Wildcats win pair of Tri-Rivers matches

Emerson Whittenbaugh of Maquoketa Valley knocks the ball over the net during the Oct. 1 win at North Linn. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Carissa Sabers of the Wildcats (4) sets the ball.


     Maquoketa Valley won a pair of Tri-Rivers Conference volleyball matches last week.

     The Wildcats started the week with a four-set win at North Linn Oct. 1, with scores of 25-10, 14-25, 25-9, 25-20.

     The first three sets weren’t close. MV jumped to a 17-7 lead in the first set on the way to the 15-point win, but in the second set, the Lynx turned the tables, taking leads of 16-8 and 21-9 before closing it out.

     The Wildcats grabbed leads of 6-1 and 12-4 in the third set to regain the match lead. In the fourth set, MV had to come from behind. Down 16-18, the ‘Cats went on an 8-1 run to lead 24-19 before finishing off the match.

     Emerson Whittenbaugh had 21 kills and 11 digs in the match. Taya Tucker posted nine kills, and setter Carissa Sabers had 28 asssits. Defensively, MV had 70 digs, led by Ella Imler with 19, Payton Beaman with 13, Sabers with 12 and Whittenbaugh with 11. Sabers and Tucker had five blocks apiece, and Kylie Chesnut had four. Tucker served five aces; Whittenbaugh had four.

     Maquoketa Valley made it 2-for-2 last week by sweeping Springville Oct. 3 in Delhi. The scores were 25-17, 25-22, 25-18.

     Sabers made 27 assists, helping Whittenbaugh record 12 kills, Chesnut to get nine, and Tucker to record eight. Imler had 19 digs, while Beaman and Whittenbaugh had 14 apiece. Tucker served 15-for-15 with four aces; Sabers was 22-for-22 with three aces. Allie Knipper had two aces.


Cross country

     Maquoketa Valley missed another boys cross country team victory by just one point, scoring 61 points to finish second in the Jesup Invitational Oct. 3.

     Waverly-Shell Rock won the event with 60 points. Denver was third with 85.

     Cy Huber led MV with a fourth place finish in 17 minutes, 25.1 seconds. Michael Schaul was 11th in 17:37.1, Ethan Doyl placed 14th in 17:49.9, Derek Mensen was 17th in 17:55.8, Preston Roling took 18th place in 17:56.5, Mason Lubben was 27th in 18:05.2, and Nolan Ries was 34th in 18:14.6.

     “The varsity boys ran exceptionally well,” Maquoketa Valley coach Pat Meehan said, “and all the others, both boys and girls, performed very well.”

     The Wildcats did not have a complete girls’ team. Of those who did run, Emma Doyl was 38th in 21:50.1, Jaiden Porter took 51st in 22:28.0; and Kriya Atwell finished 58th in 22:54.4.



     Maquoketa Valley played host to MFL MarMac in a Class A, District 5 football game Oct. 4 in Delhi, and lost by a score of 31-16.

     The Wildcats (0-2, 0-6) did put up some respectable statistics in the contest, which was MV’s homecoming game. Derek Becker rushed 14 times for 116 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Parker Sternhagen passed for 108 yards, and rushed nine times for 60 yards, including a five-yard score. A.J. Ambundo was the team’s leading receiver, with two catches for 51 yards.

     Defensively, Trent Koopmann made an interception, and Sternhagen recovered an MFL fumble. Koopmann also led the team in tackles with 15, Andrew Kloser had 10.5, and Tim Harmon had eight.



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