Sports

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03
Sep

Waukon boys cross country will feature seven returning letterwinners for 2014


Left to right - Front row: Austin Day, Isaac Fink, Will Keenan, Tyler O’Neill, Hunter Jensen, Noah Liddiard. Back row: Mason Doyle, Brock Berns, T.J. Treptau, Gunnar Grangaard, Carter Fuhrman, Tanner Manning, Kameron Klinge.

The 2014 Waukon boys cross country campaign is not likely to have a much different look to it at the beginning of this season than it did at the very end of last season. That prospect stems from the fact that all seven of the Indians’ competitors in last fall’s season-ending Class 2A State Qualifying Meet return with varsity letterwinning experience for the Indians this season.

Wed
03
Sep

Waukon girls cross country team returns six letterwinners for first-year coach Brett Egan


Left to right - Front row: Alex Marti, Leah Riese, Dani Stock, Grace Blocker. Back row: Katelynn Griffith, Melissa Hammel, Emily Hammel, Liz Waters, Gabby Marti, Laurel Keenan.

As if returning six varsity letterwinners, including five of last season’s top seven runners, would not be enough cause for optimism for the 2014 Waukon girls cross country team, add in the fact that they get to draw from the experience of one of Waukon High School’s most decorated distance runners to further that optimism.
Brett Egan, a 2009 Waukon High School graduate and school record holder for Waukon boys cross country’s 5K distance, as well as Waukon boys track and field’s 3200 meter and 1600 meter distances, will begin his first season at the helm of the Waukon girls cross country program. Egan’s distance running experience includes being a 1600 meter high school state champion and 3200 meter state runner-up in his senior season, as well as being a Northeast Iowa Conference and District Champion in cross country before placing fourth at the State Meet his senior season.

Wed
03
Sep

Kee football team opens season with 40-34 home triumph over Riceville


Kee football senior Marquise Phillips looks to take on this Riceville defender in the Hawks’ 40-34 home victory to open the 2014 season Friday, August 29. Phillips carried the ball 13 times for 110 yards and one touchdown, while also catching four passes for 91 yards in the victory and leading Kee’s defense with 11 solo tackles in his total of 23 defensive halts. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link

The Kee football team looked to be opening its 2014 season with an easy victory, as it rolled to a 40-0 headstart through three full quarters at home Friday, August 29 against Riceville. But the Hawks learned how quickly momentum can change, as a little Kee misfortune and renewed Wildcat effort allowed the visitors to rattle off 34 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to give the Hawks a late scare before they secured the 40-34 victory.

Kee will hit the road this week to wrap up its non-district schedule at Rockford Friday, September 5. Coach Winters said most of his players who were victims of injury or heat in this past Friday’s contest should be available to play against Rockford, a team that comes off a 54-12 loss at the home of Eight-Player newcomer Turkey Valley this past Friday, August 29.

Wed
03
Sep

Waukon volleyball team begins season winning four of six matches at Mabel-Canton Tournament

The Waukon volleyball team opened its season by winning four of six matches at the Mabel-Canton Tournament held in Minnesota Saturday, August 30. That 4-2 record in the Tribe’s pool play matches would have advanced the Indians into a final bracket-round match to play for third place at the tournament, but Iowa high school rules limit the Indians to playing just six matches in a single day. Within their pool play matches, the Indians’ only match losses came to the two teams that would eventually play for the tournament title. The Tribe netters fell in straight sets to eventual tournament runner-up Rushford-Peterson, 18-25 and 19-25, and undefeated tournament champion Mabel-Canton, 9-25 and 17-25.

The Indians were scheduled to play at Postville Tuesday, September 2 and will then have back-to-back matches to begin next week, Monday, September 8 at MFL/MarMac and Tuesday, September 9 at home against Decorah.

Wed
27
Aug

Kee volleyball team returns six letterwinners for 2014 season


Left to right - Front row: Nicole Vinson, Erin Rud, Mikayla Gavin. Back row: Sadie Hill, Molly Walleser, Valerie Meyer. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2014 Kee volleyball team will return six varsity letterwinners from a squad last season that finished with an 8-18 overall record, including a 10th-place Upper Iowa Conference record of 2-7. That mix of returning varsity experience will combine with some young newcomers to hopefully make for a formidable Hawk line-up throughout the year, according to Coach Rich Ellis.
“Our biggest key will be team continuity,” Coach Ellis said. “The girls will need to learn how to play together and be willing to play where the team needs them the most. We will have a few girls playing new positions this year and they are going to need to accept their new role in order for us to be successful.”

