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Congratulations to the Maharishi School boys tennis team as they claim third place in both the team and doubles championships at state.

For the fourth straight season, the Maharishi School boys' tennis squad came home with a top-three finish at the Class 1A state team tennis meet.
The boys defeated Spencer in the consolation final, shutting their opponents out 5-0. The Pioneers won five individual matches, ending the contest. Picking up wins for Maharishi were Owen Blake (4-6, 6-4, 6-3), Luke Hillis (6-1, 6-2), Joseph Gelfand (2-6, 6-2, 6-1), Sam Johnson (6-4, 6-4), and Benj Jones (6-1, 0-6, 6-3).

"I'm proud of our seniors," said Pioneer head coach Lawrence Eyre. "They have gone to Final Four four times and never come back with less than third place. To play this entire season without our No. 1 player - this is an accomplishment I'll remember for a long time."

In the opening round, the Pioneers and Clarke-Osceola battled back and forth, taking a 4-4 tie into the No. 2 doubles match. The Pioneer duo of Gelfand and Derek Thatcher nearly pulled off the win, but fell 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 and allowing Clarke to advance to the championship.

Maharishi School individual wins included Hillis (6-2, 6-0) and Johnson (6-1, 6-1). Doubles wins included Blake and Hillis (6-4, 6-2), as well as Johnson and Jones (7-6, 7-6). Pioneer losses included Blake (2-6, 4-6), Gelfand (6-4, 5-7, 4-6), Thatcher (4-6, 5-7), and Jones (3-6, 6-4, 5-7).

Over the past 20 seasons, the Pioneers have gone to the "Final Four" of Class 1A tennis 11 times, never finishing worse than third. In that span, MSAE has won four state championships, and finished second on four occasions.

Maharishi School Boys Tennis Team qualifies for state with an exciting down to the wire 5-3 win over Pella. The Girls Tennis Team also wins the Regional semi-final over Centerville 5-0. In Golf Junior John DeAngelis qualifies for the State Golf Tournament with a 78 at the Districts at Pleasant Valley.

Tennis: pioneer notes from substate tennis 5/17 from coach Lawrence Eyre

In the semifinal we beat a tough grinnell team 5-0. Grinnell had won 10 straight matches before coming to town. they arrived friday, practiced Friday night on our courts and were primed to challenge us. Hats off to our seniors Benj Jones and Sam Johnson, reserves for their first three seasons, who scored our 4th and 5th points to clinch the win over Grinnell.

In the substate final we met a senior-laden Pella team (5 seniors, 1 junior) hungry for revenge after falling in three straight substate finals to us. It was a battle royal--fierce play--Owen Blake crushed Wineland 6-0, 6-0 to get us on the board; Frosh Derek Thatcher quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win over senior Tyler Terlow. Pella fought back: soph Joseph Gelfand suffered a rare loss at #3, 2-4, 4-6 to human backboard Jared Rietveld; Benj Jones fell 5-7, 3-6 to Brett Braafhart...luke Hillis countered at #2, beating junior Bryn Boswell 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 for our third point. Last match on court was #4 singles, where two seniors duked it out for 3 sets, with Pella's Robb Way wearing down Sam Johnson 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 to send the team match into the doubles with the score split 3-3.

With the season on the line, our doubles teams cranked up the volume: playing together for only the second time, soph Joseph Gelfand and freshman Derek Thatcher blasted seniors Retveldt and Way 6-3, 6-3 to give us our 4th point. Our veterans Owen Blake and luke Hillis brought the hammer down minutes later, finishing off Pella's district doubles champs Wineland and Boswell 6-4, 6-2 to send the pioneers to our 9th final four in the last 12 seasons.

I couldn't be prouder of our guys. They played their best when it counted most. We look forward to playing Clarke of Osceola in the state team semifinal may 27 at Hoover high school in Des Moines. Spencer will take on Wahlert of Dubuque in the other morning match. Five of our guys will compete in the state singles and doubles tournaments in Waterloo may 23 and 24: Owen Blake andLuke Hillis in doubles, Sam Johnson and Derek Thatcher in doubles and Joseph Gelfand in singles. stats: season dual meet record--6-2; 21 seasons-- 195-57. 11th final four in 21 seasons note: Owen Blake becomes only the second pioneer in school tennis history to qualify for 4 consecutive team final fours, joining Justin Vigmostad (1997-2000).

