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Emma Chapin battles at the net for a kill against two North Cedar defenders.

The Easton Valley football team sent a message across Iowa 8-man football teams: the River Hawks are a team to contend with this season. The team dominated the 8-man non-district game Friday against No. 1 Don Bosco Dons 60-14.

The River Hawks started slow, forced to punt after going three and out on the first possession of the game. The Dons blocked the punt and recovered the football on the River Hawks’ 1 yard line. 

One play later, the Dons led the River Hawks 6-0. 

On the River Hawks’ next possession, they had to punt the ball again after getting only one first down. The River Hawks never were forced to punt the ball the rest of the night. 

Easton Valley scored the next 26 points to take a 26-6 lead with 5:42 left in the second quarter. With 3:56 left, Don Bosco scored on a 46-yard pass play; that is the last time they scored Friday night. 

Once Conor Gruver got on track he threw eight touchdown passes to five different receivers; Hayden Felkey caught three. Gruver also threw two TD passes to his brother Aiden Gruver, the first for 57 yards. 

C. Gruver said, “after I threw the TD pass to Aiden, I kind of found my groove,” the quarterback said. “The first two possessions I just could not get in the groove.”

The River Hawks held the typically high-scoring Dons to just 120 yards on offense all night. The River Hawks had 14 tackles for loss in the game. 

The Dons had no answer for the River Hawks’ wideouts play after play. The receivers ran behind the Dons’ defensive backs for wide open catches. 

Coach Tony Johnson explained. “Last year we noticed something they were doing on defense and we worked on a way to beat them during the summer. 

“Not too many people in Iowa thought that Easton Valley could beat the Dons, but our coaches and 27 players thought we could get this done,” Johnson continued. “We came out playing tempo we felt we are in better condition because the guys have busted their buts the three weeks of practice. And we have good team quickness to get to the outside.”

The last nine season’s the Dons have lost only seven games and have not had a continuous clock against them for a long time.

Easton Valley takes on Central Elkader Friday, Sept. 3, at Preston. Both teams are 1-0 on the young season. 

EASTON VALLEY 60

DON BOSCO 14

DB     6     8    0     0  — 14

EV   14   18   15   13 — 60

Team statistics   DB   EV

First Downs            8     17

Rushing yards       31     85

Passing yards       89     318

Passing TD/INT    1/2     8/1

Total plays           49      50

Total offense       120    403

Fumbles / lost      3/1    1/0

Penalties / yards  8/75  6/35

Punts / average  6/23.0   2/12.0

Individual statistics

Passing — Conor Gruver 17-27-318-8-1. 

Rushing — Carson Fuegen 2-35; Charlie Simpson 9-34; Andin Farrell 6-17; C. Gruver 5-(-1).

Receiving — Hayden Felkey 6-114; Aidan Gruver 3-87; Farrell 2-71; Fuegen 4-23; Dylon Dyson 1-22; C. Simpson 1-1.

Tackle Leaders — Felkey 8.5; Fuegen 7.0; Dyson 7.0; Ayden Huling 5.5.

Interception —A. Gruver 1; Fuegen 1.

Fumble Recoveries — Dyson 1.

Sacks — Felkey 1.

 

Cards football rebuilding with a new QB and coach 

The Maquoketa Cardinals football team opened the season with a loss on the road, traveling to Independence to take on the Mustangs Friday, Aug 27. 

The Class 3A 9th-ranked Mustangs defeated the Cardinals 50-7. The Cardinals could not get the offense on track all night as they totaled only 191 yards — 79 through the air and 112 on the ground. 

Hunter Manning was the back-up quarterback last season. This season he found himself behind the center as the starting QB. Manning completed seven passes for 79 yards. 

The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth quarter as Isaac Koppang found the end zone. Johnny Burns caught four passes for 55 yards.

Ben Thines led the Cardinals on defense with 10 solo tackles and one for a loss. Koppang recorded seven tackles, and Manning had an interception.

The Cardinals will be looking to rebound this week as they have their home opener against Monticello on Friday sept 03.

INDEPENDENCE 50

MAQUOKETA 7

Maq      0     0      0   7 —   7

Indy    13   16   21   0 — 50

Team statistics      M    I

First Downs             9     24

Rushing yards       112   240

Passing yards        79    157

Passing TD/INT    0/1     2/1

Total plays           46      58

Total offense       191    397

Fumbles/lost       2/2     0/0

Penalties/yards   3/25    1/5

Punts/average   4/47.8   2/41.0

Individual statistics 

Passing — Hunter Manning 7-18-79-0-1.

Rushing — Isaac Koppang 17-71; Emmett Portz 6-25; Manning 5-16.

