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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cougars hit low point in 56-37 loss

It's nearly late January and the Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys basketball team is still searching for answers.

Coach Jon McKowen is beginning to wonder if they'll find them in time.

The Cougars hit a power outage Tuesday night and were stuffed by Johnston, 56-37, in a non-conference game at Kennedy that dropped the Cougars to 5-and-7 for the campaign following two straight trips to the state tournament.

Kennedy made only four field goals in the first half and shot poorly for the entire game, finishing 13 of 51 for 25.5 percent, and their output of 37 points was the lowest in McKowen's three years as head coach. The previous low was 43 points in a 53-43 setback to Ames earlier this season.

The Cougars trailed 29-14 at halftime Tuesday and never caught up.

"As players we're not messing, but as coaches we're also not meshing with each other," McKowen said outside the quiet Kennedy locker room. "Now is the time. Our backs are against the wall and it's kind of desperation time. We have to figure each other out pretty quick."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 23:31



England, Uthoff win titles for Prairie

GENESEO, Ill. - Marcus England and Sam Uthoff won titles for the Cedar Rapids Prairie wrestling team at the Geneseo Invitational Saturday.

England, who is ranked No. 5 at 113 pounds, pinned Jacob Schipper of North Scott in 3:02 for his crown. England went 3-0 in the tournament with three straight pins.

Uthoff, who is ranked No. 1 at 132 pounds, raised his record to 24-0 with a 12-2 major decision over Josh Jones of Chicago Heights in the finals. Uthoff went 4-0 in the tournament with three pins and a technical fall.

Taylor Mehmen placed second at 195 pounds for Prairie.



Kitsos leads Cougars at SE Polk swim

RUNNELLS - Stefan Kitsos of Kennedy captured the 100 breaststroke at the Southeast Polk Invitational swim meet Saturday in Runnells.

Kitsos was clocked in 1:00.57, beating Zach Linder of Waukee to the wall by 64-hundredths of a second.

Waukee won all the other events and claimed the championship with 443 points. Kennedy finished second out of eight schools with 261 points.

The Cougars got second-place finishes from Cade Schoenauer in the 200 free, Kitsos in the 100 free and the 200 medley relay. The Cougars got third-place showings from Reece Linder in the 200 IM, Schoenauer in the 100 fly and Clark Montover in the 200 free and 500 free.



Hiatt leads Cougars by Prairie

Max Hiatt rolled a 264 game and a 491 series as the Kennedy boys bowling team stopped Prairie, 3,101 pins to 2,464, in a Mississppi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Lucas Galloro had a 244 game and a 396 series for the Prairie Hawks.

PRAIRIE: Lucas Galloro 152-244=396, Matt Galloro 200-188=388, Paul Toczylowski 180-154=334, Spencer Rayman 69-118=287, Brendon Poock 113-150=263, Dylan Kacena 96-106=202.

KENNEDY: Max Hiatt 227-264=491, James Jambois 248-223=471, Nick Green 189-205=394, Dakota Dippel 171-194=365, Bert Goodwin 166-190=356, Aeron Stockwell 177-166=343

Prairie: 1,668-796=2,464.

Kennedy: 2,077-1,024=3,101.


Keiper sparks Prairie by Kennedy

Sabrina Keiper had a 278 game and a 449 series to lead the Prairie girls bowling team in a 2,876 to 2,256 win over Kennedy in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Friday at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Jamie Milota rolled a 180 game and a 346 series for the Cougars.

PRAIRIE: Sabrina Keiper 278-171=449, Rylee Blood 173-191=364, Ashley Sundstrom 166-192=358, Kaitlyn Early 162-178=340, Jade Klinefelter 124-205=329, Mikayla Hite 127-189=316.

KENNEDY: Jamie Milota 166-180=346, Sydney Helms 153-160=313, Abbie Haller 123-166=289, Sam Eltze 132-151=283, Alyssa Wiedemeier 155-126=281, Cate Oliphant 149-113=262.

Prairie: 1,840-1,036=2,876.

Kennedy: 1,512-744=2,256.


Kennedy boys nip hard-luck J-Hawks

One of these days the basketball gods are going to smile on the guys from Cedar Rapids Jefferson, but it did not happen Friday night.


The Kennedy Cougars handed the J-Hawks another agonizing defeat, 54-53, in a Mississippi Valley Conference battle at the Kennedy gym.

The J-Hawks have lost their last three games by a grand total of five points with setbacks to Dubuque Senior (48-47), Cedar Falls (68-65) and now Kennedy (54-53).

