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Thu
16
Feb

Blain Swenson has season ended with pair of opening-night losses in his first-ever State Tournament

Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson had his season and high school wrestling career brought to a close with a pair of losses on the opening night in his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines Thursday, February 16. Swenson opened the season grand finale with a 9-3 loss to fellow Northeast Iowa Conference mat senior Alex Koehler of Charles City (24-12). That loss forced Swenson to have to wrestle again that same Thursday night in a first-round consolation battle against fourth-rated senior Kyle Benson of Sergeant Bluff-Luton (46-8), who lost by opening-round fall in 3:47 to ninth-rated Dubuque Wahlert junior Boone McDermott (32-5). Swenson took Benson down first in the match, but Benson was able to work a second period reversal that he eventually turned into a fall in 2:34 and an end to Swenson's State Tournament debut.

Wed
15
Feb

Waukon basketball girls have season ended in regional opener at third-rated Crestwood


Waukon girls basketball’s lone senior Regan Wasson converts this contested shot in the Indians’ 50-27 first-round regional tournament loss at third-rated Crestwood Saturday, February 11. In her final game in a Waukon basketball uniform, Wasson led the Indians with seven points and also had one rebound. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls basketball team brought both its regular season and overall 2016-2017 season to a close this past week by differing results. The Lady Indians wrapped up their regular season with a 41-37 win at Decorah Tuesday, February 7 before having their season ended by one of the best teams not only in their Northeast Iowa Conference but also in Iowa’s Class 3A, falling by a 50-27 result at third-rated Crestwood in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Saturday, February 11.

The loss to Crestwood ends the Indians’ season at an 11-11 record overall, including a 5-7 mark that placed the Indians in a tie for fourth place in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC). Crestwood advanced on to the regional semifinals, where the Cadets will play fellow NEIC squad New Hampton Wednesday, February 15.

Wed
15
Feb

Blain Swenson avenges previous pair of championship losses, earns State Tournament berth as District Champ


Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson celebrates after winning the Class 2A District 1 championship Saturday, February 11 at Decorah and earning his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament taking place later this week in Des Moines. Swenson began his District Tournament success with a 6-0 first-round victory over Independence senior Peyton Nolting before avenging two previous championship losses to Decorah senior Daniel Ott (photo at right) with an 11-5 triumph in the championship match. Swenson will now wrestle Charles City senior Alex Koehler in the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines, which begins this Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. Photos courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

Opens State bid Thursday against Charles City opponent

For Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson, the Saturday, February 11 Class 2A District 1 Tournament at Decorah High School just kept getting better and better, with every wrestler’s ultimate goal of State Tournament qualification being just the beginning.

While Swenson’s first-round win put him in great position to achieve that ultimate goal, making that achievement even better was the fact that he then also won his second match to finish an undefeated day as the District champion and earn automatic State Tournament qualification. To then top it all off, that District championship came by virtue of an 11-5 win by decision over Decorah senior Daniel Ott, who had beaten Swenson in two previous championship matches the past two Saturdays at the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament and Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament.

Wed
15
Feb

Busy week ends Waukon boys basketball season with first-round loss to Monticello


Waukon boys basketball junior Mitchell Snitker glides to the basket under some Monticello defensive pressure in the Indians’ 57-39 loss to the Panthers in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play at MFL/MarMac High School Monday, February 13. Snitker led the Indian offense with 11 points. 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 basketball team had both its regular season and overall season brought to a close this past week with a busy four-game slate that included a single win in three final regular season games and a season-ending loss in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play. The Indians began the week with an 80-63 handling of South Winneshiek on the road Monday, February 6 before falling in back-to-back home games to end the regular season, 70-59 against Decorah Tuesday, February 7 and 78-67 against New Hampton Friday, February 10. The Tribe’s postseason also ended as its regular season did, as the Indians fell by a 57-39 count in a Monday, February 13 first-round match-up with Monticello that took place at MFL/MarMac High School.

That busy final week wrapped up the Indians’ 2016-2017 campaign with an overall season record of 6-15, including a mark of 2-10 that placed the Tribe sixth in front of winless Oelwein in Northeast Iowa Conference play.

Wed
15
Feb

Brennan reaches 1,000 career points milestone as Kee basketball boys drop pair


Kee boys basketball senior Danny Brennan proudly displays the poster that indicates the scoring milestone of 1,000 varsity career points he achieved during the Hawks’ final regular season game of this 2016-2017 season played at Coulee Christian High School in West Salem, WI Friday, February 10. Coming into the game, Brennan needed 13 points to reach that scoring height, and his final tally before the halftime break pushed him into that elite Kee boys basketball company that includes just four other players, Ric Zarwell, Pat Heiderscheit, Gabe Schultz and Quinn Schultz. Brennan accomplished that feat in 61 games over the past three seasons, averaging 16.6 points per game during that timeframe. He is pictured above with Kee boys basketball head coach Patrick Sullivan (right) and assistant coach Ben Wagner (left), and the poster was made by his younger sister, sophomore Katie Brennan. Submitted photo.

The Kee boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week, falling in a pair of final non-conference road games but still being able to celebrate something notable. The Hawks suffered a 60-41 loss at Houston, MN Thursday, February 9 and also fell at Coulee Christian by a 68-60 final result Friday, February 10, but it was in that final loss that Kee senior guard Danny Brennan reached the 1,000 career point milestone to etch himself even more firmly among Kee’s basketball elite. The final shot Brennan put through the nylon before the halftime break of Friday’s game placed him in that Kee boys basketball 1,000 point club, a group that includes just four other Hawk hoopsters, Ric Zarwell, Pat Heiderscheit, Gabe Schultz and Quinn Schultz.

