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Western Dubuque joins MVC in tight vote

The Western Dubuque Bobcats will become the 16th member of the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2018-19 school year.

The Western Dubuque school board approved the switch from the Wamac  Conference to the Mississippi Valley Conference by the slimmest of votes, 3-2, at their meeting Monday night.

The new Liberty High School in North Liberty also will be joining the  MVC for the 2018-19 school year as the conference grows from 14 schools to 16.

This will be the first major change in the Mississippi Valley  Conference since 1992, when Regis, Cedar Falls, Waterloo West and Waterloo East joined the league. Xavier joined the MVC in 1998 when  Regis and LaSalle merged to form one high school.

There was considerable debate at the Western Dubuque school board  meeting before a roll-call vote was taken. The first school board  member voted against the move, but the next three members voting in favor to approve the measure, ending the suspense. The fifth and final  member voted no, but did not affect the outcome.

"It was a 3-to-2 vote, so a little bit close, but still a majority  said yes, so we're on our way to the MVC to be up and running by  2018-19," Western Dubuque athletic director John Hlubek said in a telephone interview shortly after the meeting.

"It was the last item on our school board agenda and the room was  packed," he said. "It was what everybody was waiting to see. There  were a few people that think it's not the right move and there were a lot of people who thought it was the right move.



Metro News - Conference News

Bohannon MVC's best in Valley Division

Linn-Mar senior Jordan Bohannon was named the Valley Division Athlete of the Year as a part of the Mississippi Valley Conference's All-Division Selections released Thursday.

Bohannon, who closed his career with a 44-point effort in a 76-74 overtime loss to Cedar Falls in the Class 4A substate final on Tuesday, was one of three unanimous selections to the first team along with Dubuque Wahlert's Cordell Pemsl and Iowa City West's Connor McCaffery.

West Coach Steve Bergman and his staff received the division's Coach of the Year honor.

Class 3A state qualifier Xavier had two players, Mitchell Burger and Max Techau, named to the Mississippi Division first team. Also on the first team were Prairie's Max Smith-Drahos and Washington's Leveechie Williams.

Waterloo East's Isaiah Wade was the division's athlete of the year while Iowa City High's Don Showalter and his staff received Coach of the Year honors.


* Jordan Bohannon, Linn-Mar, *Cordell Pemsl, Dubuque Wahlert, *Connor McCaffery, Iowa City west, Tra'Von Fagan, Cedar Falls, A.J. Green, Cedar Falls, Wali Parks, Iowa City West, Devontae Lane, Iowa City West.

* - Unanimous selection


Dennis McKinney, Jefferson, Drake Brewster, Kennedy, David Wedewer, Dubuque Wahlert, Beau Klostermann, Linn-Mar, Carter Stevens, Dubuque Senior, Riley Till, Dubuque Wahlert, Jared Printy, Linn-Mar.

(Metro Only)

Jefferson: Adam Van Oort, Valentino Green.
Kennedy: Derrick Diggins, Michael Bisenius
Linn-Mar: Jordan Brandt, Riley Murphy

Athlete of the Year: Jordan Bohannon, Linn-Mar
Coach of the Year: Steve Bergman and staff, Iowa City West


Max Smith-Drahos, Prairie, Laveechie Williams, Washington, Mitchell Burger, Xavier, Max Techau, Xavier, Micah Martin, Iowa City High, Isaiah Wade, Waterloo East, Amel Kuljuhovic, Waterloo West.


Jalen Rima, Prairie, Naeem Smith, Iowa City High, Keion Wills, Washington, Hunter Strait, Washington, Matt Mims, Xavier, Connor Duax, Dubuque Hempstead, Gabe Pepin, Waterloo West.

(Metro Only)

Prairie: Cal Clark, Jake Eilers
Washington: Ian Thomas, Dallas Hobbs
Xavier: Ryan Stulken, Jackson Joens

Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Wade, Waterloo East
Coach of the Year: Don Showalter and staff, Iowa City High

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 14:40

Metro News - Conference News

Hartzler tops all-Metro wrestling team

Shea Hartzler of Linn-Mar has been named the Wrestler of the Year on the all-Metro team, as selected by the coaches.

Hartzler won the Class 3A state title at 160 pounds this season and was the only state champion from the Metro area.

Dennis Hynek, who led Kennedy to a fourth-place tie in the Class 3A standings at the state meet, was named the Metro Coach of the Year.

106 Pounds

1st Team - Conrad Braswell (Prairie)
2nd Team - Cam Shaver (Kennedy)
Honorable Mention - Jack Eichhorn (Marion)

113 Pounds

1st Team - Marcus England (Prairie), Jeff Vipond (Xavier), Joseph Sibomana (Jefferson)

120 Pounds

1st Team - Brenden Baker (Jefferson)
2nd Team - Keegan Schultschik (Xavier)
Honorable Mention - Jacob Tedrow (Prairie)

126 Pounds

1st Team - Nolan Hromidko (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Will Foreman (Washington)
Honorable Mention - Trenten Wennermark (Prairie)

132 Pounds

1st Team - Sam Uthoff (Prairie)
2nd Team - Dalton Mastin (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - Austin McLeod (Kennedy)

138 Pounds

1st Team - Clint Lembeck (Xavier)
2nd Team - Alex Streicher (Linn-Mar)
Honorable Mention - Chase St. John (Prairie)

145 Pounds

1st Team - Josh Gerke (Xavier), Johnny Clymer (Linn-Mar)
2nd Team - Caleb Conway (Marion)

152 Pounds

1st Team - Logen Rodriguez (Kennedy), Kyle Briggs (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - Jacob Wempen (Linn-Mar)