"We have to have a sustained effort for all 32 minutes and cut back on the little mistakes," said Jefferson Coach Brandon Horman. "It's nice to be on the hump this year, but we've got to get over the hump."

Jefferson lost all 16 of its MVC games last season and is 0-6 in the league this year, saddling the J-Hawks with a 22-game losing streak in the conference. The skid almost ended Friday in a taut affair.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 January 2016 00:20



Sellers lifts No. 1 Cougars by J-Hawks

Somebody forgot to tell the girls from Cedar Rapids Jefferson they were supposed to tremble at the sight of the top-ranked Kennedy Cougars on Friday night.

"There was no doubt that we would give them everything we had," Jefferson coach Jason Edwards said.

The Cougars had Lela Sellers, however, and that made all the difference in the world.

Sellers poured in 29 points and snared 14 rebounds as Kennedy slipped away from the J-Hawks in the final 75 seconds, 61-49, in an entertaining Mississippi Valley Conference game at Kennedy.

Jefferson rallied from a 17-point deficit and pulled within four points at 51-47 on a bucket by Erin Kuba with 1:39 remaining, but the Cougars kept their cool and drilled 10 straight free throws to avoid the upset.

Kennedy climbed into the No. 1 spot in the Class 5A rankings Thursday afternoon, but Jefferson did everything it could to try to knock the Cougars off their lofty perch.

"I thought we were a little uneven tonight," Kennedy coach Tony Vis said, "but at the same time I give more credit to Jefferson, because they wouldn't give up, they wouldn't go away and they really attacked us inside and had some success."

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 23:23



Kennedy grapples pin Waterloo West

The Kennedy wrestling team clobbered Waterloo West, 59-18, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet Tuesday at Kennedy.

Logen Rodriguez had a 31-second pin at 152 pounds and Dylan Ironside had a 43-second pin for the Cougars at 138. Ben Sarasin collected a technical fall at 160.

145 – Kale Crawford (K) major dec. Jaydon Bartz 10-2.
152 – Logen Rodriguez (K) pinned Jovontay Burris :31.
160 – Ben Sarasin (K) tech. fall over John Ramirez 16-0 1:58.
170 – Cody Rodebush (WW) pinned Todd Gusta 1:47.
182 – Dylan Meyer (WW) pinned Cameron Jones :47.
195 – Sam Pape (K) dec. Sam Gerst 6-5.
220 – Dalles Jacobus (K) major dec. Daniel Calzadillas 9-1.
285 – Matt Murphy (K) dec. Danny Alcott 3-1.
106 – Cam Shaver (K) major dec. Yashad Dufauchard 16-6.
113 – Teme Larson (WW) pinned Gabe Long 1:51.
120 – Luke Foster (K) won by forfeit.
126 – Nolan Hromidko (K) won by forfeit.
132 – Austin McLeod (K) dec. Cameren Happel 18-14.
138 – Dylan Ironside (K) pinned Jacob McKnight :43.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:49

Kennedy girls climb to No. 1 in poll

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy girls basketball team has followed its 13-game winning streak all the way to the top of the Class 5A rankings this week.

The Cougars climbed from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest poll released Thursday by the IGHSAU. The Johnston Dragons, who were ranked No. 1 last week, fell all the way to No. 5 with an 8-3 record.

Kennedy (13-1) has won 13 straight games since losing its season opener at Waukee. Indianola is second in the Class 5A rankings, followed by Ankeny Centennial, Waukee and Johnston.

Kennedy hosts Jefferson at 6 p.m. Friday in the first game of a girl/boy doubleheader with the J-Hawks.

The Linn-Mar Lions (8-3) dropped one spot to No. 12 in Class 5A this week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:03



Sellers shines like an All-American

Lela Sellers remembers as a little girl her mom saying that someday she might be on the McDonald’s All-American high school basketball team.

“I thought then, ‘Oh, that’s only for really good players,’” she said Tuesday night after it was announced to Kennedy fans that she has indeed been nominated for the prestigious national honor.

The smooth and unselfish 6-foot senior turned in an All-American performance on her home court with 30 seemingly effortless points to lead the Class 5A second-ranked Cougars to a 68-49 romp over the young but gritty Prairie Hawks.

“My real dream has always been to play in the WNBA (pro league),” said Sellers, who turned down major Big 10 and SEC schools to play next year at smaller but perennial Division I NCAA tournament qualifier Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

In addition to tying her career-best on 12-of-17 shooting with her future college coach in the crowd, she also led her team with 11 rebounds and four assists.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 23:49



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