The Maharishi School Girls tennis team defeated Ceterville 5-0 on Saturday and earned the right to play in the regional final against defending regional champion Camanche. This match will be played Monday May 19th at 3:00pm at Iowa City West in Iowa City.


Maharishi School Boys Tennis 1st In District Track and Field Boys 4x800 and girls 4x200 qualify for State Track Meet. Boys golf team also gets through first round of the play-offs and will play in the district championship Friday May 16th.

Tennis: The Maharishi School boys tennis team took another Class 1A district title yesterday at the Fairfield Middle School and MUM outdoor courts. Top seeded Owen Blake and Luke Hillis ran away with the doubles championship dropping only 2 games in 4 matches. They likely will be seeded among the top 4 at the state tournament.

The Pioneers Sam Johnson and Derek Thatcher were the number 3 seed in the doubles bracket but finished 2nd and will advance to the state competition. They got by the number 2 seeded duo from Keokuk during the semifinals- 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 7-5 (trailing 2-5 they overcame 3 match points and won 5 straight games during the 3rd set)
and then lost 2-6, 0-6 against Blake and Hillis in final.

Joseph Gelfand from Maharishi School qualified for state in singles. The 3rd seeded sophomore took a 6-4, 6-3 semifinal win over the number 2 seed Justin Bradfield of Fairfield before dropping the championship match 4-6, 6-4, 0-6 against Keokuk's district top seeded player James Vandenberg.

Track: State qualifying boy’s 4x800 meter relay team placed 2nd in the District meet in a new Maharishi School record of 8:54.86. Maharishi School team was senior Michael Dearborn 2:08.00, junior Peter Arnold 2:12.00, junior Elliott Onash 2:17.00, and senior Lane Weaver 2:13.00 On hand was Kevin Incorvia former state 800 champion.  Kevin was anchor man on the previous MSAE record holding team from 1999 (8:57.82).  Kevin joined us in the stands and joyfully witnessed the record breaking performance!

Then the Maharishi girl’s 4x200 meter relay team of senior Lanie Goldstein, junior Choey Shreck, junior Katie Dinkel, and senior Yelana Loiselle, won the gold in 1:52.93 just missing their own school record while qualifying for State in that event. The boys race is Thursday, May 15th at 5:40pm and the girls race is Friday, May 16th at 4:30pm.

Maharishi School Defeats Burlington 6-3 in Girls Tennis, May 6th and Blanks Fairfield 9-0 In Girls Tennis on Tuesday April 29th

At Burlington
Winning for the Pioneers: Singles #1 Bonnie Carter 8-3, #3 Angela Sickler 8-0, #4 Mollie Cutler 8-3, #6 Leya Alderfer 8-4, In Doubles #1 Sheila Higgins and Carter 8-4, #2 Holly Armstrong and Sickler 8-6 Taking JV matches- Singles Nofiya Denbaum 6-2 Doubles 2 from Raina Dollive and Denbaum 6-2 and 6-1
At Fairfield
1 Bonnie Carter 10-8 over Rachele Petit
2 Sheila Higgins topped Kim Thorn 10-2
3 Angela Sickler got by Olivia Bachar 10-5
4 Molly Cutler nipped Megan Proctor 11-9 overcoming 3 match points in the 18th game
5 Holly Armstrong downed Whitney Taglauer 10-5
6 Leya Alderfer defeated Courtney Kerr 10-5

1 Carter and Higgins downed Petit and Thorn 10-5
2 Sickler and Armstrong beat Proctor and Taglauer 10-4
3 Cutler and Alderfer over Emily Gleason and Kerr 10-1

