Midland basketball teams pick up first wins of season


Boys basketball

      Midland scored its first boys basketball victory of the season during a three-game week last week.

     The Eagles (1-4) played at the home of defending state Class 1A champion North Linn Dec. 9, and lost by a score of 100-37. The host Lynx ran up a 61-18 lead by halftime, then outscored the Eagles 25-8 in the third quarter. Britan Martens led Midland with eight points, and Zain Sauer had seven.

     “Not much to say here,” Midland coach Dalton Harms said. “North Linn does a great job applying pressure. They will press you and cause havoc in transition.”

     The Eagles bounced back Dec. 10 with a 53-51 win at Starmont, as Iziek Soper made a hook shot with four seconds left to provide the winning points, after Sawyer Hansen had tied it with two free throws.

     Martens scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Iziek Soper added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Sauer had nine points. Jensen Dodge and Wilson Buckwalter had four assists apiece.

     “I was incredibly proud of our boys,” coach Harms said. “We were down by 11 on the road, and with starter Zain Sauer sidelined for the second half with an injury. Our boys battled and won a hard-fought game.”

     On Dec. 13, Springville broke open a close game with a 25-12 second quarter edge to lead 43-25 at the half, on the way to a 69-48 win over Midland in Wyoming.

     “We played well in stretches and showed we can play at that level, but in the end we weren’t consistent enough to stay around with a team the caliber of Springville,” coach Harms said.

     Soper had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Bucklwater had 10 points and five assists. Martens added nine points and five rebounds.


Girls basketball

     Arianna Hacke recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals, and Ella Rupp added a double-double with 14 points and 10 steals, as the Midland girls basketball team scored a 54-39 win at Starmont Dec. 10. Kirstin Schaefer added nine points, and Allison Paulsen had eight. Kaeti Taylor-Mere had six rebounds, and Bailie Uppena grabbed five. It was the first win of the season for Midland (0-1, 1-4), which outscored the Stars in each of the four quarters.

     “Our goal all year is to get better from game to game,” Midland coach Jason Soper said. “This game was a mirror of where we want to be game in and game out.”

     On Dec. 13, the Eagles played host to Springville, and lost 51-23. The Orioles led 35-14 at halftime.

     “We were excited to see how we would match up to them,” coach Soper said. “Our intensity and effort is always there, but all season our struggles have been on the offensive end, and this game proved to be the same.”

     Midland shot just 10-for-49 from the field (20.4 percent). Paulsen had six points, Schaefer had five points and three steals, and Hacke had four points, 12 rebounds and five assists.



     Midland scored 147 points and finished third out of eight teams in the annual Zimmerman Invitational Wrestling Tournament Dec. 14 in Maquoketa.

     The host school won with 184.5 points and Davenport West was second with 164.5.

     Midland had four champions: Shayden Hansen at 120 pounds, Damon Huston at 126, Jared Crock at 138 and Caden Ballou at 145. Hansen went 4-0 with one pin, Huston was 3-0 with two pins, Crock 2-0 with a major decision, and Ballou 4-0 with four pins.

     Finishing second was Carson Hunter at 152. Logan Bicknese at 106 and Cayden Miller at 160 were third.



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