Sports

Wed
02
Sep

Kee football team begins 2020 campaign with 54-12 triumph at Central

The 2020 season got off to a convincing start for the Kee football team, as the Hawks dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage early on the way to a 38-0 halftime lead and eventual 54-12 season-opening victory at Central Elkader Friday, August 28. That dominance could have, perhaps, been even greater if not for a handful of hiccups one might expect for a first game of the season but that Kee football coach Chad Winters says certainly need to be addressed in the grand scheme of things.

Wed
26
Aug

Kee volleyball team bolstered by eight letterwinners for 2020 campaign


2020 Kee volleyball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Jenessa Stussy, Maggy Weymiller, Laurel Scott; Back row: Emily Darling, Jada Mitchell, Macy Manning, Alexis Johnson, Jaiden Berns. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee volleyball team returns a large collection of eight letterwinners from last season’s campaign that produced a 7-20 overall record and placed the Hawks seventh in the final Upper Iowa Conference standings with a league mark of 2-7. Three-fourths of that leadership experience comes from the highest level possible in this season’s six seniors, with half of those seniors contributing to the varsity program every year of their high school career.

That veteran experience will certainly be needed this season, as in addition to the competition on the other side of the net each night on the court, teams are also going to need that type of senior leadership to navigate the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has already brought to this season. On top of adjusting to the abbreviated season schedule in comparison to other seasons, following mitigation guidelines both on and off the court can use the type of frontline leadership brought to the season by veteran experience.

Wed
26
Aug

Kee boys and girls cross country teams both return State Meet experience within their veteran leadership for 2020


Kee girls and boys cross country returning letterwinners for 2020 ... Left to right - Front row: Alaina Bakewell, Jaylyn Walleser; Middle row: Alison Wagner, Haley Meyer, Reagan Mudderman; Back row: Chris Wagner, Daniel Wagner, Michael Mattson. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee girls and boys cross country teams have been looking forward to the 2020 season with great anticipation as both hope to build on their respective representations at last season’s Class 1A State Cross Country Meet this fall. Although this fall’s high school athletic seasons have been tainted with the looming threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and all the considerations in preventing further spread of the virus, the fact that the state of Iowa is continuing with its plan of allowing high school competition and not delaying it like some neighboring states provides its own bit of inspiration of wanting to make the most out of the opportunity that has been granted.

Wed
26
Aug

Waukon volleyball team returns five letterwinners for 2020 campaign


2020 Waukon varsity volleyball team ... Left to right - Front row: Maggie Criswell, Brinley Jones, Jayden Knox; Second row: Faith Schulte, Emily Bieber, Mia Strub, Maddie Mellick; Back row: Brenna Berns, Delaney Nagel, Betsy Anderson, Margaret Wacker, Berlin Troendle.

2020 Waukon volleyball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Mia Strub, Delaney Nagel, Emily Bieber; Back row: Margaret Wacker, Berlin Troendle.

The Waukon volleyball team will benefit from the return of five players with varsity letterwinning experience from last fall’s squad that posted a 10-20 season record and will look to improve on a sixth-place Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) finish in both regular season and tournament play this season. That return of veteran experience will include a mix of each of the three grade levels eligible to return from previous varsity action, including four with multiple seasons of varsity contributions and one solid newcomer who began to make her mark last fall.

Wed
26
Aug

Waukon football team returns 18 letterwinners, eight starters from nearly perfect State Runner-Up team for 2020 campaign


2020 Waukon football ... Left to right - Front row: Jakob Regan, Tucker Jackson, Isaac Roe, Landen Hager, Ashton Wohlfiel, Brayden Lier, Ray Bresnahan, Vicente Quiroz, Milan Byrnes, Noah Hatlan, Cade Kelly, Nash Pearson, Cullen Dickson, Sean Bieber. Second row: Tyler Jones, Avery Rocksvold, Brady Behrend, Walker Hermeier, Joe Schwartz, Konnor Krambeer, Lincoln Snitker, Conner Schwartzhoff, Sean Cooper, Nick Goltz, Evan O’Neill, Nathaniel Hays, Owen Malone, Carson Lonning, Kameron Boots, Ayden Blake. Back row: Mason Kelly, Braden Hemann, Sawyer Krueger, Ethan O’Neill, Brennan Sweeney, Matt Ronan, Drew Stock, Creed Welch, Braxton Stewart, Tanner Kiel, Daniel Cowell, Pat Hennessy, Caleb Block, Logan Lubahn, Jordan Sletten. Not pictured: Isaac Cooper, Kael Crawford, Cael Rethwisch.

