Sports

Wed
16
Sep

Waukon football team takes to the air to record 34-14 win at New Hampton

The Waukon football team got its Class 2A District 4 season underway in successful fashion Friday, September 11 when it traveled to New Hampton for a battle between squads each holding a 1-1 season record. Although rainy, windy weather conditions limited each team to a slow start to each half, the Indians were able to overcome both the weather conditions and the host Chickasaws’ defensive effort to find scoreboard success through the air on the way to a 34-14 victory.

“Coach (Jed) Hemann always has the passing figured into our attack, and our kids are getting a bit more in sync each week,” Waukon football coach Chad Beermann said. “It never rained too hard, and the wind did not really impact the conditions much. New Hampton has a good defensive line, and they gave us some problems initially. You usually come in with a philosophy of how you want to attack a team, but that often has to be changed up a bit after you see the way they play in person.”

Wed
09
Sep

Waukon football team opens home schedule with 45-10 handling of W-SR


Not going to be denied ... Waukon football senior Ethan O’Neill keeps driving his way through a stack of Waverly-Shell Rock defenders on his way to crossing the orange goal line at the bottom right of the photo for a 15-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of the Indians’ 45-10 home triumph over the Class 3A Go-Hawks Friday, September 4. In addition to this determined 15-yard scoring effort, O’Neill led the Indian ground game with 105 yards and two more touchdowns on eight carries and also led the Indians with six solo tackles that included one tackle for loss. View and find out to purchase this photo and many more at the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Any concerns about the Waukon football team following their season-opening loss to Decorah were pretty much laid to rest when the Indians opened their home season in convincing fashion against another Class 3A opponent from their same Northeast Iowa Conference Friday, September 4. After falling in their season opener at Class 3A Decorah by a 19-18 margin that didn’t see them score until the game’s final six minutes, and facing a Waverly-Shell Rock team that had amassed 300 yards on the ground in a 49-13 season-opening win a week earlier over the Tribe’s Class 2A District 4 colleague Crestwood, the Indians calmed the fears of their faithful by scoring on their first two possessions and six of their first seven series of the ballgame to roll to a 45-10 home triumph over the visiting Go-Hawks.

Wed
09
Sep

Waukon volleyball team keeps season record unblemished with sweep of Riceville and Kee in home schedule opening triangular


Serving up some aces ... Waukon volleyball senior Maddie Mellick fires off a serve in the Indians’ home triangular sweep of both Riceville and Kee Monday, August 31. Mellick launched a pair of winners from the service line in converting all 13 of her serve attempts against Kee and also had two digs. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon volleyball team got its home schedule underway with a lone competition date this past week, and did so with a double-dose of victory on the same night Monday, August 31. The Indian netters remained undefeated so far this young season - both in set and match play, as they swept both Riceville - 25-22, 25-19 and 25-10 - and Kee - 25-11, 25-21 and 25-12 - in that home triangular in three sets each.

“That was a nice way to start off the week and begin our home games; with back to back wins!” Waukon volleyball coach Rachell Adney commented. “I saw several great connections; however, we did struggle with some defensive plays, but we all have to remember that picking that ball up with a good pass every time isn’t always that easy.”

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Wed
09
Sep

Kee football team opens home season with 55-14 blasting of West Central


Blasting by a block ... Kee football sophomore Carter Goetzinger breaks free with help from a block by junior teammate Buddy Hill in the Hawks’ 55-10 home victory over West Central Friday, September 4. Goetzinger racked up a team-high 82 yards and scored a touchdown on seven carries. 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 football team opened its 2020 home schedule in nearly the same way it opened its season overall, dominating another fellow Upper Iowa Conference squad in Eight-Player District 3 play Friday, September 4 on the way to a 55-14 win over West Central. The Hawks scored on their first five possessions of the ballgame to bolt to a 40-6 halftime lead and scored on seven of their eight possessions overall before kneeling out their ninth and final series to end the game.

“It was a great way to celebrate Senior Night,” Kee football coach Chad Winters said. “The three seniors (linemen Mat Gruber, Clayton Little and Hunter McKee) really helped set the tone for the night with their physical play. We were able to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”

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Wed
09
Sep

Kee volleyball team sweeps Riceville in close sets and falls to host school in splitting pair of matches at Waukon triangular


Senior serving ... Kee volleyball senior Jade Peterson fires away at the service line in the Hawks’ triangular split at Waukon Monday, August 31. Peterson served up one ace as Kee swept Riceville but fell to the host Indians. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee volleyball team had just one competition date on its schedule this past week, but that single date at Waukon Monday, August 31 featured a double dip for the Lady Hawks that ultimately ended up in an even split of their two matches. That split began with a three-set battle against Riceville by sweeping scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22 before the Hawks fell to the host Indians in the evening nightcap by scores of 11-25, 21-25 and 12-25.

The closeness of Kee’s first battle of the triangular was reflected throughout the match and throughout pretty much each set against Riceville. Besides a double-digit margin midway through the third and final set of the match, the Hawks couldn’t get much separation from the Wildcats than what prevailed in their sweep of Riceville by scores of 25-20, 25-22 an 25-22.

