Eagles win, to vie for district championship



     Midland set up a showdown for the Eight-player, District 4 football championship with a decisive 46-0 win at English Valleys Friday Oct. 13.

     The Eagles will play host to Lone Tree Friday, Oct. 20 in the final game of the regular season. Both are 5-0 in district play (Midland is 6-2 overall, Lone Tree 8-1).

     At English Valleys, Midland rolled to a 38-0 lead by halftime with Austin Smith scoring on four rushing touchdowns, and Britan Martens completing an 18-yard scoring pass to Fisher Bisinger for another score. The Eagles added a touchdown pass from Smith to Carter Mohr in the third quarter.

     “Our goal going in was to get off to a fast start and get ahead early,” Midland coach Casey Hack said. “We controlled the game all night, and didn’t punt until the fourth quarter.”

     Smith rushed for 187 yards on 17 carries, and Martens had six carries for 52 yards. The pair also combined for 132 passing yards.

     Defensively, Bisinger had two interceptions, and Griffin Gravel had one. Leading tacklers were Griffin Gravel with six, Bisinger with 5.5, and Mohr with four.

     Friday’s events will begin with a pregame tailgate starting at 5 p.m., including a sandwich, chips and a drink. There will be two quarters of JV football before the varsity game begins at 7 p.m.



     Midland competed in the Tri-Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, Oct. 12, participating in a four-team pool at Bellevue Marquette. The Eagles had three pool play matches, winning one of them.

     The Eagles lost to Bellevue Marquette in two sets, 3-21, 17-21. Delanie Uppena had four kills, and Mikayla Dosland made five assists. Emma Dusanek had nine digs.

     Against Easton Valley, the Eagles lost 14-21, 8-21. Dosland made 10 assists, and Calli Markmann had six. Uppena had six kills and two aces.

     Midland picked up a win against Clinton Prince of Peace, winning 21-14, losing 19-21, and winning the deciding set 15-2. Uppena had nine kills, Markmann had 10 assists, and Dusanek recorded 10 digs. Dosland had six assists and served four aces. Brennah Ricketts had three aces.

     “The girls played well against Prince of Peace,” Midland coach Eric Smith said. “The girls looked like they were having fun. I was able to get girls some playing time that usually do not get many minutes.”

     Prior to the conference tournament, Midland played host to Easton Valley in the final match of the regular season Oct. 10, and lost 15-25, 20-25, 28-26, 21-25. It was the first sporting event held in Midland’s new gym.

     “The girls were full of energy as our crowd played a huge role in giving us extra momentum,” Smith said.

     Uppena had 10 kills, and Arianna Hacke had nine. Dosland made 16 assists, and Markmann had 12. The Eagles had 59 digs, led by Dusanek and Markmann with 12 apiece, Dosland with nine, Ella Rupp and Uppena with eight apiece. Jensen had four blocks.

     Midland finished 1-5 in Tri-Rivers East Division play, and is 2-23 overall. The Eagles were scheduled to begin Class 1A, Region 6 tournament play with a home match against Cedar Valley Christian Oct. 17. The winner will travel to Easton Valley for a quarterfinal match Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.


Cross country

     Midland’s three cross country runners all set personal records at the North Linn Invitational Oct. 7 in Troy Mills.

     Ryan Wariner led the team with a time of 21:21, Owen Doll finished in 22:34, and Jacob Ervin broke his previous PR by more than three minutes with his time of 28:35.

     “Jacob is not your typical athlete,” Midland coach Jon Eganhouse said. “I do not believe he has every participated in sports before this year, but he took up the challenge from me to run cross country. He finishes every race without walking or complaining.”

     Earlier, the Eagles ran in the North Cedar Invitational, where Doll led the team with a time of 23:15.

     At the Bellevue Marquette Invitational, Wariner finished in 22:35, Doll in 26:08 and Ervin in 31:51.




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