The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

October 5, 2013

Volleyball: Clinton split from MAC teams for regionals

DES MOINES — The road to state won’t be easy for area volleyball teams, with teams finding out Friday what their routes will look like for sure when the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union unveiled regional brackets.

Clinton — and all the other area teams — will need to pull off an upset or two — or more — to qualify for the state tournament. Everyone has at least one ranked team in its regional.

The River Queens escaped tough Mississippi Athletic Conference matchups, drawing, instead, the No. 6 Regional in Dubuque. But should Clinton make it through its first-round home game against either Cedar Rapids Kennedy or Waterloo East, it will likely run up against No. 4-ranked Dubuque Hempstead in the region’s championship.

The Mustangs drew cross-town rival Dubuque Senior in their semifinal match. Both Clinton and Hempstead play at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31 in their respective matches.

“I think that they’re probably pretty fair,” Clinton coach Mark Massey said. “To get to state you’ve got to beat some good teams to get there. That certainly won’t be any different for us this year.”

Hempstead is 20-3, with one of those losses coming to No. 1 Bettendorf. The Bulldogs, also in the MAC, play in Region 8 with conference foes Davenport Central, Davenport West, Burlington and Muscatine. Elsewhere in the MAC, Class 5A, No. 8 Pleasant Valley drew Region 7, shared with No. 9 ranked Iowa City West.

“The constants are, respect your opponent, bring the best that you can, but don’t be afraid of them,” Massey said. “If people have a mindset that they’re going to open up the brackets and get a Christmas gift, then going to state wouldn’t mean much. Every year Clinton’s gone to state, we’ve had to beat teams that have had excellent seasons and in some cases were favorites.

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Schreiber wins dual; Coppess 2nd at tri BETTENDORF -- To be the best, you have to beat the best. Brittany Coppess came close to doing that Tuesday at Hidden Hills Golf Course in a triangular meet between North Scott, Clinton and Pleasant Valley. Coppess finished with a nine-hole 42, 5 over

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B-photo, ethan jones Jones has eyes set on prize FULTON, Ill. -- Ethan Jones has all the confidence that he can become the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year in baseball. "I just need to work hard, show up everyday and just play the best that I can every game so I can help my team win," Jo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lancers blank Queens, Kings CLINTON -- Chloe Gottschalk scored a hat trick to lead North Scott past Clinton 7-0 in girls soccer Tuesday night. Gina Matthys added a pair of goals, while Lindsay Gallens and Olivia Schmidt scored once apiece. Abby Nass played all 80 minutes in goa

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23-14 1B or 3B-Photo, Gateway B race Kings kick off big week at Gateway CLINTON -- It's not quite the state meet in terms of importance, but this week is right up there for the Clinton boys track and field team. Seniors Deshond Robinson and Nathan Harden were in top form Tuesday as they tuned up for the Drake Relays by h

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Welcome-back win CLINTON -- Scoring in every event, the Camanche boys track and field team presented coach Mark Metzger with a terrific "welcome back" gift Tuesday evening. The Indians piled up 171 points to win the Class B portion of the 94th annual Gateway Classic

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-22-14 2B-Photo, Fulton baseball Morrison wins twinbill at Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- As Fulton baseball coach Kyle Miller put it after losing both games to Morrison on Monday, the losses were tough to swallow, but all the Steamers could do afterward was tip their hats toward the Mustangs. Morrison won 1-0, then 11-4

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Irish's Evers second CLINTON -- Conner Evers pulled out his go-to motivation when struggling on the golf course. Not anything in his bag particularly, but a small booklet of pick-me-up quotes. He picked the right one, because Evers, a junior for Prince of Peace, finished

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-22-14 1B-Photo, Fulton softball Fillies take control vs. Fulton FULTON, Ill. -- While Fulton's softball team is figuring out the small things, Morrison is continuing its tear across the Three Rivers Conference. Morrison continued its dominant season Monday by defeating Fulton 9-0. Morrison scored in five of the s

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • E/P scores 15 in inning PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. -- Erie/Prophetstown was all business Saturday, taking care of Peru St. Bede by dominating in a doubleheader that lasted 9 1/2 innings. The Panthers won Game 1 13-2 by scoring four in the third inning, then five in the fifth inning

    April 21, 2014

  • Hot start, strong finish FULTON, Ill. -- A day after a struggle at the plate, Fulton found a dozen runs during the third game of the Fulton Invitational softball tournament against West Carroll to end the day. The game went four innings, and the Steamers used all four of the

    April 21, 2014

Sports Updates
Facebook