Eagles narrowly miss advancing in TRC tourney



     Midland won one of three matches in the round robin portion of the Tri-Rivers Conference Volleyball Tournament Oct. 14 at Easton Valley.

     The Eagles (4-30) lost to Clinton Prince of Peace, 18-21, 16-21; and to Easton Valley, 16-21, 21-19, 8-15; before defeating Bellevue Marquette 21-16, 21-9.

     “We knew that we needed to win two matches to move on to Saturday’s (bracket play) tournament,” Midland coach Gennifer Schroeder said. “We were so close to making that, and overall I’m so proud of how the girls played.”

     In the Prince of Peace match, Midland had 11 kills, led by Anna Bartels with five and Bailie Uppena with four. Gracie Franzen made 10 assists. Allison Paulsen led the team in digs with eight. Elizabeth Soper served 8-for-8.

     Allison Paulsen had nine kills in the Easton Valley match, and Franzen put up 11 assists. Jaden Gatts had four blocks, and Gracie Harrington had five digs. Uppena served two aces.

     “This was my favorite match of the season,” coach Schroeder said. “The girls never gave up. We found a fire and fight within us, and we were so close to pulling this one off.”

     Against Marquette, Soper had six kills, while Gatts and Bartels had four apiece. Franzen had 16 assists. Allison Paulsen had four digs and served 11-for-11 with two aces.

     “By the end of the night, we were in a solid rhythm,” Schroeder said. “During the match, we knew that we weren’t moving on to Saturday’s tournament, so the pressure was off and the girls were able to let loose and have fun. They were running a quick offense and really working together. This was amazing to see, and was my goal for the entire season.”



     Edgewood-Colesburg scored 30 points in the second quarter to take a 38-12 lead, and went on to defeat the Midland Eagles 54-20 in an eight-player football game Oct. 15 at Ed-Co.

     Midland collected 138 rushing yards, led by Cayden Miller, who carried 10 times for 58 yards and a 16-yard touchdown, and Zain Sauer, 11 carries for 56 yards. Caden Ballou also had a rushing touchdown from 18 yards out, and passed for 77 yards.

     Jon Thomsen had a 70-yard kickoff return for a first quarter touchdown for the Eagles. Defensively, Miller recovered an Ed-Co fumble. Tackle leaders were Brayden Grau with 8.5, including seven solo stops; Jamisen Dodge with six, and Ballou and Sauer with five apiece.

     Midland ended the season with a record of 3-6, including 3-4 in Eight-player, District 5.


Cross country

     Midland finished eighth in the varsity boys’ race at the Tri-Rivers Conference Meet Oct. 14 at the Bellevue Golf Club.

     The Eagles scored 184 points, and were led by Trent Rickels, who finished 19th in 19:26. Jayson Ruley was 44th in 21:51, Milo Smith took 46th in 21:58, Tristan Kunde finished 57th in 23:28; and Jay Bentley was 61st in 24:14. Bryce Rushford finished 68th and Vincent Kunde was 69th.

     In the girls’ race, Kaitlin Kunde placed 31st in 28:27 for Midland.  

     The Eagles will run in a Class 1A State Qualifying Meet Oct. 21 at Fillmore Fairways, hosted by Cascade.



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