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Golden Hawks and Regals Renew Rivalry

Posted: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 at 7:00 am

The Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks travel to Iowa City tonight to take on their rival, the Iowa City Regina Regals, in a River Valley Conference boys and girls basketball doubleheader.

The Mid-Prairie girls enter play undefeated on the young season with a 2-0 record. The Hawks have wins over Tipton and Friday they outlasted Northeast Goose Lake in overtime 57-53. On the season the Hawks are led by Shae Becker who is averaging 13 points and six rebounds. Anna Vilovchik is putting up 12 points per game so far this season. Becker and Delaney Smith hold the team lead with three assists per contest. Phelan Hostetler leads on the glass at seven boards per game.

Regina enters play with a 1-2 overall record. The Regals are ranked No. 6 in the state in the latest poll from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. They beat Durant 61-24 while losing to Bellevue 39-29 and Incarnate Word Academy of St. Louis 63-58. The Regals are without starting guard and all-state performer Mary Crompton because of a knee injury. Alex Wiese leads the Regals averaging a double double with 11 points and 10 boards per game. Lauren Garde has the team lead with five assists.

The Regals have won five in a row in the series, including sweeping the two game series last season.

On the boys side Mid-Prairie comes in searching for their first victory after dropping games to Tipton and Northeast Goose Lake. The Golden Hawks are led on the season by  Ryan Slabaugh at 11 points per game. Grant Boyse, Dominic Pickard and Cale Robertson each have three assists on the season. Cary Schaefer leads on the glass with eight total boards in two games.

Tonight is the season opener for Regina who delayed the start of the campaign because of their deep playoff football run. The Regals return their top five scorers from last season including Jocoa Kerschen who averaged 13 points per game. Jake Phillips returns as last year’s leader in assists with 62 and steals with 53. Even Brauns returns for his sophomore season after he led the Regals in rebounding as a freshman with 145.

The Regals swept both games from the Hawks a year ago. You can hear all of the action live tonight between Mid-Prairie and Iowa City Regina, live from Regina High School on AM 1380, FM 102.5 and, beginning with the Washington HyVee pregame show at 5:30 and tipoff of the girls game at 6p.m. with the boys to follow.