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Kennedy High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Balanced Cougars knock off Prairie

Two boys basketball teams in desperate search of a victory clashed Tuesday night at Cedar Rapids Prairie.

The Kennedy Cougars found what they were looking for, but the Prairie Hawks are still searching.

Drake Brewster led a balanced attack with 18 points as the Cougars bounced the Hawks, 69-51, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game.

Kennedy entered the game with five losses in its last six games, while Prairie arrived for tipoff with a four-game losing streak and a bunch of lopsided defeats by 37, 24, 19 and 33 points.

The night ended with both clubs sitting at 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference, but the Cougars felt pretty good about themselves and the Hawks went back to the drawing board.

"I think we played a lot better than we have in recent games," said Brewster, a versatile 6-foot-5 junior. "One of our main goals with the struggles we've had was to have some fun.

"We started having some fun and started smiling a little bit and got more confidence about ourselves."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 23:23



9 headed for Kennedy Hall of Fame

Nine people will be inducted into the Kennedy High School Hall of Fame this Friday.

The five athletes are:


  • Elise Reid, Class of 2006, soccer.
  • Maria (Zimmerman) Paulsen, Class of 2001, swimming, basketball, softball.
  • Kyle Bassett, Class of 1998, football, basketball, baseball.
  • Teddy Shonka (2015 selection), Class of 2007, football, basketball, soccer, track, baseball.
  • Eric Schultz, Class of 2008, football, basketball, track, baseball.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:11



Uthoff, Mehmen win titles for Prairie

AMES - Sam Uthoff and Taylor Mehmen of Cedar Rapids Prairie captured individual titles at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational wrestling tournament in Ames Saturday.

Uthoff raised his record to 20-0 by taking top honors at 132 pounds with a 10-2 victory over Grant Stotts of West Des Moines Valley in the finals. Uthoff collected two quick pins in the tournament in 40 and 59 seconds.

Mehmen raised his record to 22-1 by winning the 195-pound class with a 10-5 verdict over Brenden Wheeler of Omaha Skutt Catholic in the finals. Mehmen also had two pins in the tournament and won another match by injury default.

West Des Moines Valley won the tournament with 211 points. Prairie finished second with 174 points and Cedar Rapids Kennedy was third with 149 points.



Schoenauer, Kitsos lead Kennedy swimmers

DUBUQUE - Cade Schoenauer and Stefan Kitsos paced the Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys swimming team at the Mustang Invitational in Dubuque Saturday.

Schoenauer finished second in the 100 fly in 56.39 seconds. Kitsos placed third in the 100 free (50.30) and the 100 breaststroke (1:01.72).

Dubuque Senior topped Bettendorf for the title. Kennedy finished third out of eight teams.


Team Standings

1. Dubuque Senior 487.5, 2. Bettendorf 440, 3. Kennedy 331.5, 4. Hempstead 280, 5. Freeport Pretzels 101, 6. Platteville/Lancaster 74, 7. Davenport North 64, 8. Davenport West 40.



Jambois rolls 502 series for Cougars

DUBUQUE – James Jambois led the all bowlers with a 256 game and a 502 series, but the Kennedy boys bowling team lost to Dubuque Senior, 2,836 to 2,663, Friday at Cherry Lanes.

Josh Oertel rolled a 436 series for the Rams.

KENNEDY: James Jambois 256-246=502, Bert Goodwin 181-146=327, Max Hiatt 171-128=299, Aeron Stockwell 170-124=294, Dakota Dippel 128-138=266, Nick Green 124-129=253.

DUBUQUE SENIOR: Josh Oertel 252-184=436, Brandon Birch 151-217=368, Alex Schmidt 214-152=366, Dylan Berwanger 148-177=325, Tucker Mai 158-159=317, Andrew Kringle 126-167=293.

Kennedy: 1,688-975=2,663.

Dubuque Senior: 1,812-1,024=2,836.


Oliphant leads Cougars in Dubuque

DUBUQUE – Cate Oliphant rolled a 206 game and a 346 series for the Kennedy girls bowling team in a close 2,212 to 2,189 loss to Dubuque Senior on Friday at Cherry Lanes.

Macy Schmidt led the Rams with a 353 series.