Maharishi School Beats Iowa City In Boys Tennis on Wednesday April 30th
The Maharishi School boys tennis team defeated Iowa City High 7-2 yesterday. Winning for the Pioneers were: Singles 1 Owen Blake 6-0, 6-1 2 Luke Hillis 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 3 Joseph Gelfand 6-2, 6-0, 5 Derek Thatcher 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 Doubles 1 Blake and Hillis 6-2, 6-2, 2 Sam Johnson and Gelfand 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 3 Jay Stewart and Thatcher 6-3, 6-4

Track News
There is good news in girls track as the Maharishi School girls track team, as things stand now, are first in their district in the 4x100, 4x200, and the sprint medley relay races. This gives them the inside track on state qualifying which takes place May 10th.


Tennis, Track and Golf schedules now posted.

Maharishi School 1st In Boys Tennis Tournament at home on Saturday April 26th

Host Maharishi School took the title of the Pioneer boys tennis invitational Saturday. Picking up a point for each game victory Maharishi School scored 162 points. Davis County finished 2nd at 95. Maharishi School took the title in each division of the competition including:

1 doubles Owen Blake and Luke Hillis scored 50
2 doubles Sam Johnson and Derek Thatcher 49 points
1 singles Joseph Gelfand 44
2 singles Jay Stewart 19 out of maximum 22 points

Maharishi School began the tennis season in fine fashion with a 9-0 win over both Fort Madison and Fairfield public schools

The Maharishi School boys tennis team blanked Fairfield 9-0 Friday on the M.U.M. outdoor courts April 4th. The scores:
1 Owen Blake got by Justin Bradfield 5-7. 6-0, 7-6 (7-1) in a 2 and a half hour marathon that featured Blake overcoming 2 match points in the 3rd set
2 Luke Hillis defeated Nathan Hurley 6-2, 6-1
3 Joseph Gelfand downed Ashlin Travers 6-0, 6-1
4 Sam Johnson beat Ryan Brewington 6-0, 6-0
5 Derek Thatcher swept Kyle Brewington 6-0, 6-1
6 Jay Stewart topped George Winland 6-3, 6-0
1 Blake and Hillis 6-0 over Bradfield and Hurley
2 Gelfand and Johnson knocked off Travers and R. Brewington 6-0, 6-3
3 Thatcher and Stewart beat K. Brewington and Winland 6-1 both sets.

The Pioneers opened the season with a 9-0 win against Fort Madison Thursday inside the M.U.M. rec center. The scores:
1 Blake 6-0, 6-1
2 Hillis 6-0, 6-4
3 Gelfand 6-1, 6-1
4 Johnson 6-0, 6-1
5 Thatcher 6-4, 6-0
6 Stewart 6-0, 6-0
1 Blake and Hillis 6-2, 6-2
2 Gelfand and Johnson 6-0, 6-1
3 Thatcher and Stewart 6-0, 6-0
The Pioneers rolled despite not having 2 of the top 6 players. Unable to play were usual number one Ti Liptak and Benj Jones in the 5 spot.

Blake and Hillis took the number one doubles championship in the tough Cedar Rapids Washington tournament Saturday April 8th.

Tennis, Track and Golf schedules now posted.




Maharishi School will compete in 5 sports this spring. Boys tennis, track and golf as well as girls tennis and track. In their first two track meets of the year the girls track team set two school records.

The Maharishi Pioneers Girls Track Team traveled to the UNI-Dome at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA on Tuesday March 25, 2008.  The state indoor Track & Field Championships featured High School girls from across the state in all classes; 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A.  This was the Pioneers first ever appearance at this championship.

Maharishi sprinter Lanie Goldstein placed 22nd among 214 competitors in the 60M Dash.  Her time of 8.41 missed her own school record by .05 one hundredths’ of a second.

The team of Katie Dinkel, Sheila Higgins, Yolana Loiselle and Lanie Goldstein set a new all time Maharishi Pioneers school record of 157.46 in the 4X200M Relay besting the 158.17 time set back in 1999.

This is the second time in a week that a new Maharishi Pioneers school track record was broken.  Last week the same girls set a new school track record in the 4X100M Relay in Iowa State University indoor girl’s Track and Field meet.

