Category Archives: Sports

Joel Bishop Receives IFCA Service Award


Retired Union High School teacher Joel Bishop received one of six Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA) Distinguished Service Awards presented at the Iowa Hawkeye Football Clinic held on March 28 in Iowa City. Joel was introduced by Union Head Football Coach Joe Hadachek and was acknowledged prior to the scrimmage in the stadium.
Mr. Bishop has volunteered for 43 years running the scoreboard and game clock. He also coached
junior high school football for 25 years for the Union Knights and previously the La Porte City Rams.

2015 Dream Team Classic Back in Iowa

The Cliff Keen Athletic/Wrestling USA Dream Team Classic is well known to wrestling fans in Iowa, featuring Iowa’s top high school senior wrestlers at each weight class, taking on the nation’s top ranked wrestlers at their respective weight class. In the 19 year history of this event, the host state has only beaten Team USA in a dual one time. The most recent Dream Team competition in Iowa was held at Iowa City West during the Olympic Team Trials in 2012. Many feel the state’s talented senior class, which includes Union’s Max Thomsen and Jacob Holschlag, Team Iowa has the chance to pull off the win this year.
The Wrestling Classic takes place on April 11th at the Independence Jr./Sr. High School at 6 PM.

For advance purchase tickets visit and click on Dream Team Banner for order forms. Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

Team Iowa Tentative Lineup
Weight – Wrestler (USA National Ranking)
113 – Brennen Doebel (#15) – Clear Lake
120 – Jacob Schwarm (#11) – Bettendorf
126 – Nolan Hellickson (#10) – Southeast Polk
132 – Paul Glynn (#22) – Bettendorf
138 – Josh Wenger – CR Prairie
145 – Max Thomsen (#3) – Union
145 – Fredy Stroker (#4) – Bettendorf
152 – Chase Straw – Independence
160 – Bryce Steiert (#7) – Waverly-Shell Rock
170 – Jacob Hoschlag (#11) – Union
182 – Evan Hansen (#16) – Elk Horn Exira
195 – Cash Wilcke (#8) – OA-BCIG
195 – Steven Holloway (#10) – Mediapolis
220 – Ryan Parmely (#6) – Maquoketa Valley
285 – Jake Marnin (#3) – Southeast Polk

Morgan Phillips Named to NICL All-Academic Team

Union senior Morgan Phillips has been selected to the North Iowa Cedar League (NICL) All-Academic Girls’ Basketball Team. To achieve this honor an athelete must be a Junior or Senior and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.33, and have earned a varsity letter in the sport.

Trio Earns All-Conference Honors

For the second consecutive year Union senior basketball player Brady Driscol earned First Team All-Conference in the North Iowa Cedar League (NICL) East Division. He led the Knights in scoring (367 pts.), shot 40.7% from the field and averaged 16.7 ppg., the best scoring average in the conference and recorded a league leading 116 steals. Driscol was also named to the Class 3A, Substate 2, All Sub-State team.
Sophomore John Boisen was named to the Second Team All-Conference based on his 14.0 ppg scoring average (5th highest in the conference). Boisen hit 43.2% of his shots from the floor and made 38 3-pointers during the season.
Union’s third honoree, senior Dylan Bear, received Honorable Mention honors. Bear led the team in rebounds (187) and assists (66).
All-Academic NICL awards were earned by four seniors: Brady Driscol, Tate Hadachek, Caleb Larison and Jess Larison.
Union finished the season with a 10-12 record, under the direction of Head Coach Scott Denner.

Block, Powell Earn Post Season Honors

Iowa Girls Coaches Association Class 3A Northeast All-District Team

Center Point-Urbana: Arika Wooldridge, Allison Wooldridge
Crestwood: Karlee Grabau, Madison Sickles
Dyersville Beckman: Blair Klostermann
Hampton-Dumont: Jessica Speake, Kennedy Wohlford, Jordan Prantner
South Hardin: Sarah Boomgarden
Union: Kaeli Block

Iowa Basketball Coaches Association All-Regional (Class 3A-Region 2) –

Clear Lake: Kaye Faber, Lindsey Loudenburg
Hampton-Dumont: Jessica Speake, Jordan Prantner
Union: Kaeli Block, Courtney Powell

“Kaeli is very deserving of making both of these teams. Kaeli has great shooting touch from inside and out so she is a tough match up for opponents. She has a high level of understanding of what we are trying to accomplish on both ends of the court, which benefits her performance greatly,” said Union Head Coach Robert Driscol.
“Courtney had a very solid year for us so I’m glad she was recognized by the IBCA. She is a hard worker who doesn’t back down from anyone. With her speed and quickness, she is a nightmare for opponents. I’m pleased with how her outside shooting improved this year, as well as her assist to turnover ratio. I will be excited to watch her continue to progress the next two years,” he added.