Sports

Wed
22
Aug

Kee cross country teams each return all but one runner as girls try to build on most successful season ever, boys continue improvement trend


2018 Kee cross country teams ... Front row: Haley Meyer, Reagan Mudderman, Katie Brennan, Makayla Peters, Rachel Walleser, Laura Colsch, Ella Strong, Makayla Walleser. Back row: Coach Pat Wagner, Daniel Wagner, Michael Mattson, Chris Wagner, Ryan Whalen, Jacob Berns, Chance Colsch. Not pictured: Nick Buege, Rebecca Kadera, Brayden Mathis. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee girls and boys cross country program looks to benefit from the return of all but one of last season’s competitors from each squad. Just one senior was lost to graduation this past spring, taking the multi-year experience of Nicki Wood with it, but the return of five other varsity letterwinners from a team effort of historic proportions last season still gives the Kee girls team just cause for continued optimism. Likewise, the return of all but one of last season’s varsity frontrunners for the Kee boys squad looks to have a similar impact on moving forward.

Wed
22
Aug

Waukon football team returns four starters, 21 letterwinners for 2018 campaign following first-ever State Championship season


2018 Waukon football juniors and seniors ... Left to right - Front row: Lance Egan, Tyler Block, Justin Strub, Alyx Ede, John Ronan, Carter Benzing, Luke Pladsen, Reed Kelly, Brixen Hanson, Dawson Baures. Back row: Zach Thornton, Carson Jones, Thomas Byrnes, Michael Sweeney, Pryce Hesse, Brady Sullivan, Peyton Bieber, Brock Hatlan, Tanner Mitchell, Asher Fahey.

The ultimate history of a first-ever State Championship in program history won last season puts the Waukon football team in a similar first-ever position of having the opportunity to build on that ultimate success this season. That opportunity to build on past success will also offer the opportunity for an abundance of others to do the building, as graduation this past spring took a class of 16 seniors who filled a total of 18 of 22 starting positions from last season’s Class 2A State Championship squad.

Wed
22
Aug

Inaugural Marksman Challenge held near Farmersburg ...

The first-ever Northeast Iowa .22LR Marksman Challenge was held Saturday, August 11 at Walnut Lane Range near Farmersburg, featuring a series of target shooting events from 25 to 200 yards with .22LR Caliber firearms, such as the event pictured above. The inaugural Challenge was open to competitors in two different age categories. As pictured in the advertisement below, Brody Bries was the Sub-18 Challenge winner and Chris Wachal of Elgin was the Adult Challenge winner. Plans are being made for multiple events in 2019 with prizes awarded for individual events and a championship prize based on total scores for the year. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
22
Aug

Former Hawkeye and NBA player delivers pre-season message at WHS ...

Adam Haluska, a former four-sport stand-out at Carroll High School who went on to All-Conference and Academic All-American honors playing for the University of Iowa basketball team before being drafted by the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), spoke to students, parents and community members at the annual Meet the Team Night and Allamakee Athletic Booster Club Membership Kick-Off event held at Waukon High School Thursday, August 16. Haluska shared a message reflecting on his life and athletic career, the professional basketball portion of which was eventually ended by an accumulation of injuries.

Wed
08
Aug

Michael J. Hager Award winners ...

Each year the Waukon Swim Club honors swimmers with the Michael J. Hager Award given in memory of Michael J. Hager (1960-1991), who was the son of Bonnie and the late James Hager of Waukon. This year’s Michael J. Hager Award recipients are Meridian Snitker and James VanderVelden. Meridian Snitker is pictured at right and James VanderVelden was not available for the photo.

Michael Hager loved swimming. In 1976, as a lifeguard at the pool, he started the Waukon Swim Club. He worked as a lifeguard, swam with the club and coached until he graduated from high school in 1978. He went on to attend college for one year at William Penn University and then transferred to Luther College, where he swam for the Norse for three years. Each summer, Hager would come home to coach the swim team and lifeguard at the pool until he graduated from Luther in 1982.

Wed
08
Aug

First Team Academic All-State ...

Waukon baseball graduated senior Abe Schwartz was named to the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-State First Team following the 2018 baseball season. He was among the First Team honorees recognized at the annual Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Banquet held Saturday, August 4 at the Marriott Hotel Banquet Center in Iowa City. That Academic All-State First Team consists of the top 22 players, nominated by their coaches, who demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics. A panel of coaches selected these senior players.
 

Wed
08
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 11-22 season record during 2018 campaign

The Waukon baseball team played its way to an 11-22 season record during its 2018 campaign, showing signs of greatness but not consistently being able to maintain that level of play during this season’s stringent schedule. That 11-22 season mark included a 2-16 record in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play that placed the Indians in a tie for sixth place in the final NEIC standings with a Crestwood team that the baseball Tribe had claimed its only two NEIC victories from in three match-ups with the Cadets this season.

Wed
01
Aug

Five-time IGCA First Team All-Stater ...

Kee softball senior Kendra Cooper was named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) Northeast District All-District Team and All-State Softball First Team following the recently completed 2018 season. Cooper led the Hawks with a .477 batting average and 53 hits that included another team-high 17 homeruns that also shared top honors in the entire state of Iowa. She was also Kee’s leading pitcher with a 24-6 season record that included 169-1/3 innings pitched with 283 strikeouts against just 28 walks and an earned run average (ERA) of 0.74, pacing this season’s squad to a 35-6 season record and a fifth consecutive Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) championship, the softball Hawks’ third straight undefeated UIC title. This was Cooper’s fifth consecutive First Team All-State selection by the IGCA.

Wed
01
Aug

IGCA First Team All-State ...

Kee softball senior Chloe Severson was named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) Northeast District All-District Team and All-State Softball First Team following the recently completed 2018 season. Severson led the softball Hawks with 19 doubles this season, ranking third on this season’s squad with 46 hits and a .390 batting average to help the Hawks finish with a 35-6 season record and win a fifth consecutive Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) championship, the Hawks’ third straight undefeated UIC title. This was Severson’s second consecutive All-State pick, being a Second Team selection in 2017.
 

Wed
01
Aug

IGCA Second Team All-State ...

Kee softball senior Nicki Wood was named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) Northeast District All-District Team and All-State Softball Second Team following the recently completed 2018 season. Wood led the Hawks with six sacrifices and seven stolen bases in seven attempts this season. She also batted .320 with 39 hits and 19 runs batted in (RBI) while scoring 40 runs that ranked third on this season’s squad that finished with a 35-6 season record and won a fifth consecutive Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) championship, the softball Hawks’ third straight undefeated UIC title. This was Wood’s third consecutive IGCA All-State selection, having received Honorable Mention in both 2016 and 2017.
 

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