Sheila Higgins, who had never run track before, has now been on two record breaking teams in her first attempts ever at any track distance.

January 22nd, the boys varsity basketball team defeated Harmony 52-31. Josh Posner had his best night ever as he led his team with a 30 point performance.

The pioneers jumped out to an 18 -2 lead in the first quarter and maintained that lead for the whole game. Owen Blake Maharishi's top player for most of the year contributed 9 points but was hampered by getting into foul trouble and had to sit for about half the game. This gave the younger players an opportunity which they took full advantage of. Along with Posner they were able to keep the Rockets at bay by playing tough coherent defense. The next game for the pioneers will be Friday January 25th at Van Buren. The postponed game at Winfield Mt-Union has also been rescheduled for Saturday January 26th at 2:00pm for the fresh/soph boys followed by the varsity.

January 15th, the girls varsity basketball team defeated Notre Dame The day before the fresh/soph girls team also defeated Notre Dame

Bonnie Carter, who had taken just one shot all night, connected for all six of her points down the stretch as the Pioneers stunned the Nikes 51-47 at Father Minett Gymnasium.

The loss snapped Notre Dame's five-game winning streak.

"This one is hard to swallow," Notre Dame coach Kollin Alfred said. "We had won five in a row and I think we took it a little for granted. Maharishi is a really improved team. They have some good players. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with."

"I thought our defense was definitely the difference tonight," Maharishi coach Brendan Higgins said. "They hit some shots at the end that really kept them in the game, but I thought our defense early in the game was definitely the key."

Maharishi (5-10 overall, 4-8 South Division) took the early lead on a 15-foot jumper by Nofiya Denbaum.

Notre Dame (9-6, 8-4) knotted the game at 2 on a short jumper in the lane by Kelsay Brueck.

The Pioneers responded with a 9-0 run to open an 11-2 lead.

But the Nikes battled back. A layin by Bridget Deery, a jumper by Ariel Stevens and a layin by Brueck helped Notre Dame close the gap.

But the Nikes would face an uphill battle all night. Denbaum proved to be a thorn in the Nikes' side. Every time Notre Dame would close the gap, Denbaum would hit a shot to extend the Pioneers' lead.

Lani Goldstein, among the state's leaders in steals, came up with a steal and a layup to open the second half. A putback by Dorothy Kern gave the Pioneers a 26-17 lead.

Notre Dame answered with a 13-3 run. Stevens started the rally with a 3-pointer. Brueck knocked down three shots, Stevens hit another jumper and Jennifer Rucker canned a shot from the left wing as the Nikes took their first lead of the game, 30-29, with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in the third quarter.

But a steal and layin by Goldstein and a trey by Denbaum helped Maharishi forge a 37-33 lead.

Notre Dame knotted the game at 37 on a 15-foot jumper by Rucker, only to see the Pioneers go on a 7-0 run. A jumper by Kylee Bessine, a 3-pointer by Brueck and a 15-footer by Brueck knotted the game at 44 with 1:05 left

Following a pair of free throws by Denbaum, Stevens buried a 3-pointer to give the Nikes a 47-46 lead with 47.2 seconds left.

Carter, who hit all three of her shots in the final 3:37, nailed a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line with 33.7 seconds left to give the Pioneers the lead for good.

"Those might have been my biggest baskets ever," Carter said. "My teammates were getting me the ball and I just shot it. I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

"Bonnie hadn't scored up until then," Higgins said. "If she was waiting for a good time to score, she sure picked the right time."

Bessine missed a pair of free throws which would have given Notre Dame the lead with 23.2 seconds left.

Denbaum made 1-of-2 free throws with 2.2 seconds left to give Maharishi a 49-47 lead.

Following the Nikes' 19th and final turnover of the game, Sheila Higgins sank a pair of free throws to seal the Pioneers' victory. Next game for the varsity girls is Thursday January 17th at 7:00pm vs Fort Madison at the Field House.



January 8th, the girls varsity basketball team had a win at home with a 40-33 victory over West Burlington. The day before the fresh/soph girls team also defeated West Burlington.