KENNEDY: Cate Oliphant 140-206=346, Jamie Milota 170-159=329, Abbie Haller 150-129=289, Alyssa Wiedemeier 144-134=278, Jill Zaiser 126-140=266, Sam Eltze 126-127=253.

DUBUQUE SENIOR: Macy Schmidt 171-182=353, Natalie Leib 180-167=347, Shanice Schmidt 139-158=297, Sydni Kirk 140-140=280, Montana Meyer 123-138=261, Kayla Hanten 132-95=227.

Kennedy: 1,508-681=2,189.

Dubuque Senior 1,538-674=2,212.


Cougars topped by Wahlert in OT

Dubuque Wahlert edged the Kennedy Cougars, 53-47, in overtime Friday night in a low-scoring Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball game at Kennedy.

Kennedy led 5-2 after the first quarter and 17-14 at halftime in the defensive struggle. The game was tied, 42-42, after four quarters before the Golden Eagles pulled away in overtime.

Derrick Diggins led Kennedy (3-6) with 15 points. Cordell Pemsl, who has signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes, scored 20 points for Wahlert (8-2).

WAHLERT (53): Iwowari 1 0-0 2, Schmitt 3 0-1 8, Wedewer 3 2-3 10, White 0 0-0 0, Kluck 1 4-6 7, Maiers 1 1-2 3, Till 1 1-3 3, Pemsl 8 4-7 20. Totals 18 12-22 53.

KENNEDY (47): Brewster 0 2-2 2, Gardner 3 0-0 7, Girling 2 2-4 6, Berst 1 0-0 3, Duehr 0 0-0 0, Diggins 5 3-5 15, Foley 0 0-0 0, Bisenius 3 0-0 9, Beyer 2 1-1 5, Wall 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-14 47.

Halftime - Kennedy 17, Wahlert 14. Regulation - Kennedy 42, Wahlert 42. 3-point goals - Kennedy 7 (Bisenius 3, Diggins 2, Gardner 1, Berst 1), Wahlert 5 (Schmitt 2, Wedewer 2, Kluck 1).


No. 2 Cougars knock off Wahlert

DUBUQUE – Right now, the Kennedy girls basketball team's winning formula is as true as H20: Hydrogen plus oxygen equals water.

The usual Lela Sellers razzle-dazzle, balanced scoring, sniper shooting, lockdown defense and quality bench contributions have made the Cougars the hottest club in Iowa Class 5A this side of undefeated Indianola.

Dubuque Wahlert threw everything it had at the No. 2-ranked Cougars on Friday night with an inspired, intense defensive effort, but the Cougars knew exactly what chess moves to make in running their winning streak to 12.

Sellers muscled her way to a game-high 15 points, Sydney Hayden delivered a trio of 3-pointers, Ashley Hamilton exploded off the bench for eight tide-turning third-quarter points and Kennedy rode a third-quarter surge to a breakaway 60-41 road victory in one of the Mississippi Valley Conference's toughest venues.

It may be early January, but the fun-loving Cougars' sizzling play is leaving opponents sun-burned. Cyndi Lauper of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” fame didn't have this much fun.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016 23:15



Jacobus helps No. 8 Cougars pin Lions

Dalles Jacobus knows how to bull-rush a quarterback and sack him for a big loss on a football field.

As it turns out, he can use the same maneuver for a big pin in wrestling.

Jacobus made a bull-rush at Isaiah Garman and pinned him during their 220-pound match Thursday night to help the eighth-ranked Kennedy Cougars stick Linn-Mar, 46-24, in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at Kennedy.

There wasn't a whole lot of technique to his move, but there was a lot of brute strength and determination.

"There was a little bit of a scramble, the kid took a break to lean on his haunches and Dalles just ran him over," observed Kennedy coach Dennis Hynek, smiling. "There was no move there.

"He's a lot of fun, he works hard and if you take breaks against him, he's just going to pile-drive you."

Just like sacking an unwitting quarterback.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 23:45



Wampole named Kennedy girls track coach

Duane Wampole has been named the new girls track coach at Kennedy High School, pending formal school board approval.

Wampole succeeds Mark Jensen as head coach.

Wampole has been active in the Cedar Rapids Track Club since 2009, serving most recently as president, head coach and manager of the program. He is a Level 1 certified coach with the USATF.






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