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Wed
07
Sep

Kee volleyball team opens season with pair of losses at Waukon triangular


Focused reception ... Kee volleyball senior Brooklyn Bakewell bumps up a pass in the Hawks’ triangular losses at Waukon to both Riceville and Waukon Monday, August 29. No match statistics were reported for the Hawks by the print deadline for this week’s issue of The Standard.

In what turned out to be its only competition of the week, the Kee volleyball team got its 2022 season underway with a pair of non-conference matches at a triangular event in Waukon Monday, August 29 against two teams that already had at least one match under their belts. Playing in back-to-back best-of-three matches to wrap up the event, the Kee netters first fell to Riceville by scores of 25-7 and 25-13 before suffering a similar fate against the host Indians by final results of 25-13 and 25-8.

Kee’s netters were also scheduled to play in the Midland Tournament Saturday, September 3 but did not make that trip. The Hawks were next scheduled to play in the Crestwood Tournament Saturday, September 10. They will then play at Decorah Monday, September 12 against the host Vikings and South Winneshiek before competing in the Waukon Tournament Saturday, September 17.

Wed
31
Aug

Jan Kreitzer opens 2022 Halfback Harry season with a victory; Mark Goeke claims Game of the Week win

The 2022 Iowa high school football season is underway, and with it begins another year of The Standard’s Halfback Harry contest. The first week of the contest included nothing but Iowa high school football games on its schedule, as the NCAA and NFL schedules were yet to get into full swing.

Getting the season started on a victorious note was Jan Kreitzer of Cresco, as she missed just two of this week’s 18 games. West Central’s victory over Kee and Dubuque Wahlert’s win over West Delaware were the only two contests to trip Kreitzer up in this season’s opening round of the contest.

Game of the Week honors went to Mark Goeke for the opening round of the contest, as he was one of just three entries to choose West Central to defeat Kee in that ballgame. Jeremy Hogan of Waukon and Wayne Kreitzer of Cresco were the only other entries this week to predict that Blue Devil win over the Hawks, forcing a winning score tie-breaker to determine a winner.

Wed
31
Aug

Waukon football team gives Class 4A Waverly-Shell Rock fairly strong first half battle before falling, 42-14, in top-five match-up

The start to the 2022 Waukon football season began with a rather large first step, as the gridiron Tribe traveled to the home of Class 4A top-five rated Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, August 26. Having been dealt a 45-6 loss in last year’s season-opener, and with the host Go-Hawks returning much more of their offensive firepower from that game than what the Indians were, the football Tribe ended up on the short end of a 42-14 final result.

With last year’s game finding the Indians in as much as a 28-0 early hole, there is a reason why the same people who have Waverly-Shell Rock ranked so high also have the grid Tribe ranked within the top five of Class 2A’s elite. That reason saw the Indians bounce back from what started as a 14-0 early deficit Friday to remain within just a one-touchdown deficit for some of the first half before allowing 21 unanswered points over the game’s remainder.

Wed
31
Aug

Kee football team plays West Central even in total yards, miscues factor into a 46-32 season-opening road defeat

The Kee football team battled its West Central host to an actual draw in total yardage in its season opener Friday, August 26. However, one could say that the host Blue Devils still had a bit more “Cushion” and an added advantage of already having played one game this season, a week earlier, prior to dealing the Hawks a 46-32 defeat.

“We must play much cleaner football to beat good teams,” Kee football coach Chad Winters said. “The penalties and turnovers really hampered us throughout the night, along with some missed tackles that led to big plays for them.”

Wed
24
Aug

Waukon football team returns 10 starters in 2022 from fifth consecutive State Play-Off Semifinals advancement last fall


2022 Waukon football juniors and seniors ... Left to right - Front row: Ethyn King-Marshall, Tyler Jones, Jacob Courtney, Isaac Ericson, Brody Berns, Jack O’Neill, Tucker Jackson, Evan O’Neill, Kael Crawford, Jakob Regan, Cael Rethwisch, Lucas Byrnes, Carson Lonning, Cullen Dickson, Nathon Koch; Back row: Ethan Hooten, Noah Hatlan, Nash Pearson, Isaac Roe, Cade Kelly, Milan Byrnes, Josh Reichard, Corbyn Palmer, Logan Lubahn, Isaac Cooper, Ayden Blake, Mason Kelly, Kole McCormick, Dylan Hogan, Sean Bieber.

2022 Waukon football sophomores ... Left to right: Holten Palmer, Ethan Baker, Carson Hager, Judah Johnson, Graine Curtin, Jaxon Brinkman, Reid Schulte, Preston Dietrich, Damon Berger. Not pictured: Max Jones, Ryland Egan, Garrison Byrnes, Talon Hutchens.

The 2022 Waukon football team will be looking to continue a recent trend of program success that has found the grid Tribe in the Class 2A State Play-Offs in eight of the past 10 seasons, including the past five seasons in a row that have not seen the Indians suffer more than two losses in a season. Bolstering that effort of victorious tradition will be a collection of 10 starters from a squad last season that played to a 10-2 season record and a fifth consecutive trip not only to the Class 2A State Play-Offs but deep enough into that play-off run to end up as one of Class 2A’s final four teams in the UNI-Dome once again before falling to the eventual State Champion.

Nine of those 10 returning starters make up a large senior class of 23 players headlining this season’s campaign. Those nine seniors represent experience in nearly every aspect of the game and lead an overall group of approximately 65 boys reporting for early season duty in the freshman through senior classes.