Sat
11
Feb

Swenson advances to State Wrestling Tournament as District Champ!

The third time was the charm for Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson, as he knocked off Decorah senior Daniel Ott for the first time in the past three Saturdays in their Class 2A District 1 championship match Saturday, February 11 at Decorah, earning qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament. Swenson opened the District Tournament with a 6-0 win over Independence senior Peyton Nolting to earn a championship rematch with Ott, who had defeated Swenson in their previous two meetings in the championship match of both the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament two weekends earlier and also in the Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament just a week earlier. In this rematch, however, Swenson took Ott down repeatedly to post a convincing, 11-5 triumph and earn his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament that will be held in Des Moines this Thursday through Saturday, February 16-18.

Wed
08
Feb

Waukon bowling team falls at Oelwein, pulls out dramatic home wins over Denver


Waukon girls bowling senior Emma Johnson fires a roll down the alley in the Indians’ 2000-1999 victory at home over Denver Friday, February 3. After the two teams finished in a 1990-1990 tie through two rounds of competition, Johnson toed the line in an extra frame and picked up a two-pin spare to edge her opponent by a single pin to give the Indians the 2000-1999 team victory. Johnson also bowled a 128 and a 96 for a 224 series in head-to-head competition. Photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon bowling team rolled to a split of its two meets this past week, competing in its final dual meets of the regular season. The Indians first were swept by Oelwein Tuesday, January 31 in a meet rescheduled from January 17, the girls falling by an 1847-1945 final result and the boys doing likewise, 2147-2440. The bowling Tribe bounced back with some dramatics in it second meet of the week, both teams edging out the visiting Cyclones of Denver by their narrowest margin of victory this season, the girls winning by the narrowest of margins, 2000-1999, in an extra frame and the boys bowling some of their highest totals of the season to post a 2461-2435 win over Denver.

Wed
08
Feb

Win in final seconds kicks off undefeated week for Waukon girls basketball team


Waukon girls basketball sophomore McKenzie Cooper puts up this shot attempt over a pair of Spring Grove, MN defenders in the Indians’ 45-44 home victory over the Lions Monday, January 30. Cooper scored a team-high 11 points in the contest, grabbed eight rebounds and posted one each of assists, steals and blocked shots. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls basketball team posted an undefeated week, pulling out a non-conference thriller before handling the two teams that sit beneath the Indians in this season’s Northeast Iowa Conference standings. The Indians’ week began with a 45-44 home triumph over Spring Grove, MN secured in the game’s final seconds before downing both Charles City and Decorah on back-to-back nights at home, 38-28 Friday, February 3 and 47-19 Saturday, February 4 in a game rescheduled twice with the Vikings from its original January 3 date.

Evening its season record to 10-10, including a 4-7 mark in Northeast Iowa Conference play, the basketball Tribe was scheduled to travel to Decorah Tuesday, February 7 to wrap up its regular season before beginning postseason tournament play Saturday, February 11 at third-rated Crestwood, details of which can be found in a shaded box elsewhere on this same page.

Wed
08
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team drops NEIC pair among three losses in busy week


Waukon boys basketball junior Ethan Krueger takes the ball to the basket in the Indians’ 79-77 home victory over MFL/MarMac Tuesday, January 31. Krueger finished the game with two points and two rebounds, along with one steal. 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 basketball team played in its busiest week of the season, coming up with just a single win in a week filled with four games. The Indians opened the week with a 73-69 loss at Decorah Monday, January 30 in a game rescheduled twice from its original January 3 date. The Tribe then won its only game of the week, downing MFL/MarMac, 79-77, at home Tuesday, January 31, before falling in back-to-back games to end the week, 66-56 at home to Prairie du Chien, WI Thursday, February 2 and at Charles City by a 77-51 final result Friday, February 3.

Wed
08
Feb

Senior Blain Swenson advances to District Tournament with runner-up Sectional finish


Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson controls Oelwein junior Avery Walker on his way to a 16-6 major decision in their semifinal match at the Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament Saturday, February 4 at New Hampton. The win advanced Swenson to the championship match, where he lost by fall to Decorah senior Daniel Ott to finish as the 182-pound runner-up and earn advancement to this Saturday’s Class 2A District Tournament at Decorah for the opportunity to qualify for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2016-2017 wrestling season came to an end for all but one member of the Waukon wrestling team Saturday, February 4, as senior 182-pounder Blain Swenson was the lone member of the mat Tribe to wrestle to a runner-up finish or better to earn advancement on to the next round of postseason tournament action. Swenson split his two matches at the Sectional Tournament to finish as the 182-pound runner-up, leading the way for the Indians to their sixth-place team finish with 91 team points.

Class 2A top-rated New Hampton and ninth-rated Crestwood finished first and second at Saturday’s Sectional event, each of them earning a berth in the Class 2A Regional Dual Tournament slated to be wrestled Tuesday, February 7. New Hampton and Crestwood each qualified eight wrestlers for Saturday’s District, with Decorah and Oelwein each qualifying four and North Fayette Valley advancing three wrestlers.

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