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Former J-Hawks Help Teams Win Championships

“They have made positive contributions in so many ways on and off the floor. Jefferson High School should be very proud of all they have done.”  

- Mike DeGeorge, Cornell College

Bryant Kucera
Kirkwood CC

Michael Tierney
Cornell College

Riley Larson
Cornell College

Kevin Gaster
Coe College











The J-Hawk basketball program was well represented this past season in the area college circuit. Four J-Hawk alumni helped Kirkwood Community College, Coe College and Cornell College achieve successful basketball seasons.

Bryant Kucera, a 2005 graduate, was on the 2009 Region XI Champions and NJCAA Division II Runner-Up Kirkwood Eagles. Kirkwood finished with a 27-6 record. Bryant finished his second season with the Eagles contributed as the team’s fourth leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 9.1 points and 4 rebounds per game. Bryant was also a 89.4% free throw shooter. Coach Doug Wagemester said:

"Bryant was a very consistent player during his 2 yrs at Kirkwood. He was a hard worker and a good teammate. Kooch had a knack for playing big in the big games."

Michael Tierney and Riley Larson, both 2005 graduates, helped the Rams to their first national tournament appearance since 1994 and the 2009 IIAC Tournament Champions. Cornell finished the season with a 21-7 record. In his final year Michael, a three-time letter winner, was named to the 1st Team All IIAC Team, while being on the 2nd Team as a Junior. Michael averaged 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Head Coach Mike DeGeorge had this to say about Michael,

"Michael has been the heart and soul of our program over the last two seasons. He has shown tremendous leadership, along with his tremendous ability. There were times where he just refused to let a game slip away and you could just feel him willing it. It was his characteristic I liked best about watching him at Jefferson. I really felt he could overcome the challenges we were going to face and help lead us to success. He has been everything and more than we hoped he would be. He is as fine of competitor and athlete as I have had the pleasure to coach."

Riley Larson also made key contributions to the Rams. Riley averaged 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Speaking of Riley, Coach DeGeorge said,

"Riley has always had great natural ability. It was so rewarding to see his growth this season. He really sacrificed his offensive game at times to help the team win. If Michael was our most valuable player, then Riley was certainly our most complete player. Riley did so many things from defending the opponent’s best post to rebounding and playing multiple positions on offense. I am most proud of Riley for his growth in staying focused on what in most important for the team to win. Riley has never been a selfish player, but his frustration would lead to distraction in the past and he has matured into one of our most consistent performers."

As a freshmen Kevin Gaster played significant minutes and starting in 17 games in the competitive Iowa Conference. Kevin averaged 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. His Coach, Pat Juckem described Kevin with:

"Kevin had an outstanding freshman year with our basketball program. He brings an energy and enthusiasm each day that is contagious. With an off-season focused on skill and strength improvement, we expect Kevin will become one of the more versatile players in the Iowa Conference. Most importantly, Kevin has done remarkable work in the classroom and will become a leader on the Coe campus as he grows older. He embodies what it means to be a "student-athlete".

These J-Hawks continue to make their school and team proud even after they’re gone. We wish them and other former J-Hawks the best of luck!



Jefferson Program About More Than Just Basketball

  There was a wonderful article written by Jeff Dahn on The Gazette online about our program. The article was about how our program headed by caoch Stu Ordman is about life skills as well as basketball. We strive to teach our players about life beyond the court.

  "But it's a program of pride and compassion, one that does everything it can to encourage young men to gain an appreciation for the game while developing life skills they can carry with them into adulthood." - Jeff Dahn, The Gazette

  "To be on both sides as a player and a coach, you recognize exactly what Coach Ordman does for you, not only as a basketball player but as a student. You sometimes don't see everything that he does until you're on the coaches' side of it," said sophomore coach Lucas Ptacek, a 2001 Jefferson grad.

  If you would like to read the whole story you can at here.

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