CLINTON – In a night dominated by early football games, the Prince of Peace volleyball team took a solid victory from Tri-Rivers Conference opponent Marquette Catholic at the Joe O’Donnell Sports Center.

The Irish swept the Mohawks 25-8, 25-12, 25-14.

“We played a great game tonight,” head coach Stacie Kenneavy said. “We played with confidence and had fun as a team.”

Anabel Blount and Lilly Isenhour combined for 18 killson the night, with Isabel Hansen handling the assists.

Paige Kuehl had 13 digs.

Hansen added five serving aces for the Irish in the win.

Prince of Peace (9-12) continues conference play next Tuesday. They travel to Wyoming to meet a struggle Midland team on Oct. 1.

Breakthrough XC meet for Clinton

DUBUQUE – Clinton head cross country coach Kellen Schneeberger called it a breakthrough night on Thursday at the Dubuque “Jim Boughton” Cross Country Invite.

The River Kings and Queens notched 36 personal records during the meet, helping the boys run to a fourth place team finish and the girls to an eighth place finish against tough competition.

“Every single runner we had put themselves out there, got uncomfortable and competed,” Schneeberger said. “To have 36 PRs in a one meet is a tribute to the work these young kids have done. They’ve made the choice to work hard for each other and to help each other improve.”

The boys’ field included five ranked team (Hempstead, Cedar Falls, Dubuque Wahlert, Iowa City High and Western Dubuque). The Rive Kings managed to finish fourth, defeating Cedar Dalls, Iowa City Liberty, Dubuque Senior and Central DeWitt.

Noah Smith finished 10th overall, running a 16:59. Conner Sattler followed him, breaking 18 minutes for the first time.

“The varsity boys did a great job of really fighting for each place they could,” Schneeberger said. “Sometimes it’s just the act of breaking through a mental barrier that can really lead to great improvement.”

Abby Struble led the girls’ effort with a 22:23, finishing 45th overall. Kaylie DeSwart was right behind her in 46th.

“The girls looked very determined on the line and were focused on mixing it up,” Schneeberger said. “Our staff talks a lot in regards to finding success, telling the athletes repeatedly ‘it takes what it takes’. I think they are starting to see how the effort that we ask ... is paying off for them.”

The cross country teams take to the road this weekend, running at the Wartburg College Invitational in Waverly this Saturday at 10 a.m.

River Kings ran over by Knights

DAVENPORT – It was a rough district opener for the Clinton River Kings.

The Clinton football team met with Davenport Assumption to open up the Class 3A district action on Thursday night at Brady Street Stadium, falling 55-7.

They didn’t gather enough offensive yards for a first down on the first six possessions of the game.

Jai Jensen, who finished with 110 passing yards, found Traeveon Bailey for a 12-yard touchdown late in the first half.

That would be the only score of the game for the River Kings, and it came after 41 unanswered points by the Knights to start out.

The Kings (0-1, 0-5) travel to Clear Creek-Amana for their next district game next Friday.

River Hawks stay perfect

PRESTON – The Easton Valley River Hawks exploded in the second half on Thursday night to take a district game from Springville 68-30.

After going into halftime leading trailing Springville 30-24, the River Hawks wasted no time. Just two minutes into the third, Kolton Murphy found the endzone 4-yard run to take the lead.

Nate Trenkamp threw another scoring pass just three minutes later.

Meanwhile, the Easton Valley defense held Springville to just 20 yards total in the second 24 minutes of play.

Easton Valley (2-0, 5-0) will not go on the road, traveling to Central City next week.