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They don't have a bona fide standout. You won't see any of their 100- or 200-meter open times listed among the top 30 in the state.

But when you glance at the boys state track and field leaders in the 400- and 800-meter relays, Davenport North is near the top.

\"Being in a relay is a different mentality,\" senior Ezekiel Hayslett said. \"It is more cooperative, and you're part of one working machine.\"

Hayslett, Akendre Abbey, Isaiah Gibbs and Collin Glazek head into this weekend's Drake Relays with the state's second-fastest time in the 400 relay (42.45 seconds) and third in the 800 relay (1:29.10).

The quartet has an opportunity to be the first boys relay from North to capture a white flag (given to the winner of each event).

\"That would be the goal of a lifetime,\" Gibbs said. \"We're not exactly looked at when it comes to the best (track) schools or ones people think they need to compete with each year. This would put us on the map a little.

\"It would definitely be the best thing ever.\"

Marques Simmons claimed three straight 100-meter titles for North from 1999-2001 and Aubreon Walton won the 400 hurdles in 1986.

A baton, though, never has been involved in a North boys victory celebration at Drake.

\"It is a bigger scale, a bigger level and there is a little more pressure on us this year, but I don't feel like it is anything we can't handle,\" Hayslett said.

North offsets its lack of star power with a cohesive, experienced group.

Gibbs, Glazek and Hayslett are seniors while Abbey is a junior. They've been teammates in football, often sit together during lunch hour and hang out away from athletics.

\"If you're on a team with people that you don't like, you're not going to want to run,\" said Glazek, who was a discus and shot put thrower in middle school before transitioning to sprints. \"The chemistry is what has helped us.

\"We've been working on this for a long time.\"

It has been a gradual incline to the top.

Gibbs and Glazek were part of last year's fourth-place finish at the Drake Relays in the 400 relay. Those two, along with Hayslett, qualified in the 800 relay but were disqualified after one of the runners pulled a hamstring.

Abbey never has participated at the Drake Relays, but he competed on last year's 800 relay at the state meet held in the same stadium.

\"It is going to help a lot,\" Abbey said. \"We already know the environment. We won't be shaken, scared or real nervous.\"

The Wildcats are determined to be more than just qualifiers.

\"This is our time to peak,\" Hayslett said. \"We've been climbing up this mountain for a while. For three of us, it is our senior year, so we want to show we haven't been coming up here for nothing.

\"We've been progressing to reach the top.\"

The Wildcats broke a 19-year-old school record in the 400 relay earlier this month at the Jesse Day Invitational.

It still is more than 2.4 seconds off the school mark in the 800 relay established with Simmons as the anchor in 2000.

North believes the 400 relay is its best opportunity to claim a victory. It had the state's top time until Western Dubuque ran a 42.36 earlier this week.

The Wildcats have not gone head-to-head with the Bobcats this season. If both teams get through Friday's preliminaries, they would clash in Saturday afternoon's final.

\"The past couple of meets we haven't had the best competition,\" Hayslett said. \"We'll have people like Western Dubuque pushing us there, so that's going to make us go faster and run a better time.\"

And the sum is better than the individual parts.

Hayslett has the top open 100 time this spring at 11.06 seconds. Glazek has gone 11.11 and Gibbs 11.42.

Western Dubuque, meanwhile, has had three members go 11.07 or faster in the open 100.

\"Our handoffs play a big part,\" Glazek said.

That traces back to the relay's continuity.

\"It is not just like we got thrown together this year,\" Gibbs said. \"We're comfortable with each other and that's big for handoffs. That can decide if you're first or last.\"

Abbey, Hayslett, Gibbs and Glazek is North's order in the 400 relay. Glazek runs the second leg and Gibbs anchors in the 800 relay.

Western Dubuque (1:28.31) and Waterloo West (1:29.05) are the two teams ranked above them in the 800 relay. With it being a timed final Friday, North will be in Lane 3 in the final heat.

Regardless of how the weekend unfolds, Hayslett admits its a prelude to the primary goal of a state championship next month.

\"This will help us have a plan going into state,\" Hayslett said. \"At the end of the day, it is still a learning experience for us and what we can improve on.\"

If it comes with a white flag for each individual, they won't complain.

