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2018-19

MAQUOKETA

Every shot. Every dribble. Every fan. Every supporter.


It all culminated into a magical season for the
Maquoketa High School boys basketball team.
This section celebrates just what made
A MAGICAL RUN
the 2018-19 Cardinals a team to remember.

A SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE EDITION


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T
he whoosh of the pass. The thunk of
the ball bouncing off the hardwood. Emmett #1 Kane #2 Connor #3 Nicholas #5 Brady #10 Macklin #11 Caiden #15
The clank of the ball if it bounces Sheets SO Kopp SR Becker SO Ehlinger SR Digman SO Shanahan SR Atienza SO
off the rim. The swish when the
ball finds nothing but net. The cheers as the
Cards score.
Those sounds and others dominated
Maquoketa’s airwaves this winter as the
Cardinals boys basketball team advanced
through one of its best seasons in decades.
This commemorative section celebrates
the team’s numerous accomplishments. It
honors the determined work ethic of a group
of boys, many of whom have played together Chase #20 Abe #21 Clayton #23 Kannon #24 Kaiden #32 Nathan #33 Ben #35
since third grade, and the coaching staff who Gruenwald JR Becker SR Widel JR Coakley SO Scott SR Watters SR Wagner SR
helped them succeed.
Community members cheered for their
young heroes and packed the 1,600-capacity
home gym many times as the team compiled
win after win.
Support ran high even after the team’s sub-
state loss. We approached families, businesses
and civic organizations to sponsor ads con-
gratulating the team, and most eagerly did.
We’ve enjoyed following and reporting on
James #42 Quentyn #50 Head Coach Asst. Coach Asst. Coach Asst. Coach Asst. Coach
the team’s growth and the level of excitement
Linden SR Huebbe SR Matt Hartman Brian Aunan Chance Jenkins Mark Petersen Jon Ernst
it generated in this small town. Through the
team, we grew together as a community. The
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Great season,
Cardinals!
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Kane Beck.Je.
Kopp #21 r Nathan
#2
Watters
Kaide Nicholas #33
Scot n Ehlinger
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Huebben
Macklin #50
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Wagner #11
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Chase Widel
gruenwald #23
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Coak 4 Emmett
#2 Brady
Digmann Sheets
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Congratulations 2018-19 Maquoketa Cardinals Varsity Basketball Team

WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU!


WITH LOVE FROM YOUR BIGGEST FANS...
YOUR CARDINAL PARENTS & FAMILIES
2018-19 MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY BASKETBALL COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
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COACHING THE CARDINALS

This gang of
athletes started
their basketball
careers together
in third grade as
the Red Dogs.
Shown, left to
right, getting
ready to play in
eighth grade as
the Cardinals
are Macklin
Shanahan, A.J.
Becker, Nicholas
Ehlinger, Kane
Kopp and Nathan
Watters.

Contributed photo

Signed, sealed and delivered...


Maquoketa coaching beginning.”
Included in those early-career practices

decisions shaped were communication lessons. To better their


on-court communication, Shanahan would

winning season
play music at a loud volume. That way, the
boys would need to yell over the music and

G
thus become comfortable with that on-court
By NICK JOOS talk.
Shanahan said his practices included two
ame one, 2016. main rules:
The signs started appearing. n Communication is key — listening was
The Maquoketa Cardinals Contributed photo the most important skill
traveled to Center Point- Bob Shanahan (left) is pictured with “the gang” on senior night. He instilled the n Stevie Wonder is a musical genius
Urbana and started the season fundamentals of the game starting in third grade. Shown left to right are Shanahan, Hours were spent ingraining those lessons
with a lopsided 72-39 loss. It wasn’t pretty. A.J. Becker, Nathan Watters, Macklin Shanahan, Kane Kopp and Nicholas Ehlinger. into the boys’ brains.
In that game, senior Abe Kinrade led the The boys would announce — or yell
scoring effort with 14 points. Second on the fair-haired point guard — put the ball on the points in his high school career this season — screens, switches and defensive assign-
team, though, was a sophomore shooting floor with a nifty behind-the-back dribble, while setting school records along the way. ments over “Sir Duke” and “Signed, Sealed,
guard. He scored eight points off the bench, dropped a shoulder, and put in a contested Shanahan led the team in rebounds, assists, Delivered.”
including a 2-3 shooting effort from behind layup. He was fouled and made the free steals and blocks, and Kopp’s defensive “You have to know who you are defend-
the three-point line. throw to boot. intensity held star competitors like Marion’s ing and who the other guys are defending,”
By the second game of that season, A.J. Macklin Shanahan’s first handful of var- Will Henricksen and Mount Vernon’s Shanahan said. “That’s a basic, fundamental
Becker was in the starting lineup, and has sity points helped set the tone for the rest of Keaton Kutcher well under their season thing.”
been there ever since. his career: timely, aggressive, and calculated. scoring averages. Watters played a key role Shanahan’s influence extended through
Game two, 2016. At that time, it may have been difficult for under the basket snagging rebounds, and their early years. As the boys improved,
The hosting Cardinals welcomed Cardinals fans stuck in the midst of a losing Ehlinger’s work as backup point guard was they played on the Amateur Athletic Union
Independence, a rebuilding team in its own season to find a silver lining; the team fin- vital to the Cardinals keeping their momen- (AAU) circuit. They grew up together.
right. The game was close throughout and ished 6-16 at the bottom of the WaMaC East. tum in games while starters rested. Maquoketa Activities Director Tom
Maquoketa held a three-point lead entering But, the future of Maquoketa basketball In doing all that, the boys basketball team Gruenwald — in addition to Hartman —
halftime. was on display. helped develop a winning culture in a pro- credits Bob Shanahan for helping the players
Then the third quarter happened. Two games into their high school career, gram looking to find direction. learn the game.
The Cardinals came out firing. Kinrade hit those sophomores — who were joined by But, it took an army. “I think when you find a group like this,
a trey from the corner, and the crowd jumped post player Nathan Watters and point guard there’s usually a guy behind them like Bob
to its feet. Nicholas Ehlinger —introduced themselves Building skills
Shanahan,” Gruenwald said. “They got start-
After a Cardinals’ defensive stop, they to the Cardinal faithful early. One member of that army is Stevland
Hardaway Morris, or more commonly ed on the ground floor early, and he did a
took the ball. Another sophomore guard — Head coach Matt Hartman, who in 2016 great job of teaching them the game.”
this time a lefty — claimed a spot at the top was beginning his first season at the helm of known as 25-time Grammy winner Stevie
Wonder. Shanahan’s ability to coach the funda-
of the key. His defender gave him space. the Cardinals’ program following a stint in mentals — dribbling, blocking shots, etc.
The guard, who was also the shortest player the same role at Midland, said his decision to It was the kids’ third-grade year when
— allowed Hartman to begin developing a
on the court at the time, pulled back and give the sophomores significant playing time Bob Shanahan, Macklin’s dad, first got
system to fit their strengths.
launched a 25-footer. right off the bat was an important one. ahold of them. Shanahan and the boys would
“He deserves a lot of credit for building
Swish. “I tried to stay out of their way and let practice in the Maquoketa Middle School
their habits,” Hartman said. “Once I got this
The Cardinals led by nine, and the crowd them play,” Hartman said. gymnasium. Early on Shanahan emphasized
group there wasn’t a whole lot of things I
was screaming in jubilation. Two years later, that sentiment seems to the importance of fundamentals.
had to correct or change. He deserves a lot
Kane Kopp had arrived. have paid dividends. The 20-3 Cardinals “They were just great teammates from
of credit.”
In that same game, with the score tied at rolled through their WaMaC East schedule. Day 1,” Shanahan said. “I think that’s
six early on, a third sophomore — a lanky, Leading scorer Becker celebrated 1,000 been the solid part of that group since the COACHING | PAGE 5

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COACHING THE CARDINALS

Lining the
bench are
12th-grade
Cardinals
A.J. Becker,
Macklin
Shanahan,
Nathan Watters,
Kane Kopp and
Nicholas Ehlinger.
The team finished
its senior season
20-3, the best
Maquoketa has
seen in quite a
few years.

Contributed photo

Seniors crank it up for last season


Continued from page 4 spring. That’s an area where Bob Shanahan how you play. It was a huge psychological
On top of fundamentals, the boys learned fit in. advantage. We can tell the kids have gotten
defensive intensity under Shanahan’s tute- “I think it’s important, because when you bigger and faster and stronger.”
lage. Hartman said that, during practices, if get a limited time with [the players], we can
only do so much with them,” Hartman said. Building relationships
the defense was lackluster, Shanahan would Training together also built relationships
make players put the ball at half court and “Once the season is over we don’t get them
until summer. So, if they’re working but amongst the players and coaches.
they’d only play defense. Hartman said that’s important to a team’s
don’t have a true plan it can be detrimental.
To that end, in 2018-19 the Cardinals success.
Not only are we working hard, but we need
allowed opponents to score 60 points or “We spent a lot of time outside the court
to work smart. Bob was great with that.”
more only three times. getting to know each other,” he said. “That’s
The summer practice schedule is not con-
Hartman credits the thing I will miss the most about these
sistent. Yet, Shanahan said the boys deserve
Kopp for evolving guys. All of them were great kids. They had
credit for continuing their workouts in the
into a plus defender. year’s warmest months. such an impact on my life, not just coaching
“When he first “Nobody was watching, and nobody knew but personally as well.”
started playing varsi- what they are doing. But they were going to Hartman said getting to know the athletes
“Nobody was ty he was a shooter. the weight room or shooting or working on on a personal level helped him understand
He spread the floor dribbling drills,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes
watching, and what their skills — as well as limitations —
nobody knew what and opened up things they organized and did them together. were on the court.
for other guys. The Nobody made them go. They just did it.”
they are doing. “They knew I was sincere and I was trying
last two years he’s That practice consistency has translated
But they were to put them in the best position possible,”
going to the weight become more,” to the basketball court, where Macklin is, at Hartman said.
Hartman said. “He times, an extension of Hartman and what he
room or shooting Now that the season has come to a close,
plays with such great expects.
or working on
heart. He attacks
Photo by Brooke Taylor Hartman hopes those relationships don’t
dribbling drills. “He was so in-tune in the time we spent Coach Matt Hartman calls to his disappear. However, there’s little doubt the
everything with great together; he knew what I wanted. I didn’t
Sometimes they passion. He’s one of players to execute a play during the team’s impact on the community will be
organized and did have to relay a lot of messages,” Hartman final game of the 2018-19 season. felt for years to come. He said one season
those guys who is said.
them together. going to fight every like 2018-19 can steer a program into a new
Nobody made In a competitive setting, when the going in practices that he was one of our better dimension.
second on the floor. gets tough, a player-coach relationship is players and he could become a special
them go. They just He’s usually the “[Younger] kids were excited about bas-
key. player.”
did it.” smallest guy on the ketball,” Hartman said. “Not only were there
“I think that’s vitally important. We only The team’s success also cannot be dis-
floor and that didn’t kids coming to games, but adults, too. Young
— Bob Shanahan get five timeouts a game, and it’s not like cussed without considering Colton Feller’s
bother him. He was football where we can call a huddle after kids were coming up to Macklin,
impact. The Maquoketa strength and condi-
willing to get after each play. There are a lot of live-action deci- tioning coach was hired in 2016 to imple- A. J., Kane, and Nathan and all of [their
it. This year he took a huge stride in his sions that need to be made, and to have that ment workout regimens throughout all ath- teammates] to get autographs after games.
defense putting pressure on other people’s relationship with a point guard is phenome- letic programs. “[The players] rejuvenated some kids, and
guards.” nal. I can put trust in him.” Gruenwald said he knew Feller’s impact became their heroes. Those [younger] kids
Macklin Shanahan’s play is also reflective And Becker’s shooting prowess can be wouldn’t be noticed immediately, but it can picture themselves being a part of a win-
of that defensive prioritization; he was third partially credited to his devotion to putting began to trickle into practices and then into ning team.”
in the WaMaC with 26 blocked shots this up shots in the summer. games. “The young kids who showed up to our
season despite not playing a post position on “I saw the potential in him,” Hartman “I think you really saw that payoff,” basketball games and sat behind that bench
defense. said of the 2016 verion of A.J. Becker. “He Gruenwald said. “We knew it was going to are incredible,” Gruenwald said. “I’m not
The team’s attitude, and culture, can be could obviously shoot the ball with the best take a little while.” sure I’ve seen a basketball team have that
attributed to practicing all year round. Per of them … his range is unlimited. I’ve never “We made a lot of gains athletically,” kind of impact on our elementary kids. It
Iowa high school rules, Hartman cannot seen a high school kid with his range and Hartman said. “We got stronger and quicker shows what kind of people they are. They
coach the team in any capacity in the fall or accuracy. But, I saw other areas of his game and in better shape. That has a lot to do with had time for all those kids.”