Receiving — Johnny Burns 4-55; Ben Thines 1-16; Sean Swanson 1-5; Tai Streets 3.

Tackle Leaders — Thines 10; Koppang 7; Max Keller 5; Colin Grau 5.

Interception — Manning 1.

Fumble Recoveries — None.

Sacks — Tyson Wilhelm 1; Wyatt Schwenker 1.

 

Cross Country

(At Anamosa Aug. 28)

• Boys

Team scores — 1. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 47; 2. Solon 76; 3. Washington 78; 4. Mid-Prairie 94; 5. Muscatine 106.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Miles Wilson (CR-K) 16:54; 2. Lance Sobaski (Washington) 17:05; 3. Henry McMahon (CR-K) 17:07; 4. Thaddeus Shetler (Mid-Prairie) 17:21; 5. Brick Kabela (Solon).

Maquoketa Individuals — 22. Cameron Tracy 19.35; 52 Jacob Nabb 21:48; 62. Victor Frana 23:54; 64. Vincent Frana 24:32; 67. Jayden Koos 25:06; 68. Breckin Downey 25:08; 71. Zachary Lafrenz 26:50.

 

• Girls

Team scores — 1. Mid-Prairie 22; 2. Solon 33; 3. Muscatine 89; 4. Washington 103; 5. Xavier 165; 6. Maquoketa 185.

Top 5 Individuals — 1. Danielle Hostetler (Mid-Prairie) 19:01; 2. Mitzi Evans (MP) 20:57; 3. Kayla Young (Solon) 21:10; 4. Gracie Federspiel (Solon) 21:17; 5. Sydney Yoder (MP) 21:32.

Maquoketa Individuals — 25. Reese Kuhlman 25:19; 33. Olivia McDermott 26:46; 37. Erin Otten 27:48; 43. Ali Simmons 28:11; 44. Harley Eye 28:35; 45. Ariana Payton 28:43; 49. Brittney Hovey 32:50.

 

Volleyball

Cards host tourney but fall early in the young season

The Maquoketa Cardinals volleyball team opened its season Saturday, Aug. 28, hosting the Maquoketa Tournament. 

The Cardinals went 1-4 for the tournament. After losing the rubber games to DeWitt and North Cedar, the Cardinals lost a hard-fought match against Northeast 20-22 and 22-24.

Jackie Miller led the team in kills with 23 and 7 blocks for the day. Mikaela Burken added 18 kills, while Emma Chapin recorded 13 and Carley Davis 10 kills. 

Tenley Cavanagh recorded 71 assists. Chapin recorded 3 blocks, Davis 2, and Burken 1. 

Yeager’s 50 digs were tops for the day; Burken had 27 digs, T. Cavanagh 14, Jordan Armbruster 11, Grace Wing 8, Chapin 7, and C. Cavanagh 6. 

Yeager and Armbruster were tops with 5 aces for the five matches. Burken and T. Cavanagh had 3 aces while Miller had 2 aces.  

CENTRAL DEWITT 2

MAQUOKETA 1

(10-21,21-17, 9-15) 

(At Maquoketa Aug. 28)

Kills — Emma Chapin 6; Jackie Miller 4; Tenley Cavanagh 3; Carley Davis 3; Carley Cavanagh 2; Mikaela Burken 1; CJ Yeager 1. 

Assists — T. Cavanagh 16. Yeager 3; Jordan Armbruster 1.

Blocks — Miller 3; Burken 1; Davis 1.

Digs — Yeager 18; Burken 8; Armbruster 5; Chapin 5; T. Cavanagh 4; C. Cavanagh 1.

Aces — None.

 

MAQUOKETA 2

CAMANCHE 0

(21-8, 22-20) 

(At Maquoketa Aug. 28)

Kills — Mikaela Burken 6; Jackie Miller 5; Carley Davis 3; Carley Cavanagh 2; Emma Chapin 1.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 17.

Blocks — Chapin 2; Davis 1; Miller 1; C. Cavanagh 1.

Digs — CJ Yeager 11; Grace Wing 4; T. Cavanagh 3; Jenna Wiebenga 2; Jordan Armbruster 1; Burken 1.

Aces — Burken 3; Armbruster 1; Yeager 1; T. Cavanagh 1.

 

NORTH SCOTT 2

MAQUOKETA 0

(17-21, 13-21)

(At Maquoketa Aug. 28)

Kills — Carley Cavanagh 3; Mikaela Burken 2; Jackie Miller 2; Tenley Cavanagh 1; Emma Chapin 1.

Assists — T. Cavanagh 8; C. Cavanagh 1.

Blocks — Miller 3; T. Cavanagh 2.

Digs — CJ Yeager 7; T. Cavanagh 5; Burken 3; Jordan Armbruster 3; C. Cavanagh 2; Emma Chapin 1.

