Wildcats pick up first win



     Maquoketa Valley worked its way into the win column Oct. 5, overcoming two weather delays and making a big defensive stand in the fourth quarter to score a 15-14 home victory over Clayton Ridge in Delhi.

     Derek Becker rushed 16 times for 119 yards for the Wildcats (1-2, 1-5). Quarterback Norman Wilson completed five of nine passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

     All of the scoring happened in the first half. For the Wildcats, it included a 19-yard pass from Wilson to Evan Hoefer, and a six-yard toss, Wilson to Matthew Hucker. Wilson kicked the extra point after one score, and Becker ran in a two-point conversion.

     Clayton Ridge moved deep into MV territory with about four minutes left to play, but was stuffed on fourth down, and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock.

     The Wildcats lost 22-14 at Alburnett Oct. 12. Details were unavailable at press time.



     Maquoketa Valley closed its regular season, and they won three of five matches to finish sixth in the Tri-Rivers Confererence Tournament last week.

     First, the Wildcats completed their regular season with a home match against East Buchanan Oct. 9, losing 22-25, 25-13, 15-25, 23-25. Despite the loss, MV totaled 46 kills, led by Emerson Whittenbaugh with 16 and Maci Freiburger with 13. Maddy Anderegg had 32 assists. Ella Imler had 16 of the team’s 76 digs, while Anderegg and Freiburger had 15 apiece, and Whittenbaugh had 13. Lydia Helle, Olivia Hoeger, Brooke Wilson and Whittenbach had two blocks apiece.

     Maquoketa Valley then competed in the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet, beginning with pool play Oct. 11 at Starmont. There, the Wildcats won a pair of pool play matches, starting with a 21-12, 21-18 win over Springville. Whittenbaugh had eight kills, and Freiburger had five. Anderegg made 17 assists. Imler had 10 digs. Freiburger served 13-for-13, Whittenbaugh was 11-for-11, and Anderegg was 9-for-9, each with two aces.

     Against North Linn, the Wildcats won 21-9, 22-20. Freiburger had nine kills, and Whittenbaugh had seven. Anderegg made 18 assists and served three aces.

     Those wins advanced MV to the conference quarterfinals at Alburnett Oct. 13. The Wildcats lost to Starmont, 10-21, 15-21 in the semis. Hoeger and Freiburger had six kills apiece, as Anderegg made 16 assists. Imler had nine digs.

     That dropped MV into the consolation bracket, where it swept Cedar Valley Christian 21-15, 21-13. Anderegg had seven kills, while Freiburger and Wilson had six apiece to lead a balanced attack. Anderegg also had 13 assists. Emler had nine digs, and Freiburger had seven. Hoeger and Whittenbaugh served two aces apiece.

     In the fifth place match, the Wildcats lost to Lisbon 25-20, 16-25, 10-15. Whittenbaugh had 14 kills, nine digs and served 12-for-12. Freiburger had 10 kills and nine digs. Anderegg had 27 assists and served 12-for-12, and Imler had 14 digs. Allie Knipper had eight digs.

     Maquoketa Valley finished 4-3 in conference play, and came out of the tournament with a record of 14-12.


Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley took its best shot against Calamus-Wheatland, the third ranked team in the state in Class 1A, during the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet Oct. 13 at Starmont High School.

     Cal-Wheat won the meet with a score of 34, but MV was second with 53 points, beating third place North Linn by 50 points.

     Chance Downs finished fifth overall with a time of 17 minutes, 39.1 seconds. Ethan Doyl was seventh in 18:07.0, Nolan Ries 10th in 18:22.4, Derek Mensen 14th in 18:30.8, Mason Lubben 18th in 18:47.0, Tate Trenkamp 25th in 19:06.0, and Jon Seibert 30th in 19:29.3.

     “Our boys rose to the challenge and competed courageously,” Maquoketa Valley coach Pat Meehan said. “Everyone ran their best times or close to their best times.”

     Meehan said Doyl and Ries had performances that stuck out, with each beating their previous personal best times by nearly a minute.

     Maquoketa Valley’s girls did not have a complete team, sending three runners to the meet. Kriya Atwell was 39th overall in 25:26.6, Ci’Ann Richardson was 52nd in 28:38.4, and Reece Mensen was 56th in 29:57.9.



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