Sports

Wed
22
May

Waukon baseball team returns a dozen varsity letterwinners for its 2024 campaign, with half being young underclassmen


2024 Waukon baseball ... Left to right - Front row: Shawn Martin, Mason Wasson, Zach Perkins, Brody Gress, Lawrence Fenton, Karsten Steege; Middle row: Ashton Monroe, Gabe Weighner, Caden Cahoon, Connor Cahoon, Jack O’Neill, Isaac Weighner, Jacob Jones; Back row: James Stigler, Cael Schellsmidt, Colton O’Neill, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Gabe McCormick, Keigan Leiran, Noah Hager, Elijah Weighner.

2024 Waukon baseball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Shawn Martin, Mason Wasson, Zach Perkins; Middle row: Ashton Monroe, Gabe Weighner, Caden Cahoon, Connor Cahoon, Jacob Jones; Back row: Colton O’Neill, Sawyer Breitsprecher, Jack O’Neill, Brody Gress.

The 2024 Waukon baseball season will see a dozen varsity letterwinners return for head coach Shane Schellsmidt as he enters his sixth year at the diamond Tribe helm following a 15-19 campaign last summer. Half of those varsity veterans come in a senior class that will provide the team’s greatest amount of leadership for a squad of 21 players nearly evenly split between all high school grade levels, with the exception of having just one member from the junior class.

“I’m very optimistic about this season,” Coach Schellsmidt said in looking ahead to his 2024 campaign. “This group has worked extremely hard in our preseason practices. I believe the competition for opportunities leading up to week one will provide future success on the field. I feel our line-up will be filled with competitive at-bats, but we need a few younger pitchers with limited varsity time to learn as they go on the mound. It should be exciting to see the growth heading into July.”

Wed
22
May

Waukon softball team of 2024 brings back nearly a full team of letterwinning veterans for first-year head coach Dustin Rounds


2024 Waukon softball ... Left to right - Front row: Emily Ronan, Emma O’Neill, Reese McCormick, Mari Delaney; Middle row: Bella Moudy, Elle Wilkins, Brynn Weymiller, Haylee Jeglum, Claire Bloxham, Vayda Schulte; Back row: Annie Ellingson, Isabella Rounds, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Olivia Bossom, Cameron Johnson, Kloe Hemmersbach, Ava Bossom, Lauren Kelly, Danika Reiser. Photo courtesy of Micah Lynn Photography, Micah Miller.

The 2024 Waukon softball team will return enough varsity letterwinning experience from previous seasons to nearly field an entire team, as eight young ladies will return to the field this summer as varsity veterans from a season ago. As it turns out, the newest face on the Waukon softball totem pole this year will come at the top, as Dustin Rounds takes the reins of the Lady Tribe diamond program as head coach.

Although new to the role of head coach, Rounds certainly is no stranger to the Waukon softball program, as he has helped with off-season and other work in a volunteer capacity in recent years. The 1999 Waukon High School graduate and current owner of Rounds Chiropractic has also played a great deal of “ball” in his lifetime, including for the Waukon Indian baseball team during a couple of State Tournament seasons for the diamond Tribe.

Wed
22
May

Waukon boys track team has more than half of nine State Meet events finish within top-five, including pair in Class 2A


Just over a second off the 800 meter title ... Waukon boys track senior Wyatt Gulla crosses the congested finish line in a tight Class 2A 800 meter run battle at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Gulla finished fourth in that 800 meter race in a time of 1:56.61 that was just over a second off the championship time and just over a tenth of a second off the third-place podium clocking. He also anchored the track Tribe’s 4x800 relay to a fourth-place finish in a clocking of 8:02.14 and placed 11th in the 400 meter run in a time of 50.87 seconds at the last season grand finale of his high school career. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Senior Ethan Kelly wins three State Championships in new Para Ambulatory division

The 2024 Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 proved to be a strong showcase for the Waukon boys track and field team, with the Indians competing in a total of nine events at the season grand finale and having five of those result in top-five finishes and two more end up on the very brink of a top-10 finish among the elite in their respective divisions of competition. Among those top-end finishes were a trio of events that ended at the very top of their respective fields, and two others that claimed fourth-place finishes and resulted in the Indians scoring 10 team points and placing in a tie for 26th in the final team scoring field of 57 Class 2A teams.

