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After several weeks of researching logistical concerns, the Dubuque Wahlert boys golf program will continue to compete at the largest enrollment level in Iowa.
The issue arose in December, when Wahlert announced its plans to compete in Class 3A district football with schools similar in size instead of remaining in the predominantly Class 4A Mississippi Valley Conference. The Iowa High School Athletic Association requires Class 4A football programs to compete in the highest class for boys golf, regardless of enrollment size.
"We will potentially revisit this decision down the line," Wahlert coach Dan Mulligan said. "But the positives of staying in the conference and keeping up the city relationships were too strong to outweigh attempting to compete at our enrollment level in the spring."
For boys golf, Class 4A competes in the fall, while the three other classes feature spring schedules. A move to Class 3A would have prevented Wahlert from competing against city rivals Hempstead and Senior, as well as all other MVC schools.
The Eagles, in effect, would have become an independent in boys golf and would have had to find a suitable schedule of spring meets without an opportunity to compete for a conference championship. And some athletes would have had to choose between golf and other spring sports.
Wahlert also would have had to find a golf course to call home. The three local courses are already assigned girls high school programs for the spring.
Mulligan and athletic director Tom English looked at the positives and negatives of each situation to make the best decision for the majority of the Wahlert golfers.
DUBUQUE CO. I-CLUB MEETING SET FOR MAY
Iowa men's basketball coach Fran McCaffery, women's basketball assistant coach Jenni Fitzgerald, wrestling strength and conditioning coach Luke Lofthouse, and a representative from football will be the featured speakers at the annual Dubuque County I-Club Spring Banquet on Tuesday, May 20 at Thunder Hills Country Club.
Gary Dolphin, voice of the Hawkeyes, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. A golf outing will be held prior to the banquet with a shotgun start at noon.
The event is open to the public. For banquet and/or golf reservations, call Thunder Hills at 563-556-3256. Deadline to order tickets is May 16.
WILLIAM PENN TAKES OWNERSHIP OF laneS
William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the owners of Mahaska Bowl and Recreation when the property was gifted to the university on April 30. Mahaska Bowl and Recreation will remain a separate entity under the umbrella of the university.
The transition in ownership will not affect the services offered to patrons from the greater Mahaska County community. The facility will continue to be managed by Mark and Tami Van Wyk and will be open to the public during normal operating hours. The university has no intention of selling the business, but it will oversee operations in support of William Penn's 30-member bowling program.
MANCHESTER HIRES PAULSEN AS VOLLEYBALL COACH
Manchester University athletic director Rick Espeset recently promoted assistant women's volleyball coach Bryndon Paulsen to head coach at the Indiana school. He replaces Kendra Marlowe, who stepped down in November.
Paulsen joined Manchester University's athletic staff in August. He earned a Master of Science degree in sport management from Western Illinois University this month and a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology and physical education from Clarke University in 2010.
Paulsen held positions as graduate assistant coach for the WIU women's team from August 2011-May 2012 and volunteer assistant coach for Clarke's men's team and the University of Dubuque women's team from August 2010-April 2011 before joining the Manchester University staff.
Paulsen also played collegiately at Clarke from 2006-10.
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