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.
CUTLINE: The North Fayette Valley high school library temporarily turned a little red Monday, Nov. 18 as Morgan Huinker signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the v-Hawks of Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisc. At the signing were (l-r) Josh Blietz and Morgan’s mother, Nedra Blietz, Morgan, and her father Terry Huinker. (Jerry Wadian photo)
North Fayette Valley is going to the UNI-Dome for a state semifinal football game in its first year of existence. The TigerHawks will face top-ranked Iowa City Regina Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. in Cedar Falls. Regina is 12-0 and riding a 54-game win streak.
To get to the Dome, NFV used its bruising running game to defeat South Winn, 49-14, in the quarterfinal game Friday, Nov. 8, in West Union.
The TigerHawks won the initial meeting, 44-34, in the memorable, lightning-delayed, game earlier in the season.
The weather was also bad in the rematch as the wind whipped from the southeast at 25-35 mph. Fans didn’t mind, and it was a full house in the Steve Story Athletic Complex.
Upper Iowa football assured itself of its first winning season since 1999 when it defeated Wayne State University, 23-21, Saturday, Nov. 9, in Wayne, Neb.
The win also marks the first winning season for the team since moving provisionally to DII in 2003. UIU was granted full DII membership in 2005 and joined the NSIC in 2006.
Current head football coach Tom Shea joins Paul Rudolph as the only winning football coaches since 1966!
The Peacocks were sluggish in the first half, trailing WSU, 13-0 at one point in the second quarter. UIU’s first score of the half was a safety by Jordan Andera. The South Winn alum blocked a Wildcat PAT kick and ran it back 98 yards for two points.
Upper Iowa added a TD of its own in the final minute of the half to trail by five, 13-8, going into the second half of play.
North Fayette Valley, ranked 8th, had a defensive clash last night against the Hudson Pirates with a final score of 22-13. They will play Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 against Nashua-Plainfield with homefield advantage. Check back for a complete game breakdown this afternoon.
The North Fayette Valley cross country teams acquitted themselves well Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in West Union.
The girls’ team qualified for the State Cross Country Meet with a third-place finish. In addition, Paige Gibson and Megan Feldman finished in the top 10 to qualify as competitors in the individual races.
For the boys, Danny Halva finished third and Devon Monnahan placed eighth to earn a trip to Ft. Dodge.
To host Class 3A Regional Monday, Oct 28
NFV fourth in UIC VB tourney
By Jerry Wadian
North Fayette Valley had a strong end to the season, winning its final home game on Tuesday, Oct. 8 against Elkader, then winning both matches in round one of the UIC Tournament at Turkey Valley on Thursday, earning a fourth seed in Saturday’s final in Sumner.
At the final, the TigerHawks went 1-2 for a fourth-place finish overall at 4-3.
On Monday, Oct. 28, NFV will host round one of the Class 3A Region 6 Tournament. It will play Waukon at 7 p.m. with the winner moving on to play the winner of the Union (LPC) at Oelwein game. The winners will meet Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Oelwein.