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Wed
04
Oct

Dunkerton handles West Central

 

West Central’s Aidan Nelson scored the Blue Devils’ lone touchdown on a 77-yard reception from junior quarterback Adam Dolf. The freshman has 32 receptions on the year.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Dunkerton handles West Central

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“I don’t fault effort,” said Steve Milder, West Central’s head football coach. 

The comment came as Milder was addressing his team after a 79-8 loss to the Dunkerton Raiders on the final Friday of football in September. 

The Blue Devils’ lone score came on a 77-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Adam Dolf to freshman wide receiver Aidan Nelson in the third quarter. 

Wed
04
Oct

No. 4 Stars down West Central

 

West Central freshman Marlee Squires receives a Starmont serve to set the Blue Devils’ offense in motion. Squires led the Blue Devils with six kills in the loss, 3-0, to the Class 1A No. 4 Starmont Stars. Chris DeBack photo 

 

No. 4 Stars down West Central

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The West Central volleyball team had one match this week on the road against Class 1A No. 4 Starmont.

The Stars downed the Blue Devils in three straight sets (25-17, 25-15, and 25-5).

It was Homecoming Week as the Blue Devils looked to spoil the fun for the Stars. While a little tentative in the beginning, the Stars looked poised under pressure in the first set. 

Wed
04
Oct

More tourney problems for volleyball

 

NFV libero Claire Halverson watches as Allie Lau returns this serve during recent action. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

More tourney problems for volleyball

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV had another tough Saturday tournament going 0-3 at the Columbus tourney over the weekend.

“We still haven’t solved our Saturday problems, and we’re running out of time,” lamented head coach Bruce Ehler after the day was over in Waterloo.

The TigerHawks play well during the week but have had problems in all six of their Saturday tournaments.

Everyone knew the first match against Independence, ranked ninth in Class 4A, would be a tough, and it was as the Mustangs prevailed, 21-9, in both sets.

NFV won the first set against Don Bosco, a good Class 1A squad, but fell behind early in the second set, losing 21-13.

“We never seemed to recover the rest of the day,” commented Ehler.

Wed
04
Oct

Varsity boys set PRs

 

 

NFV’s Easton Halverson pushes himself as he tries to overtake a Don Bosco runner near the finish line during a recent cross country meet. The TigerHawk junior was a leader by example for the freshmen as he was able to make up the ground and complete the pass. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Varsity boys set PRs

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“What a fast meet!” was all NFV head cross country coach Neal Bentley could say Tuesday, Sept. 26, after all seven of his varsity runners set personal records at the meet in Jesup.   

The Jesup Invitational is one of the largest meets of the season with over 28 schools represented. 

Wed
04
Oct

2nd-half woes; Beckman rolls, 26-14

 

Gunner Rodgers (7) brings down this Beckman runner. The NFV junior also picked off a pass Friday in Dyersville. (Bec Willenborg photo)

 

2nd-half woes; Beckman rolls, 26-14

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

For the second consecutive road game, North Fayette Valley held a lead only to lose it in the second half.

On its last road trip, the TigerHawks led Monti, 20-13, at the break but was outscored, 21-6 in the second half.

Friday in Dyersville, NFV held a 14-7 lead at the break, but were outscored, 19-0, over the final 24 minutes.

“We were inconsistent,” stated head coach Bob Lape. “We did some things well, then turned around and did some things poorly.”

The Columbia blue, black and silver opened fast with a 38-yard scoring strike from Brooks Hovden to Dylan Muggler. Zach Massman hit the extra point and NFV led, 7-0, in the first three minutes of the contest.

Beckman scored a 34-yard pas with 3:14 left in the opening quarter to tie the game, 7-7.

The TigerHawks increased their lead with a 36-yard pass from Hovden to Burrow. Massman’s PAT made it 14-7 with nine minutes to play in the first half.

However, the final 24 minutes were all downhill for the TigerHawks.

