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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
MONDAY'S SCOREBOARD - MWL: Kernels 7, Beloit 5 ... PREP BASEBALL: Prairie at Dubuque Senior (2), ppd to 7/9 ... Washington at Waterloo East (2), ppd to 7/7 ... Cedar Falls at Xavier (2), ppd to 7/7 ... Waterloo West at Linn-Mar (2), ppd to 7/15 ... Jefferson 4, Kennedy 0 ... Marion at South Tama (2), ppd to 7/8 ... PREP SOFTBALL: Independence at Marion (2), canceled ... Dubuque Senior at Kennedy (2), ppd to 7/8 ... Dubuque Wahlert at Xavier (2), ppd to 7/7 ... Washington at Iowa City High (2) ... Jefferson at Waterloo West (2), ppd to 7/7 ... Linn-Mar at Iowa City West (2), ppd to 7/9 ... Prairie at Waterloo East (2), ppd to 7/8 ...
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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 2 J-Hawks take stride toward title

This has turned into a special year for the Cedar Rapids Jefferson baseball team and the best could be yet to come.

The J-Hawks are ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, they're close to winning their first Mississippi Valley Conference title in 10 years, and they've got an excellent shot at making the state tournament for the first time in 17 years.

Jefferson took another big step Monday night by whipping No. 8 Kennedy, 4-0, on a four-hit shutout by Spencer VanScoyoc at the Jefferson field.

The J-Hawks and Cougars meet again at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kennedy

Jefferson has a two-game lead in the loss column in the Valley Division standings with only five games left in their MVC campaign. They are 25-6 overall, 17-4 in the conference and looking good.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 21:57

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Cougars suffer 'ugly' loss to Johnston

There was good news and bad news for the Kennedy High School baseball team Saturday, but the bad news was worse than the good news on the Fourth of July.

The good news came in a 6-2 victory over North Scott as Sammy Lizarraga tossed a complete game in the first contest of a holiday tournament at the Kennedy field Saturday morning.

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2015 18:11

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Linn-Mar splits with Hempstead

DUBUQUE - Adam Bradley went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs Friday as Linn-Mar topped Dubuque Hempstead, 6-2, in the second game of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader in Dubuque.

Hempstead took the first game, 5-4, by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh.

The split ended Linn-Mar's chances of claiming the No. 1 for the Class 4A substate tournament this month. Kennedy swept Waterloo West Friday and claimed the top seed in the substate.

Sam Crawford pitched six innings for Linn-Mar in the 6-2 victory. He struck out eight batters and walked two. Manny Jeffery scored two runs for the Lions.

Jeffery had two hits for Linn-Mar in the 5-4 setback. Andrew Gassmann scored twice for the Lions.

Linn-Mar is 17-9 overall and 11-7 in the conference. Hempstead is 16-12 overall and 13-7 in the league.

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Cougars clinch No.1 seed for substate

WATERLOO - The Kennedy Cougars rolled to a pair of Mississippi Valley Conference victories over Waterloo West Friday, 13-1 and 11-2, and clinched the No. 1 seed for their Class 4A substate tournament this month.

The eighth-ranked Cougars raised their records to 19-5 overall and 11-5 in the Valley Division in the conference.

Kyle Brewer went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs for Kennedy in the first game. Zach Daniels was 2-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs. Sammy Lizarraga, Jacob Henry and Mitchell Gaffey also had two hits. Gaffey drove in two runs.

Blake Hargens pitched a four-hitter in the 13-1 victory, which lasted only five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. He struck out five batters, walked none and allowed one earned run.

Tyler Dralle went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the nightcap. Brewer belted another triple and drove in three runs. Jackson Behn had two hits. Sawyer Neuhaus pitched four innings for the victory. He allowed two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk.

Waterloo West fell to 3-17 in the conference and 3-21 overall.

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Kennedy takes pair from Xavier

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy softball program has made great strides under Coach Dan Gratz the last two seasons and has now become a major factor in the Mississippi Valley Conference.

They showed why Thursday night.

The Cougars swept an MVC twinbill from Xavier, 3-2 and 1-0, with strong pitching, good defense and a few timely hits.

Kennedy struggled with records of 9-32, 13-27 and 13-25 in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but it's been a different story since Gratz arrived on the scene last year. The Cougars went 27-14 in 2014 and are 23-9 and counting this season.

Sophomore Jenna Schwartzhoff pitched a complete game in the 3-2 victory, then senior Andrea McEachran tossed a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts in the nightcap.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 22:05

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No. 8 Kennedy sweeps Ankeny Centennial

The eighth-ranked Kennedy Cougars raised their record to 17-5 Tuesday night by sweeping a doubleheader from Ankeny Centennial, 10-0 and 8-3, at Herkelman Field.

The Cougars are battling Linn-Mar (16-6) for the No. 1 seed in their substate, with the final seedings to be based on games through this Saturday, July 4.

Jacob Henry twirled a four-hit shutout for Kennedy in the 10-0 victory in the first game, which ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. Henry helped his own cause by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:25

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No. 8 Cougars split with Hempstead

DUBUQUE - Sammy Lizarraga and Matt Berst socked home runs Monday as the eighth-ranked Kennedy Cougars nipped Dubuque Hempstead, 8-7, in eight innings in the first game of a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader.

Hempstead took the second game, 7-6.

Bryce Church went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Kennedy in the opener. Berst drove in three runs. Kyle Brewer was 3-for-4 with two runs. Lizarraga went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Zach Daniels scored twice.

Sawyer Neuhaus collected the victory in relief of Blake Hargens.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 23:36

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J-Hawks jump to No.2 in baseball poll

The Jefferson J-Hawks jumped two spots to No. 2 in the Class 4A baseball rankings Monday by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Waukee replaced Johnston as the No. 1 team in the poll.

Cedar Rapids Prairie climbed three spots to No. 5 this week. The Kennedy Cougars are ranked No. 8 and the Linn-Mar Lions are No. 9.

In last week's poll, Linn-Mar was No. 7, Prairie No. 8 and Kennedy No. 9.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 16:37

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Daniels wins Metro Spotlight Award

Zach Daniels of Kennedy is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday night.

Daniels, a senior, is one of the top baseball players in the state as a pitcher, hitter and shortstop. He was an elite all-state selection last year and appears headed for the same award this season.

Daniels has a 4-0 record and 1.81 ERA on the mound, with 39 strikeouts and 11 walks in 31 innings. He has allowed only 17 hits and opponents are batting just .155 against him.

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No.9 Cougars sweep City High

IOWA CITY - The ninth-ranked Kennedy Cougars rode the strong right arms of Sammy Lizarraga and Zach Daniels to a sweep of Iowa City High Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference doubleheader at Mercer Park.

Kennedy won the first game, 6-3, in eight innings. The Cougars took the nightcap, 4-1.

Lizarraga pitched all eight innings in the opener. He was touched for three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but did not allow another run the rest of the way. He struck out 11 batters with one walk.

Kennedy won the first game with three runs in the top of the eighth. Matt Berst had a triple and three RBIs in the contest. Lizarraga was 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks. Bryce Church scored two runs.

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