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Posted September 25, 2014 in Clive, Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

 TBD Volleyball JV Invite @ Iowa City HS

3:30 PM Golf Boys 9th @ Woodlands Hills Golf Course

4:30 PM Cross Country Varsity Boys/Girls JV Boys/Girls 9th Boys/Girls Indianola Invite @ Picard Park

Friday, September 26, 2014

 4:30 PM Football 9th vs. Lewis Central @ Valley Stadium

7:30 Pm Football Varsity vs. Lewis Central @ Valley Stadium

Saturday, September 27, 2014

TBD Cross Country Boys/Girls Varsity @ Univ. Minnesota – Les Bolstad Golf Course – Roy Griak

8:30 AM Volleyball JV Invite @ Fort Dodge HS

8:30 AM Volleyball 10th Invite @ Johnston HS

9:00 AM Volleyball Varsity Invite @ Cedar falls HS

10:00 AM Swimming Girls Varsity Invite @ Linn-Marr HS

Monday, September 29, 2014

10:00 AM Golf Boys JV/9th Invite @ Briarwood Golf Course

4:30 Football 9th B vs. SEP @ DCHS

5:00 PM Football 10th vs. DM Lincoln @ DM Lincoln HS

6:00 PM Volleyball 9th C vs. WDM Valley @ Valley Southwoods

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 4:45 Volleyball 9 B & C vs. WDM Valley @ Valley Southwoods

5:30 PM Volleyball 9 A vs. WDM Valley @ Valley Southwoods

5:30 PM Swimming Girls Varsity/JV vs. Ankeny @ Ankeny YMCA

5:45 PM Volleyball JV/10th vs. WDM Valley @ Valley HS

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

9:00 AM Golf Boys Varsity Invite @ Briarwood Golf Course

All sports (9th–varsity) schedules at under the Activities-Athletics section



The Dowling Catholic volleyball squad traveled to Marshalltown on Tuesday, September 23rd to take on the Bobcats. The Maroons came away with a clean sweep as the Freshman A, Sophomores and JV teams all recorded 2-0 victories, while the Varsity team disposed of their CIML rival 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-13). Leaders on this night for the JV team included Emma Armstrong (kills), Lisa Eischeid (digs), Susie Gaul (assists) and Megan Clemen (aces). The varsity girls struggled through a sluggish first set, before settling into a quick attacking style to end the match in three sets. Riley O’Donnell (Sr.) and Mykal Sadler (Jr.) each had 11 kills, followed by Haley Shimon (Sr.) with 9. The tempo was established in the last two sets by excellent passing, as seniors Anna Wisnieski (18 digs), Riley O’Donnell (10 digs), Jesse Proehl and junior Kalley O’Donnell kept points alive and got the ball to Tessa Mendoza (Jr.), who dished out 39 assists. Erin Hughes (Jr.) sparked the defense with a team leading 3 blocks.
Next up for the “road warriors” is a trip to Cedar Falls on Saturday, September 27th to take part in the sixteen team Cedar Falls Tiger Invitational, followed by a cross-town match-up with the #8 ranked Valley Tigers on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:30 pm at the Valley gym. With only two home matches this year, let’s get the Maroon Crew out in full force for this rivalry showdown at Valley, and provide the Maroons the support they’ll need in this battle between two top-ten teams.


Battling illness and injury, the Dowling Catholic boys cross country team raced the highly competitive Heartland Classic Saturday in Ames on the Iowa State University NCAA course.   The JV took 3rd place with Danny Denkinger, senior and first year cross country runner, placing 6th.  Freshman Matt Carmody just missed the top 10 with an 11th place finish. Congratulations to freshman Adam Jackson for taking 22 seconds off his personal record on a very tough course.  The Varsity team placed 10th.  Ryan Schweizer, currently ranked as the #2 runner in the state, earned 8th place.

The #7 ranked Maroons race again Thursday, September 25 at the Indianola Invitational. The varsity will run Saturday September 27 at one of the largest meets in the country – the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.


Danny Denkinger: WHY I RUN – I enjoy running because I like to compete.  I like to see my challenge in front of me and do my best to reach it.

MY RUNNING STORY – I began running track in 5th grade at St Theresa.  I thought I wanted to be a sprinter, but it wasn’t long before Mr. Amadeo talked me into the mile.