Anticipation of the 2020 Waukon football team is soaring high, as the Indian grid squad returns eight starters and 18 total letterwinners this fall from a nearly perfect 2019 season that saw its lone loss come in the Class 2A State Championship game. However, this season’s challenges in trying to play to a return State Championship berth and fourth consecutive trip to the UNI-Dome level of the State Play-Offs will involve overcoming more than just 11 opponents on the other side of the football as all teams will also be battling the same opponent in a COVID-19 pandemic that can disrupt a season even quicker than any on-field opponent.

Wed
19
Aug

Earns All-State softball honors ...

Waukon softball junior shortstop Annika Headington was honored by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association by being named to the Class 3A All-State Third Team following completion of the abbreviated 2020 season. Headington led the softball Indians this season with a .412 batting average, .512 on-base percentage and .824 slugging percentage, posting additional team highs of 14 hits that included four homeruns to drive in a team-high 17 runs and score 13 more that ranked second on this year’s squad.
 

Wed
19
Aug

Third Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby scheduled for August 29 benefits Friends of Pool 9


Pat Sandry ...

Saturday, August 29, family and friends of lifelong resident and local “River Rat” Pat Sandry will be honoring his memory with the Third Annual Pat Sandry Memorial Fishing Derby and Friends of Pool 9 Fundraiser held on the Mississippi River. Sandry passed away in November of 2017 after a short, courageous battle with cancer. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, had a great passion for fishing and hunting, and he truly treasured the beauty of Lansing and the surrounding area.

Entry fee is $50 per boat with 50% payback in prize money and 50% being donated to Friends of Pool 9. There is a limit of two adults and two children per boat.

Wed
19
Aug

Waukon Park & Recreation planning to host its Fall Youth Recreation Programs

Waukon Park & Recreation is planning to host its Fall Youth Recreation Programs for the upcoming season. Deadline to register is Friday, August 28 for youth programs such as First/Second Grade NERF Flag Football, Third/Fourth Grade Flag Football and Third/Fourth Grade Volleyball.

Although the Fifth/Sixth Grade Travel Volleyball League organized through Postville will not be held this year, there will instead be a Fifth/Sixth Grade Volleyball League played locally at the Waukon Wellness Center. That program will take place for five weeks.

Registration forms for all of these programs can be picked up at the Waukon Wellness Center or registration can also be completed online through the City of Waukon Park and Recreation website or Facebook page. Watch those online sources for further updates on the upcoming season.
 

Wed
12
Aug

Named Academic All-State ...

Waukon softball senior second baseman Maddie Ellingson was among 55 Iowa high school senior softball players to be named to the Academic All-State team by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association following completion of the 2020 Iowa high school softball season. In order to receive the Academic All-State honor, a senior softball player must have recorded an ACT score of 27 or higher and compiled a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.75. Ellingson was the lone senior on this season’s Waukon softball squad that fell shy of the win column in its 13 games this summer.
 

Wed
12
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 2-12 record during abbreviated 2020 season

The 2020 Iowa high school baseball season was anything but normal with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic abbreviating this season’s competition schedule and all but eliminating any pre-season preparation. Like most high school teams, however, the Waukon baseball squad made the most of its opportunity to play the game, and even though the end result was a 2-12 season record, second-year head coach Shane Schellsmidt said he saw so much to be proud of in how his team handled all the challenges that this season provided.

“The overall impact of COVID-19 was perhaps more about life lessons than on-field impact,” Coach Schellsmidt explained. “The shortened schedule, social distancing and hygiene efforts were temporary changes. Dealing with adversity and accepting changes that were not always desirable are the skills that this group will take forward with them into their adult lives.”

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