Category: Sports

Union 22, North Fayette Valley 12

Coming off a week that included two road trips to Fayette to complete a wild, emotionally draining football game against Waukon, what would the Union Knights have left in the tank in a must-win game against North Fayette Valley to keep their playoff hopes alive? To the relief of Union fans, the answer was just enough. 
The Tigerhawks came into Friday’s contest with a very un-North Fayette Valley-like record of just 2-5, one year after spending most of last season as the consensus number one team in Class 2A. Still, the Tigerhawks would have liked nothing more than to upset the Knights, the team that vanquished them from the playoffs a year ago. To get the win, both teams would have to overcome a treacherous field, after nearly two inches of rain poured down on La Porte City prior to the game. Field conditions definitely had an impact on the teams’ offensive attacks. The Knights were held to a season low 28 yards of rushing on 36 attempts.
The Tigerhawks also struggled to consistently move the ball on the ground, as well.  With traction an iffy proposition, the game became a battle for field position. The Knights would get on the scoreboard first after a Koby Alpers punt return set up the Union offense on the Tigerhawks’ 45 yard line. Eight plays later, Alpers would finish the drive from the wildcat formation to give Union a 7-0 lead. The Knights extended the lead to 13 points on the first play of the second quarter. For the second straight game, Britton Rolison slipped behind the defense, where quarterback Troy Hanus, once again, found him with a long pass. Rolison hauled in the heave and sprinted for the end zone for a 63 yard touchdown reception.
The Tigerhawks, held scoreless in the first half, fumbled away the second half kickoff, giving the Knights the ball at the North Fayette Valley 27 yard line. When the Knights’ drive stalled inside the 10, Ben Dvorak’s kick had just enough lift to sail through the uprights for a 25 yard field goal and 16-0 Union lead.
The Tigerhawks responded with their best drive of the game, which covered 72 yards, 44 of them coming on one running play that advanced the ball to the Union six yard line. After a three yard touchdown run, Union stuffed the two-point conversion attempt. Union 16, North Fayette Valley 6. The Tigerhawks kept up the pressure, partially blocking a Union punt to get the ball back on the Knights’ 24 yard line. Nine plays later, North Fayette Valley was in the end zone again, cutting the Union lead to 16-12, just seconds into the fourth quarter.
When the Knights fumbled the ball on the first play of their next possession, suddenly the Tigerhawks had the ball at the Union 30 yard line with all the momentum. Needing a big defensive play, the Knights got one when Schwartz, under heavy pressure, lofted a pass that Britton Rolison intercepted and nearly returned 90 yards for a touchdown.
Two plays after referees determined Rolison has been nudged out of bounds on the return, he strolled into the end zone on an eight yard touchdown run to give Union a 10 point lead that would not be threatened. The victory improved Union’s district record to 5-1, tied with Waukon for second place in District 4, who owns the tie-breaker by virtue of their 50-35 win over the Knights. Union will face their toughest test of the season on Friday, as the Knights travel to Casacde to face the top Class 2A team in the state, the undefeated Bobcats.

Waukon 50, Union 35

Two of the state’s top teams in Class 2A had to return to the campus of Upper Iowa University on October 9 to finish what they started three days earlier when inclement weather resulted in the postponement of the game. When the teams left the field on Friday, October 6, Waukon held a 10-2 lead.
For the remaining two and a half quarters of the game that was played on Monday night, it was two teams determined to get a crucial District 4 win, going back and forth, scoring points in bunches. When play resumed with Waukon in possession of the ball near midfield, the Indians needed less than a minute to score their second touchdown and extend their lead to 18-2.
Desperately in need of a spark, Koby Alpers gave the Knights the lift they needed, finding an opening and dashing 84 yards for a score. When the ensuing kickoff was muffed by Waukon, the ball bounced right into the hands of Tate Hookham for a scoop and score.  Waukon’s next drive ended in one play, an interception on a pass attempt over the middle of the Union defense. When Troy Hanus connected with Silver Schmitz for a 23 yard touchdown pass, the Knights had their first lead of the game after scoring 20 points in less than three minutes.
There would be three more lead changes in the game, as both teams combined for more than 900 yards of offense. In the end, Waukon’s big second half plays, touchdown passes of 43 and 74 yards, along with a touchdown run of 54 yards, were the difference, as the Indians held on for the wild, 50-35 victory.

Volleyball: Union 3, Wapsie Valley 1

October 10, 2017 at Wapsie Valley
Union               10  25  26  25
Wapsie Valley 25  20  24  18
Hailee Brown 5 digs, 2 aces; Allie Carty 1 kill, 3 digs, 1 ace; Megan Carty 12 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Allie Driscol 40 assists, 1 dig, 1 ace; Hannah Gates 1 kill, 1 dig; Tori Hadachek 5 kills, 1 block; Jayden Jolley 3 kills, 1 block, 6 aces; Haylee Keune 4 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces; Emily Schmidt 8 kills, 5 blocks; Belle Weber 20 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace; Sophie Winkelpleck 3 digs

Volleyball: Dike-New Hartford 3, Union 0

 October 3, 2017 at Dike
Union                          21 10 14
Dike-New Hartford 25 25 25
Hailee Brown (6 digs)
Jasmyn Bush (4 kills, 9 digs)
Allie Carty (6 digs)
Megan Carty (1 kill)
Allie Driscol (16 assists, 2 digs, 1 block, 1 ace)
Hannah Gates (2 assists)
Tori Hadachek (2 kills)
Haylee Keune (2 assists, 9 digs)
Emily Schmidt (2 kills, 3 blocks)
Belle Weber (14 kills)

Cross Country: Wolverine Invitational

October 3, 2017
GIRLS – Team Results
1. Charles City   73
2. Grinnell   75
3. Denver 106
15. Union 384 
Individual Results
63. Madison Frush 23:08
71. Anna Smith 23:28
74. Emma Shirk 23:42
87. Grace Asmussen 24:07
89. Alex Hall 24:13
BOYS – Team Results
1. Grinnell   47
2. Charles City   76
3. Aplington-Parkersburg 131
10. Union 295 
Individual Results
3. Lake LeBahn 16:30
58. Lane Hennings 18:49
68. Payton Hellman 19:13
78. Cade Rahlf 19:45
88. Payton Pelke 20:08

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