Aces — Jackie Miller 1.

 

NORTH CEDAR 2

MAQUOKETA 1

(21-17, 18-21, 12-15)

(At Maquoketa Aug. 28)

Kills — Mikaela Burken 6; Jackie Miller 5; Carley Davis 3; Emma Chapin 3; CJ Yeager 1; Carley Cavanagh 1.

Assists — Tenley Cavanagh 18; Yeager 1.

Blocks — Miller 1; Chapin 1.

Digs — Yeager 9; Burken 8; Grace Wing 3; Jordan Armbruster 2; T. Cavanagh 2; Chapin 1; C. Cavanagh 1.

Aces — T. Cavanagh 2; Yeager 1; Armbruster 1. 

 

NORTHEAST 2

MAQUOKETA 0

(20-22, 22-24)

(At Maquoketa Aug. 28)

Kills — Jackie Miller 7; Mikaela Burken 3; Emma Chapin 2; Carley Cavanagh 1; Carley Davis 1

Assists — T. Cavanagh 12; CJ Yeager 1 

Blocks — None.

Digs — Burken 7; Yeager 5; C. Cavanagh 1; T. Cavanagh 1; Grace Wing 1.

Aces — Armbruster 3; Yeager 3; Miller 1

 

River Hawks split tourney

The Easton Valley River Hawks got the season started on the right foot by defeating the Bellevue Comets 3-1 Aug. 23.

Kaitlyn Kuhl recorded 24 kills. Dana Carlson dished out 23 assists; Renee Hartung had 20 assists.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, the River Hawks hosted the Easton Valley Tourney. The River Hawks opened the tourney sweeping the Bellevue Comets 2-0. 

The River Hawks’ second opponent was Wilton, which defeated the River Hawks 2-0. Easton Valley went 2-2 for the tourney. 

Kuhl recorded 14 kills for the tourney. Dana Carlson led the team with 20 assists.

The River Hawks served the ball well Saturday, serving over 90% for three of the four games. In the Wilton match the River Hawks were only 76.5% successful (13-17).

Easton Valley has a light schedule this week as Edgewood-Colesburg travels to Miles on Thursday, Sept. 2. 

 

EASTON VALLEY 3

BELLEVUE 1

(25-18, 25-11, 19-25, 25-20)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 24; Mikaya Mitchel 8; Hadley Farrell 6; Dana Carlson 6; Kylee Ready 3; Renee Hartung 2; Aleah Johnson 2. 

Assists — Carlson 23; Hartung 20; Kuhl 1; Farrell 1.

Blocks — Johnson 4; Farrell 3; Hartung 1; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Carlson 1. 

Digs — Johnson 7; Ready 6; Carlson 5; Kuhl 5; Hartung 5; Mitchell 4; Farrell 4.

Aces — Carlson 2; Farrell 1.

 

EASTON VALLEY 2

BELLEVUE 0

(21-8, 21-19,)

(At Preston Aug. 28)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 5; Aleah Johnson 2; Hadley Farrell 2; Renee Hartung 1; Mikayla Mitchell 1; Dana Carlson 1. 

Assists — Hartung 7; Carlson 5.

Blocks — None.

Digs — Hartung 1; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Farrell 1.

Aces — Hartung 1; Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1.

 

WILTON 2

EASTON VALLEY 0

(21-7, 21-11)

(Preston Aug. 28)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 2; Hadley Farrell 2; Aleah Johnson 1. 

Assists — Dana Carlson 4; Renee Hartung 1.

Blocks — None.

Digs — Farrell 2; Kuhl 1; Mikayla Mitchell 1.

Aces — Mitchell 1; Kuhl 1; Farrell 1.

 

EASTON VALLEY 2

MARQ. CATHOLIC 0

(21-13, 21-4)

(Preston Aug. 28)

Kills — Renee Hartung 3; Mikayla Mitchell 3; Kaitlyn Kuhl 3; Aleah Johnson 1; Hadley Farrell 1.

Assists — Dana Carlson 6; Hartung 2.

Blocks — Farrell 1.

Digs — Kylee Ready 2; Farrell 1.

Aces — Carlson 4; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1.

 

EDGEWOOD-COLES. 2

EASTON VALLEY 1

(12-21, 21-14,11-15)

(Preston Aug. 28)

Kills — Kaitlyn Kuhl 4; Hadley Farrell 4; Dana Carlson 3; Mikayla Mitchell 1.

Assists — Renee Hartung 6; Carlson 5. 

Blocks — Aleah Johnson 2; Hartung 1.

Digs — Mitchell 3; Kuhl 2; Farrell 2; Carlson 1.

Aces — Hartung 2; Kuhl 1; Johnson 1.