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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kennedy girls fall; Lions, Warriors climb

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls basketball team dropped from No. 1 all the way down to No. 6 in the new Class 5A rankings Thursday by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Kennedy (15-2) lost last week to Cedar Falls, which used the victory to jump from 10th to fourth in the rankings. Ankeny Centennial is the top-ranked team in Class 5A this week.

The Linn-Mar Lions (12-4) jumped from 13th to 10th in the Class 5A rankings. The Washington Warriors (11-6) claimed the 15th and final spot in the poll.

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Hamilton commits to Iowa softball

Cedar Rapids Kennedy junior Ashley Hamilton has committed to the University of Iowa softball program, Kennedy activities director Aaron Stecker confirmed Wednesday morning.

Hamilton, a shortstop, hit .435 with two home runs and 28 RBIs for Kennedy last season as a sophomore. She was named second team all-state in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Hamilton helped the Cougars compile a 28-13 record last season.

 

Dolphin sparks No. 1 Cougars by Rams

DUBUQUE – Hailey Dolphin scored 22 points to lead the top-ranked Kennedy girls basketball team to a 73-30 win over Dubuque Senior in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Senior.

Lela Sellers added 14 points for the Cougars (15-2). Sydney Hayden scored 12 points. Dolphin and Hayden had four 3-pointers.

Dubuque Senior fell to 2-15.

KENNEDY (73): Langhurst 3 1-2 7, Hamilton 2 0-0 6, Hayden 4 0-0 12, Sellers 6 0-0 14, Steele 2 0-0 4, Timmerman 0 0-0 0, Vaske 1 1-2 3, Hellweg 0 0-0 0, Dolphin 8 2-2 22, Runels 2 0-0 4, Meier 0 0-0 0, Gallagher 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 5-8 73.

DUBUQUE SENIOR (30): Zillig 0 0-0 0, S.Biehl 0 1-2 1, Schueller 0 0-0 0, Burns 1 0-0 2, Hawkins 0 0-0 0, Wernimont 0 0-0 0, Mills 2 0-0 4, Udelhofen 0 0-0 0, Tigges 3 0-1 8, Mott 2 0-0 4, K.Biehl 4 1-2 11. Totals 12 2-5 30.

Halftime – Kennedy 44, Dubuque Senior 14. 3-point goals – Kennedy 12 (Dolphin 4, Hayden 4, Hamilton 2, Sellers 2), Dubuque Senior 4 (K.Biehl 2, Tigges 2).

   

Kennedy boys fall to Dubuque Senior

Dubuque Senior proved to be too much for the Kennedy boys basketball team, as the Rams beat the Cougars 72-61 in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Tuesday at Kennedy.

Drake Brewster scored 13 points for Kennedy (5-9). Derrick Diggins scored 12 points and Matt Gardner added 11 points.

Carter Stevens had 21 points for Senior (9-5) and Derek Noel had 20.

DUBUQUE SENIOR (72): Noel 7 5-5 20, Stevens 6 6-6 21, Link 1 0-0 3, Psihoyos 5 1-2 12, Humpal-Griffin 2 0-0 4, Timmerman 1 0-0 2, Hendricks 2 0-0 5, Carter 2 1-2 5. Totals 26 13-15 72.

KENNEDY (61): Haynes 0 0-0 0, Brewster 4 5-6 13, Gardner 4 2-5 11, Girling 3 0-0 8, Berst 2 0-1 5, Duehr 0 0-0 0, Olejniczak 0 0-0 0, Krall 1 0-0 2, Diggins 4 1-1 12, Bisenius 2 0-1 6, Beyer 1 1-2 3, Wiebel 0 0-0 0, King 0 0-0 0, Wall 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 10-19 61.

Halftime – Dubuque Senior 40, Kennedy 29. 3-point goals – Dubuque Senior 7 (Stevens 3, Noel, Link, Psihoyos, Hendricks), Kennedy 9 (Diggins 3, Bisenius 2, Girling 2, Gardner, Berst).

 

Techau wins Metro Spotlight Award

Max Techau of Xavier is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school boys this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Techau, a 6-foot-7 junior, is a key member of the Xavier basketball team that is ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by the Associated Press with an 11-2 record.

Techau is averaging 15.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the Saints. He leads the entire Mississippi Valley Conference in blocked shots and leads the Mississippi Division in the MVC in scoring average with a slight edge on teammate Mitchell Burger.

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Cougars crown 5 champs at Letts

LETTS - The Kennedy Cougars won five individual titles at the Louisa-Muscatine wrestling tournament Saturday.

Cam Shaver (106), Nolan Hromidko (126), Logen Rodriguez (152), Ben Sarasin (160) and Garrett Kubovec (170) came home from Letts with championships.