Lani Goldstein and Bonnie Carter led the way with 15 and 14 points respectively. The teams played a close 1st quarter but the pioneers opened up the game by taking the 2nd quarter 12 to 2. Maharishi school was able to maintain their lead for the entire game, but West Burlington did manage to close the gap to 4 points in the 4th quarter. However a couple of timely steals by Lani sealed the victory late in the game. The night before the fresh/soph team defeated West burlington 46-22 led by Shaina Silverman who had a game high 16 points.

The junior high boys team (8th grade) also got their season off to a satisfying start with a 24-20 win over New London. Thomas Weiss and Paul DeAngelis both had 10 points. The 7th grade boys lost in the final seconds 21-19 in their game with New London. Raffi Gelfand was the top scorer with 6 points.

The Varsity Boys lost to West Burlington on the 8th 63-46, but it was a solid outing for the team as they continue to improve. Owen Blake had 21 points.

The varsity girls basketball team picked up two victories over the weekend with a 48-37 win over Van Buren and a 60 -17 win over IMS. The fresh/soph girls also picked up a win against Van Buren.

Dorothy Kern led the way against arch rival Van Buren on Friday night as she scored 17 points and added 16 rebounds to help the Pioneers in an important win. The Pioneers were steady all evening as they won each quarter. Nofiya Denbaum had 8 points and Shelia Higgins had 6 points in the balanced win. Saturday afternoon the trend continued as IMS had no answer for the pioneer's speed and rebounding. Nofiya was the top scorer with 21 points, a career game for her, while Lani Goldstein had 14 points mostly due to her timely steals and full court lay-ups.

Next game for the varsity is Tuesday December 18th at Central Lee for both the boys and girls. Monday December 17th the fresh/soph boys and girls are at home against Central Lee. Game time is 6:00 pm for the girls and the boys will start about 7:15 pm.

January 8th, the girls varsity basketball team had a win at home with a 40-33 victory over West Burlington. The day before the fresh/soph girls team also defeated West Burlington.

Lani Goldstein and Bonnie Carter led the way with 15 and 14 points respectively. The teams played a close 1st quarter but the pioneers opened up the game by taking the 2nd quarter 12 to 2. Maharishi school was able to maintain their lead for the entire game, but West Burlington did manage to close the gap to 4 points in the 4th quarter. However a couple of timely steals by Lani sealed the victory late in the game. The night before the fresh/soph team defeated West burlington 46-22 led by Shaina Silverman who had a game high 16 points.

The junior high boys team (8th grade) also got their season off to a satisfying start with a 24-20 win over New London. Thomas Weiss and Paul DeAngelis both had 10 points. The 7th grade boys lost in the final seconds 21-19 in their game with New London. Raffi Gelfand was the top scorer with 6 points.

The Varsity Boys lost to West Burlington on the 8th 63-46, but it was a solid outing for the team as they continue to improve. Owen Blake had 21 points.


The Weather has caused a number of postponements in the basketball schedule but the Fresh/Soph boys' team did manage to get in a game before the storm as they defeated Harmony 39-32 Monday.

Pasha Bousquet had 13 points in 2 quarters of play as the Pioneer 9th and 10th graders came away with their first win of the year. Both Jay Stewart and Derek Thatcher had 9 points each. The Pioneers fell behind early but pulled ahead by the 4th minute of the 2nd quarter and then kept the lead for the rest of the game.The next game for the Fresh/Soph boys is Saturday at Winfield. The Varsity Boys are playing at home Friday night vs Van Buren.

The Maharishi School Girls basketball team gets off on the right foot with an 18-13 win against Wilton at the Mid Prairie jamboree.

The Pioneers combined excellent passing and timely rebounding in their exhibition win on Friday night. Nofiya Denbaum led all scores with 9 points, including a game opening 3 pointer. Lani Goldstein added 5 points, and Sophie Blits and Shelia Higgins with 2 each. Sophie's steal and subsequent coast to coast lay up in the last minute of the game solidified the win.

