The Upper Iowa Conference will hold its first-ever UIC Volleyball Tournament to determine a conference champion this Thursday and Saturday.
Thursday will feature the top four teams hosting a triangular with the top two at each site advancing to the final tourney Saturday in Sumner. Saturday’s tourney will start at 9 a.m. and continue until all eight spots are determined.
However, the top seeds and playing sites for Thursday’s games would not be known until after conference play wrapped up Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Seniors on the 2014 South Winn golf teams include (front, l-r) Bailey Timp, Jordan Reisner, Taylor Claman, Caitlin Holien, Christina Wagner; (back) Megan Elsbernd, Brendan Hageman, Megan Bushman, Trevor Schweinefus, Megan Hageman. Not pictured are Adam Lensing and Darrik Poshusta. (Becky Walz photo)
Warriors ready to tee off in 2014
It is all about the numbers when it comes to golf, and South Winn’s co-head coaches Paul Jungblut and Doug Schweinefus are hoping they are in the Warriors’ favor this season. With 15 boys and 12 girls ready to hit the links, the competition for the top spots has already begun.
West Central has a dozen boys competing for varsity spots on the golf team this spring. With six seniors and promising underclassmen, the Blue Devils could field a very strong team. The squad includes (front l-r) Adam Cannon, Sam Hepperle, Brady Forsyth, Aaron Swearinger, Dustin Gordon, and Andrew Sharff; (back) coach Ron Ahrens, Dustin Richards, Jordon Taylor, Chase Grimm, Hud Johnston, Miles Walenceus, and Kaleb Kime. (Jerry Wadian photo)
The first outdoor meet of the season for the boys’ track team saw TigerHawks fighting winds gusting to 40 mph in Epworth on Monday, March 31. The winds were blowing right into the faces of those running to the finish line.
No team scores were kept, but NFV held its own against Mount Vernon, Anamosa, Maquoketa, Central Clinton, Beckman, and host Western Dubuque.
South Winn freshman Josie Kriener (l) grabs hold of the baton from Kennidee DeVilbiss in the UIC 4x800 race at the conference indoor meet held Tuesday, March 25. The pair, along with RaeAnn Klimesh and Jessica Lechtenberg, finished the race in 10:50.06 to place third. (Jerry Wadian photo)
SW gals close out successful indoor season
The Lady Warrior track team is ready to head outdoors after completing a successful indoor season last week at Luther College with multiple career-bests.
“Overall our kids competed well. It was the first time many of them had a chance to compete this season, and they made the most of it,” complimented SW coach Kevin Kearney. “We held our own with the other top teams in the UIC, which is promising.”
Despite running two indoor track meets in four days last week, the South Winn boys’ track team showed considerable improvement.
“We were very pleased by the efforts given. We had a number of outstanding performances for this early in the year,” said coach Scott Conway. “It's nice to see times, distances, and heights in March that we would expect at Districts.
In all, the Warriors claimed six individual top spots including a pair of wins by senior Devin Franzen in the 800m and 1600m runs. Adding to the team’s success were Jordan Rommes in the high jump, Chris Brincks’ 55m hurdles, and Ben Meyer in the 400m dash. Jared Schroeder and Rommes tied at 6.73 in the 55m dash for the top prize.
Claiming silver for the Warriors were Brincks in the high jump, Meyer in the long jump, Mitch Herold in the 200m dash, and Nathan Meyer in the 800m run.
Swarming the oval for 2014 is a large group of South Winn girls, including (front, l-r) Courtney Humpal, Amber Brincks, Josie Kriener, Mahogani Boe, Jessica Lechtenberg, Riley Ott, RaeAnn Klimesh, Lexie Warth, Kendal Kuboushek; (middle) Alexis Patterson, Christina Nesvik, Ashley Budde, Maddie Monroe, Morgan Martin, Sarah Meyer, Kelly Kuboushek, Lee Balik, Jenna Elsbernd, Sabrina Marken; (back) Kennidee DeVilbiss, Abby Phillips, Tiana Bullerman, Becca Franzen, Monica Schwartzhoff, Brittany Shindelar, Savannah Nesvik, Abby Hageman, Becca Hertges, and Kendra Fosaaen. (Becky Walz photo)
Core group to lead SW
Courtney Humpal, Abby Phillips, Kennidee DeVilbiss, Brittany Shindelar, Jessica Lechtenberg, and Lexie Warth are just six Lady Warriors that South Winn coach Kevin Kearney expects to form the nucleus of his girls’ team.
West Central is pinning its hopes in boys’ track on these 10 athletes. Running, jumping and throwing for the Blue Devils this spring are (front) Thomas Leverington, manager; (row two, l-r) Dein Gosse, Matt Langel, Joe Wolfe, and Lincoln Fuhs; (row three) coach Chris Sanford, Sam McNeese, Sam Annis, Joe Kane, and James Niemann (row four) Collin Kane and Alexander Hepperle. (Jerry Wadian photo)