Wildcats take on three opponents

Andrew Holtz goes after a loose ball for Maquoketa Valley in the Jan. 25 game at Monticello. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Boys basketball

     Maquoketa Valley battled three opponents in the space of seven days in recent boys basketball action.

     Maquoketa Valley (4-13, 4-14) played at Edgewood-Colesburg Jan. 19, and suffered a 59-29 defeat. Brian Heims came off the bench to score 10 points for the Wildcats, while Cole Willenbring and Heath Gibbs had six points each. Tyson Tucker had five points, six rebounds and three assists. Willenbring also had six rebounds and blocked two shots.

     On Jan. 23, MV played host to Central City, and lost 55-41 despite a 16-point, seven-rebound, three-steal effort from Trevor Elgin. Tucker had eight points and five rebounds. Andrew Holtz and Heath Gibbs had five points each.

     The Wildcats then played host to Monticello Jan. 25, and lost 52-49, as a comeback from a 33-24 halftime deficit fell just short. Tucker scored 25 points, shooting 5-for-5 from three-point range and 9-for-11 overall. Elgin had 11 points and three blocks. Gibbs had seven rebounds.



     Maquoketa Valley finished fourth out of eight teams at the Tri-Rivers Conference Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Jan. 27 at Alburnett.

     The Wildcats had one champion, Mitch Smith at 160 pounds, during the tournament, while scoring 129.5 team points. Smith won by fall in the semifinals, and scored a 5-1 decision over Spencer Amling of Edgewood-Colesburg in the finals.

     Finishing second was Michael Feldmann at 285 pounds.

     Chance Downs (145) and Carson Wright (195) finished third. Placing fourth were Canyon Richardson at 120, Robert Hildebrand at 152, Evan Elgin at 170 and Cole Kruse at 220.

     “I was pleased with our effort,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said. “Our guys have made good improvements over the past month. We had a number of guys wrestle up at higher weight classes to fill our lineup due to sickness and illness.”

     Prior to the conference meet, the Wildcats wrestled in a quadrangular meet Jan. 25 at Center Point-Urbana.

     The Wildcats lost 60-12 to South Tama, then defeated CP-U 40-36 and topped Maquoketa 60-24.

     Cole Kruse went 3-0 for the night with two pins and a forfeit. Evan Elgin and Michael Feldmann both went 2-1, with two pins apiece. Chance Downs and Mitch Smith also went 2-1, each with a pin and a technical fall.

     “I was happy to see how the guys responded after falling short against a very tough South Tama team,” Andrews said. “They chose to keep fighting to end the night on two high notes.”


Girls basketball

     Wins in two out of three recent girls basketball games left Maquoketa Valley with records of 14-3 in the Tri-Rivers Conference and 16-3 overall.

     Maquoketa Valley played host to Springville, the top-ranked Class 1A team in the state, and lost 58-40 on Jan. 16. The Orioles took a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter, and put the game away in the second half. For MV, Sam Wall had 16 points, four steals and three assists. Payton Ries added 13 points and six rebounds. Maci Freiburger had six rebounds.

     At Edgewood-Colesburg Jan. 19, Wall scored 25 points and the Wildcats got back on the winning track with a 64-31 triumph. Wall also had five rebounds and four assists. Ries had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Gracie Gellersen contributed 11 points. Ella Imler had four assists, and Emerson Whittenbaugh made four steals.

     On Jan. 23, MV battled Central City at home, and won 77-44, thanks largely to a 46-20 scoring advantage in the middle two quarters. Wall scored 25 points and had six assists. Ries poured in 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Gellersen had 11 points.


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