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Waukon baseball team’s 1-4 start to the 2019 season begins with home victory, 7-5, over Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek


Got him! ... Waukon baseball senior first baseman Pryce Hesse puts a tag on this South Winneshiek baserunner as he tries to dive back to the bag in the Indians’ 7-5 season-opening home win over the Class 1A eighth-rated Warriors Wednesday, May 22. Hesse took the pick-off throw from senior pitcher Levi McGeough to erase this baserunner early in the second inning. 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 got first-year head coach Shane Schellsmidt’s initial week at the helm off to a promising start at home before hitting some bumps on the road in getting its 2019 season off to a 1-4 start. After having their originally scheduled season opener at North Fayette Valley postponed from Tuesday, May 21 to this Thursday, May 30 due to rainy weather, the Indians gutted out a 7-5 win in Schellsmidt’s new coaching debut at home over Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek Wednesday, May 22.

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Kee baseball team gets its 2019 season underway with three consecutive wins in four games, sweeps Decorah in opener


Three-for-five, two runs and RBI ... Kee baseball senior shortstop Josh Walleser hammers a pitch in the Hawks’ 8-0 loss to Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek at their annual Shooky Fink Tournament in New Albin Saturday, May 25. Walleser swatted out three hits in five at-bats during the tournament’s two games, launching a two-run homerun in the first game of the tournament, a 9-1 win over Waukon. Photo courtesy of 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 has its 2019 campaign off to a 3-1 start following a three-game winning streak to start the season followed by the Hawks’ lone loss thus far. The Purple and Silver opened the season with a sweep of a non-conference road doubleheader at Decorah Wednesday, May 22, 7-6 in eight innings and 8-4, in a date postponed from the night before due to rainy weather. The Kee boys wrapped up their initial week hosting their own Shooky Fink Tournament Saturday, May 25, beginning the day with a 9-1 win over Waukon in former Hawk Shane Schellsmidt’s return to Shooky Fink Field as an opposing coach before Kee’s diamond dwellers were tripped up by fellow Upper Iowa Conference squad, Class 1A eighth-rated South Winneshiek by an 8-0 final result.

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Kee softball team battles closely but comes up short of the win column in initial week’s four-game schedule of road contests

The Kee softball team opened its 2019 campaign in an unfamiliar place, starting off the season without a win in its first four games, although coming within a couple opportunities and runs of a different fate in half those contests. The Lady Hawks opened the season with a 15-5 loss at Decorah in six innings Wednesday, May 22 after having that game postponed a day due to rainy weather. The Kee girls then suffered a 5-3 loss at Waukon Friday, May 24 in a game shortened to just five innings by an approaching storm before coming up shy in two games at the Jesup Tournament Saturday, May 25, falling to Class 2A second-rated North Linn by a 6-0 count before surrendering a 10-8 loss to Alburnett in another game shortened due to tournament time limitations.

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May

Kee girls track team makes more history at the Big Blue Oval, shares Class 1A State Team Championship


Tracking more Hawk history ... Members of the Kee girls track team who qualified for this year’s State Track and Field Meet display all the pageantry that goes along with winning the Class 1A team State Championship at the season grand finale. The first-ever team State Championship in Kee girls track history was actually shared with Alburnett after each team scored 36 points at the season-ending event, with Kee also winning a further historical three relay State Championships to fuel that team championship fire. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Freshman Reagan Mudderman, seniors Katie Brennan and Makayla Walleser, and junior Rachel Walleser; Back row - Coach Chad Winters, freshman Haley Meyer, sophomore Alexis Johnson, junior Makayla Peters and sophomore Jada Mitchell. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Three relay championships in 4x800, Distance Medley and 4x400 fuel the fire, points in individual events by Brennan and Meyer prove to be pivotal in first-ever team title

“A title a day helps bring a trophy your way!”

Although that’s not exactly how the old saying goes, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered for the Kee girls track team in writing yet another chapter in the often recently revamped history of Lady Hawk athletics. Behind the strength of three relay championships and two other point-scoring individual finishes at the State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18, the Kee girls not only won their first running event State Championships in program history, but used those three event titles - one each day - to further fuel their way to a share of their first-ever Class 1A Team State Championship, scoring 36 team points to tie with Alburnett for this year’s Class 1A crown.

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May

Headington’s fifth-place shot put finish leads Waukon girls track team’s efforts among Class 2A elite at State Track and Field Meet


Top-five shot put result leads State efforts... Waukon girls track sophomore Annika Headington launches a shot put toss in the Class 2A competition at the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 16. Headington tied her personal-best effort of 40’2” to finish fifth in that Class 2A shot put field, and she also tossed the discus 112’7” Friday, May 17 to finish 14th among those Class 2A elite field event throwers. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls track team had its 2019 season brought to an ultimate close among the Class 2A elite, as nine young ladies competed in six different events at the State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18. Battling weather extremes of heat and rain throughout the season grand finale, the Lady Indians garnered finishes from within the top five to within the bottom five of their respective competitions among the best track and field athletes Iowa’s Class 2A has to offer this season.