BEST TEAM MEMORY – Hanging with my new teammates and old friends is the best part of being on the xc  team.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM COACH – My coaches are very supportive and continually share advise on training and motivating me to give it my best.  But most importantly, they have tried to teach me how to                PACE MYSELF.  Still working on that!

PARENT REFLECTION – We are very proud of Danny for accepting the challenge of participating in both football and cross country this season.  We admire his perseverance and the dedication he has shown in his preparation/practice and his commitment to do the very best he can for his team.   We wish you much success and a healthy season!

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR – Danny will be attending Iowa State University, majoring in Business.  He hopes to be part of the ROTC program for the United States Air Force.

Shamus McCarthy:  WHY I RUN – I run to have fun and I enjoy working hard. I also run because it’s a good way to work out problems. When I’m running I can block out the other distractions of the day and focus on what I want to think about.

MY RUNNING STORY – I remember the last race of my Junior year when I finally broke the 20 minute barrier.  I knocked almost a full minute off my PR to that point. It was funny because I had didn’t think I could break 20 minutes but my dad thought I could and told me if I did he would buy me my own ice cream cake from DQ.  It was the best ice cream cake I’d ever tasted.

BEST TEAM MEMORY – My best team memory goes back a few years.  It was when I went to Minneapolis with the team in 8th grade and we went out for a midnight run with the other 8th graders. Nobody else got to go besides the 8th graders.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM COACH – I learned so much I am not sure where to start. I learned the importance of stretching. I learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Coach has helped lead me to develop my skills as a runner. I will take his advice with me wherever I end up next year.

PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR – I haven’t made a decision on a college yet but I plan to study computer science next year.

PARENT REFLECTION – Shamus has been running cross-country since 8th grade. He really had a great time getting exposed to running during middle school with Coach Wilson. That led him to the fun and challenge of high school XC.  The many memories he has and friends he has made during his years in cross-country will follow him for many years to come.  No matter what he chooses to do in the future this is a sport he’ll always be able to connect to.  We appreciate the guidance and support Shamus has gotten from all the coaches over the years.


Varsity – The Dowling Catholic Maroons suffered their first loss of the season last Friday to the Valley Tigers by the score of 24-21.   The Maroons fell behind 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.   The offense got on the scoreboard with a 29 yard TD pass from Ryan Boyle to Charlie Schulte.  Nick McLellan’s PAT made it 10-7 Valley.  Valley tacked on 2 more TD’s and the 1st half ended with the Maroons trailing 24-7.  There would be no scoring in the 3rd quarter by either team.

The Maroons started the 4th quarter trailing by 17 points.   With 8:34 to go in the 4th quarter, Ryan Boyle scored on 1 yard run to make it 24-14 with McLellan’s PAT.  On the Maroons next drive, highlighted by a 36 yard reception by Schulte, the Maroons scored their final touchdown via 2 yard run by Ryan Boyle.  McLellan’s PAT made the final score 24-21.

Leading rushers for the Maroons were QB Ryan Boyle with 102 yards on 20 carries, Isaiah Patton with 66 yards on 13 carries, and Max Kasap with 26 yards on 4 carries.

Leading tacklers for the Maroons were Rodney Harris with 13 total tackles, Gray Gochenour with 8 tackles, Nick Wilson with 7 tackles, and Jordan Theis with 6.5 tackles.  Max Morris also had a fumble recovery in the second quarter.

Coach Wilson’s comments: Obviously, the outcome of the varsity game was not what we wanted.  This team will be back.  The remaining schedule is different than past years in that 2 of our opponents currently are undefeated including our opponent for this this week.  One other future opponent currently has one loss.  We will just go back to work.

The Maroons will be back in action on Friday for Homecoming against Council Bluffs Lewis Central at 7:30 at Valley Stadium.

  JV –  defeated Valley on Monday night by the score of 21-20.  JT Brown threw scoring passes to Nick Adam and Tommy Wanek, with the latter the game winner.  Kurt Walding also threw a TD pass to Wanek.  The Maroons were able to block the Valley PAT, thus keeping the score at 20-14, and setting the stage for the winning score.  Wanek also intercepted a Valley pass in the 4th quarter.