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WEEK OF DEC. 5, 2018


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
A.J.

BECKER
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
Parents: Darci and Kary Becker
Playing position: Guard

When did you start playing


basketball? How old were you?
I probably started playing when I was 3 or 4.
But I started traveling ball in 4th grade. Photos by Harv Hansen
Kane Kopp, center, clears two Independence defenders as he dribbles the ball down the court. Standing by him
What are your first memories are teammates Macklin Shanahan and A.J. Becker.

Cardinal basketball teams


of the game? My first memories of the
game go back to me playing on my “Little
Tikes” hoop in my basement every day.

earn 3-0 records


What were your expectations
going into the 2018-19 season?
My expectations were to make it to state.
I thought we would be good.

What is your highlight of the


season and why? My highlight of Becker, Shanahan
the season was cutting down the nets and
seeing so much of the community at all our lead team in scoring
games, especially the DeWitt ones.
By HARV HANSEN
What were the keys to the Sports Editor
hhansen@mspress.net
Cardinals’ success this season?
The keys were our defense, chemistry, and VINTON-SHELLSBURG — Both
all the hard work and time put in over the Maquoketa Cardinals boys and girls
years. basketball teams started the young sea-
son with 3-0 records.
Will you play basketball after That has not happened since the girls
high school? I plan on playing college started playing full-court, 5-on-5 bas- Connor Becker snags a rebound
basketball somewhere, not sure where yet. ketball in 1985, or at least as far back early in the Cardinal season.
as 1980, according to Jack Marlowe,
What lessons have you learned Maquoketa sports historian. Widel 1. FG — 25-55. FT — 8-15. 3PT—
playing basketball? I have learned the 9-26
Friday night the boys hosted
lessons of hard work, determination, staying Independence in their home opener.
humble, being respectful, practice, etc. Maquoketa 75
The Cardinals started slow, turning over Independence 53
the ball on the first two possessions
What is your advice to that kid (At Maquoketa Nov. 30)
while Indy made its first two shots to Ind. (0-2) 11 17 6 19—53
all alone on the playground who
lead 4-0. Maq. (2-0) 19 25 12 19—75
keeps shooting the basketball
But once the Cardinals got going they Points — A.J. Becker 24; Macklin
and missing? It’s okay, it may be tough
now but just keep working on it little by little. It
never let up, outscoring the Mustangs Shanahan14; Kane Kopp 8; Connor Becker
7; Nathan Watters 7; Caiden Atienza 5;
won’t be an easy path, but it will be worth it. 19-11 in the first quarter and never Macklin Shanahan prepares to go Nicholas Ehlinger 4; Clayton Widel 4; James
looking back. up for two points inside the paint. Linden 2. Rebounds — Shanahan 11; A.
What word(s) sums up the 2018- Macklin Shanahan recorded a dou- Becker 6; Watters 6; C. Becker 5; Ehlinger
19 season? Magical. ble-double by grabbing 11 rebounds to the Cardinals’ 13. The Cardinals 5; Atienza 4; Widel 4; Koop 3; Linden 1;
along with his 13 points. recorded 17 assists on 22 made baskets.
Kaiden Scott 1. Assists — Shanahan 7;
Kopp 2; Ehlinger 2; C. Becker. Steals —
The Cardinals had a quick turn- The Cardinals next play Friday at Shanahan 2; A. Becker 2; C. Becker 1.
around, playing Saturday afternoon at South Tama and Dec. 11 at home vs. Blocks — C. Becker 1. FG — 26-53. FT —
Davenport West. Maquoketa played a Mount Vernon. 17-24. 3PT —6-21
boys and girls quad Dec. 1 with the JV Maquoketa 78
girls starting it off at noon followed by Maquoketa 67 Davenport West 58
the JV boys and both varsity teams. Vinton-Shellsburg 42
(Davenport West Dec. 1)
A.J. Becker scored 20 points M (1-0) 18 9 29 11—67 M (3-0) 16 19 16 27 — 78
Saturday afternoon. Caiden Atienza had V (0-1) 4 11 13 14—42 D (0-1) 14 11 7 26 — 58
Points — A.J. Becker 19; Macklin
18 and Shanahan chipped in 12 points. Shanahan 13; Connor Becker 9; Kane
Points — A.J. Becker 20; Caiden Atienza
Both teams played tough man-to- 18; Kane Kopp 13; Macklin Shanahan
Kopp 8; Nicholas Ehlinger 7; Caiden 12; Connor Becker 7; Nathan Watters
man defense all night. The Cardinals Atienza 6; Nathan Watters 3; Clayton Widel 6; Nicholas Ehlinger 2. Rebounds —
were 31-38 for 81.6 percent at the free 2. Rebounds — Shanahan 7; Watters Shanahan 10; Watters 7; Atienza 6;
throw line. Davenport West pressured 6; Atienza 4; Widel 4; Kopp 3; A. Becker Ehlinger 5; A. Becker 4; C. Becker 1.
full court, forcing 21 Cardinals turn- 3; Ehlinger 2; Assists — A. Becker 5; Assists — Shanahan 6; Kopp 3; A. Becker
Shanahan 4; Kopp 4; C. Becker 2; Atienza 3; Watters 3; C. Becker 2. Steals — Kopp
overs to West’s 23. West scored 16 1; Chase Gruenwald 1. Steals — A. Becker 4; Shanahan 3; C. Becker 1; Ehlinger 1.
points off turnovers. 4; Shanahan 3; Ehlinger 3; C. Becker 2; Blocks — Shanahan 2. FG — 22-41. FT —
West committed 27 fouls compared Kopp 1. Blocks — Shanahan 2; Atienza 1; 31-38. 3PT — 3-11.

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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
Undefeated Cardinals snag NICHOLAS
No. 2 Class 3A ranking EHLINGER
5-0 season start is Age: 18
best since 1978-79 Grade: Senior
Parents: Lynn and Sharon
Playing position: Guard
By HARV HANSEN
Sports Editor
hhansen@mspress.net
When did you start playing
basketball? How old were you?
It’s been a few years — 39, actually I started playing on the “Red Dogs” travel
— since the Maquoketa Cardinals boys team in the 3rd grade with Coach Bob
basketball team was ranked in the top Shanahan. He taught us the fundamentals,
10 and since the team held an unbeaten helped us have fun while learning,
record early in the year. encouraged us when we didn’t believe we
could win, and helped us respect the game.
But the Cards continued their win-
ning ways last week, notching two What are your first memories of
more wins to keep their record perfect the game? We learned to play together,
at 5-0 in the young season. win and lose together as a team. Most times
As a result, Coach Matt Hartman whether we won or lost, we celebrated the
and the Cardinals find themselves improvements in our game, successful plays,
ranked second in Class 3A, accord- and helped each other grow as ball players.
ing to the Iowa Associated Press,
ahead of WaMaC Conference foe West What were your expectations
Delaware, which is ranked fifth. going into the 2018-19 season?
In the preseason, we set out to work hard,
Maquoketa’s coaches said they we learned to be unselfish as teammates,
couldn’t pinpoint any specific reason and to respect each of our roles on the court.
for the team’s success so far this year
but noted that many of the teammates What is your highlight of the
have been playing together since they season and why?
were at least in middle school. Winning the WaMaC conference title.
Hartman said his players gained a lot
of experience playing together during What were the keys to the
tournaments against 4A schools over Cardinals’ success this season?
the summer. We work hard in the off-season, we push
each other to do better individually, and to
A new offensive strategy is also motivate each other. We were fortunate
getting the ball in the hands of mul- and grateful to have Coach Hartman help us
tiple players, the coach said. Back in develop our game, he believed in each of us,
1979-80, the Cardinals started the year and helped us prepare not only physically
8-0; that was the best start in Cardinals but mentally to be the best that we could be.
history since the 1962-63 season and Throughout the season we were able to rally
one of the highest-ranked teams in a renewed sense of community support and
improved Cardinal spirit.
Cardinals history. The 1978-79 team Photos by Harv Hansen and Brooke Taylor
was ranked No. 1; that team lost the (Top) Nicholas Ehlinger applauds a play from the sideline along with What lessons have you learned
first game of the year, then won 19 teammates and coach Brian Aunan. (Above left) Nathan Watters playing basketball? It was great to
straight before losing to DeWitt in the attempts a free throw. (Above right) Alana Barker and teammates celebrate not only the wins with this team, we
district finals. perform a routine at halftime for the hometown crowd. also learned from and supported each other
Back to the 2018-19 Cardinals, A.J. after the losses.
Becker leads the team in scoring aver- age the fans to cheer on the class 3A Caiden Atienza 2. Rebounds — A. Becker
age with 22.8 points a game, shooting No. 2-ranked Maquoketa Cardinals, 7; Atienza 6; Kopp 5; Shanahan 5; Watters
What is your advice to that kid
4; Ehlinger 3. Assists — Shanahan 6; A.
60 percent from the field (30-50), and who will battle a tough schedule head- Becker 3; Kopp 2; C. Becker 1; Ehlinger 1; all alone on the playground who
57 percent from the three-point line. ing into Christmas break and the new Atienza 1; Watters.1. Steals — Shanahan keeps shooting the basketball
Becker also shoots free throws at a year. 3; Kopp 1; Atienza 1; Watters 1. Blocks — and missing? Believe in yourself, try
high success rate, going 15-17 for 88.2 This Cardinals team played Mount Shanahan 1; Atienza 1. FG — 25-45. FT — harder and work harder than the others.
7-11. 3PT — 9-19. 
percent. Vernon at home Tuesday, then will
A point guard rarely leads the team in take on the undefeated Marion Indians (At South Tama Dec. 7)
What word(s) sums up the 2018-
rebounds, but that’s the case for Macklin Friday, Dec. 14. The Maquoketa boys Maquoketa 78
19 season? Family.
Shanahan. He notched 33 rebounds for play No. 5 West Delaware (5-0) at South Tama 46
about 8.3 a game. Shanahan also aver- Manchester Dec. 12, then finish up Maq. (5-0) 20 20 15 23—78
ages 12.5 points, second-highest on the the year at home against Dyersville Tama (0-5) 14 11 8 13—46
team. He leads the team in the rest of Beckman Friday, Dec. 21. Points — A.J. Becker 33; Kane Kopp 20;
Clayton Widel 8; Nathan Watters 7; Macklin
the major categories, too: 23 assists, 11 Shanahan 4; Connor Becker 3; Caiden
(At Maquoketa Dec. 4)
steals, and five blocks. One category Atienza 3. Rebounds — Shanahan 7;
Shanahan doesn’t want to lead is turn- Maquoketa 66 Kopp 6; Watters 5; Widel 4; A. Becker 2; C.
overs. He has 19 on the season. Center Point-Urbana 56 Becker 1. Assists — Shanahan 7; Kopp 3;
But the ball is almost always in his C (1-2) 10 14 15 17—56 A. Becker 3; Watters 2; C. Becker 1; Kaiden
M (4-0) 18 15 19 14—66 Scott 1. Steals — Kopp 2; C. Becker 1;
hands as he brings the ball up when Points — A.J. Becker 28; Connor Becker Ehlinger 1; Shanahan 1; A. Becker 1;
opponents try to press. 13; Macklin Shanahan 11; Kane Kopp 5; Watters 1. Blocks — Widel 1. FG 25-21. FT
Hartman and the Cardinals encour- Nathan Watters 4; Nicholas Ehlinger 3; — 16-20. 3PT — 12-30.

