The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

December 18, 2013

Boys basketball: No. 9 Rebels remain unbeaten

GOOSE LAKE — Prince of Peace boys basketball coach Gerry Murphy walked out the visitors’ locker room Tuesday night with a puzzled look on his face.

He’ll be the first to admit that he’s crazy for still coaching basketball after many years, but this time around, he’s not sure what else to tell his guys after a loss in which they could have played better.

Northeast defeated Prince of Peace 72-44, remaining unbeaten in the early season. The Rebels, ranked ninth in Iowa Class 2A, started by outscoring the Irish 16-7 in the first quarter, and that was with the Irish not scoring a single point for the first 6:02 until Lucas Laufenberg hit a layup on which he was fouled.

After winning the season opener, the Irish have dropped five straight.

“We didn’t come out and play a full 32 minutes tonight,” Murphy said. “We have to start from square one once again; we can’t play 16 minutes a night and expect to win.”

Murphy says the team does not have the right mindset coming into each game.

“Every possession is important, and we don’t have that mentality from one to 11 on our team right now,” he said, “and until we get that, we will get the same results.

“It comes down to pride and wanting to be a competitor every time we step out on the floor.”

Meanwhile, the Rebels had two separate streaks where they scored a combined 27 unanswered points. In the first quarter, it was 14-0 before the Laufenberg basket, and a third-quarter run featured guard Eli Kaczinski scoring nine of his 13 points in the quarter. The team scored a total of 24 in the third quarter.

“Our coaches said that if we were open to take the shot, and I felt good shooting, and the coaches told us to pour it on them in the second half,” said Kaczinski, who ended up with a game-high 23 points.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • AGWSR silences Marquette Catholic FORT DODGE — AGWSR of Ackley pitcher Ashley Sicard can add another win to her state tournament resume.AGWSR defeated Marquette Catholic (34-7) 2-0 with both runs coming in the third inning for the Cougars (28-6).In that third inning, the leadoff hitt

    July 23, 2014

  • Trio of Queens earn honors ELDRIDGE -- Three members of the Clinton High softball team were named to the All-Mississippi Athletic Conference honorable mention squad Monday.Junior Cara Brewer and sophomores Sydney Davis and Jenna Stremlow received the honors.Brewer, a catcher-t

    July 22, 2014

  • Assumption spoils Sabers' strong start MAQUOKETA—Things fell apart quickly for the Central DeWitt Sabers on Monday night, as they fell 5-4 to the Davenport Assumption Knights in the Iowa Class 3A District 7 baseball final, ending their 2014 season.The Sabers (21-19-1) had complete control

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-23-14 1B-Photo, Clinton baseball A rally fit for Kings (with VIDEO)

    ELDRIDGE — It would have been easy for Clinton sophomore Nick Houzenga to be discouraged as he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning of the River Kings’ Class 4A substate semifinal against North Scott.After all, the Lancers had already bui

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-21-14 8-Photo, Marquette softball Last year motivates Marquette WILTON -- Marquette Catholic barely missed making a second consecutive trip to the Iowa softball state tournament a year ago. But, the 3-2 regional final loss to Gilbertville Don Bosco that prevented the return trip is a key reason the Mohawks are he

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rebels hit roadblock WILTON – The Northeast baseball team has prided itself on making comebacks, especially on the road. Wilton would not let that happen Saturday.The Beavers defeated the Rebels 4-3 in the Class 2A District 10 baseball championship as Wilton starting pit

    July 21, 2014

  • 7-19-14 1B-Photo, safe at third Rebels ready to do it on the road again WILTON — Northeast has felt right at home in Wilton the past two years. The Rebels are hoping nothing changes tonight.The Rebels (26-7) return to Wilton tonight to play the host school in the Iowa Class 2A District 10 championship baseball game. The

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sabers rally for walk-off win MAQUOKETA — Central DeWitt scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, beating Maquoketa 3-2 on Tanner Clark’s single in a Class 3A District 7 semifinal Friday night.The Sabers (21-18-1) will face Davenport Assumption in Monday night’s

    July 19, 2014

Sports Updates