Tuesday, September 02, 2014
TUESDAY'S SCOREBOARD - PREP VOLLEYBALL - Iowa City West 3, Jefferson 0 ..... Kennedy at Linn-Mar ..... Prairie 3, Xavier 1 ... GIRLS SWIMMING - Kennedy 152, Jefferson 33 ..... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Iowa Wesleyan 0 ..... WOMEN'S SOCCER - Mount Mercy at Waldorf ..... MEN'S SOCCER - Waldorf 5, Mount Mercy 2
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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cougars sweep past J-Hawk swimmers

Cedar Rapids Kennedy won all 12 events and rolled to a 152-33 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tuesday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference swimming meet at the Kennedy pool.

Brooke Timmerman was a double winner for Kennedy, taking the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Timmerman was also a part of two winning relays.

Darby Manternach took top honors in the 50 and 100 free for Kennedy and was on the winning 400 free relay.


200 medley relay - Kennedy (Sam Jacobsen, Brooke Timmerman, Taylor Golden, Larkyn Aldrich), 1:57.65
200 free - Maddie Bagby (K), 2:05.98
200 IM - Brooke Timmerman (K), 2:22.14
50 free - Darby Manternach (K), 26.46
Diving - Courtney Fisher (K), 210.25
100 fly - MacKinzee Macho (K), 1:04.57
100 free - Darby Manternach (K), 58.52
500 free - Sarah Gannon (K), 5:44.27
200 free relay - Kennedy (Kristen Siebenga, Sam Jacobsen, Lydia Yang, Brooke Timmerman) 1:46.76
100 back - Taylor Golden (K), 1:06.87
100 breast - Brooke Timmerman (K), 1:12.73
400 free relay - Kennedy (Kristen Siebenga, Lydia Yang, Darby Manternach, Maddie Bagby) 3:57.01




Murphy runs away at Prairie Invy

The last time Daniel Murphy ran in a high school cross country race, he collapsed at the Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge and ended up in a hospital.

Saturday was much, much better.

Murphy ran away with top honors at the 30th Prairie Invitational and shattered the meet record in 15 minutes, 26 seconds for the 5K course.

The Linn-Mar senior beat Tysen VanDraska of Prairie by 11 seconds in the field of 17 schools and 119 individuals.

"I was not expecting that, honestly," Murphy said after his convincing victory. "Me and Tysen were battling a lot. I'm going to take it. It's a P.R. (personal record)."

Murphy was one of the top runners for the Linn-Mar varsity last year as a junior, but he suffered from dehydration and perhaps a virus at the state meet and finished 115th and last in 19 minutes, 43 seconds.



Cougars tripped by No.5 Trojans, 12-9

IOWA CITY - Cedar Rapids Kennedy football fans had to like their chances when Iowa City West faced a 4th-and-15 predicament late in the game and the Cougars clinging to a slim 9-6 lead.

One more stop. One more tackle. One more play and Kennedy would have come from Iowa City with a satisfying victory.

It didn't happen.

Iowa City West quarterback Aaron Bleil avoided the blitz and hit Gabe Huinker for a 33-yard touchdown pass on that 4th-and-15 play with 1:59 left to give the Trojans a 12-9 victory in a non-district ballgame.

"The thing about football, sometimes it comes down to one play," said new Kennedy Coach Brian White. "If the kid drops the ball, we're celebrating. If we get the sack, we're celebrating. We didn't."

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 August 2014 01:01



Cougars win twice at MVC/MAC Challenge

BETTENDORF - The Kennedy volleyball team finished with a 2-1 record at the MVC/MAC Challenge in Bettendorf Thursday night.

The Cougars topped Pleasant Valley, 21-19, 21-15, and defeated North Scott, 21-7, 21-19.

Kennedy lost its middle match to Bettendorf, 21-18, 21-10.

Cedar Rapids Prairie went 1-2 in the Challenge. The Hawks defeated North Scott, 19-21, 21-12, 15-13. They lost to Bettendorf, 19-21, 21-12, 15-13, and lost to Pleasant Valley, 21-16, 21-12.

The event matched teams from the Mississippi Valley Conference and Mississippi Athletic Conference.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 22:33

Big openers on tap for Metro gridders

There was no grand design. Nobody sat down and tried to fill the opening night of the 2014 high school football season with intriguing matchups, but that's how it turned out.

No matter where you look, all of the eight Metro teams will have an interesting battle on their hands when they open the campaign Friday night.

You've got the ancient rivalry of Washington vs. Jefferson at Kingston Stadium, with the Warriors looking to build on last year's momentum and the improved J-Hawks looking to accomplish big things this year with newcomer Jesse Furrow at quarterback.

