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Posted December 19, 2014 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

Thursday, December 18, 2014
 5:30 PM Swimming Boys Varsity/JV Meet @ Marshalltown HS
7:00 PM Basketball 9 –B vs. Dallas Center Grimes @ DCHS
Friday, December 19, 2014
4:45 PM Basketball Girls JV/Boys 10th vs. Urbandale @ Urbandale HS
5:30 PM Wrestling JV Invite @ Indianola Middle School
6:15 PM Basketball Girls Varsity/Boys 9th vs. Urbandale @ Urbandale HS
7:45 PM Basketball Boys Varsity/Girls 9th vs. Urbandale @ Urbandale HS
Saturday, December 20, 2014
 TBD Wrestling Varsity Invite – Kansas City Stampede @ Kansas City
All sports (9th–varsity) schedules at under the Activities-Athletics section  
The Dowling Catholic Wrestling team continues to excel!  Last Thursday the team had duals with Marshalltown and Southeast Polk.    Our men came out strong against Marshalltown, beating them 51- 15.  Sergio Orozco, Michael Zachary, Merrick Purcell, and Alex Svec all pinned their opponents, and Jake Watters, Jordan Hansen, Isaiah Patton, Joe Brett, and Carter Havekost all won by decision.  JV also dominated with pins by Gabe Lyddon, Connor Piz, Charlie Richter, Angelo Harris, and Vinnie Scavo, as well as decision wins by Trevor Schwager, Jack Hughes, and Sam Phrasany.  Southeast Polk followed, which proved to be a bigger challenge, and both JV and Varsity wrestled hard but came up short with a score of 29- 49.  Team points were scored from victories by Jake Watters, Michael Zachary, Merrick Purcell, Isaiah Patton, and Jacob Zachary.
On Saturday, the Varsity team attended the Ankeny Centennial Dual Team Tournament.  They defeated Dubuque Hempstead, Ballard-Huxley, Oskaloosa, and Ottumwa before falling to Southeast Polk to finish Runner Up in the tournament.   Congratulations to Michael Zachary, Merrick Purcell, and Isaiah Patton for going undefeated on the day, winning all five of their matches!   Well done!  The JV team attended the Southeast Polk JV Duals, and defeated Newton, Urbandale, and Southeast Polk Gold to finish in 4th place for the day.  The standouts of the day were Julian Zachary and Trevor Schwager, both with two pins and one decision victory, and Angelo Harris with 3 pins!
On Tuesday, the team headed out to Ankeny Centennial  for a dual meet.  The JV team pulled in a lot of wins, including pins by Michael Collins, Gabe Lyddon, Peter Hansen, and Angelo Harris, as well as decision wins by Julian Zachary (13-2) and Sam Phrasany (8-3).  The Varsity team dominated Centennial with pins by Sergio Orozco, Kaden Sauer, Isaiah Patton, and Jacob Zachary, as well as decision victories by Jake Watters (13-0), Nate Sheehy (6-3), Alex Svec (7- 1) and Michael Zachary (16-1, Technical Fall).  Our young men came out on top with a 39- 27 victory over Centennial.  Great job, Maroons!  Please continue to support our Maroon Wrestlers!
Varsity – The Dowling Catholic Maroons improved to 4-0 on the young season with 2 impressive home victories in the last week.  Last Friday, December 12th, the Maroons took on a determined Johnston squad and came out with 44-43 victory.  Nick McMurray led the Maroons with 13 points, 10 of them coming in the first half.  TJ Strain, Ben Olson, Brawntae Wells, and Stevie Sarcone all chipped in with 6 points.  Leading rebounder was Ben Olson with 6 boards.   TJ Strain also dished out 4 assists.
On Tuesday night, December 16, the Maroons hosted 3rd ranked Waukee and had an impressive 55-45 victory.  It was a see saw game the whole way until the Maroons pulled away in the 4th quarter.  The Maroons entered the 4th quarter trailing 36-35 and put on a 7-0 run highlighted by TJ Strain scoring the first 5 points to put the Maroons ahead for good at 42-36.  Nick McMurray led the Maroons in scoring with 18 points and 6 assists and Ben Olson had 11 points. Leading the Maroons in rebounding was Brawntae Wells with 6 boards and Nick McMurray with 5.  TJ Strain played an outstanding defensive game as well with his 4 steals.  Will Schmitz came off the bench and hit a key 3 pointer to put the Maroons ahead in the 3rd quarter.
