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.
Last year saw a lot of positive results in some sports, and some others up and coming. Maquoketa, like most schools around the state, has seen a drop of athletes getting involved in sports. Maquoketa football only had three seniors on the roster last year. In 2017-18 there were 10 seniors on the roster. The boys soccer team did not have a senior on the roster and only had one junior — that doesn’t happen very often. Coaches have said that consistent play is difficult when the team consists of all freshmen and sophomores.
The exception came with the Cardinals boys basketball team sporting nine seniors and ending the season one win short of a state tournament bid. The Easton Valley River Hawks boys basketball team also was one win shy of a state tournament appearance and boasted six seniors on the roster.
The Maquoketa wrestling team also took some steps forward last year by sending two juniors — Taven Rich and Abe Michel — to the state mats at Des Moines.
The Maquoketa cross country team sent one runner to the state meet — Tyler Meyeres. On the track side, Cari Pickup and Caiden Atienza advanced to state. Carlene Paul qualified for state as an individual for the Maquoketa Cardinals girls golf team.
For five consecutive seasons, the Maquoketa Cardinals bowling punched a ticket to the state meet. The girls team qualified the last two years (Jenna Strohbehn, Mary Holtz, Lexi Springer, Jo Kortenkamp, Alexsandra Thomas, and Shelby Hickson). The boys did not qualify as a team, but Austin Davidson and Kyler Beidler made it as individuals.
Easton Valley boys track and field experienced a good year by sending two relay teams to state (Cade Jargo, Gavin Raabe, Porter Fuegen, Hudson Felkey, and Kolton Murphy). The Easton Valley girls track and field also sent two relay teams, a high jumper, and discus thrower (Sydney Stoll, Paige Thines, Sara Kilburg, Macy Wilhelm, Maddi Klemme, and Abby Green).
On the diamond, the Easton Valley baseball team had only three seniors. Easton Valley girls softball had only two seniors, and at the end of the year only sported only 10 players for nine spots. That left Coach Taylor Bell with no room for error. Despite the short roster, the softball team recorded the most season wins since 2012-13.
This upcoming school year could see more success in sports, with all the young returning student athletes still in their programs and ready to burst into action.