Wildcats run streak to four



     A pair of Tri-Rivers Conference victories last week extended the Maquoketa Valley volleyball team’s winning streak to four.

     The Wildcats are tied for the Tri-Rivers West Division lead with Starmont, each with 5-1 division records and one match to play. MV is 9-12 overall.

     “Our overall record doesn’t show the overall ability of these girls, as we have been fighting injury and illness most of the season,” MV coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said. “We are well-balanced and not an easy matchup. We are getting better at closing out matches.”

     The Wildcats traveled to Alburnett Oct. 8 and swept the Pirates, with scores of 28-26, 26-24, 25-19. Emerson Whittenbaugh had 18 kills and Taya Tucker added nine for MV, with Carissa Sabers making 34 assists. Defensively, the team had 17 blocks, led by Sabers with five, Lydia Helle and Tucker with four apiece. Ella Imler had 24 digs, Whittenbaugh had 20, and Payton Beaman had 15. Tucker served 19-for-19 and Whittenbaugh served 16-for-17, each with three aces.

     Back home against Central City Oct. 10, Maquoketa Valley won in four sets, losing the first 20-25 but then winning 25-23, 25-20, 25-14. Whittenbaugh had 20 kills, Tucker had 12, and Kylie Chesnut had nine. Sabers put up 37 assists. MV had 88 digs as a team, led by Beaman with 23, Imler with 20, Whittenbaugh with 14, Sabers with 13 and Allie Knipper with 12. Chesnut had five blocks, and Sabers had four.



     Maquoketa Valley reached the win column for the first time this football season, with a 50-0 whitewash at Clayton Ridge Oct. 11.

     Quarterback Parker Sternhagen completed 11 of 21 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats (1-2 district, 1-6 overall). A.J. Ambundo had four catches for 103 yards. Trent Koopmann caught five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns, and Owen Mensen had two catches for 24 yards, including a 14-yard score.

     Derek Becker rushed for 80 yards, Zach Digman had 70 yards and a touchdown, and Sternhagen had 66 yards rushing with three touchdowns.

     Maquoketa Valley recovered seven Clayton Ridge fumbles. Andrew Kloser had two of those, while Matthew Hucker, Isaac Kramer, Carter Kruse, Becker and Sternhagen had one apiece. Koopmann was the tackle leader with four.


Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley ran seventh in a competitive field of 20 boys’ teams at the West Delaware Invitational cross country meet Oct. 8 at Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester.

     Tipton won the boys’ race with 49 points, followed by Western Dubuque with 56 and Center Point-Urbana with 82. The Wildcats finished with 201 points.

     Cy Huber led the ‘Cats, finishing 30th in 17:55.2. Michael Schaul was 33rd in 18:07.2; Nolan Ries took 42nd in 18:18.1; Derek Mensen was 47th in 18:20.6; Ethan Doyl was 49th in 18:25.0. Mason Lubben finished 55th in 18:34.9, and Preston Roling took 70th in 19:01.6.

     Two Wildcats ran in the girls’ varsity race. Jaiden Porter finished 33rd in 22:34, and Kriya Atwell was 56th in 23:35.

     “It was a very strong meet, comprised mainly of 2A to 4A schools,” Maquoketa Valley coach Pat Meehan said. “We were somewhat flat, coming off two good performances previously.”

     That was the first of two meets for the Wildcats last week; they also competed in the North Linn Invitational Oct. 12 in Troy Mills, where the boys finished fifth among 16 schools. Tipton was the champion with 24 points, Marion was second with 65, and Mason City placed third with 118. The ‘Cts scored 156.

     Schaul led the Wildcats this time, taking 21st in 17:50.0. Chance Downs ran 30th in 17:57.7, Huber was 31st in 17:57.8, Doyl took 32nd in 18:00.7, Ries was 42nd in 18:16.7, Mensen finished 49th in 18:30.0, and Lubben came in 52nd in 18:45.4.

     Again the Wildcat girls did not have a complete team. Porter finished 45th in 21:58.9, Emma Doyl was 56th in 22:27.0, and Atwell took 79th in 23:26.4.

     “We ran well Saturday in cold, windy conditions,” Meehan said. “The running surface was good which helped offset some of the challenges concerning the weather.

     “Our focus now turns to the (Tri-Rivers) Conference Meet at Springville on Thursday (Oct. 17).”



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