Wed
27
Sep

Clean sweep for Warrior cross country

 

Warrior runner Felicity Taylor cruises to another first-place finish at Saturday’s Mustang Invitational in Independence. The senior placed first overall with a  time of 19:48, which helped lead the way to a first-place team finish for the South Winn girls. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Clean sweep for Warrior cross country

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

It was another strong weekend for the South Winneshiek cross country program as it competed at the 40th Mustang Invitational in Independence on Saturday. Both the No. 3-ranked Warrior boys and No. 5-ranked Warrior girls took the top spot in their respective races, a feat that also featured a top-two individual finisher in each event.

The SW boys placed four runners in the top seven of Saturday morning’s race, which led to a 35-point team effort. The Warriors finished with a 42-point advantage over second-place West Delaware, while No. 11-ranked Maquoketa Valley was third with 81 points.

Wed
27
Sep

Warriors prevail on 'Dig Pink' Night

 

South Winn junior Gracie Schmitt (2) unleashes a powerful spike during Homecoming Week action Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, against Central Elkader. Schmitt tallied six total kills in the 3-0 shutout over the Upper Iowa Conference rival Warriors on “Dig Pink” Night in Calmar. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warriors prevail on 'Dig Pink' Night

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

An energy was in the air in the Calmar gym Tuesday night, Sept. 19, in Calmar as the Warrior volleyball team hosted Central Elkader for “Dig Pink” Night.

Each fall, the Warriors participate in “Dig Pink” Night to help raise awareness for breast cancer. Various goods and items are raffled off during the volleyball contest to help fundraise for the cause. 

“The girls really get fired up about ‘Dig Pink’ night every year. It gives them a chance to work together toward something bigger than themselves or the game of volleyball,” said coach Glenna Munuswamy. “The night always brings in a larger crowd, and the girls definitely feed off its energy.”

With both the Warriors and their opponents dressed in pink uniforms, as well as a sea of pink filling the bleachers, the South Winneshiek girls remained focused on continuing their streak of hot play on the court.

Wed
27
Sep

South Winn brings 'A game' on Homecoming

 

Warrior receiver Brennan Holthaus secures the ball as he works for extra yardage after hauling in a 23-yard reception Friday night in South Winn’s 50-12 win over BCLUW on Homecoming. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn brings "A game" on Homecoming

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

A balanced offensive attack, dominating defensive play, and stellar special teams play were among the ingredients leading to the South Winn football team’s 50-12 win over BCLUW Friday night on Homecoming.

After starting the season 0-3 against teams that currently hold a combined 14-1 record (only loss from when two of the teams played each other), the Warriors have been clicking in all aspects of the game as they have now outscored their last two opponents by a total of 100-12.

“We are playing well right now,” said an elated coach Jason Ohrt after the win. “Our offense had a great, well-executed, balanced attack; our special teams units picked it up a notch; and we played solid defense all night long.”

Wed
27
Sep

Blue Devils down Pirates in Homecoming match

 

West Central’s Lauren Fink taps the ball over the net in a 3-1 victory over the Postville Pirates on Thursday, Sept. 21. Chris DeBack photo

 

Blue Devils down Pirates in Homecoming match

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The West Central volleyball team secured its seventh win of the season with a 3-1 home victory over Postville on Thursday, Sept. 21.

It is the most wins West Central has had since the 2011 Blue Devil team that went 13-13. It was the first time this season the Blue Devils hosted a volleyball match. 

Wed
27
Sep

WC scores 28 on Homecoming night

 

West Central’s Ty Ingels (63) moves off a Tripoli Panther block to help tackle the Panther’s offensive player.

Chris DeBack photo

 

WC scores 28 on Homecoming Night

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The West Central football team had its most productive night offensively during its Homecoming game. The Blue Devils fell to Eight-Man No. 8 Tripoli Panthers (Cedar Rapids Gazette/KGYM poll), 71-28.  

While the Blue Devils had a hard time keeping the potent Panthers offense from rushing its way into the end zone in the first half, it didn’t help that West Central fumbled the ball on the first play of the game. 

The Blue Devils found success through the air during the game. Tripoli scored four touchdowns before junior quarterback Adam Dolf hit freshman wide receiver Aiden Nelson in stride with a 48-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Dolf then found Nelson in the end zone of the successful two-point conversion. 

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