Coach OC’s comments: “Johnston- Gritty win by the kids.  Wasn’t our prettiest performance but kids hung together and made some clutch plays down the stretch.  This is a resilient group that continues to battle no matter the situation.
Waukee- Incredible win.  Kids played their tails off tonight.  Our team defense and activity on the glass was tremendous.  Nick McMurray was a catalyst for us tonight.  I thought TJ Strain made some huge defensive plays in the 4th quarter and thought Cole Scieszinski had his best game in terms of aggressiveness.  Really happy for the kids.  The 4th quarter tonight was special to watch.”
Next game for the Maroons is Friday, December 19th at Urbandale at 7:45 PM.
JV – The JV squad also had 2 impressive wins, raising their record to 4-0.   On December 11th the Maroon JV squad traveled to Ankeny Centennial and defeated the Jaguars by the score of 73-42 with Arman Hlas pouring in 25 points and Josh Dietrich had 24 including an impressive fast break dunk.  On Monday, December 15th, The JV team hosted Johnston and defeated the Dragons 69-36.  Ross Otte led the Maroons with 18 points.  Brendan Dougherty had 14 and Luke Eastman had 10 for the Maroons.
Sophomores:  On Friday Dec 12th, the Maroons hosted the Johnston Dragons.  The Maroons had a solid performance from all the boys and beat the Dragons 62-46.  They were led by Sam Ingoli (16 pts.), Atlias Bell (12 pts.) and Joe Lathrum (10 pts.).   Six other Maroons scored, that helped contribute to the win.
Varsity – With one game left before the Christmas break, the Girls Varsity basketball team has a 5-2 record.  They defeated Ankeny Centennial on Saturday, Dec 6th – 66 to 43.  Faber led the Maroons with 20, Childers with 14, Hittner with 12, and Gierstorf with 10.  On Tuesday, Dec 9th, the Maroons came out of Ames with a 57 to 43 victory. Faber and Childers each contributed 14, Hittner had 11, and Daniel and Gierstorf each had 6.  The Maroons hosted Johnston on Friday night and knocked off the Dragons 55 to 43, Faber with 28 and Hittner with 15.  Finally the Maroons hosted Waukee at home on Dec 16th  and unfortunately came out of that battle with their second loss 42 to 58.  Hittner and Childers each had 12 and Faber contributed 9.   The Maroons will travel to Urbandale on Friday night in one final game before Christmas!  Come support your Maroons!
Freshman –   Friday, December 12th Johnston 39 – Dowling 34
The Maroons vs. Dragons was a back and forth game with the teams exchanging leads throughout the first half.  The first half ended with Dowling in the lead and the momentum.  Johnston came out strong in the third quarter and regained momentum.  Dowling was never out of the game but was unable to put together that string of baskets and defensive stops needed for a victory.  Dowling loses a close one to Johnston.   
Dowling is now 2 and 2 on the season.  Dowling is proving to be a tough road team, with both wins coming on the road.   
Waukee vs Dowling – Tuesday, December 16th Dowling 34 -Waukee 23
Dowling came out on a mission against the Warriors, looking to secure their first home win in front of a full crowd in the Dowling Small Gym.  Dowling led this one throughout the entire game and was looking to make the home crowd proud.  Waukee was able to get within five of the Maroons in the second half.  But the Dowling spirit along with some stellar defense and clutch baskets by Allison Moen put the game out of reach for good. Allison Moen led the Maroons with 13 points.  Dowling improves to 3 and 2 on the season and looks to continue their road win streak against Urbandale this Friday.
The senior members of the Dowling Catholic High School men’s’ swimming team recently managed to accomplish a feat their classmates on the gridiron could not: they finished their high school careers undefeated in one-on-one matchups against cross-town rival Valley High School, by winning the battle of West Des Moines for the fourth year in a row, by a score of 102-68 on December 9, 2014. The Maroons were led by senior Peyton Gaumer and sophomore Nolan Larson, who each won two individual events.
Points were awarded to the top five finishers in each individual race, and the top three in relay competition.
