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Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. hosts its annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk


Harpers Ferry Firecracker 5K Run/Walk held July 6 ... The Harpers Ferry Firecracker 5K Run/Walk was held July 6 in Harpers Ferry. More than 150 runners from six different states participated in this year’s event. Submitted photos.

Saturday, July 6, Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. hosted the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk. Over 150 runners and walkers were up early that Saturday morning for the annual Fourth of July holiday event which draws participants not only from all over Iowa and neighboring states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois but also from California and Alabama. Just before the 8 a.m. start time, Harpers Ferry Mayor Bill Nation welcomed everyone and reminded them that the new splash pad right next to the finish line would be running when they reached the end.

Sheila Diggins, President of Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc., thanked everyone for participating, all the sponsors for their support and wished everyone a great race. When Kaylee Bachman, one of the runners, finished her impressive singing of the National Anthem, the horn sounded and the runners were off.

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24
Jul

Kee baseball team has season ended in extra-inning heartbreaker with fourth consecutive one-run loss to South Winn in Class 1A District semifinals


Rips a double, drives in a run ... Kee baseball senior catcher Dylan Walleser loads up to try and throw out a runner in the Hawks’ 3-2 Class 1A District 6 Tournament semifinals loss in eight innings at South Winneshiek Tuesday, July 16. In his final game for Kee, Walleser ripped a double to join his brother, Josh Walleser, in each driving in a run for the Hawks. Photo by Macie Hill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Matching up for a fifth time this season with the fellow Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) squad, South Winneshiek, that had accounted for half of its losses during the regular season - including a trio of single-run defeats in each of their three latest battles on the ballfield, the Kee baseball team was looking to reverse that sweeping trend in its Class 1A District 6 semifinals contest with the Warriors Tuesday, July 16 at the home of that only team to defeat the Hawks in UIC play this season. Through five-and-a-half innings, the baseball Hawks looked to be on their way to finally reversing their Warrior fortune, holding a 2-0 lead over South Winn, but the Warriors managed a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game and then pulled off some extra-inning magic to, once again, escape from the Hawks by a fourth consecutive single-run result, ending Kee’s baseball season with a 3-2 defeat in eight innings.

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24
Jul

Waukon baseball team battles Cascade down to the wire to have season ended by just a 3-2 loss in semifinal round of Class 2A District Tournament


Five scoreless innings ... Waukon baseball junior pitcher Logan Houg fires a pitch toward homeplate in the Indians’ 3-2 Class 2A District 4 semifinals loss at Cascade Tuesday, July 16. Houg came on in relief with two outs in the first inning to throw five final scoreless innings of baseball, giving up just three hits and three walks without a run while striking out three batters. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

If a loss could feel anything at all like a win, the Waukon baseball team may have experienced just that in its Class 2A District 4 semifinal match-up at Cascade Tuesday, July 16 - and for all but the first inning, it was a win. After gifting the host Cougars a 3-0 headstart in the bottom of the first inning, the Indians not only shut down Cascade’s offense for the game’s final five frames but also used half of their 6-4 hit advantage, along with a bit of Cougar help, to score a pair of third-inning runs and then further battle the host squad all the way to the very end, only to have their season ended by just a 3-2 final margin.

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17
Jul

Kee softball team splits first two postseason games to have season ended; 16-0 win over Postville followed by 8-2 quarterfinal loss to Turkey Valley


Hauling one in and looking for another ... Kee softball senior shortstop Makayla Walleser latches on to this fly ball for an out while surveying opposing baserunners to prevent any advancement in the Hawks’ 8-2 regional quarterfinal loss at home to Turkey Valley Wednesday, July 10. In her final competition for the Hawks, Walleser swatted a single to drive in a run and also gave up just one hit in pitching the last three innings. Photo by Macie Hill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee softball team both began and ended its postseason journey within a couple days, the softball Hawks splitting their first two games in Class 1A Region 7 tournament play to have their 2019 campaign brought to a close in the quarterfinal round of their postseason path. The Lady Hawks first opened the tournament with a 16-0 rout of winless Postville in just three innings at home Monday, July 8 before suffering their first loss to Turkey Valley since the 2013 season, an 8-2 home defeat in the Class 1A Region 7 quarterfinals Wednesday, July 10.

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17
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Waukon softball team has season ended with 3-0 first-round regional loss at Crestwood


Making contact ... Waukon softball sophomore designated player Mia Strub makes contact with a pitch in the Indians’ 3-0 first-round regional tournament loss at Crestwood Wednesday, July 10. The Indians managed just three hits in the contest against Cadet senior Laken Lienhard. Photo by Krystal Johnson. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon softball team had its 2019 season brought to a close in the opening round of its Class 3A Regional Tournament, falling at the home of fellow Northeast Iowa Conference squad Crestwood Wednesday, July 10 by a score of 3-0. The Indians had just closed out their regular season against the same Cadets just a week earlier, falling by scores off 11-1 and just 2-1, with this postseason opener being closer to that second result but the Indians still struggling to mount much offense against Crestwood.

