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14
Feb

Waukon football two taking their talents to Division II ...

Waukon High School seniors Abe Schwartz and Mitchell Snitker signed their respective National Letters of Intent Wednesday, February 7 to take their football talents to the NCAA Division II level of play. Schwartz inked his commitment to Concordia University-St. Paul in St. Paul, MN, while Snitker committed to Winona State University in Winona, MN. Having played together on the same team throughout their middle school and high school careers, and ultimately helping lead the Indians to the Class 2A State Championship this past fall, the two could actually take the field together again, but on opposing teams, as both Concordia-St. Paul and Winona State play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and are on each other’s schedule each year, with Upper Iowa University in Fayette also belonging to that same conference and being an annual opponent of each squad as well.

Wed
14
Feb

Waukon basketball girls end regular season, begin postseason with wins at home, play next at top-rated Crestwood this Wednesday


Strong to the basket ... Waukon girls basketball junior Lauren Griffith takes the ball strong to the hoop in the Indians’ 51-32 home win over North Fayette Valley in the Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinals Saturday, February 10. Griffith swiped a team-high seven steals, scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and posted one each of assists and blocked shots. 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 basketball team both ended its regular season and began its postseason in victorious fashion this past week. That final win of the regular season, a 49-21 home domination of Decorah Tuesday, February 6, clinched a second-place tie for the Indians in the final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) standings with Class 4A 14th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock, a team the Indians split with during the regular season. The Indians then opened Class 3A Region 4 postseason tournament play Saturday, February 10 with a 51-32 win at home over North Fayette Valley.

Wed
14
Feb

Tristan Hansmeier earns first-ever State Tournament berth with runner-up Sectional finish, Miles Hansmeier finishes season with win for third place


ON TO STATE! Like father, like son, and like cousin ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier gets congratulated at the Class 2A District 5 Tournament at Independence Saturday, February 10 by the Waukon coaching staff after securing his first-ever State Tournament berth, joining his own father, Dave Hansmeier (pictured in front at left grabbing his son’s hand), as a State Tournament qualifier for the wrestling Indians. Dave Hansmeier was a sixth-place finisher at 140 pounds during his senior season in 1990 and has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Waukon wrestling program. Waukon head wrestling coach Mason Berns (at right congratulating Hansmeier) is a cousin of Hansmeier’s and was a two-time State Tournament placewinner for the Indians, finishing seventh at 130 pounds in 2004 and placing eighth at 160 pounds in 2006. Hansmeier opened Saturday’s District 5 Tournament with a 1-0 win over East Marshall junior Noah Bandstra but had his championship hopes dashed once again by West Delaware sophomore Jack Neuhaus by a 3-1 decision in overtime in the sectional championship match. Hansmeier’s second-place Sectional finish earned him his first-ever qualification for the State Wrestling Tournament later this week in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

For brothers that likely grew up doing a lot of the same things together, being just a year apart, qualification for the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines together just wasn’t in the cards for Waukon wrestling siblings Tristan and Miles Hansmeier. Having each qualified for the Class 2A District 5 Tournament held at Independence High School Saturday, February 10, the two each experienced opposite results in their two matches at the tournament, senior Tristan ultimately finishing second at 170 pounds and earning his first-ever State Tournament berth and junior Miles ending up third at 138 pounds to have his season brought to a close.

Tristan Hansmeier to open State Tournament this Thursday against familiar foe from NEIC

Wed
07
Feb

Waukon bowling team splits final dual against Denver

The Waukon bowling team wrapped up its dual meet schedule for the 2017-2018 season by traveling to Tripoli to bowl against Denver Friday, February 2. The Indians earned a split in that final head-to-head battle, the Waukon girls falling by a 1909-1754 final result but the Waukon boys picking up another win, 2593-2217.

The Friday split wraps up the Indians’ dual meet season with the Waukon girls ending with a 1-8 season record and the Indian boys compiling a record of 5-4 for the season. The two teams are scheduled to bowl in a conference tournament hosted by Waterloo Columbus Saturday, February 10 before beginning Class 1A postseason tournament play Friday, February 13 at Decorah.

