Posts Tagged ‘Cedar Rapids Jefferson’

J-Hawks win blowout; Saints take nailbiter

June 30, 2009

CEDAR RAPIDS — A blowout. An extra-inning thriller.

A double-header split.

Class 4A third-ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson exploded for 15 hits in a 13-3 laugher in the opener, then Susanne Scieszinski handcuffed the J-Hawks as No. 14 Cedar Rapids Xavier claimed the nightcap, 2-1, in eight innings in a Mississippi Valley Conference softball double-header last night at Bob Erusha Field.

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J-Hawks sweep rebuilding Linn-Mar

June 25, 2009
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Morgan Allee slides safely past Linn-Mar's Lindsey Harms on Thursday at the Jefferson Softball Complex. The J-Hawks swept the Lions, 4-0 and 11-1. (Photo by Cliff Jette)

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Morgan Allee slides safely past Linn-Mar's Lindsey Harms on Thursday at the Jefferson Softball Complex. The J-Hawks swept the Lions, 4-0 and 11-1. (Photo by Cliff Jette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A spectator made the observation early and accurately:

“This doesn’t seem like Jeff/Linn-Mar.”

Class 4A third-ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson struck for 22 hits and dominated rebuilding Linn-Mar, 4-0 and 11-1, in a Mississippi Valley Conference softball double-header Thursday night at the Jefferson Softball Complex.

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Big award for Niemeyer

June 23, 2009
Larry Niemeyer, here huddling with his Cedar Rapids Jefferson softball team during the 2008 state tournament, has been selected as the 2009 National High School Coaches Association national coach of the year. (AP photo)

Larry Niemeyer, here huddling with his Cedar Rapids Jefferson softball team during the 2008 state tournament, has been selected as the 2009 National High School Coaches Association national coach of the year. (AP photo)

CEDAR RAPIDS — For a day, Larry Niemeyer felt young again.

The nation’s all-time leader in softball victories, Niemeyer has been selected as the 2009 National High School Coaches Association national coach of the year.

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A late call, a surging team

June 22, 2009

It was getting toward late summer a year ago, and Nick McCool hadn’t received a job offer.

Finally, a call came from Iowa Valley. An elementary PE job. And a varsity head-coaching job.

Just what he wanted. Plus a bonus — the softball team is quite good.

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Winless, not necessarily hopeless

June 18, 2009
Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Brittany Madsen slides into second base as the ball gets away from Cedar Rapids Washington shortstop Jordan Carr in Jefferson's sweep Thursday. (Photo by Chris Mackler)

Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Brittany Madsen slides into second base as the ball gets away from Cedar Rapids Washington shortstop Jordan Carr in Jefferson's sweep Thursday. (Photo by Chris Mackler)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Looking strictly at Cedar Rapids Washington’s record and the lopsided defeats, you figure it’s another dead-end season for a softball program that’s been spinning its wheels for years.

Fanaye Kifletsadik sees it as a beginning.

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Regional softball pairings … the aftermath

June 18, 2009
If Jenny Drahozal and Cedar Rapids Xavier are going to advance to state in their first year as a 4A softball school, they'll probably have to get past Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the regional finals. (Photo by Liz Martin)

If Jenny Drahozal and Cedar Rapids Xavier are going to advance to state in their first year as a 4A softball school, they'll probably have to get past Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the regional finals. (Photo by Liz Martin)

The Metro is guaranteed a Class 4A team in the state softball tournament next month.

One. And one only.

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42nd Street soccer monopoly?

June 10, 2009
This is a common scene at the Muscatine Soccer Complex, the Xavier Saints celebrating a Class 1A championship. They pursue their fourth in a row, beginning Thursday. (Gazette photo)

This is a common scene at the Muscatine Soccer Complex, the Xavier Saints celebrating a Class 1A championship. They pursue their fourth in a row, beginning Thursday. (Gazette photo)

They’re both ranked No. 1, and they’re both favored to bring championships home to 42nd Street NE.

But the similarities end there for the girls’ soccer teams from Cedar Rapids Xavier and Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

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Warriors chase a major upset

June 7, 2009
Candice Kiernan (middle) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson maneuvered past Linn-Mar in a regional semifinal last week. Monday, the J-Hawks will try to get past North Scott. (Photo by Cliff Jette)

Candice Kiernan (middle) and Cedar Rapids Jefferson maneuvered past Linn-Mar in a regional semifinal last week. Monday, the J-Hawks will try to get past North Scott. (Photo by Cliff Jette)

Cedar Rapids Washington already has exceeded all expectations in girls’ soccer this season.

“We’ve overachieved,” said Coach Kerry Brimmo.

A win Monday would be the ultimate capper. And a major upset.

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Defending champs head softball rankings

May 28, 2009

Three defending state champions are ranked No. 1 in the preseason softball rankings, released Wednesday at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

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Softball 2009: Teams to watch

May 24, 2009

EIGHT GAZETTE-AREA TEAMS TO WATCH FOR 2009:

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