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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Blood, Sturtz top all-Metro bowling

Rylee Blood of Prairie and Hunter Sturtz of Jefferson have been honored as the Athletes of the Year on the all-Metro bowling teams, as selected by the Metro coaches.

Prairie girls claimed three of seven spots on the all-Metro first team with Blood, Ashley Sundstrom and Sabrina Keiper. Shania Christensen of Washington, Bre Smith of Marion, Mekena Diercks of Linn-Mar and Jamie Milota of Kennedy also made the first team.

Alex Diercks of Linn-Mar, James Jambois of Kennedy, Matt Galloro of Prairie, Jarrett Steward of Marion, Jacob Fulton of Xavier and Charlie Hart of Xavier joined Sturtz on the all-Metro first team for boys.

Don Willfong of Prairie was named the girls Coach of the Year and Mat Fowler of Jefferson was named the boys Coach of the Year.

Second Team Girls

Kaitlyn Earley (Prairie), Alexis Tschantz (Linn-Mar), Jade Klinefelter (Prairie), Alexis Smith (Marion), Megan Kitzmiller (Jefferson), Tanya Zaugg (Xavier).

Second Team Boys

Chase Donner (Jefferson), Nathan Williams (Linn-Mar), Ryan Wyant (Linn-Mar), Bert Goodwin (Kennedy), Shawn Wille (Prairie), Dakota Timmerman (Marion).

Honorable Mention Girls

Jefferson - Allie Schirmer, Hailey Kimble
Kennedy - Alyssa Wiedemeier, Abbie Haller
Linn-Mar - Abbie Smith, Brittni Krause
Marion - Aleann Romo, Alicia Steepleton
Prairie - Mikayla Hite, Ashley Grady
Washington - Ella Wake, Lucy Forster
Xavier - Cheyanne Crane, Ella Schrader

Honorable Mention Boys

Jefferson - Riley Walton, John Gardner
Kennedy - Max Hiatt, Nick Green
Linn-Mar - Jacob Wheaton, Alex Barnett
Marion - Dylan Nash, Nate Meister
Prairie - Lucas Galloro, Brendan Poock
Washington - Donovan Trimble, John Taylor
Xavier - Jackson Schuster, Michael Buenzow

 

Kennedy girls roll past Muscatine

Lela Sellers scored 15 points as the 11th-ranked Kennedy girls basketball team made quick work of Muscatine with a 47-25 win in a Class 5A regional semifinal Saturday at Kennedy.

The Cougars (18-4) advanced to play No. 8 Davenport North (20-3) in a regional final at 7 p.m. Tuesday at North.

Kennedy led 10-2 after the first quarter and never looked back. Linden Runels added 11 points for the Cougars.

Muscatine finished 9-14.

MUSCATINE (25): Rusch 0 1-2 1, Miller 0 0-0 0, Butler 0 0-0 0, Kerr 1 0-0 2, Rodgers 1 5-8 7, Wagg 0 0-0 0, White 0 0-0 0, Hepker 2 0-0 4, Torres 2 1-1 6, Oppel 1 3-6 5. Totals 7 10-17 25.

KENNEDY (47): Choate 0 1-2 1, Langhurst 2 1-2 6, Hamilton 1 2-2 5, Hayden 2 0-0 6, Sellers 7 1-1 15, Steele 0 0-2 0, Timmerman 0 0-0 0, Vaske 0 0-0 0, Hellweg 1 0-0 2, Dolphin 0 1-2 1, Runels 4 0-0 11, Meier 0 0-0 0, Gallagher 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-11 47.

Halftime – Kennedy 25, Muscatine 10. 3-point goals – Muscatine 1 (Torres), Kennedy 7 (Runels 3, Hayden 2, Lanhurst, Hamilton).

 

Surprising Cougars steal the show

DES MOINES - The Cedar Rapids Kennedy wrestling team surprised a lot of people at the Class 3A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines this week.

They even surprised themselves.

The Cougars surged into a tie for fourth place in the team standings Saturday following the consolation finals at Wells Fargo Arena with just a five-man team.