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Wed
07
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team wins one of three during busy week

The Waukon boys basketball team book-ended its past busy week of three games with a pair of losses at home, sandwiching a road win in between those two losses. The basketball Tribe’s busy week began with a split of back-to-back nights of competition against non-conference opponents, first falling at home to Spring Grove, MN, 75-64, Monday, January 29 before reversing that fortune, 79-48, for a win at MFL/MarMac Tuesday, January 30. The Indians wrapped up the week with an 84-69 loss at home to NEIC-undefeated Charles City Friday, February 2. Adding to the list of losses for the basketball Indians this past week was the confirmation that senior Mitchell Snitker will not be available for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Wed
07
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team sets another defensive record in 54-9 win at Charles City during undefeated week; Postseason slated to begin this Saturday at home

The Waukon girls basketball team completely reversed its fortune from a week earlier, bouncing back from a winless final full week of January to post nothing but wins in its two games this past week. The Lady Indians began the week with a 66-53 road triumph at Spring Grove, MN Monday, January 29 before wrapping up the week with a  54-9 record-setting win at Charles City Friday, February 2.

Wed
07
Feb

Hansmeier brothers earn advancement to District Tournament, lead Waukon wrestling team to sixth-place team finish at Class 2A Sectional Tournament


Rocking the cradle to career win number 100 ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier has Crestwood junior Ross Niewoehner locked up in a cradle in their Class 2A Sectional 10 semifinals match Saturday, February 3 at Luther College in Decorah on the way to a win by 18-2 technical fall in 4:48 to record the 100th win of his high school wrestling career. Hansmeier had his title hopes dashed by a fall in the championship match but finished as the Sectional 10 170-pound runner-up to earn advancement to this Saturday’s District 5 Tournament. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

138-pound sectional champion ... Waukon wrestling 138-pound junior Miles Hansmeier has North Fayette Valley sophomore Joel Grimes in a tough position on the way to a 7-0 win by decision in their Class 2A Sectional 10 semifinals match Saturday, February 3 at Luther College in Decorah. Hansmeier followed that win with a pin of West Delaware senior Cole Engel in 1:52 to win the 138-pound Sectional 10 championship and advance on to this Saturday’s District 5 Tournament. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Tristan Hansmeier achieves milestone 100th career win with semifinals technical fall

The 2017-2018 wrestling season came to a close for all but two members of the Waukon wrestling team Saturday, February 3 at the mat Tribe’s Class 2A Sectional 10 Tournament held at Luther College in Decorah. Those two wrestlers - the brother tandem of senior Tristan and junior Miles Hansmeier - were the only two Indians to wrestle to the required top-two finish in their respective weight classes at the tournament to earn further advancement down the postseason wrestling road, pacing the Indians to 82.5 team points and a sixth-place finish in the tournament’s final team standings.

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Wed
31
Jan

Waukon boys basketball team splits pair of NEIC home games, defeats Crestwood, 85-77, bows to Waverly-Shell Rock, 62-36


Points in the paint ... Waukon boys basketball senior Terrell Baumler gets a shot off in the lane in the late going of the Indians’ 62-36 home loss to Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, January 26. Baumler finished the game with two points. 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 basketball team played to a split of what turned out to be its only two games played this past week, both of those coming in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play at home. The Indians completed a regular season sweep of Crestwood with an 85-77 home win Tuesday, January 23 before being handed that same fate by Waverly-Shell Rock in a 62-36 loss at home Friday, January 26. A Monday, January 22 home game with Spring Grove, MN also scheduled for this past week was postponed by winter weather to Monday, January 29.

Wed
31
Jan

Waukon girls basketball team suffers rare winless week against rated NEIC foes, falls at 3A top-rated Crestwood, 63-41, and at home to 4A 14th-rated-WSR, 47-34


Seven points, team-high 10 boards... Waukon girls basketball junior Lauren Griffith glides toward the basket over a Waverly-Shell Rock defender in the Indians’ 47-34 home loss to the Class 4A 14th-rated Go-Hawks Friday, January 26. Griffith finished the game with seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and one steal as well. 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 basketball team’s Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) standing took a bit of a hit this past week at the hands of the only two rated teams in the conference. Facing both Class 3A top-rated Crestwood and Class 4A 14th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock within three nights of one another, the Indians ended up playing through their first winless week of the season, falling to the undefeated Cadets on the road, 63-41, Tuesday, January 23 before suffering a scoreless fourth quarter to allow a late lead to erode away to a 47-34 loss at home to the Go-Hawks Friday, January 26. A Monday, January 22 non-conference game at Prairie du Chien, WI was canceled due to winter weather conditions and will not be made up this season.

Wed
31
Jan

Kee boys basketball team falls at intra-county foe Postville, 62-37

In its only competition of the week, the Kee boys basketball team stayed within its own county and conference, but also stayed within its own recent trend of game results with a 62-37 loss at Postville Friday, January 26. A strong first half effort that left the Hawks nearly even with the host Pirates at the halftime break gave way to double-digit margins in each of the game’s latter two frames to allow Postville to pull away to its decisive final edge.

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