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The Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball team opened its season at home against Vinton-Shellsburg last Tuesday on a positive note, coming away with a hard-fought 62-51 victory.

The Easton Valley River Hawks girls basketball team opened the season on the road against Bellevue Marquette Nov. 26. It was also the first varsity contest for the River Hawks’ new head coach Chad Gruver. 

The high school winter sports programs soon will be in full swing. 

Coach Josh Koob has been the Maquoketa sophomore football coach since 2006, and this year’s squad accomplished something that the veteran coach had never experienced before. 

The Easton Valley River Hawks football season came to an end Friday night at the hands of the Don Bosco Dons on their home field. The Dons move on to the state semifinals in the UNI Dome. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals football team bounced back from a disappointing loss last week to defeat Dubuque Wahlert 21-6 to even their record to 4-4 with one more game in the season.

The Maquoketa Cardinals volleyball team won the round-robin Durant Invitational tournament Saturday, going 4-0 in matches and 8-0 in games to finish their Saturday tournament schedule for the season. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals football team got the boost in the arm it needed as the team defeated the Marion Indians 35-10 in the Cardinals’ homecoming game Oct. 4. The Friday-night victory stopped the Cardinals three-game losing streak. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals girls cross country placed third as a team in the Bellevue meet at the Bellevue Golf Club Sept. 24. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals football team ran into an 0-3 Mount Vernon Mustangs passing attack that they could not corral. 

The Maquoketa seventh grade volleyball team played at DeWitt Sept. 12. Coach Teri Taylor noted the Cardinals won the A, B and C games. Melmarie Keller, Kalyn Hackman and Tinsley Howell all were 8 for 8 at the service line. Maranda Wood and Kendra Fultner lead their teams in serving.

The Easton Valley River Hawks played an unusual game Friday night in Preston, defeating Central Elkader 86-0. The River Hawks ran only 21 offensive plays all night; in a typical game, teams run an average of 50 to 60 plays. The River Hawks recorded nine touchdowns on those 21 plays. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals volleyball team got off to a good start for the season, going 4-1 in a tournament at Maquoketa High School Saturday.

ANAMOSA — The Maquoketa Cardinals football season got off to a strong start thanks to the team’s ground game. 

Second-year head coach Nicole Snyder said she likes the makeup of her Maquoketa volleyball squad. With nine seniors to lean on for leadership, two juniors should see a lot of court time, and three sophomores should contribute this season.

Attention hunters who would like to sharpen their wing shooting skills before dove, duck, or pheasant season, or anyone who just wants to shoot some clay targets. 

Now that it is the first week in August, all the sports for the school year 2018-19 are in the books. Maquoketa and Easton Valley sports will look for more success in the 2019-20 academic.