According to senior Porter Fuegen, Easton Valley’s energy and physicality dominated district foe Springville, leading to EV’s 63-8 win in second-round playoff action in eight-man football.

The River Hawks’ defense fired the first shot as the Orioles went for it on a fourth-and-five deep in River Hawks territory at the 35 yard line. The River Hawks stopped Orioles’ running back Spencer DeMean for a 2-yard loss, turning the ball over to the River Hawks. 

Two plays later, Fuegen ran to the left for a 25-yard touchdown, giving the River Hawks the early 6-0 lead. The River Hawks scored a touchdown on the first four possessions of the first quarter for a commanding 27-0 lead. 

The River Hawks put the game on ice early in the second quarter when Conor Gruver found an open Keaton Wilson for a 42-yard touchdown with 9:38 left in the quarter. The River Hawks were successful on the 2-point conversion, making the score 35-0 which means a continuously running clock. That shortened the game, making it more difficult for Springville to stage a comeback.

Fuegen rushed three times for 37 yards and a touchdown, caught six passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns, led the team in tackles with 8.5 (six of them solo tackles), and intercepted two passes and ran them back for 25 yards.

Quarterback Conor Gruver continued his stellar play as he threw five more touchdown passes, giving him 32 for the year which is third-best in the state. Gruver attempted 18 passes, completing 12 for 247 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. He continues to make knowledgeable decisions about when to pass and when to take off running.

Easton Valley Coach Tony Johnson said his team “has simply just gotten better” since their previous matchup on Sept. 18, which the River Hawks won 65-48. 

“We wanted to bring a lot of energy tonight, we wanted to be physical with them and I think we did that,” Johnson said. “We wanted to take them out of the game early and that’s what we did.” 

“The team has lofty goals and we played one of their best overall performances of the season. Our goal at the beginning of the season was just get better each week and we’re showing that now playing some of our best football here in the playoffs,” Johnson said.

The 8-1 River Hawks take on 9-1 Gladbrook-Reinbeck at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Easton Valley 63

Springville 8

S     0    0     0    8 —   8

EV  27  15   14   7 — 63

Team statistics    SV      EV

First Downs            9       18

Rushing yards       73      177

Passing yards       72       247

Passing TD/INT    1/3      5/0

Total plays           49       48

Total offense      145      424

Fumbles / lost    1/1       1/0

Penalties / yards 2/20    11/100

Punts / average  2/32.5  1/40.0

Individual statistics

Passing (Player Comp-Att-Yrds-TDs-INTs) Conor Gruver 12-18-247-5-0

Rushing — Kolton Murphy 22-141; Porter Fuegen 3-37; Andin Farrell 1-10; Gruver 4-(-11).

Receiving — P. Fuegen 6-112; Parker Olson 2-76; Keaton Wilson 1-42; Carson Fuegen 3-17.

Tackle Leaders — P. Fuegen 8.5; Keaton Wilson 7.5; Hayden Felkey 7.5; Daken Kramer 6.5.

Interception — P. Fuegen 2; C. Fuegen 1.

Fumble Recoveries — Farrell 1.

Sacks — None.

 

Cross Country

MONTICELLO — The Maquoketa boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Monticello to participate in the 3A state cross country meet qualifier Oct. 21.

Weather is always a factor at cross country meets. There was a little rain, 52 degrees with a slight northeast wind at 2 mph, 70% humidity.

The girls ran first. Reese Kuhlman crossed the finish line first for the Cardinals with a personal-best time of 21:24. Most of the girls ran their best times of the year. Olivia McDermott finished second for the Cardinals with a personal-best time of 22:28. 

The Cardinal girls run three freshmen and three juniors, so with everyone expected to return next season, times could decrease more, meaning a bright future for the team. 

The boys also are young, with four freshmen and a sophomore developing their skills. 

Three boys had personal-best times. Cameron Tracy finished first for the Cards with a time of 18:53. Breckin Downey finished second for the Cards at 20:05. Jayden Koos was next with a time of 20:16. 

No Maquoketa runner qualified for state this year. 

Boys

Team scores — 1. Solon 48; 2. West Delaware 77; 3. Wahlert 85; 4. Clear Creek Amana 90; 5. Monticello 97.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Brandon Barker (Clear Creek Amana) 16:17; 2. Lance Sobaski (Washington) 16:27; 3. Gavin Zillyette (CCA) 16:38; 4. Nathan Munshower (Wahlert) 16:38; 5. Gabe Hinman (Solon) 16:43.

