Ranked 10th, Wildcats finish fifth in state boys' race


Nolan Ries leads Maquoketa Valley during the State Cross Country Meet Nov. 2 in Fort Dodge. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Emma Doyl competes for Maquoketa Valley at the state meet Saturday.

Kylie Chesnut (left) and Lydia Helle (right) await a set from Maquoketa Valley teammate Carissa Sabers during the Oct. 28 regional match at Cascade. (Photo courtesy of Lesa Parmely, Maquoketa Valley High School)
CROSS COUNTRY

Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley far outperformed its ranking during the Class 1A boys’ race at the State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

     Coming into the meet ranked 10th in 1A, the Wildcats finished fifth with 209 points. Ahead of them were Madrid with 74 points, Nodaway Valley with 107, Calamus-Wheatland with 118, and Earlham with 119. Denver was sixth with 211.

     “The boys ran very well,” Maquoketa Valley coach Pat Meehan said. “Four of them had times under 18 minutes. Their depth proved to be a deciding factor in their team place.”

     Nolan Ries led the way, finishing 47th overall (31st in team points) with a time of 17:40. Cy Huber was close behind in 54th (35th) in 17:45. Mason Lubben ran 64th (42nd) in 17:55. Michael Schaul was 69th (46th) in 17:57. Ethan Doyl finished 83rd (55th) in 18:10. Derek Mensen took 89th (61st) in 18:12, and Chance Downs was 90th (62nd) in 18:13.

     “Last year the team placed seventh; this year fifth place,” Meehan said. “With five returning letter-winners next year looks to be bright.”

     The Wildcats had one runner in the girls’ race, Emma Doyl, who finished 87th with a time of 21:55.8.

     “Emma ran close to her best time of the year,” Meehan said. “As a sophomore and a first-year cross country runner, she did very well.”

 

Volleyball

     Maquoketa Valley put up a strong battle, but fell short in the Class 2A regional volleyball quarterfinals, losing to Cascade in three sets.

     The match was held Oct. 28 in Cascade. Maquoketa Valley lost 19-25, 23-25, 14-25.

     “The girls played a good team,” Maquoketa Valley coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said. “Cascade hit a lot of balls hard, and we spent a lot of time scrambling in the back row, as they were harder to block.”

     A key to the match was in the second set when an MV hit that would have given the Wildcats a win was called out.

     “I feel if we could have gotten that second set, it would have been a different night,” Maquoketa Valley coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said.

     The Wildcats had 28 kills in the match, led by Emerson Whittenbaugh with 13 and Taya Tucker with 10. Carissa Sabers made 15 assists.

     MV also had 86 digs. Ella Imler and Whittenbaugh had 20 apiece, Sabers had 16, while Payton Beaman and Allie Knipper had nine apiece. Tucker had three blocks; Kylie Chesnut and Whittenbach had two each.

     Imler served 12-for-12, and Sabers was 10-for-10.

     The Wildcats finished the season with a 14-15 record, including 6-2 in Tri-Rivers Conference play.

     “We came into the season with a lot of girls accepting new roles, and overall I couldn’t be happier with how they accepted the challenge and got better every game,” coach Whittenbaugh said.

     “Our seniors have been excellent leaders on and off the court, and that is very hard to replace. It made the season very enjoyable.”

     The coach added that she is looking forward to next season.

     “I can see a ton of growth in our returning girls, and we will have good leadership once again. The girls waiting in line are ready to go, so I feel we can continue to see success.”

 

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