Sports

Wed
10
Apr

Waukon boys golf team wins over South Winneshiek, falls to Charles City in season-opening home split


Medalist to begin his final season ... Waukon boys golf senior Michael Headington tees off in the Indians’ season-opening victory, 178-189, at home over South Winneshiek Monday, April 1. Headington won medalist honors at the meet with a round of 41 strokes. 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 golf team got its 2019 campaign underway, earning a split in its first two meets of the season on back-to-back nights. The golf Tribe began the season with a 178-189 victory at home over South Winneshiek Monday, April 1 before coming up shy in its first Northeast Iowa Conference meet, 178-168, vs. Charles City at home Tuesday, April 2.

The Indians were next scheduled to host both Waverly-Shell Rock and MFL/MarMac Tuesday, April 9. They will remain at home to start next week as well, hosting Decorah Monday, April 15 and Caledonia, MN Tuesday, April 16.

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Wed
10
Apr

Kee boys track team places 10th at Ed-Co, claims fifth at Postville


Competes in three scoring relays ... Kee boys track sophomore Chris Wagner rounds the corner at the Foster Kiesau Relays at Postville High School Friday, April 5. Wagner led off the Hawks’ 4x400 relay that finished third at the meet in a time of 3:50.74, ran the 400 meter leg of Kee’s fourth-place distance medley relay timed in 4:15.96 and anchored the 400 meter leg of Kee’s sprint medley that finished sixth in 1:51.36. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys track team got to experience its first outdoor competition of the 2019 season, finishing near the middle of the pack in a pair of invitational meets this past week. The Hawks claimed a 10th-place finish in the large Edgewood-Colesburg Invitational that took place Tuesday, April 2 before finishing fifth at Postville’s Foster-Kiesau Relays Friday, April 5, a day later than the meet’s original April 4 date due to cold, damp weather.

“We had two meets his week and I felt they were worthwhile,” Kee boys track coach Pat Wagner said. “The Ed-Co meet was a competitive meet, a lot of good small school track teams. At Postville, we showed a good deal of improvement. My hats off to the people at Postville; they ran a very efficient meet.  (Senior) Jacob Berns is off to an excellent start to the season. He had two first-place performances at the Foster-Kiesau relays in Postville.”

Wed
03
Apr

Waukon High School softball standout Holly Hesse achieves 800th career coaching victory


Holly Hesse ... Photo courtesy of Missouri State University.

Former Waukon High School standout softball pitcher Holly Hesse continues to reach landmark achievements in her career coaching the game she loves. The 1977 graduate of Waukon High School most recently became the 30th NCAA Division I active head softball coach to achieve 800 career wins courtesy of a 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference victory at home for her Missouri State University Bears over the University of Northern Iowa Sunday, March 24.

Further heightening that milestone achievement is the manner in which it came, as that 3-2 victory arrived in walk-off fashion. Senior third baseman Kyana Mason was able to sprint home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and further add to her head coach’s career achievements.

Wed
03
Apr

Waukon High School cheerleaders selected for All-Star Cheer Squad ...

The members of the Waukon High School cheerleading squad pictured above were chosen by the Iowa Cheer Coaches Association Board of Directors and All-Star Committee to perform as part of the 2019 Iowa All-Star Team, being selected to cheer at the Iowa High School All-Star basketball games held at Dallas Center Grimes High School Saturday, March 23. In January of this year, Waukon High School cheerleading coaches Amy and Lexie Bieber recorded try-out videos for the All-Star selection process consisting of the girls doing a short cheer, a short dance routine and a toe touch. The coaches also wrote recommendations and skill levels for each skill.

Wed
03
Apr

Waukon boys golf team will benefit from five returning letterwinners for its 2019 campaign


2019 Waukon boys golf team ... Left to right - Front row: Justin Strub, Logan Houg, Brady Beyer, Jaden Hager, Sean Liddiard. Middle row: Logan Delaney, Nick Goltz, Miles Hansmeier, Carson Jones, Tanner Mitchell, Tanner Kiel. Back row: Ryan Hanson, Robbie Drew, Michael Headington, Aidan Jones, Gabe Byrnes. Not pictured: Ashton Farley, Dawson Baures, Connor Stegen.

2019 Waukon boys golf team returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Ryan Hanson, Carson Jones, Michael Headington, Sean Liddiard, Logan Houg.

With another one of its largest teams in recent history, the Waukon boys golf program returns nearly all of its top-end players from last season for a 2019 campaign that has seen 19 young men report for early-season duty. Five of this season’s golfers will return with varsity letterwinning experience from two different grade levels, including four multi-year letterwinners.

The Indians were scheduled to get their 2019 campaign underway at home to start this week, hosting both South Winneshiek and Charles City Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, respectively. The golf Tribe was further scheduled to continue its strong early dose of home course advantage, hosting MFL/MarMac and Waverly-Shell Rock in a home triangular Tuesday, April 9.

