Ranked Denver Cyclones suffer loss to rival Wapsie Valley; bounce back at Hudson
The Cyclones ended 2021 with an 8-1 record climbing their way to a #2 ranking. Starting 2022 with four away games, the boys’ basketball team looked to continue their winning streak as they faced rival Wapsie Valley on Tuesday night, Jan. 4.

The Cyclones displayed a new starting line-up with seniors Mitchell DeVries, Caylor Hoffer and Conner Sheridan, junior Ethan Schoville and sophomore Eli Ricketts.

The Warriors took control right away to score the first five points. The Cyclones came back to tie at the end of the first quarter. The teams battled back and forth as Denver’s top scorers, Hoffer and DeVries, were covered all night. Wapsie outscored Denver 17-7 in the second giving them the halftime lead.

Denver came back after the half to outscore the Warriors in the third, 12-9. Wapsie continued their lead by as much as ten throughout the fourth quarter. Denver kept battling as they reduced the deficit by two, but fouls and turnovers widen the gap and Wapsie came out on top 64-60.

Hoffer was the leading scorer with 25 followed by DeVries with 18. DeVries led in rebounds with 10.

Boys look to bounce back at Hudson

After suffering a heart-breaking loss on Tuesday to rival Wapsie Valley, the Denver boys looked to regain their winning ways on the road against Hudson on Friday night. Hudson coming in with a 1-7 record, eyed to gain a win on the Cyclones.

Denver started strong with the first seven points coming from Mitchell DeVries, but Hudson answered with three, three-point shots to take the early lead.

After being down by 9, Hudson’s young team led the Cyclones at the end of first quarter 23-20. Denver came together in the second with numerous players scoring to lead at half-time 42-36.

In the third, Denver widened the lead to ten, but the Pirates came back within three halfway through the quarter. The Cyclones continued to hit their shots and started to wear down Hudson widening the lead by ten. By the middle of the fourth, a steal by DeVries enabled Hoffer his second dunk of the season as Denver increased their lead by 20.

They never let up and to end the game in fine fashion with seconds on the clock a second dunk of the game by junior Kasey Wirtjes helped the Cyclones improve their record to 9-2 winning 84-63.

Denver had three players in double digits as DeVries led with 26 points, Hoffer - 21 and Eli Rickets - 17. Freshman Talon Lafrenz led with 8 rebounds and DeVries led assists with 6.

Against Ankeny Christian

The Cyclones ended their week with another road game to Ankeny Christian on Saturday night. The Eagles took control of the game and Denver was never able to recover, losing 59-68, only outscoring AC in the fourth.

This Week

Denver (9-3) resumes action on Tuesday at South Hardin (5-3) then back at home on Friday against conference powerhouse Aplington-Parkersburg (9-1). Let’s pack the gym to show our support for the Cyclones. The girls tip off at 6:15 pm with the boys following.
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