Sports

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04
Apr

Waukon girls basketball team plays to 14-7 overall record, finishes tied for second with 9-3 NEIC mark under first-year head coach during 2017-2018 season

Despite seeing its fourth head coach in the past five seasons, the Waukon girls basketball program took a strong step forward during its 2017-2018 campaign, that step taking the Lady Indians to their best overall season record, 14-7, during that same five-year timeframe under the direction of first-year head Tribal leader Greg Criswell. Further evidence of the positive steps made this season could be found in the Tribe’s Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) mark of 9-3 that placed the Indians in a tie for second place in the final NEIC standings and proved to tie their best NEIC record since the Indians’ last State Qualifying season of nearly perfect 2009-2010.

Wed
28
Mar

Former teammates in one sport play against each other in a completely different one...

Cassandra Berger, left, and Ashley Fuhrman, right, took the opportunity for this photo (at right) after their respective teams matched up on the lacrosse field Wednesday, March 21 in Dubuque. Berger’s University of Dubuque Spartans defeated Fuhrman’s Clarke University Pride, 16-12, in the non-conference match-up. “Pretty cool to have two people from Waukon playing against each other in a sport that we didn’t play in high school,” Berger said when she submitted the photo. “Especially considering that we played basketball together in high school five years ago.”

Wed
28
Mar

Waukon boys golf team returns four letterwinners to lead overall young squad in 2018


2018 Waukon boys golf team ... Left to right - Front row: Kelby Bodley, Brady Beyer, Ashton Farley, Connor Stegen, Sean Liddiard, Logan Houg. Middle row: Gabe Byrnes, Tanner Kiel, Carson Jones, Justin Strub, Robbie Drew, Michael Headington, Zech Brink. Back row: Aidan Jones, Daniel Gruman, Ryan Hanson, Brennan Bednarski, Tristan Hansmeier, Gavin Klingeman, Teddy Holthaus, Liam Aldrich.

2018 Waukon boys golf team returning letterwinners … Left to right: Logan Houg, Sean Liddiard, Michael Headington, Ryan Hanson.

The Waukon boys golf team will look to the return of four varsity letterwinners from last season to lead one of its largest overall squads in recent history, as 21 young men have reported for early-season workouts so far this spring. While 21 is a promising number for a program that has been working to see growth in recent seasons, the fact that a majority of those 21 are fi rst-time participants and either sophomores or freshmen has third-year head coach Tharin Benson looking for complements to his quartet of veteran returnees.

“The amount of golfers out this year is a pleasant surprise, it’s great to see all the younger grades go out,” Coach Benson said. “Depth will be a concern. We’re still looking for a couple golfers to fill the rest of the varsity squad. As of now, it’s still up in the air.”

Wed
28
Mar

Waukon girls golf team returns pair of All-Conference senior letterwinners to lead overall young squad for 2018 campaign


2018 Waukon girls golf team ... Left to right - Front row: Hally Holzwarth, Emily Kolsrud, Mia Strub, Carly Palmer, Abby Shelton, Harli Holzwarth. Back row: Alexis Hogan, Margaret Wacker, Carley Sweeney, Emily Clark, Betsy Anderson. Not pictured: Rylee Einck, Kylee Hager, Cassey Urell.

2018 Waukon girls golf returning letterwinners... Left to right: Kylee Hager and Carley Sweeney.

The Waukon girls golf team will be looking to begin building another solid foundation, as just two varsity letterwinners return from a squad that played to a fourthplace finish at the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament and also advanced to the Regional Finals round of postseason play last spring before having its season brought to a close. On a team of 14 players this season, those two returning veterans will make up half of a group of just four who have ever competed in high school golf before.

“We have a young team with 10 players out for the first time,” Waukon girls golf head coach Kathy McMillan said. “It’s a year of rebuilding with only two returning letterwinners.”

Wed
21
Mar

Annabelle Dibert emerges to early lead in The Standard’s 2018 Basketball Bracket Challenge

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has gotten off to an historic start, with some head-scratching and eye-popping results that have left the tournament about as “up for grabs” as it ever has been. Likewise, the 180 entries in The Standard’s 2018 Basketball Bracket Challenge are likely feeling that same upheaval after a pair of both number-one (Virginia and Xavier) and number-two (Cincinnati and defending tournament championship North Carolina) seeds in the tournament have already been eliminated after just the first two rounds.

Wed
21
Mar

Waukon boys track team returning State Meet experience, senior leadership in its nine letterwinning veterans for 2018 campaign


2018 Waukon boys track team ... Left to right - Front row: Avery Rocksvold, Caleb Opfer, Abe Schwartz, Ethan Krueger, Isaiah Welch, Evan Armstead, Jared Campbell, Peyton Bieber. Second row: Brady Behrend, Ethan O’Neill, Brady Sullivan, Miles Hansmeier, Michael Headington, Micah Treptau, Thomas Byrnes, Michael Sweeney, Emilio Rathbun, John Ronan, Logan Houg, Pryce Hesse. Third row: Lance Egan, Zach Thornton, Carter Benzing, Zach Davison, Luke Pladsen, Dawson Baures, Alyx Ede, Justin Strub, Brixen Hanson, Christian Hernandez, Brock Hatlan, Fourth row: Kannon Boeckenheuer, John O’Neill, Walker Hermeier, Daniel Cowell, Joe Hennessy, Konnor Krambeer, Joe Schwartz, Asher Fahey, Reed Kelly, Tyler Block. Back row: Bradley Kasemeier, Charlie Waters, Sawyer Krueger, Sean Cooper, Brennan Sweeney, Matt Ronan, Jason Troester, Christian Viveros, Conner Schwartzhoff, Creed Welch, Ryan Lubahn. Not pictured: Tanner Peterson, Mitchell Snitker, Andrew Mellick, Tanner Mitchell.

