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Wed
16
Oct

Warrior fall to #2 St. Ansgar

Junior receiver Cael Kuboushek stiff arms a Saint defender during Friday night’s 49-14 loss to St. Ansgar. Kuboushek, who entered the week as the second-leading receiver in all of Class A (behind only teammate Noah Tieskoetter) had four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warriors fall to #2 St. Ansgar

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Friday nights contest between the Class A, No. 9-ranked Warriors and the No. 2-ranked Saint Ansgar Saints featured two of the top offenses in the entire state. While the two district foes are used to putting up big numbers, their means of doing so couldn’t be more polar opposite as the Saints entered the game as the top rushing team in the state among all classes, while the Warriors brought the second-leading passing attack in the state among all classes.

Unfortunately for South Winn, only one of the offenses prevailed in the battle for the District lead and likely title. 

“This was a tough loss for our kids,” said head coach Jason Ohrt. “I felt like we had a great week of practice, but Saint Ansgar is just a tough team to prepare for. They have a special group this season.”

Saint Ansgar rushed for 479 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in the 49-14 win, while the Warriors were only able to accumulate 246 yards of offense (89 passing yards).

Wed
16
Oct

Warrior runners perform well at SW Invite

South Winn’s Chance Adam helped the Warrior boys to a second place finish at last week’s South Winn Invitational in Calmar as he finished 14th in a time of 18:13.02. (submitted photo)

 

Warrior runners perform well at SW Invite

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Warrior cross country program played host to the 2019 South Winn Invitational last week (Tuesday, Oct. 8) at the South Winneshiek Golf Course near Calmar and neither the boys or girls disappointed.

In a field filled with many top teams in the area, the Class 1A No. 6-ranked boys’ team placed second with 70 points behind only Class 3A No. 7-ranked Decorah (23). Crestwood (Class 2A, No. 13) finished third with 73 points.

Wed
16
Oct

Younger runners step up for XC

Freshman Lexi Steffens has been a mainstay of the NFV girl’s cross country team. Shown in recent action, Steffens last outing Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Manchester saw her complete the course in 22:48, second on the team and 36th overall. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Younger runners step up for XC

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

“After losing last week’s race at Jesup, the kids were really ready to go Tuesday (Oct. 1), at West Delaware,” stated NFV head cross country coach Neal Bentley.

With some of the varsity runners out with illnesses and nagging injures, younger runners had to step up and compete at the Hawk Cross Country Meet in Manchester.

Both the boys and girls had a pair of varsity runners sitting out this race. 

“Those kids really stepped up,” noted Bentley. “Several either set or came within a second of matching season-best times.”

Wed
16
Oct

TigerHawk volleyball in title hunt

NFV’s Alyssa Bohr is right there to block West Central’s Abby Squires shot attempt Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Maynard. Bohr had two solo blocks like this one and assisted on four other blocks while spiking home 11 kills; she also had 11 digs. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

TigerHawk volleyball in title hunt

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

NFV stayed in contention for the UIC championship Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Maynard by edging West Central in a five-set thriller.

It was an important match for both teams since the TigerHawks have just one conference loss and the Devils’ came in with just two.

Wed
16
Oct

NFV beats former coach, 42-22

The Oelwein QB has nowhere to run and nowhere to hide as Zander Britt (73) and Isaiah Corbin (78) apply intense pressure. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

NFV beats former coach, 42-22

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Friday’s game in Oelwein was everything people expected, a hard-fought game by two ground-and-pound teams coached by the master, Oelwein’s Bob Lape, and his student, NFV’s Justin Heins. In the end, it was the student with the better team as NFV rallied to win, 42-22.

  The game was played in miserable weather with temperatures in the 30’s, wind chill in the 20’s and a 30 mph wind coming across the field into the faces of the TigerHawk bench and fans.

  “We knew it’d be tough early because the Huskies were going to try and take something away from us,” Heins stated. “We knew they could only take so much away, so had to keep working until we found out what we could do.”

