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Posted November 15, 2012
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: West Delaware fall recap

Timothy Tutton heads for the end zone against Vinton-Shellsburg. Tutton ended the season with more than 600 yards. (Brooke Vaske photo/West Delaware H.S.)

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By Riley Cole, West Delaware junior

A look back at the fall season at West Delaware High School:

Boys’ cross country

Greg Rodgers, head coach, appreciated the hard work of the boys’ cross country team.

“The season for them was very successful,” Rodgers said. “It laid down a very important base to build on for next year.”

West Delaware junior Zach Meyer works to improve his time at the Starmton Invitational. (Kaitlin Pauls photo/West Delaware H.S.)

Multiple athletes improved their time from the beginning of the season to the end. Freshman Jacob Gasper dropped five minutes off of his time. Freshman Christian Schneiders set two school and conference records.

In addition, junior Nick Sailer ran the best time on the varsity team at 17:18 and also set six school and conference records.

Girls’ cross country

The girls’ cross country team also had an outstanding season. The team’s best finish was at the Vinton-Shellsburg Invitational, where varsity took fourth place.

Freshman Janna Utter runs for West Delaware at the Starmont Invitational, where she clocked a season-best 16:52. (Kaitlin Pauls photo/West Delaware H.S.)

Sophomore Michaela Downs had the best time on varsity with a 16:38.

“The girls made great gains from the beginning of the season to the end,” Coach Ben Moser said.


The football team made the playoffs once again, ending the season with a 7-3 record.

They also added to the record books in a variety of ways. Ryan Dudak (12) set a record for the most rushing yards in one game, with 274 yards against Oelwein, and for the most points per game, with 14.2 points. Adam Reth (12) set a record for tackles for loss for a career with a total of 33.5.

The team outscored its opponents 294–130.


The volleyball team returned to the state tournament for the second time in three years after narrowly beating Dubuque Wahlert in five sets in a regional final.

“It was really nice to see everyone there at the regional game,” senior Cassie Vaske said.

West Delaware junior Paige Soppe bumps the ball to the setter during the state volleyball tournament in Cedar Rapids. (Kaitlin Pauls photo/West Delaware H.S.)

The Hawks lost to Sioux City Bishop Heelan in the state quarterfinals at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Nov. 7 in four sets.

Senior Leslie Hoffmann led the team with 397 kills and tied sophomore Haley Morrison with 38 ace serves. Junior Madison Coates led the team in assists with 490.

The Hawks ended with a 31–12 record.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to go out with my senior year,” Vaske said.



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