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18
Nov

Despite changes forced by COVID-19, Waukon High School cheerleaders continue to prove they are among Class 2A’s best


Waukon High School cheerleading competition squad honored with awards ... Members of the Waukon High School cheerleading squad display the trophies and banner they were awarded prior to the Waukon football team’s Class 2A State Semfinals game at the UNI-Dome Saturday, November 14 for their top-end finishes at the Iowa High School State Cheerleading Championships. Left to right - Front row: Hailey Howes, Allie Bieber,Hannah Iseli; Back row: Coach Amy Bieber, Peyton Verthein, Keira Miller, Shania Dundee, Ella Dehli, CiAnne Robinson, Remy Gulla, Gracia Goc-Ong, Coach Lexie Brink.

Competition cheer squad finishes as Class 2A Runner-Up at State Championships

The year 2020 has brought an abundance of change with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the high school cheerleading season has not been immune to that. But, even with the limitations and adjustments that have had to be made throughout this fall season, one thing that has not changed is the fact that the Waukon High School cheerleading squad continues to be one of the best among its peers.

Wed
18
Nov

Waukon volleyball team deals directly with impact of COVID-19 during 5-14 season

A 2020 campaign that started off so strong for the Waukon volleyball team with three straight match wins and four victories in the season’s first five matches eroded away to just a single win in the net Tribe’s final 14 matches, but carried even greater concern in the final two weeks of this fall’s 5-14 overall record. That concern went far beyond just volleyball and a win-loss record when a positive COVID-19 test from one of this season’s varsity players put the entire varsity team in quarantine for the final two weeks of the season, although all of those impacted came through that health scare with little more than just missed matches and school attendance.

Wed
11
Nov

HOME SWEET DOME!!!!


DOMEWARD BOUND!!!! ... Members of the Waukon football team celebrate what the scoreboard in the background confirms as the football Indians earned a 24-8 victory at home over Solon in the Class 2A State Quarterfinals Friday, November 6. That victory advanced the grid Tribe to its fourth consecutive appearance in the Class 2A State Semifinals in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, where the Indians will face PCM-Monroe this Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to play in the Class 2A State Championship Game. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Waukon football team earns fourth consecutive State Semifinals berth with 24-8 win over Solon; PCM-Monroe up next

Defense was the name of the game as a pair of defending State Runner-Up teams were battling in a Friday, November 6 Class 2A State Quarterfinals match-up in defense of earning a return trip to the destination where every high school football team longs to be playing at the end of the season - the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Wed
11
Nov

Katarina Kovarik helps two Decorah swim team relays qualify for State Meet in total of eight total events that qualify

The Decorah High School girls swim team has qualified a total of eight events for the 2020 Iowa High School State Swimming and Diving Championships, finishing within the top qualifying efforts at their regional swimming meet completed at Dubuque Hempstead High School Saturday, November 7. Six Waukon High School young ladies have been swimming for the Vikings this season, including seniors Ella Hermeier and Alexis Hogan, junior Elly Christen and sophomores Maycie Curtin, Katerina Kovarik and Grace Stegen.

Wed
11
Nov

Kee volleyball team plays to 4-12 record during challenging 2020 campaign

The Kee volleyball team played its way to a 4-12 record during its 2020 campaign, including a mark of 1-7 in Upper Iowa Conference play that placed the Lady Hawks seventh in the final league standings. Even though those win-loss results may indicate the strength of the Hawks’ opponents on the court this season, on the court was not the only place where the Kee netters faced difficult challenges this season, as the COVID-19 pandemic posed an entirely different set of problems for all high school volleyball teams.

“Trying to keep everyone healthy and away from positive cases in the county,” Kee volleyball coach Amy Peterson said of the greatest challenge beyond the other side of the net. “We had a couple of players that had to quarantine, so it meant changes in rotations that athletes weren’t used to.”

Wed
04
Nov

RECORDING HER OWN VERSION OF “PURPLE REIGN”!!


Meyer headlines Class 1A All-State performers ... Kee girls cross country junior Haley Meyer (far right) stands with the 2020 top-15 All-State finishers, headlining that elite group with her championship finish at the Class 1A State Cross Country Meet held at Lakeside Golf Course near Fort Dodge Saturday, October 31. Left to right are junior Elie Tuhn of Baxter, 15th in 20:17.2; senior Emma Ostswinkle of Cascade, 14th in 20:16.4; sophomore Preslie Oswald of Manson-Northwest Webster, 13th in 20:15.4; sophomore Grace Lidgett of North Tama, 12th in 20:14.2; sophomore Greenlee Smock of Lynnville-Sully, 11th in 20:14.2; sophomore Rylee Dunkin of Twin Cedars-Bussey, 10th in 20:05.9; senior Rylee Sloss of ACGC, ninth in 19:57.5; sophomore Clare Kelly of Van Meter, eighth in 19:56.4; junior Addison Grady of Hudson, seventh in 19:53.3; junior Courtney Sporrer of Logan-Magnolia, sixth in 19:51.0; senior and defending Class 1A State Champion Peyton Pogge of Tri-Center-Neola, fifth in 19:35.3; senior Maddie Moline of Manson-Northwest Webster, fourth in 19:30.9; junior Jalyssa Blazek of Turkey Valley, third in 19:30.5; sophomore Billie Wagner of South Winneshiek, State Runner-Up in 19:19.8; and junior Haley Meyer of Kee, State Champion in 19:11.3; View and find out how to purchase this photo and more at the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Haley Meyer crowned Class 1A State Cross Country Champion as Kee girls finish 13th; Senior Chris Wagner wraps up his career among Class 1A elite

The season grand finale of the 2020 Iowa High School State Cross Country Championships held a bit of both grand and finale for the Kee cross country team.

