West Delaware’s Ian Tibbott closed out his junior bowling campaign last year with a single game average of 203. In a year’s time, Tibbott has elevated that average to an impressive 223.2 through 10 games – placing him sixth overall in the IHSAA Class 2A individual rankings.

West Delaware girls basketball coach Rod Conrad gave his team one challenge before they took the court at Solon Jan. 4. “I told them not to let Solon outwork us so much as one possession tonight.”

The West Delaware girls bowling squad kicked off its 2019 play in grand fashion, improving to 6-0 overall with a pair of wins over Waterloo Columbus and Denver in a Jan. 4 triangular held at the Denver Athletic Complex.

After opening the post-holiday portion of the season with a 75-6 win over Maquoketa and a 75-0 whitewashing of Marion, Jan. 3, at Marion, the West Delaware Hawks battled to a strong second-place finish in the Jerry Eckenrod Invitational at Benton Community, Jan. 5.

The West Delaware boys basketball team dropped its first two games of 2019 with a 75-66 to Caledonia, Minn., Jan. 5 and a 53-50 loss to Solon Jan. 4.

Edgewood-Colesburg dropped a competitive 49-38 girls basketball game to Central Elkader in Colesburg, Jan. 3, to open the new year before going back to the Tri-Rivers grind and falling, 59-24, at Alburnett the following evening.

Maquoketa Valley started last week strong with a 2-1 record at home Jan. 3, defeating Central Elkader, and Edgewood-Colesburg, but falling to Alburnett.

Maquoketa Valley’s girls hoops team had the luxury of opening the 2019 portion of its season against a (then) 1-9 Starmont team. The Jan. 4 matchup was hosted by the Stars, but even that advantage did them no good against the all-state talent of Sam Wall and her ever-focused Wildcat compadres.

Edgewood-Colesburg used a 20-2 second-quarter blitz to run Central Elkader off the floor, 72-34, in a non-conference boys basketball contest in Colesburg, Jan. 3. The Vikings improved to 7-4 to start the 2019 portion of the season, while an out-manned Central crew fell to 1-10.

Coming back to the mats after Christmas break, the Edgewood-Colesburg wrestlers met Alburnett, Elkader and Maquoketa Valley at Delhi Jan. 3, and dropped two of the matches.

Maquoketa Valley’s boys basketball team opened the second half of its season with a 55-48 road victory over Starmont, Jan. 4, improving to 7-3 on the year.

Jade Putz is small in stature, but the 5-1 sophomore is making a big impact on the Viterbo College volleyball scene.

Area students from the Moser School of Dance and Gymnastic recently competed and placed well in the USTA Power Tumbling meet held in Marshalltown Dec. 9. There were 18 teams entered with around 400 athletes competing throughout the day.

The West Delaware boys bowling squad improved to 3-1 on the season in a Dec. 21 road win over Decorah (2-3), at Oneota Lanes.

The West Delaware girls bowling squad improved to 4-0 on the season in a Dec. 21 road win over Decorah (4-1), at Oneota Lanes, 2,338-2,092.

The West Delaware girls basketball team dropped to 1-8 as the Hawks head into holiday break after a 63-20 loss at Marion Dec. 21 and a 71-49 loss at Maquoketa Dec. 18.

West Delaware was at the top of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association’s first dual team wrestling rankings last week, and lived up to that billing with a 67-6 pounding of Decorah, at Decorah, Dec. 20.

Derek Krogmann and Kyle Kelley each scored 23 points as the West Delaware Hawks defeated the Marion Indians, 70-62, at Seedorff Gymnasium Dec. 21. The win came three nights after the Hawks suffered their first loss of the season, a 40-35 loss to Maquoketa.

Don’t look now, but the Wildcat boys basketball team has already reached a milestone its 2017-18 predecessor couldn’t — the elusive sixth win. A young Maquoketa Valley (6-2) squad that came in with a lot of uncertainties has already exceeded expectations thanks to the emergence of previously…

Sam Wall scored 67 total points in three games and Maquoketa Valley improved to 9-2 in the final week of basketball before winter break.

