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Wolf Creek Rugby: East Division Champs

The Wolf Creek rugby boys dominated Western Iowa 1A Division leader Bondurant-Farrar this past Friday night at Manly, Iowa. The final score was 20-0 with two scores by Brit Rolison and two scores by Ben Rempe.
In Wolf Creek’s second match of the evening, they defeated Norwalk, 27-7. Wolf Creek ended up with a perfect (5-0) division record and (7-3) overall.
Wolf Creek is coached by head coach Isaac Benton and assistant coach Aaron Demory.
On Friday May 17, the team heads to Ankeny for the state championship.
The Iowa Youth Rugby Association ( is the main resource for further updates on the growth of rugby in Iowa. This year the state had more teams than ever.
Wolf Creek has been playing rugby since 2015. In their second year of existence, they won the 1A state title and were runner-ups the following year. The squads have ranged from 15-20 young men and have included JV games.

Union golfers driving for trip to State

By Coach Ryan Slater
Well, its been 10+ years since we accomplished this feat and it felt fantastic to finally get our program over the hump and advance in the postseason. We got an opportunity to play the course the night before which really helped ease any anxiety we had about the layout. In the past, we have had to travel to Decorah and DeWitt the day of the tournament which is a very difficult thing to do-play a course for the first time and play well.
Dyersville Country Club is a course as they say “is right in front of you.” There is only one blind tee shot and one hole with a hazard that comes into play. The greens are large and tricky to putt reminding us of South Hills in Waterloo.
The greatest strength our team has is chemistry and right behind that is depth. Brandon Goodwin is our lone Senior competing on the post season roster and the other players have rallied behind him and really enjoy having him as part of the squad. He was someone who had a scoring average of around 50 his entire playing career but has really blossomed as the season has progressed. He was our second leading scorer at the Sectional meet with a solid round of 83. More importantly than his improved scoring is the maturity he shows. He is a good-natured young man and that has rubbed off on the rest of the players.
Everyone is pulling for everyone and not just playing for themselves even though this is technically an individual sport. We have also gotten key contributions from Trevor Davis this season as well which have given our team a sense of security. In the past we have relied heavily on our top four players and if one has a rough day it is usually the difference between winning and losing.
Caleb Reel continues to lead our squad from the #1 position. He had a ho-hum front 9 of 43 at the sectional meet but caught fire on the back 9 making eagle on two out of three par 4’s that included a hole out from 100 yards and a drive to five feet on the other par 4 measuring just under 300 yards. This performance enabled him to finish 3rd overall.
Lincoln Mehlert continued his steady play of late shooting an 84 and Devin Reel rounded out our scoring with an 86.
We are optimistic going into the District meet being held at Dike. It is a wide open golf course which will allow us to get away with an errant tee shot or two. We know we need to improve on our chip shots around the green and putts inside of three feet. If we can clean those things up, we have a very good chance of advancing to the state tournament in Marshalltown.
Boys Golf: Sectionals at Dyersville
May 10, 2019 at Dyersville Country Club
Top three teams advance to District meet
1. Monticello 328
2. Union 334
3. Columbus Catholic 347
4;. Beckman Catholic 353
5. Denver 359
6. Cascade 373
7. North Linn 415
8. Jesup (only 2 scores)
Caleb Reel – 81 (3rd overall) advances to Districts
Brandon Goodwin – 83
Lincoln Mehlert – 84
Devin Reel – 86

Iowa DNR unveils new online hunting and fishing license system

The Iowa DNR is unveiling the latest innovative technology available at your fingertips when it comes to hunting and fishing licenses.
The new system, Go Outdoors Iowa, launched in February 2019 and makes it easier and more convenient for hunters and anglers to purchase licenses, manage profile information, apply for quota hunts, and report harvests.
“We are excited to implement a modern technology solution that not only brings efficiencies to the agency, but also provides so many added values and benefits for our users,” said Alex Cross, DNR Customer Service and Licensing Supervisor.
Public users will be able to log-in to their customer profile from anywhere with a cellular/internet connection to edit customer details, purchase new licenses, reprint licenses, set up license auto-renew, report a harvest, and submit quota hunt applications.
The Go Outdoors Iowa app, downloadable for free through the App Store or Google Play Store, allows users to purchase and access their hunting and fishing licenses from anywhere, anytime via mobile devices, as well as renew licenses, view hunting regulations, report harvests and view current sunrise/sunset times.
A new collectible hard card is available for purchase in two different designs—a largemouth bass or a pheasant—created by native Iowa artist Bruce Gordon. The durable hard card costs $5 and will include purchased licenses printed on the back for the year. The cards are available to purchase online or in person and will be mailed out after purchase. New designs on the hard card will be unveiled each year.
The new licensing system is accessible, as well as additional information, by visiting Customer may continue to visit any license agent location to purchase their licenses and permits.

Boys Golf: Union 167, Hudson 192

By Ryan Slater
The perfect weather had me worried a little bit at the start considering how well we have played in the rain of late. This was our final tune-up before the conference meet on Monday at Sumner. We ended up shooting our low round of the year, but it is still evident that each player has a few things to clean up before Monday in order for us to have a good opportunity to win. Caleb Reel has been posting some very solid rounds the last few meets and recovered from a mid-round triple bogey with a couple birdies down the stretch to shoot another 38. Trevor Davis continues to contribute from the 5 spot with a much improved short game that allows him to scramble and avoid big numbers on the card which have plagued him in the past. Lincoln Mehlert and Brandon Stech continue to play with a carefree style that doesn’t get them too high or two low which is necessary in golf. If both start making their mid-range putts we will be tough to beat.

Boys Golf: Two Knights earn All-Conference honors

By Ryan Slater
Going into the meet I told the players if we had a repeat performance of our steady play in the dual meet with Sumner that we would likely have a good chance to win. It turns out that would have been good enough to win by a handful of shots. The conference meet is a larger stage for the players though, but a few did rise to the occasion and play ahead of their yearly stroke average.
Sophomore Lincoln Mehlert bounced back from a disappointing finish at last year’s conference meet as a freshman and posted a round of 86 that included a solid back 9 of 41, which enabled him to finish 9th overall and receive All-Conference Honors.
He was joined on that team by junior Caleb Reel, who shot an 82 and was 5th place overall. Junior Brandon Stech was our third scorer with an 89. Senior Brandon Goodwin and junior Devin Reel each brought in rounds of 90 to help compile our team score of 347. That score is the lowest we have had since I have been head coach, but it was a disappointing ride home to say the least. Luckily, we have a chance to improve on this performance at the Sectional Meet in Dyersville, where we go up against a couple of the same teams who finished ahead of us (Columbus and Denver).
Union Boys Golf: NICL Meet – May 6, 2019 at Sumner
Final Standings (Top 5 teams)
1) Sumner-Fredricksburg 340
2) Denver 341
3) Columbus 344
4) Union 347
5) Aplington-Parkersburg 358
Medalist: Tyler Converse (S-F) – 74
Runner-Up Medalist: Michael Bohlman (D) – 77
Union Varsity
Caleb Reel – 82
Lincoln Mehlert – 86
Brandon Stech – 89
Brandon Goodwin – 90
Devin Reel – 90


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