Sophomore – The Maroons pounced on the Tigers Friday 35-0. The offense looked their best of the season, balanced both in the running and passing game.  Ben Wilson connected with Cole Billings for two touchdowns along with Joseph Herold to help set up a score.  Jacob Zachary and Aaron Krah have provided a successful running game, keeping opposing defenses on their heels. The offensive line Aaron Fritz, Matt Lawler, Nick Simpson, Andrew Steenblock and Dakota Streyffler were impressive, driving the Tigers defensive line back and creating lanes for the backs. The Maroons defense has been Awesome all year! The defensive line Atlias Bell, Yarima Robertson, Willie O’Hara, and Jake Hougham have made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, causing havoc on opposing offenses. Valley’s opportunity to score was stymied when the quarterback was pressured and threw an interception caught by Aaron Krah at the Maroons goal line. Krah ran the interception 80 yards before being pushed out of bounds, putting the Maroons in scoring postion.  Atlias Bell had three sacks, Yarima Robertson with one.  Sam Olson had a textbook tackle on a fake punt to set up the first score of the game.  Jake Hummel had three solo tackles. The defense has held three out of four opponents without a score.  The Maroons travel to Lincoln on Monday the 29th, kickoff is at 5:00pm.



The Varsity Maroons proved to be rude guests to the host Rams of Southeast Polk beating them by a score of 103-83. The JV were also victorious, routing the junior Rams by a count of 125-41.
The Maroons got out to a surprisingly quick lead by taking the 200 Medley Relay (Allison Carmody, Anne Marie Westercamp, Megan Lilly, Hannah Williamson), beating a Ram team anchored by the states #1 ranked swimmer Allyssa Fluit. The DCHS B Relay of Maddie Krumel, Lauren Jenkins, Sydney Goodell and Emily Miller also swam well and captured 3rd. Megan Siembieda took 2nd in the 200 Free and the see-saw meet was on! Williamson (2nd), Jaena Delahunt (3rd) and Goodell (4th) took home big points in the 200 IM and got the Maroons back in front. Westercamp (2nd) was narrowly touched put in the 50 Free and Carmody took fourth as the Rams edged back in front. 
The trio of Gabby White, Margaret Engel and Annie Noll swept the medal stand in the Diving portion of the meet to give the Maroons a lead they would not relinquish! Lilly (2nd), Carmody (3rd) and Delahunt (4th) stood tall, in the 100 Butterfly followed by a spirited 2nd and 4th by Westercamp and Juliette Sanders in the 100 Free. Williamson (1st) and Siembieda (2nd) swam through open water in convincing fashion in the 500 Free.
The 200 Free Relay squads of Caroline Dee, Bailey Renger, Delahunt, Siembieda and Cristina Banuelos, Haley Egan, Carmody and Anushi Wijayagunaratne took second and third respectively to keep the Maroons up by ten with three events left. While Fluit swam to victory in the 100 Back, the Maroons showed the Rams why depth is important when Lilly, Sanders and Rebecca Naughton took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to extend the lead to 12. DCHS put the hammer down in the 100 Breast by sweeping the top three spots (Dee, Lauren Jenkins, and Wijayagunaratne) and effectively ending the contest with one event left. Fluit was too much to handle as the anchor of the 400 Relay but the Maroons once again proved the definition of team as the A Relay (Williamson, Siembieda, Delahunt and Westercamp) and the B Relay (Goodell, Egan, Banuelos and Wijayagunaratne) took home second and third to end the meet!
The Junior Varsity contest was never in doubt, started by a solid win in the 200 Medley Relay by Alayna Sweers, Andi Miller, Alicia Bump and Helen Garst. Wijayagunaratne (1st), Sweers (2nd) and Therese Riesberg (4th) swam well in the 200 Free to extend the lead and they never looked back. Clare Willey and Garst went 1-2 in the 200 IM and not to be outdone Egan and Bump did the same in the 50 Free! Alexis Danner grabbed 1st in the 1 meter diving contest followed by another 1-2 finish in the 100 Butterfly performed by Anne Gradoville and Bump. The trio of Banuelos, E. Miller and Jenkins then turned it up a notch by taking 1-2-3 in the 100 Free and then, just for good measure, the 500 Free trio of Carly Farnsworth, A. Miller and Garst did the same. The Junior Varsity lost its first race of the night when the 200 Medley Relay (Jenkins, Willey, Delanie Norman and Bump) was touched out by just 0:00.39 in a superb race. The 100 Backstroke saw the duo of Sweers and Krumel cruise to a 1-2 finish followed by a 1-2 from Renger and E. Miller in the 100 Breaststroke. The meet ended just the way it started with DCHS riding a wave to victory in the 400 Free Relay from Gradoville, Krumel, Sweers and E. Miller.