\"That would get hung up,\" Gibbs said. \"It would be a nice little showcase in the house.\"

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Drake Relays breakdown

Boys\u00a0

100 METERS\u00a0

Prelims (32 entries): Friday, 8:46 a.m.\u00a0

Final (top 8): Friday, 1:51 p.m.

Drake record: 10.61, James Harrington, Cedar Falls (2012)

Locals in field: Alphonso Soko, Muscatine, 10.90; Tanner Iske, West Liberty, 10.96; Terry Harris, Central DeWitt, 10.97; Kevin Kurth, Davenport Central, 11.01; Keshaun Baker, Pleasant Valley,\u00a0 11.01

800 METERS

Final (16 entries): Friday, 2:54 p.m.

Drake record: 1:51.76, Ryan Schweizer, Dowling Catholic (2012)

Local in field: Tyler Olson, Muscatine, 1:57.04

1,600 METERS

Final (21 entries): Saturday, 12:52 p.m.

Drake record: 4:10.76, Josh Evans, Linn-Mar (2014)

Locals in field: Konnor Sommer, Pleasant Valley, 4:26.48; Mark Conway, Pleasant Valley, 4:27.64; Anthony Pena, Pleasant Valley, 4:29.42

3,200 METERS

Final (21 entries): Thursday, 6:25 p.m.

Drake record: 8:58.46, Albert Meier, Boone (2014)

Locals in field: Konnor Sommer, Pleasant Valley, 9:38.41; Anthony Pena, Pleasant Valley, 9:48.34

110-METER HURDLES

Prelims (32 entries): Friday, 8:16 a.m.

Final (top 8): Friday, 11:09 a.m.

Drake record: 14.04, Jordan Mullen, Atlantic, 2009

Local in field: Suni Lane, Bettendorf, 15.03

400-METER HURDLES

Final (16 entries): Saturday, 1:36 p.m.

Drake record: 51.94, Dustin Avey, Ames (1995)

Locals in field: Demari Nicholson, Bettendorf, 54.78; Suni Lane, Bettendorf, 55.02

DISCUS

Prelims/finals (24 entries): Friday, 9 a.m.

Drake record: 199-1, Chase Madison, Newton (2004)

Locals in field: Cody Snyder, Pleasant Valley, 170-1; Cole Webster, Bettendorf, 169-1; Ty Oster, Bellevue, 162-8

SHOT PUT

Prelims/finals (24 entries): Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Drake record: 67-2 1/4, Doug Lane, Cedar Rapids Jefferson (1968)

Locals in field: Cody Snyder, Pleasant Valley, 55-8; Cole Webster, Bettendorf, 55-6

HIGH JUMP

Final (24 entries): Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

Drake record: 7-3 1/2, Brian Tietjens, North Central (1981)

Locals in field: Cole Moeller, Calamus-Wheatland, 6-9; Braden Hoyer, Northeast, 6-8; Axel Dondiego, Northeast, 6-7; Noah Feldman, West Liberty, 6-5; Suni Lane, Bettendorf, 6-4

LONG JUMP

Final (24 entries): Friday, 9:30 a.m.

Drake record: 23-11 3/4, Chris Walker, Davenport Central (1984)

Locals in field: Kevin Kurth, Davenport Central, 23-4 3/4; DJ Mosley, Davenport West, 22-1; Keshaun Baker, Pleasant Valley, 22-0 1/4; Evan Reifert, Wilton, 21-10

400-METER RELAY

Prelims (80 entries): Friday, 6:05 p.m.

Final (top 8): Saturday, 3:40 p.m.

Drake record: 41.33, Iowa City High (1996)

Locals in field: Davenport North, 42.45; Central DeWitt, 43.91; Pleasant Valley, 44.06; Bettendorf, 44.06; Camanche, 44.67; North Cedar, 44.69; Davenport Central, 44.70; Davenport West, 44.75; Clinton, 44.78; West Liberty, 44.78

800-METER RELAY

Final (24 entries): Friday, 12:50 p.m.

Drake record: 1:27.41, Cedar Falls (2011)

Locals in field: Davenport North, 1:29.10; Bettendorf, 1:31.16

1,600-METER RELAY

Prelims (24 entries): Friday, 8:50 p.m.

Final (top 8): Saturday, 4:22 p.m.

Drake record: 3:17.77, West Des Moines Valley (2006)

Local in field: Bettendorf, 3:25.73

3,200-METER RELAY

Final (16 entries): Saturday, 9:16 a.m.

