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Posted November 12, 2009
Thurs. notebook: Farewell for Schaller-Crestland?

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most likely, this is the last hurrah for Schaller-Crestland. In any sport.

The Wildcats lengthened their stay at the state volleyball tournament Thursday, sweeping New London in a Class 1A quarterfinal.

Volleyball is the only sport in which Schaller-Crestland is playing independently this school year. The school will share all other sports with Galva-Holstein.

It’s likely the schools will merge next year.

“It’s not finalized, but that’s the plan,” said Wildcats Coach Marilyn Murra.

Third-rated Schaller-Crestland (32-3) meets No. 4 Treynor in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday. If the Wildcats prevail, a championship meeting with top-ranked and defending champion Tripoli is likely.

Tripoli is coached by Murra’s nephew, Will Baumann.

“I’m not going that far,” Murra said. “All I’m thinking about is Treynor.”

A-Team brings its ‘A’ game

Alex. Anne. Alaina. Abby. Allison. Audrey.

Those are the first names of the starters from Don Bosco. In all, nine of the 14 Dons have first names that start with “A.”

The Dons were A-OK in their sweep of LeMars Gehlen Thursday.

When we were in middle school, people noticed that,” said setter Abby Breitbach. They called us The A-Team.”

Don Bosco meets Iowa Star Conference rival Tripoli in a 1A semifinal Friday. The Panthers beat the Dons twice this season. Both meetings were close.

“It’s always a great match,” Breitbach said. “We have a lot of respect for them.”

The MVC takes aim

The Central Iowa Metro League has won four of the last five 4A championships.

Three of them have been claimed by Ankeny, the league’s lone semifinalist. The other three (Iowa City West, Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Dubuque Hempstead) are from the Mississippi Valley Conference.

“It would be nice for one of the three of us to win it,” said West Coach Kathy Bresnahan. “It would be nice for both of the finalists to be wearing green on Saturday.”

West meets Kennedy in Friday’s semifinals; Hempstead faces Ankeny.

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