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Freshman Olivia McDermott closes in on the finish line ahead in her first varsity cross country meet, finishing 42nd overall Saturday in Maquoketa.

The Maquoketa Cardinals football team was sidelined for one week, forced to self-quarantine after a team member tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the school district canceled its Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 football games.

Meanwhile in Preston, the Easton Valley River Hawks football team continues its winning ways in a new year with new faces after losing to Don Bosco in the 2019 state football quarterfinals.

Junior Connor Gruver took over as the River Hawks’ starting quarterback. He led the team to victory over a tough Janesville team 40-35 Aug. 29. Gruver threw for 239 yards, yielding three touchdown passes with no interceptions. He also recorded three carries for 19 yards. 

However, senior Porter Fuegen also played to win under the Friday night lights. Fuegen rushed for 145 yards on 15 attempts and two touchdowns, caught six passes for 49 yards, and scored a two-point conversion — all on offense. On defense he recorded 5.5 tackles, recovered one fumble, and intercepted two balls. 

Andin Farrell led EV on defense with nine tackles, seven solo tackles, one sack and three tackles for a loss. The River Hawks defense forced four turnovers without turning the ball over, which can make the difference in a close game. 

Parker Olson caught two passes — one for 63 yards and a touchdown. 

The River Hawks are home this Friday, Sept. 4, against Central City. Game time is 7 p.m.

Easton Valley 40 Janesville 35

Easton Valley 6  18  16  0— 40

Janesville       0  21   7   7—35

First Downs:22/17

Rushing yards:238/229

Passing yards:239/210

Passing TD/INT:3/0  2/2

Total plays:70/62

Total offense:477/439

Fumbles/lost:1/0  2/2

Penalties/yards:6/55 10/60

Punts/average:5/41.2  2/34.0

Individual statistics

Passing (Comp-Att-Yds-TDs-INTs) — Connor Gruver 18-28-231-3-0; Carson Fuegen 1-1-8-0-0; Porter Fuegen 0-2-0-0-0.

Rushing — P. Fuegen 15-145; Kolton Murphy 17-49; Gruver 3-19; C. Fuegen 3-19; Andin Farrell 1-6.

Receiving — Parker Olson 2-76; C. Fuegen 6-50; P. Fuegen 6-49; Murphy 3-42; Farrell 2-22. 

Tackle Leaders — Farrell 9; Olson 5.5; P. Fuegen 5.5.

Interception —P. Fuegen 2.

Fumble Recoveries — P. Fuegen 1; Farrell 1.

Sacks — Farrell 1.

 

Volleyball

North Scott 2

Maquoketa 0

(21-16, 23-21)

(At DeWitt Aug. 29)

The Cardinals opened the 2020-21 volleyball season with a tournament in DeWitt Saturday, Aug. 29. The Cardinals lost to North Scott twice and defeated Central DeWitt Sabers to go 2-1 on the day. 

Stats were not available at press time.

 

North Scott 2

Maquoketa 0

(21-12, 21-14)

(At DeWitt Aug. 29)

 

Maquoketa 2

Central DeWitt 0

(Stats not available)

(At DeWitt Aug. 29)

 

Bellevue 3

Easton Valley 0

(25-18, 25-18, 25-17)

(At Bellevue Aug. 24)

Easton Valley started its volleyball season on the road, traveling to Bellevue Monday, Aug. 24. 

The River Hawks started out slow in the first set but recovered to make the game close. The River Hawks committed too many unforced errors all night, dropping all three sets by almost the same scores (25-18, 25-18, 25-17). 

On Saturday, the River Hawks hosted a five-team tournament. 

EV took revenge on Bellevue by downing the Comets 21-13, 14-21, and 15-8 before losing to Wilton 10-21, and 15-21.

EV tournament leaders were Kills: Kaitlyn Kuhl 6; Dana Carlson 6; Kylee Ready 2; Mikayla Mitchell 2; Maddi Klemme 2; Renee Hartung 1. Assists: Carlson 7; Keeya Kunde 6; Kuhl 1. Digs: Kuhl 12; Paige Thines; Klemme 5; Ready 3; Carlson 2; Mitchell 1; Aleah Johnson 1; Liviah Johnson 1. Blocks: Klemme 3; L. Johnson 2; Carlson 1; A. Johnson 1; Ready 1; Mitchell 1. Serving aces: Carlson 6; Ready 1.

Coach Denise Larson praised her team’s continuous improvement.

