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Waukon baseball team has 2021 season brought to an end with district split that includes 9-7 triumph over Columbus in 11 innings, 3-2 loss at eighth-rated Jesup


Three-hit night helps them advance ... Waukon baseball senior left fielder Konnor Krambeer drives a pitch into the outfield for one of his three hits in the Indians’ 9-7 district semifinals victory in 11 innings over Waterloo Columbus Tuesday, July 13 at Jesup. Krambeer collected a double and two singles to drive in two runs and score the go-ahead run in that marathon triumph, and also swatted a single in three at-bats in the final game of his high school career, the Tribe’s 3-2 district finals loss at eighth-rated Jesup Saturday, July 17. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon baseball team had its 2021 campaign brought to a close this past week with a split of two Class 2A District 8 Tournament games, but not before venturing farther than any diamond Tribe has in postseason play since 2011, when the Indians made their last State Tournament bid, and providing Waukon baseball fans with some thrilling memories and hope along the way. After posting a 10-0 first-round district triumph over a winless Postville squad more than a week ago, this year’s postseason surge continued against two much stronger squads in games played at Jesup, the baseball Tribe first waging war against Waterloo Columbus (21-12) Tuesday, July 13 to pull out a 9-7 triumph in 11 innings before then battling eighth-rated Jesup (25-3) right to the very end of just a 3-2 loss at the home of the highly-regarded J-Hawks Saturday, July 17 to have the 2021 diamond season brought to an end.

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Kee baseball team claims Class 1A District Championship, advances to first Substate berth since 2017 with wins over Wapsie Valley and South Winn


Championship chat ... Members of the Kee baseball team gather in the outfield as the scoreboard in the background at Shooky Fink Field tells the tale of the Hawks’ 4-2 win at home over South Winneshiek Saturday, July 17 in the Class 1A District 4 Championship game. Following the Hawks’ 3-1 home victory over Wapsie Valley in Class 1A district semifinals play Tuesday, July 13, the Hawks were matched up with their fellow Upper Iowa Conference season champions in that district title bout, with the Kee boys benefiting from a two-out South Winneshiek error in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs that proved to be the difference in the game’s final score. The district championship victory is the first claiming of that title for a Kee baseball team since the 2017 season and advanced the Hawks to the Class 1A Substate 2 Championship game scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 at Charles City at 7 p.m. against Northwood-Kensett, with the winner of that substate contest advancing on to the Class 1A State Tournament to be played at Merchants Park in Carroll Monday, July 26 through Thursday, July 29. Kee baseball’s last State Tournament qualification took place during the 2011 season. Photo by Danielle Potter.

The Kee baseball team’s postseason path would end up crossing this past week with a pair of teams the Hawks had fallen to in back-to-back games nearly three weeks earlier. Fortunately, Kee’s diamond dwellers would avenge both of those regular season losses with a pair of two-run triumphs at home that have now pushed the Hawks to their first District Championship and Substate berth since the 2017 season.

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21
Jul

Waukon Park & Rec offering its first Youth Tennis Program

Waukon Park & Recreation is excited to be offering a tennis program for the first time this summer, teaming up with instructor Aaron Gentes to provide this opportunity. The program is for girls and boys ages seven to 17.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the sport along with learning basic tennis technique and form. The classes will be divided by age groups as follows:

• 7-8 year olds (5-5:50 p.m.)
• 9-10 year olds (6-6:50 p.m.)
• 11-17 year olds (7-7:50 p.m.)

The tennis program will be held Monday evenings at the times listed above, taking place at the Waukon Tennis Courts (across from the Wellness Center) starting July 26 and running for five weeks. Program dates are July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 and August 23. In the event of rain, a make-up date will be determined at that time.

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14
Jul

Pair of 10-0 final results end Waukon baseball team’s regular season with loss to West Delaware, begin postseason tournament trail with win over Postville


Three-hit shut-out victory ... Waukon baseball freshman pitcher Jack O’Neill fires a pitch toward home plate in the Indians’ 10-0 win in five innings at home over Postville Saturday, July 10 in the opening round of Class 2A district tournament play. O’Neill allowed just three hits and struck out five batters without any free passes. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon baseball team both ended its regular season and opened its postseason this past week, both of those games ending in 10-0 results in five innings and the diamond Tribe ending up on each end of that results spectrum. The Indians brought their regular season to a close with a 10-0 loss to West Delaware in five innings Tuesday, July 6 in a game played at the Mt. Mercy University baseball field in Cedar Rapids but reversed that fortune in opening Class 2A District 8 Tournament play with a 10-0 home win in five innings over Postville Saturday, July 10.