Maquoketa Individuals — 58. Cameron Tracy 18:53; 67. Breckin Downey 20:05; 68. Jayden Koos 20:16’; 70 Tye Hardin 20:28; 74. Vincent Frana 22:27.

Girls

Team scores — 1. Wahlert 26; 2. Davenport Assumption 57; 3. Solon 73; 4. Monticello 111; 5. Clear Creek Amana 145.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Gabby Moran (Wahlert) 18:58; 2. Alix Oliver (W) 19:09; 3. Haidyn Barker (Clear Creek Amana) 19:13; 4. Ellie Meyer (W) 19:26; 5. Emma Althoff (Monticello) 19:27.

Maquoketa Individuals — 30. Reese Kuhlman 21:24; 41. Olivia McDermott 22:28; 45. Addison Michel 22:48; 71. Harley Eye 24:32; 72 Ali Simmons 24:35; 73 Ariana Payton 24:39.

The Easton Valley cross country teams traveled to Cascade for the Class 1A state qualifying meet. 

The run proved difficult on the tough, hilly course with fog, an east wind at 9 mph, and 51 degree temperatures.

On the boys’ side, Aidan Gruver came within just 6 seconds of qualifying for the state meet; he finished in 18:38 in 11th place. The top 10 advances to the state meet.

Gruver said he experienced some trouble going up the final hill and saw some other runner struggle up the hill as well. 

“I tried to make up those few seconds, but I just came up a little short. I will make it next year,” Gruver said.

Freshman Cole Venema came in second for the River Hawks as he has all season with a time of 20:45. The boys’ division was loaded with a lot of the top runners in Class 1A. 

The Easton Valley girls only had four runners. Lindsey Reuter finished 22nd with a time of 24:05. Behind her was Jaysie Wood placing 37th 27:05.

 

(At Cascade Oct. 22)

Boys

Team scores — 1. Bellevue 56; 2. Hudson 58; 3. Calamus-Wheatland 65; 4. Cascade 78; 5. Isaac Newton Christian Academy 157; 6. Easton Valley 204.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Brady Griebel (Bellevue) 16:31; 2. Chase Knoche (Calamus-Wheatland) 17:00; 3. Sam Hansen (Hudson) 17:34; 4. Payton Griebel (Bellevue) 17:34; 5. Marcus Blount (Prince of Peace) 17:42.

Easton Valley Individuals — 11. Aidan Gruver 18:38; 35. Cole Venema 20:45; 59. Austin Franzen 21:56; 63. Evan Christof 22:43; 79. Austin Weber 24:59; 81. Evan Meyer 25:18; 89. Logan Drury 32:07. 

Girls

Team scores — 1. Hudson 28; 2. Prince of Peace 55; 3. Cascade 90; 4. Marquette Catholic 91; 5. BGM 99.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Addison Grady (Hudson) 20:43; 2. Emma Ostwinkle (Casade) 21:07; 3. Hunter Jones (North Cedar) 21:35; 4. Holly Beauchamp (Marquette) 21:40; 5. Maddi Hansen (Hudson) 21:55.

Easton Valley Individuals — 22. Lindsey Reuter 24:05; 37. Jaysie Wood 27:05; 49. Molly Matthiesen 31:58; 52. Shyanna Bowling 34:18.

 

Volleyball

DAVENPORT — The highly ranked Davenport Assumption volleyball team held off a pesky and determined Maquoketa team that was not ready for the season to end. 

The Knights eliminated the Cardinals 3-1 in the first round of post-season play Oct. 19 in Maquoketa, ending the Cardinals’ season. The Knights lost only 10 games all season.

The Cardinals opened post-season play by dominating the Camanche Indians in three games 25-12, 25-16, 25-14 on Oct. 12. 

The Cardinal trio of Natalie Ehlinger, Madilyn Lemke, and Jackie Miller led the Cardinals in kills last week: Ehlinger had 20, Lemke 20, Miller 17. Tenley Cavanagh recorded seven aces to pace the Cardinals. 

After defeating the Indians, the Cardinals traveled to Davenport to take on the Assumption Knights Oct. 21. After dropping the first two games, the Cardinals came alive and defeated the Knights 25-21 in game three. The Cardinals battled the Knights in game four but came up short, losing 16-25. 