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WEEK OF DEC. 19-26, 2018

Boys keep winning streak alive


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
QUENTYN

HUEBBE
By HARV HANSEN
Sports Editor
hhansen@mspress.net
The Maquoketa boys basketball team
kept their winning ways last week,
extending their winning streak to seven
Age: 18 games.
Grade: Senior Maquoketa outlasted a Mount Vernon
Parents: Rhonda and Lynn Huebbe team that pushed the Cardinals to a
Position: Center hard-fought game, but the Cardinals
pulled away in the fourth quarter.
That win set up a showdown with
When did you start playing the third-ranked Marion Indians
basketball? How old were you? Friday, Dec. 14, at Maquoketa. With
Started playing 8th grade year, the two highly ranked teams, the lead
13 years old. bounced back and forth in the first
half. Just before half, A.J. Becker hit
What are your first a three-pointer at the horn to give the
memories of the game? Cardinals a six-point lead at halftime.
Playing on B-team. After half Kane Kopp nailed a
three-pointer to open up a nine-point
What were your expectations lead and the Cardinals never looked
going into the 2018-19 season? back, coming away with a 61-44 win.
Being one of the best teams in the The Cardinals used a harassing
conference. defense to keep the Indians off bal-
ance all night. Kopp drew the assign-
What is your highlight ment of guarding Marion’s top scorer, Photos by Nick Joos
of the season and why? Will Henrickson. Henrickson averages (Above left) Kane Kopp is airbound as he prepares to sink a layup.
Beating DeWitt three times because 22 points a game, shooting 60.7 per-
they are our rivals. (Above right) Caiden Atienza works hard under the hoop to secure the
cent from the field and 60.9 percent ball and keep it in the Cardinals’ possession.
from three-point land. Kopp limited
What were the keys to the Henrickson to just 12 points on 3-11 1. Assists — Shanahan 13; A. Becker A. J. Becker once again led the
Cardinals’ success this season? from the floor and 0-4 from the three- 3; Ehlinger 1. Steals — Shanahan 3; C. Cardinals in scoring with 14 points,
Hard work and teamwork. point line. Becker 2; Kopp 1; A. Becker 1. Blocks —
Macklin Shanahan contributed 11, and
Shanahan 3. FG — 17-45. FT — 10-16.
Marion coach Mike Manderscheid 3PT — 7-24. Kane Kopp chipped in 9.
Will you play basketball said he thought the third quarter made Shanahan struggled at the free throw
after high school? No, I will not. the difference in the game as the Indians Maquoketa 61 line Tuesday night, shooting just 3-8.
missed four or five shots at the rim. Marion 44 He was 0-4 in the first quarter, but 2-2
What lessons have you “You give us those 10 points and it’s in the fourth.
learned playing basketball? a different game,” Manderscheid said. (At Maquoketa Dec. 14)
West Delaware leading scorer Derek
If you play as a team you will go far. Manderscheid also said his team Mar. (5-1) 12 9 8 15 — 44
Krogman, who averages 21.8 points
Maq (7-0) 14 13 13 21 — 61
almost always shoots a very low per- Points — A. J. Becker 26; Kane Kopp per game, was held to a team-high 15
What is your advice to that kid centage in Maquoketa’s gym. 12; Connor Becker 11; Nathan Watters 6; points, while Kyle Kelley shot a perfect
all alone on the playground who Maquoketa coach Matt Hartman said Nicholas Ehlinger 3; Macklin Shanahan 2; 7-7 at the line for the Hawks.
keeps shooting the basketball he was proud of his team’s defense and Caiden Atienza 1. Rebounds — Watters The Cardinals took control of the
and missing? “You miss 100% of the the way they play together every game, 9; Shanahan 6; Atienza 5; Kopp 4; C.
game in the second quarter. Their
Becker 3; A. Becker 3; Ehlinger 2; Kaiden
shots you don’t take.” with nobody trying to do too much. He Scott 1. Assists — A. Becker 5; Kopp 4; smothering defense held the Hawks
really loves the unselfish play of his Shanahan 4; C. Becker 1; Atienza 1. Steals scoreless for the last six minutes of
What word(s) sums up the 2018- squad, Hartman said. — Shanahan 3; C Becker 2; A. Becker 2. the second quarter and the first five
19 season? Memorable. Becker led the Cardinals in scoring Blocks — Shanahan 1; Kopp 1. FG — minutes of the third quarter — a scor-
with 26 points. Kane Kopp chipped in 19-48. FT — 15-20. 3PT — 8-26.
ing drought of more than 11 minutes
12 while Connor Becker had 11; all 11 — which helped the Cardinals build
of Connor’s points came in the fourth
quarter. Nathan Watters grabbed nine Cardinals a 10-point advantage headed into the
fourth quarter.

defense stifles
rebounds to lead the way on the boards. The Hawks cut the lead to just two
Maquoketa has two games left before points with 2 minutes to go. But, the
Christmas break and the new year. The
West Delaware
Cardinals defense returned and held the
team will be on the road Tuesday, Dec. Hawks scoreless the last two minutes to
18, at fourth-ranked West Delaware, hold on to the 40-35 win.
then return home Friday, Dec. 21 By HARV HANSEN Maquoketa 40
against Dyersville Beckman. Sports Editor West Delaware 35
hhansen@mspress.net
Maquoketa 51 M (8-0) 9 11 10 10—40
Mount Vernon 44 MANCHESTER — The Maquoketa W (6-1) 8 4 8 15—35
(At Maquoketa Dec. 11) boys basketball team traveled to Points — A. J. Becker 14; Macklin
Shanahan 11; Kane Kopp 9; Caiden Atienza
Mt. V. (2-3) 9 13 8 14—44
Manchester Dec. 18 for another tough 3; Nathan Watters 3. Rebounds —Atienza
Maq (6-0) 13 11 12 15—51 early-season contest against West 3; A. Becker 3; Shanahan 8; Watters 8;
Points — Kane Kopp 11; Connor Becker Delaware. Nicholas Ehlinger 2. Assists — Shanahan
10; Macklin Shanahan 9; A.J. Becker And for the second game in a row, the 4; Kane Kopp 1; Watters 2; Ehlinger 2.
8; Caiden Atienza 7; Nathan Watters 4; Steals — Shanahan 1; Kopp 4; A. Becker 2;
Clayton Widel 2. Rebounds — Shanahan
Cardinals came away victorious against Atienza 2; Watters 1. Blocks — Shanahan
13; Atienza 5; Watters 5; A. Becker 4; Kopp a third-ranked team. They defeated 4; Kopp 1; Clayton Widel 1. FG — 15-43.
1; C. Becker 1; Widel 1; Nicholas Ehlinger Marion Dec. 14. FT — 6-18. 3PT — 4-17.

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Cardinal boys
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
KANE

clinch No. 1 spot


By HARV HANSEN could handle Friday night, Jan. 4, in
KOPP
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
Parents: Jenny Wisco, Danny Riniker
Sports Editor front of a full house in the Cardinals
hhansen@mspress.net and John Kopp
gym. Position: Guard
The Maquoketa Cardinals boys bas- Macklin Shanahan got the loud and
ketball team reached a milestone over enthusiastic crowd on their feet from
When did you start playing
Christmas break, earning the No. 1 the start, grabbing the opening tip and
basketball? How old were you?
ranking in class 3A. racing in for a layup in
Coach Matt Hartman When I was 5 at the YMCA.
the first two seconds of the
said the high ranking is a contest. What are your first
blessing. However, it also The Cardinals continued memories of the game?
puts a target on the team’s the fast start, taking a 21-9 Playing competitively in 3rd grade
back because all opponents lead at the end of the first with the Red Dogs.
want to knock the top team “It is awesome quarter.
off its perch, he explained. for the fans, Maquoketa scored quick- What were your expectations
“It is awesome for the community, and ly at the top of the second going into the 2018-19 season?
fans, community, and rewards the quarter, forcing the Bobcats To work hard every day to be better.
rewards the boys for all their boys for all their to call a timeout in the first
dedication and hard work dedication and hard 38 seconds to slow the What is your highlight
this summer,” Hartman work this summer.” Cardinals’ momentum. of the season and why?
said, but as a coach he does Both teams were in foul Beating DeWitt all 3 times, and winning
not bring it up at practice or — Coach Hartman trouble most of the game; the WaMaC.
any other time. the Cardinals were whistled
Hartman said he does not for 22 fouls, the Bobcats What were the keys to the
want his players to think about rank- 20 fouls. Cardinals’ success this season?
ings. He wants them to go out and play With the score tied at 52-52 with We worked hard in the off-season, and
hard every game and continue to do just over 2 minutes left in the third, getting a ton of shots in this summer.
what they do best. Kane Kopp scored eight points for the
Will you play basketball
Maquoketa defends its No. 1 ranking Cardinals on two three-pointers and a after high school?
at home Friday against Benton. The steal and break-away layup to end the
If so, where and why?
Cardinals then play the Central DeWitt quarter leading 60-54.
With 4:11 to go in the contest, the No answer.
Sabers at home Tuesday, Jan. 8, which
is also the night of the 10th annual cake Bobcats called another timeout trailing What lessons have you
auction at Maquoketa High School. by only two 62-60. Shanahan came learned playing basketball?
back in the game with four fouls. It took I’ve learned to never give up,
Maquoketa 49 Shanahan just 50 seconds to pick up his
Photos by Harv Hansen
Dyersville Beckman 37 A.J. Becker jumps to get clearance and to just play at what you do best.
fifth foul, disqualifying him for the last
(At Maquoketa Dec. 21)
3:21 minutes of the game. for a shot over a Benton player. What is your advice to that
B (6-3) 13 8 10 6 — 37 The Cardinals made enough free
M (9-0) 16 10 20 3 — 49 kid all alone on the playground
Points — Macklin Shanahan 20; A. J. throws to push them to a 72-67 victory. who keeps shooting the
Becker 14; Kane Kopp 8; Nicholas Ehlinger Four Cardinal players scored in dou- basketball and missing?
5; Nathan Watters 2. Rebounds — ble figures, with Shanahan leading the To never give up and keep practicing so
Shanahan 8; Watters 6; Caiden Atienza 6; way with 16, Kopp adding 15, Connor you can be on the floor during the high
A. Becker 3; Kopp 3; Ehlinger 1; Connor Becker with 12, and A. J. Becker with school years. Just keep working hard.
Becker 1; Clayton Widel 1. Assists — A.
Becker 3; Kopp 2; Shanahan 2; C. Becker 10. Caiden Atienza added nine points
1. Steals — A. Becker 3; Kopp 2; Shanahan for a balanced attack.
The Cardinals could not stop
What word(s) sums
2; Ehlinger 1; Watters 1. Blocks — Kopp
1; Shanahan 1. FG — 19-48. FT — 6-12 Benton’s Nathan Michels as he poured up the 2018-19 season?
3PT — 5-15 in 38 points, shooting 4-9 from three- Unforgettable, teamwork,
point range and 10-13 free throws. dedication, love, family, trust.

