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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy girls give No. 3 team a tussle

It was hard to tell the winning coach from the losing one in the Kennedy gym Tuesday night.

After his third-ranked Iowa City West girls eked out a hard-fought 62-53 victory, B.J. Mayer looked like he'd been through the wringer.

"Kennedy's a nice, well-coached team," said the exuberant young coach, hoarse and drained in sweat. "Their record is very deceiving."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:58



Hoyer named Coach of the Year

Bret Hoyer of Kennedy has been honored as the 2010 Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Hoyer led Kennedy (32-10) to the Class 4A state title last July with an 11-1 victory in five innings against Iowa City West in the championship game in Des Moines.

Hoyer received the award at the IBCA convention in Cedar Rapids on Jan. 29.


Ex-coach Collis inducted into Nevada HS Hall

The late Mike Collis, who coached Kennedy to a state basketball title in 1972, has been inducted into the Nevada High School Hall of Fame. He was a football, basketball and track star for Nevada in the 1960's.

Collis started the basketball program at Kennedy in 1967 and began his career with a long losing streak. He was only 24 when he got that first coaching job at Kennedy, and a few years later he led the Cougars to the state title.

Collis went into private business with his family in Des Moines after grabbing the state crown and met his untimely death in December of 1972, just a few months after winning the title.


Stingy Cougars sweep series from Washington

Cedar Rapids Kennedy Coach Bob Fontana has persuaded his guys to play defense with passion, pride and persistence.

It's been a simple message to get across.

"If you don't play defense, you don't play," senior Jake Misener explained. "That's how he gets us to play defense."

The stingy fourth-ranked Cougars held Washington to just three points in the third quarter Friday night and spanked the Warriors, 57-50, on Hall of Fame Night at Washington.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 February 2011 10:11



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