The Cardinals will have big shoes to fill next season as the team loses five seniors with a total of 346 kills and Addie Bowman’s 286 digs. But the Cardinals have a solid group returning to the floor, with Cavanagh, CJ Yeager, and front-row players in Miller and Carly Davis. Underclassmen Mikaela Burken, Clare Hackman, Laney Hafner and Carley Cavanagh are ready to fill the open positions next season.

Maquoketa 3

Camanche 0

(25-12, 25-16, 25-14)

Kills— Natalie Ehlinger 11; Madilyn Lemke 10; Jackie Miller 9; Carley Davis 3; Emma Chapin 1. 

Assists — Tenley Cavanagh 31; Addi Bowman 2.

Blocks — Miller 3; Ehlinger 1; Davis 1.

Digs — Bowman 15; Ehlinger 10; CJ Yeager 8; Cavanagh 3; Lemke 1.

Aces — Cavanagh 5; Yeager 2; Lemke 1; Miller 1.

 

Davenport Assumption 3

Maquoketa 1

(17-25, 7-25, 25-21, 16-25)

(At Davenport Oct. 21)

Kills — Madilyn Lemke 10; Natalie Ehlinger 9; Jackie Miller 8; Emma Chapin 1; Carley Davis 1. 

Assists — Tenley Cavanagh 22; Addie Bowman 5.

Blocks — Miller 2; Lemke 1; Chaplin 1; Davis 1.

Digs — Ehlinger 11; Bowman 10; Cavanagh 6; CJ Yeager 5; Lemke 2; Miller 1; Chapin 1.

Aces — Ehlinger 3; Cavanagh 2; Bowman 1.

 

 

MILES — The Easton Valley volleyball team opened the Class 1A Region 7 first-round playoffs at home against conference foe Calamus-Wheatland.

Coach Denise Larson and the River Hawks advanced to the second round after they took down the Warriors Oct. 19. 

The River Hawks traveled to Clinton Oct. 21 to take on another conference opponent — Prince of Peace — in a Class 1A Region 7 quarterfinal matchup. In a hard-fought match, the Irish downed the River Hawks thus ending the team’s season.

On Oct. 19 the River Hawks cruised to win the first game, then the Warriors pushed the River Hawks to close games in the second and third before the River Hawks prevailed.

The River Hawks and Prince of Peace met three times this season. Actually, it was three times in the last three weeks, with the Irish prevailing in all three. On Oct. 1 the Irish won in five games; in the conference tournament Prince of Peace won 2-1 after the River Hawks won the first game but lost the next two. Then the Irish took all three games last Wednesday. 

Top performances of the week were Mikayla Mitchell with 18 kills, Kaitlyn Kuhl 16 kills, and Maddie Klemme, 7 kills. In assists, Dana Carlson recorded 25 and Keeya Kunde 17. Liviah Johnson netted 3 blocks, Aleah Johnson 1, Mitchell 1, Kuhl 1, and Carlson 1. Paige Thines recorded the most digs with 22, followed by Kylee Ready with 15, Kuhl 15, Carlson 10, and Kunde 10. Thines had 7 aces, Kuhl 2, Carlson 2, Klemme 1, and Ready 1.

Easton Valley 3

Calamus-Wheatland 0

(25-10, 25-21, 25-18)

(At Miles Oct. 19)

Kills — Mikayla Mitchell 10; Kaitlyn Kuhl 8; Liviah Johnson 5; Maddi Klemme 3; Dana Carlson 3; Aleah Johnson 2. 

Assists — Carlson 14; Keeya Kunde 10; A. Johnson 1; Kuhl 1.

Blocks — Klemme 1; A. Johnson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 8; Kunde 6; Kuhl 5; Carlson 3; Mitchell 2; Kylee Ready 2; L. Johnson 1.

Aces — Thines 7; Kuhl 2; Carlson 2.

 

Prince of Peace 3

Easton Valley 0

(25-19, 25-22, 25-15)

(At Clinton Oct. 21)

Kills — Mikayla Mitchell 8; Kaitlyn Kuhl 8; Maddi Klemme 4; Dana Carlson 1. 

Assists — Carlson 11; Keeya Kunde 7; Kuhl 2.

Blocks — Liviah Johnson 3; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Carlson 1.

Digs — Paige Thines 14; Kylee Ready 13; Kuhl 10; Carlson 7; Kunde 4; Klemme 2; Mitchell 1.

Aces — Klemme1; Ready 1.