Cardinal boys eke Maquoketa basketball teams have a


busy week, traveling to Solon Friday

out win, remain


night then to Clinton Saturday.
Maquoketa 72

undefeated
Benton 67
B (4-6) 9 18 27 13—67
M (10-0) 21 14 25 12—72
By HARV HANSEN Points — Macklin Shanahan 16; Kane
Sports Editor Kopp 15; Connor Becker 12; A. J. Becker
hhansen@mspress.net 10; Caiden Atienza 9; Nicholas Ehlinger
7; Nathan Watters 2; Clayton Widel 1.
Maquoketa Cardinals boys basket- Rebounds — Atienza 11; A. Becker 6; C.
ball team found out it is going to be Becker 5; Shanahan 4; Watters 2; Kopp
hard to keep the No. 1 ranking in class 1. Assists — C. Becker 5; Shanahan 5;
Ehlinger 2. Steals — Shanahan 3; Kopp
3A. 2; C. Becker 1; Ehlinger 1. Blocks — A.
The 4-6 Benton Community Bobcats Becker 1 FG — 27-51. FT — 13-22. 3PT Connor Becker eyes his teammates
gave the undefeated Cardinals all they — 5-19. while looking to connect for points.

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Congrats on the
great season,
We've had such a great time watching you play!
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WEEK OF JAN. 16-23, 2019

Cardinal boys remain undefeated


SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
JAMES By HARV HANSEN

LINDEN
Sports Editor
hhansen@mspress.net
Maquoketa Cardinals boys basket-
ball had a busy week, with games
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Age: 18 The combination of undefeated
Grade: Senior Cardinals, rival Central DeWitt Sabers,
Parents: John and Paula Linden and the annual cake auction brought
Position: Center more than 1,600 people to Maquoketa
High School gym Jan. 8.
When did you start playing Senior leadership kept the team
basketball? How old were you? focused as they raced out to a quick
7th grade, 13. 6-2 lead, forcing the Sabers to call an
early time out with 4:28 left in the first
quarter. The lead swelled to 11-2 with
What are your first
3:22 left in the first.
memories of the game? (Above) Macklin
But the pesky Sabers would not go
Learning the fundamentals. Shanahan laughs with his
away, clawing back to trail by seven
at the half. buddies on the bench.
What were your expectations The Cardinals pulled away from the (Left) Maize Gardner
going into the 2018-19 season? Sabers, scoring 48 in the second half to shows her baton talent in
Improve over last season. an 81-64 victory. a home game vs. Central
Coach Matt Hartman said the game DeWitt.
What is your highlight plan was to get to the paint to open
of the season and why? the outside and keep the Sabers from Photos by Brooke Taylor
Beating DeWitt in the second round. It trying to slow down A. J. Becker.
was just a fun game to be a part of. Macklin Shanahan executed the plan,
driving to the paint time and again,
What were the keys to the scoring 13 points in the first half Maquoketa 82 Connor Becker and cousin A.J.
Cardinals’ success this season? on four baskets and 5-7 free throws. Solon 49 Becker were kings of the court in
Hard work and not losing focus. Shanahan finished the game with 18 M (12-0) 19 16 27 20—82 Mount Vernon, leading the Cardinals in
points. S (4-6) 7 10 18 14—49 scoring with 18 points apiece. Connor
Will you play basketball Kane Kopp led the Cardinals in Points — A.J. Becker 22; Nicholas Ehlinger shot a sizzling 5-6 from three-point
after high school? scoring, pouring in a season-high 21 16; Caiden Atienza 11; Connor Becker 10; land while A.J. connected 3-8 on
Macklin Shanahan 9; Kane Kopp 5; Clayton
If so, where and why? points. A. J. Becker also chipped in Widel 3; Kannon Coakley 3; Nathan Watters
three-pointers.
No. 16. Connor Becker scored 14 of his 3. Rebounds — Atienza 11; A. Becker 6; Macklin Shanahan also scored in
15 points in the second half and was Shanahan 5; Kopp 5; C. Becker 4; Widel double figures with 11. Shanahan
What lessons have you 8-8 at the free throw line in the fourth 3; James Linden 2; Ehlinger 1; Coakley 1; and Nicholas Ehlinger also netted
learned playing basketball? quarter. Watters 1; Quentyn Huebbe 1. Assists — three-pointers for the Cardinals.
Nothing beats hard work. On Jan. 11 the Cardinals traveled to
Kopp 4; Shanahan 4; C. Becker 2; Ehlinger The Cardinals defense set the tone
2; A. Becker 2; Widel 1. Steals — Kopp 1;
Solon. The Cardinals made quick work Ehlinger 1; Atienza 1. Blocks — Widel 2;
for the night, holding the Mustangs to
of the Spartans, defeating them 82-49. Shanahan 1. FG — 22-47. FT — 28-37. three points in the first quarter, for a
What is your advice to that
commanding 17-3 lead. When halftime
kid all alone on the playground The Cardinals completed the trifecta 3PT — 10-26
rolled around, the Cardinals more than
who keeps shooting the on Saturday, pulling away from the doubled the Mustangs’ point total, lead-
Clinton River Kings with a strong Maquoketa 63
basketball and missing?
Clinton 49 ing 31-14.
Shooters keep shooting. fourth quarter, winning 63-49. A lob pass from Shanahan resulted in
A. J. Becker tallied 29 points to lead M (13-0) 13 14 11 25—63
C (2-9) 7 13 13 16—49 Caiden Atienza’s first slam dunk of his
What word(s) sums a trio of Cardinals in double figures. Points — A.J. Becker 29; Caiden Atienza high school career.
up the 2018-19 season? Caiden Atienza added 12 while Connor 12; Connor Becker 11; Kane Kopp 9; On Friday Jan. 18, the Cardinals
Unforgettable. Becker recorded 11. The Cardinals Shanahan 2 Rebounds — Atienza 8; C. were scheduled to travel to Dyersville
made a living at the free throw line this Becker 3; A. Becker 3; Nathan Watters 3; Beckman. The Cardinals won every
Kopp 2; Shanahan 2; Ehlinger 1. Assists
week, going 71 for 92 or 77 percent in game on the hardwood to that point,
— Shanahan 4; C. Becker 3; A. Becker 3;
three games. Nicholas Ehlinger 2; Kopp 1. Steals — C. but lost to a more powerful foe, Mother
The 13-0 Cardinals were scheduled Becker 2; Kopp 1; Ehlinger 1; Shanahan 1; Nature, which brought snow and high
to play Mount Vernon for a boy-girl Atienza 1. Blocks — none FG — 20-38. FT winds to postpone the game.
varsity double header Tuesday, and — 17-20. 3PT — 6-10.
Maquoketa 67
stay on the road Friday with a game
against Beckman. Cardinal boys Mount Vernon 39
Maq (14-0) 17 14 18 18—67

keep streak alive


Maquoketa 81 MV (4-8) 3 11 15 10—39
Central DeWitt 64 Points — A.J. Becker 18; Connor Becker
C (6-4) 12 14 16 22—64 18; Macklin Shanahan 11; Kane Kopp
M (11-0) 19 14 25 23—81 By HARV HANSEN 6; Caiden Atienza 5; Nathan Watters 4;
Points — Kane Kopp 21; Macklin Shanahan Sports Editor Nicholas Ehlinger 3; Chase Gruenwald
18; A. J. Becker 16; Connor Becker 15; hhansen@mspress.net 2. Rebounds — Atienza 9; Ehlinger 3;
Nicholas Ehlinger 5; Caiden Atienza 3;
Nathan Watters 2; Kannon Coakley 1. MOUNT VERNON — The Shanahan 3; A. Becker 3; Clayton Widel 3;
Rebounds — Shanahan 9; Atienza 4; Kopp Maquoketa Cardinals boys basketball Watters 1; Kaiden Scott 1; James Linden 1;
Quentyn Huebbe 1. Assists — Shanahan
2; C. Becker 2; A. Becker 2; Ehlinger 1; team kept its undefeated streak intact,
5; Ehlinger 3; A. Becker 3; Kopp 2; C.
Clayton Widel 1. Assists — Shanahan 7; coming away with a convincing victory Becker 1; Atienza 1. Steals — Ehlinger 2;
A. Becker 3; Kopp 1; C. Becker 1; Ehlinger
1; Atienza 1. Steals — Kopp 2; C. Becker
over the Mount Vernon Mustangs 67-39 Atienza 2; Kopp 1; Shanahan 1; A. Becker
1; Coakley 1. Blocks — none. FG — 23-37 in the Cardinals’ third consecutive road 1. Blocks — Shanahan 1; Linden 1. FG —
FT — 26-35. 3PT — 9-17.  challenge Jan. 15. 23-49. FT — 11-18. 3PT — 10-23.

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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
KAIDEN

SCOTT
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
Parents: Dale and Theresa Scott
Playing Position: Guard

When did you start playing

Cardinals get first


ball? How old were you? What
are your first memories of the
game? I first started playing when I was
12 years old back when I lived in Joplin, MO,

defeat of the year


at the local parks playing pick-up games. My
first memories are being the small kid playing
against grown men and being scared to play.

