After returning four regulars from last year’s state-tournament team and starting 4-0, the MVAOCOU boys basketball program took a wrong turn.
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto girls coach Scott Breyfogle and senior Morgan Todd remembered the conversation in the aftermath of last year’s state meet very well.
In the days leading up to the state track meet, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto coach Scott Breyfogle said he had more nerves than his girls did.
In 25 years of coaching, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto coach Brian Brown couldn’t recall a tougher five-day stretch than the one his team navigated.
Shooting free throws in front of a raucous crowd is difficult enough. Imagine what was going through Colby Seuntjens’ head Saturday.
Council Bluffs St. Albert watched in disbelief as a 13-point first-half lead over Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto dwindled to nothing in the second. Then they watched the season slip away.
On a night when points were at a premium, it made sense that a player known for his offense registered the game’s biggest play on defense.
The bright red cut on the side of Jared Vollstedt’s nose told the story. The IKM-Manning senior and his teammates had to fight and claw for everything on Monday night, but they were rewarded with a satisfying result.
Kyle Barnes started the game at left guard. He finished it taking a knee at quarterback celebrating a win Council Bluffs St. Albert had to have.
At 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto senior running back Marvin Gaines may not appear imposing. But a look at him on the football field might change that perception. Gaines is second in Iowa’s Class A with 695 rushing yards.
Finalists for The World-Herald’s western Iowa athletes of the year. Finalists previously announced were Kate Walker of Red Oak, Serena Parker of Shenandoah, Natalie Mostek of Creston, Jay Wolfe of Creston, Austin Simmons of CB Lewis Central and Chase Shiltz of Creston. Winners will be chosen among the six girls and six boys finalists.
If Robert Neustrom of Sioux City North and Korey Kuhlmann of Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto go on to collegiate baseball success, it won’t surprise many coaches and high school players in western Iowa.
Carroll Kuemper coach Randy Snyder has knocked heads with some quality Class 3-A and 4-A pitchers this season in and out of the Hawkeye Ten Conference. Korey Kuhlmann sold him on Tuesday night.
Shawn Flanigan waited in the backcourt, six seconds and 94 feet from his dream. When the inbounds pass was released, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto’s proudest gym rat sprang into motion, certain he deserved to be in that exact position.
As his son went to the free-throw line in the final stages of overtime on Thursday, the entire day’s events ran through the head of Treynor assistant Travis Castle. “I thought, ‘This is crazy. What are the chances of that?’ ” he said.
When you’ve been waiting all your life for that one moment and it arrives, you might call that pressure. The Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto boys couldn’t have been more comfortable. They believe that preparation breeds confidence.
According to Brent Moore’s respected computer rankings, Council Bluffs St. Albert played the toughest schedule among Iowa’s 155 Class 1-A boys basketball programs. The Falcons faced several top-notch 3-A and 4-A programs, which gives even more weight to coach Dale Scott’s postgame comment regarding Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto.
Juniors Paige Beacom and Alyssa Carley combined for 39 of the team’s 42 points, and St. Albert used a sterling defensive effort to oust No. 14 Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 42-23 in a Class 2-A regional girls basketball quarterfinal at MVAO High School.
When Kayla Morgan got the ball in the open court with less than 20 seconds left and her team down one, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto coach Alden Berkenpas wasn’t about to tell her to slow down.
Following his three victories Tuesday in Mapleton, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto junior Cole Jensen improved to 37-3 on the season and is ranked sixth in Class 1-A at 285 pounds.
Cole Jackson fired a no-hitter Monday in the top-rated Comets’ 7-1 victory over MVAO at Principal Park.
Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto has sent junior Korey Kuhlmann to the mound for all four postseason games.
On Tuesday, Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto made its first state softball appearance in 14 years. It also marked three years to the day since Tim Hupke — the former MVAO softball and girls basketball coach — was buried after dying unexpectedly at 59.
It was just like a June night in either Moville or Mapleton, a pair of conference rivals matching hits and wits. Only this time, Western Valley Conference foes Woodbury Central and Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto put it on display for a statewide audience.
MVAO has already faced conference rival Woodbury Central twice during the season.