Wiederin 0 0-0 0, Green 5 4-5 14, Kramer 2 5-6 10, McCauley 1 0-0 2, Van Oort 5 9-10 20, McKinney 7 0-2 14, Burnett 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 23-31 69.

Halftime – Jefferson 36, Davenport Central 33. 3-point goals – Davenport Central 3 (Bourrage 2, Randolph), Jefferson 2 (Kramer, Van Oort).


Jeff grapplers struggle at own meet

The Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling team likes to invite the best competition it can find to its own tournament every year.

The J-Hawks paid the price Saturday.

Jefferson finished in sixth place in the team standings and did not crown a single champion in the star-studded field at the Jefferson gym.

Fort Dodge, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, won the team championship with 235.5 points. Alburnett, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, placed second with 178.5 points. The tournament also featured Dubuque Hempstead, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 3A.

Kyle Briggs, who is ranked No. 2 at 152 pounds for Jefferson, suffered his first loss of the season with a 6-5 setback to Ryan Gorman of New Hampton in the semifinals. Briggs (28-1) bounced back and pinned Clem Butler of Clinton in 3 minutes, 50 seconds for third place.



Jefferson girls fall to Rams

Hailey Kimble rolled a 195 game and a 354 series, but the Jefferson girls bowling team suffered a 2,414 to 2,304 loss to Dubuque Senior in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at May City Bowl.

Macy Schmidt led the Rams with a 361 series.

SENIOR: Macy Schmidt 149-212=361, Shanice Schmidt 163-171=334, Sydni Kirk 150-179=329, Natalie Leib 179-139=318, Autumn Steadman 153-115=268, Montana Meyer 140-126=266.

JEFFERSON: Hailey Kimble 195-159=354, Maddie Kisling 172-137=309, Megan Kitzmiller 172-135=307, Allie Schirmer 148-150=298, Madison Rasmussen 153-124=277, Lauren Sheets 105-124=229.

Senior: 1,610-804=2,414.

Jefferson: 1,545-759=2,304.


Donner lifts J-Hawks with 491 series

Chaise Donner had a 246 game and a 491 series to lead the Jefferson boys bowling team to a 3,117 to 2,830 win over Dubuque Senior in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at May City Bowl.

Alex Schmidt rolled a 446 series for the Rams.

SENIOR: Alex Schmidt 223-223=446, Andrew Kringle 216-173=389, Tucker Mai 204-178=382, Dylan Berwanger 195-171=366, Brandon Birch 173-167=340, Josh Oertel 166-164=330.

JEFFERSON: Chaise Donner 246-245=491, John Gardner 221-233=454, Tanner Bennett 256-191=447, Hunter Sturtz 233-197=430, Riley Walton 178-176=354, Logan Miller 162-129=291.

Senior 1,923-907=2,830.

Jefferson: 2,176-941=3,117.


Kennedy boys nip hard-luck J-Hawks

One of these days the basketball gods are going to smile on the guys from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, but it did not happen Friday night.


The Kennedy Cougars handed the J-Hawks another agonizing defeat, 54-53, in a Mississippi Valley Conference battle at the Kennedy gym.

The J-Hawks have lost their last three games by a grand total of five points with setbacks to Dubuque Senior (48-47), Cedar Falls (68-65) and now Kennedy (54-53).

"We have to have a sustained effort for all 32 minutes and cut back on the little mistakes," said Jefferson Coach Brandon Horman. "It's nice to be on the hump this year, but we've got to get over the hump."

Jefferson lost all 16 of its MVC games last season and is 0-6 in the league this year, saddling the J-Hawks with a 22-game losing streak in the conference. The skid almost ended Friday in a taut affair.



Sellers lifts No. 1 Cougars by J-Hawks

Somebody forgot to tell the girls from Cedar Rapids Jefferson they were supposed to tremble at the sight of the top-ranked Kennedy Cougars on Friday night.

"There was no doubt that we would give them everything we had," Jefferson coach Jason Edwards said.

The Cougars had Lela Sellers, however, and that made all the difference in the world.

Sellers poured in 29 points and snared 14 rebounds as Kennedy slipped away from the J-Hawks in the final 75 seconds, 61-49, in an entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kennedy.

Jefferson rallied from a 17-point deficit and pulled within four points at 51-47 on a bucket by Erin Kuba with 1:39 remaining, but the Cougars kept their cool and drilled 10 straight free throws to avoid the upset.

Kennedy climbed into the No. 1 spot in the Class 5A rankings Thursday afternoon, but Jefferson did everything it could to try to knock the Cougars off their lofty perch.

"I thought we were a little uneven tonight," Kennedy coach Tony Vis said, "but at the same time I give more credit to Jefferson, because they wouldn't give up, they wouldn't go away and they really attacked us inside and had some success."



Briggs enjoying perfect year with Jeff

There's only one word to describe the season Kyle Briggs is having with the Cedar Rapids Jefferson wrestling team.


Briggs raised his record to 26-0 Thursday night with a technical fall as the 10th-ranked J-Hawks defeated Xavier, 53-27, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Jefferson.

Briggs is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A at 152 pounds and has won major titles this season at the Keith Young Invitational, Southeast Polk Invitational and West Des Moines Valley tournament. He also finished 5-0 at the Pipestone Duals in Minnesota and has cruised through his conference bouts as well.

Briggs finished with a 35-9 record last year and placed eighth at the state tournament at 132 pounds, but he's made a big jump this year at his new and more comfortable weight class.



Jefferson swimmers dunk Waterloo

The Jefferson boys swimming team won eight of 11 events and beat Waterloo, 93-77, Thursday at Jefferson.

Waterloo West and Waterloo East have joined forces for one team this season.

Paul Hummell won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke for the J-Hawks. Noah Hoogestraat took the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke.

Ryan Martin won the 200 freestyle, Luke Hummell won the 100 freestyle and Jefferson captured the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.



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