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Wed
28
Aug

Kee cross country girls return four letterwinners from State Meet team, boys return three veterans but remain shy of team scoring early in season


2019 Kee girls cross country team ... Left to right - Front row: Jaylyn Walleser, Rachel Walleser, Reagan Mudderman, Lydia Corwin; Back row: Alison Wagner, Alaina Bakewell, Makayla Peters, Haley Meyer. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

2019 Kee boys cross country team ... Left to right: Michael Mattson, Chris Wagner, Daniel Wagner. Not pictured: Deepanshu Dabas. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys and girls cross country teams will both have some challenges to overcome due to graduation this past spring, but both still have some very strong pieces in place for their 2019 season puzzle. Both squads will have some big shoes to fill from the loss of some high-end senior competitors from last season, but a core group of four returning letterwinners for the Kee girls and three letterwinning veterans for the Kee boys will help bolster each squad’s campaign this fall.

“There are 12 high school runners and one junior high runner currently participating in cross country for Kee High School,” Kee cross country coach Pat Wagner shared. “I am looking forward to a good fall season. Our schedule will get us ready for the postseason. We have clear goals and the people to reach them.”

Wed
28
Aug

Waukon football team looks to continue recent trend of play-off success with return of 30 letterwinners from last season’s State semifinals team


2019 Waukon football team ... Left to right - Front row: Lincoln Snitker, John Ronan, Jason Troester, Tanner Mitchell, Carter Benzing, Dawson Baures, Alyx Ede, Brennan Sweeney, Sawyer Krueger, Patrick Hennessy, Konnor Krambeer, Tyler Block; Middle row: Tanner Kiel, Daniel Cowell, Ethan O’Neill, Luke Pladsen, Joe Schwartz, Sean Cooper, Brock Hatlan, Walker Hermeier, Avery Rocksvold, Conner Schwartzhoff; Back row: Justin Strub, Asher Fahey, Creed Welch, Brady Behrend, Reed Kelly, Joe Hennessy, Zach Thornton, Matt Ronan, Daniel Gruman, Braden Hemann. Not pictured: Brixen Hanson, Lance Egan, Wyatt Lickiss, Charlie Waters.

The 2019 season for the Waukon football team has had some high expectations placed on it, as pre-season polls already have the Indians ranked at the top of Class 2A following last season’s 10-2 overall record, a second consecutive berth in the semifinal round of the Class 2A State Play-Offs and the return of all but six players from that squad. While high expectations may be typical - and likely part of the internal driving force - for a program that has been a State Play-Off qualifier in five of its last seven seasons, including three semifinals appearances that have produce one each of State Championship and State Runner-Up finishes, seventh-year Indian head coach Chad Beermann tempers this year’s expectations that appear on paper with what he says has to be proven on the field.

Wed
21
Aug

Kee baseball team plays to 24-9 season limited by one-run losses

The Kee baseball team played its way to a 24-9 season record during its 2019 campaign, a mark that included a 10-2 result in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play to place the Hawks as this season’s UIC runner-up behind an 11-1 South Winneshiek team that played its way all the way to the Class 1A State Tournament this season. More than half of this season’s losses for the Kee diamond dwellers came from those South Winn Warriors, including both of the Hawks’ UIC losses and four consecutive one-run Kee losses that ultimately culminated in a 3-2 heart-breaker in eight innings that brought the Hawks’ 2019 season to a close in the semifinal round of the Class 1A District Tournament.

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Wed
21
Aug

Waukon softball team’s 14-19 season record under first-year head coach Melissa Ward includes most wins and first wins over Waverly-Shell Rock since 2012 season

The 2019 Waukon softball team played to a season record that equaled the most wins recorded since the last time first-year head coach Melissa Ward took the field for the Indians - as a player during her senior season in 2010. Ward helped pitch those 2010 softball Indians to a 20-13 season mark, and this season’s 14 wins with her now at the coaching helm of that same program equals the highest number of wins recorded since that 20-win season, the 2011 Indians also recording 14 regular season wins and the 2012 softball Tribe also riding a regional tournament run to another 14- win season.

