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May

Kee baseball begins new era as Jim Mauss begins head coaching tenure


2015 Kee baseball returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Ethan Walleser, Clay Olson, Danny Brennan. Back row: Casey Carroll, Ryan Kuhn, Travis Colsch. Not pictured: Dylon Peterson. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

by Val Meyer

Wed
27
May

Waukon softball team returns 11 letterwinners as Joe O’Neill returns to head coaching helm


2015 Waukon softball returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Regan Wasson, Allie Schwartz, Thea Meyer, Katie Kerndt, Kaley Benzing. Back row: Emma Johnson, Erika Johnson, Bethany Stock, Nicole Behrend, Madison Snitker. Not pictured: Leslie Sivesind.

An abundance of familiarity will make up the 2015 Waukon softball program, as 11 varsity letterwinners return from a squad that posted a 7-25 season record in 2014. And even though there will be a change at the head coaching helm of the Indian softball program this season, a familiar face will assume that lead role as well.
Joe O’Neill is not only familiar because he is an area native and 1992 graduate of Waukon High School, but he has also served as assistant varsity softball coach for the past two seasons and was also previously an assistant coach for the program in 1996 before assuming the head coaching role for a year during the 1997 season. A move to Forest City also resulted in a multi-year varsity assistant coaching role with those softball Indians as well.

Wed
27
May

Five Waukon boys track seniors wrap up careers among Class 3A elite at State Track Meet


The four members of the Waukon boys track team 4x800 relay pictured above ran to the Indian boys’ best overall placewinning in the Class 3A competition at the Iowa High School State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 21, placing 16th overall out of 24 teams in a clocking of 8:32.81. The foursome placed fifth in their initial 12-team heat but had their time bettered by 11 out of the 12 teams in the second heat to end up 16th overall. Pictured above in the two photos, left to right, are seniors Adam Benzing and Marshall Lyons working the initial exchange in that 4x800 and junior Peyton Hesse and senior Landon Sivesind working the final exchange. That foursome also qualified in the same event last year, although Hesse was unable to compete in that State Meet due to a hip injury. Lyons also returned to the track Saturday morning, May 23 to place 21st overall in the Class 3A 800 meter run with a time of 2:07.30, finishing ninth in his initial 12-runner heat. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon boys track team ended its season where every high school track program dreams of, competing among the state’s elite in the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23. Within the four events that qualified for this year’s season grand finale, the Indians performed to placewinnings within the Class 3A top-20 in three of them, just missing that mark in the fourth as well.

Wed
27
May

Waukon girls track team posts top-20 finishes among Class 3A elite at State Track Meet


The Waukon girls track fast and furious foursome pictured above joined forces for a pair of final relay efforts together in the Class 3A competition at the Iowa High School State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23. Friday, May 22, the speedy quartet blazed around the Drake Stadium blue oval in another school record time in the 4x200 relay, bettering the previous mark of 1:48.42 they had set just a couple weeks ago by clocking in at 1:48.29 (as evident by the scoreboard pictured at right). That time placed them seventh in their eight-team heat and 19th overall out of 24 Class 3A teams in the event. Pictured above, left to right, senior Lyvia Bulman anchors that 4x200 to its new standard, junior Nicole Behrend and sophomore Regan Wasson work the middle exchange, and junior Madison Snitker explodes out of the blocks to start off that new 4x200 record. That same crew teamed up later that same Friday to clock in at 52.13 seconds in the 4x100 relay, placing eighth in their eight-team heat and 24th out of 24 Class 3A teams competing at the State Meet. Bulman, Behrend and Snitker also teamed up with sophomore Lanci Bulman in the Class 3A sprint medley relay Saturday, May 23 to place fifth in their eight-team heat and 19th out of 23 Class 3A teams, clocking in at 1:54.31. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon girls track team brought its 2015 season to a final close at a place that is every team’s goal. The Indians competed one final time this season in four total events that qualified for competition in the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23.
Already proving they belong among the Class 3A elite by earning qualification for the season grand finale, the Indians garnered a trio of top-20 event finishes in those high-end fields. One of those efforts came in record-breaking fashion, as the Tribe’s 4x200 relay team improved upon a record it had already rewritten a couple weeks earlier, lowering that standard another nearly quarter of a second to 1:48.29.

Wed
20
May

Waukon girls golf team wraps up 2015 season


Waukon girls golf senior Kelsey Cota eyes this chipping opportunity during the Indians’ fourth-place finish at the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament hosted by the Tribe lady linksters Monday, May 11. Cota scored a 111 on her final 18 holes of high school competition on her home course and then had her high school golf career brought to a close Monday, May 18 with the Indians’ third-place finish at their Class 3A Regional Tournament at Clermont, where Cota shot a 107. Standard photo by Bob Beach. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon girls golf team had its 2015 season brought to a close this past week, playing in what amounted to its final two tournaments of the spring season. The Lady Indians played to a fourth-place team finish in the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament played on their home course Monday, May 11 before closing out their season with a third-place team finish at their Class 3A Regional First Round Tournament Monday, May 18 at Clermont.

