Wildcats send Sternhagen, Downs to State

Parker Sternhagen

Chance Downs


     Maquoketa Valley will be represented at the State Wrestling Tournament by two wrestlers, as a result of the Class 1A district tournament Saturday, Feb. 10 in Jesup.

     Parker Sternhagen (22-4) finished second at 120 pounds, and Chance Downs (40-11) was second at 145.

     Both will compete at the state meet Thursday, Feb. 15 in the 6 p.m. session at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

     Five other Wildcats competed at the district tournament but were unable to advance. Placing third were Robert Hildebrand at 152, and Mitch Smith at 160. In fourth were Carson Wright at 195, Cole Kruse at 220 and Michael Feldmann at 285.

     “To have two qualifiers come out of such a tough district is a good accomplishment,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “Although we wanted more, and some guys came up short of their goals, it helped watching Parker and Chance achieve their goals, and now they can represent the rest of the team the best way they can.”

     MV also competed in the quarterfinal round of the team regional duals Feb. 6 at Denver, and lost to Wapsie Valley 36-31. Tim Harmon won a major decision, Sternhagen won a decision, and four other Wildcats won by forfeit.


Girls basketball

     Maquoketa Valley traveled to Troy Mills to play North Linn Feb. 2, and lost a 58-44 decision. An 18-5 third quarter edge for the Lynx in the third quarter proved to be the difference.

     For the Wildcats (15-4, 17-5), Sam Wall scored 17 points, and Payton Ries added 11. Macy Hoeger and Emerson Whittenbaugh had seven rebounds apiece, and Whittenbaugh made four assists. North Linn led 22-18 at halftime.


Boys basketball

     Trevor Elgin scored 23 points as Maquoketa Valley (5-15, 5-16) picked up a 47-39 home victory over East Buchanan Feb. 6. Elgin shot 8-for-14 from the field, making a pair of three-point baskets, and collected seven rebounds and four steals. Andrew Holtz had nine points. Brock Hillers had seven rebounds and five assists.




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