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Baseball can be a crazy game.

Just ask anyone who witnessed Alleman\u2019s double-header sweep of Moline \u2014by scores of 5-2 and 1-0 \u2014 on\u00a0Thursday at Gerard\u2019s Field.

Moline\u2019s previously undefeated Jordan Benson was cruising along Thursday, pitching as though it was really a Saturday when Big Six games are typically played (the twin bill had been moved up to beat a forecast that calls for rain Saturday). Benson, who came in 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Six, was leading Alleman 2-1 after allowing one run on one hit, walking one and striking out four through five innings.

Then Alleman, which had gone hitless since Sam Mattecheck\u2019s leadoff double in the first, decided to utilize the bunt. Ninth-place hitter Brendan Hird put down a bunt for a single. Mattecheck walked and Chase VanDerGinst, one of the Pioneers\u2019 better hitters, laid down a perfect bunt down the third-base line and did not even draw a throw. A wild pitch scored Hird with the tying run, putting Pioneer runners on second and third. A high pop to short saw the umpire call infield fly, which did not apply since no force play could happen. For some reason Maroon shortstop Brody Harding let the ball drop. After some discussion, it was ruled no out and the bases were loaded.

The tie was then broken when Alleman\u2019s Luke Trondson was a victim of catcher\u2019s interference, giving him first base and moving everyone up a base, giving a 3-2 Alleman lead.

The Pioneers finally got the ball out of the infield on Collin Rogiers single to left, bringing home another run, and they added one more on a ground out by Kyle Portner.

Liam McConville pitched the last two innings to get the win.

\u201cKind of a crazy sixth inning how they got all their runs,\u201d said Moline coach Craig Schimmel. \u201cOne ball left the infield and they score four runs. That\u2019s baseball sometimes.\u201d

For Alleman coach, Jerry Burkhead, it wasn\u2019t all that crazy.

\u201cWe just thought, \u2018let\u2019s get something going offensively; let\u2019s get some bunts down,\u2019\u201d Burkhead said. \u201cWe laid down two great bunts; we had good approaches at the plate. Good things can happen.

\u201cYeh, it was (a crazy inning). But laying bunts down, we practice that stuff.\u201d

The second game was no secret as to what happened, as Alleman one-hit Moline for a 1-0 win in eight innings.

Mattecheck had a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings before Dan Anderson smacked a double down the left-field line. Mattecheck needed a great play by left-fielder Evan Spurgetis for the last out of the seventh. An inning later, he led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by VanDerGinst, moved to third on a wild pitch. Two walks later, Tommy Boland\u2019s sacrifice fly to left center, allowed Mattecheck to easily score, making a winner out of reliever Erik Hoffman and sending the Pioneers (15-9, 5-3 in the conference) into celebration.

\u201cOur pitching was phenomenal all day,\u201d Burkhead said. \u201cIt gave us a chance to do it today and we were able to get it done.\u201d

Mattecheck walked three and struck out six while allowing one hit through seven innings before scoring the winning run in the eighth.

\u201cMattecheck threw a great game, so you got to tip your cap to him,\u201d Schimmel said. \u201cSophomore kid goes out there and basically dominated the game until we get one base-runner and a guy makes a great a catch in the top of the seventh to probably save the game.\u201d

Mattecheck, who was basically right at the 105-pitch limit, so he did not return for the 8th, admitted he was disappointed to lose the no-hitter. \u201cA little bit, but I knew I had to keep them from scoring a run,\u201d he said. \u201cLuckily Evan Spurgetis made a great play out in left field.\u201d

For Alleman, the sweep was sweet. \u201cWe knew we had to sweep these guys,\u201d Mattecheck said, \u201cso we could get back in the conference race. We took care of business today.\u201d

Schimmel doesn\u2019t believe Moline\u2019s out of it with a double-header with Galesburg (5-1) next weekend. He was exasperated by Moline (12-7, 5-3) scoring only two runs in the first inning of the first game despite two hits, two hits-batsmen and a walk.

