Category: Sports

Knights Kickoff Fall Sports Preview

Union High School sports fans are invited to the school’s Fall Kickoff Night on Friday, August 18 at 7 PM. The event will begin in the high school gymnasium with the  introductions of the cross country and volleyball teams, followed by a practice and open scrimmage by the volleyball team.  At around 7:20 PM, the action moves out to the football field, as spectators can watch the football team in action during a scrimmage against Solon High School.
The Union Booster Club has dinner covered, as fans will find burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches for sale at the concession stand. The event offers a great opportunity to purchase a Booster Club membership. Look for the Booster Club tent, where in addition to memberships,  NFL Raffle Cards, the Dynamic Script App for cell phones, stadium chairs and a new line of Union apparel highlight some of the items for sale.

7 on 7

On Sunday, July 30, the Union High School football program welcomed back alumni for a little friendly competition against the 2017 roster of players. In a close game that came down to the last play, it was the alumni who prevailed, 34-33. On Sunday, July 30, the Union High School football program welcomed back alumni for a little friendly competition against the 2017 roster of players. In a close game that came down to the last play, it was the alumni who prevailed, 34-33. In 2016, the Union Knights recorded the second best season in school history, advancing to the Class 2A state championship game where they were defeated by Boyden Hull/Rock Valley. Several of the alumni returning to play on the Union field once again were members of Union’s Class 3A state championship team in 2011.

Union Trio Earns All-Conference Softball Honors

By Todd Parker
Following the completion of the softball season where the Union Knights recorded the second highest win total in school history, a trio of Union players have been named to NICL East All-Conference teams. The Knights placed two players, Peyton Parker and Haylee Kuene, on the All-Conference First Team and another, Kaitlin Holschlag, on the Second Team. Parker and Holschlag were also named to the Iowa Class 3A Southeast All-District team.
Senior pitcher Payton Parker was very nearly a pitching staff of one, logging 90% of the innings pitched for the team. Parker was credited for all 22 of Union’s wins against eight defeats, posting a 1.88 earned run average. Parker’s 182 strikeouts boosted her career total to 701. At the plate, Parker was among the leaders in Class 3A, hitting .533, four home runs and driving in 50 runs. In the field, Parker was flawless, handling all 91 chances without committing a single error.
Also receiving First Team honors was Union second baseman, Haylee Keune. Keune posted one of the top batting averages in conference play, hitting at a .481 clip.
Senior shortstop Kaitlin Holschlag was named to the NICL East All-Conference Second Team. Batting at the top of the lineup, Holschlag led the Knights in runs scored with 41 and her 54 hits were second on the team. She also excelled in the field, recording a .933 fielding percentage at one of the most challenging positions on the diamond.
Receiving an Honorable Mention was Union Third Baseman, Natalie Tecklenburg, who hit .436 and drew a team-high 18 walks. At 22-11 in 2017, the Knights recorded their second consecutive 20 win season on their way to a 12-4 record and third place finish in the NICL East. 

2017 Baseball: Dubuque Wahlert 9, Union 3

 Dubuque Wahlert broke open a scoreless game with an eight run ouburst in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat the Union Knights, 9-3, in Class 3A substate play in Manchester on July 14. Dubuque Wahlert broke open a scoreless game with an eight run ouburst in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat the Union Knights, 9-3, in Class 3A substate play in Manchester on July 14.
The Knights tallied a single run in the fifth and Koby Alper’s double drove in two more in the seventh, but it was not enough to catch the Golden Eagles, who advanced to play region host Manchester on July 17.
Union completed the 2017 season with a 9-20 record.

2017 Girls Softball: East Marshall 3, Union 2

A young East Marshall squad sporting a modest 15-17 regular season record bounced the Union Knights out of postseason play with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.  Starting one junior, six sophomores and three freshman, including starting pitcher Kodie Hoskey,  the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning.
With time running out, Kaitlin Holschlag scored the tying run in the sixth inning to draw the Knights even at 2-2. As the game moved into extra innings, Union’s Emma Peters made the defensive play of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, robbing the Mustangs of a game-winning hit with a beautiful sliding catch in right field with two runners aboard.
Union was unable to build any offensive momentum, however, converting 10 hits and 6 walks into only two runs.  In the bottom of the tenth inning, East Marshall got the clutch game-winning base hit it needed to complete the upset, 3-2, and bring the Union season to a close. 
Senior Peyton Parker’s stellar high school pitching career  came to an end after allowing just four hits and one earned run in her final appearance in the circle for the Knights.  Union completed the 2017 season with a 22-11 overall record. With the victory, East Marshall advanced to face Vinton-Shellsburg (13-27) in the regional semi-final, a 7-0 winner over South Tama (2-32).

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