“O clap your hands all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy!” –  Psalms 47:1   Congrats to the Fall 2014 DCHS Cheer Officers!

Varsity/Captains – Chelsea Albaugh, Abi Goeser, Kristen Krueger, Madalyn Mauro. Squad Ministers – Hannah Fuller, Megan Johnson, Maren Nielsen. Medics – Nicole McVey, Meghan Tellner.

Sophomore/Captains – Marie Anderson, Anna Rose Corell, Emily Flood.  Squad Ministers – Abby Dowd, Kennedy Roberts, Grace Wormley. Medics – CeCe Cook, Booke O’Hara.

Freshman/Captains – Leah Lentsch, Jaylin Liston, Evan Stewart. Squad Ministers- Carolann Donnelly, Abby Ingamells, Natalie Napolitano. Medics – Megan Kavlock, Nicole Endres.

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  • Dowling Catholic won the National Tweeting Contest #X Battle Presented by It Can Wait and Sponsored by The Great American Rivalry Series. The prize is having the International band Rixton perform just for Dowling kids.  The Band will be at Dowling next Thursday.  Dowling tweeted 344,771 tweets.  2nd place school was Westmoor HS – Oklahoma City with 335,771 tweets.

DID YOU KNOW? At 12:15pm on Friday—all school year—parents, fans, and alumni are invited to pray the Rosary in the DCHS Chapel!  Come join others as we pray for our kids, our teachers, our Administration, our Maroons.

Following the Rosary this Friday, Sept.26th, DCHS fans are invited to meet at Angelo’s (old Jimmy’s on 8th St.) for LUNCH (12:45pm) prior to the 2:15pm HOMECOMING Pep Rally. The more the merrier ~ join us at the Rosary, Lunch and/or Rally!

DID YOU KNOW? The DCHS HOMECOMING Tailgate is from 5:30pm – 7pm! In the Valley Stadium North Parking Lot.  Dowling Catholic Varsity Football vs. Council Bluffs Lewis Central @ Valley Stadium / Kick-off: 7:30 p.m.  Freshman game starts at 4:30 pm.

DID YOU KNOW? There is FUN planned for Parents too on HOMECOMING NIGHT (Sat., 9/27)!

We have reserved space for DCHS parents to gather after Homecoming pictures at Mickey’s in Waukee  @ 6:30 PM  ~ 50 SE Laurel St Waukee, IA Reggie Recker (DCHS parent) manages Mickey’s and has space reserved for DCHS parents!  The Iowa State vs. Baylor game kick-off is at 7 PM and he will have it on the big screen for those ISU fans. If you plan on stopping in, please let Pat Hunter know at so she can let know them know about how many to expect!   All are welcome ~ spread the word!

Questions? Contact Cathy Brett at or Cathy Fuller at

Dear Dowling Catholic Community -With football season upon us we wanted to take a minute to bring everyone up to speed on the changes being made with games played at Valley Stadium this fall. In attempt to make these exciting games safe and enjoyable for everyone, we will be implementing the following safety procedures:

• All bags, purses and backpacks entering the stadium will be checked. If you will be bringing any of these items into the stadium, please enter through the bag check lines located at the north and west gates.

• There will be no loitering behind the stands.

• No balls of any kind will be allowed into the stadium.

We will begin to enforce these procedures beginning with our first home game, Cedar Rapids Xavier, on Friday August 29th.  These safety procedures were developed in coordination with the West Des Moines Police Department and Valley Stadium security personnel.  Thank you for working with us to make Valley Stadium a safe facility for all of our spectators!

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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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 Maroon Crew 2014 Fall Sports News Reporters

Pat Hunter – Coordinator

Cathy Fuller – Cheerleading

Lindsay Amadeo – Boys Cross Country

Father James Kirby -Girls Cross Country

Joan Bowman – Dance

Kevin Otte – Varsity Football

Chris Tallman – Sophomore Football

Brenda Miller – Freshman Football

Cathy Stroud – Boys Golf

Tom Delahunt – Varsity Girls Swim/Dive

Brian Hughes – Varsity Volleyball



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