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By Chase Lynn, Dubuque Senior junior
DUBUQUE – The 2012 fall sports season at Dubuque Senior will be one to remember.
The cross country, football and girls’ swimming teams had a lot of success.
“All the teams kept improving throughout the season, which culminated in the success at the end of the season,” said athletics director Brent Cook.
The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for the state meet in Fort Dodge, with the boys placing fifth place and the girls 14th. Senior Dylan Eigenberger, who finished second, was the only Ram to place as an individual.
The girls’ swimming team also qualified for the state meet in Marshalltown. The Rams finished in eighth place, broke seven school records and medaled several events. Senior Autum Roepsch finished fifth in the 200 individual medley and junior Molly Lembezeder finished fourth in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 free. Roepsch and Lembezeder also were on the 200 medley relay team that finished seventh with the help of junior Olivia Knowles and sophomore Carolyn Davis. The 200 free relay team finished fouth with the help of Roepsch, Lembezeder, Knowles and freshman Jenna WIller.
“I feel like our team did outstanding this season and placing eighth was a huge accomplishment for us,” Knowles said.
The Rams’ football team, which had one of the best seasons ever in Senior history, finished the season with a 7-3 record and was eliminated in the first round of the state playoffs.
“I think we were all pretty happy how the season went, but then again disappointed in how it ended,” said Coach Dale Ploessl.
With all the success of these teams, many coaches and athletes believed that momentum was passed on from one to another.
“When one group of students experiences success their positive energy and enthusiasm becomes infectious,” girls’ cross country coach Louis Fischer said. “That has certainly been the case at Senior this fall.”
“It really helps to see other sports succeeding. I think it gave our guys some energy that gave them an advantage,” Ploessl.
Reaching successful heights was certainly not done by just one person.
“I think it’s a combination of coaches, students and effort,” Cook said. “Success of one team can carry from one team to another and I think that was evident this fall.”
Though many of the coaches were busy with their own teams, they still found time to keep track of other teams at Senior.
“Not only did we have a good season, but I also saw how well the girls’ swimming and both cross country teams did,” Ploessl said. “I think its great for the school.”
Student-athletes will help to carry the success and momentum into the winter sports season.
“I have never been prouder to be a Ram and a Ram fan,” Fischer said. “I am proud of all our collective accomplishments and I can’t wait to see what the winter and spring sports do with the momentum from this amazing fall season.”