Wed
24
Aug

Kee football team returns seven letterwinners for 2022 campaign from program’s best season in its Eight-Player history last fall


2022 Kee football team ... Left to right - Front row: Zach Goetzinger, Kevin Ashbacher, Kyle Mauss, Ben Franceschetti, Carter Seitz, Andrew Kolsrud, Jarod Reams, Noah Connelly; Middle row: Brendan Croft, Isaiah Wagner, Carter Goetzinger, Zach Meyer, Jackson Schulte, Parker Leppert, Hunter Peterson, Dalton Mudderman; Back row: Assistant Coach Kyle Goetzinger, Assistant Coach Ray Rankin, Sam Janzen, Jordan Cota, Cota Gavin, Tom Troendle, Jacob Rolfs, Karsen Strong, Kaleb Drape, Assistant Coach Hud Johnston, Coach Chad Winters. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

Having played to its best-ever season in its Eight-Player history last fall, the Kee football team enters its 2022 campaign returning seven letterwinners from last year’s 9-2 season result that took the grid Hawks to the quarterfinals of the Eight-Player State Play-Offs. Those two Kee losses last season came to an Easton Valley team that played its way to a State Runner-Up finish on the way to ending Kee’s grid campaign, with those River Hawks still remaining within the Hawks’ Eight-Player District 5 this season.

Wed
24
Aug

Waukon volleyball team returns five letterwinners for 2022 campaign


2022 Waukon volleyball freshmen through seniors ... Left to right - Front row: Assistant Coaches Payton Moore and Ashley Dougherty, Marissa Benda, Mari Delaney, Alyssa Connelly, Bailey Sherman, Cassidy Gibbs, Berlin Troendle, Maggie Criswell, Jayden Knox, Claire Opperman, Kiana Krueger; Second row: Bobbi Finney, Caidee Lloyd, Emma O’Neill, Taylor Jackson, Reese McCormick, Kiersten Gibbs, Keira McCormick, Ava Bossom, Kloe Hemmersbach, Lynsey Houg, Olivia Bossom, Maya Dahlstrom; Third row: Bella Moudy, Isabella Rounds, Devynne Kruse, Madilyn McNamara, Halea Corwin, Eva Whalen, Avery Regan, Elle Wilkins, Willa Troendle, Olivia Dougherty, Lauryn Howard, McKenzie Lier; Back row: Annie Ellingson, Avalea Burns, Taylor Kiel, Reagan Lubahn, Dakota Steiber, Kelsey Hennessy, Emily Ronan, Breelyn Dahlstrom, Paisley Vine; Head Coach Randy Nordheim.

2022 Waukon volleyball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Jayden Knox, Cassidy Gibbs, McKenzie Lier, Berlin Troendle, Maggie Criswell.

A total of 43 young ladies have reported for early-season practices for the 2022 Waukon volleyball team, which will be headlined this season by the return of five varsity letterwinners from last season’s squad that produced one of the program’s best season records in recent years. The net Tribe played to a 15-20 overall mark on the year last fall, including a 2-3 mark in Northeast (NEIC) play that landed the Indians in fourth place in the final NEIC team standings, their best league finish since the 2009 season.

This season’s squad will be guided by a new but familiar face in the Waukon volleyball program, as Randy Nordheim will take up the head coaching reins for the Indians. Nordheim has had other stints at the helm of the Tribe’s net program, including a single season in 2017 and a previous much longer tenure in which he guided the Lady Indians to a State Tournament appearance in 2003, with Nordheim having served as a volunteer assistant coach last fall.

Wed
17
Aug

Parker Hesse catches touchdown in pre-season opener

Waukon High School 2014 graduate Parker Hesse got the 2022 National Football League (NFL) pre-season off to a strong start in the Atlanta Falcons’ 27-23 pre-season victory at Detroit Friday, August 12. Listed as a starting tight end for the Falcons in their pre-season opener, Hesse caught the first touchdown pass of his NFL career in the second quarter of Atlanta’s win.

Capping off the Falcons’ second drive of that second quarter, the two passes thrown toward Hesse in the ballgame both came on that series. After not connecting with Falcon rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder on a 21-yard touchdown pass attempt late in the drive, the two did connect two plays later on first down and goal on a play-action pass where Hesse first went into blocking mode before edging out to the right to haul in a one-yard pass from Ridder for a 14-10 Falcon lead with 4:36 left before halftime.

Wed
17
Aug

Waukon Swim Club completes undefeated regular season, breaks records and finishes second at NEISC Meet in 2022

The Waukon Swim Club made some recent history during its 2022 season, turning in a perfect regular season meet record of 8-0. That unblemished regular season record included a first win for the Waukon swim squad over the perennial power Decorah team in at least 20 years, with some believing that streak may have been as long as 30 years. However, that Decorah squad was able to counter that regular season win by topping second-place Waukon in the Northeast Iowa Swim Conference Meet, with those top two teams leaving the rest of the conference field well behind by more than 100 points.

A number of event records were broken by members of this season’s club once again. Among the greatest highlights of those new standards was a new Northeast Iowa Swim Conference record in the 8 & Under Boys Butterfly set by Theo Rausch.

Wed
10
Aug

Register now for Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Fall Programs

Register for Waukon Park & Recreation Fall Recreation Youth Programs by the Friday, August 26 registration deadline. These programs include the following:

• 1st/2nd Grade Nerf Flag Football
• 3rd/4th Grade Flag Football
• 3rd/4th Grade Volleyball
• 5th/6th Grade Volleyball (Traveling).

Pick up registration forms at the Waukon Wellness Center or register online by visiting the City of Waukon Park & Recreation website or the Waukon Park & Rec Facebook page. Contact Jeremy Strub at director@waukonwellness.com or text/call 563-568-7131 with any questions.
 

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