What were your expectations


going into the 2018-19 season?
Best defensive team in the WaMaC. Win the
By HARV HANSEN A. J. Becker’s hand and to keep the WaMaC. Get 1% better every day.
Sports Editor Cardinals from driving to the basket,”
hhansen@mspress.net
he said. “The Cardinals have too many What were the keys to the
MARION — The Marion Indians scorers to hold them down. We had to Cardinals success this season?
caught the Maquoketa Cardinals at a pick our poison.” The keys to our success this season were
good time and handed the team its first Becker was held to nine points first off the commitment everybody gave to
loss of the year Jan. 25. The weather does not look good for every practice and game. Nothing was more
important than the drill or game in front of us.
The winter weather has caused missed this week, which may affect this week’s Another key was chemistry as most
school, missed practice, and missed slate of games. The Cardinals were everybody has been playing with each other
games. When they traveled to Marion scheduled to travel to DeWitt for a girl- since 3rd grade. Experience also helped with
to take on the Indians Saturday, the boy double header Tuesday and a home going to play teams in Illinois and Wisconsin
Cardinals last took the court for a game make-up game with West Delaware in the summer so the chemistry and the
Jan. 15; Marion’s last game was Jan. Thursday. They then travel to Clear experience mixed very well.
Lastly, I believe our coaches put everyone
12, and that affected play, according to Creek-Amana on Friday. in a place to succeed and gave us their 110%
Marion coach Mike Manderscheid. Marion 53 Photos by Buddy Atienza percent every day. They had every scout
“It’s been a nightmare the last two Maquoketa 47 Caiden Atienza finds a clear lane done and watched over and over again. Our
weeks with the weather and games Maq. (14-1) 7 10 15 15—47 to the hoop and goes for the shot. coaches were our backbone and we knew
being cancelled,” Manderscheid said. Mar. (9-4) 12 20 11 10—53 we could always look to them for anything.
“[Players] have been able to practice Points — Macklin Shanahan 12; Kane lead, trailing by only six, but that is the Big thanks to Coach Hartman, Coach Aunan,
Coach Peterson, and Coach Jenkins.
three or four times a week.” Kopp 10; A.J. Becker 9; Connor Becker closest they could get. The Cardinals
5; Nicholas Ehlinger 4; Caiden Atienza 4;
That wasn’t the case for Maquoketa. Nathan Watters 3. Rebounds — Shanahan
regrouped to pull away for the 60-46 Will I play basketball after high
“[The players] have not practiced 10; Watters 6; Ehlinger 4; C. Becker 4; win. school? Not organized basketball, but I’m
since Monday [Jan. 21],” said Coach Atienza 3; A. Becker 3; Kopp 1. Assists — Macklin Shanahan sparked the sure I will still play pickup games.
Matt Hartmann, so that’s four days the Shanahan 4; Kopp 2; C. Becker 2. Steals offense, pouring in 20 points and grab-
— Kopp 3; Ehlinger 2; Shanahan 2; A. bing 12 rebounds. Kane Kopp also
boys were not going through the regular What lessons have you learned
Becker 2; C. Becker 1. Blocks — Shanahan
weekly routine. 1. FG — 15-50. FT — 12-18. 3PT — 5-25. contributed 10 points. Caiden Atienza playing basketball? I’ve learned how
Cardinals players showed their rust was one point shy of a double-double, to be disciplined and with this being my first
adding nine points and grabbing 11
Cards to play four
early with turnovers, missed layups, sport of the year and feeling the moment of
“I will never play basketball with the guys
and wide-open jump shots in the first rebounds. again,” it has definitely made me think about
The boys have only five games left
games in five days
half of Saturday’s game. The Indians cherishing moments more and who I’m around
scored the first two points of the game, to play as of press time Monday night. and take it as a privilege to play sports.
then led wire to wire. Beginning Friday, the Cards play four
The Cardinals picked up the 10th By HARV HANSEN games in five days: playing Friday What is your advice to that kid
team foul with 4:31 left in the second Sports Editor and Saturday, taking Sunday off for all alone on the playground who
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quarter, then more foul trouble with a day of rest, then right back to the keeps shooting the basketball
Macklin Shanahan picking up his third TIFFIN — The Maquoketa Cardinals court Monday at DeWitt. The Cardinal and missing? Confidence is key. If you
foul with 3:50 minutes left in the sec- boys basketball team got only one game boys close the regular season at home can’t even believe in yourself then you won’t
ond quarter down by 12. in last week, traveling to Tiffin Friday Tuesday, Feb. 12, against Solon. accomplish anything. Having confidence
after failure will do wonders for any athletes.
After the Cardinals fell behind 39-19 night to take on the Clear Creek-Amana Maquoketa 60 Failure sets you up for success. You can’t
with 5:43 left in the third quarter, the Clippers. Clear Creek-Amana 46 learn to win without learning how to lose first.
players finally shook off the rust and The Cards got off to a slow start, still M (15-1) 12 22 11 15—60
started a comeback, scoring the next trying to shake off the rust from missing C (9-6) 2 15 13 16—46 What word(s) sums up the 2018-
nine points to trail 39-28. all the days of practice and games due Points — Macklin Shanahan 20; Kane 2019 season? Hard work.
Shanahan scored a two-pointer with to near-record-cold temperatures and Kopp 10; Caiden Atienza 9; Connor Becker
7; A.J. Becker 5; Nathan Watters 4; Nicholas
1:05 left to cut the lead to 49-45, but the multiple snowstorms. But this week the Ehlinger 3; Clayton Widel 2. Rebounds —
Cardinals could not get any closer than opposition also had a slow start as the Shanahan 12; Atienza 11; Kopp 5; A. Becker
four and ended up losing 53-47. The Cardinals managed a 12-2 lead in the 3; Watters 3; Widel 2; Ehlinger 2; C. Becker
Cardinals shot 15-50 from the field and first quarter. 1. Assists — Shanahan 6; A. Becker 3;
5-25 from three-point land. Then the Cardinals put together a Kopp 2; Watters 2; C. Becker 1; Ehlinger 1.
Steals — Kopp 2; Shanahan 1; Ehlinger 1;
Marion’s focal point, Manderscheid strong second quarter to take a 34-17 A. Becker 1. Blocks — Shanahan 1. FG —
noted, “was to keep the ball out of halftime lead. The Clippers cut into the 19-60. FT — 15-23. 3PT — 7-22. 

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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
MACKLIN

SHANAHAN
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
Parents: Bob and Becky Shanahan
Position: Point guard

When did you start playing Contributed photo


basketball? How old were you? Cardinals celebrated their hard work earning them the WaMaC championship title this season. Each player got
I started playing in third grade.
to cut and keep a piece of the net lining the rim. Shown left to right are: Dan Dague, Nathan Watters, A.J. Becker,
What are your first memories of Macklin Shanahan, Clayton Widel, Kane Kopp, Quentyn Huebbe, Nicholas Ehlinger, James Linden, Kaiden
the game? My first memory is going to Scott, Caiden Atienza, Connor Becker, Chase Gruenwald, Ben Wagner, Kannon Coakley, Emmett Sheets and
manager Sydney Clark.

Cardinals claim
the first practice we had and Dad (our coach)
explain to us his two rules. The first was to
listen. The second was that Stevie Wonder
was a musical genius.

WaMaC championship
What were your expectations
going into the 2018-19 season?
Our expectations were high and we knew
that we could have a great season. Our goal
was to do things that haven’t been done in
Maquoketa in a long time.

What is your highlight of the


season and why? Climbing the By HARV HANSEN Kopp 1; C. Becker 1; Shanahan 1. Blocks
Sports Editor — Shanahan 2; C. Becker 1. FG — 21-47.
ladder to cut down the nets after we won hhansen@mspress.net FT — 3-5. 3PT — 10-28. 
the conference championship because it
was a moment where we knew that we had The Maquoketa Cardinals boys got
(At Williamsburg Feb. 8)
accomplished something special. three games in last week, starting
with a tough 61-55 loss at Dyersville Maquoketa 68
What were the keys to the Beckman Feb. 4. Williamsburg 54
Cardinals’ success this season? A. J. Becker and Macklin Shanahan M (16-2) 15 21 18 14—68
I think our success came from a combination W (5-15) 11 4 17 22—54
led the team in scoring with 16 points; Points — A. J. Becker 43; Macklin
of things. We worked really hard since we Connor Becker was right behind with
were kids for this year, we had a great group Shanahan 10; Kane Kopp 8; Connor Becker
of guys that loved to be around each other, 14 points. 4; Caiden Atienza 3. Rebounds — A.
and had an unbelievable coaching staff. The Cardinals won game number two Becker 7; Shanahan 5; Nathan Watters 4;
68-54 Feb. 8 at Williamsburg, where Kopp 3; C. Becker 3; Atienza 2; Nicholas
Ehlinger 2; Clayton Widel 1. Assists —
Will you play basketball after A. J. Becker tied a state record with 13 Shanahan 7; C. Becker 3; Kopp 2; Ehlinger
school? If so, where? Yes, undecided. three-point baskets and poured in a a 2; A. Becker 2; Atienza 1. Steals — Kopp
Photos by Brooke Taylor
career high of 43 points. 1; Shanahan 1; Atienza 1; A. Becker 1; Nathan Watters looks for a
What lessons have you learned Then to end the week, the Cardinals Kannon Coakley 1. Blocks — Shanahan teammate to set up the play.
playing basketball? Basketball has pulled out a hard-fought victory 1; Atienza 1. FG — 22-45. FT — 7-14. 3PT
— 17-38. 
taught me responsibility, teamwork, how to Saturday night winning 59-50 to clinch
handle adversity, and how to act off the court. the WaMaC Conference championship
(At Maquoketa Feb. 9)
at home against West Delaware. The
What is your advice to that last time the Cardinals boys won the Maquoketa 59
kid all alone on the playground conference was 2004. West Delaware 50
who keeps shooting the M (17-2) 14 13 15 17—59
basketball and missing? Don’t W (14-6) 14 8 14 14—50
let your last shot affect your next one, and Dyersville Beckman 61 Points — A. J. Becker 18; Connor Becker
you’re doing everything right by putting time Maquoketa 55 15; Kane Kopp 11; Macklin Shanahan
into the game outside of practice. But most M (15-2) 10 14 12 19—55 9; Nicholas Ehlinger 4; Caiden Atienza
importantly, ask A.J. because his always D (13-5) 16 4 22 19—61 2. Rebounds — Shanahan 12; Kopp 5;
seem to go in more than mine. Points — A. J. Becker 16; Macklin Nathan Watters 5; Atienza 3; C. Becker
Shanahan 16; Connor Becker 14; Caiden 2; Ehlinger 1; A. Becker 1. Assists —
Atienza 6; Kane Kopp 3. Rebounds — C. Shanahan 5; Ehlinger 2; A. Becker 2;
What word(s) sums Becker 4; Nicholas Ehlinger 4 Nathan Kopp 1; Atienza 1; Watters 1. Steals — C.
up the 2018-19 season? Watters 4; A. Becker 3; Kopp 2; Shanahan Becker 2; Ehlinger 2; Shanahan 1 Blocks
Unforgettable. 2; Atienza 1; Kannon Coakley 1. Assists — — Shanahan 1. FG — 21-47. FT — 10-13. Nicholas Ehlinger sinks an easy
Shanahan 5; Kopp 1; Watters 1. Steals — 3PT — 7-21. two points on a layup.