As she has most of this season, sophomore Annika Headington paced the Indian results efforts at this season-ending meet. Returning in the shot put, where she did not place among the event medal winners last spring, Headington returned with a vengeance in launching her way to a fifth-place finish among this year’s Class 2A shot put field.

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Brady Sullivan claims Class 2A State Runner-Up honors in the shot put to lead Waukon boys effort at the season grand finale


Class 2A Shot Put State Runner-Up ... Waukon boys track senior Brady Sullivan unleashes a shot put effort in the Class 2A competition at the State Track and Field Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 16. Sullivan launched a personal-best throw of 56’5.5” to claim State Runner-Up honors in that throwing event behind fellow Northeast Iowa Conference senior Noah Fenske of New Hampton and his championship toss of 60’0.25”. Sullivan also competed in the Class 2A discus, firing a toss of 136’10” in the steady rain of Friday morning, May 17 to end up 11th in that overall field, with Fenske also winning that event with a toss of 152’11”. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon boys track season came to a final end where every team and athlete strives to be, as three Indians competed in four individual events at this year’s State Track and Field Meet held Thursday-Saturday, May 16-18 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. With weather during the three-day event featuring the extremes of blistering heat Thursday and rainy, wet conditions for some of the remainder, so too were the Indians’ event results near the extremes among Iowa’s Class 2A track and field elite.

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May

Waukon boys golf team brings 2019 season to a close with fifth-place team finish at NEIC Tournament

The Waukon boys golf team brought its 2019 season to a close with its annual Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Tournament. The golf Tribe played host to the other six NEIC teams Monday, May 20, coming up shy of having any golfers finish within the tournament’s top-15 individuals to be recognized with All-Conference honors, finishing fifth in the final seven-team standings with 354 team points.

TEAM SCORES
Waverly-Shell Rock 312; Decorah 331; Charles City 332; New Hampton 343; WAUKON 354; Oelwein 375; Crestwood 414

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May

Waukon girls track team advances six events to State Meet to fuel sixth-place team finish at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet


Two-time throwing events qualifier ... Waukon girls track sophomore Annika Headington unleashes a shot put toss at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Monticello Friday, May 10. Headington won the event with a personal best launch of 40’2” to earn automatic State Meet qualification and a return to the season grand finale in that event, and she also powered out a discuss toss of 112’7” that placed her fifth overall at Friday’s meet and was good enough to earn at-large qualification for this week’s State Meet in that event as well. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Headington is double qualifier in throwing events, Snitker qualifies in 400m dash and helps 4x400 and 4x800 earn State Meet berths, shuttle hurdle relay also qualifies for season finale

The Waukon girls track team crowned just one event champion at its Friday, May 10 Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Monticello, but ended up extending the 2019 season in six different events with qualification for this year’s State Track Meet being held later this week in Des Moines. In addition to a shot put championship won by sophomore Annika Headington for the track Tribe’s lone automatic qualification for this year’s season grand finale, the Indians also had a pair of third-place event finishes and a trio of fifth-place efforts earn advancement to this week’s Class 2A State Track Meet, helping pace the Indians to 60 team points and a sixth-place finish in the meet’s final 12-team field.

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Waukon boys track team advances four events to State Meet on the way to seventh-place team finish at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet


Double qualifier in throwing events ... Waukon boys track senior Brady Sullivan unleashes a shot put effort at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Monticello Friday, May 10. Sullivan won the shot put with a toss of 52’9” to earn a return trip to the Class 2A State Meet with a victory in that event, and he also launched a 150’9” discus toss that placed him second in that event for another automatic State Meet qualification. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Sullivan is double qualifier in throwing events, Behrend qualifies in high jump, Hatlan in 100m

The Waukon boys track team competed for the right to extend the 2019 season for as many events and competitors as possible, doing so for three such Indians in four individual events at the Tribe’s Class 2A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Monticello Friday, May 10. The event was delayed a day due to cold weather conditions the previous night, with the Indians ending up with one event championship and two event runner-up finishes to earn automatic qualification for this week’s State Track Meet, and also getting one other at-large qualification with a fourth-place finish to help lead the way to 55 team points and a seventh-place team finish in the final 12-team meet standings.

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Kee boys track team has 2019 season ended at Class 1A State Qualifying Meet


So close in a pair of events ... Kee boys track senior Jacob Berns clears the high jump bar at the Hawks’ Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Edgewood-Colesburg Friday, May 10. Berns was on the brink of earning a return trip to the Class 1A State Track Meet in the high jump, clearing the same 5’10” height as the meet’s third-place finisher - who ended up being the last State Meet qualifier in this year’s Class 1A field - but ending up fourth on the criteria of more jumps required to clear that height. Berns was also third in the 400 meter dash, missing the final State Meet qualifying spot in that event by less than a second to have his Kee High School track and field career brought to a close. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee boys track team had its 2019 season brought to a close at its Class 1A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Edgewood-Colesburg Friday, May 10. The meet was delayed a day due to colder weather Thursday, May 9 but that nearly 30-degree temperature improvement couldn’t quite get the Hawks over the hump to qualifying any events for this season’s State Track Meet, the Hawks managing event finishes as high as third place to help them to an 11th-place team finish in the final 14-team meet standings with 30 points.

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