WAVERLY -- Iowa's all-time wins leader reached another impressive milestone Tuesday night in Waverly.

Waverly-Shell Rock head coach EaVon Woodin earned her 1,000th victory as Class 4A's No. 4 ranked Go-Hawks swept Oelwein, 25-6, 25-7, 25-11.

Woodin is the nation's 15 active coach and 27th all-time to reach 1,000 wins, according to information supplied to the National Federation of High Schools. In 29 seasons at Waverly-Shell Rock, her teams have made nine state tournament appearances including championships in 2009 and 2011.

"Pretty much same formula," Woodin told The Courier Monday when asked about the keys to sustaining long-term success. "Athletes have changed. They're bigger, faster, stronger now. There's different priorities, more things for athletes to do.

"It's just fun to see the kids grow and improve and compete against each other. You get to know different coaches and they become your friends. You go to coaching clinics and it's good camaraderie."

Woodin became Iowa's career wins leader last season and has averaged 43 wins a season since over the past eight years, most recently reaching the state tournament in 2015.

CEDAR FALLS 3, CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY 0 -- Top-ranked Cedar Falls bounced back from its first loss of the season with a decisive sweep of Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Mississippi Valley Conference volleyball action Tuesday.

The Class 5A, top-ranked Tigers (14-1), who fell to perennial 2A power Dike-New Hartford Saturday, rolled to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-8 victory.

Claire Gerdes and Taylor Lynch shared the team lead in kills with 10 each, Tayah Mahi logged 34 assists and Abby Hendrickson and Lynch led Cedar Falsl with 13 digs apiece.

As a team, the Tigers hit .359 overall and had 12 ace serves with Hendrickson and Lynch recording five each.

CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER 3, WATERLOO EAST 0: Class 4A's top-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier improved to 11-3 on the season with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-22 Mississippi Valley Conference win over Waterloo East.

Olivia Richards had 11 kills and Akeela Jefferson 10 to lead the Saints, who got 21 digs from Keera Ball and racked up 10 service aces in the match.

LINN-MAR 3, WATERLOO WEST 0: Linn-Mar overpowered Waterloo West in Mississippi Valley Conference action, 25-9, 25-6, 25-14.

The fourth-ranked Lions (Class 5A) improved to 17-3.

JANESVILLE 3, WATERLOO CHRISTIAN 0: Janesville rolled to a 25-9, 25-5, 25-15 Iowa star victory over Waterloo Christian.

Ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, the Wildcats improved to 9-1 on the season. Waterloo Christian had just four kills against Janesville's defense as the Regents fell to 1-6.


Load comments