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Tue
19
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team has season ended with 78-73 loss at New Hampton in first round of District play


All-time leading scorer ends career ... Waukon boys basketball senior Michael Sweeney soars to the hoop on his way to 18 points in the Indians’ 78-73 loss at New Hampton in the opening round of Class 2A District 4 Tournament play Wednesday, February 13. In the final game of his high school career for the Indians, Sweeney also dished out a team-high five assists and posted one each of rebounds and blocked shots, leaving the Waukon boys basketball career scoring lead at 1,299 points. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

After back-to-back nights of postponement, the Waukon boys basketball team had its 2018-2019 campaign brought to a close in the opening round of Class 2A District 4 Tournament play Wednesday, February 13. Originally scheduled for a Monday, February 11 date, winter weather moved the game to Tuesday, February 12 and then again to its final Wednesday date, but the game proved to be well worth the wait as the Indians battled their hosts, the New Hampton Chickasaws, neck-and-neck the entire game before ending up on the short end of a 78-73 final result to have their 2018-2019 season brought to completion.

Tue
19
Feb

Kee boys basketball team has season ended with 56-50 District loss to Starmont


Five Kee boys basketball seniors brought their high school basketball careers to a close with the Hawks’ 56-50 loss to Starmont Wednesday, February 13 in the opening round of Class 1A District 5 Tournament play at MFL/MarMac High School. In their final game, Jacob Berns (photo above) posted five each of points and rebounds, and (left to right in photo below) Ryan Whalen grabbed two rebounds and swiped one steal, Shawn Wild (partially hidden) posted three each of rebounds and steals, Dylan Walleser scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and posted one each of assists and blocked shots, and Josh Walleser tallied team-high totals of 18 points and seven rebounds while also dishing out two assists and swiping one steal. Photos courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Having to wait a couple days to finally get its postseason underway due to winter weather delays, the Kee boys basketball team had its tournament trail cut short “under the Stars” Wednesday, February 13, as the Hawks fell to the Starmont Stars by a 56-50 final result in their Class 1A District 5 Tournament game played at MFL/MarMac High School in Monona. The game had been postponed from its originally scheduled Monday, February 11 date not just once, but twice, and that delay may have been what fueled Starmont junior guard Chris Baumgartner, as he erupted for a career-high 28 points to account for half the production of his 2-19 Stars’ team in the ballgame.

Tue
19
Feb

ON TO STATE for first time in nearly a decade ...

Players and coaches of the ninth-rated Waukon girls basketball team display their banners telling the tale of their qualification for the Class 3A State Tournament after a 55-44 Region 4 Championship victory over 13th-rated Davenport Assumption Saturday, February 16 at Marion High School. The Indians qualified for the season grand finale for the first time since the 2009-2010 season, when the basketball Tribe finished as the Class 3A State Tournament Runner-Up. They will open that State Tournament trek Monday, February 25 at 6:45 p.m. against fellow Northeast Iowa Conference squad Crestwood, rated seventh in Class 3A, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Tue
19
Feb

Kee basketball girls have season ended by 49-37 loss to North Butler


Senior from the side ... Kee girls basketball senior Heather Mooney puts up a shot in the Hawks’ 31-30 Class 1A Region 2 quarterfinals win over Turkey Valley Wednesday, February 13 at Waukon. Mooney scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in the win. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee girls basketball team had its 2018-2019 season brought to a close one game shy of a familiar destination each of the past four seasons. After sitting idle for nearly two weeks with their final regular season games being canceled and their first-round Class 1A regional tournament game being postponed, the Lady Hawks got their postseason tournament trail started with a thrilling, 31-30 victory over fellow Upper Iowa Conference squad Turkey Valley Wednesday, February 13 at Waukon before having that postseason journey brought to a halt by a 49-37 loss to North Butler Friday, February 15 at North Fayette Valley High School in West Union.

Thu
14
Feb

UPDATE: Hansmeier has State Wrestling journey ended with pair of Friday afternoon losses

Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier continued his "comeback kid" ways in the opening round of the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Thursday evening, February 14 in Des Moines. Trailing by a 10-5 count early in the third period against Roland Story senior Koby Hassebrock (39-3), Hansmeier scored a late takedown followed by nearfall points to tie the match at 10-10 in the closing seconds before winning it in overtime with a takedown. He will now wrestle top-rated senior Joey Busse (44-0) of Humboldt in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday afternoon that begin at 2:30 p.m., with a win advancing him to the Class 2A semifinals Friday evening, beginning at 8:45 p.m., and a loss forcing him to the Class 2A consolation round right away that same Friday afternoon. Full coverage of Hansmeier's State Wrestling results, complete with photos, will appear in the February 20 edition of The Standard.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier uses late-match scoring to help gain State Tournament qualification with District runner-up finish


