Waukon boys basketball team splits pair of contests, falling at NEIC-undefeated Charles City before topping Wapsie Valley

The Waukon boys basketball team returned to competition following the holiday break to face a pair of teams very similar to themselves with just a single loss each so far this season. Both of those games were played away from home on back-to-back days and the Indians earned a split of that pair, falling to a Charles City team yet to be defeated in Northeast Iowa Conference play, 77-72, Friday, January 5 before bouncing back the very next day to claim a 57-47 win over Wapsie Valley in a game played Saturday, January 6 at Wartburg College in Waverly.

The Indians’ early 2018 split leaves their season record at 6-2 overall and drops their Northeast Iowa Conference record to 3-2. The Indians were next slated to play at North Fayette Valley Monday, January 8 before another back-to-back weekend pair that includes hosting New Hampton Friday, January 12 before traveling to Waterloo East Saturday, January 13. The basketball Tribe hits the road for all of the following week’s competition, playing at Prairie du Chien, WI Tuesday, January 16 before traveling to Oelwein Friday, January 19.

Sweeney breaks 54-year school record with 43 points

Waukon boys basketball junior Michael Sweeney poured in a new single-game scoring record for the Waukon boys basketball program with 43 points in the Indians’ 78-49 non-conference win at North Fayette Valley Monday, January 8. That total surpassed the previous mark from more than half a century ago of 41 points tossed in by Indian senior Tom Parker in a game played in 1964 and in which Parker converted additional school records of 19 of 27 free throws and did not have a three-point line to score from.

Sweeney fired in eight three-point blasts in his total of 13 field goals in the victory, each of those tallies falling just two such makes shy of additional current school records, and he also converted nine of 11 free throws. Further details of Sweeney’s feat and the Indian win will be provided in the January 17 edition of The Standard.

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