Gaumer barely edged Nick Walsh in the 200 individual medley, for a 1-2 finish, with their classmate James Bussey in fourth. Trailing returning state-meet medalist Ethan Eiler in the 100 butterfly at the 50 yard mark, Gaumer out-split him in the back half to win the 100 butterfly, with Michael Greenfield in third and junior Noah Saluri in fourth. Gaumer, Bussey and juniors Ehren Fox and Chaz Raggio were second in the 200 medley relay, one place ahead of Drew Westercamp, Luke Mohan, Greenfield, and Ryan Gaumer.
Larson had a dramatic come-from-behind win of his own, outsprinting Valley star Sam Gorham in the final 50 yard to win the 200 freestyle. Team captain Sam Bott was third and Saluri in fourth. Larson led DCHS to a 1-3-5 finish in the 100 freestyle, with David Patch and Westercamp also adding valuable points, respectively. Larson also joined Walsh, Bussey, and Bott in a stellar early season time in the winning 200 freestyle relay, with Raggio, Greenfield, Saluri, and Bussey in third. Larson, Patch, Bott, and McMillian were second in the 400 freestyle relay, with Greenfield, Saluri, Westercamp, and Peyton Gaumer adding third place points.
Other individual event winners were Walsh in the 100 breaststroke, with Bussey in second and Luke Mohan in fifth, and Bott spearheading a 1-3-4 finish in the 500 freestyle, ahead of Connor McMillon and Karter Shimon.
Ryan Gaumer finished second behind Gorham in the 100 backstroke, with Westercamp in third and junior Ehren Fox in fifth. Patch, Fox, and Chaz Raggio were 3-4-5 in the 50 freestyle, with Ryan Gaumer’s winning junior varsity team outpacing all three. Other junior varsity winners for DCHS were Ben Nelson, and Jacob McMillin.
Maroon Swimmers Battle The Flu To Defeat Johnston
In his storied career as the head men’s swim coach at Dowling Catholic High School, Mark Crouch has learned how to overcome numerous challenges. Before the Maroons swam their rival Johnston High School Dragons on December 11, 2014, Crouch encountered an obstacle he couldn’t defeat: the flu. Dowling was forced to compete with 16 swimmers sidelined by illness, and the coach doubted his quad could prevail. DCHS surprisingly came away with a 90.50– 79.50 victory.
“The boys stepped it up,” explained Crouch. “We should not have won that meet.” He explained a healthy Dowling squad would have picked up most of the fifth place showings, for a potential total of 8 points, but they took only 3. Several swimmers contributed unanticipated points.
One of the most critical junctures early in the meet was sophomore Stephen Renze’s swim in the 100 butterfly. With the meet tied, Dowling was hoping the sixth-seeded Renze, normally a distance freestyler, could move up one place. Halfway through the race, he was in a neck-to-neck battle with a Johnston swimmer for fifth place. However, Renze pushed hard the final 50 yards, and passed two Johnston swimmers, and came within 7/100thof a second of a third place finish to earn fourth place points behind Dowling senior standouts James Bussey and Michael Greenfield, respectively. DCHS outscored Johnston 12-4 in the event.
Another critical victory was the men’s 200 freestyle relay. Johnston’s squad was anchored by senior Steve Fiolic, one of the premier sprinters in the state, who was almost a full second faster than everyone else in the field. However, Nolan Larson, Nick Walsh, and Sam Bott gave Bussey a lead he didn’t relinquish. The quartet of Chaz Raggio, Michael Greenfield, Connor McMillin, and David Patch finished third, as DCHS outscored Johnston 10– 4 . Ehren Fox, Peyton Gaumer, Bussey and Greenfield started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay.
Individually, the Maroons were led by Nick Walsh, Sam Bott, and Nolan Larson. Walsh and Bussey swept the top two places in the 100 breaststroke, and Larson and Bott did the same in the 200 freestyle, with Connor McMillian fifth. Bott claimed the 500 freestyle, with McMillian fourth and rapidly-improving sophomore Karter Shimon in fifth.
Johnston juggled its lineup to send Fiolic against Peyton Gaumer in the 200 individual medley, hoping to neutralze one of Dowling’s strengths. The Johnston senior came away with a split second victory, with Gaumer and Walsh in second and third. With sophomore backstroke standouts Drew Westercamp and Ryan Gaumer scratched due to illness, breaststroker Peyton Gaumer was switched to the backstroke, were he scored valuable second place points, with Fox in fifth. Larson was second in the 100 freestyle, with David Patch in fifth. Fox and Raggio were second and fourth in the 50 freestyle, respectively.   Larson, Walsh, Bott, and David Patch Walsh also won the 400 freestyle relay to wrap up the meet and head off Johnston’s comeback bid.
