Category: Sports

Class 2A Soccer Title to Lewis Central

A controversial call midway through the second half awarded Lewis Central a penalty kick that was converted into a goal, giving the Titans a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish on their way to a second consecutive state championship. The win denied the Union Knights a first state title in soccer on their third attempt, their first appearance in the title match since 2011.
Lewis Central’s victory was due, in large part, to their ability to hold Courtney Powell, the state’s leading scorer, without a goal for the first time all season. Powell had scored a whopping nine goals at the State Tournament, including a state record six against Waverly-Shell Rock, followed by a hat trick against North Scott, with two of those goals coming in the final two minutes of play.
For her efforts, Powell was named the captain of the All-Tournament Team, joined by teammates Emma Rottinghaus and Lauren Phillips. pixels)

Powell a Finalist for All-Iowa Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year

Union’s Courtney Powell is among three finalists for the Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year Award.
After devoting the Spring 2016 season of her junior year to compete in track while playing club soccer on the side, Powell returned to the Union pitch in 2017 and picked up where she left off- leading all classes in the state for goals scored.
There is no disputing the importance of Powell’s contributions to the team. As a freshman in 2014, Powell scored 45 of the team’s 85 goals, leading the Knights to a 14-5 record. The following season, Powell played a part in 75 of the teams 102 goals, (66 goals and 9 assists), as the Knights advanced to the State Tournament. Without Powell putting up video game-like numbers last season, the team struggled on offense in 2016, scoring just 22 goals for the entire season and finishing with a 7-12 overall record.
Fast forward to 2017 and Union Head Coach Hunter Zempel is very happy to have Powell back.
“She’s just a lights-out player — I think one of the top ones in the state, clearly,” Zempel said.
“But honestly, her big transition this year has been really stepping into a leadership role. She’s just leading the way for a very young group.”
Leading the way, indeed. Once again, Powell is leading the state in scoring with 66 goals thus far in the 2017 campaign. Factoring in her seven assists, she has accounted for three-fourths of the team’s 97 goals, leading the team to a 15-2 record and one win away from another trip to the State Tournament. As this edition of The Progress Review went to press, results from Monday’s match against Marion, the team that eliminated Union from postseason play a year ago, were not available. Not only would a Union victory send the Knights back to the State Tournament, it would cement Powell’s legacy as one of the top soccer players in school history.
The All-Iowa Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year will be announced on June 24 at the Des Moines Register Sports Awards, which will feature guest speaker Shaquille O’Neal and Chuck Long as Master of Ceremonies. Other finalists for the award include Solon senior, Josie Durr, and Iowa City West High senior, Regan Steigleder.

Cale Lambe Signs to Play at William Penn

CAEL LAMBE SIGNS TO PLAY AT WILLIAM PENN- Union senior Cael Lambe is accompanied by family members and high school coaches Robert Driscol (far left) and Brady Driscol (far right) while signing his letter of intent to play baseball for the Statesmen next year in Oskaloosa. Photo by Mary Bauer.

State Track Meet: Union Results

100 Meter Hurdles: Megan Hudson – 15.03 (3rd)
100 Meter Dash: Anna Garwood – 12.70 (8th)
200 Meter Dash: Anna Garwood – 25.79 (7th)
4×100 Meter Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Union – 1:05.35
1) Anna Garwood 2) Haylee Keune
3) Megan Hudson 4) Kaitlin Holschlag
4×100 Meter Relay: Union – 51.47
1) Megan Hudson 2) Maggie Driscol
3) Hailee Brown 4) Kaitlin Holschlag
4×200 Meter Relay: Union – 1:49.32
1) Anna Garwood 2) Aubrey Schmidt
3) Maggie Driscol 4) Hailee Brown
800 Meter Sprint Relay: Union – 1:52.65
1) Jasmyn Bush 2) Hailee Brown
3) Megan Hudson 4) Maggie Driscol
High Jump: Audrey Powers – 5’ 0” (7th)
Discus: Daycen Douglass – 145’ 05”
3200 Meter Run: Lake LeBahn – 10:18.46 (24th)

Boys Golf: 6th at Sectionals

By Ryan Slater
Our season ended on May 12 with a 6th place finish in the Sectional Meet. Oneota Golf Course is a good test of a player’s game as it has good length, many bunkers, and large greens to try and mange. The course is a couple hours away which makes it difficult to get any practice play on and like most, it is a course you have to be familiar with to score well on. Our players battled all day, so I was very proud of their efforts. We were only 20 total strokes from qualifying to the next round of District play which is the closest we have been in nearly a decade. We plan on working hard over the Summer with the goal of giving a serious run at making it to the District Round next season. The experience our three freshmen gained this season is invaluable. They, along with our veterans, know what it will take next season to make that goal. All in all, we had a very productive season picking up a big tournament win late in the year and putting up competitive performances at the Conference Meet and Sectionals.

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