Wildcats qualify four to districts



     Four Maquoketa Valley wrestlers earned spots in district competition at the Class 1A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 4 at Cascade.

     They included a champion, Alec McDowell, and three runners-up: Chance Downs, Norman Wilson and Eric Heims.

     “They have all worked hard this year, and have now put themselves in a position to attain their goals,” Maquoketa Valley coach Tim Andrews said.

     McDowell reached the finals at 182 pounds and then pinned Heath Weber of East Buchanan in 1 minute, 21 seconds to claim the championship.

     Three Wildcats finished second to advance to districts, and all three had to win a wrestleback match to do so.

     Downs, at 145, reached the finals before losing, and had to win a wrestleback match to claim the true second spot.

     Wilson lost in the finals at 170 but pinning his wrestleback opponent to advance.

     Heims got to the finals at 220 pounds and lost a narrow 4-3 decision. Heims then pinned his wrestleback opponent to finish second.

     Carter Stahlberg finished third at 132. In fourth were Robert Hildebrand, Zach Cornell and Mitch Smith. Taking fifth place were Canyon Richardson, Chad Neuzil and Michael Feldmann.

     Cornell, a senior, suffered an injury during the sectional meet.

     “He is by far the most unselfish person I have ever coached, and was always willing to do whatever it took to help the team win,”
 Andrew said.

     The qualifiers will compete in the Class 1A district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11 at Starmont.


Boys basketball

     Maquoketa Valley bounced back from a tough loss to win a pair of Tri-Rivers Conference games last week.

     The Wildcats (7-5, 9-11) played at the home of West Division leader North Linn, and lost 79-36 Jan. 31. The Lynx pulled to a 41-23 lead by halftime, and were in control from then on.

     Brock Hillers led MV with 10 points. Jake Bonert added seven, and Trevor Elgin had six. Kyle Wilson and Garrett Hogan were the rebounding leaders with six apiece. Hogan also had three steals, and Wilson had three blocks.

     On Feb. 2, MV traveled to Central City and rolled to a 69-53 win. Clint Krapfl scored 17 points, shooting 8-for-13 from the field. Brock Hillers and Wilson added 12 points apiece, and Tyson Tucker scored 11. Hogan had eight rebounds, and Bonert had six. Krapfl also blocked three shots.

     Maquoketa Valley then pulled out a 56-54 victory at Alburnett Feb. 3. Three Wildcats scored in double figures: Bonert with 13, Hogan with 12 and Hillers with 11. Bonert also had nine rebounds, and Tucker had six assists.


Girls basketball

     A tough loss at North-Linn was followed by a 23-point win at Central City and a 36-point triumph at Alburnett for the Maquoketa Valley girls basketball team.

     The Wildcats (9-3, 18-4) had a big comeback fall just short Jan. 31 at North Linn, in a 52-50 loss. MV trailed 37-24 after three quarters before rallying. Brianna Mensen had a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and also blocked three shots. Sam Wall scored 14 points. Payton Ries and Gracie Gellersen had seven points each.

     MV rebounded to win 59-36 at Central City Feb. 2. Mensen had another big night, with 23 points, 12 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and two blocks. Wall scored 20 points. Ries had eight rebounds.

     The ‘Cats then played at Alburnett Feb. 3, and won 63-27, pulling away with a 21-4 second quarter. Mensen and Ries scored 15 points apiece, and Mensen grabbed 12 rebounds to pick up her third double-double of the week, to go along with nine assists and five steals. Wall scored 14 points.

     Other scorers included Gellersen with six, Caitlin Schumann with four, Lydia Helle with three, and Macy Hoeger, Olivia Hoeger and Maci Freiburger with two apiece.



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