Sports

Wed
16
Aug

Kee baseball team wins first district title in five seasons during 25-11 campaign

Although a new face was poised at the helm of Kee baseball for the 2017 season, that new face was certainly not unfamiliar with the strength and tradition of the Hawk diamond program. Former Kee standout Pat Heiderscheit took over the reins as head coach this season of the program he once helped reach dynastic heights in the early 1980s, and although he was new to the head coaching role of the program, the return of all but two players from last season’s 24-15 season helped ease that transition and guide this season’s campaign to a 25-11 overall record and the Hawks’ farthest postseason advancement in five seasons.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Coach Heiderscheit said. “If the players had half as much fun as I did, then we had a great summer!”

Wed
16
Aug

Kee softball team repeats as Class 1A State Tournament Champions during 38-2 season

After making history last season with the first-ever State Championship in female athletics for Kee High School, the Lady Hawk softball team would have been hard-pressed to improve on such a feat. But the 39-6 record that resulted from that first-ever state title was improved a bit to a mark of 38 wins with just two losses this season - the Hawks opting out of playing in their scheduled North Fayette Valley Tournament that may very well have pushed their win total into the 40s. Even further, the 23-9 outscoring that came with last season’s crown was bettered to a 33-5 scoring margin during this year’s return to Class 1A State Championship reign. But even though the end result for the Hawks was a repeat performance, the celebration and feeling of accomplishment are still as thrilling as the first time.

Wed
16
Aug

Former Super Bowl champ Cedric James to speak at Meet the Team/Sports Drink Scrimmage Night Thursday at Waukon High School

The Waukon High School athletic campaign for the 2017-2018 season will get kicked off Thursday night, August 17 at the newly established annual Meet the Team/Sports Drink Scrimmage Night being held at Waukon High School, beginning at 4 p.m. with a variety of scheduled activities. The Allamakee Athletic Booster Club will kick off the event at 4 p.m. with its annual membership drive that includes an appreciation meal being served to Booster members and athletes at the Waukon High School cafeteria.

At 5 p.m., a featured speaker will address the crowd in the Waukon High School gym. Former National Football League (NFL) player Cedric James will be this year’s featured speaker. James played his college football at Texas Christian University (TCU) before being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings for a two-year stint and then spending a year with the Dallas Cowboys before being part of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX championship team during the 2005 NFL season.

Wed
16
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 7-23 season record during 2017 campaign, has season ended by eventual State Tournament Champ

The 2017 Waukon baseball team returned a total of 10 letterwinners this season from a 7-22 campaign last summer, but even with that collection of returning experience the Indians couldn’t advance their win total any, finishing this year with a 7-23 overall record. That overall mark included a 1-17 record in Northeast Iowa Conference play, placing the baseball Tribe seventh in the final league standings.

Despite the regular season difficulties, the Indians put together some of their best work as the postseason got underway, once again winning their first postseason game before having their season brought to a close in the district semifinals by a top 10-rated Dyersville Beckman team that eventually played to the Class 2A State Tournament championship.

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Wed
09
Aug

Fourth annual Firecracker 5K Walk/Run hosted by Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc.


Top-three medal winners from each division of Harpers Ferry Boosters 5K Run ... Pictured above are the medal winners who finished within the top three in each of seven age divisions at the Harpers Ferry Boosters 5K Run held July 1 in Harpers Ferry. Submitted photo.

Overall winners ... Pictured above are the overall male and female winners of the Harpers Ferry Booster Firecracker 5K Run held July 1. Left to right, Hunter Lavalle of Cedar Falls won the men’s race in 17:54 and Macy Niewoehner of Hawkeye won the women’s race in 21:21. Submitted photo.

The fourth annual Firecracker 5K Walk/Run hosted by Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. in Harpers Ferry Saturday, July 1 was considered a tremendous success with 270 participants registered from across the state of Iowa and six other states from across the United States. Each participant received a green t-shirt with the Firecracker emblem and a list of sponsors on the back.

The racers were welcomed by Harpers Ferry City Councilman Don Gibson, and Trekman Racing was used to assist and manage electronic registration and timing which enhanced the process and provided the racers/walkers with their individual times and ranking by age groups and overall. The 5K race featured an overall winner in the Female and Male divisions and gold, silver and bronze medals in seven age categories within the Female and Male divisions.

Wed
09
Aug

Registration taking place now for Waukon Park & Recreation fall programs for both youth and adults

The Waukon Park & Recreation Department is currently holding a registration period for its Fall Recreation Programs for both youth and adults. To sign up or to have questions answered, contact Kim Kraus at wkn_park_rec@neitel.net or 563-568-6420.
Youth programs in both football and volleyball are scheduled to be held this fall, with a Thursday, August 24 deadline to register. Registration forms can be picked up at the Waukon Wellness Center or register online at the City of Waukon Park and Recreation website or Facebook page for any of the following  youth programs:

First/Second Grade Nerf Flag Football
Third/Fourth Grade Flag Football
Third/Fourth Grade Volleyball
Fifth/Sixth Grade Volleyball (Travel).

Wed
09
Aug

Waukon softball team plays to 7-25 record with overall young squad during 2017 season

Replacing nearly two-thirds of its starting line-up from graduation losses last season and bringing back just two seniors in a limited amount of four returning varsity veterans, the Waukon softball team battled through a 2017 season defined by overall youth and varsity inexperience. With so many holes to fill and not much varsity experience returning, second-year head coach Amanda Eggerichs worked throughout the season to try and find the right pieces to fit the puzzles of her offensive and defensive line-ups, that effort resulting in a 7-25 overall season record for the softball Tribe that included a mark of 3-15 that placed the Indians sixth in the final seven-team Northeast Iowa Conference standings.