160 Pounds

1st Team - Shea Hartzler (Linn-Mar)
2nd Team - Ben Sarasin (Kennedy)
Honorable Mention - Tavian Rashed (Jefferson)

170 Pounds

1st Team - Garrett Kubovec (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Matt Culver (Jefferson)
Honorable Mention - AJ Geers (Linn-Mar)

182 Pounds

1st Team - Nick Dreckman (Jefferson)
2nd Team - Logan Hagmeier (Linn-Mar)
Honorable Mention - Preston LaGrange (Prairie)

195 Pounds

1st Team - Taylor Mehmen (Prairie)
2nd Team - Sam Pape (Kennedy), Braydon Schultz (Linn-Mar)

220 Pounds

1st Team - Dalles Jacobus (Kennedy)
2nd Team - Tyler Pasker (Prairie)
Honorable Mention - Alex Francois (Xavier)

285 Pounds

1st Team - Alex Heisdorffer (Prairie)
2nd Team - Tommy Pudil (Xavier), Carson Webster (Marion)


Metro News - Conference News

Metro football schedules released

High school football schedules for the state have been released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association for 2016 and 2017. Here are the 2016 schedules for the eight Metro schools. All the schedules can be SEEN HERE.


CEDAR VALLEY CHRISTIAN: 08/26 West Central; 09/02 Clarksville; 09/09 at English Valleys; 09/16 Iowa Valley; 09/23 at Lone Tree; 09/30 Midland; 10/07  at WACO; 10/14 atSpringville; 10/21 Easton Valley.

KENNEDY: 08/25 Muscatine; 09/02 at Washington; 09/09 at Dubuque Hempstead; 09/16 Jefferson; 09/23 Burlington; 09/30 at Linn-Mar; 10/07 Iowa City West; 10/14 at Ottumwa; 10/21 Prairie.

JEFFERSON: 08/26 Pleasant Valley; 09/02 at Prairie; 09/09 Linn-Mar; 09/16  at Cedar Rapids, Kennedy; 09/22 at Washington; 09/29 Waterloo West; 10/07 at Waterloo, East; 10/14 Cedar Falls; 10/21 at Mason City.

LINN-MAR: 08/26 at Iowa City High; 09/02 Xavier; 09/09 at Jefferson; 09/16 Washington; 09/23 at Ottumwa; 9/30 Kennedy; 10/07 at Prairie; 10/14 Iowa City West; 10/21 at Burlington.

MARION: 08/26 at Union; 09/02 Benton Community; 09/09 Central DeWitt; 09/16 at Dubuque Wahlert; 09/23 Maquoketa; 09/30 at Center Point-Urbana; 10/07 Clear Creek-Amana; 10/14 at West Delaware; 10/21 Davenport Assumption.

PRAIRIE: 08/26 Washington; 09/02 Jefferson; 09/09 at Clinton; 09/15 at Davenport, Central; 09/23 Iowa City West; 09/30 at Ottumwa; 10/07 Linn-Mar; 10/14 Burlington; 10/21 at Kennedy.

WASHINGTON: 08/26 at Prairie; 09/02 Kennedy; 09/09 at Bettendorf; 09/16 at Linn-Mar; 09/22 Jefferson; 09/30 Cedar Falls; 10/07 at Mason City; 10/13 Waterloo East; 10/21 at Waterloo West.

XAVIER: 08/26 Iowa City Regina; 09/02 at Linn-Mar; 09/09 at Benton Community; 09/16 Charles City; 09/23 at Decorah; 09/30 Independence; 10/07 at Waverly-Shell Rock; 10/14 Vinton-Shellsburg; 10/21 at South Tama.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 February 2016 09:20

Metro News - Conference News

Sellers tops All-Metro basketball team

Lela Sellers of Kennedy has been honored as the Athlete of the Year on the All-Metro girls basketball team, as selected by the Metro coaches.

Sellers, Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar and Kennedy Dighton of Jefferson were unanimous picks on the first team. They were joined on the top unit by Chloe Rice of Marion, Olivia Usher of Prairie, McKenna Andersen of Xavier and Anne Visser of Washington.

Tony Vis of Kennedy was named the Coach of the Year.

First Team

* Amanda Ollinger, Linn-Mar; * Lela Sellers, Kennedy; * Kennedy Dighton, Jefferson; Chloe Rice, Marion; Olivia Usher, Prairie; McKenna Andersen, Xavier; Anne Visser, Washington.

* unanimous selections

Second Team

Mia Laube, Marion; Joniqua Clark, Washington; Sydney Hayden, Kennedy; Kylie Wise, Jefferson; Kamryn Finley, Linn-Mar; Hailey Dolphin, Kennedy; Lexi Noonan, Xavier.

Honorable Mention

Marion - Caitlyn Smith, Elle Herold
Linn-Mar - Alie Akers, Brittney Lancial
Xavier - Kylie Brown, Meghan Joens
Jefferson - Erin Kuba, Emily Oler
Kennedy - Carly Langhurst, Linden Runels
Washington - Payton Bruner, Jayla Johnson
Prairie - Lynsey Altenhofen, Sarah Schmitt

Coach of the Year - Tony Vis, Kennedy
Athlete of the Year - Lela Sellers, Kennedy

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 11:07
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8-Player District 4

x-Springville 7 0 11 1 752 174 Quarterfinals
y-Lansing Kee 6 1 6 4 378 299 Friday, Nov. 8
y-Easton Valley
5 2 6 4 457 439 Don Bosco 36, Springville 21
y-Elkader Central 4 3 6 5 442 429
West Central
3 4 3 6 215 365
2 5 3 6 280 328
Central City 1 6 1 8 193 450
Cedar Valley 0 7 0 8 108 551

x-clinched district title; y-clinched playoff berth

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