On Monday (12/15/14), the Girls and Boys bowling teams took on the traditionally strong Fort Dodge Dodgers.  They brought their long history of bowling success to Val Lanes prepared to battle the Maroons.
Tough lane conditions added to the challenge for the bowlers during the match. The varsity girls lost in their match, evening their record to 3-3 on the season.  Hannah Toresdahl bowled a 203 game and 319 series. Lauren Bockhaus had a 300 series and Sarah Tigges rolled a 273 series.  The JV girls won bringing their season record to 5-1. Great job!
The varsity boys team unfortunately lost their match to Fort Dodge.   The boys were led by Adam Chelleen 212/207 games and 419 series. Adam Goodman added 199/205 and 404 series to go along with Skylar Brady at 203 game and 381 series.  The boys now hold a 2-4 record.
The team’s next action will come when they travel to Mason City for a match on January 5th.
Bowling Info Tip of the Week:
Choosing the Right Ball(s):  Not all bowling balls are created equal. Most bowlers carry at least three different balls– one with high hook potential, one with medium hook potential, and one with little or no hook potential. It’s important to realize that even the most potentially hooking ball WILL NOT automatically hook by itself. YOU make it hook! That’s why it’s a good idea to develop a consistent proper “release” before investing in a variety of bowling balls. Generally, the lane condition will dictate what ball is required: heavy oil calls for maximum hooking potential; medium oil calls for medium hooking potential; and dry lanes require very little hook potential. For example: if your bowling on really dry lanes with a ball with high hook potential, the ball will most likely “take off” in its hooking pattern shortly after hitting the lane. Conversely, if you’re bowling on heavy oil, a low hooking ball will just keep sliding down the lane. Both resulting in lower scores. If you want to carry only one ball, one with medium hook potential might be the way to go.
Dowling Catholic 8th Grade Elite Dance Clinic
Sponsored by the Dowling Catholic High School Dance Team
Coached by Kelly Else
Open to all interested DCHS Dance Team 8th graders
Clinic date – January 25th
Dowling Catholic Cafeteria
Performance – January 27th – at half time of the Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball games
FEE: $35.00 (includes t-shirt)
Clinic times: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Please enter through the cafeteria doors
Clinic participants will be admitted into the game by wearing their Clinic t-shirt. Clinic participants will also need to wear black jazz pants/yoga pants and black jazz shoes. Participants will meet the Dance Team at 5:30 pm on January 27th and sit with the team for both games. Participants will be dismissed after their performance at the Boys halftime- @ 9:00 pm
Please note if you haven’t signed up before January 19th – there is no guarantee of a t-shirt
Please click on the link below for sign up or go to
·         2014 Middle School Weight Training
Dowling Catholic High School will again offer our weight training readiness program. We have changed some of the format to entice more female athlete participation. The girls will work separately from the boys, although they are listed at the same time. Our readiness program is designed to teach safety, spotting and appropriate lifting techniques. We move slowly through the program in order to emphasize technique and safety. It is very important that future Dowling Catholic athletes learn our way of teaching and techniques in the way that we teach. All students are required to graduate from our readiness program before they are allowed to participate in our regular training program that many of our high school athletes participate in.
Lifting days – Monday & Thursday
6:00 – 7:00 PM – 8th grade boys/All 7/8 girls
7:15 – 8:15 PM – 7th grade boys
Begins Monday – January 5th, 2015
Ends Thursday – March 12th, 2015
Cost: $80
Questions: Contact Adam Jack –
Click on the link below to sign up
·         The drive from the Buffalo Road to the south around the Chapel is now open!
·         If you have news updates about DCHS athlete alumni – please send to
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·         Tony Topping posts varsity football photos at and freshmen photos at
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·         Earl Hulst is a former Sacred Heart School Math teacher.  Earl will try to be at all levels for Football, Cross Country, Swimming and Volleyball this fall.  Let Earl do the Sports Photography for you.  Photos will be available online for viewing and purchase.
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