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14
Jul

One-run regional results for Waukon softball team include 10-9 win over New Hampton, 2-1 heartbreaker at Crestwood that ends season


Round-tripper reception ... Waukon softball senior shortstop Annika Headington (#19) gets welcomed home by her teammates after clobbering a three-run homerun in the Indians’ 10-9 home victory over New Hampton in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Tuesday, July 6. The round-tripper turned out to be the final homerun of her high school career, after the Indians had their season ended in the next round of regional play, and it was the seventh of her senior season and the 21st of her five-year high school softball career, setting a new Waukon softball career record. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon softball team had its 2021 season brought to a close after splitting its first two Class 3A Region 6 Tournament games this past week, but not before giving its fans all the thrills involved with a pair of one-run final results in those two games. The Indians began their postseason journey hosting fellow Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) squad New Hampton Tuesday, July 6, the Tribe continuing a season-long history of high-scoring, one-run battles with the Chickasaws by pulling out a 10-9 victory at home in the opening round of Class 3A Region 6 competition.

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14
Jul

Kee baseball team’s undefeated week of four wins includes clinching share of UIC title, first-round district tournament win over Riceville


Three hits, six strike-outs, no walks... Kee baseball junior pitcher Jonah Reinke fires a pitch toward home plate in the Hawks’ 18-1 mercy-rule win in four innings over Riceville at home Saturday, July 10 in the opening round of Class 1A district tournament play. Reinke allowed the Wildcats just three hits, one run - unearned, and no free passes while striking out six batters in his complete-game mound victory. Photo courtesy of Maggy Weymiller. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee baseball team put together another undefeated week on the field this past week, but this latest series of final result success held much more meaning than any of the Hawks’ couple other unblemished weeks of competition this season. This past week’s four wins began with a final Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) sweep that clinched a share of Kee’s first Upper Iowa Conference season championship since the 2016 season and ended with a successful first step down the Hawks’ postseason tournament road.

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Kee softball team splits pair of one-run regional results to have season ended


Hammering out a final homer at home ... Kee softball senior first baseman Macy Manning launches this pitch out of the park for a two-run homerun in the first inning of the Hawks’ 4-3 home win over Edgewood-Colesburg Wednesday, July 7 in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A regional tournament play. In the final home appearance of her high school career, Manning swatted this two-run homerun and a seventh-inning single that eventually led to her scoring the game’s winning run. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee softball team both started and ended its Class 1A postseason tournament trail this past week with two games played that each ended with final scores of 4-3. The Lady Hawks ended up being on each side of those 4-3 results to have their 2021 softball campaign brought to a close in the semifinal round of Class 1A regional tournament play.

The first of those 4-3 final results came in Kee’s first regional tournament game Wednesday, July 7 at home against Edgewood-Colesburg, with the Hawks rebounding from a 3-2 deficit to score the game’s winning run on the final play of the contest for a 4-3 Lady Hawk victory. That win in the quarterfinal round advanced Kee to the regional tournament semifinals at North Butler Friday, July 9, where the Hawks battled back from a 3-0 deficit but ultimately came out on the other end of another 4-3 result to have their season brought to a close.

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07
Jul

Kee baseball team completes two more Upper Iowa Conference season sweeps, splits at Alburnett in playing to week’s 5-1 result


Strikes out 10 in his return ... Kee baseball junior pitcher Buddy Hill fires a pitch toward home plate in the Hawks’ home doubleheader sweep of North Fayette Valley Monday, June 28. In his first game back in more than a week since suffering an injury, Hill allowed just three hits and five walks while striking out 10 batters in the first-game win, also stroking two singles and scoring three runs and driving in four in the twinbill. Photo courtesy of Maggy Weymiller. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee baseball team got back on a more winning track this past week, playing to a 5-1 result in six games played. Those five wins began with completion of another pair of season sweeps over two Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) foes, including a Monday, June 28 home doubleheader sweep of North Fayette Valley by scores of 8-2 and 10-2 and a 6-0 win over Turkey Valley at home Thursday, July 1. The Hawks then split a non-conference road doubleheader at Alburnett Friday, July 2, winning game one by a 3-1 result before falling by a 5-1 count in the nightcap, with the Kee boys then wrapping up their week with a 6-0 win at Waukon Saturday, July 3.

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07
Jul

Kee softball team sweeps final pair of UIC doubleheaders to claim share of first league title since the 2018 season


Taking a lead-off look ... Kee softball sophomore outfielder Jaylyn Walleser takes a lead off third base in the Hawks’ home doubleheader sweep of North Fayette Valley Wednesday, June 30. Photo courtesy of Maggy Weymiller. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

An undefeated final week of the regular season for the Kee softball team landed the Lady Hawks atop the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) once again, after finishes just outside that realm in each of the last two seasons. That final sweep included wins of 13-0 and 15-6 at South Winneshiek Monday, June 28 before a similar result at home over North Fayette Valley Wednesday, June 30 resulting in victorious Kee battles of 10-7 and 4-3.

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07
Jul

Waukon softball team splits final two games of regular season

The Waukon softball team brought its regular season schedule to a close with two final games this past week, playing to a split of those final two contests. The positive end of that split was a 6-0 non-conference win at Central Elkader Monday, June 28 before the diamond Tribe’s 2021 regular season was brought to a close with a 9-2 loss at home to Class 3A 11th-rated Crestwood Thursday, July 1 in a final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) contest. That split of the week’s ballgames wrapped up the softball Tribe’s regular season record at an 11-18 overall season result that includes a 3-15 NEIC mark that places the diamond Tribe in seventh place in the seven-team final NEIC standings.

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