\u201cWe had opportunities \u2026 bases loaded and one out, double play ball,\u201d he said. \u201cWe told our guys, we get opportunities, we\u2019ve got to take advantage of them.\u201d

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DES MOINES \u2014 Kayla Slowick has collected a slew of medals at invitationals, conference and state-qualifying meets the past three years. The North Scott senior was missing one in a state-level meet.

She has one now.

Slowick fired the discus 127 feet, 11 inches Thursday afternoon to place third at the Drake Relays, just 16 inches behind champion Leah Dusterhoft of Iowa City West.

\u201cI\u2019m pretty proud of myself compared to how I\u2019ve done the years before,\u201d Slowick said. \u201cI\u2019ve really come a long way.\u201d

It easily topped Slowick\u2019s past performances on the state stage. She was 17th and 10th, respectively, the past two years at the Class 4A state meet, and 22nd last season at Drake.

The placing wasn\u2019t the only vast improvement. She threw the discus 11 feet farther than she has at any point competing in the discus ring outside of Drake Stadium.

Slowick surpassed 120 feet on four of her six attempts. Her best throw, 127-11, came on the final attempt of the preliminaries. The best toss she could muster in the finals was 121-11.

\u201cI haven\u2019t been very consistent up here in the past,\u201d she said. \u201cToday and the past few meets, I\u2019ve been more consistent.\u201d

Urged by one of her teachers to give throwing a whirl as a freshman, it has turned into a love. She will continue to compete next year at the University of Dubuque.

She plans to make a shadow box with all her track medals.

\u201cThis is number one,\u201d she said.

Calamus-Wheatland\u2019s Cole Moeller, a two-time Class 1A state high jump champion, placed fourth after clearing 6-7.

Moeller was uncertain if he would even participate after sustaining a left Achilles injury (his jumping foot) last Thursday.

After some rest late last week, Moeller tweaked it again Tuesday in practice. He visited ORA Orthopedics in Bettendorf on Wednesday.

\u201cIt was in a spot where they said it was safe for me to jump,\u201d Moeller said, \u201cbut I was afraid all day. I could feel it after the long car ride. It was testy.

\u201cUnfortunately, I wasn\u2019t at a 100 percent to win the white flag.\u201d

Moeller cleared 6-1, passed at 6-3 and sailed over 6-5 on his first try. He jumped over the bar at 6-7 on his second attempt but never could get over 6-9, which would have matched his season best. Oskaloosa\u2019s J\u2019Von Harris won with a leap of 6-9.

\u201cIt proves to myself even when I\u2019m not at my best, I can still go out and clear some quality heights,\u201d Moeller said. \u201cI\u2019m pretty bummed I wasn\u2019t 100 percent, but it is better than not competing at all.\u201d

Louisa-Muscatine\u2019s Lani Hillard earned a medal with a sixth-place finish in the long jump. Hillard, who will continue her track and field career at St. Ambrose, jumped 17-2. It was her first Drake Relays medal.

The top five finishers were all from 3A or 4A schools.

\u201cI think it shows me that I can do more than what I think I can do,\u201d Hillard said. \u201cIt gives me more confidence, especially going into the rest of the year.\u201d

Pleasant Valley\u2019s Konnor Sommer, making his Drake Relays debut, was ninth in the 3,200 in 9:21.82. Even though he didn\u2019t medal, it was a personal-best by more than 16.5 seconds.

Sommer was in the top six through the first mile, but he couldn\u2019t sustain the pace. Cedar Falls\u2019 Sam Schillinger took the white flag in 9:06.04.

\u201cThis was definitely a different experience than all the rest of the meets I\u2019ve run so far,\u201d Sommer said. \u201cIt was a really fast race, and it was really fun running with a lot of fast guys.\u201d

Bettendorf\u2019s Erin McQuillen was ninth in the long jump. Northeast\u2019s Braeden Hoyer and West Liberty\u2019s Noah Feldman tied for ninth in the high jump.

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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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