Drake record: 7:45.63, Marshalltown (1985)

Local in field: Pleasant Valley, 8:08.32

DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY

Final (24 entries): Friday, 10:37 a.m.

Drake record: 3:25.94, Cedar Rapids Prairie (2016)

Locals in field: Pleasant Valley, 3:34.89; Bettendorf, 3:37.35; Central DeWitt, 3:38.11

SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY

Prelim (16 entries): Saturday, 8:15 a.m.

Final (top 4): Saturday, 12:15 p.m.

Drake record: 55.68, Linn-Mar (2016)

Locals in field: none

Girls

100 METERS

Prelims (32 entries): Friday, 8:31 a.m.\u00a0

Final (top 8): Friday, 1:33 p.m.

Drake record: 12.11, Briyana Carter, DM Roosevelt (2016)

Local in field: Amaria Kirby, Pleasant Valley, 12.64

800 METERS

Final (16 entries): Friday, 2:48 p.m.

Drake record: 2:07.69, Shelby Houlihan, S.C. East (2011)

Locals in field: Joy Ripslinger, Assumption, 2:09.84; Julia Schumacher, 2:18.96; Julia Campbell, Central DeWitt, 2:19.34

1,500 METERS

Final (21 entries): Saturday, 12:45 p.m.

Drake record: 4:28.30, Katie Flood, Dowling Catholic (2010)

Locals in field: Joy Ripslinger, Assumption, 4:35.52; Julia Schumacher, Assumption, 4:56.84

3,000 METERS

Final (21 entries): Thursday, 6:10 p.m.

Drake record: 9:26.87, Stephanie Jenks, Linn-Mar (2014)

Locals in field: Trinity Borland, Bettendorf, 10:41.34; Camryn Reeg, Bellevue, 10:45.61

100-METER HURDLES

Prelims (32 entries): Friday, 8 a.m.

Final (top 8): Friday, 11:01 a.m.

Drake record: 14.30, Mary Young, Urbandale (2014)

Locals in field: Ellie Spelhaug, Pleasant Valley, 15.16; Erica Loussaert, North Scott, 15.36

400-METER HURDLES

Final (16 entries): Saturday, 1:25 p.m.

Drake record: 1:01.01, A.G. Bradford, Davenport North (2008)

Local in field: Addie Swanson, Pleasant Valley, 1:04.76

DISCUS

Prelims/final (24 entries): Thursday, 4 p.m.

Drake record: 162-7, Kiana Phelps, KP-WC (2016)

Locals in field: Kayla Slowick, North Scott, 130-5 1/2; Jamie Kofron, Tipton, 124-2 1/2; Courtney Schnoor, Camanche, 121-9

SHOT PUT

Prelims/final (24 entries): Friday, 8:30 a.m.

Drake record: 50-4 3/4, Paulette Mitchell, CB Abe Lincoln (1992)

Locals in field: Courtney Schnoor, Camanche, 41-8 1/2; Jamie Kofron, Tipton, 41-7 1/2; Libertie Uppena, Midland, 41-0; Lea Grady, Davenport Central, 39-3 1/2; Nicole Sander, North Cedar, 39-3 1/2

HIGH JUMP

Final (24 entries): Friday, 9:45 a.m.

Drake record: 6-1, Hannah Willms, Dike-New Hartford (2010)

Locals in field: Erica Loussaert, North Scott, 5-6; Darby Hawtrey, North Cedar, 5-5

LONG JUMP

Final (24 entries): Thursday, 5 p.m.

Drake record: 19-3 3/4, LaNeisha Waller, Cedar Rapids Washington (2004)

Locals in field: Erin McQuillen, Bettendorf, 17-6; Lani Hillard, Louisa-Muscatine, 17-4

400-METER RELAY

Prelims (80 entries): Friday, 5:10 p.m.

Final (top 8): Saturday, 3:35 p.m.

Drake record: 47.55, Des Moines Roosevelt (2012) and CR Jefferson (2015)

Locals in field: Pleasant Valley, 49.36; Bettendorf, 49.85; Assumption, 50.53; Davenport Central, 51.01; North Cedar, 51.83; Muscatine, 51.94

800-METER RELAY

Final (24 entries): Friday, 12:38 p.m.

