The Gehlen Catholic High School volleyball program saw two individuals hit significant milestones in recent matches.
Jays coach Mike Meyer, who is in his 42nd season overall in the coaching profession, reached win number 1,000 last Saturday with a first-round win over Sioux City West at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Invitational.
Meyer went 154-32 at Remsen St. Mary’s, taking the Hawks to the state tournament once.
He went on to coach at Northwestern College, where he was 452-151 and took five teams to the national tournament.
Thursday’s win over Trinity Christian was Meyer’s 400th at Gehlen Catholic.
He his 400-158 with the Jays and has 10 state tournament appearances.
In a win over Remsen St. Mary’s on Tuesday, Gehlen Catholic junior setter Cadence Goebel surpassed the 1,000 assist mark for her career.
Goebel already is in fourth place on the Jays’ all-time list. Amber Timmins has the record with 2,286. Catalina Uribe is second with 1,724 and Taylor Peters third with 1,218.
Timmins is one of the assistant coaches on this year’s Gehlen Catholic team, which ended this week at 19-5 and is ranked second in Class 1A.
Garret Greenfield, who played his high school football at Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley, was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week for games played Sept. 25 after helping South Dakota State University to a 44-0 win over Indiana State University.
Greenfield, a junior right tackle who was profiled in our latest edition of The Sports Leader, graded at 92 percent for his work in the win over the Sycamores. He allowed no pressures, hits on the quarterback or sacks and recorded six knockdown blocks. South Dakota State racked up 517 yards on only 59 plays for an average of 8.8 yards per snap. The Jackrabbits rushed for 224 yards in the contest.
It is the third MVFC weekly award of Greenfield’s career. He won the honor twice during the 2020-21 season, which was played in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thunder opens season
The Northwest Iowa Community College sports shooting team had its first conference competition of the fall season last Saturday, falling to Iowa Central 489-469 in Rock Valley.
“Iowa Central has a strong team, but we looked pretty strong against them today,” said NCC coach Brian Lauck. “I liked what I saw from all of our student-athletes, but especially our first-year athletes in their first conference competition. And more importantly, I liked the sportsmanship and the team building I saw.”
Sebastian Brock led the Thunder with a score of 96. Cody Wintz and Tucker Wall each fired a 94. Alex Wilson finished at 93 and Bryn Jones at 92.
“There were quite a few 25-of-25 rounds by both teams today, so it was a tough field of competition,” Lauck said.
The Thunder dualed Dordt University’s club team on Sept. 18 in Rock Valley and won 232-163.
The next competition for the Thunder is scheduled for today (Saturday, Oct. 2).
NCC will face Iowa Lakes and Hawkeye Community College at Stockdale Gun Club near Ackley.