KINGS, QUEENS STRUGGLE WITH PV
BETTENDORF – Pleasant Valley is always one of the top ranked tennis programs, and it showed with double losses for the River Kings and Queens on Tuesday afternoon.
Makenzie Lange came in with the best singles score, losing 9-11 in a tie breaker, followed by solid performances from Abby Struble and Kaylee Camp that also resulted in losses.
“Tough day in the Clinton camp against Pleasant Valley,” head coach Cidy Rashce said after the girls took on the Spartans on the road. "I thought it would be 2-4 after singles and we'd sweep the doubles but it didn't come out that way. We have to work on our confidence and believe we can be the best."
It's not a common night for the River Queens, who have been dominating Mississippi Athletic Conference opponents all year.
"Ultimately, it is the coaches' responsibility to get them there mentally and we will be working together to make it happen," Rasche said. "Maybe we will get a shot at a few of them on Saturday at the North Scott Invite. A lot of good teams will be there."
The Queens take on Davenport Central at home on Thursday before heading to Eldridge for their weekend tournament.
The Kings also struggled, taking on the No. 2 Spartans at home.
Clinton was blanked 9-0. Chris Taylor-Bice put up a point in his first set but couldn't find anymore. David Xu went down in No. 6 singles 0-6, 2-6. All other sets were 6-0 in favor of Pleasant Valley.
Doubles went similarly.
"This was a tough meet for us," head coach Andrew Carbajal said. "I felt the score doesn't reflect how we are improving but we need to keep facing competition like this. Even though we took a loss tonight, we are learning, maturing and becoming better."
The Kings go on the road next, traveling to Davenport Central on Thursday before heading to the Camanche Invitational on Saturday morning.
INDIANS SWING PAST CARDINALS
CAMANCHE – The Camanche boys tennis continued an impressive season Tuesday afternoon, defeating Maquoketa 9-1 on a warm day at CHS.
Mason Holstein, the Indians' No. 1 singles player, suffered the team's lone loss, a hard-fought 11-9 match with Kaleb Flenker.
Caleb Delzell, playing in the No. 2 spot, grinded out a 10-7 win over Colton Goodenow. The rest of the Indians' top-six were dominant, as Dylan Determan (No. 3) and Nick Thoms (No. 6) earned 10-0 triumphs while Zach Leu (No. 4) and Dalton Weber (No. 5) picked up 10-1 wins.
The Indians also swept all three doubles matches.
Camanche returns to action with its home tournament Saturday at CHS.
CAMANCHE EDGES CENTRAL
DAVENPORT– The Indians managed to battle out a big 5-4 win over bigger school Davenport Central in a non-conference meet on Tuesday.
"Tonight was a true team win," coach Emily Turner said. "All six of our players played close matches and many battled back to force a third set. We had great wins from our lower varsity roster."
The Indians were tied heading into doubles, with Maddie Michels, Kamryn Vogel and Kendall Wright picking up singles wins and none of them easily.
In doubles, Natalie Goble and Lexie Hart gutted out a 7-5, 6-4 win in No. 1 singles, then Wright and Vogel teamed p for the 6-2, 4-6, 10-8 win to cap it all off.
The Indians head to a meet at Waverly-Shell Rock on Thursday and take part in the North Scott Invitational along with Clinton High on Saturday.
QUEENS FALL IN BATTLE
CLINTON–The Clinton girls soccer team welcomed the state-ranked Lancers to Coan Field on Tuesday, and once again their defensive game proved them worthy opponents.
They just couldn't find a goal to answer North Scott, and fell 1-0.
The Clinton girls now go on the road, taking on non-conference opponent Orion on Thursday night.
MULHOLLAND WINS IN IRISH LOSS
TROY MILLS–A day after their own home invite, Patrick Mulholland once again proved he can compete with anyone on the fairway.
He finished with a score of 47 on Tuesday afternoon at North Linn to take the individual medal. The Irish, however, lost to North Linn 212-232.
Kyle Safer golfed a 52 to come in third.