Drake record: 1:40.87, Cedar Rapids Jefferson (2016)

Locals in field: Assumption, 1:43.34; Pleasant Valley, 1:44.41; Bettendorf, 1:45.95

1,600-METER RELAY

Prelims (24 entries): Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Final (top 8): Saturday, 4:15 p.m.

Drake record: 3:50.21, Waukee (2009)

Locals in field: Assumption, 3:59.94; Pleasant Valley, 4:01.08; North Cedar, 4:04.04; Bettendorf, 4:04.46

3,200-METER RELAY

Final (16 entries): Saturday, 9:01 a.m.

Drake record: 9:11.01, Dowling Catholic (2010)

Local in field: Assumption, 9:32.17

SPRINT MEDLEY RELAY

Final (24 entries): Friday, 10:24 a.m.

Drake record: 1:44.98, Des Moines Roosevelt (1985)

Locals in field: Assumption, 1:47.75; Pleasant Valley, 1:48.99; Bettendorf, 1:49.13; North Cedar, 1:51.74

SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY

Prelims (16 entries): Saturday, 8 a.m.

Final (top 4): Saturday, 12:10 p.m.

Drake record: 1:02.39, Pleasant Valley (2016)

Locals in field: Pleasant Valley, 1:06.56

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Blake Boldon has been on the job as the Drake Relays director for only about six months. Even so, the 37-year-old has put together quite a lineup for the 108th running of America's Athletic Classic.

In addition to bringing back fan favorites like Jenny Simpson and Shelby Houlihan, Boldon has invited nearly 75 past Olympians, 32 of those medalists, to compete this weekend at Drake Stadium.\u00a0

He's also made some enhancements to the high school lineup.

A second section of the 400 hurdles has been added, giving 16 individuals an opportunity to compete. Also, to make the 3,000 (girls) and 3,200 (boys) runners feel more involved in the event, those races have been pushed back a couple hours into Thursday night's Distance Carnival.\u00a0

And with the state meet less than a month out, this weekend provides a good gauge of which teams have a leg up going into the championship season.\u00a0

Here is a look at five stories to track this weekend:

Knights look to retain Hy-Vee Cup

Davenport Assumption's girls track and field team won last year's inaugural Hy-Vee Cup, given to the school which registers the most points in four scored events \u2014 400, 1,600, 3,200 and sprint medley relays.\u00a0

Assumption edged Waukee for the title last year, 28-27.

The Knights are in all four events this week. They are seeded first in the 3,200 relay, second in the 1,600 relay and third in the sprint medley. Assumption is outside the top 15 in the 400 relay.

Standout Joy Ripslinger is entered in the 800 and 1,500, meaning she could participate in two relays. The three options are a leg on the 1,600 and/or 3,200 relays or anchoring the sprint medley.

The Knights have an opportunity to become the first school to win four straight 3,200 relay titles in the girls division.

\"The Drake Relays always has meant a lot to our program,\" coach Tim O'Neill said. \"It is our chance to go against the best of the best.\"

Does girls 1,600 relay title stay in Q-C?

It has been seven years since a school outside the Quad-Cities won the girls 1,600 relay at the Drake Relays.

Assumption prevailed in 2011, '12 and '14. Pleasant Valley secured it in 2013, '15 and '16. The Spartans nipped the Knights by seven-hundredths of a second last year after anchor Addie Swanson ran a 55.6 split to chase down Ripslinger.

Both schools are strong contenders again this season. Assumption ran a season-best 3 minutes, 59.94 seconds at its own invitational earlier this month, but that was without sophomore Carly King.

PV posted a 4:01.08 at its home meet with the quartet of Carli and Ellie Spelhaug, Rachel Tebbe and Swanson.

Bettendorf and North Cedar also are among the state's top 10 in the event.

Southeast Polk and Waukee figure to be the biggest challengers to Assumption and PV. The Rams have run a state-best 3:57.98 this spring.

Golden era for boys throws

Mount Vernon's Tristan Wirfs became the first boy since former Hawkeye standout and current Washington Redskins lineman Brandon Scherff in 2010 to throw the shot put 60-plus feet at the Drake Relays last year.

There have been six boys already eclipse 60 feet this season, creating quite a buzz for Thursday afternoon's competition.