  The TigerHawks found out, but it took awhile as they didn’t earn their initial first down for over seven minutes.

  Meanwhile, Oelwein jumped to a 6-0 lead on its third possession as it drove the field using its hard-driving fullback behind a big line.

Wed
09
Oct

Devil VB survives leaky roof for 5-set win

This shot had no chance of scoring as WC’s Marlee Squires (3) gets the block in recent action. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Elkader the junior made four blocks to go with 30 assists, 14 digs eight kills and two aces during a 12-15 night serving. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Devil VB survives leaky roof for 5-set win

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

In its only game of the week, West Central volleyball pulled off a major coup Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Elkader, knocking off defending champion Central in a five-set thriller, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-11.

“It was a wild night,” admitted WC head coach Abby DeGroot.

Not long into the first set, the heavy rains in Elkader caused the gym to start to leaking!

Wed
09
Oct

Devils fall to Eagles 48-6

Anthony Martin (18) takes the handoff and runs behind Brandon Cushion (35) for a nice gain in recent action. Martin was the leading rusher for West Central in Friday’s Homecoming game against Midland with 28 yards; Cushion ran for 26. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Devils fall to Eagles, 48-6

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

West Central had the new lighting system ready to go for Homecoming Friday night but couldn’t get its offense untracked as it fell to Midland, 48-6.

  “Midland had some very quick linebackers and we had difficulty maintaining blocks,” explained head coach Steve Milder. “We struggled more on offense than we have all year.”

The Eagles came out hot, scoring two touchdowns in the opening quarter and three more in the second to take a commanding, 36-0 lead into the break.

Wed
09
Oct

Volleyball loses 1st in UIC

Emma Ney earned this save by going quickly to her left to make this acrobatic move keeping the ball in play against MFL/MM, Tues. Oct. 1, in West Union. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Volleyball loses 1st in UIC

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

After having over a week off, NFV lost its first UIC game of the season Tuesday, Oct. 1, in West Union when the TigerHawks fell to MFL/MM in three sets.

The first set saw NFV jump to an early lead with the Bulldogs scrambling to catch up. It took to point 18 before the Bulldogs did, and the two teams traded one-and two-point leads with the visitors pulling out a 25-21 victory.

Wed
09
Oct

Turnovers cost TigerHawks, 30-14

Kole Johnson (5) sheds a Monticello tackler as he crosses the goal line for NFV’s second score of the night. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Turnovers cost TigerHawks, 30-14

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The 2019 NFV Homecoming Game was anther case of “woulda, coulda, shoulda, didn’t” as the TigerHawks lost a thriller to Monticello, 30-14.

  NFV had to try and come from behind all night, but four turnovers, three in the red zone, were just too much to overcome. 

  Early in the first quarter, a nicely placed punt by Tanner Johnson had Monti pinned on its own 14. It’s 6’5” QB hit a receiver on a short pass over the middle who then cut left, broke a tackle, and then went down the sideline for an 86-yard touchdown just 4:50 into the game. The PAT kick was no good, but the visitors had NFV in a 6-0 hole.

  It got even worse for the TigerHawks when the Panthers went 60 yards in four plays to make it 12-0 with 4:13 left in the opening quarter.

Wed
02
Oct

Cross Country runners improving times

Shown in early-season action, Weller Clark has been an anchor of the NFV cross country team. Tuesday, Sept. 24, the senior finished the hilly course at Waukon in 19:21. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Cross Country runners improving times

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

NFV cross country competed at Waukon Tuesday, Sept. 24 with most of the runners posting their lowest times of the season.

“I was a good night to get a meet in,” stated head coach Neal Bentley. “A little warmer, windier, and more humid than we had hoped, but Waukon has a good, hilly course to race on. There were seven really long uphills that gave us a terrific workout.”

The biggest negative of the week is the stomach bug

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