The boys varsity season began on November 19th at the North English Jamboree against Tri County. The boys varsity team played well last night in the 33-23 loss to Tri County. The team was without their top player and had 5 gentlemen playing their first varsity game ever. Still they played well and were up for half the game. Josh Posner had 9 points and Joseph Gelfand in his first start had 8 points. First official contest will be next Friday for the boys at New London.

The junior high girls will also be playing basketball in November and December and the junior high boys will be playing in January and February.

The Varsity schedules are now posted

Alumni Sofia Iwobi (class of 06) chosen University of Vermont student athlete of the weekand chosen student athlete of the week for the second week in a row

This Friday and Saturday October 19th and 20th the Pioneer soccer team is playing for the fall soccer championship.

Friday night at 7pm the Pioneers will be playing Holy Trinity in a semi-final match. If the win they will play at 1 pm Saturday for the championship. If they lose they will play at 11 am for third place.


The girls volleyball team surprised Washington Monday with a 3-2 win at Washington. The Demons a 3A team were favored to win but the Pioneers showed excellent defense and timely hitting to edge out Washington 16-14 in the 5th game. This was their biggest win of the season. The Pioneers also got a win at Harmony on Tuesday with a 15-10 win in the 5th game. The teams split the first four games.


Maharishi School beat all 3 opponents in the midseason soccer tournament over the weekend at West Point.
Friday the 28th the Pioneers downed host Holy Trinity 4-2 with Pasha Bousquet scoring twice. Gage Blanton and Josh Posner both added a goal.
Saturday the 29th the Pioneers got by Scattergood 2-1 as Bousquet and Blanton each netted a goal in the early game. In the late game Maharishi School nipped Cono Christian 3-2 with goals from Owen Blake, Blanton and Bousquet.
The 7-1 Pioneers are scheduled to host Scattergood Thursday at 4:30 at home and then Saturday also at home vs Cono Christian.

The Maharishi School Soccer team made it 4 in a row with a 4-2 win over Scattergood. The girls volleyball team also picked up a win last night, Tuesday September 18th with a 3-1 win over Danville.

Pioneers soccer team defeat Holy Trinity 4-1 in second game of the season.

Pasha Bousquet had three goals and Josh Posner had one as the Pioneers continued with their winning ways. The Pioneers held the Crusaders scoreless untill 13 minutes remaining. The Holy Trinity goal closed the gap to 2-1 but Pasha scored on a beautiful cross kick from 20 feet with 8 minutes to play and then scored again with 3 to go to seal the victory.

The boys Varsity Soccer team had their first match on September 7th at Walnut Ridge in Waterloo. The boys notched their first victory over Walnut Ridge with an exciting 2-1 win. Ti Liptak and Pasha Busquet were the goal scores. The pioneers broke a 1-1 tie with 6 minutes to play while goalie Owen Blake stopped a penalty kick a few minutes later to ice the victory. Next game is away at Scattergood September 20th


The Junior high soccer team had a 4-4 tie vs Danville on September 9th. Playing in a stready down pour the middle school boys fought back three times from a goal deficit to earn a tie with 4 minutes to play. Toby James had three goals and Thomas Weiss had one. The boys have a tennis match in Cedar Rapids on Thursday and a soccer match on Monday in West Point.

The Girls volleyball team picked up 3 wins at the Danville tournament on Saturday September 1st and are showing very substantial progress as the season gets going. The team also gave the 7th ranked Tigers from New London a scare as the teams were tied at 17 before the Pioneers started to show some fatigue and lost 25-19.

The F/S volleyball team place 3rd in the 8 team tournament on September 10th in Waco. Coach Amellia Schuldt was very pleased with the progress of her team.

Next game is Thursday September 20th at Home. This is a five team Super Conference tournament

The volleyball and soccer schedules are now posted.


Maharishi School Is a Member of the South East Iowa Super Conference


Maharishi School is a member of the 20 team Southeast Iowa Super Conference. The conference is made up of two divisions north and south. We are in the southern division. Maharishi School also plays matches against another 20-30 school from around Iowa.

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