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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Goodwin notches 473 series for Cougars

Bert Goodwin had a 257 game and a 473 series to lead the Kennedy boys bowling team to a 2,837-2,577 win over Dubuque Wahlert in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Jack Kamentz rolled a 384 series for the Golden Eagles.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT: Jack Kamentz 152-232=384, Justin Kluesner 208-156=364, Sang Hyuk Chae 167-171=338, Colton Hoover 152-170=322, Matt Bahl 146-151=297, Alex Nilles 129-121=250.

KENNEDY: Bert Goodwin 216-257=473, Nick Green 210-172=382, James Jambois 174-205=379, Nathan Fisher 168-180=348, Dakota Dippel 177-164=341.

Dubuque Wahlert: 1,705-872=2,577,

Kennedy: 1,939-898=2,837.


Washington boys bump off Kennedy

Justin Decker was happy and optimistic about the future when he left the Kennedy High School gym Friday night.

Jon McKowen was disappointed and frustrated.

Guess who won?

The Washington Warriors played a solid game from start to finish and defeated the Cougars, 58-42, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game that paired two Metro clubs in desperate need of victories.

Washington raised its records to 6-10 overall and 3-8 in the league. Kennedy fell to 6-11 overall and 4-8 in the MVC.

"To be honest, we played the best we have all year defensively," said Decker, in his first year as the head coach at Washington. "I challenged our guys to play a 32-minute game and we finally got one out of them.

"It's great to see that they're still buying in."

McKowen led Kennedy to the Class 4A state tournament in his first two years as head coach, but this year's club has not jelled and appears to have issues with team chemistry.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2016 00:34



No. 7 Cougars top No. 15 Warriors

Their No. 1 ranking is only a fond memory now, but the Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls basketball team is still enjoying one of the best seasons in school history despite losing a pair of games recently.

The Cougars added another victory to their impressive resume Friday night when they knocked off 15th-ranked Washington, 64-58, in a foul-plagued Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kennedy.

The Cougars have dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the Class 5A rankings following losses to Cedar Falls and Iowa City West, two MVC opponents that are ranked by the IGHSAU as well, but they are still a dangerous club at 16-3 overall and 9-2 in the league.

"It's been a solid year for us," Kennedy coach Tony Vis said. "We have to try and peak here the last couple of weeks going into the tournament."

Lela Sellers led a balanced attack for the Cougars with 20 points and more good work off the defensive backboards. Sydney Hayden scored 13 points, Hailey Dolphin had 12 points and Ashley Hamilton came off the bench to pop in 11.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 23:38



Cougars 7th, Lions 8th in girls rankings

The Kennedy girls basketball team fell from No. 6 to No. 7 in the latest Class 5A rankings, released Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Linn-Mar claimed the No. 8 spot in Class 5A, moving up from No. 10 last week. Washington stayed 15th.

Marion maintained its No. 7 ranking in Class 4A from a week ago.


1. Ankeny Centennial, 2. Johnston, 3. Iowa City High, 4. Cedar Falls, 5. Waukee, 6. Indianola, 7. Kennedy, 8. Linn-Mar, 9. Davenport North, 10. Southeast Polk, 11. West Des Moines Valley, 12. Iowa City West, 13. Dowling Catholic, 14. Pleasant Valley, 15. Cedar Rapids Washington.


1. Harlan, 2. Western Dubuque, 3. Council Bluffs Lewis Central, 4. Keokuk, 5. Ballard, 6. North Scott, 7. Marion, 8. Pella, 9. Fairfield, 10. Mason City, 11. Waverly-Shell Rock, 12. Grinnell, 13. Dallas Center-Grimes, 14. Boone, 15. Central DeWitt.


Diggins, Brewster lead Kennedy by East

Derrick Diggins scored 13 points and Drake Brewster added 12 to lead the Kennedy boys basketball team to a 51-41 win over Waterloo East in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Thursday at Kennedy.

The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed due to bad weather.

Isaiah Wade scored 11 points for the Trojans (7-9).

Kennedy improved to 6-10.

WATERLOO EAST (41): A.Clark 2 2-3 8, Gaffeny 0 0-0 0, J.Clark 1 0-0 2, Reed 1 0-0 2, Nickelson 0 1-2 1, Muhammad 0 0-0 0, Sanders 3 2-2 8, Phillips 1 0-0 2, Matlock 2 0-0 5, Wade 4 3-7 11, Garrey 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 8-14 41,

KENNEDY (51): Brewster 3 6-8 12, Gardner 1 0-0 2, Girling 0 0-0 0, Berst 1 0-0 2, Duehr 0 0-0 0, Diggins 3 6-7 13, Foley 2 0-0 6, Bisenius 1 0-0 3, Beyer 2 1-2 5, Wall 3 2-3 8. Totals 16 15-20 51.