Wed
22
May

Waukon girls track team has half of its six State Meet events claim finishes in top-10 among Class 2A elite


Clearing her way into the top-10 ... Waukon girls track and field senior Cameron Johnson clears the high jump bar in the Class 2A competition at the 2024 Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Johnson conquered 5’2” in her fourth consecutive season competing in the season grand finale event, finishing in a two-way tie for ninth place based on number of misses at previous heights. In the final appearance of her high school career at the State Meet showcase, Johnson also finished 23rd in the Class 2A 100 meter hurdles in 16.92 seconds and anchored the track Tribe’s shuttle hurdle relay team to a 15th-place finish in 1:10.93. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Double medal winner in State Meet throwing events ... Waukon girls track and field senior Kloe Hemmersbach threw her way to a pair of medal-winning placements among the Class 2A elite at the State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Hemmersbach first repeated as the eighth-place finisher in the State Meet Class 2A shot put with a best heave of 37’7” before she unleashed a discus launch of 127’8” that earned her a sixth-place finish in Class 2A’s field of throwing elites in that event. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Hemmersbach is double medal winner in throwing events, Johnson finishes in high jump top-10

The Waukon girls track and field team took a total of six events to this year’s ultimate high school track and field destination. Throughout the course of that three-day showcase of talent at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, half of those Lady Indian events brought home results within the top 10 of their respective Class 2A elite fields, including a pair of medal-winning efforts.

Much like they’ve done all season, the senior leadership pair of Kloe Hemmersbach and Cameron Johnson recorded those track Tribe highlights. Each of them were making another multi-year return trip to the season grand finale, and each of them continued to prove they belong there with finishes among the top-10 individuals in their respective field event specialties.

Wed
22
May

Kee girls track team claims top-15 placewinnings in half of its six events among Class 1A elite at State Track Meet


Fifth-place 100 meter hurdle finish highlights trio of top-15 results ... Kee girls track and field sophomore Addison Winters glides over a hurdle at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Competing in four events at the season grand finale and placing in the top-15 of Class 1A’s elite in her three individual events, Winters finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a clocking of 16.33 seconds after qualifying for the finals with a time of 15.95 seconds, placed 10th in the long jump with a leap of 16’0”, claimed 15th in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:09.25, and also ran the 200 meter leg of Kee’s 23rd-place sprint medley relay that timed in at 1:56.93. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Sophomore Addison Winters places fifth among Class 1A’s 100m hurdle best, claims 10th in long jump

Represented well by having six events competing at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, the Kee girls track and field team and its five members who competed in those six events also represented well among Class 1A’s elite in those events. That representation saw half of those events end up among the top-15 of Class 1A’s best, including a pair of top-10 finishes that garnered four team points for the Lady Hawks and placed them tied for 46th out of 58 scoring teams in this year’s Class 1A State Meet field.

Wed
15
May

Mia Kurth commits her running and wrestling talents to Hawkeye Community College ...

Waukon High School senior Mia Kurth signed a letter of commitment to compete for both the women’s cross country team and women’s wrestling team at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, beginning this fall. Kurth says she plans to study Exercise Science and Kinesiology at Hawkeye while competing for the Red Tails, with future plans to possibly complete her wrestling or running eligibility at Wartburg College in Waverly and further her education in pursuit of a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Pictured above at her Tuesday, May 7 signing event are: Left to right - Seated in front row: Hawkeye Community College wrestling coach Dan Lovell, Mia Kurth and Hawkeye Community College cross country coach Kellin Loch; Standing in back row: Waukon High School girls wrestling coaches Dani and Wade Bucknell, and Waukon High School girls cross country coach Tyler Scholl.
 