The Cougars have fared better than all the other Metro teams in the tournament and they've fared better than all the other Mississippi Valley Conference clubs in the tournament.

Nobody saw it coming.

"We turned a lot of heads today," said Nolan Hromidko, who placed third at 126 pounds. "I was surprised myself, actually, when I looked at the standings today, but that's what hard work and determination gets you."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 10:16

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4 Metro grapplers eye state titles

DES MOINES - The emotions will be churning for four Metro wrestlers Saturday night when they join the Parade of Champions at Wells Fargo Arena prior to the final round of the Class 3A state tournament in Des Moines.

But first, they needed to calm their nerves and try to get a good night's sleep Friday after winning in the semifinals.

"Some nights I don't sleep at all and some other nights I'll sleep like a baby," said Taylor Mehmen of Prairie, who will be gunning for the 195-pound crown. "I guess we'll see when I get back to the hotel."

Clint Lembeck of Xavier (138), Logan Rodriguez of Kennedy (152) and Shea Hartzler of Linn-Mar (160) also will be battling for state crowns Saturday night.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 22:20

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6 Metro wrestlers make 3A semifinals

DES MOINES - Six wrestlers from Metro high schools won their matches in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state tournament Friday morning and will wrestle in the semifinals Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Sam Uthoff of Prairie (132), Clint Lembeck of Xavier (138), Josh Gehrke of Xavier (145), Logen Rodriguez of Kennedy (152), Shea Hartzler of Linn-Mar (160) and Taylor Mehmen of Prairie (195) are now two victories away from winning a coveted state title.

The Prairie Hawks are tied for fourth in the team standings with 39 points heading into Friday night's action. Kennedy is ninth with 31 points. Xavier is 19th with 19.5 points. Jefferson and Linn-Mar are tied for 20th with 20 points.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 15:08

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Kennedy boys pound City High

Four players scored in double digits as the Kennedy boys basketball team completed the regular season with an 82-55 win over Iowa City High in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Thursday at Kennedy.

Mike Bisenius scored 18 points for the Cougars (10-11). Drake Brewster pitched in 16 points. Derrick Diggins and Shaun Beyer each added 11.

Nile Ringen scored 14 points for the Little Hawks (12-9).

IOWA CITY HIGH (55): Smith 2 1-2 5, Mulligan 1 0-0 2, Ringen 5 0-0 14, Jones 5 0-0 10, Martin 5 1-1 11, Dillon 0 0-0 0, Johnson 4 3-5 11, Nkumu 0 0-0 0, Cotton 0 0-1 0, Scott 0 0-0 0, Olaguez-Duarte 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 5-9 55.

KENNEDY (82): Haynes 0 1-2 1, Brewster 4 6-7 16, Girling 1 0-0 2, Berst 2 0-0 4, Duehr 1 2-2 5, Olejniczak 0 1-2 1, Krall 0 0-0 0, Diggins 1 8-8 11, Foley 3 0-0 9, Bisenius 7 0-0 18, Harris 0 0-0 0, Beyer 5 1-1 11, Wiebel 1 0-0 2, King 0 0-0 0, Wall 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 19-22 82.

Halftime – Kennedy 42, Iowa City High 35. 3-point goals – Iowa City High 4 (Ringen 4), Kennedy 11 (Bisenius 4, Foley 3, Brewster 2, Duehr, Diggins).

 

17 Metro wrestlers win state openers

DES MOINES - Seventeen wrestlers from Metro schools won their opening-round matches at the Class 3A state tournament Thursday in Des Moines and advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday.

The Prairie Hawks finished with a 5-3 record in the first round with Conrad Braswell (106), Marcus England (113), Sam Uthoff (132), Morgan Hood (152) and Taylor Mehmen (195) all advancing. Tyler Pasker (220) lost in the first round, but bounced back in a consolation match and stayed alive in the tournament. Trenten Wennermark (126) and Alex Heisdorffer (285) dropped both of their matches for the Hawks and were eliminated.

Prairie is tied for third place in the team standings with 19.5 points with Johnston and West Des Moines Valley. Fort Dodge leads the Class 3A standings with 31 points, with Southeast Polk second at 28.

