Wildcats sweep triangular meet, then beat Easton Valley

Kylie Chesnut of Maquoketa Valley (2) blocks an MFL MarMac kill attempt during the triangular meet Sept. 8 in Delhi. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Emerson Whittenbaugh of Maquoketa Valley (left) makes a pass, backed up by teammate Ella Imler, against MFL MarMac.


     Maquoketa Valley hosted a triangular meet Sept. 8 in Delhi, and swept both of its opponents, defeating MFL MarMac 25-15, 25-22; and overcoming West Central of Maynard 25-12, 25-16.

     “I was happy overall with the girls’ performance,” Maquoketa Valley coach Brandy Whittenbaugh said. “I thought we played scrappy and made some nice net plays, and hit the ball extremely hard.”

     Against MFL, the Wildcats were led by Emerson Whittenbaugh, who had 16 kills and 14 digs; and Carissa Sabers, who made 17 assists and had 12 digs. Ella Imler had 13 digs, Krista Ries had four kills, Avery Krapfl had eight digs, and Kylie Chesnut had two blocks.

     MV (5-1) then defeated West Central 25-12, 25-16, a match made more intriguing by the fact coach Whittenbaugh’s daughter, Abby DeGroot, is head coach at West Central.

     “We were happy to get them in our tri, as it’s fun to have friends and family come to watch,” Whittenbaugh said. “We learn a lot from each other, and it makes for good conversation.”

     Sabers had 15 assists in that match. Whittenbaugh had 10 kills and seven digs. Payton Beaman had six kills, Imler had six digs, and Chesnut had five kills and two blocks. Getting four digs apiece were Amaya Hunt, Molly Anderegg, Chesnut and Krapfl.

     “We are missing senior Taya Tucker (to injury), and we had to change the lineup somewhat,” coach Whittenbaugh said. “I am happy with the girls that have stepped in. They have adjusted well and have done what is asked of them.”

     The Wildcats also played host to Easton Valley in a Tri-Rivers Conference match Sept. 10, and swept three sets, winning 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.

     Whittenbaugh had 17 of the team’s 39 kills in the match, while Chesnut had seven and Beaman had six. Sabers made 27 assists, and served 22-for-22 with seven aces.

     MV also had 71 digs, led by Imler with 15, Whittenbaugh and Sabers with 13 each. Krista Ries and Chesnut had three blocks apiece.



     Maquoketa Valley quarterback Parker Sternhagen scored on a one-yard plunge with 28.3 seconds left in the game, lifting the Wildcats to an 8-0 victory over East Buchanan Sept. 11 in Winthrop.

     It was the first win of the season for the Wildcats, coming in the first Class A, District 5 game for MV (1-0, 1-2) on a rainy night.

     “Weather played a huge role,” Maquoketa Valley coach Trevor Arnold said. “We finished with the seven-minute drive to win it, and that showed a lot of guys’ effort and toughness to find a way to get it done.”

     MV drove 85 yards in 14 plays for the winning touchdown, and followed that with a two-point conversion pass, Sternhagen to Owen Mensen.

     Sternhagen finished with 12 carries for 81 yards, and completed 12 of 22 passes for 120 yards. Mensen caught four passes for 69 yards.

     Defensively, Tim Harmon led the team in tackles with 11.5, while Andrew Kloser and Aidan Salow had seven apiece. Sternhagen and Kloser recovered East Buchanan fumbles, one of which was forced by Mensen.

     “Our defense played phenomenal and came up with stops four separate times when East Buch had the ball inside the 15-yard line,” Arnold said.

     Prior to the East Buchanan game, the Wildcats lost a heartbreaker at home against Cascade, giving up two fourth quarter scores to fall 42-36.

     MV had 287 rushing yards, led by Sternhagen, with 18 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown; and A.J. Ambundo, with 17 carries for 116 yards and three scores, including a 44-yard run. Sternhagen completed nine of seven passes for 54 yards and one score, on a pass to Avery Holtz.

     Defensively, Andrew Holtz led the Wildcats with eight tackles, and Landen Deutmeyer had 7.5. Harmon made 5.5 stops, and Kloser had five. Lucas Orcutt and Tanner DeMoss each recovered a Cascade fumble.



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