The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 21, 2014

Easton Valley advances

By Zach James Assistant Sports Editor
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Easton Valley might have won by 22 points Thursday in Central Catholic Auditorium, but the looks on the faces of the River Hawks told a slightly different story, knowing they can play much better.

The River Hawks (18-2) took care of Marquette Catholic 61-39 behind a swift first-half performance that included posting 31 points on the scoreboard. After that, Easton Valley coach Dan Beck said his team went away from the things that made that 31-point half so remarkable.

“In the first half, we made a good run, and then the things we were productive of in our zone offense, we quit doing them,” Beck said. “We let them get back in the game a little bit; when we execute our zone offense and show some patience, we’re pretty tough to stop.

“I thought we relied on shooting from the perimeter too much, and you can’t do that when you know you can get layups on that defense.”

River Hawks center Logan Wilhelm agreed that his team’s offense didn’t click as smoothly as the game progressed.

“We were passing too much, making poor passes at times, and not playing as well as we could have, but I guess a win is a win,” Wilhelm said.

Marquette’s smallest deficit came in the fourth quarter when it trailed 46-35 with seven minutes to go before Easton Valley posted a 15-4 run to end the Mohawks’ season.

Chase Zaruba was tough to stop for the Mohawks (8-13). Zaruba, who averaged nearly 24 points a game in the regular season, scored 31 points overall and 16 points in the first quarter.

“Zaruba is just a really good player and really quick,” Marquette coach Joel Sieverding said. “The problem is, if you stop his shot outside, he just takes it inside; he’s just a very good player.”

Wilhelm also contributed with 14 points for Easton Valley, and Sieverding admitted he had a tough time during practice simulating players of Zaruba and Wilhelm’s physique.

“We could have used brooms, I guess,” Sieverding said. “We don’t have anyone 6-foot-8, so it was really hard going against those guys.”

Easton Valley defeated the Mohawks in both match-ups this season — winning 76-40 on Jan. 14 and getting a 57-44 road win on Feb. 4.

“It’s always hard to beat a team three times in a season,” Beck said. “There are no freebies this time of the year; everyone has seniors that don’t want to go home. You have to show up to play every night.

“I think, honestly, everyone was disappointed with how we played tonight, so hopefully we’ll be ready to go next week,” Beck said.

Prince of Peace coach Gerry Murphy said the River Hawks could make a long jaunt in the postseason run.

“They can go as far as they want to go; they’ve got talent,” Murphy said after his team lost 66-52 to Midland. “Springville is going to be a tough team to run into, and it’s a pretty tough substate, but right now, they look pretty good.”


MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (8-13) — Ethan Yeager 2 1-2 6, Grant Kilburg 1 0-0 3, Alex Lundin 0 0-0 0, C.J. Michels 2 0-0 5, Tanner Sieverding 0 1-2 1, Lucas Frank 3 0-0 7, Karter Kilburg 4 0-0 9, Logan Schroeder 1 1-2 3, Colin Reeg 0 0-0 0, Shane Weber 2 1-2 5. Totals 15 4-8 39.

EASTON VALLEY (18-2) — Chase Zaruba 14 1-6 31, Cam Larson 0 0-0 0, Blake Bormann 0 0-0 0, Craiton Andresen 3 0-0 6, Jarod Lee 3 0-0 8, Zach Peiffer 0 0-0 0, Brian Willey 0 0-0 0, Logan Wilhelm 6 2-4 14, Blaine Volquardsen 0 0-0 0, Landyn Voss 0 0-0 0, Vaughn Behn 0 0-0 0, Brett Earles 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 3-10 61.

Marquette 4 12 13 10 — 39

Easton Valley 16 16 12 17 — 61

3-point goals — Marquette 5 (G. Kilburg, K. Kilburg, Frank, Michels, Yeager); Easton Valley 4 (Lee 2, Zaruba 2). Total fouls — Marquette 15, Easton Valley 14. Fouled out — Lee.