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
  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones leaves UNO program

    Jalen Jones is done with basketball — for now, anyway.
    The 6-foot-5 Clinton High grad who had committed to play for Nebraska-Omaha, has left the program, and according to his Facebook page, has enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.
    The enrollment office at the community college confirmed that Jones was registered for classes this fall at Kirkwood. Kirkwood coach Bryan Petersen, a Clinton High graduate, declined to comment and gave no indication that Jones would play basketball for the Eagles this winter.
    "College basketball isn't for everybody," Clinton coach Nick Lawrence said. "A little time away might do him some good."
    Jones came home to Clinton after spending just a few days with the Mavericks, and enrolled to Kirkwood shortly thereafter.
    Jones, the Herald's Player of the Year, averaged 19 points a game for the River Kings in his senior season and finished with the second-most rebounds with 160.
    He shot 41 percent on the floor and 28 percent from 3-point territory. He committed to Omaha before last season started in October.

    July 26, 2014

  • 7-25-14 Football field Football facility receives makeover CAMANCHE — Camanche School District administrators expect updates to the high school football facility to be completed next week.Camanche Superintendent Tom Parker said crews have worked to make sure everything is complete before next week’s Clinton

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

Sports Updates
Facebook