Kingsley-Pierson/Woodbury Central's Nick Phelps and Wirfs each have thrown 65-10 1/2. Western Dubuque's William Blaser has gone 64-6, followed by Iowa City Regina's Jared Brinkman (63-6), Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Jackson Coker (63-4) and Marshalltown's Maddux Richardson (60-4).\u00a0

All but Richardson have distances that rank among the top 20 throws in the country this outdoor season.\u00a0

The discus features nine individuals who have thrown at least 170 feet, including Bettendorf's Cole Webster (179-9) and PV's Cody Snyder (170-1). Also on that list are Iowa football recruits Coy Kirkpatrick of Madrid and Wirfs.

\"You have to go back to the '70s to match this depth,\" public address announcer and track expert Mike Jay tweeted earlier this month.\u00a0

Small-school jumping success

Calamus-Wheatland and Northeast have never won an event, boys or girls, at the Drake Relays.\u00a0

That could end for one school in the boys high jump Thursday.\u00a0

Cal-Wheat senior Cole Moeller, a two-time state champion in Class 1A, comes in tied for the second best leap of the spring at 6-9 -- just an inch behind Oskaloosa's J'Von Harris.

Moeller finished tied for second at Drake last year after clearing 6-5, but the Iowa recruit has consistently been over 6-8 this spring.

Meanwhile, Northeast has two boys in the mix with sophomore Braden Hoyer (6-8) and senior Axel Dondiego (6-7).\u00a0

Q-C alums take to blue oval

The Drake Relays stirs up past memories for former Iowa high school track and field athletes who return to Drake Stadium as collegians.

Among the former Quad-City standouts representing the three state public universities this week are Iowa State's Emma Whigham (PV) and Allanah McCorkle (Davenport Central). They will compete in the heptathlon and long jump, respectively.

Muscatine grad Larkin Chapman figures to run a leg on the Cyclones' 3,200 relay.\u00a0

Northern Iowa's Maddie Irmen (Assumption) is expected to run on the 400, 1,600 and sprint medley relays. Irmen was part of UNI's 1,600 relay that won last week's Musco Twilight Invitational in Iowa City in 3:44.95.

UNI's Jon Rus (North Scott) is entered in the 110 high hurdles and a member of its shuttle hurdle relay. Alleman alum Kyler Yodts, also at UNI, will throw the shot put. Durant's Anna Bentley is a participant in the javelin.\u00a0

Iowa's Kelli DeGeorge, a four-time state high jump champion at PV, is in the high jump field. Erika Hammond, a state champion at Clinton, will throw the shot put while Columbus Community's Heaven Chandler is in the 100 hurdles.

There could be others, but relay names are not released until closer to the race.

\u2014 Matt Coss

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Girls soccer

UT 7, Rock Island 0:\u00a0Gabby Pauwels scored a hat trick and Ryleigh O'Brien scored two goals and an assist to keep United Township (7-9, 4-0) tied with Quincy atop the Western Big Six.

The Panthers led 5-0 at halftime and will travel down to Quincy for the conference title next Tuesday.

Quincy 2, Moline 0: Schay Mulherin and Callie Lambert scored 67 seconds apart to lead the Blue Devils (7-5-3, 4-0) over the Maroons (4-6, 2-2).

North 3, Clinton 1: Davenport North scored a pair of goals in the second half to break open a game that was tied at halftime.

Lindsay Wardlow, Morgan Pollimiller and Camry Dillie scored for the Wildcats (4-7, 1-4 MAC) with Wardlow adding an assist.

Bettendorf 10, West 0:\u00a0Alina Steffen scored four goals and Alli Whitaker added two goals and an assist to lead the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-0) to the win over the Falcons. Olivia Jackson posted the shutout for Bettendorf.

North Scott 3, Central 0:\u00a0Savannah Bogner scored twice and Adelyn Carmody added a goal to keep the Lancers (6-1, 5-0) tied with Bettendorf atop the MAC.

Boys soccer

Bettendorf 9, West 0: Zach Elias registered a hat trick and Dustin Harris added a pair of goals as the fifth-ranked Bulldogs rolled to an easy victory.

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Too many times in the past Muscatine has seen games squandered.

Leads have been blown, games have been lost, and hearts have been broken.

Tuesday night was different.

