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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.



Jefferson boys trimmed by Tigers

CEDAR FALLS - Tra'Von Fagan poured in 28 points Tuesday night as the Cedar Falls Tigers trimmed the Jefferson J-Hawks, 68-65, in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball game in Cedar Falls.

Kane Kramer popped in four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Jefferson (3-8, 0-6). James Brown Jr. added 13 points for the J-Hawks.

AJ Green contributed 18 points for Cedar Falls (6-3, 3-3).

Jefferson grabbed a 56-54 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers moved back in front and maintained a slim lead the rest of the game.

JEFFERSON (65): Webb 3 0-0 6, Wiederin  3 0-0 9, Green 3 1-2 7, Kramer 4 4-4 16, Brown 6 1-4 13, McCauley 1 0-1 2, Van Oort 3 2-2 9, Szabo 0 0-0 0, McKinney 1 1-2 3, Larson 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-17 65.

CEDAR FALLS (68): Fagan 9 10-15 28, Harrington 1 0-0 3, Green 6 4-4 18, Abbas 0 1-3 1, Labeaux 1 3-4 5, Alexander 1 0-0 3, Johnson 2 0-0 5, Bower 0 0-0 0, Gerdes 0 5-6 5, Leisinger 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 23-32 68.

Halftime - Cedar Falls 35, Jefferson 30. 3-point goals - Jefferson 8 (Kramer 4, Wiederin 3, Van Oort 1), Cedar Falls 5 (Green 2, Harrington 1, Alexander 1, Johnson 1).


Linn-Mar swimmers sweep Jefferson

The Linn-Mar boys swimming team won all 11 events and beat Jefferson, 97-45, in a Mississippi Valley Conference dual Tuesday at Linn-Mar.

Matt Peng won the 200- and 500-yard freestyles in 1 minute, 53.30 seconds and 5:10.39, respectively, for the Lions.

Hogan Myers took the 200 individual medley (2:15.63) and 100 freestyle (51.48), Reid Snell won the 50 freestyle (23.21) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.08), Jacob Wendt won the 100 butterfly (59.06) and Nathan Hendricks won the 100 backstroke (1:02.48).

Linn-Mar also captured the 200 medley (1:57.24), 200 freestyle (1:33.98) and 400 freestyle (3:33.14) relays.



Jeff girls fall to No. 12 Tigers

The 12th-ranked Cedar Falls girls basketball team trimmed Jefferson, 48-40, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Jefferson.

Emily Oler scored 13 points with two steals to lead the J-Hawks (6-6).

Emma Gerdes scored 14 points for the Tigers (10-1).

CEDAR FALLS (48): Johnson 4 0-0 10, Gerdes 6 2-2 14, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Becker 0 0-0 0, Conrad 3 0-0 8, Barney 2 2-5 6, Wolf 4 2-2 10. Totals 19 6-9 48.

JEFFERSON (40): Kitterman 0 1-2 1, Guy 1 0-0 3, Donner 1 0-0 2, Wise 2 0-0 6, Melton 1 0-0 2, Kuba 2 2-3 7, Erica Oler 1 0-0 2, Dighton 2 0-0 4, Emily Oler 5 0-0 13. Totals 15 3-5 40.

Halftime – Cedar Falls 27, Jefferson 20. 3-point goals – Cedar Falls 4 (Johnson 2, Conrad 2), Jefferson 7 (Em.Oler 3, Wise 2, Guy, Kuba).


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