Dalles Jacobus (220) and Kale Crawford (145) placed second for the Cougars. Gabe Long (113), Dylan Ironside (138) and Sam Pape (195) finished third.

Mediapolis edged Kennedy for the title, 206-204.

Team Standings

1. Mediapolis 206, 2. Kennedy 204, 3. West Delaware 159.5, 4. West Liberty 138.5, 5. West Burlington/Notre Dame 85.5, 6. Louisa-Muscatine 74.5, 7. Belle Plaine 18.

 

No. 1 Cougars ripped by Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS - Cedar Falls coach Gregg Groen says there's nothing flashy about the manner in which his girls' basketball team defends. Friday night, it was the Tigers' hard-nosed, man-to-man approach that allowed Groen's team to force its way into the conversation as one of the state's best.

Class 5A's No. 10-rated Cedar Falls held No. 1 Kennedy 13 points below its season-low to take over sole possession of first place in the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division standings with an eye-opening, 46-30 victory.

"We just play man-to-man defense," Groen said after his team held Kennedy to 9 of 41 shooting. "We really don't do that much special. It becomes a team effort of how can we collectively shut them down. Tonight I thought the girls came out and I thought they played extremely well defensively."

After patiently passing the ball around Kennedy's zone defense in the first quarter to take a 13-8 lead aided by three Kiana Barney 3-pointers, the Tigers (13-1, 8-0) held Kennedy (14-2, 7-1) scoreless for the final six minutes of the second quarter resulting in a commanding 24-12 halftime advantage.

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Cougars fall to Cedar Falls in OT

A.J. Green scored 32 points to lead the Cedar Falls boys basketball team to a 73-66 overtime win over Kennedy in a Mississippi Valley Conference game Friday at Kennedy.

The Cougars led by as much as 48-39 with three minutes left in regulation, but the Tigers fought back to tie the score at 55 and send the game into overtime, where they out-scored Kennedy 18-11.

Derrick Diggins scored 27 points for the Cougars (5-8). Drake Brewster and Matt Berst each scored 11.

Cedar Falls improved to 9-3.

CEDAR FALLS (73): Fagan 4 7-11 15, Harrington 1 0-0 3, Green 9 10-10 32, Labeaux 5 3-4 13, Alexander 0 3-6 3, Johnson 1 2-4 4, Bower 0 0-0 0, Gerdes 0 3-4 3, Leisinger 0 0-0 0, Loecher 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 28-39 73.

KENNEDY (66): Haynes 0 0-0 0, Brewster 3 5-5 11, Gardner 0 0-0 0, Girling 1 2-2 5, Berst 4 2-3 11, Duehr 1 0-0 2, Diggins 11 2-3 27, Bisenius 1 0-2 2, Wall 2 2-5 6, Beyer 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 13-20 66.

Halftime – Kennedy 27, Cedar Falls 22. 3-point goals – Cedar Falls 5 (Green 4, Harrington), Kennedy 5 (Diggins 3, Girling, Berst).

 

Milota leads Cougars by IC West

Jamie Milota had a 204 game and a 365 series to lead the Kennedy girls bowling team to a 2,366 to 2,178 win over Iowa City West in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Samantha Lovell rolled a 396 series for the Women of Troy.

IOWA CITY WEST: Samantha Lovell 203-193=396, Kalei Strabala 130-161=291, Nicole Ritchey 148-123=271, Ashley Bys 122-146=268, Skyler Dickerson 123-119=242, Allison Bys 125-113=238.

KENNEDY: Jamie Milota 204-161=365, Alyssa Wiedemeier 182-160=342, Cate Oliphant 117-184=301, Sydney Helms 161-135=296, Abbie Haller 161-131=292, Sam Eltze 122-148=270.

Iowa City West: 1,468-710=2,178.

Kennedy: 1,596-770=2,366.

   

Jambois rolls 473 series for Cougars

James Jambois rolled a 268 game and a 473 series, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa City West edged the Kennedy boys bowling team, 2,976 pins to 2,863, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Jordan Tiegs had a 428 series for the Trojans.

IOWA CITY WEST: Jordon Tiegs 204-224=428, Jacob Fisher 209-201=410, Corey Roth 211-195=406, Nicholas Rohm 246-152=398, Patrick Wood 192-172=364, Kalen Rios 139-135=274.

KENNEDY: James Jambois 205-268=473, Max Hiatt 193-208=401, Bert Goodwin 187-187=374, Dakota Dippel 127-244=371, Nathan Fisher 160-160=320, Nick Green 147-159=306.

Iowa City West: 2,006-970=2,976.

Kennedy: 1,939-924=2,863.

   
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