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Pleasant Valley sophomore Maddy Minard (550) approaches the finish at the Spartan Invitational last month. Minard and the Spartans join Bettendorf as the favorites at this week's conference cross country meet in Burlington.

The Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley girls cross country teams have traded spots in meets and the state rankings most of the fall.

Another tight race is expected to unfold Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Athletic Conference meet.

Held at Flint Hills Golf Course in Burlington, Bettendorf and PV are the favorites along with Muscatine and North Scott. The four were separated by just eight points — Bettendorf 69, PV 70, Muscatine 73 and North Scott 77 — two weeks ago at the Muscatine Invitational.

PV beat Bettendorf on Saturday in Sterling, 106-162. North Scott, meanwhile, edged Muscatine for the title at the Central DeWitt Invitational last week.

In the latest state rankings, Bettendorf is eighth, PV ninth and Muscatine 13th.

"You never know what to expect," Bettendorf's Ally Gallagher said after the Muscatine Invitational. "I'm really excited to see how it falls. Hopefully it falls in our favor."

The Bulldogs won last year's MAC meet by a tiebreaker over Muscatine. They return four runners from that team, including Gallagher.

PV has three girls in the state's top 30 with Mallory Lafever, Maddie Minard and Addie Swanson.

Assumption senior Joy Ripslinger, ranked fifth in Class 3A, is the individual favorite along with Muscatine senior Brina Kraft.

PV's boys are the overwhelming favorite to capture an 11th league title. Nicholas Yanek is expected to repeat as conference champion.

The varsity girls race is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the boys to follow at 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball schedule adjusted: This is the final week of the regular season for MAC volleyball teams. With postseason play beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19, the last night of conference matches has been moved up.

Muscatine and Clinton will play Thursday night in Muscatine, while the remaining four league matches will be held Monday, Oct. 17.

Bettendorf can earn the outright championship with a win at home against Davenport Central. Pleasant Valley and Assumption, tied for second place, square off at Assumption.

Wriedt in national rankings: North Scott wrestling standout Wyatt Wriedt, a Nebraska recruit, is ranked 14th in the country at 220 pounds to start the season by FloWrestling.

Wriedt, a state champion at 220 last winter after upsetting Southeast Polk's Ethan Andersen in the finals, is one of 10 Iowa high school wrestlers ranked nationally by the publication.

Pool records fall: After Pleasant Valley diver Claire Park set a pool record last Tuesday in a dual meet against Bettendorf, she established another pool mark Saturday.

Park compiled an 11-dive score of 416.75 at the 22nd annual United Township Panther Invitational in East Moline. It was a meet and pool record.

The reigning state champion is ranked second in the state this season for six dives (310.35) and fourth in 11 dives (430.15).


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.