Eagles fall despite Sauer's big night


Zain Sauer
MIDLAND RECAP

Football

     English Valleys jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead, and held it the rest of the way to defeat the Midland Eagles 42-20 in an eight-player football game Aug. 27 at Midland.

     For the Eagles (0-2), Zain Sauer rushed 23 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns, on runs of 46, 1 and 14 yards. He also completed seven of 18 passes for 48 yards.

     Defensively, Brayden Grau made 10 tackles, while Kaleb Westphal, Jamisen Dodge and Sauer had nine apiece. Shayden Hansen and Westphal combined on a sack.

 

Volleyball

     Midland opened its volleyball season with a pair of matches at the Anamosa triangular meet Aug. 24. The Eagles (0-2) lost to Vinton-Shellsburg 8-25, 13-25; and to Anamosa 17-25, 16-25.

     Against Vinton-Shellsburg, Anna Bartels led the team in kills with three, while Bailie Uppena, Allison Paulsen and Isabelle Ricketts had two apiece. Bartels also had six blocks, and Jaden Gatts had four. Gracie Harrington had four digs. Paulsen served 5-for-5 with an ace.

     “Vinton-Shellsburg has great hitters in their front row, so being able to adjust and read their hits was the biggest challenge of that match,” Midland coach Gennifer Schroeder said. “The girls seemed to settle in a little better during the second set.”

     Bartels had six blocks and Gatts had four in the Anamosa match. Paulsen had three kills and three digs. Elizabeth Soper made three assists and had five digs.

     “We continued to get better and take advantage of key plays and open shots at the net,” Schroeder said. “There was a lot more offense to work with because I think the girls were more comfortable and started playing with a solid rhythm.”

 

Cross country

     We kicked off the season with the Anamosa early meet Aug. 28. It was a hot and humid day and Anamosa adjusted the start times to give the runners some relief. I do like the early meet to see where we are at as a team before we get into the meat of the schedule. Looking at our times, it looks like we have some room for growth. The team did finish 11th place, behind Springville and many larger schools.

     Trenton Rickels lead the team with 46th place with a time of 21:07. He was followed by Tristan Kunde and Jayson Ruley for 61st and 66th place, respectively. Our last two scorers were Milo Smith and Jay Bentley taking 70th and 73rd place. Bryce rounded out the team with a 74th place finish. We have a week and a half to get some miles in, which we are planning to do.

– Jon Eganhouse, head coach

 

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