“We’re looking forward to getting some consistent weather, and looking to keep on improving each meet,” Coach Benson said as the 2019 season gets underway.

Wed
03
Apr

Waukon, Kee girls basketball teams to be represented at this weekend’s IGCA All-Star Games by Ahlstrom, Walleser


Playing in IGCA 3A All-Star Game ... Waukon High School girls basketball senior Maddie Ahlstrom will be one of 30 Iowa high school girls basketball seniors in Class 3A playing this Saturday, April 6 in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-Star Games at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Ahlstrom will suit up for the Class 3A White squad for a 12 noon match-up against the Class 3A Grey squad.

Playing in IGCA 1A Select Game ... Kee High School girls basketball senior Makayla Walleser has been chosen to represent the top Class 1A Iowa high school girls basketball players as a member of the Class 1A Select All-Star Team playing in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-Star Games this weekend at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Walleser and her fellow Class 1A elite will be taking on their Class 2A Select counterparts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, April 7. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

A pair of local seniors will be representing their schools one final time this season playing with their top-end peers in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games this Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7 at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Waukon High School senior Maddie Ahlstrom and Kee High School senior Makayla Walleser will each suit up for that All-Star series for their respective squads.

Ahlstrom is one of 10 seniors selected to play for the Class 3A White squad, a team coached by Nate Wall and Marc Renning from Carroll High School and featuring Josie Condon of Estherville Lincoln Central, a team coached by Waukon native Don Martindale this season. That White squad will take on the Class 3A Grey squad to kick off this year’s All-Star weekend at 12 noon this Saturday, April 6. The Class 3A Grey squad will include fellow Northeast Iowa Conference seniors Drew Becker of Oelwein and Maddi Moorman of New Hampton.

Tue
26
Mar

Waukon boys track team gets season underway with pair each of event wins, runner-up finishes at NEIC Indoor Meet

The Waukon boys track team got its first taste of competition for the 2019 season, taking part in the annual Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Indoor Meet Tuesday, March 19 at Wartburg College in Waverly. No team scores were kept at the meet, and the Indians claimed nine top-five event finishes, including two each of event victories and runner-up finishes.

The two event victories both came in sprint events, including the Tribe’s lone individual win recorded by sophomore Brady Behrend in the 400 meter dash, as he edged out the victory by one-hundredth of a second with his clocking of 57.49 seconds. The other victory by the track Tribe came in the 4x200 relay, where the combination of juniors Dawson Baures and Brock Hatlan, and sophomores Creed Welch and Ethan O’Neill claimed a win by just two-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:38.57.

Tue
26
Mar

Kee boys track team gets season’s competition underway at UIC Indoor

The Kee boys track team got its 2019 season of competition underway indoors at the annual Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Meet held Friday, March 22 at Luther College in Decorah. Led by five event finishes within the top two, including three event victories, the Hawks racked up 77 team points to finish within the top half of the nine-team UIC field in fourth place.

TEAM SCORES
North Fayette Valley 119.5; South Winneshiek 105; Clayton Ridge 105; KEE 77; Turkey Valley 55; Postville 39; Central Elkader 28.5; West Central 23; MFL/MarMac 12

The Hawks are next scheduled to compete outdoors for the first time this Thursday, March 28 at Waukon. The Kee boys are then slated to travel to Edgewood-Colesburg Tuesday, April 2 and then to Postville Thursday, April 4.

Tue
26
Mar

Kee girls track team wins six events at UIC Indoor

The Kee girls track team made an early statement in pursuing defense of the first-ever Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) track and field team championship the Lady Hawks won last spring. The early-season indoor version of that meet this spring ended with the same team result for the Kee track girls, as they ran, jumped and threw their way to another first-place team finish at the Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Meet held Friday, March 22 at Luther College in Decorah behind the strength of six event wins that fueled the Lady Hawks to 103 team points.

TEAM SCORES
KEE 103; North Fayette Valley 89.5; Central Elkader 86; South Winneshiek 78; Clayton Ridge 71.5; Turkey Valley 49; West Central 33; MFL/MarMac 21; Postville 9

The Lady Hawks are scheduled to compete outdoors Thursday, March 28 at West Delaware High School in Manchester. The Kee girls will then travel to Postville Tuesday, April 2 and then to Starmont Thursday, April 4.

Wed
20
Mar

More than half of the 2019 Waukon girls track team has letterwinning experience

The Waukon girls track team has had 42 young ladies report for early-season duty to begin its 2019 campaign, with more than half of this season’s squad made up of varsity letterwinners returning from last spring’s squad. Among those 22 veterans are five of six Lady Indians who competed at every high school track and field athlete’s ultimate destination last season, the State Meet.

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