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Back in July or August, a group of men were in Vince O’Connell’s garage in Maquoketa. 

This article was written in January 2016, when the Maquoketa High School freshmen boys basketball team sported a 10-0 record in the WaMaC and a 10-2 record overall. It provided an early glimpse at the talents of the 2018-19 varsity team.

Easton Valley River Hawk Sadie Zaruba earned the Tri-Rivers East Conference Player of the Year honor in basketball.

Maquoketa wrestlers held their end-of-the-year banquet at The Timber Center in Maquoketa Feb. 28. Awards winners are shown.

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The Easton Valley River Hawks picked a bad time to have an off night shooting the basketball as the Prince of Peace Irish defeated the River Hawks 60-49 in Class 1A District 6 action Thursday night in Cascade.

The Maquoketa Cardinals girls bowling team played at the 2A state bowling tournament Tuesday after qualifying during a meet in Cedar Rapids at May City Bowl Feb. 14.

CLINTON — The Maquoketa Cardinals girls basketball team opened post-season play on the road against the Clinton River Queens Feb. 13, but lost 64-44 Saturday to the North Scott Lancers, ending the season.

Through the efforts of Superintendent E. L. Miller in the late 1930s Maquoketa High School became a pioneer of high school wrestling among schools their size in the area. Miller also was dean of the Maquoketa Junior College with special interest in music and starting a wrestling program there.

CLINTON — The Easton Valley River Hawks boys basketball team scorched Bellevue Marquette in the first round of the Iowa Class 1A playoffs Thursday at Prince of Peace High School to a tune of 70-43. 

The Maquoketa Cardinals' AJ Becker scored the 1,000th point of his high school career Monday evening in a post-season game against Independence. Fans held signs cheering on Becker, who netted the needed 16 points in the first half of the game.

The Maquoketa Cardinals boys got three games in last week, starting with a tough 61-55 loss at Dyersville Beckman Feb. 4. 

MAQUOKETA — The Maquoketa girls basketball team lost its last two games to finish out the season, one against the No. 1-ranked Marion Indians and a good Central DeWitt Sabers girls team. The Cardinals will not make up their game against Solon. 

TIFFIN — Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball team got only one game in last week, traveling to Tiffin Friday night to take on the Clear Creek-Amana Clippers.

MARION — The Marion Indians caught the Maquoketa Cardinals at a good time and handed the team its first loss of the year Jan. 26. 

PRESTON — The Easton Valley River Hawks girls basketball team is 9-2 in the last 11 games, with three games left in the regular season. The River Hawks hope to carry that momentum to the end of the season and into the post-season. 

Carley Paul shows perfect form on her follow through. The official signals three-point shot as Paul watches the ball swish through the net Jan. 26 against Dyersville Beckman.

SPRINGVILLE — The Maquoketa Cardinals girls basketball team traveled to Mount Vernon for a varsity boy-girl double header Jan. 15. The girls avenged an earlier loss by holding off the Mustangs 38-36.

MOUNT VERNON — The Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball team kept its undefeated streak intact, coming away with a convincing victory over the Mount Vernon Mustangs 67-39 in the Cardinals’ third consecutive road challenge Jan. 15.

The Maquoketa bowling team earned first place in Class 1A in a recent tournament in Clinton. The team also was tournament overall champion against 16 boys teams. Shown are, from left, Colton Goodenow, Drake Iverson, Taylor Fox, Austin Davison, Caden Stephany and Kyler Beidler.

The Maquoketa wrestling team hosted a double-dual meet Dec. 20 with the Alburnett Pirates and the Tipton Tigers. 

Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball team reached a milestone over Christmas break, earning the No. 1 ranking in class 3A. 

MANCHESTER — Maquoketa boys basketball team traveled to Manchester Dec. 18 for another tough early-season contest against West Delaware. 

The Maquoketa boys basketball team kept their winning ways last week, extending their winning streak to seven games.