The Kennedy Cougars had an impressive day in the opening round with Nolan Hromidko (126), Logen Rodriguez (152), Ben Sarasin (160), Garrett Kubovec (170) and Dalles Jacobus (220) all prevailing in the Round of 16. Kennedy is tied for ninth in the team standings with 14 points after going 5-for-5 in their openers.

The Jefferson J-Hawks went 2-2 in the opening round with Joseph Sibomana (113) and Kyle Briggs (152) advancing. Brenden Baker (120) and Nick Dreckman (182) lost in the first round, but won in their wrestle-back to stay alive. The J-Hawks are in 17th place in the standings.

The Xavier Saints went 2-1 in the opening round with Clint Lembeck (138) and Josh Gerke (145) collecting pins. Keegan Schultschik (120) lost in the first round, but won his wrestle-back. The Saints are in 21st place.

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Wash, Kennedy girls miss state bowling

Shania Christensen rolled a 225 game and a 410 series for the third-best individual score to lead the Washington girls bowling team to a fourth-place finish with 2,242 pins in a Class 3A state qualifying tournament Tuesday at Lancer Lanes.

Kennedy shot 2,426 pins for third place. Bettendorf won with 2,590 and earned an automatic berth to the state tournament. Cedar Falls was second at 2,566.

Sydney Helms rolled a 198 game and a 387 series to lead the Cougars.

Team standings

1. Bettendorf 2,590; 2. Cedar Falls 2,566; 3. Kennedy 2,426; 4. Washington 2,242.

Individual leaders: 1. Abby Goldsberry (B) 236-223=459; 2. Jayden Robe (CF) 245-170=415; 3. Shania Christensen (W) 185-225=410.

Kennedy (2,426): Sydney Helms 189-198=387; Alyssa Wiedemeier 183-192=375; Cate Oliphant 164-188=352; Jamie Milota 162-162=324; Abbie Haller 145-152=297; Sam Eltze 139-142=281.

Washington (2,242): Shania Christensen 185-225=410; Kobie Dills (9) 171-165=336; Ella Wake 185-134=319; Lucy Foster 103-142=245; Viola Niyizigama 111-123=234; Kenzie Dills (9) 125-97=222.

 

Bisenius leads Cougars by Wahawks

WATERLOO - Michael Bisenius popped in 19 points and Derrick Diggins added 13 Tuesday night as the Kennedy Cougars topped Waterloo West, 60-53, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game in Waterloo.

Kennedy raised its records to 9-11 overall and 7-8 in the conference.

Jacory Spates scored 15 points for Waterloo West (6-14, 4-11).

KENNEDY (60): Brewster 2 0-0 4, Berst 2 3-6 7, Foley 0 0-0 0, Bisenius 5 6-7 19, Wall 0 1-2 1, Diggins 5 3-4 13, Duehr 3 0-0 7, Beyer 1 0-0 2, Girling 3 0-0 7. Totals 21 13-19 60.

WATERLOO WEST (53): Spates 5 3-4 15, Pepin 2 0-0 5, Caddell 2 0-0 4, Harris-Anderson 4 2-2 11, Kuljuhovic 4 3-5 11, Burt 1 0-0 2, Lanier 1 0-2 3, Nickelson 1 0-1 2. Totals 20 8-14 53.

Halftime - Kennedy 37, Waterloo West 28. 3-point goals - Kennedy 4 (Bisenius 2, Duehr 1, Girling 1), Waterloo West 5 (Spates 2, Pepin 1, Harris-Anderson 1, Lanier 1).

   

Kennedy, Wash take 3rd, 4th

The Kennedy and Washington boys bowling teams placed third and fourth, respectively, in a Class 3A state qualifier tournament Tuesday at Lancer Lanes and did not advance to the state meet.

Cedar Falls won with 3,288 pins and earned an automatic berth to the state tournament, followed by Bettendorf with 3,142, Kennedy with 2,974 and Washington with 2,670.

Brandon Jerome of Cedar Falls was the individual champion with a 533 series.

Max Hiatt rolled a 219 game and James Jambois had a 392 series to lead the Cougars.

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