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Wed
20
May

Waukon boys golf team finishes eighth in Class 3A Sectional field


Waukon boys golf junior Connor Hanson follows through on a tee-off effort in the Indians’ Class 3A Sectional Tournament Friday, May 15 at Decorah. Hanson led the Indian team scoring in their eighth-place finish in the tournament’s final team standings, carding an 18-hole total of 85 strokes. Standard photo by Bob Beach. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon boys golf team got its postseason tournament trail underway at its Class 3A Sectional Golf Tournament at Oneota Golf and Country Club in Decorah Friday, May 15. That postseason trail will extend no further for the Indian linksters, as they finished outside of the top-two team finish required to advance on to the Class 3A District Tournament, finishing in eighth place in the eight-team Sectional field with a team score of 386 strokes.

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Wed
20
May

Waukon track girls qualify four events for Class 3A field of State Track Meet


The Waukon girls track sprint quartet pictured above punched their tickets for a return trip to the Class 3A State Meet in Des Moines in a pair of sprint relays as a foursome by claiming a pair of runner-up finishes together at the Class 3A State Qualifying Meet in Decorah Thursday, May 14. Left to right in the above photos, junior Nicole Behrend, sophomore Regan Wasson, senior Lyvia Bulman and junior Madison Snitker teamed up to earn automatic State Meet qualification with second-place finishes in the 4x200 relay, in a time of 1:48.52, and in the 4x100 relay, with a clocking of 52.69 seconds. Lyvia Bulman, Behrend and Snitker also teamed up with sophomore Lanci Bulman for a fourth-place finish in the 800 meter sprint medley that was also good enough for State Meet qualification based on performance result with a time of 1:54.75. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon girls track season neared completion in very familiar fashion, as for the third consecutive year the Indian track girls have qualified three sprint relay events for the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet. This year, however, those sprint relays will have additional company at that season grand finale.

Wed
20
May

Waukon boys track team qualifies four events for Class 3A State Track Meet


The four members of the Waukon boys track team 4x800 relay pictured above ran their way to a Class 3A State Qualifying championship at Decorah Thursday, May 14 to earn automatic qualification for the Class 3A field of the State Track Meet. Left to right in the photos above, senior Marshall Lyons led off the championship effort, junior Peyton Hesse and senior Adam Benzing work their hand-off, and senior Landon Sivesind celebrates as he crosses the finish line ahead of runner-up Decorah in a 4x800 championship time of 8:27.08. Later in the meet, Lyons also ran to a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run in a clocking of 2:08.76 to earn his own individual State Meet qualification in that event as well. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon boys track team punched its ticket to extension of the 2015 season by qualifying four events for the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet Thursday, May 14 at the State Qualifying Meet hosted by Decorah. Each of those four events involve return trips by previous qualifiers, including all five seniors on this year’s team.
Two of those State Meet qualifications for the Indians came automatically in all half-mile fashion, as the foursome of junior Peyton Hesse and seniors Adam Benzing, Marshall Lyons and Landon Sivesind earned qualification in championship fashion by breaking the tape in the 4x800 with a clocking of 8:27.08. Lyons then clinched automatic qualification again with a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:08.76. That foursome had gained State Meet qualification last year in that same relay event, although Hesse was unable to compete in the season grand finale due to a hip injury.

Wed
20
May

Meyer will wrap up Kee track career among Class 1A shot put elite at State Meet


Kee girls track senior Val Meyer powers out this shot put effort for a third-place finish in the event at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 14 and qualification for the Class 1A State Meet. Meyer launched the shot 35’11.75” not only for State Meet qualification but also for a new school record that surpassed the previous mark of 35’8” set by 2013 Kee graduate Samantha Galema during her senior track season. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Kee girls track team competed in its final week together this past week, hosting its only home meet of the 2015 season before trying to extend its season as much as possible. The Hawks won that home invitational Monday, May 11, and then had their season brought to a close Thursday, May 14 for all but one team member at their Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg, as senior Val Meyer earned qualification for this year’s Class 1A shot put field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet.
Meyer will now compete among Class 1A’s shot put elite this Thursday, May 21 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

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Wed
20
May

Brennan is double State Meet qualifier in 400 and 800 meter events


Kee boys track sophomore Danny Brennan crosses the finish line ahead of the rest of the field in the 400 meter dash at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 14. Brennan’s 400 meter dash win came in 53.54 seconds for automatic State Meet qualification, and he also added a runner-up finish in the 800 meter run in 2:05.99 to qualify in that event as well. He will now compete among Class 1A’s elite in both events at Drake Stadium in Des Moines later this week. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Kee boys track team was competing for extension of its season at its Class 1A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Edgewood-Colesburg Thursday, May 14. That extension happened for just one of this season’s Hawks, but it happened in two events, as sophomore Danny Brennan ended up as a double State Meet qualifier for the Hawks in the two events that have become his specialties this season, the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run.
Brennan won automatic qualification for this season’s Class 1A field in the 400 meter dash of the Iowa High School State Track Meet, topping Thursday’s State Qualifying Meet field in the event with a clocking of 53.54 seconds. Although Brennan was just over a second off of a second event championship and automatic State Meet berth, the 2:05.99 runner-up finish he clocked in the 800 meter run was good enough to gain Brennan one of the 12 top non-championship berths in the event out of all Class 1A State Qualifying Meets from across the state.

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