For Kennedy High School, these past few weeks have been reportedly some of the best weeks for Kennedy Athletics. In these last few weeks, Kennedy has qualified for State in three different sports: volleyball, football, and swimming.
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the Kennedy volleyball team slid past the Ankeny Hawkettes for a trip to the State Tournament. In fact, the Kennedy Cougars will make their first appearance at the State Tournament since 2011, when the now senior-dominating athletes were in the eighth grade. The Cougars will enter the State Tournament undefeated in conference matches and will take on a tough Cedar Falls team in the first round on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at the US Cellular Center, in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Kennedy Volleyball team is lead by senior-setter Anna Fluent, senior Macy Anderson, who is a right side attacker, senior Brinley Milbrath, who plays anywhere in the front row, and junior Paige Franck, who is a strong outside attacker and very consistent back row defensive specialist. Of these four athletes, all have committed to play Division 1 volleyball at the collegiate level. Fluent will attend Loyola University of Chicago, Anderson will pursue her career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Milbrath at the University of Northern Illinois, and Franck at the University of Iowa.
The Kennedy football team also qualified for State this past week. On Friday, November 6, 2015, the Kennedy Cougars took on local rival Washington High School in round three of the playoffs. Kennedy recently beat the Warriors in their normal season game with a score of 24-21, becoming Washington’s only loss. They overpowered the Warriors in round three with phenomenal performances by Shaun Beyer, Tyler Dralle, and an energetic sack by Dalles Jacobus.
The Kennedy Swimming and Diving team recently attended the State swim meet in Marshalltown where they placed ninth in the team standings with a total of 128 points. The Cougars were lead by senior Kirsten Siebenga who accounted for 50.5 of the teams total points. She swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay which placed sixth, swam the anchor on the 200 freestyle relay that finished seventh, and tied one of her teammates for sixteenth place in the 50 freestyle. Siebenga was rewarded the Metro Spotlight Award on Sunday, November 8, 2015, and clearly had a big impact on the team’s success.
As a Kennedy student-athlete, it’s so amazing to see the true achievement and success that has occurred in such a short amount of time for all of these sports. They have been extremely enjoyable to watch and have really made history for Kennedy High School. I hope that these athletes will continue to motivate and inspire other athletes to achieve such great success.