The loss completed the Tribe’s 2019 campaign with a 14-19 overall record that includes a 5-13 mark in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play that placed the Indians fifth in the final seven-team NEIC standings. Crestwood’s victory over Waukon advanced the Cadets to the Class 3A Region 6 semifinals, where they lost at eighth-rated Anamosa Friday, July 12 by a 3-0 final result to have their season ended.

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17
Jul

Kee baseball team rides four-game win streak to end regular season, begin postseason tournament play, including 16-1 District win over Turkey Valley


Homerun hurrah! ... Kee baseball senior shortstop Josh Walleser is greeted by his teammates after belting a two-run homerun in the fourth inning of the Hawks’ 16-1 first-round district tournament win at home over Turkey Valley Saturday, July 13. Walleser’s round-tripper was his only hit and followed three consecutive walks he drew on his way to scoring three runs and driving in three more. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee baseball team both began and ended this past week with dates that involved victories over Turkey Valley, the first of those further clinching a second-place finish in the final Upper Iowa Conference standings and the second getting the Hawks’ postseason journey successfully underway. The Kee boys opened the week at Turkey Valley, sweeping two games as part of a triangular event Monday, July 8, 12-2 in five innings over the Trojans and 3-2 over West Fork. A Tuesday, July 9 non-conference date at Riceville was postponed to Thursday, July 11, with the Hawks hanging a 14-1 mercy-rule win over the host Wildcats to wrap up their regular season with a 23-8 season record that includes a 10-2 mark in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play.

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17
Jul

Waukon baseball team wraps up regular season, begins postseason with consecutive wins including 15-3 first-round victory over Clayton Ridge/Central Elkader in Districts


One-hit victory in relief ... Waukon baseball sophomore pitcher Creed Welch delivers a pitch in the Indians’ 15-3 first-round district tournament victory at home over Clayton Ridge/Central Elkader Saturday, July 13. Welch came on in relief in the second inning and gave up just one hit and two walks while striking out five batters for the pitching victory. Photo by Krystal Johnson. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon baseball team pieced together just its second win streak of the season, wrapping up its regular season and beginning its postseason in victorious fashion this past week. Prior to that streak, the Indians fell to Class 4A Dubuque Senior at the University of Dubuque baseball field Tuesday, July 9 before closing out their regular season like they started it, posting a non-conference win, 13-3 in five innings, at Postville Wednesday, July 10 in a game postponed from Friday, July 5.

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10
Jul

Waukon baseball team has late comeback efforts fall short in two of three losses

The Waukon baseball team played through a week outside the win column in three games against some of the more traditional powers in Iowa high school baseball at some unique sites this past week. The Indians first fell to West Delaware, 13-3 in five innings, at the Mt. Mercy University baseball field in Cedar Rapids Tuesday, June 2 before playing in the Waterloo Columbus Tournament Saturday, June 6 at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo - home of the Waterloo Bucks, where the baseball Tribe forged a pair of late comeback efforts that just missed their mark, first falling to the host school, 7-4, in the opening round and then coming up just short against Class 1A second-rated Martensdale-St. Mary’s, 6-5, in the tournament’s consolation game.

Wed
10
Jul

Kee softball team wraps up regular season with split of two non-conference games

The Kee softball team wrapped up its regular season with two final games this past week, splitting that non-conference pair to finish the regular season with a 21-17 overall record, including a 14-2 mark that placed the Lady Hawks as this season’s Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) runner-up behind a North Fayette Valley team that posted a 15-1 UIC record, owning Kee’s only two UIC losses of the season along the way and denying the Lady Hawks the UIC season title for the first time since the 2013 season. The Kee girls opened this past week with an 11-2 home win over Sumner-Fredericksburg Tuesday, July 2 before falling to Class 1A third-rated Clarksville at home Wednesday, July 3 by an 11-1 result in five innings.

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10
Jul

Kee baseball team splits only two contests played this past week, wins home UIC match-up over Turkey Valley but falls in non-conference play at Wapsie Valley


Three-for-five with two doubles and team-high three runs ... Kee baseball senior catcher Dylan Walleser slides into homeplate ahead of the tag for a run in the Hawks’ 14-4 home win in six innings Monday, July 1. Walleser drilled two doubles and a single in five at-bats to score a team-high three runs and drive in another. Photo by Macie Hill. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee baseball team was limited to just a pair of games this past week, splitting those two contests that turned out to be half of what was originally scheduled. The Hawks first defeated Turkey Valley at home, 14-4 in six innings, Monday, July 1 in the first half of a home doubleheader that had the second game postponed until Monday, July 8 at Turkey Valley due to weather. The Kee boys then fell at Wapsie Valley, 7-4, Friday, July 5 in what turned out to be just a single game for the Hawks from an originally scheduled triangular event that was supposed to include Dunkerton and be played at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

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