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THRICE IS NICE!
SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
BEN
Cardinals hold off
Sabers for third time
this season, continue
with 12. The three-point touch eluded
the Cardinals, who did not make a
three-pointer in the second half and
did not even attempt one in the fourth
quarter.
WAGNER
Age: 18
path toward state with After a couple of down years, 9-13 Grade: Senior
last year and 6-10 in 2016-17, a 20-win
another game Monday season this year has brought this town
Parents: Brian and Julie Wagner
Position: Forward
By HARV HANSEN back to life. The Cardinals last won a
Sports Editor sub-state game to advance to the state When did you start playing
hhansen@mspress.net basketball tournament in 1987. basketball? How old were you?
The Cardinals did it three times this Thursday night’s win followed a I started basketball in 8th grade and I was
season, and Thursday night they did 68-38 victory over the Independence 14 years old.
it with free throws going down to the Mustangs Monday in Clinton. In that
wire. game, A. J. Becker joined Maquoketa What are your first
The Maquoketa boys basketball team High School’s 1,000-point club, which memories of the game?
knocked of the Central DeWitt Sabers includes only four other MHS gradu- My first memory was that I made by first
for the third time this year 55-47. ates. basket, which was a 3-pointer.
Thursday night’s win sends the MAQUOKETA 68
INDEPENDENCE 38 What were your expectations
Cardinals to the sub-state game Monday going into the 2018-19 season?
night against Marion at the US Cellular M (19-2) 13 23 23 9—68
My expectations for 2018-19 season was
Center, Cedar Rapids. The time is yet I (3-19) 7 11 9 11—38
Points — A.J. Becker 27; Macklin be positive.
to be set. Shanahan 11; Nicholas Ehlinger 8; Kane
The Cardinals held off the Sabers Kopp 7; Caiden Atienza 5; Connor Becker What is your highlight
in front of a loud, standing-room-only 4; Clayton Widel 2; Kaiden Scott 2; James of the season and why?
Maquoketa High School gym. It is dif- Photo by Trevis Mayfield Linden 2. Rebounds — Shanahan 4; My highlight of the season was that our
Atienza 4; A. Becker 4; C. Becker 3;
ficult to beat the same team three times Macklin Shanahan roars with Ehlinger 3; Linden 3; Widel 2; Kopp 1;
team beat DeWitt.
in the same season, then you magnify excitement as the Cardinals Emmett Sheets 1. Assists — Shanahan
it by the rivalry between the Cardinals clinched the win Thursday. At 10; Kopp 5; C. Becker 4; Ehlinger 1 Nathan What were the keys to the
and the Sabers. game’s end, he lost his shoe. Watters 1. Steals — Ehlinger 3 Kopp 2; Cardinals’ success this season?
Shanahan 2; Atienza 2; Scott 1. Blocks
The Sabers took the early lead, but — Widel 1. FG — 26-56. FT — 5-11. 3PT
Positive attitude, experienced players, work-
the Cardinals battled back to take an point lead to start the fourth quarter — 11-30. 
ing together and trust each other.
11-8 first-quarter lead. 36-34.
A. J. Becker connected for his only Maquoketa scored only four field MAQUOKETA 55
Will you play basketball after
three-pointer of the game in the second goals in the fourth quarter but won the CENTRAL DEWITT 47
high school? If so, where?
game making 11 free throws to seal the No.
quarter, stretching the Cardinals’ lead to M (20-2) 11 13 12 19—55
24-17 with 1:27 left until the half. The victory. The last 10 Cardinals points C (10-10) 8 9 17 13—47
came from the free throw line. What lessons have you learned
score stayed there through halftime. Points — Macklin Shanahan 14; A.J.
The victory sent the at-capacity playing basketball?
With the Cardinals up 28-22, Sabers Becker 12; Connor Becker 8; Nicholas
Never give up, be positive, trust one another.
Ehlinger 8; Caiden Atienza 6; Nathan
Coach Grady Gallagher was whistled crowd into a loud frenzy. It got only Watters 4; Kane Kopp 3. Rebounds —
for a technical foul with 5:16 left in louder after the team returned to the Shanahan 13; Watters 5; A. Becker 4; What is your advice to that kid
the third. Becker made one of two free court after a locker room celebration to Atienza 2; Ehlinger 2; Kopp 1. Assists
all alone on the playground who
throws to make it 29-22, but the Sabers celebrate the win with the student body — Shanahan 6; A. Becker 2; C. Becker
keeps shooting the basketball
2; Kopp 1. Steals — Kopp 2; C. Becker
went on a 10-0 run to take the lead and fans. 2; Shanahan 2; Watters 1. Blocks — and missing?
32-30 late in the third. Macklin Shanahan led scoring Shanahan 2; Atienza 2; A. Becker 1. FG — I would help him or her how to shoot the ball
The Cardinals held a tenuous two- with 14 points, followed by Becker 19-47. FT — 13-23. 3PT — 4-16. properly so he could make the basket and
tell him or her not to give up.

What word(s) sums up


the 2018-19 season?
Positive. Successful.

Photos by Trevis Mayfield


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SENIOR SPOTLIGHT
NATHAN

WATTERS
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
Parents: John and Jayne Watters 2018-19 Cardinals starting lineup, left to right:

No. 1 in our hearts


Position: Post/Center A.J. Becker, Connor Becker, Caiden Atienza, Macklin Shanahan and Kane Kopp
When did you start playing
basketball? How old were you?
I started playing in third grade when I was
9 years old. My first basketball memory is
scoring my first ever basket with the Red Dogs,
our traveling team, at the old Preston gym.

What were your expectations


going into the 2018-19 season?
Maquoketa boys basketball team defeated three pointer to tie the game.
The buzzer sounded, the shot fell
The only thing I had was everyone would in substate game, capture hearts short, and Maquoketa’s season came
give 100% at every practice and game. to an end.
in the community during 2018-19 season The Cardinals ended the season with a
What is your season highlight?
By HARV HANSEN the game in the third quarter as the 20-3 record, winning its first 14 games
My biggest highlight was just seeing the
community coming together. It seemed like Sports Editor Cardinals scored only six points. With before losing to Dyersville Beckman
everyone knew about all of our games and hhansen@mspress.net
a quarter to go, Marion was out front by and Marion in the regular season.
the mass of people coming to our games, it As the final two seconds ticked off one point, 26-25. After the game, Coach Matt Hartman
was incredible. the clock Monday night, the Maquoketa Atienza made two free throws to open said he regretted trying to hold the
Cardinals fans were deflated. Their the fourth quarter, giving the Cardinals ball to run the clock out in the fourth
What were the keys to the hopes for an appearance at the state the lead. On his next trip down the quarter.
Cardinals’ success this season?
basketball tournament faded along with court, Atienza made one of two free “When we were up 36-29, I [wish I]
Our commitment to defense. After last year’s would have played it different,” he said.
loss, we wanted things to change. We knew a memorable season in which the com- throws, giving the Cards the lead 28-26.
munity rallied around the team. Then, Becker hit back-to-back three “I would keep attacking the rim and just
we were a pretty good team offensively, but
we needed to get better on the other side. Maquoketa, ranked No. 1 for part of pointers to give the Cardinals their big- play the way we play.”
We worked all offseason and it worked out the 2018-19 season, traveled to the U.S. gest lead of the night at 36-29. Becker After a locker room pep talk after the
quite well. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids to take led Maquoketa’s scorers with 13 points. game, Hartman said he was proud “of
on the Marion Indians with the winner That’s when Marion came roaring each and every one of his players for
Will you play ball after high school? advancing to the state tournament in back thanks to pressure defense and what they have accomplished and done
I will go shoot around and play pickup games Des Moines next week. eight free throws. Marion led 39-36 this year — for themselves, the school,
because I love basketball too much to just The Cardinals lost 41-38 to their with 29 seconds left in the game, but and the community.”
stop playing it. He said it was great to see the fans
WaMaC Conference foe in a game that Maquoketa still had life.
featured more defense than offense. With time ticking away, Becker rally around the team all season.
What lessons have you learned
playing basketball? It also marked the final game for dribbled to the top of the key, pump Maquoketa played to a packed gym for
I have learned that hard work pays off. We starting seniors Kane Kopp, Macklin faked and was fouled while shooting many of their home games.
as a team wanted to get better, and that’s Shanahan and A.J. Becker, as well a three-pointer that could have tied the
just what we did. We pushed ourselves to get as reserve seniors Nicholas Ehlinger, game with 6.7 seconds left. Instead, Maquoketa 38
one board better each day, and it worked out. Kaiden Scott, Nathan Watters, Ben Becker went to the foul line and hit the Marion 41
Wagner, James Linden and Quentyn first two shots. Then, after a Marion Maq. (20-3) 12 7 6 13—38
What is your advice to that kid all Huebbe. timeout, Becker’s third shot rattled Mar. (16-5) 9 9 8 15—41
alone on the playground who keeps Maquoketa got off to a strong start, around the rim and rolled off, leaving
Points — A. J. Becker 13; Macklin
shooting the basketball and missing? Shanahan 9; Connor Becker 6; Caiden
My advice would to be keep shooting until
but the game became a defensive battle. the Cardinals down by one. Atienza 6; Kane Kopp 2; Nathan Watters
you get to where you want to be. Everyone The Cardinals held a 12-6 lead in After Marion converted two more 2. Rebounds — Shanahan 12; Atienza 4;
starts out missing, and that’s fine, failure is the the closing minutes of the first quarter, free throws, the Cardinals still had one Kopp 3; C. Becker 3. A. Becker 3; Watters
key to success, but it’s the tough minded and but a Cardinal turnover gave Marion a possession left. 3; Nicholas Ehlinger 2. Assists — Kopp 2;
determined who break through and succeed. chance to cut the lead before the buzz- Shanahan took the ball down the
Shanahan 1; Atienza 1; Watters 1. Steals
— none. Blocks — None. FG — 12-35. FT
er. Marion regained momentum when court under pressure and attempted a — 10-14. 3PT — 4-14
What word(s) sums up this season? point guard Will Henricksen dribbled
A: Magical. down the court and sank Marion’s only
three pointer of the night, cutting the
lead to three.
The Cardinals offense struggled in
the second quarter, scoring only seven
points. Two of those, however, were
memorable. When Kopp threw a back-
door lob pass to Caiden Atienza for the
alley-oop slam dunk the Maquoketa
fans roared.
Despite their offensive struggles,
Maquoketa’s defense allowed them to
Photos by Brooke Taylor
maintain the lead through the first half
19-18. James Linden, Kaiden Scott and Quentyn Huebbe encourage their
Defense continued to dominate teammates from the bench.