The Class 3A No. 10 Muskies rallied from a first-half deficit, scoring three straight second-half goals to grab a 3-1 win over eighth-ranked Pleasant Valley at Spartan Stadium.

Last season, the Muskies held a 2-0 lead on the same field, only to fall 4-2.

\"The fight came from last season,\" senior Hannah Christensen said. \"We just didn't want a replay of last year so we had so much fight to win this game because we need some big wins to keep going on with this season and keep our team motivated.

\"We have a lot of talent and some of us don't believe it right now. We need games like this to make us believe it.\"

Christensen scored the equalizing goal in the 46th minute, rewarding the Muskies (5-1, 3-1 MAC) for their added fight following a goal from Pleasant Valley's Ellie Kurth in the 26th minute. The Spartans had other looks before Kurth found the net, but after PV took the lead, Muscatine found an extra gear.

Trinity Christy scored the go-ahead goal in the 70th minute and Brina Kraft cemented the win in the 77th minute, minutes after PV's best chance to tie the game\u00a0\u2014 a header off a corner kick\u00a0\u2014 sailed over the net.

\"It was amazing, it felt really good to get ahead and then find another goal,\" Christy said. \"It shows to a lot of other teams they're pretty good, they're picking it up ... we're back in the season, it feels like.\"\u00a0

That extra level is something Muscatine feels capable of, but has never seemed to exploit, not last year against the Spartans (6-3, 4-1), nor two weeks ago against fifth-ranked Bettendorf when the Muskies lost a 1-0 lead.

\"Our kids really are tired of losing games like this where, we know we have talent, we know we have athleticism, we know we have experience and then to get into the game and fold up and allow ourselves to lose?\" Muscatine head coach Bob Estabrook said. \"I say we outfought them, and I mean in a nice form, we just played harder than they did from that point on.\"

There wasn't much argument from Pleasant Valley head coach Wayne Ward. The Spartans know they controlled play to start, but missed on some early chances and Muscatine took advantage.

\"I think the girls put a lot of effort in to get that first goal and I think Muscatine beat us on the mentality side of the game,\" he said. \"They didn't decide it was over, they worked hard and we just spoke about how we can improve on that side of the game.

\"We had enough chances in front of goal ... when you miss three right under the bar, the game could have been over in the first 20 minutes. We gave them a life-line, they felt like they were in the last five minutes of the first half, they sort of got on top of it with that early goal and the rest, you saw.\"

Muscatine now looks to carry that second-half play into the rest of the season. The Muskies are right in the thick of the conference race and a win like Tuesday's shows that anything is possible when they do things the right way.

\"The real key to today and i'm hoping it will carry over is we saw what we can do as a team,\" Estabrook said. \"We needed this. The way we won it, that they got ahead of us and we didn't quit, that we were able to raise our effort and sense that this was our game, our kids believed it. Once we began to play like that, you could see we have talent.\"

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Pleasant Valley's boys tennis team has been the king of the hill in the Mississippi Athletic Conference the past four seasons.

Bettendorf appears ready to dethrone its rival.

With the conference tournament just more than a week out, the Bulldogs knocked off the Spartans in a dual for the first time since any of the current players have been in the program.

Powered by four singles victories, Class 2A fifth-ranked Bettendorf upended fourth-ranked and a short-handed PV squad 6-3 Tuesday afternoon at the Bettendorf High School tennis facility.

\"This (dual) is definitely always the first thing we look for on the schedule each year,\" Bettendorf senior Isaac Luebke said. \"It is the biggest meet of the year.

\"The MAC isn't the strongest in general, but when we play PV, it is all about pride. It has been frustrating the last three years losing to them, so it is great to finally come out on top.\"

Bettendorf coach Matt Edwards understands this is just a small step in the grand scheme. The teams will clash again at the conference tournament and could meet in team substate competition next month with more at stake.

Still, it gives Bettendorf (8-0) bragging rights for at least a week. The Bulldogs had won 62 of 63 matches in their first seven duals.

\"We'll get some confidence out of it,\" junior Jacob Panjwani said.

Bettendorf received straight-set singles wins from Panjwani at No. 3 and Jozef Porubcin at No. 5. Senior Michael Pyevich dropped the opening set at No. 4, but battled back to beat Vincent Gnad in a super tiebreaker.

