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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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.



Kelley tops all-Metro swim team

Washington junior Cameron Kelley, who won the 200 freestyle and set a state record in the 500 freestyle at Saturday’s boys state swimming meet, earned the All-Metro Athlete of the Year Award in boys swimming, it was announced Tuesday.

Kelley won the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 39.50 seconds in Marshalltown and set the state record of 4:39.96 while winning the 500 freestyle.

Coach of the Year honors were shared by Chris Cruise of Washington and Ryan York of Jefferson and their staffs.

Six other Washington swimmers earned first-team honors, including seniors Nick Saulnier, Mitchell Anderson and Matt Jackson, sophomores Kaleb Donelsand George Durin and freshman Jeremy Throndson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:54



Kitsos wins Metro Spotlight Award

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

Kitsos, a senior, turned in an exceptional performance for Kennedy at the state swimming meet in Marshalltown on Saturday and helped the Cougars finish 11th in the team standings.

Kitsos placed second in the 100 breaststroke in 57.50 seconds and finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 21.22 seconds. In addition, he helped the Cougars place sixth in the 200 medley relay (1:37.08) and place 11th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.75).

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 February 2016 14:49



Kennedy girls fall to Cedar Falls

WATERLOO – Rachael Sears shot a 202 game and a 362 series to lead the Cedar Falls girls bowling team in a 2,415 to 2,261 victory over Kennedy in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Maple Lanes.

Sydney Helms shot a 328 series for the Cougars.

KENNEDY: Sydney Helms 140-188=328, Alyssa Wiedemeier 155-171=326, Jamie Milota 165-156=321, Sam Eltze 147-131=278, Cate Oliphant 130-109=239, Baileigh Allen 94-102=196.

CEDAR FALLS: Rachael Sears 202-159=361, Madison Standing 179-146=325, Meredith Standing 165-154=319, Jayden Robe 138-179=317, Emily Barth 167-144=311, Megan McDonell 145-145=290.

Kennedy: 1,492-769=2,261.

Cedar Falls: 1,633-782=2,415.


Green rolls 494 series for Cougars

WATERLOO – Nick Green shot a 258 game and a 494 series, but Cedar Falls edged the Kennedy boys bowling team, 3,118 pins to 3,030, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at Maple Lanes.

Nick Hanson rolled a 429 series for the Tigers.

KENNEDY: Nick Green 258-236=494, Dakota Dippel 199-267=466, Max Hiatt 203-171=374, James Jambois 202-168=370, Bert Goodwin 180-144=324, Nathan Lindo 127-148=275.

CEDAR FALLS: Nick Hanson 246-183=429, Avery Bauer 204-256=460, Brandon Jerome 205-236=441, Dalton Swatek-Briggs 181-224=405, Jackson Reynolds 183-205=388, Dylan Swatek-Briggs 179-156=335.

Kennedy: 2,028-1,002=3,030.

Cedar Falls: 2,123-995=3,118.


No. 7 Kennedy girls fall to Hempstead

The seventh-ranked Kennedy girls basketball team struggled in the fourth quarter and was upset by Dubuque Hempstead, 50-43, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Friday at Kennedy.

The Cougars (17-4, 10-3) entered the fourth quarter with a 37-32 lead, but the Mustangs (7-13) tied the score at 41-41 with four minutes left and poured it on with a 9-2 run to finish the game.

Lela Sellers scored 14 points to lead Kennedy.

Madison Fleckenstein had 17 points to lead Hemsptead (7-13, 4-9).

DUBUQUE HEMPSTEAD (50): Bitter 3 0-0 8, Kluesner 2 2-2 7, Snitker 0 0-0 0, Fleckenstein 5 5-9 17, Kallaher 0 0-0 0, O’Hare 2 0-5 5, Krug 1 0-0 2, Doyle 0 0-0 0, Groneau 5 1-3 11. Totals 18 8-19 50.

KENNEDY (43): Langhurst 1 2-2 4, Hamilton 0 0-0 0, Hayden 1 0-0 3, Sellers 6 1-6 14, Timmerman 0 0-0 0, Hellweg 1 0-0 3, Dolphin 3 0-1 7, Runels 4 1-2 9, Meier 1 1-3 3. Totals 17 5-15 43.

Halftime – Kennedy 22, Dubuque Hempstead 16. 3-point goals – Dubuque Hempstead 6 (Bitter 2, Fleckenstein 2, Kluenser, O’Hare), Kennedy 4 (Hayden, Sellers, Hellweg, Dolphin).


Prairie saves day for Metro grapplers

Thank goodness for Prairie.

The Prairie Hawks won their regional dual meet tournament Wednesday night with a convincing 51-21 victory over North Scott, but none of the other Metro wrestling teams qualified for the state tournament.

The seventh-ranked Kennedy Cougars got punched by No. 13 Clinton, 44-26, in the regional finals at Kennedy.

The ninth-ranked Jefferson J-Hawks were stunned by No. 24 Dowling Catholic in the regional semifinals at Johnston and never got a chance to wrestle for a regional title.

The 18th-ranked Linn-Mar Lions lost to No. 4 Dubuque Hempstead, 49-27, in the regional finals after sticking No. 16 Bettendorf in the semifinals, 45-24.

The sixth-ranked Prairie Hawks (19-3) will face fifth-ranked Johnston (21-2) in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state dual meet tournament next Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

The other quarterfinals feature Southeast Polk (16-0) against Clinton (16-2), West Des Moines Valley (21-1) against Waverly-Shell Rock (23-4), and Hempstead (27-0) against Indianola (18-2).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 22:19



Cougars beat J-Hawks in final second

There have been some tough losses, some ill-advised shots and some long meetings after games, but the Kennedy Cougars vow they won't quit and they won't back down from anyone.

It showed Tuesday night.

Drake Brewster muscled in a basket with 0.9 seconds left Tuesday to give Kennedy a 60-59 victory over Jefferson in a Mississippi Valley Conference tussle at the Jefferson gym.

The J-Hawks led by eight points entering the fourth period and led by four points with 37 seconds left in the game, but the Cougars kept battling and beat the J-Hawks for the ninth straight time.

Both clubs have only seven wins this year -- Kennedy is 7-11 and Jefferson is 7-12 -- and they were evenly matched Tuesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:39



No. 7 Kennedy girls escape J-Hawks

The Kennedy girls basketball team has a bona fide star in Lela Sellers, but the Cougars showed Tuesday night they can win a tough game on the road with Sellers having a relatively quiet game.

The seventh-ranked Cougars rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half and escaped the Jefferson J-Hawks, 56-43, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at the Jefferson gym.

Sellers scored only three points in the second half -- all on free throws -- but Kennedy dug a little deeper into its portfolio to head home with a glossy 17-3 record.

Carly Langhurst, Ashley Hamilton, Hailey Dolphin and Linden Runels all made clutch baskets during a 15-0 run as the Cougars wiped out a 38-30 deficit and surged into a 45-38 lead to turn the game around.

Langhurst and Hamilton began the 15-0 run with a pair of 3-pointers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 23:05



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