Wildcats dominate at MFL meet


Cross country

     Fresh off a state meet-qualifying season in 2018, the Maquoketa Valley boys cross country team opened this year’s campaign with a dominating victory at MFL MarMac Sept. 5 in Monona.

     MV had the first five finishers in the race for a perfect team score of 15. Clayton Ridge was second in the five-team field with 71, and MFL MarMac was third with 81.

     Chance Downs won the race in a time of 18 minutes, 9.7 seconds. He was followed by Nolan Ries, 18:15.0; Cy Huber, 18:29.3; Preston Roling, 18:43.9; and Michael Schaul, 18:46.6.

     The Wildcat girls were third in their race. Lansing Kee won it with 26 points, Central Elkader was second with 41, and MV totaled 90.

     Jaiden Porter led the Wildcats, taking seventh place in 23:02.20. Emma Doyl was ninth in 23:11.0; Kriya Atwell was 18th in 25:45.7; Reece Mensen 27th in 29:56.2; and Jordan Hogan 29th in 30:22.0.



     Maquoketa Valley opened its football season with a pair of defeats.

     The Wildcats (0-2) opened their season with a 44-38 loss at East Buchanan Aug. 30. The loss negated a big night for quarterback Parker Sternhagen, who completed 22 of 40 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 20 times for 56 yards and three touchdowns.

     Top receivers included Trent Koopmann, seven catches for 77 yards, Owen Mensen, four catches for 75 yards, and A.J. Ambundo, six catches for 68 yards.

     Zach Digmann rushed 12 times for 85 yards.

     The Wildcats recovered four East Buchanan fumbles, three by Koopmann and one by Tim Harmon. Sternhagen made an interception.

     Tackle leaders were Michael Feldmann with 10, Andrew Kloser and Harmon with six apiece.

     On Sept. 6, Maquoketa Valley suffered a 40-0 home loss to North Linn. Sternhagen completed 11 of 21 passes for 143 yards, mostly to Koopmann, who had five catches for 62 yards. Digmann was the leading rusher with 13 carries for 50 yards.

     Defensively, Koopmann made 13 tackles.



     Maquoketa Valley began its season with a three-team event held Sept. 3 at Jesup. The Wildcats split their matches. They opened with a 15-25, 24-26 loss to Jesup. Emerson Whittenbaugh had eight kills and 11 digs. Carisssa Sabers made 10 assist. Ella Imler had 16 digs, and Allie Knipper had 10. Payton Beaman served 12-for-12.

     The Wildcats bounced back with a 25-20, 25-17 win over Clayton Ridge. Whittenbaugh had 11 kills in that match, and served two aces. Sabers had 18 assists and 11 digs. Beaman had 13 digs, and Imler had 11. Imler also served 13-for-13.



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