Wildcats are fourth in Cascade

Maquoketa Valley’s Payton Ries goes for a kill as teammate Emerson Whittenbaugh (1) backs her up during the Cascade Tournament Aug. 26. (Photo by Pete Temple)


     The Wildcats opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Cascade Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 26.

     MV (3-3) won two of its four matches in pool play. The ‘Cats opened against Anamosa, and won 21-14, 21-17. Maci Freiburger recorded five kills, and Emerson Whittenbaugh had four. Abby Holtz made nine assists, and Maddy Anderegg made six. Payton Ries had two blocks, and served 11-for-13 with two aces. Freiburger was 9-for-9 with an ace.

     The Wildcats then lost to Center Point-Urbana 8-21, 11-21. Freiburger had four kills, and Holtz had four assists. Macy Hoeger, Olivia Hoeger, Freiburger and Ries had three blocks apiece. Macy Hoeger served two aces.

     Against East Buchanan, MV won 21-15, 21-13. The team had 18 kills, led by Freiburger with six, Macy Hoeger and Ries with four apiece. Holtz had nine assists and served 11-for-11.

     Maquoketa Valley then lost to Cascade 21-23, 18-21. Holtz had six assists. Anderegg served 13-for-14 with two aces. Freiburger had four kills and two aces. Macy Hoeger made two blocks.

     The Wildcats then faced Dyersville Beckman in the semifinals, and lost 21-15, 17-25. The team had 10 blocks, led by Macy Hoeger and Whittenbaugh with five apiece, and Freiburger with four. Freiburger also served 12-for-12. Macy Hoeger and Whittenbaugh had four kills each.

     In the third place match against Monticello, the Wildcats lost 16-25, 13-25. Holtz had eight assists, and Anderegg had five. Macy Hoeger and Ries had three blocks each. Freiburger had six kills.



     Maquoketa Valley’s defense came up big as the Wildcats scored a 20-18 season-opening football win in a Class A, District 4 game played Friday, Aug. 25 in Edgewood.

     A sack by Alex Digman for a 10-yard loss late in the game forced Ed-Co into a field goal try with a poor angle, which the Vikings missed. Brock Hillers had an interception.

     Offensively, the Wildcats totaled 235 yards. Tyson Tucker completed nine of 16 passes, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hillers. Tucker also ran for a five-yard touchdown, and Garret Hogan ran for a 22-yard score.

     “This was a very good Ed-Co team,” Maquoketa Valley coach Chris Evers said. “They were coached extremely well and played very hard. Our focus this week will be to finish the play on both sides of the ball, and fine tune our awareness of down and distance.”




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