Halftime – Kennedy 25, Waterloo East 20. 3-point goals – Waterloo East 3 (Clark 2, Matlock), Kennedy 4 (Foley 2, Diggins, Bisenius).


Angry J-Hawks stick Kennedy, 39-21

The Jefferson J-Hawks sent a clear message to all the wrestling coaches in Iowa who pooped all over them in the latest IWCOA rankings.

You guys were dead wrong.

The angry J-Hawks captured nine of 14 bouts Thursday night and defeated Kennedy, 39-21, in a dramatic Mississippi Valley Conference showdown at the Jefferson gym.

The coaches who vote in the IWCOA rankings dropped Jefferson from No. 5 to No. 9 in the poll that was used by the IHSAA to determine the assignments for the regional dual meet tournaments next Wednesday. At the same time, the coaches lifted Kennedy from No. 9 to No. 7 and effectively gave the Cougars a nice assignment at home in the regional tournament while shipping Jefferson to Johnston.

The top eight teams in the IWCOA rankings get to host the regionals and everyone else has to travel. Jefferson drew a tough assignment in the regional at Johnston that features the fifth-ranked Johnston Dragons and Dowling Catholic.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 February 2016 23:51



Cougars, Lions lead parade to college

The Kennedy Cougars and Linn-Mar Lions will be leading the parade of college commitments this week.

The winter signing period begins Wednesday for many college-bound athletes, although prep athletes who are heading to NCAA Division III schools will not be signing letters-of-intent since D3 colleges do not offer athletic scholarships.

Kennedy High School plans to hold a ceremony at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria to honor the following college-bound athletes:

  • Shaun Beyer, University of Iowa, football
  • Dalles Jacobus, University of Iowa, football
  • Tyler Dralle, Coe College, football & baseball
  • Carly Langhurst, Iowa State, soccer
  • Anna Frerichs, Iowa State, soccer
  • Sydney Hayden, Northern Iowa, soccer
  • Linden Runels, Carnegie Mellon, soccer
  • Cameron Stump, Simpson, golf
  • Paige Timmerman, Luther, softball
  • Logen Rodriguez, Wisconsin-La Crosse, wrestling

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 08:09



Kirkwood men set Alumni Day for Saturday

The Kirkwood men's basketball program will be hosting an Alumni Day this Saturday for all former players, coaches and managers of the team.

The ninth-ranked Eagles (19-3) are hosting Iowa Lakes (15-7) in a key ICCAC conference game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Hall.

All of the alumni and their families will be admitted for free. There will be a social gathering for all the alumni at Jersey's after the game.


Jacobus will join Hawks as a walk-on

Dalles Jacobus, the inspirational leader of the Kennedy football "family" that won 13 straight games last season, has found a new football family to call his own next year.

Jacobus said Monday he has accepted an offer to join the Iowa Hawkeyes as a preferred walk-on, joining a program that won 12 straight games this season and rocketed to national attention.

Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan began talking to Jacobus about the possibility of joining the Hawkeyes last summer, but everything happened quickly Monday morning after Morgan contacted Kennedy Coach Brian White.

"Coach White came up to me and said, 'Come see me during lunch,'" Jacobus related. "So I went up and talked to Coach Morgan during lunch and that's when I committed.

"We've been talking on and off since the summer," he said. "I went to a camp there and Coach Morgan said he liked my fight, but he wanted to watch me throughout the year and see what I can do and evaluate me from there."

Jacobus helped Kennedy reach the championship game of the Class 4A playoffs for the first time in school history.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 13:09



Dralle will play football, baseball at Coe

Cedar Rapids Kennedy football star Tyler Dralle plans to continue his career at Coe College, he announced Saturday on his Twitter account.

Dralle, a workhorse tailback for the Cougars, helped Kennedy finish with a 13-1 record and finish second in the Class 4A playoffs. He carried the ball 408 times and set the Metro record with 2,254 yards. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and scored 24 touchdowns.

Dralle also plans to play baseball for the Kohawks. He hit .297 with three home runs and 37 RBIs for Kennedy last season, helping the Cougars finish with a 30-12 record and reach the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament. He also compiled a 2-0 record and 1.56 ERA as a pitcher.

Dralle was named first team all-state in football by the Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association.


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