Eagles run the hills at Fillmore

Midland runner Kaitlin Kunde competes in the Cascade Invitational Sept. 16 at Fillmore Fairways. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Cross country

     Midland competed in the hilly Cascade Invitational cross country meet, held Sept. 16 at Fillmore Fairways.

     The Eagles finished 12th as a team in the boys’ race, with 341 points. Trenton Rickels led the team, finishing 58th in 21:34.26. Tristan Kunder had a time of 23:23.49, Jayson Ruley was clocked in 23:47.11, Milo Smith finished in 26:02.23, and Jay Bentley had a time of 28:15.91.

     Kaitlin Kunde represented Midland in the girls’ race, finishing 78th overall in 28:44.04.



     A big second half propelled the Midland football team to a 52-30 victory at Central City Sept. 17.

     The Eagles (2-1, 2-3) trailed 30-24 at halftime, but outscored the Wildcats 28-0 in the second half.

     Quarterback Caden Ballou completed eight of 15 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns, one each to Zain Sauser and Jamisen Dodge. Sauer rushed 17 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Cayden Miller and Ballou also had rushing touchdowns.

     Leading tacklers for Midland were Sauer with 9.5, Kaleb Westphal with 7.5, Brayden Grau with seven, and Dodge with five. Seth Bixler and Keegan Rushford had four tackles apiece. Grau recovered a Central City fumble.



     Midland had a Tri-Rivers Conference, East Division match and a tournament in volleyball action last week.

     The Eagles (0-1, 2-20) played host to Easton Valley in the first divisional match of the season, and lost 8-25, 14-25, 9-25. Midland had 12 kills in the match, led by Isabelle Ricketts with four and Bailie Uppena with three. Gracie Franzen and Gracie Harrington made four assists each. Jayde Martin had seven digs. Uppena served 10-for-10.

     “We were able to work through a few good rallies and hitters from Easton Valley, but we were never really able to push through and sustain an offensive rally for ourselves,” Midland coach Gennifer Schroeder said.

     On Saturday, Sept. 18, the Eagles played six matches in the Lisbon Tournament. They opened with a three-set loss to Anamosa, losing 16-21, winning 21-18 and losing 11-15. Allison Paulsen had four kills, and four digs.

     Against West Branch, the Eagles lost 2-21, 9-21. Midland then lost to Lisbon 5-21, 3-21; and to North Fayette Valley 8-21, 7-21.

     Midland then took Iowa Valley to a third set before falling 17-21, 21-18, 6-15. Harrington had seven assists, and Allison Paulsen had four kills.

     The last match was a narrow 20-22, 15-21 loss to Calamus-Wheatland. Franzen had seven assists in that match, and Jaden Gatts had three blocks.

     “We end our regular season at Cal-Wheat Oct. 7, so I think by seeing them this past weekend, we’ll be really competitive with them in a few weeks,” Schroeder said.

     “I’m really looking forward to seeing what progress the girls will make in the next couple of weeks.”



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