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Maquoketa
Cardinals
2018-19
Senior Boys
Statistics

A.J. BECKER

SENIOR
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals
2016-17 22 60-166 35-103 17-21 172/7.8 56 31 19
2017-18 22 139-302 88-199 48-70 414/18.8 79 37 23
2018-19 23 145-323 89-203 71-88 450/19.6 84 56 23
Total 67 344-791 212-505 136-179 1030/15.4 219 124 65

MACKLIN SHANAHAN CAREER LEADERS


Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals
2016-17 22 58-141 21-55 36-53 173/7.9 67 40 43
2017-18
2018-19
22
23
67-133
95-181
6-23
12-35
75-112
71-110
215/9.8
273/11.9
112
171
94
122
46
38
FIELD GOALS: 344
Total 67 220-455 39-113 182-275 661/9.9 350 256 127 A.J. Becker

KANE KOPP FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS: 791


Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals A.J. Becker
2016-17 22 20-59 14-46 2-3 56/2.5 13 12 6
2017-18 22 49-143 36-112 28-46 162/7.4 45 36 25
2018-19
Total
23 68-150 37-99
67 137-352 87-257
42-54
72-103
215/9.3
433/7.6
59
117
46
94
33
64
3-POINTERS: 212*
A.J. Becker
NATHAN WATTERS
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals 3-POINT ATTEMPTS: 505*
2016-17 13 0-1 0-0 2-4 2/0.2 6 0 0 A.J. Becker
2017-18 22 22-44 0-0 13-22 57/2.6 85 7 6
2018-19 23 25-53 0-1 18-30 68/3 104 13 5
Total 58 47-98 0-1 35-56 127/2.2 195 20 11 FREE THROWS: 182
Macklin Shanahan
NICHOLAS EHLINGER
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA
2016-17 5 0-2 0-1
FT-FTA
2-2
Pts/Avg.
2/0.2
Reb.
0
Asst. Steals
1 1 FREE THROW ATTEMPTS: 275
2018-19 23 37-91 17-54 4-7 95/4.1 50 22 19 Macklin Shanahan
Total 28 37-93 17-55 6-9 97/4 50 23 20

POINTS: 1,030**
KAIDEN SCOTT A.J. Becker
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals
2017-18 4 0-3 0-3 2-2 2/.5 0 1 0
2018-19 10
Total 14 1-15
1-12 0-10
0-13
0-0
2-2
2/0.2
2/0.3
3 1
3 2 1
1
AVERAGE POINTS: 15.4
A.J. Becker
JAMES LINDEN
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals REBOUNDS: 350
2017-18 7 0-1 0-0 0-0 0/0 2 0 0 Macklin Shanahan
2018-19 10 1-3 0-0 2-2 4/0.4 9 0 1
Total 17 1-4 0-0 2-2 4/0.2 11 0 1
ASSISTS: 256
QUENTYN HUEBBE Macklin Shanahan
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals
2017-18
2018-19
3
11
0-0
0-6
0-0
0-6
0-0
0-0
0/0
0/0
0
0
0
0
0
0 STEALS: 127
Total 16 0-6 0-6 0-0 0/0 0 0 0 Macklin Shanahan

BEN WAGNER Source: Quikstatsiowa.com


* School record
Season Games FG-FGA 3FG-FGA FT-FTA Pts/Avg. Reb. Asst. Steals
2018-19 2 0-6 0-0 0-0 0/0 0 0 0 ** Fifth all-time at Maquoketa

MAQUOKETA CARDINALS
BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM STATS
Record FG Att FG Made FG % 3 pt Att 3 pt 3 pt % FT Att FT Made FT % Pts Pts/G

2015-16 12 - 10 - 0 1094 481 44.0 339 122 36.0 443 303 68.4 1387 63.0

2016-17 6 - 16 - 0 1127 429 38.1 514 167 32.5 314 211 67.2 1236 56.2

2017-18 9 - 13 - 0 893 374 41.9 475 175 36.8 340 225 66.2 1148 52.2

2018-19 20 - 3 - 0 1088 489 44.9 504 180 35.7 444 299 67.3 1457 63.3
Source: Quikstatsiowa.com

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Black out: Maquoketa fans crowded the U.S. Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids for what turned out to be the Cardinals’ final game of the 2018-19 season. In a
tight back-and-forth game, fans got excited when ace shooter A.J. Becker swished two back-to-back three pointers for the Cards.

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(Above) The
Maquoketa cheer
squad pumps
their fists with
delight after it
was announced
that A.J. Becker
hit 1,000 career
points. (Right)
Fans get excited (Above) Manager Sydney
for the winning Clark and ball boy Jordan
Cardinals during a Hartman get ready for
home game. the game to start. (Left)
(Above) Wrigley Wisco, Adalyn Riniker, Following tradition, Coach
Photos by Brooke
Delanee Burmeister, Nora Ehlinger and Hartman received an
Taylor, Buddy Atienza, after-game hug from fan
Trevis Mayfield and (in front) Norah Scheper were there to cheer
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Cards a class act for this rookie reporter


I
started a new chapter in my life nine
months ago. With no photographic and
journalism experience, I took the job
as the sports editor for the Maquoketa
Sentinel-Press.
The term greenhorn really fits here,
because I had no idea what was going to
happen. I enjoy watching sports, and I’m a
coach and referee, but I’d never written a
recap of a game, described what was going
on, or taken pictures of it.
The Cardinal boys’ first home game of
the year was on a Friday night back on Nov.
30. The boys were cruising to a 20-point
victory. Contributed photo
In the second half I said to Maquoketa
Connor Becker and A.J. Becker pose with one of their biggest fans, Caleb
Athletic Director Tom Gruenwald, “I
Coates, after a basketball game this season. For Coates, Becker signed one of
thought there would be more people in the
the memento “1,000 points” signs that signified his milestone 1,000th career point.
stands.”
Gruenwald’s response? and trust that will stay with them for a life-
“We were hoping for more people on a time,” Macklin Shanahan said in an inter-
Friday night.” view after one of the games.
Then attendance changed. More and more There is a new group of young, impres-
fans trickled in through the doors and onto
sionable boys who now have new heroes to
the red bleacher seats.
look up to and idolize. I know one 8-year-
By the third home game, the gym was
full. old boy, Caleb Coates, whose favorite
It was standing-room only Dec. 14 when players are Connor Becker and A.J. Becker.
the Cardinals played Marion for the fourth Caleb got a huge surprise one night when
home game of the year. A.J.’s father, Kary Becker, delivered an
Why? The Cardinals happened to be 1,000-points memento that A.J. had signed
ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. HARV HANSEN for Caleb.
From then on the boys basketball team Sentinel-Press Sports Editor You would have thought A.J. gave him

1,000
was the talk of the town. People would the world.
But the coaches and players were not
stop me and say they thought the boys had Caleb got his picture taken with Connor
sucked into all the water cooler talk; they Photo by Buddy Atienza
a bad game or they played great or the refs and A.J. one night after a game. And I just
just wanted to play basketball. Mother
were terrible. The boys were still winning, bet that A.J. has that picture as his back-
Nature at times blocked those plans, forc-
the fans just wanted to win by 20 points or ground on his tablet. That’s a pretty class
more so they would not get nervous watch- ing the school district to cancel games and
practices and putting the boys out of their act.
ing the game. The boys also showed up at an eighth-
There were a lot of coaches on the routine.
The Cardinals had a stretch where grade grade boys basketball practice one
streets — people telling me that Coach
CAREER POINTS
they played seven straight games away night to give some pointers and some
Matt Hartman should do “this” and asking
from home, losing two of the seven. The encouragement.
“why did he do that?” It’s easy to coach
Maquoketa fans did travel well to all the These seniors won’t play high school A.J. Becker scored his 1,000th
from the stands until you get down on the
court — then things change. away games. basketball in the Maquoketa gym again, career point Monday, Feb. 18. when
With more people coming to the games, The Cardinals broke and tied some but all the young boys in the stands will the Cardinals defeated Independence
it also meant more people visiting some school and state records this basketball remember them and try to emulate them in the first round of districts.
of the local establishments before or season. when they get to the high school level.

Pregame
after the game to eat and talk about the The year came to a close earlier than Not only will the young kids remember
game. I know the players would go to everyone wanted it to for this bunch of this team, I will remember this team as the
McDonald’s and some of the fans would seniors who have been playing together first team I covered that had a very success-

Prayer
visit PerXactly’s Bar and Grill or Timber since the third grade. ful year and such amazing young men and
Lanes for a sandwich and fries. “We have built a brotherhood of bond athletes.

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Maquoketa
varsity boys
Bill Fleming before every game)
basketball players “Let’s pray – pray in your own way
Kane Kopp,
Macklin Shanahan, … but please pray. Don’t pray that
Nicholas Ehlinger we win, for God willing we shall.
and A.J. Becker But rather pray that each of us can
stopped by a
practice at the give 100%. You just want to be able
middle school to to face the man in the mirror after-
pass forward some ward. Pray that no one on either
instruction on the
game. ball club is injured. Thank God that
you can play for Maquoketa and I
Contributed photo thank him for letting me coach you.
I love you guys very much! Good
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OPINION FROM A
RETIRED SPORTSWRITER

What makes a team the best?


W
ith Maquoketa’s boys
basketball team winning game
after game and ranking among
the state’s elite, local citizens
and many from out of town came to watch
Coach Matt Hartman’s team. Some were
never avid basketball fans. Others followed
the Cardinals when a son or relative played,
then lost interest after they had graduated.
College coaches showed up looking for
possible future talent.
When Maquoketa High School opened its JACK MARLOWE
modern gymnasium 10 years ago, I doubted Local Sports Historian
if the 1,600 seats would ever be filled. I saw
it firsthand this year when seats were at a those seasons. People often arranged their
premium and fans circled for standing room work schedules and vacations to open up a
on the upper level, filling the facility for a week in March hoping to watch the team in
regular season girl-boy doubleheader. Some the state tournament. Some heartbreaking
fans walked a couple of blocks to reach the losses ruined their plans, but Maquoketa
door. remained known for top-quality teams and
It brought back memories of some of outstanding fan support.
the finest Cardinals teams of the past. Fans
turned out for them, too. A couple of times State teams
fans were turned away at the door. As far as a state tournament placing is
As a fan I saw games in the 1940s, then concerned, the top honor goes to the 1983
as a student, later as a sportswriter, and team led by guard Jeff Fleming, who scored
now a casual fan. I like the present team, 37 points in a game at Vets Auditorium and
their style of play, and their enthusiasm. I’m led the Class 2A field in scoring. Fleming
happy, and very proud, just to watch. averaged 22.6 points for the season,
Recently I was asked to write an account followed by sophomore Shane Keeney, (Above left) Chad Specht was the leading scorer on the 1987 Cards team,
of some of the great Maquoketa teams of 12.2, John Rollinger, and Paul Fix, 11.6 and including 41 points vs. Marion. (Above right) Carl Small played a steady backcourt
the past. My first response to the offer was 9.2, respectively. Boyd Small and Brent game for the 19-3 Cardinals team of 1989-90.
a definite “no.” I wasn’t going to go out on Hutton filled major roles.
a limb to pick a best team ever or even a The team beat Iowa Falls in overtime The Cardinals followed with state back in history 50 years. Fleming took it
list of candidates. Upon second thought, it as John Rollinger’s three-point goal in tournament trips in 1977 and 1978. as a compliment and seemed happy to see
would be a way to bring back memories, not the closing 10 seconds tied the score. The Marty Schoenthaler and Kenny Bowman Denison win the state championship game
only for me, but others like me. Cards gave Cedar Rapids Regis a battle in became Maquoketa players on three state 48-44.
I selected 15 basketball teams from the finals before losing 55-50. Fleming was tournament teams. Maquoketa lost 57-55 to Emmetsburg
the past, starting with the six teams that named to the all-tournament team. The ’77 and ’78 teams lost seven games in the consolation game. Schoenthaler was
qualified for the state tournament in 1976, The 1982-83 team won games by an during the season, going 15-7 and 18-7. The given a spot on the all-tournament team.
1977, 1978, 1983, 1984 and 1987. Then average margin of 20.3 points! 1977 team lost the state opener to Forest It was five years before Maquoketa
came tougher decisions; like the state Maquoketa’s first state tournament City. Lester Johnson had foul problems and returned to the state tournament, but the
tournament teams, all the remaining nine team was in 1976. Clay Romer was was the leading scorer on the team with 1978-79 team went 19-2, losing the season
were coached by the late Bill Fleming. Maquoketa’s leader, averaging 16 points a 19-point average. His rebounding and opener to Camanche, then winning 19
None of the nine “extras” lost more a game. Lester Johnson made opponents blocked shot figures still rank with the best straight games and were ranked No. 1 in
than four games. All of them either won miserable by blocking shots and averaged in MCHS history. Schoenthaler was the the state before bowing to DeWitt 59-52 in
or shared a conference championship. 13.7 points per game. The team averaged second-leading scorer, averaging 8.7 per the district. Janitors at Clinton’s Yourd Gym
Maquoketa’s 1984-85 and 1988-89 teams only 48.5 points a game, but had a defensive game. had to ask Fleming to take the team home
were 20-2. The 1978-1979 team was 19-2, average of just 40.6, the lowest of any of Schoenthaler (19.2) and Bowman (11.2) after the veteran coach held a lengthy post-
losing the season opener then winning the 15 teams in my group. It was a team carried the scoring load in 1978, but defense game meeting.
19 straight before losing to rival Central of Fleming’s mold. In 11 of the Cards’ 24 was still the strength of the team. They held Non-starter Tom Bodensteiner led the
DeWitt. games, opponents were held to less than 40 opponents to just 46.1 points a game and
Cards in scoring (12.5) with juniors Lee
The Cardinals of 1989-90 were 19-3 points. had the lowest scoring margin — 6.1 points
Schmidt, Brian Moore and Steve McAfee
with the 1995-96 squad going 18-3. Randy Yanda and Leon Schoenthaler a game — of any of the 15 selected teams.
following with 11.7, 9.1 and 9.2 averages,
Rounding out my top 15 was an 18-4 helped in many details. Scott Lamar was Maquoketa lost 37-33 in the state
respectively. Joel Rollinger (6.3) and Mike
record in 1990-91 and 17-4 seasons by the the key playmaker. The Cards placed third semi-finals to Denison. Broadcasting
Balliu (5.1) followed.
1971-72 and 1974-75 teams. in the state with Romer named on the all- the game, Frosty Mitchell was quoted as
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HOW TO BE A
MAQUOKETA

