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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Behn commits to Coe football

Cedar Rapids Kennedy offensive lineman Jackson Behn plans to continue his football career at Coe College next season.

Behn, who stands 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, moved back to Cedar Rapids from Omaha for his senior year in high school and quickly claimed a spot on Kennedy's imposing offensive line that helped Tyler Dralle break the Metro single-season record for rushing.

Behn suffered an ACL knee injury in the middle of the season and required surgery. He received Honorable Mention on the all-district team despite missing the second half of the year.

Kennedy finished 13-1 and reached the Class 4A finals for the first time in school history.

Dralle also has committed to Coe for football and baseball.


Wiedemeier, Milota pace Kennedy girls

Alyssa Wiedemeier rolled a 222 game and Jamie Milota posted a 418 series to lead the Kennedy girls bowling team to a 2,518-2,388 win over Dubuque Wahlert in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Annie Hingtgen had a 380 series for the Golden Eagles.

DUBUQUE WAHLERT: Annie Hingtgen 165-215=380, Elena Dominguez 191-140=331, Sarah Wareham 157-136=293, Cindy Stierman 145-133=278, Mary Edwards 114-138=252, Allie Timmerman 110-103=213.

KENNEDY: Jamie Milota 212-206=418, Alyssa Wiedemeier 156-222=378, Cate Oliphant 206-131=337, Abbie Haller 166-165=331, Sydney Helms 157-152=309, Sam Eltze 149-118=267.

Dubuque Wahlert: 1,534-804=2,338.

Kennedy: 1,773-745=2,518.


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.


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