Wildcats nab perfect score

Chance Downs is the lead runner for Maquoketa Valley at the Monticello Invitational Sept. 9. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley’s boys recorded a perfect score of 15 while winning the MFL MarMac Invitational Aug. 31 in Monona.

     The Wildcats had five of the top six runners, but the fourth place finisher was from a school that didn’t have a complete team, so MV’s top five were the overall top five for team scoring.

     Chance Downs was the individual champion, in 17 minutes, 32.91 seconds. Brenden Hogan was second in 17:52.72, Derek Mensen third in 18:32.72, Tate Trenkamp fifth overall in 18:43.75, and Mason Lubben sixth in 19:09.15. Daniel Hunter was ninth and Jon Seibert 11th overall.

     The Wildcat girls finished fourth with 104 points. Kee of Lansing won with 25, Central Elkader had 31, and MFL MarMac was third with 70.

     Reece Mensen led MV, taking 29th place in 29:45.06. Kristin Lucas was 34th in 32:28.31; Hannah Lahr 36th in 35:14.03, Maddie Lahr 37th in 37:14.31, and Abbie Sheehy 38th in 40:15.12.

     On Sept. 9, Maquoketa Valley tied for seventh place in the 11-team Monticello Invitational Sept. 9. The Wildcats scored 168 points to tie with Wilton. Tipton won the meet with 58, Mid-Prairie was second with 76 and Center Point-Urbana finished third with 85.

     Leading the Wildcats was Downs, who finished 15th overall in 18:17. Hogan was 28th in 18:59, Trenkamp 32nd in 19:09, Lubben 45th in 19:54, Hunter 50th in 20:02, Seibert 52nd in 20:14, and Mensen 61st in 21:20.

     “The times in the boys’ JV and varsity races were overall slower than at MFL MarMac the week before,” Maquoketa Valley coach Pat Meehan said, “but their attempt to compete was good.”



     Maquoketa Valley is off to a 3-0 start in the 2017 football season, as the Wildcats added a pair of victories in games played Sept. 1 and 8.

     The Wildcats defeated rival Starmont 60-22 Sept. 1 in Arlington, as quarterback Tyson Tucker completed all seven of his pass attempts for 228 yards and three touchdowns. One of those was a pass play to Brock Hillers covering 87 yards. Hillers had three catches for 141 yards and two scores.

     Garrett Hogan rushed 12 times for 104 yards and two scores. Also scoring touchdowns were Derek Becker, Isaac Kramer, Tucker, and Hogan on a pass from Tucker.

     Robert Hildebrand was the team’s leading tackler, with four. Getting 2.5 tackles apiece were Norman Wilson, Becker, Hogan and Tucker. Brian Heims and Evan Hoefer had two tackles apiece. Hogan recovered a Starmont fumble.

     A week later, on Sept. 8, the Wildcats opened Class 1A, District 3 play with a 28-14 home win over Durant. Tucker and Hogan each had a big game again, as Tucker passed for 156 yards, and Hogan rushed 20 times for 140. Tucker ran for two touchdowns and passed for one, a 28-yard strike to Matthew Hucker. Hogan also had a touchdown in the game. Hillers caught seven passes for 97 yards to lead the MV receivers.

     Defensively, Hogan had an interception, which he returned 18 yards. Mitch Smith and Hogan had five tackles apiece, Hildebrand had four, while Michael Feldman, Tucker and Wilson had three apiece.



     A pair of small tournaments made up the recent action for the Maquoketa Valley volleyball team.

     The Wildcats (4-7) lost a heartbreaker at Clayton Ridge Aug. 29, falling in five sets, by scores of 19-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 12-15. The match was part of a triangular meet.

     Despite the loss, it was a big match for Maci Freiburger, who had 21 kills, 18 digs and three service aces. Payton Ries had eight kills and served 17-for-17 with three aces. Abby Holtz made 25 assists, and Maddy Anderegg had 16. Macy Hoeger and Ella Imler had 12 digs apiece; Hoeger also had three aces.

     The same night, MV lost in three sets to Jesup, by scores of 20-25, 15-25, 19-25. Ries had seven kills in that match. Freiburger and Holtz had seven digs each; Holtz and Anderegg had eight assists apiece. Anderegg served three aces.

     On Sept. 5, the Wildcats hosted a quadrangular tournament, and won two out of three matches. MV defeated MFL MarMac 21-18, 21-9, as Hoeger had six kills, Ries and Whittenbaugh had four apiece. Anderegg made eight assists, and Holtz had seven. Anderegg also served 13-for-14 with three aces.

     Against Cedar Valley Christian, the ‘Cats won 21-19, 21-16. Holtz had nine assists in that match, and Hoeger had 12 kills. Freiburger served 8-for-8 with three aces. Ries had six kills.

     The lone loss was against Lisbon, with MV falling 17-21, 21-18, 8-15. Freiburger had seven kills and Ries had six, as Holtz made 11 assists. Freiburger also had 13 digs. Serving 100 percent were Holtz and Ries, with each going 10-for-10; Freiburger, 9-for-9; and Anderegg, 5-for-5.



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