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Wed
07
Aug

Waukon wrestling team participates in Luther’s Team Wrestling Camp ...

The Waukon High School wrestling team participated in the 2019 Luther College Team Wrestling Camp in Decorah. More than 800 wrestlers from eight-plus states attended the 2019 Luther College Wrestling Camps throughout July, making the series of camps some of the biggest camps in the country. Max Thomsen, All-American wrestler from the University of Northern Iowa, and Lee Fullhart, NCAA champion and four-time All-American from the University of Iowa, served as clinicians for Team Camp I.

Wed
07
Aug

Kee softball team plays to 22-18 record during 2019 campaign

The Kee softball team played to a 22-18 record during its 2019 campaign. That overall mark included a 14-2 result in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play, the first UIC losses for the softball Hawks since the last time they won fewer than 30 games in a season during their 2015 campaign.

Those two league defeats came at the hands of a North Fayette Valley team that finished as this season’s UIC champion with a record of 15-1. It was also a North Fayette team that last defeated the softball Hawks prior to this season, just one day beyond exactly four years earlier. In between those UIC defeats the Kee diamond dwellers had built an impressive streak of 70 consecutive wins in Upper Iowa Conference play. It also ended up being another UIC foe, Turkey Valley, that ultimately brought the Hawks’ 2019 campaign to a close in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A regional tournament.

Wed
07
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 8-29 record under first-year head coach

The Waukon baseball team played to an 8-29 overall record this season under first-year head coach Shane Schellsmidt. A team that most often fielded a line-up consisting of at least one player from every one of five varsity-eligible grade levels - eighth grade through graduated senior - worked to mesh together into a unit that seemed to book-end this season with, arguably, its best games of the season.

“I feel one of our greatest accomplishments was gaining experience, moving forward,” Coach Schellsmidt said. “Our young men had the opportunity to play a competitive schedule, strong teams, away from our comfort zone (on the road). As we’re attempting to build a foundation, competitive games are what you are striving for, allowing for growth to happen.”

Wed
31
Jul

Fireflies come up just shy in overtime of fourth consecutive Granny Basketball National Championship ...

The Harpers Ferry Fireflies traveled to Lawrence, KS for the 2019 Granny Basketball National Tournament the weekend of July 20. Sixteen teams entered the tournament, including the Sizzlers and Late Bloomers from Cedar Rapids, the Classic Roadrunners and Lady Redbirds from Des Moines, Manor Care Cuties from Dubuque, the Gray Tornadoes and Grayhawkers from Lawrence, KS, the Sunflowers/Meadowlarks from Olathe, KS, the Crushers from DeRidder, LA, the Specials from Oklahoma City, OK, the Twisters from Del City, OK, the Show Me Shooters from Jefferson City, MO, the Fire Ants from Georgetown, TX, the Old Glories from Harker Heights, TX and the Tonics from Louisburg, KS.

Wed
31
Jul

Waukon High School Cross Country Camp scheduled for August 5-9

There will be  a cross country camp Monday through Friday, August 5-9 for boys and girls entering grades 7-12 in the Allamakee Community School District. As always, there is no fee for the camp, which will start at 6 p.m. at the Waukon High School cross country course.

Boys and girls entering seventh grade will need to have their completed physical form turned in to the junior high office, or they must bring them to camp, before they will be allowed to participate. All other grades can use their physical exam from the last school year for camp. Participants should bring a completed registration form to the first day of camp, August 5.
 

Wed
31
Jul

Waukon Middle School Football Camp for those entering seventh and eighth grades is set for August 13-15

The Waukon High School and Middle School football coaching staffs will be hosting the 2019 Waukon Indian Middle School Football Camp August 13-15. The camp, run by the Waukon football coaching staffs with help from high school players, is a non-contact camp aimed at teaching the fundamentals of football offensive and defensive play.

Participants should plan to attend camp in shorts and a t-shirt, and should bring football cleats. Camp will take place at the middle school practice football field west of the Waukon High School parking lot.

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