When you win a state title, you don’t rest on your laurels.
In the case of the Dowling Catholic Maroons, they don’t expect any opponent to “Step to the Rear” on their way to a second consecutive Class 5A title.
It’s business as usual once again for the Maroons…just the way Bob and Sharon Hanson prefers it. The legendary coaches welcome back 1st team All-Stater Audrey Faber and Becca Hittner (3rd team All-State) to the starting lineup. Marin Daniels also returns, including Kennedy Childers, who was sidelined for most of the year with an knee injury.
The Maroons will start the season off with a bang…against Class 4A defending champion Harlan on December 2nd. Then they’ll meet Iowa City High, who they defeated in the 5A semifinals, and Cedar Rapids Xavier, as part of a non-conference slate.
The Maroons are ranked #1 by the IGHSAU in their preseason Class 5A poll.
Dowling Catholic Maroons
2013-14 record (overall, conference): 23-3, 4-2
Class, Conference: 5A, CIC – Western Division
Head Coaches: Bob and Sharon Hanson, 42th season, 739-227
Assistant: Jerry Schartner
Retunring starters: Audrey Faber 1st Team All State—Becca Hittner 3rd Team All State–Kennedy Childers Knee Injury last season played limited in state tournament. Being recruited by 4 or 5 division I colleges. Marin Daniels returning starter recruited by Iowa State Soccer.
Returning letterwinners: Amber Gierstorf, Jamie Pithan, Callie Andersen, Soph Maddie Andersen.
Players lost to graduation: Lucie Sarcone and Hayden Butler
Key games on schedule: Iowa City High, Harlan, Ankeny Centennial (2), Valley (2), Johnston (2), SE Polk, Mason City, Waukee, CR Xavier
Interesting storylines: Dowling has one of the toughest schedules in the state this season. The Hansons have won 6 state titles (1 with Des Moines East in 1979, and 5 with Dowling, including last season).
Team goals: Develop some very good young players to complement the talented returners.
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