Kennedy girls attain No. 1 basketball ranking

Kennedy’s top-ranked state Class 4A girls basketball team lived up to its lofty rating with two impressive wins last week.
The Eagles dominated Prior Lake for an 86-53 South Suburban Conference victory Jan. 8. Jade Martin topped the Kennedy scoring chart with 27 points. Kiara Russell had a 19-point scoring effort. Jasmyn Martin contributed 10 points and Tyrah Spencer chipped in with seven points.
“Tonoia Wade was sidelined with the flu, but Russell stepped up and played well in Wade’s absence,” said Kennedy coach Quinton Johnson. “Russell has seven steals and created a number of deflections.
“She was impressive defensively.”
Kennedy improved its overall record to 13-2 by defeating Lakeville South 70-61 Jan. 11. Jasmyn Martin scored 22 points and Jade Martin finished with 21 points.
Tonia Wade and Kenisha Bell contributed nine points apiece to the win. The Eagles are first in the South Suburban Conference with a 7-0 record.
“We got by our first game since being ranked first in the state,” said coach Johnson. “Teams will be playing extra hard to knock off the No. 1 team. But we played well against a Lakeville South team that had won four games in a row.”
Wrestlers place third
Bloomington Kennedy/Jefferson cooperative wrestling squad achieved a third-place finish in the Stillwater Pony Stampede tournament Jan. 12.
The Eagles defeated Somerset (Wis.) 57-21 in the third-place match. Bloomington opened the tourney with a 54-6 victory over Mahtomedi before losing 38-23 to Stillwater.
Four Bloomington wrestlers posted 3-0 records in the tourney. Those unbeaten wrestlers were Johnny Maiers (120), Orhan Azizi (132), Logan Judge (152) and John Riebel (220). Jay Robinson compiled a 2-0 record at 195.
Bloomington, coached by Chuck Vavrosky, has posted an 8-7 dual meet record. The Eagles are 2-3 in the South Suburban Conference.
Charlie Keith has one of the team’s best individual records. He has a 21-7 record at 170 pounds.
Kennedy is idle for two weeks until competing against Lakeville North at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at home.
Kennedy will host its annual Dave Arens Classic tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The eight competing schools are Kennedy, Prior Lake, Champlin Park, Hastings, Irondale, Minnetonka, St. Paul Highland Park and Woodbury.
Eagles lose close contests
Kennedy dropped three close boys boys basketball games last week. The Eagles sustained a 49-47 loss to Waconia Jan. 12. The Wildcats are ranked third among state Class 3A teams.
Kennedy’s Jumah’ri Turner scored 17 points and Tra Hearns finished with nine points. Juwuan Jones had eight points.
Kennedy endured another competitive loss to Prior Lake (55-52) Jan. 8. Dejon Davis earned Eagle scoring honors with 13 points. Other leading scorers were Turner (10), Connell Lewis Jr. (8) and Jones (8).
Lakeville South defeated Kennedy 83-77 Jan. 11 as the Eagles’ record slipped to 3-8. Kennedy’s top scorers were Turner (20), Davis (15), Jones (12).
Hockey updates
Kennedy’s boys and girls hockey teams are attempting to bounce back from losses last week.
The Eagles were defeated 4-1 by Prior Lake in boys hockey action Jan. 8. Jacob O’Keefe scored the Kennedy goal with assistance from Brad Hinrichs. Goalie David Johnson finished with 43 saves.
Shakopee blanked Kennedy 3-0 Jan. 12. Eagle goalie Johnson was credited with 23 saves.
Kennedy’s girls hockey team lost 5-0 to Prior Lake Jan. 10. The Eagles also were shut out by Burnsville 7-0 Jan. 12.

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