Wed
26
Jul

A SWEET REPEAT!!! Kee softball team outscores three opponents by 33-5 margin to claim second consecutive Class 1A State Tournament Championship


The Kee softball team continued its reign over Class 1A after successfully defending its Class 1A State Tournament Championship won last year with three consecutive victories again this year at the season grand finale held this past week at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Ranked and seeded number-one going into the Class 1A State Tournament, the Hawks' title defense included an 18-1 first-round victory over unranked Montezuma Monday, July 17, a 7-3 semifinals win over seventh-rated Westwood Thursday, July 20 and an 8-1 championship triumph over sixth-rated Clarksville in the Friday, July 21 Class 1A State Championship game to repeat as Class 1A State Tournament Champions. Pictured above with their Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy following their successful "crack at back-to-back" are the following Kee softball team members: Left to right - Front row: Katie Brennan, Kristina Dibert, Elena Rolfs, Meredith Gruber, Nicki Wood, Makayla Peters, Claudia Mathis, Laura Colsch, Sydney Strong, Annabelle Dibert. Second row: Alexis Johnson, Madelyn Gruber, Heather Mooney, Ashlyn Seitz, Macy Manning, McKenzie Hawes, Ella Strong, Makayla Walleser. Back row: Assistant Coaches Julie Welsh and Ellie Cooper, Jenna Rethwisch, Kendra Cooper, Chloe Severson, Courtney Cooper, Casey Welsh, Manager Emily Benzing, Head Coach Liz Hill.

Members of the Kee softball team hold the Class 1A State Tournament Championship trophy over their heads as they celebrate with fans in the stands after winning a second consecutive Class 1A State Tournament Championship. Kee outscored its three opponents by a margin of 33-5 to repeat as the best softball team in Iowa’s Class 1A, a position they earned at last season’s grand finale and maintained throughout this entire season’s team rankings. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more at the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.

Four Kee softball players, including the senior pair of pitcher/third baseman Courtney Cooper and right fielder Sydney Strong, along with junior third baseman/pitcher Kendra Cooper and sophomore catcher/first baseman Katie Brennan, were named to the Class 1A All-Tournament Team after the softball Hawks played to their second consecutive Class 1A State Championship at the season grand finale July 17-21 at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge. Kendra Cooper was named as Captain of that Class 1A All-Tournament Team. Pictured above, left to right, are members of this year’s Class 1A All-Tournament Team: senior Sydney Strong and sophomore Katie Brennan of State Champion Kee, junior Bethany Negen of State Runner-Up Clarksville, sophomore Katelyn Martian of third-place Westwood, senior Amy Russell of sixth-place Colfax-Mingo, junior Brynn VanEldik of fifth-place Akron-Westfield, junior Autum Barthelman of fourth-place Sigourney, senior Alyssa Mendenhall of third-place Westwood, senior Courtney Cooper of State Champion Kee, freshman Janet Borchardt of State Runner-Up Clarksville and Class 1A All-Tournament Team Captain junior Kendra Cooper of State Champion Kee. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the “Photo Galleries” link on this website.

Most return trips in consecutive years to the State Tournament at Fort Dodge would produce a message such as “We’re Back!”.

But, in its first-ever return trip to the season grand finale in consecutive seasons, the Kee softball team’s message once all was said and done in Fort Dodge was “We’re Back-to-Back!” as the softball Hawks not only returned to every team’s ultimate destination for a second consecutive season, but also returned home with a second consecutive Class 1A State Tournament Championship.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” Kee softball coach Liz Hill said of her team’s repeat accomplishment as the best team in Iowa high school softball’s Class 1A. “I am so beyond excited, happy and proud of these girls and what they’ve accomplished. It’s really impressive, as far as what one might expect out of high school girls. They have worked so hard for a long time to accomplish what very few teams have been able to.”

Wed
26
Jul

Kee baseball team has postseason run and 2017 campaign brought to a close with 10-6 Substate loss to postseason Cinderella Hudson


Kee baseball senior catcher Danny Brennan puts down a bunt in the Hawks’ 10-6 Class 1A Substate 3 loss to Hudson at Waverly Tuesday, July 18. Brennan was one for three with a sacrifice in his final game in a Hawk uniform. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Cinderella was dressed as a Pirate for this year’s ball (tournament), as the Hudson Pirates entered Class 1A postseason play with a losing record of 14-16, but played their way all the way to the Class 1A State Tournament with four straight postseason victories. Unfortunately for the Kee baseball Hawks, they were the last team on Hudson’s postseason dance card, suffering a 10-6 defeat Tuesday, July 18 in the Class 1A Substate 3 championship game played at Hertl Field on the Wartburg College campus in Waverly.

Wed
19
Jul

Waukon baseball team has 2017 season brought to a close with delayed district semifinal loss at seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman


Waukon baseball senior designated hitter Brandon Regan takes a cut at a pitch in the Indians’ 12-2 district semifinal loss at seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman Wednesday, July 12. Regan is one of four Indians this season who had their high school athletic careers ended by the loss. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon baseball team had its 2017 season brought to a close by one of the highest regarded teams in the state, as the seventh-rated Dyersville Beckman Trailblazers disposed of the Indians by a mercy-rule final of 12-2 in five innings in the district semifinal round of Class 2A tournament play. The game began Tuesday, July 11 at the home of the Blazers and played through a single full inning with the score tied at 2-2, but a lightning delay eventually turned into a postponement to Wednesday, July 12 after more than an hour wait for a storm to pass through. That postponement proved to be troublesome for the Indians, as after that 2-2 first inning the Indians were turned away in order in each of the next four innings, the Tribe being outscored by a 10-0 margin after play resumed a day later to lead to the 12-2 Indian defeat.

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