Wed
27
Aug

Waukon football team looks to continue recent string of play-off success in 2014 season


Left to right - Front row: Adam Benzing, Nick Bieber, Jake Ronan, Marshall Lyons, Peyton Hesse, Travis Herman, Landon Sivesind, Austin Hogan. Second row: Joe Frieden, Patrick Mahr, Drake Jensen, Colin Steiber, Sean Byrnes, Michael Howe, Christian Wenthold, Dawston Regan, Chris Miller. Back row: Michael Schulte, Brock Waters, Dennis Gaunitz, Wyatt Wille, Haden Hammel, Jamie Byrnes, Nick Johnson, Brennan Frick, Zach Bieber. Not pictured: Adam Drew.

The 2014 Waukon football team returns 23 varsity letterwinners from the most successful season in program history last fall, an historic campaign that saw the Indians play to a Class 2A State Runner-Up finish and rewrite a number of school records in the process. While a great deal of key contributors to last season’s success moved on with graduation this past May, including four players participating in Division I programs at UNI, Iowa and Oregon State, second-year Waukon head coach Chad Beermann says there certainly isn’t any sort of “one-and-done” mentality when it comes to wanting to continue the kind of success the program has developed over the last couple seasons.

Wed
27
Aug

Waukon volleyball team returns five letterwinners for 2014 campaign


Left to right - Front row: Leslie Sivesind, Katelyn Kolsrud, Thea Meyer, Katie Kerndt, Allie Schwartz, Sam Swartz. Back row: Kaley Benzing, Madison Snitker, Nicole Heitman, Jackie Welch, Kelsey Cota, Hope Manning, Regan Wasson. Not pictured: Callie Thorson.

The 2014 Waukon volleyball team will look to improve on a 9-25-4 overall record posted by last year’s squad in its first year under the guidance of head coach Peyton Wacker. Now in her second year at the helm and newly married, Coach Peyton Lapel will see the return of five varsity letterwinners from last year’s crew that also finished sixth in the final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) standings with a 1-6 record, along with a large group of 10 seniors that will make up a majority of this fall’s 14 team members in this season’s early-going.
Four of those five returning letterwinners also headline that large senior class, including two-year letterwinners Allie Schwartz and Jackie Welch and first-year letterwinners Katelyn Kolsrud and Thea Meyer. Sophomore Regan Wasson rounds out the list of returning letterwinners from last season, making considerable contributions and gaining valuable experience as a middle hitter for the Tribe as just a freshman last fall.

Wed
27
Aug

Kee cross country team returns a half dozen letterwinners; No girls participating this year


Left to right - Front row: Mikey Mitchell, Keegan Ahouse, Tom Brennan, Jesse Walleser, Ethan Whalen. Back row: Coach Gary Bottorff, Sam Hisel, Spencer Colsch, Michael Harris, Nolan Welsh. Photo courtesy of Kee Yearbook.

The 2014 Kee cross country season looks to be completely one-sided this fall, as no girls have reported for early-season practice thus far for the Hawks. Veteran coach Gary Bottorff has also seen a bit of a drop in overall numbers on the boys’ side of the team equation this season, as just nine competitors have been putting in early-season work-outs for the Kee boys.
Of those nine, six return with varsity letterwinning experience for Coach Bottorff, and five of this season’s team members are seniors. Four of those team members can boast that most veteran combination of being both a senior and a returning varsity letterwinner, that quartet including Sam Hisel, Michael Harris, Nolan Welsh and Tom Brennan. The sophomore pair of Evan Whalen and Spencer Colsch round out this year’s list of seasoned returnees, having earned their first varsity stripes last season as freshmen.

Wed
27
Aug

Nine returning letterwinners bolster Kee football hopes for 2014 campaign

Nine returning letterwinners bolster Kee football hopes for 2014 campaign
 

Wed
13
Aug

Waukon baseball team wraps up 6-25 record during 2014 season

The Waukon baseball team played to an overall record of 6-25 this season, a mark second-year head coach Jerry Keenan says doesn’t necessarily reflect the potential that he saw in this year’s team that returned a dozen letterwinners with varsity experience from a nine-win crew one season earlier.
“I am not certain that our record was always indicative of the way that we were capable of playing,” Coach Keenan said. “The way we played the last two weeks of the season was very encouraging as we look forward to next season. I am proud of these young men for the way they represented our school district and our communities.”

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