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10/26/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
The Observer announces its Athletes of the Month
Katie Irwin -

One of the most versatile volleyball players in the WaMaC East, Central senior Katie Irwin has given Central a boost on offense and defense this fall. The Saber leads her team with 207 kills. The total is 83 more than the next Central player and good for eighth among all WaMaC East competitors. Irwin averages 2.62 kills per set and her attack efficiency is .165. Defensively, Irwin ranks second on the team with 127 digs and is one of seven WaMaC East players to have more than 100 kills and 100 digs. The senior is also second for the Sabers with 15 blocks (one of which was solo) and has currently served up 26 aces. Irwin had her best offensive match of the season against Western Dubuque as she racked up 17 kills in the five-set contest (it was one of four different instances this season in which Irwin racked up 10 more kills). The senior had her best defensive effort against a WaMaC East squad as well, piling up 10 digs in the Sabers' tilt with Mount Vernon.

Hannah Kilburg -

There has been a familiar face at the front of the pack for the Northeast girls cross country team this season - that of Hannah Kilburg. The junior has been the first Rebel to cross the finish line in each race this season. Kilburg opened her season with a time of 17:09 at the Schoolhouse Open and finished under 17 minutes every meet since. In fact, the junior cut off more than 40 seconds from her season-opening time in her very next race as she clocked in at 16:22 to win the Northeast Invitational. That time was Kilburg's best of the season until the recently completed River Valley meet as the junior earned all-conference honors by finishing eighth with a time of 16:21. Finding success on the cross country courses this fall has just been part of a busy fall for Kilburg, who is also a member of the Northeast volleyball team. The junior has seen action in 36 sets this season and is seventh on the team with nine kills. Kilburg is also 36-of-40 on her serves with three aces and is sixth on the team with seven blocks.

Riley McDowell -

Lining up right over the center, it makes sense that senior Riley McDowell has been right in the middle of the action for the Central defense this football season. Playing nose guard, McDowell has been a common sight for opposing backs this season and the senior leads the Sabers with 57 tackles. Nineteen of those stops are solo - good for fourth on the team - and McDowell leads Central with 38 assisted tackles. McDowell has made a number of his stops behind the line of scrimmage as well. He has two solo tackles for loss and has combined with a teammate for 11 tackles behind the line. The senior has a solo sack and an assisted one as well. McDowell had a season-best 13 tackles against Williamsburg (including a team-high five solo stops) and added 12 more (three solo) during the Sabers' rout of Anamosa.

Cole Moeller -

It has been a strong debut season for Calamus-Wheatland boys cross country runner Cole Moeller. The freshman has posted the Warriors' best time in all but one race this season and has seen his times go down as the season has proceeded. Moeller has finished under 20 minutes five times this season with a season-best clocking of 19:02 at the Marquette Mohawk Invitational where he finished 22nd. The Warrior added a clocking of 19:26 at the Tri-Rivers meet and finished just one spot out of the top 10. Moeller produced a team-best time of 19:35 at Western Dubuque and has clocked in at 19:58 twice this year. The first came at Midland (he cut off over a minute from his previous race time in the process) with the other coming at North Cedar.

Stephanie Petersen -

The Calamus-Wheatland volleyball team's kill leader a year ago, senior Stephanie Petersen has continued her offensive onslaught in 2013. Petersen has actually found more success this fall with her team-best 146 kills already eclipsing her total from a year ago. Petersen is the only Warrior averaging over two kills per set and she is third on the team with an efficiency of .185. Petersen has done well preventing kills too. She ranks second on the team with 36 blocks - a team-best 10 of which are solo - as Cal-Wheat has already tripled the amount of blocks they had last season. The senior is fourth on the team with 117 digs (1.63 per set) and is one of three Warriors who eclipse both 100 kills and 100 digs (McKenna Luepker and Katie Banowetz are the others). Petersen has helped Cal-Wheat with her serving as well and ranks third on the squad with 32 aces - including a season-high six of them in the Warriors' victory over Prince of Peace.

Tevin Stoecker -

It is safe to say that Northeast football senior Tevin Stoecker is a believer in a good start. Twice this season, the Rebel running back has returned the opening kickoff of a game all the way back for a touchdown. Successful returns have been par for the course for Stoecker, who leads the entire state of Iowa with 785 kickoff return yards (his two touchdowns are just one off the state lead). It is not all the senior does either. Stoecker leads the Rebels with 290 rushing yards (he averages 4.1 yards a tote) and has scored three of the team's four rushing touchdowns with a long of 64 yards. The Rebel has added 17 receptions for 204 yards and another touchdown (an 80-yard score against Center Point-Urbana) and has even thrown two passes, completing one for 45 yards. Defensively, Stoecker ranks fifth for the Rebels with 42 tackles, which are divided evenly between solo and assisted stops (21 each). The senior has two solo tackles for loss and an assisted one as well. To top it off, Stoecker does all of the Rebels' kicking - he is 9-of-11 on extra points, averages 37 yards on his kickoffs and 35.4 yards on his punts.

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