Wed
15
May

Kee girls track team qualifies six events for State Meet to pace fourth-place finish at Class 1A State Qualifying Meet


State Meet qualification in four events includes return in pair of hurdle races ... Kee girls track and field sophomore Addison Winters leads this line of hurdlers on the way to a sweep of the two individual hurdle events at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 9. Winters topped this 100 meter hurdle field in a time of 16.08 seconds and also won the 400 meter hurdles in a school record time of 1:08.53 that edged out that event victory by just fifteen-hundredths (.15) of a second. Winters also leaped 16’1.5” to finish second in the long jump and helped Kee’s sprint medley relay to a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:57.05, with both of those performances falling within the next-best 14 non-championship Class 1A performances to earn at-large State Meet qualifications. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Winters returns to State in two hurdle events, qualifies in long jump; Strong wins high jump, Mohn claims 400 meter berth and joins Winters, Colsch and Mudderman in sprint medley

Wed
15
May

Waukon boys track team qualifies nine events for State Track and Field Meet to pace sixth-place team finish at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet


Double qualifier returns in 1600 meter run ... Waukon boys track senior Skyler Dugan keeps pace with a pack in the 1600 meter run at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9. Dugan earned a return trip to the Class 2A State Meet in that distance event with his fifth-place finish in a time of 4:37.12 that was fast enough to earn an at-large qualification for the season grand finale, and he also led off the Tribe’s 4x800 relay for a win in 8:11.90 to help that relay earn an automatic berth among Class 2A’s State Meet elite. Photo by Dave Davies.

Indians qualify for State in all individual running events, as well as 4x800 and 4x400

Competing for the opportunity to extend its season to every high school track and field team’s ultimate destination, the Waukon boys track team battled 11 other schools on that same quest at its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet in Denver Thursday, May 9. The track Tribe’s efforts resulted in a total of nine events earning qualification for this year’s State Track Meet in Des Moines, including six events that earned automatic qualification with top-two placewinnings, with five of those being event wins to headline the Indians’ 64 team points and a sixth-place team finish.

ON TO STATE
The Waukon track and field boys will now compete among their elite colleagues in their nine qualified events at the State Track and Field Meet taking place this Thursday through Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Wed
15
May

Waukon girls track team claims five top-two State Meet qualifications, adds another at-large berth to pace fifth-place State Qualifier team finish


Double throwing events qualifier... Waukon girls track and field senior Kloe Hemmersbach launches a shot put heave at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9. Her toss of 37’5.25” won the event and qualified her for a third consecutive State Meet in the event. She also qualified for the season grand finale with a second-place discus blast of 123’2”. Photo by Dave Davies.

Johnson, Hemmersbach each qualify in two individual events, shuttle hurdle and 4x800 also advance

The Waukon girls track and field team initially came away from its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Denver Thursday, May 9 knowing five young ladies in five events were guaranteed an extension of their season to every high school track and field athlete’s desired destination. Those five Indian events featured the required top-two finishes necessary for qualification for this year’s Iowa High School Track and Field Meet in Des Moines taking place later this week, but as the eight at-large event qualifying performances from across the state of Iowa were sorted out, another four young ladies in one other event were added to that season grand finale mix, with all of those State Meet qualifications headlining the Indians’ effort that placed the track Tribe fifth in the final 12-team standings at Denver.

Wed
08
May

Waukon boys golf team wraps up dual meet schedule with three-stroke win at home, 162-165, over Waverly-Shell Rock


Senior swings in final home meets ... The Waukon boys golf team’s trio of seniors pictured above joined fellow senior Dylan Hogan in each playing in the final home meet of their high school golf careers and helping the Indians sweep Waverly-Shell Rock at every level of play in a Tuesday, April 30 home dual. Left to right, Mason Wasson follows through on the way to joining Hogan in each carding a varsity team second-best total of 41 strokes, Cashton Lloyd tees off en route to the Waukon JV’s second-best total of 44 strokes, and Drew Weymiller sends a putt toward the hole on his way to tallying a round of 49 strokes to complete the varsity effort in the dual. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Playing the final home meet of its 2024 season and what would turn out to be its only competition of this past week after a Thursday, May 2 rain-out at North Fayette Valley, the Waukon boys golf team saved its best for last, turning in its best team score of the season to post a 162-165 team victory over Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, April 30. Three of the four Indian scorers in the meet each edged a Go-Hawk opponent by a single stroke to provide that final scoring edge, including sophomore Dylan Stegen carding an event-best 38 strokes for meet medalist honors, just in front of Waverly-Shell Rock sophomore Preston Baumhover and his runner-up medalist tally of 39 strokes.

The Indians were next scheduled to play in their Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament at Decorah Monday, May 6 and then their Class 3A Sectional Tournament Wednesday, May 8 hosted by West Delaware High School in Manchester.

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