High school memories and achievements are moments in time which allow many of us to reflect fondly on the past. On March 17, 2001, the community of Indianola was treated to one shining moment which will last forever. Sporting a team of young men which thrived on unselfish play and senior leadership, the Indianola Indians boys basketball team defeated the tournament’s top three seeded teams on its way to claiming the 2001 4A State Championship.
During championship week, 2010 IHS Hall of Fame inductee, Kevin Jenkins, was phenomenal. Coming off the regular season where he was selected as a second team member of the CIML Central Conference team, Kevin saved his best for last. After knocking off Waterloo East and Dubuque Wahlert earlier in the week, the stage was set for the Indians to battle CIML Central Conference foe Urbandale for the state title. The J-Hawks had beaten the Indians both times during the regular season, but on the night of March 17, 2001, the Indians were a team of destiny, with Kevin Jenkins leading the way. When the final buzzer sounded, the Indians had claimed their first state basketball championship with Kevin scoring 29 of his team’s 58 points, which included five shots from beyond the 3 point arc. As a three year letter winner and leading scorer his senior year, Kevin and the 2001 Indians will always be remembered for that shining moment in Indianola’s proud athletic history.
After high school graduation, Kevin’s college career was cut short by injury. Kevin holds a degree from the University of Phoenix and currently manages his trucking and farming business. Along with wife Jenni and daughters Isabella and Emma, the Jenkins family resides in Coralville, Iowa. Kevin would like to recognize his former basketball coaches Bert Hanson, Ken Beane and Mark McSweeney, as well as former Indianola High School principal John Monroe as positive influences during his time at IHS.