\"Great grit, great comeback from Mikey,\" Edwards said. \"He's a senior and hasn't beaten PV in three years. He knows what's on the line.\"

The dual could have gone into doubles knotted at three, but Bettendorf also earned a point at No. 2 after PV's Justin Sehlin had to default.

Yash Singh and Sehlin were tied at 4 in the opening set when Sehlin injured his ankle on a forehand attempt.

Even after a timeout and medical attention, Sehlin could not continue. He spent the remainder of the dual spectating on crutches.

\"It was very unfortunate,\" Singh said. \"We've played in the past and had some long battles. I was expecting another one today.\"

The Spartans already were without one starter in Aditya Subramaniam, who was home sick. Sehlin's departure required PV to juggle its doubles lineup.

As a result, Bettendorf capitalized. Luebke and Singh clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles over Sriram Sugumaran and CJ Roethler, one of PV's top junior varsity players.

\"This is definitely one of the strongest teams we've had in a while,\" Singh said. \"We've trained all offseason at the (Quad-City Tennis Club). We have great chemistry already built in. It is just coming together right now.\"

The loss was PV's first to a conference foe in at least four years. That didn't weigh on Sugumaran's mind too much afterward.

\"We have a lot of wins under our belt,\" he said. \"Bettendorf is a great team this year. We can take a lot from this. Hopefully, our guys felt they played as well as they could.\"

Edwards labeled this a measuring stick week for his program. The Bulldogs turn around and face third-ranked Linn-Mar on Friday at home.

Then after playing at the Clinton Invitational on Saturday, they'll attempt to unseat PV at the conference tournament.

\"Any time we can beat a PV team, we know we're doing something right,\" Edwards said. \"It is a great confidence booster for us.\"

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Former St. Ambrose University quarterback Jim DuPage did not let the fact that he did not get the United Township head football coaching job a year ago deter him.

When Joe Morrissey left for a full-time coaching position at Kansas Wesleyan in late March, the 32-year-old DuPage applied again.

\u201cI\u2019ve been wanting to be a head coach for quite a while now,\u201d said DuPage, who was approved as head coach by the United Township High School board on Monday night. \u201cI just wanted to have the opportunity to get a program that used to be one of the best in the area back to its former glory. So I just gave it a shot. I enjoy teaching here. I\u2019ve enjoyed my time coaching here. So I figured why not be the head guy.\u201d

The naming of DuPage as head coach is just part of the big news surrounding the UT program. The school also is planning $1.6 million worth of improvements to the Soule Bowl.

DuPage, who \u00a0threw for 2,866 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at St. Ambrose, said he believes he\u2019s got some ideas that can turn around the program and get the kids on board. UT has gone 13 straight seasons with two or fewer wins.

DuPage\u2019s ideas include getting the kids to trust the staff and buy in.

\u201cOne of the big things in getting them to trust us will be the familiarity they have with us,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cThey are already going to know us, our personalities. They already know what most of us expect out of them. But to get them to buy in the Xs and Os is really going to be a big factor.\u201d

DuPage said he expects few changes from last year\u2019s UT staff. He was the head sophomore coach the past two years and coached the freshman team the year before that. He has coached football for four years at UT, where he also has taught math for four years.

The familiarity played a major role in his selection, UT athletic director Mark Pustelnik said. The players know DuPage and trust him already, Pustelnik said, ensuring a smooth transition.

\u201cHe applied previously and was a finalist as well,\u201d Pustelnik noted. \u201cHis work ethic as an assistant coach and as a math teacher really made us think highly of him.\u201d

That work ethic showed in his detailed plan unveiled in his interview that included mapping everything out from the day he would be hired until the first Friday football game in late August. Next up is a coaches meeting Wednesday and the naming of a defensive coordinator.

His other major idea is to get parents, students, faculty, alumni and the community as a whole more involved with UT football.

\u201cThat old adage, \u2018It takes a village.\u2019 It really does take a village to get a football program rolling in my opinion,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cThe more people we can get involved that are looking out for the kids\u2019 well-being and best interest, the better off we are going to be.\u201d

DuPage stopped short of saying the Panthers will feature a passing offense, even though he threw for 4,866 yards between 2005 and 2007 at St. Ambrose. UT ran a mainly option-oriented offense last year while going 1-8.

\u201cWe are going to be multiple,\u201d DuPage said. \u201cI am going to take the offensive playbook I am bringing and we\u2019re going to be able to, based on our strength as a team, to decide if we are going to be able to throw the ball.

