Eagles' fall seasons wrap up



     The 2021 volleyball season came to an end for the Midland Eagles in a three-set loss at Central City in the first round of the Class 1A, Region 7 tournament Oct. 18.

     Midland lost 10-25, 13-25, 9-25.

     “It was difficult to get anything started against the Central City servers,” Midland coach Gennifer Schroeder said. “They had a few servers that would go on five-to-eight-point runs and we just couldn’t adjust.

     “During the third set, we finally found a bit of a fire and were able to run some quick plays and have a bit of fun.”

     Gracie Franzen put up 12 assists in the match for the Eagles. Anna Bartels had five kills, Bailie Uppena and Alison Paulsen had three apiece, and Jaden Gatts had two. Franzen led the team in digs with eight, Gracie Harrington had six, and Allison Paulsen had four. Isabelle Ricketts served an ace.

     Midland finished the season with a 4-31 record, including 1-5 in the Tri-Rivers Conference East Division.

     “Overall, I’m proud of howe well the girls played throughout the season, and especially how well they played during conference pool play (Oct. 14).”


Cross country

     Midland competed in the Class 1A District Cross Country Meet Oct. 21 at Fillmore Fairways near Cascade.

     While the Eagles didn’t qualify anyone for the state meet, they did have some strong performances. Trenton Rickels finished 20th with the top ten going on to state. His time was 19:10. Milo Smith followed with a time of 21:42. Jayson Ruley and Tristan Kunde finished with times of 22:34 and 23:10. Scoring was rounded out by Jay Bentley with a time of 24:24. Bryce finished with a time of 30:02. All of these are improved times over the earlier Cascade meet.

     The boys team finished ninth out of 11.

     For the girls, Kaitlin Kunde finished with a time of 28:30.

     “For next year, we will need one of my number two, three or four runners to step up and take the one spot of Trenton and lead the team,” Midland coach Jon Eganhouse said. “We will also need to pick up another boy to allow us to compete as a team. For the girls, I need a team. It is hard on Kaitlin to be the only runner for us. She needs more girls to train with her.”



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