If you can dribble like Macklin, shoot like A.J.,


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If you can lead the floor like Nicholas, hit the boards like Caiden,
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If you can cheer like Ben, drive to the hoop like Connor,
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THE GAME
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HISTORY
Continued from page 24 opener, up popped Regis in Small and Todd Skrivseth 60 team guided by Don
a rematch of the previous were a steady backcourt Schlotfelt, winners of six
The team scored an
year’s finals. The Cards duo. tournament games, then
average of 61.7 points
led at half 25-21, but Regis The team went 19-3, defeated for the third time
per game while holding
exposed the Cardinals’ winning games by an by a potent Monticello
opponents to 44.1, a
weakness with a full-court average margin of 34.6 squad a win away from
winning margin of 17.6.
press. Maquoketa scored points! They averaged 50.5 state. The Cards included
Their field goal percentage
just eight points in the points a game, less than Larry Loos, who averaged
was .503.
second half and lost 53-33. a point below the school
Schmidt and Moore were 22.4 points and 12 rebounds
Iowa Falls was ready to all-time record. The team
asked to carry the load the a game while hampered
avenge the previous year’s had the finest rebounding
following year as McAfee loss. The Cadets tied the much of the season with
was gone. They filled the record, getting 60 percent of
game in the closing seconds the boards for the season. a stiff knee. Sophomore
challenge with 14.1 and and won in overtime 57-55, Ed Whitchelo, on his way
11.5 scoring averages, However, for the second
dropping the Cardinals to year in a row Davenport to a 1,000-point career,
with Jay Rollinger (6.7), fourth place. Schmidt was furnished 15 points a game
Steve Medinger (6.6), Jon North pulled out the
named to the all-tournament win in a game played at during a 16-9 season.
Wallace (5.1) and Trent team. L.W. Reid coached some
Hoye (4.6) following. Bettendorf. The Cards
The 1984-85 Cardinals couldn’t solve the North excellent teams in the late
Again, the defense was were an outstanding defense. Wildcat coach J.D. 1920s and early 1930s.
their feature. They held team. They lost only one Rios told me it was the The 1916-17 team
foes to the second-lowest regular-season game and same for his team against coached by Mr. Indra had
scoring average of 15 teams featured a strong front line Lester Johnson swats the ball amongst congestion
Maquoketa. an 11-2 record, bowing
mentioned, 41.4 points a in MHS cage history, with under the hoop as a member of Maquoketa’s first state
Small, Skrivseth and to Davenport 20-8, then
game Schmidt, 6 foot 5 inches, tournament team in 1976.
Oltmanns got another began a tournament
The Cardinals went 14-0 Radd Gerischer and Chad Burgemeier broke their 1971-72 and 1974-75. Both chance to make it to the hosted by Lenox College
in the conference but were Bullock. The ball handling hearts, sinking a 10-foot finished with 17-4 records, state tournament, going in Hopkinton with an
eliminated in the tournament of 5-foot-5 Jim Fleming shot. winning a conference 18-4 in 1990-91. Regis 82-2 romp over Cascade.
by Anamosa. made them click. As I left the silence of championship and losing in denied them the trip by It remained the highest
After finishing second One big difference placed what once was a noisy gym, the substate. Neither were winning the substate. point total by a Maquoketa
in the state in 1983, the them in a tough situation. Wahlert coach Jim Jarchow, powerful offensively but What some believe was
Cardinals were a well- Maquoketa was elevated to team until 1958 when
a person I’d never met, solid on defense; they left the best shot for state
rounded team but missed the large school class. the Cardinals scored 99
grabbed me and told me the model of good things to came in 1995-96. The team
Fleming’s ball handling The team responded, points in a 99-83 win over
to tell the Maquoketa fans come. featured Sage Rosenfels,
during the 1983-84 season. defeating North Scott Bettendorf. Maquoketa’s
how proud they should be of Who could ignore the one of the school’s finest
They were 14-0 in the by 13 and Clinton by 19 high scorers were John
their team. talents of Rocky Lamar, all-around athletes, and
WaMaC, shooting 53.8 points. They advanced to Wirtz and Pat O’Hara
Maquoketa came from Rick Clasen and Mike Dan Fleming, who went on
percent from the floor substate, facing Dubuque tying for the honors with
nowhere to grab a spot in Satchell, along with Lynn to have a good collegiate
and 71 percent from the Wahlert in the Five Flags 34 points each. Their point
the 1987 state tournament. Hughes, Clay Romer, Daryl career at MidAmerica
free throw line. They won Center at Dubuque. Another total would have been
They won games by an Davison, Don Lyons and Nazarene University.
games by an average of 14.3 factor: starting guard Jason expanded with today’s
average of 9.3 points, Joe Casady? They lost to They had an 18-3 record,
points. Frandsen was out of the Dubuque Wahlert and Cedar
claiming a WaMaC title 12-0 in the WaMaC, with three-point shot.
Paul Fix, John Rollinger, country on a family trip. Rapids LaSalle in reach of
with a 10-2 record. all three losses coming The 1916-17 squad
Shane Keeney, Brent Hutton That could have been the state tournament.
Chad Specht was the at the hands of Central notched two more wins,
and Chad Bullock returned a factor, especially on The 1988-89 team
leading scorer, averaging DeWitt! beating Earlville 47-8 and
from the state championship defense. went 20-2, featuring Dave
18.5 points including a Rosenfels had 14 Coggon 52-23, but lost
team. Dave Schmidt, 6’8”, It was anyone’s game McLaughlin, Jeff Gilmore,
41-point explosion vs. double-doubles (points and to Monticello 34-9 in the
was a valuable addition. going into the closing Brad Mangler and Tom
Marion. Brian Wolter rebounds) and three triple- finals.
Schmidt, Fix and seconds, tied at 47. Wahlert Simmons. Playing in the
averaged a dozen despite doubles while averaging None of Maquoketa’s six
Rollinger averaged from played for the last shot large school class the Cards
missing games with almost 20 points a game. state tournament teams lost
11.6 to 12.0 points a game; and took the win. The advanced to the substate
measles. He returned for Fleming cashed in with 15 more than three games in
Keeney was at 8.3. They unexpected villain for with double-figure wins
the state tournament. Burly points a contest while Pat a row. All of them held an
rolled through the WaMaC Maquoketa was Brad over Pleasant Valley and
Jeremy Schoop played a Bentrott, Matt Hayes, Jerry
14-0, but lost to Clinton Burgmeier, a player the North Scott. Expectations opponent under 33 points in
key role. Widel and Kent Bennis
Mater Dei by four and Cardinals played a little were high against a game.
Perry ran away from the made solid contributions.
Central DeWitt by two. loose to help out with the Davenport North, but the Dubuque St. Columbkille
Cards in the state opener Bentrott holds the school
After winning the state Golden Eagles other scorers. Spartans got the win. was the first Catholic team
in a foul-dominated game. record for an assist-to-
A year later the Cards turnover ratio that may to eliminate Maquoketa in
Falling behind early, the were 19-3 scoring 70.5 the IHSAU tournaments
Cardinals fouled repeatedly never be challenged.
points a game with an in 1961. Since then a
in the desperate minutes average winning margin of Honorable Mention parochial school has
when the Blue Jays spoiled 24.6 points! They shot 50 The line had to be ended Maquoketa’s bid
the strategy by making free percent from the field and drawn somewhere. Some for a state title 26 times.
SUCCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. throws. took down 60 percent of the strong consideration may
Despite playing just Davenport Assumption
rebounds. include the 2002-03 team
it is hard work, perseverance, one game, Specht was defeated Maquoketa seven
It may have been the coached by Jeff Herkelman,
recognized as a member of times, Dubuque Wahlert,
deepest team on my list. which won six consecutive
learning, studying, sacrifice the all-tournament team. Joe Shollenberger was a games before losing to five and Cedar Rapids
and most of all, After six state big surprise and joined Mount Vernon 59-55 in Regis, four. Others include
tournaments in a space of Jeff Gilmore, one of the substate. Bryce Husak, Bellevue St. Joe’s Cedar
love of what you are doing a dozen years, little did Maquoketa’s finest all- Mount Vernon’s 7-foot Rapids, LaSalle, Dyersville
one realize that until this around players, as leading center, proved too much for Beckman, DeWitt St. Joe’s,
or learning to do. day, the Cardinals would scorers. Brad Mangler, the Cardinal team, which and Dubuque Loras.
-Pele never get back to state. Jason Lietz and Chris finished the season at 12-11. The 2018-19 team has a
It should be noted the Oltmanns pounded the Certainly deserving good case to be considered
near misses of teams in boards while junior Carl mention was the 1959- among the school’s finest.

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