\u201cI have a background where I threw the ball a lot at Pekin (High School) and at St. Ambrose, so I want to get some passing aspects into the program.

\u201cIt doesn\u2019t mean the only thing I am going to do is pass the ball all over the field, but there will be some aspects in there.\u201d

DuPage, who led the UT sophomores to a 3-6 record last year, can\u2019t wait to get to work.

\u201cIt\u2019s extremely exciting,\u201d he said. \u201cI know it will be a little bit of a process. It\u2019s kind of late to be a brand new head coach. I am hoping that all the extra detail I put into my interview package will help out. I think I have pretty much all the summer mapped out all the way to the first game.\u201d

When the Panthers take the field next fall at Soule Bowl, it will be on an artificial grass surface, surrounded by a new six-lane track, part of a project that also was approved Monday by the school board.

The project will get under way May 22 with most of it to be completed by Aug. 18. UT\u2019s varsity football team will eventually practice on it. Soccer will continue to play at the Panther Pitch.

The bid was awarded to Valley Construction. The project is being paid for out of capital improvement bonds sold a couple of years earlier and by a (Tax Increment Financing district) surplus, Pustelnik said.

DuPage is pleased with the addition.

\u201cThe new sports turf they have out is playing even more like grass,\u201d he said. \u201cI think the kids will enjoy it a little better. It plays faster.\u201d

But what really excites him is the opportunity he\u2019s been given. Expect an offense to eventually be exciting, too.

\u201cIt will be different,\u201d concluded DuPage. \u201cI think it will be an exciting brand of football. Anybody who comes to the games I think they are going to enjoy watching it.\u201d

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Athletes of the week

Erica Loussaert

School:\u00a0North Scott

Sport:\u00a0Track and field

Year:\u00a0Senior

Loussaert accounted for three victories last Thursday at the Egger-Roberson Bettendorf ABC Invitational. She leaped a career-best 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump to earn a spot in this week's Drake Relays. Loussaert also prevailed in the 100 hurdles and anchored the Lancers to a win in shuttle hurdle relay.\u00a0

Courtney Lindsey

School:\u00a0Rock Island

Sport:\u00a0Track and field

Year:\u00a0Junior

Lindsey was the only local runner to win three events last Friday at the Rock Island Invitational. He prevailed in the 100 in 11.09 seconds and the 200 in 22.5 seconds along with anchoring the victorious 800 relay in the A Division. Those individual times are close to the state-qualifying minimum.\u00a0

Lauren Rice

School:\u00a0Morrison

Sport:\u00a0Softball

Year:\u00a0Senior

Rice was productive in the circle and at the plate for Morrison in its 8-0 win over Erie-Prophetstown on Saturday. The Missouri recruit pitched a three-hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Rice delivered three hits with a run scored and three RBI. She pitched a two-hitter Monday versus Fulton.

Teams of the week

Assumption boys soccer

Last week:\u00a0Won Catholic tournament in Cedar Rapids

The Knights upended three state-ranked foes, including top-ranked Dyersville Beckman and second-ranked Iowa City Regina, to capture the Catholic tournament in Cedar Rapids. Assumption, which has won six straight, did not surrender a goal in the three matches. In fact, the Knights handed Beckman its first defeat in 48 matches. Sam Moore had the lone goal in the match.\u00a0

Moline baseball

Last week:\u00a0Swept Rock Island in conference doubleheader

The Maroons used great pitching, excellent fielding and timely hitting Saturday to upend Rock Island, 1-0 and 3-1, on the Rocks' home field. Pitcher Jordan Benson improved to 5-0 on the spring with a three-hitter that featured nine strikeouts. Cody Daniels yielded only one run in 5 2/3 innings in Game 2. Moline is 12-5 overall and leads the Western Big Six at 5-1.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley girls tennis

Last week:\u00a0Claimed North Scott girls invitational

Coach Eric Crawford's team did not lose a match in capturing the eight-team North Scott Lancer Invitational last Saturday. PV, which had 9-0 dual triumphs over Davenport North and Clinton earlier in the week, won all six singles flights and all three doubles flights to accumulate a perfect score of 27. For the season, the Spartans are 9-0 in duals and have won 79 of 81 matches.

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