Maquoketa Valley’s wrestling team continues to struggle as the Wildcats dropped all three of their dual matches in a quadrangular meet hosted by Anamosa Dec. 20.

Central City’s 6’6 Nick Reid came to Edgewood averaging 34 points per game. The state’s leading scorer put up an impressive 40, 30 in the second half, against Edgewood-Colesburg, but the Vikings made enough plays down the stretch to down Reid and the Wildcats, 76-68, in an entertaining Tri-R…

Senior guard Madison Tritle scored 25 points, as Central City broke open a game that was tight for a quarter, to pull away to a 57-38 win over Edgewood-Colesburg, Dec. 21, in Edgewood.

The 32-team Battle of Waterloo is considered by many to be the premier high school dual wrestling tournament in Iowa, if not the midwest. If you want to be in the hunt for the team title in this event, you’d better bring a pretty salty crew to the Cedar Valley.

The West Delaware boys basketball team improved to 6-0 on the year with wins at South Tama Dec. 14 and Beckman Dec. 11.

With the 2018 Battle of Waterloo on the horizon, the West Delaware Hawks had a little WaMaC Conference business to take care of in Dyersville, Dec. 15.

The West Delaware boys bowling team lost its first head-to-head match-up of the season in a road match-up at Berry’s Lanes in Vinton, Dec. 14. There, the Hawks fell to Vinton-Shellsburg (1-1) by a final tally of 2,856-2,765.

The West Delaware girls bowling team secured a 3-0 start to their dual meet season with a Dec. 14 road win over Vinton-Shellsburg at Barry’s Lanes.

Home court advantage couldn’t overcome poor offensive performances in the first quarter as the West Delaware girls basketball team dropped a 49-36 game to South Tama Dec. 14 and lost to Beckman, 47-20, Dec. 11.

Senior sharpshooter Ethan Streicher scored 20 points, Parker Rochford 18, and Riley Ashline 17, as Edgewood-Colesburg overcame a shaky first half to grab a 68-56 win over East Buchanan, in Edgewood, Dec. 14. With the win, Ed-Co improved to 5-3 on the season, while the Bucs fell to 2-4.

At six-foot-two, Maquoketa Valley’s Brian Heims is still just the fourth tallest player on Maquoketa Valley’s varsity basketball team.

There was little chance coach Nathan Reck and the East Buchanan girls basketball team would take Edgewood-Colesburg lightly this time. After suffering an upset loss to the Vikings last year, the Lady Bucs made sure there would not be a repeat performance, racing to a 22-0 lead on the way to …

A double dual Dec. 11 at home resulted in two wins for the Edgewood-Colesburg wrestlers. The Vikings topped Postville, 39-30, and Clayton Ridge, 48-30.

A short-handed Maquoketa Valley wrestling team was swept at two double duals hosted by North Fayette Valley Dec. 11 and Starmont Dec. 13.

Any achievement worth its pursuit is going to involve some ups and downs. This was certainly the case for the Maquoketa Valley girls basketball team, who entered a highly anticipated Dec. 14 game with North Linn with a portion of the three-way tie for the Tri-Rivers Conference West lead, alo…

Scoring 10 points in a half on 3-of-26 shooting isn’t really a winning formula for a high school basketball team. Yet those were stats after the first half for the West Delaware boys at Center Point-Urbana Dec. 7. The Hawks survived the half and rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to de…

The West Delaware girls basketball team dropped a 73-25 home game to Center Point-Urbana Dec. 7.

Make no mistake — this was a big one. With an enthusiastic crowd in-house and KCRG 9.2 on hand, West Delaware won five of the first six matches by fall, and defeated Solon, 51-18, in an early season WaMaC Conference showdown in Manchester, Dec.6.

West Delaware Senior Alex Schnieders put together games of 234 and 277 for a lifetime best 511 at Lightning Lanes, Dec. 7, to lead West Delaware (2-0) to a 3,245 team win against Independence (2,857, 1-1).