MV boys run second in Tri-Rivers meet

Maquoketa Valley Wildcats run as a pack in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet Oct. 17. From left are Cy Huber, Michael Schaul, Ethan Doyl, Nolan Ries, Preston Roling and Mason Lubben. (Photo courtesy of Daryl Schepanski, Anamosa Journal-Eureka)

Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley had a strong performance in the Tri-Rivers Conference Cross Country Meet, but couldn’t quite catch up with the boys’ champions from Calamus-Wheatland.

     MV finished second with 39 points, and Cal-Wheat won with 23. Starmont was third with 88.

     The Wildcats were led by Michael Schaul, who finished fifth in 17:59.8. Cy Huber was sixth in 18:06.9, Ethan Doyl took eighth in 18:14.5; Nolan Ries was ninth in 18:15.2, Derek Mensen finished 11th in 18:27.2, Mason Lubben took 12th in 18:29.1, and Preston Roling was 18th in 19:01.6.

     The Wildcats girls finished sixth in the conference with 122 points. Starmont was the champion with 43.

     Emma Doyl had an eighth-place finish in 22:09.4. Jaiden Porter was 11th in 22:25.3, Reece Mensen was 32nd in 27:23.9, Jordan Hogan was 34th in 28:45.4, and Annie Trenkamp was 37th in 30:24.8.



     Maquoketa Valley won four of six matches during the two-day Tri-Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament, advancing all the way to the championship match Oct. 19, where it lost to Edgewood Colesburg.

     “We are so excited about this year,” Maquoketa Valley coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said. “This group of kids truly play for each other and want to see their teammates be successful. We have some very competitive-minded kids with goals, and I think it’s been a huge difference.”

     The Wildcats (14-14) began the tournament by hosting one of the pools in the Thursday, Oct. 17 round, and went 2-1 to reach Saturday’s bracket play.

     First, the Wildcats swept East Buchanan 21-14, 21-13. Emerson Whittenbaugh had nine kills and 10 digs, while Carissa Sabers had nine assists and 10 digs. Kylie Chesnut had four blocks.

     The Wildcats also defeated North Linn, 21-14, 21-10. Sabers had 20 assists in that match, as Whittenbaugh had 10 kills. Ella Imler had 16 digs and served 11-for-11.

     MV’s lone loss on Thursday was to Springville, 14-21, 17-21. Whittenbaugh had eight kills, and Taya Tucker had six. Sabers made 16 assists and served 8-for-8.

     In Saturday’s bracket play, at East Buchanan, the Wildcats opened with a 25-17, 25-20 win over Cedar Valley Christian. Tucker had 10 kills and Sabers had 18 assists. Whittenbaugh had 12 digs, and Payton Beaman had 11. Allie Knipper served 11-for-11 with two aces.

     That put MV into a conference semifinal against Starmont, which the Wildcats won 25-19, 25-10. Sabers had 28 assists in the match. Tucker had 16 kills, while Whittenbaugh had 11 kills and 10 digs. Beaman had 11 digs. Knipper served 14-for-14.

     “The girls knew when we played at Starmont (Sept. 26) we let one get away, and they wanted to redeem that loss,” coach Whittenbaugh said. “They came out fired up and played with intensity until the final point.”

     In the championship match, MV lost to Ed-Co 12-25, 20-25. Whittenbaugh had 10 kills and 11 digs, and Tucker had eight kills. Sabers made 14 assists. Beaman had eight digs. Chesnut had two blocks.

     Earlier, the Wildcats closed their regular season with a three-set sweep at East Buchanan Oct. 15. Whittenbaugh had 15 kills in that match, and Sabers made 24 assists. Four players reached double digits in digs: Imler with 13, Sabers with 11, Beaman and Whittenbaugh with 10 apiece. Beaman also served 21-for-21 with two aces.



     Maquoketa Valley’s balanced attack and strong defense resulted in a 20-7 football victory over Alburnett Oct. 18 in Delhi.

     It was the second straight victory for the Wildcats (2-2, 2-6).

     The Wildcats totaled 151 yards rushing and 106 through the air. Derek Becker carried 12 times for 94 yards, and Parker Sternhagen had 12 carries for 50 yards and a 15-yard touchdown run.

     Sternhagen also completed eight of 17 passes for 106 yards and one score, on a pass to Andrew Kloser. Trent Koopmann had a 40-yard punt return for another MV score.

     Defensively, the Wildcats made three interceptions, one each by A.J. Ambundo, Owen Mensen and Koopmann.



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