Coaching congrats and fired-up father ... Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Miles Hansmeier is congratulated after his 8-5 win by decision in the final seconds of his Class 2A District 5 Tournament first-round match Saturday, February 9 at Independence by members of the Waukon wrestling coaching staff, including (left to right in background of the above photo) assistant coach Caleb Ferring and head coach Mason Berns, as well as his father, volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, who is also seen at right jumping for joy after his son rallied in the final seconds of that first-round match with a five-point move that advanced him to the 145-pound championship match and all but solidified his first-ever qualification for this week’s Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines. With his runner-up finish in the 145-pound District Tournament bracket, Miles Hansmeier now joins his older brother, Tristan, their father, and their cousin, head coach Mason Berns, in all qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament for the Indians during their high school wrestling careers, with Tristan Hansmeier wrestling to a sixth-place finish at 170 pounds just last season, Berns claiming a seventh-place finish at 130 pounds in 2004 and eighth-place finish at 160 pounds in 2006, and Dave Hansmeier wrestling to a sixth-place finish at 140 pounds in 1990. Photos courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

The final moments of the first round and the opening moments of the second round clinched a first-ever State Tournament berth for Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier at the Class 2A District 5 Tournament hosted by Independence High School Saturday, February 9. Hansmeier pulled off a five-point move in the final seconds of his opening match of the tournament against Independence junior Brady Webb to make his way to the 145-pound championship match, and even though he would lose in that title bout, a pin by Webb in his third-place match guaranteed that Hansmeier would not have to compete in a wrestleback to secure his second-place District Tournament finish and qualification for this week’s Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon basketball boys end regular season with three losses; Districts postponed


Honored for it ... Waukon boys basketball senior Michael Sweeney received a commemorative basketball from Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann after he became the all-time leading scorer for the Waukon boys basketball program late in the third quarter of the Indians’ 70-68 home loss to Decorah Tuesday, February 5. Sweeney surpassed the previous record of 1,254 career points held for the past 37 years by 1982 Waukon High School graduate Scott Sawyer. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website, www.waukonstandard.com.

The Waukon boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week and was scheduled to get its postseason journey underway, but had that first-round Class 2A District 4 game postponed a day due to winter weather. That match-up at and against New Hampton scheduled for Monday, February 11 was postponed to Tuesday, February 12, to begin at 7 p.m.

Prior to that postseason postponement, the Indians closed out their regular season with three final losses in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play, falling at Waverly-Shell Rock, 67-48, Monday, February 4 in a game rescheduled from January 25 before also falling at home to Decorah, 70-68, Tuesday, February 5 and to New Hampton, 68-63, Friday, February 8.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon High School graduate Bill Plein to be inducted into IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame


Bill Plein ... Photo courtesy of John Lovretta of The Hawk Eye Newspaper, Burlington.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) will be welcoming seven inductees into its Wrestling Hall of Fame during this year’s State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will include two coaches and five wrestlers inducted Saturday, February 16 during the high school wrestling season’s grand finale.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team wraps up regular season with split of final two games, begins postseason play with 67-41 home win over Oelwein


Leads all scorers ... Waukon girls basketball senior Sydney Ross poured in a game-high 20 points in the Indians’ 67-41 first-round Class 3A Region 4 tournament win over Oelwein Saturday, February 9. Ross also recorded six rebounds, three steals and one assist in the victory.

Indian girls will host North Fayette Valley this Wednesday in regional semifinals

The Waukon girls basketball team wrapped up its 2018-2019 regular season and got its postseason tournament journey underway in fairly successful fashion this past week. The Indians split their final two regular season games, falling at Class 4A fifth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock Monday, February 4 in a game rescheduled from Friday, January 25 by a 54-40 final result before completing their regular season with a 60-35 victory at Decorah Tuesday, February 5. The basketball Tribe then got regional tournament play underway in dominating fashion, blasting Oelwein at home Saturday, February 9 by a 67-41 final result to advance down the postseason road.

Wed
13
Feb

Kee boys basketball team ends regular season winning two of three final games, has first-round District Tournament game postponed

The Kee boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week and was scheduled to get its postseason underway, but the threat of winter weather postponed the Hawks’ first-round Class 1A District 5 Tournament game vs. Starmont at East Buchanan from Monday, February 11 to Tuesday, February 12. Details of Kee’s postseason possibilities appear in a shaded box elsewhere on this same Sports page in the February 13 print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

Prior to that postseason postponement, the Hawks were able to put together their season’s first win streak as the regular season wound down, winning at Riceville, 44-42, Monday, February 4 and following that up with a 52-33 triumph at Coulee Christian in West Salem, WI Friday, February 8. The Kee boys wrapped up their regular season with a 61-57 loss at home to North Fayette Valley Saturday, February 9 in a game rescheduled from Thursday, February 7.

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