2018 Waukon boys track returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Abe Schwartz, Ethan Krueger, Isaiah Welch, Evan Armstead. Back row: Brady Sullivan, Dawson Baures, Jared Campbell. Not pictured: Tanner Peterson, Mitchell Snitker.

The 2018 Waukon boys track team will benefit from the experience of nine varsity letterwinners returning from last season, with nearly half of those returning with the ultimate experience every high school track and field athlete would like to have from qualifying for the State Meet. Those nine veterans include seven seniors, one junior and one sophomore who will all be looked to for leadership of this season’s squad made up of 56 total members.

Wed
21
Mar

Waukon girls track team returns large group of 18 varsity veterans, welcomes promising freshman class for its 2018 spring campaign


2018 Waukon girls track team ... Left to right - Front row: Lia Maffini, Lauren Elliott, Alexz Grampovnik. Second row: Bailey Shafer, Kailey Smith, Zaida Bockman, Megan O’Neill, Brooke Wasson, Brigid Berns, Cassidy Byrnes, Lauren Behrend, Leah Bulman, Maddie Ahlstrom, Lauren Griffith. Third row: Maddy Waters, Skylar Garrett, Maya Bossom, Olivia Byrnes, Ella Hermeier, Nevaeh Bushaw, Alison Sherman, Hailey Regan, Regan Griffith, Katelyn Benzing. Fourth row: Madelyn Marti, Sierra Mulholland, Lilly Kossman, Ellec Armstead, Katie Gress, Maddie Mellick, Annika Headington, Delaney Nagel, Alyssa Nesseim. Back row: Haylee Thesing, Shelby Wyninger. Not pictured: Laurel Keenan, Sydney Ross.

2018 Waukon girls track returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Madelyn Marti, Lauren Griffith, Brooke Wasson, Lauren Elliott, Alexz Grampovnik, Alyssa Nesseim, Hailey Regan, Alison Sherman. Back row: Ellec Armstead, Zaida Bockman, Megan O’Neill, Brigid Berns, Cassidy Byrnes, Lauren Behrend, Leah Bulman, Katelyn Benzing. Not pictured: Laurel Keenan, Sydney Ross.

A large returning class of 18 varsity veterans will help lead the way for the 2018 Waukon girls track season now getting underway. That returning list of experience for this season’s track Tribe will feature just three seniors and near equal totals of eight juniors and seven sophomores to headline an overall crew of 37 track and field athletes.

Those varsity veterans include just a pair of competitors with the ultimate experience of State Meet qualification, as senior Lauren Elliott and sophomore Alyssa Nesseim return from their first-time competitions at the season grand finale as members of the Indians’ distance medley relay crew that qualified to compete among the Class 2A elite last spring. Seniors Alexz Grampovnik and Laurel Keenan join Elliott as the senior trio leading that returning veteran crew, with this season’s only other senior competitor being foreign exchange student Lia Maffini.

Wed
14
Mar

Podium placewinning by senior Tristan Hansmeier highlights overall positive 2017-2018 Waukon wrestling season under first-year head coach Mason Berns


Hansmeier wrestles in Iowa-Minnesota Border Battle ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier was among the top senior wrestlers from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota who took part in the 17th annual Iowa-Minnesota All-Star Border Battle dual meet Friday, March 9 at Crestwood High School in Cresco, an event sponsored by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in Cresco. A sixth-place finisher in the Class 2A 170-pound State Tournament bracket to top off his senior season for the Indians, Hansmeier squared off against Caledonia senior Zach Schneider (that bout pictured at right), the Class A 160-pound State Champion at last week’s Minnesota High School State Wrestling Tournament. Schneider scored a fall over Hansmeier, and he also won a 4-3 decision over New Hampton senior and Class 2A 170-pound third-place State Tournament finisher Noah Glaser of New Hampton. Schneider provided two of the Minnesota squad’s six wins at the event, as Team Iowa posted a 41-24 team score victory over Minnesota to take a 9-8 lead in the annual series. Photo by Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

The 2017-2018 Waukon wrestling team battled through a 7-13 season this winter under first-year head coach Mason Berns. That overall record included a mark of 1-5 in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) competition, placing the mat Indians sixth in the final seven-team NEIC standings.

Wed
14
Mar

Waukon bowling program takes strong step forward in just its second year with first-ever State Tournament qualification of sophomore Matt Rozzell

In just its second year of existence, the Waukon bowling program has already taken a very promising step forward, all the way to the ultimate destination of every high school athletic program, the State level of competition. Granted, that step was taken by a single individual, but Waukon boys bowling sophomore Matt Rozzell carried the entire Waukon bowling program with him when he competed in this season’s Class 1A State Bowling Tournament in Waterloo.

Wed
14
Mar

Final week to register for Park & Rec Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarteners will be alone in their own league, first and second graders will be together in a league, third and fourth graders will be together in a league, and fifth and sixth graders will be together in their own league.

Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the different ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and those shin guards must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

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