You've got Linn-Mar at Prairie, where the Lions are hoping to rebound from a couple of sub-par campaigns and the Hawks are looking to improve upon a .500 season behind 300-pound lineman Bryce Meeker, a future Iowa State Cyclone.

There's Kennedy at Iowa City West, where both teams have new head coaches who were promoted from within the program.

There's Marion at Mount Vernon, where the Indians will be tackling the start of a demanding schedule.



Koberg claims title at Jester Park

GRANGER - Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Conner Koberg fired a 1-under-par 71 Wednesday to claim medalist honors at the Dragon Invitational at Jester Park in Granger.

Koberg nipped Caleb Peters of Johnston by one shot.

West Des Moines Valley edged Kennedy, 300-302, for the team championship. The Xavier Saints finished seventh in the 10-team field at 322.

Cole Murdock shot a 3-over 75 for Kennedy. Jordan Even carded a 3-over 75 for Xavier.


1. West Des Moines Valley 300, 2. Kennedy 302, 3. Dowling 304, 4. Johnston 306, 5. Bettendorf 308, 6. Southeast Polk 315, 7. Xavier 322, 8. Ames 331, 9. Urbandale 339, 10. Waterloo West 362.

KENNEDY: Conner Koberg 71, Cole Murdock 75, Davis Sutton 78, Ross Grekoff 78, Jordan Weiss 78, Jake Corkery 83.

XAVIER: Jordan Even 75, Luke Winker 82, Sam Martin 82, Matt Neumeyer 83, Brody Robinson 84, Mitch King 90.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:06

Kennedy girls swim by City High

IOWA CITY - Freshman MacKinzee Macho captured the 200 IM and 100 butterfly Tuesday as Kennedy dunked Iowa City High, 124-59, in the Mississippi Valley Conference opener at the Mercer Pool.

Kirsten Siebenga (50 free), Courtney Fisher (diving) and Maddie Bagby (100 free) also won individual events for Kennedy. The Cougars also claimed the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.

The Cougars won 8 of 12 events overall.




200 medley relay - Kennedy (Maddie Bagby, Brooke Timmerman, Taylor Golden, Kirsten Siebenga) 1:56.72

200 free - Taylor Pajunen (ICH) 2:08.83

200 IM - MacKinzee Macho (CRK) 2:20.87

50 free - Kirsten Siebenga (CRK) 25.68

Diving - Courtney Fisher (CRK) 213.05

100 fly - MacKinzee Macho (CRK) 1:06.74

100 free - Maddie Bagby (CRK) 57.37

500 free - Taylor Pajunen (ICH) 5:43.99

200 free relay - Kennedy (Brooke Harris, Brooke Timmerman, Darby Manternach, Lydia Young) 1:48.27

100 back - Alayna McCafferty (ICH) 1:05.40

100 breast - Lizzie Brown (ICH) 1:09.56

400 free relay - Kennedy (Maddie Bagby, Kirsten Siebenga, Lydia Yang, Taylor Golden) 3:56.75

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:31

Waukee nips Kennedy at Hunters Ridge

The Waukee Warriors spoiled the day for the Kennedy Cougars and everyone else at the Linn-Mar Invitational golf tournament Monday at Hunters Ridge.

Tripp Kinney of Waukee fired a 3-under-par 69 to claim medalist honors and lead the Warriors to the team championship.

Waukee nipped Kennedy, 305-306, for the title.

Cole Murdock of Kennedy finished second in the individual standings with a2-over 74. The Cougars got a 75 from Conner Koberg and a 76 from Davis Sutton, but all their other golfers shot in the 80's.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 20:33



Davis Sutton wins Metro Spotlight Award

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Davis Sutton is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Sutton tamed the links at Gates Park in Waterloo Thursday with a sizzling round of 7-under-par 65 to take medalist honors at the Mississippi Valley Conference Super Meet.

Sutton won the meet by four strokes as Kennedy ran away with the team championship.

Sutton is one of the top golfers in the state. He finished sixth at the Class 4A state meet at Hunters Ridge last October to help Kennedy place second in the team standings.

The Cougars are one of the favorites to win the state title this season.


White installs new offense at Kennedy

Brian White had some big news to share with Sammy Lizarraga last February.

First of all, White was going to become the new head football coach at Kennedy High School. And second of all, the Cougars were going to throw the ball a lot more this season.

Make that A LOT more.

Lizarraga, a promising quarterback with a strong arm, was all ears.

"When I got the job, he was one of the first kids I went up to and started talking to," White said this week. "I said, 'Hey, things are going to change a little bit for you, Sammy,' and his eyes lit up."


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