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Maria Wrage Earns First Team All Conference Honor

Union High School senior middle hitter, Maria Wrage, has been named to the All-NICL East First Team. In a conference loaded with talented players and powerhouse teams, a pair of Union sophomores also received All-Conference honors, as outside hitter Megan Hudson was named to the Second Team, and setter Maggie Driscol was an Honorable Mention.
First Team
Briana Weber, Dike-New Hartford
Lizzy Blough, Dike-New Hartford
Rachel Koop, Dike-New Hartford
Piper Thomas, Jesup
Jaydlin Seehase, Sumner-Fredericksburg
Becca Pagel, Sumner-Fredericksburg
Maria Wrage, Union
Haley Weepie, Wapsie Valley

Second Team
Britta Weston, Denver
Sydney Petersen, Dike-New Hartford
Kiley Kuyava-DeBerg, Hudson
Bailey Hassman, Sumner-Fredericksburg
Megan Hudson, Union
Hanna Risse, Wapsie Valley
Courtney Dinsdale, Wapsie Valley
Brooke Craig, Waterloo Columbus
Honorable Mention
Kelsey Gebel, Denver
Katie Nielsen, Dike-New Hartford
Lindsey Koch, Hudson
Krisha Tonne, Jesup
Tori Henniges, Sumner-Fredericskburg
Maggie Driscol, Union
Kierra Salsberry, Wapsie Valley
Lindsay McManus, Waterloo Columbus

Co-Players of the Year: Briana Weber and Rachel Koop, D-NH Coach of the Year: Gwen Pagel, Sumner-Fredericksburg

Mt. Vernon Ends Union State Volleyball Bid

KILL ZONE - Union’s Maria Wrage (#8) splits two Mt. Vernon defenders for one of her team-leading 13 kills. Wrage was the lone senior on the Union squad who, during her high school volleyball career, saw the Knights qualify for the State Tournament each year. Photo by Mary Bauer.

The Union Knights’ fifth consecuitive trip to the State Volleyball Tournament ended sooner than they wanted, as the top-ranked and eventual State Runner-Up Mt. Vernon Mustangs eliminated Union in straight sets on November 11. The Knights were unable to sustain an attack against the Mustang defense, as Mt. Vernon won by scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-21. Maria Wrage led the Knights with 13 kills, while Cierra Nolan had a team-high 10 digs. Maggie Driscol led the team with 23 assists. Union, ranked 11th in the final season poll, completed the 2014 campaign with a 24-12 record.

Football: New Hampton 26, Union 20

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Fans of the Union Knights were hoping for one more home playoff football games following their contest against New Hampton. And the combination of a big pass play offense and a bend but don’t break defense nearly gave the home crowd what they wanted. The Chickasaws, however, had a response for every big play the Knights threw at them. A touchdown pass from New Hampton quarterback Alex Troyna to Tucker Tenge with three minutes remaining proved to be the game winner in a nip and tuck battle won by the Chickasaws, 26-20.

After forcing a punt on Union’s opening possession, New Hampton drove the ball deep into Union territory. The Knights held, though when the Chickasaws opted to go for it on fourth down rather than make a long field goal attempt. A few plays later, lightning struck for the first time when quarterback Brady Driscol connected with a leaping Dylan Bear on a deep post pattern. When Bear came down with the ball, he shed a would-be tackler who fell down and coasted into the end zone for a 97 yard touchdown.
In what would become a recurring theme, New Hampton’s response was a 55 yard touchdown drive of their own. A missed extra point, though, kept Union in front, 7-6.
In the second quarter with New Hampton on the move, once again the Union defense denied the Chickasaws, taking over on downs at the Union 27. Ninety seconds later, it was deja-vu all over again, as Driscol connected with Bear streaking across the middle downfield. One well placed stiff-arm was enough to create separation for a 73 yard touchdown play.
Once again, the Chickasaws had an immediate response, taking the ball 65 yards in eight plays. Another failed conversion attempt left Union ahead, 14-12.
When New Hampton took the second half kickoff and drove 55 yards for another score, the Chickasaws had their first lead of the game, 18-14. After trading punts the remainder of the quarter, New Hampton looked to put the game away with a fourth quarter drive deep into the Union red zone. From first and goal at the four yard line, the Knights made the defensive stand of the game, keeping the dangerous Tenge out of the end zone on fourth down.
Starting at their own 5, Driscol and the Union offense unleased an aerial assault that quickly moved the ball down the field. After Isaiah Vaughan dashed 16 yards to the New Hampton 1, Brady Driscol found a crease in the goal line defense to put Union back on top, 20-18.
But as they had done twice before, the Chickasaws answered Union’s touchdown with one of their own. After a holding call on the Knights gave New Hampton new life, Troyna lofted a pass high that Tenge ran under and gathered in for a 37 yard game-winning catch.
Union’s season comes to an end with an 8-3 record and District 6 championship in 2014.

Union Football: New Hampton 26, Union 20 – 2A Playoffs

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Fans of the Union Knights were hoping for one more home playoff football games following their contest against New Hampton. And the combination of a big pass play offense and a bend but don’t break defense nearly gave the home crowd what they wanted. The Chickasaws, however, had a response for every big play the Knights threw at them. A touchdown pass from New Hampton quarterback Alex Troyna to Tucker Tenge with three minutes remaining proved to be the game winner in a nip and tuck battle won by the Chickasaws, 26-20.
After forcing a punt on Union’s opening possession, New Hampton drove the ball deep into Union territory. The Knights held, though when the Chickasaws opted to go for it on fourth down rather than make a long field goal attempt. A few plays later, lightning struck for the first time when quarterback Brady Driscol connected with a leaping Dylan Bear on a deep post pattern. When Bear came down with the ball, he shed a would-be tackler who fell down and coasted into the end zone for a 97 yard touchdown.
In what would become a recurring theme, New Hampton’s response was a 55 yard touchdown drive of their own. A missed extra point, though, kept Union in front, 7-6.
In the second quarter with New Hampton on the move, once again the Union defense denied the Chickasaws, taking over on downs at the Union 27. Ninety seconds later, it was deja-vu all over again, as Driscol connected with Bear streaking across the middle downfield. One well placed stiff-arm was enough to create separation for a 73 yard touchdown play.
Once again, the Chickasaws had an immediate response, taking the ball 65 yards in eight plays. Anothger failed conversion attempt left Union ahead, 14-12.
When New Hampton took the second half kickoff and drove 55 yards for another score, the Chickasaws had their first lead of the game 18-14. After trading punts the remainder of the quarter, New Hampton looked to put the game away with a drive deep into the Union red zone. From first and goal at the four yard line, the Knights made the defensive stand of the game, keeping the dangerous Tenge out of the end zone on fourth down.
Starting at their own 5, Driscol and the Union offense unleased an aerial assault that quickly moved the ball down the field. When Isaiah Vaughan dashed 16 yards to the New Hampton 1, Brady Driscol found a crease in the goal line defense to put Union back on top, 20-18.
But as they had done twice before, the Chickasaws answered Union’s touchdown with one of their own. After a holding call on the Knights gave New Hampton new life, Troyna lofted a pass high that Tenge ran under and gathered in for a 37 yard game-winning catch.
Union’s season comes to an end with an 8-3 record and District 6 championship in 2014.

2014 Volleyball: Union 3, Osage 0

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3A Regional

Semifinal – October 30, 2014 at La Porte City
Union 25 – 25 – 25
Osage 15 – 21 – 19