Wed
02
Sep

Waukon girls cross country team brings back seven letterwinners for 2020 campaign as Tyler Scholl takes over the head coaching helm


2020 Waukon girls cross country team ... Left to right - Front row: Kaitlyn Krambeer, Paige Hansmeier, Bailey Shafer, Mia Kurth, Madelyn Helgerson, Emma Retallick; Middle row: Roxie Grotegut, Cameron Johnson, Avery Regan, Meridian Snitker, Hannah Teslow; Back row: Hailie Hanson, Olivia Marti, Annika Headington, Olivia Byrnes, Mallory Berns, Natalie Byrnes. Not pictured: Hailey Bresnahan, Skylar Garrett, Lilly Kossman, Maddy Waters, Breckan Stewart, Trudy Baxter.

2020 Waukon girls cross country returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Paige Hansmeier, Bailey Shafer, Annika Headington, Olivia Byrnes, Madelyn Helgerson. Not pictured: Skylar Garrett and Maddy Waters.

The 2020 Waukon girls cross country team will feature a great deal of familiarity overall, but will have a new look at the very top beginning with this season. Returning seven runners with varsity letterwinning experience, the greatest change for the Lady Indian distance program will be in the head coaching position as Tyler Scholl takes over the helm of the program following the departure of Brett Egan, who is now teaching in the Cedar Falls Community School District.

Wed
02
Sep

Waukon boys cross country team returns five letterwinners for 2020 season


2020 Waukon boys cross country team ... Left to right - Front row: Nathan O’Neill, Nate Keenan, Josh Keenan, Caleb Perkins, Wyatt Gulla, Connor Cahoon, Skyler Dugan, Cashton Lloyd, Kaedyn Anderson; Back row: James VanderVelden, Hunter O’Neill, Aidan Jones, Ryan Lubahn, Logan Delaney, John O’Neill, Ethan Lewey. Not pictured: Denzel Decker, Connor Stegen, Ethan Hooten, Tanner Marting.

2020 Waukon boys cross country returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Nathan O’Neill, Aidan Jones, Ryan Lubahn, Logan Delaney, John O’Neill.

The Waukon boys cross country team will return five letterwinners for its 2020 campaign, a fall season that will be like none other before it with the COVID-19 pandemic looming. Although the sport of cross country may lend itself to some built-in mitigation measures with its outside venue and the idea of distancing oneself from other runners, there are still some concerns with the larger gathering of runners at each meet, among other concerns that the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has tried to address in its proposed mitigation guidelines.

“This year more than ever, it is going to be very important to stay healthy, with hopes of being able to run a full season of meets,” Waukon boys cross country coach Tara Stein said. “Things are a bit different at practice, and meets will have slight modifications, but if we follow the recommendations that have been put in place by the IHSAA/IGHSAU, hopefully we can get in a full cross country season this fall.”

Wed
02
Sep

Waukon football team has late fourth quarter comeback effort spoiled in final minute of 19-18 season-opening loss at Decorah

Anyone who left the Waukon football team’s Friday, August 28 season opener at Decorah prior to the midway point of the final quarter missed out on the most exciting and tale-telling part of the ballgame as momentum swung hard in both directions while the game’s final minutes ticked off the clock. Unfortunately for the football Indians, the final swing of that momentum was not in their favor.

Trailing by two touchdowns midway through that fourth frame, the football Tribe was finally able to not only find the explosiveness its fans have come to expect in recent years but also find the scoreboard - not just once, but twice - in the game’s final six minutes. The Indians used that final flurry to overcome a 12-0 deficit and build an 18-12 lead, only to have that lead snatched right back in the game’s final minute to suffer a 19-18 defeat to the host Vikings to open the 2020 season.

Wed
02
Sep

Kee football team begins 2020 campaign with 54-12 triumph at Central

The 2020 season got off to a convincing start for the Kee football team, as the Hawks dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage early on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead and eventual 54-12 season-opening victory at Central Elkader Friday, August 28. That dominance could have, perhaps, been even greater if not for a handful of hiccups one might expect for a first game of the season but that Kee football coach Chad Winters says certainly need to be addressed in the grand scheme of things.

Wed
26
Aug

Kee volleyball team bolstered by eight letterwinners for 2020 campaign


2020 Kee volleyball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Jenessa Stussy, Maggy Weymiller, Laurel Scott; Back row: Emily Darling, Jada Mitchell, Macy Manning, Alexis Johnson, Jaiden Berns. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee volleyball team returns a large collection of eight letterwinners from last season’s campaign that produced a 7-20 overall record and placed the Hawks seventh in the final Upper Iowa Conference standings with a league mark of 2-7. Three-fourths of that leadership experience comes from the highest level possible in this season’s six seniors, with half of those seniors contributing to the varsity program every year of their high school career.

That veteran experience will certainly be needed this season, as in addition to the competition on the other side of the net each night on the court, teams are also going to need that type of senior leadership to navigate the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has already brought to this season. On top of adjusting to the abbreviated season schedule in comparison to other seasons, following mitigation guidelines both on and off the court can use the type of frontline leadership brought to the season by veteran experience.

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