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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cougar girls shoot down J-Hawks

Kennedy's Dennis Roloff moved one game closer to a coaching milestone Friday night when the Cougars clobbered Jefferson, 66-44, in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls basketball game at Jefferson.

The win was the 299th of Roloff's 20-year career at Kennedy. He goes for his 300th Saturday night in a home game against Marion.

“It’s just another game,” Roloff said.

Courtney Strait, who led the Cougars with 17 points, said she would like to be a part of the team that gets Roloff his milestone win. “We think we can do it, we feel confident,” Strait said. “We haven’t felt any pressure to get this win so that should help.”

Kennedy (7-13, 6-10 MVC) came out hot against the J-Hawks. The Cougars made their first three shots and continued to shoot the ball well throughout the game.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 00:32



Smith's hot hand carries Cougars

Justin Smith had the hot hand with a 242 high game and 405 series that led Kennedy past Xavier, 2895-2648, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Troy McKiernan rolled a high game of 212 and Austin Marshall a 203 for Kennedy (6-9, 3-7 MVC).

Mitchell Huss had a 207 high game and 377 series for Xavier (0-12, 0-10). Alex Gibney shot a 206.

XAVIER (2648): Mitchell Huss 207-377, Ryan DeWit 196-379, Logan Buschette 175-338, Alex Gibney 206-353, Kyle Elliott 192-375.

KENNEDY (2895): Austin Marshall 203-385, Justin Smith 242-405, Casey Sheets 187-373, Kyle Custer 181-327, Troy McKiernan 212-388.

First round -- Kennedy 1878, Xavier 1822. Baker round -- Kennedy 1017, Xavier 826.


Cougar girls zap Xavier

Alecia McEachran rolled a 192 high game and 358 series and Kennedy beat Xavier, 2479-2379, Friday in a Mississippi Valey Conference girls bowling meet at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Amanda Wiedemeier fired a 180 game and 343 series for Kennedy (14-4, 7-3 MVC).

Sophomore Tara Trcka led all scorers with a 306 high game and 397 series for Xavier (4-8, 4-6).

KENNEDY (2479): Caitlin Dicus 166-313, Tanner Rhoades 184-311, Alecia McEachran 192-358, Amanda Wiedemeier 180-343, Paige Ermer 175-322.

XAVIER (2379): Kari Brost 143-271, Erica Fry 146-287, Abbey Konzen 156-305, Aileen Conway 157-290, Tara Trcka 206-397.

First round -- Kennedy 1647, Xavier 1550. Baker round -- Kennedy 832, Xavier 829.


Late FT dooms No. 3 Cougars

IOWA CITY –  “Gone in 65 seconds.”

If Tuesday night’s game between Kennedy and Iowa City West were to get a Hollywood movie treatment that would be the working title.

The host Trojans, ranked ninth in Class 4A, used a pair of defensive stops and a trip to the free throw line in the closing minute-plus of action to upset No. 3 Kennedy, 45-44.

Josiah Coleman knotted the score at 44 when the Kennedy junior pulled up and knocked down a jumper with 1 minute 33 seconds left to play. After Iowa City West’s Leo Franz missed a triple the Cougars called time out with a minute five remaining to set up their first attempt at a possible game-winning play. The resulting set never came to fruition however as West ratcheted up its defensive pressure and Jeremy Morgan coaxed a 5 second call after bird-dogging Kennedy guard Jacob Misener.

“I’d like to see a tape of that,” Kennedy Coach Bob Fontana said.

West Coach Steve Bergman said Morgan’s defensive stop was the play of game, even bigger than his back-to-back 3-point shots in the waning moments of the third quarter that erased a six-point Kennedy lead.

Morgan’s stop was the beginning of the end for the Cougars, who fell to 14-3 on the year and 9-3 in MVC action.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 16:58



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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