The finale was not only the end of the Hawks’ 2020 campaign at the annual season climactic event held at Lakeside Golf Course near Fort Dodge Saturday, October 31, but also the end of the high school career for Kee’s lone senior competing this season, Chris Wagner, who competed for the second consecutive season in the Class 1A State Meet boys race.

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Wed
04
Nov

Waukon football team overcomes rare early deficit for 46-14 State Play-Off win over Monticello; Solon is quarterfinals foe this Friday


“Sack” lunch turned into a feast ... Waukon football senior Brennan Sweeney wraps up Monticello quarterback Luke Lambert for one of his eight quarterback sacks in the Indians’ 46-14 home win over the Panthers in the third round of the Class 2A State Play-Offs Friday, October 30, with two of those halts being shared. Sweeney finished the game with 10 total tackles that included six solo stuffings of the Panther passer, as well as two assisted quarterback sacks in this total of 7.5 tackles for loss. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

It wasn’t the beginning that Waukon Indian football fans have come to expect this season, but the final result certainly was, as the grid Tribe took another step forward down its Class 2A State Play-Off path Friday, October 30 with a 46-14 home win over Monticello. Although the Indians scored first, they found themselves trailing, 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, for the first time since their season-opening loss at Decorah, but rang up a 28-0 second quarter and 40 unanswered points on the way to advancement to this Friday’s Class 2A State Quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last nine years.

Wed
04
Nov

Waukon boys cross country team finishes among top-10 of Class 2A elite with 10th-place team finish at State Meet


Finishes in top third of Class 2A’s elite ... Waukon boys cross country sophomore Nathan O’Neill keeps pace in this small pack during the Class 2A State Meet at Lakeside Golf Course near Fort Dodge Saturday, October 31. O’Neill led the Indian effort at the season grand finale, running to a 35th-place finish among the meet’s 139-runner field with a time of 18:04.2. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

A first trip back to the Class 2A State Cross Country Meet since 2016 yielded a top-10 finish for the Waukon boys cross country team Saturday, October 31 at Lakeside Golf Course Fort Dodge. Ranked 11th coming into the season grand finale, and qualifying behind this season’s eventual Class 2A State Runner-Up, Tipton, the distance Tribe improved on that ranking by one spot and was ultimately three points out of even one place higher, tallying 242 team points to finish in 10th place among Class 2A’s 15 elite State Qualifying teams.

“What a great way to wrap up our season, with a 10th place finish at the State CC Meet on a very windy day!” Waukon boys cross country coach Tara Stein shared. “We went into the meet ranked 11th and our goal was to finish in the top 10, and that we did finishing just three points behind the ninth-place team.”

Wed
28
Oct

Kee football team has 2020 campaign ended at top-10 rated Janesville by 62-26 result in second round of State Play-Offs


Clearing his own path ... Kee football junior Damon Weber delivers a stiff arm to this Janesville defender in the Hawks’ 62-26 loss at the home of the Wildcats in the second round of the Eight-Player State Play-Offs Friday, October 23. Weber completed eight of 19 pass attempts for 85 yards, carried the ball 24 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, and also wrapped up a team-high five solo tackles in addition to sharing a tackle for a loss. 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 webpage.

After opening this season’s unique State Play-Off format with a first-round victory last Friday, the Kee football team’s reward was a trip to Janesville Friday, October 23 to face a highly-regarded Wildcat team that was on a seven-game winning streak after a single, season-opening loss nearly two months ago. Despite that formidable task, the Hawks battled the host Wildcats to just a 14-point deficit before a series of unfortunate events right before the halftime break helped a 34-20 Kee deficit at that point snowball into a 62-20 hole by the end of the third frame.

“Give Janesville credit, they are a great football team that is peaking at the right time of the year,” Kee football coach Chad Winters said. “After their season-opening loss to Easton Valley where they dug themselves into a 20-0 hole, they have absolutely rolled everything in their path.”

Wed
28
Oct

ON TO STATE!!! Waukon boys cross country team claims runner-up State Qualifier finish to end three-year absence at the season grand finale State Meet


Runner-up finish secures first State Meet qualification since 2016 ... Members of the Waukon boys cross country display the banner they were awarded for earning State Meet qualification for the first time since 2016 after securing a runner-up finish at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, October 22. Left to right are sophomore Nate Keenan, Coach Tara Stein, seniors John O’Neill and Ryan Lubahn, junior Logan Delaney, senior Aidan Jones, sophomore Nathan O’Neill, freshman Skyler Dugan, sophomore Josh Keenan and freshman Wyatt Gulla. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

A mild drought ended at the Class 2A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet at Jesup Thursday, October 22, but it had little to do with the rain that fell during that evening’s competition. After three consecutive seasons of missing out on qualifying for the season grand finale State Meet, the 12th-rated Waukon boys cross country team was able to bring an end to that high-end dry spell with a second-place team finish, scoring 100 team points to finish between the championship effort of second-rated Tipton and the final qualifying third-place team finish of 11th-rated North Fayette Valley, both of those teams also qualifying for this year’s season grand finale.

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