“We are continuing to improve each area of our play,” she said. “We do need to become more consistent in passing in order for our offense to improve. We are doing a god job committing to the block and getting a lot more touches. We hope to turn some of these touches into actual blocks.

“Our serving was much stronger for these two matches than our previous match with Bellevue,” Larson continued. “Our servers are becoming more aggressive! I am pleased with the improvement. We must continue to become more efficient.”

Kills — Maddie Klemme 4; Kaitlyn Kuhl 3; Dana Carlson 3; Aleah Johnson 1; Paige Thines 1.

Assists — Keeya Kunde 5; Carlson 2; Thines 2; Klemme 1; A. Johnson 1; Kuhl 1. 

Blocks — Liviah Johnson 2; Klemme 1; A. Johnson 1; Kuhl 1; Thines 1.

Digs — Klemme 7; Kuhl 6; Kunde 4; L. Johnson 4; Thines 2; Kylee Ready 2; A. Johnson 1; Carlson 1.

Aces — Ready 2; Klemme 1; Kunde 1; L. Johnson 1.

 

Wilton 2

Easton Valley 0

(10-21, 15-21)

(At Preston Aug. 29)

Kills — Maddie Klemme 2; Kaitlyn Kuhl 2; Mikayla Mitchell 1; Renee Hartung 1. 

Assists — Keeya Kunde 3; Dana Carlson 2.

Blocks — Klemme 1.

Digs — Kuhl 7; Paige Thines 6; Klemme 4; Kylee Ready 3; Kunde 2; Carlson 2; Aleah Johnson 1.

Aces — Ready 1.

 

Easton Valley 2

Bellevue 1

(21-13, 14-21, 15-8)

(At Preston Aug. 29)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 4; Dana Carlson 2; Kylee Ready 2; Mikayla Mitchell 1.

Assists — Carlson 5; Keeya Kunde 3; Kuhl 1.

Blocks — Liviah Johnson 2; Maddi Klemme 2; Mitchell 1; Carlson 1; Ready 1; Aleah Johnson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 6; Kuhl 5; Mitchell 1; Klemme 1; Kunde 1; L. Johnson1; Carlson 1.

Aces — Carlson 5.

Cross Country

The first week of the 2020-21 cross country season was subject to multiple cancellations due to the heat and reducing the number of teams for social distancing purposes. That led to Maquoketa hosting a meet for the first time since 1995, according to coach Rob Dennis.

“We invited 10 teams to Maquoketa. We had to turn teams down saying we did not want too many teams so we can put on a good meet for our first time,” Dennis said. “Maybe (we can add) more next year if things go smooth.”

The Cardinal boys team consisted of all underclassmen running in their first varsity meet. Freshman Cameron Tracy came in 46th and was the best Cardinal finisher on the day, followed by sophomore Jayden Koos, freshman Brecklin Downey, and junior Steven Crist

On the girls team, two freshmen paced the Cardinals as Reese Kulhman came in 29th overall; Olivia McDermott was 42nd, followed by juniors Addison Michel, Harley Eye and Ariana Payton. The Cardinals team came in eighth as a team. 

Boys

Team scores — 1. Center Point-Urbana 54; 2. Mount Vernon/Lisbon 72; 3. Monticello 81; 4. Davenport Assumption 109; 5. Bellevue 125; 6. Cascade 127; 7. Jessup 134; 8. Davenport West 204. 

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Luke Post (CPU) 16:41; 2. Brady Griebel (B) 16.44; 3. Eli Larsdon (CPU) 16:50; 4. Jasper Nietert (Monticello) 17:24; 5. Mason Bach (CPU) 17:37.

Maquoketa Individuals — 46. Cameron Tracy 21:09; 55. Jayden Koos 22:16; 58. Brecklin Downey 23:36; 59. Steven Crist 24:17.

Girls

Team scores — 1. Mount Vernon/Lisbon 59; 2. Davenport Assumption 70; 3. Monticello 89; 4. Jessup 102; 5. Davenport West 111; 6. Marion 116; 7. Center Point-Urbana 152; 8. Maquoketa 214.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Laura Swart (NVL) 20:45; 2. Kylie Daily (DW) 20:49; 3. Kay Fett (CPU) 20:50; 4. Anna Hoffman (MV/L) 20:56; 5. Peyton Steffen (Marion) 21:01.

Maquoketa Individuals — 29. Reese Kuhlman 23:16; 42. Olivia McDermontt 24:44; 47. Addison Michel 25:00; 57. Harley Eye 27:45; 58. Ariana Payton 28:28.