Sports

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10
Mar

Waukon bowling boys roll to 3-5 season record, girls finish 4-4 and claim second consecutive division title during 2020-2021 campaigns

The Waukon boys and girls bowling teams both wrapped up 2020-2021 campaigns that were right around average in regard to their respective season win-loss records. The Waukon boys finished the season with a 3-5 overall season record while the Lady Indians rolled their way to an even 4-4 season mark that included a 3-1 record in their North Central Bowling Conference to place them atop the Eastern Division of that larger conference for the second consecutive season.

“We had very successful seasons for both of our programs this season,” Waukon bowling coach Jerry Keenan said. “We set several new individual high games and series along the way.”

This season’s greatest accomplishments, however, were likely not measured by those win-loss numbers. Completing just the fifth year of the program’s existence, Coach Keenan continues to enjoy the growth that he witnesses both in his overall program, as well as within the individual bowlers throughout each season.

Wed
10
Mar

Waukon wrestling team battles through variety of challenges during its 2020-2021 campaign

The 2020-2021 wrestling season saw the Waukon mat team battle well through a variety of things, both on and off the competition mat. The Tribe wrestled to a 2-20 overall record in dual meet competition this season, getting one of those wins against a Northeast Iowa Conference in a late-season victory over Oelwein.

One of those battles off the mat was one all teams had to deal with this past season, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced teams into adjustments in their practice regimen and competition schedule. The Indians fared well throughout that pandemic battle, not having to make any severe or sudden adjustments forced by the virus, as some teams had to do throughout the season after the virus hit members of those squads.

Wed
03
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team has season brought to an end with 55-49 District finals loss to now State-bound Dyersville Beckman


Throwing it down ... Waukon boys basketball senior Creed Welch throws down a dunk in the Indians’ 55-49 loss to Dyersville Beckman in the Class 2A District 7 finals played at West Delaware High School Tuesday, February 23. Welch scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds to share board honors with senior Ethan O’Neill and recorded a team-high four assists, three steals and one blocked shot. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Only one team has been able to beat the Waukon boys basketball squad in its past 13 games since the first week of January. Unfortunately, that team from now State Tournament bound Dyersville Beckman has handed the Indians two losses in that timeframe, and, most unfortunately, the second of those losses brought an end to the bucket Tribe’s 2020-2021 season in the Class 2A District Tournament championship game played Tuesday, February 23 at West Delaware High School in Manchester.

After falling at the home of the Blazers, 70-65, January 23 in a game where the Indians had bolted to a double-digit first quarter lead but saw it erode away in the second half, it was Beckman that got out to the early lead in this postseason tilt. The Tribe recovered enough to hold a 30-28 halftime lead but suffered an 18-9 outscoring in the third quarter that, despite a valiant fourth quarter effort, the Indians couldn’t quite fully recover from in having their season ended by a 55-49 defeat.

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03
Mar

Waukon girls basketball team battles closely in first half but has season ended with 45-24 first-round State Tournament loss to Clear Lake

The Waukon girls basketball team had its 2020-2021 season come to a close where every team strives to be at the end of any season, as the 14th-rated Lady Indians fell to second-rated Clear Lake in the opening round of the Class 3A State Tournament Monday, March 1 by a final score of 45-24. The loss ends the bucket Tribe’s winter campaign with a 19-5 overall record, tying the most wins in a season recorded by the Lady Indian program in the past decade, the Tribe finishing 19-4 in both its 2018-2019 and 2010-2011 campaigns.

The Indians gave the returning State Semifinalist Lions all they wanted through much of the first half, holding a 12-11 lead over Clear Lake after one period and a 17-16 edge midway through the second frame. But single-digit vs. double-digit scoring in each of the game’s final three quarters left the Indians in holes of 21-17 at halftime, 32-20 after three quarters and the 45-24 end result.

Wed
03
Mar

Sign up now for Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarten is alone, first and second graders will be together, third and fourth graders will be together, and fifth and sixth graders will be together. Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and they must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

Wed
24
Feb

MAKING A “STATE”MENT!!


State-bound celebration!! ... Members of the 14th-rated Waukon girls basketball team celebrate their qualification for the 2021 Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament after hustling and muscling their way to a 60-37 triumph over sixth-rated and defending Class 2A State Runner-Up Osage Saturday, February 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. The Indians (19-4) will now open their second trip to the season grand finale in the past three years with a first-round match-up against second-rated Clear Lake (18-1) to be played Monday, March 1 at 9 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Waukon girls basketball team earns its second State Tournament trip in three years with a 67-53 regional semifinals win over North Fayette Valley and a 60-37 domination of sixth-rated Osage in regional finals

The Waukon girls basketball team has played its way to every team’s ultimate destination for the second time in three seasons, making its way through a pair of teams this past week in Class 3A Regional Tournament play that each had half as many losses as the basketball Tribe’s now 19-4 season record. The 14th-rated Indians first disposed of 20-2 North Fayette Valley at home, 67-53, in the regional semifinals Wednesday, February 17 before powering through sixth-rated and defending Class 2A State Runner-Up Osage (21-2) by a 60-37 final result in the regional finals Saturday, February 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School to earn their first trip back to the season grand finale since the Tribe’s “final four” finish in 2019.

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24
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team opens Class 2A District Tournament with 57-48 win at home over North Fayette Valley; rematch with Beckman Tuesday night


Dropping one in down low ... Waukon boys basketball senior Aidan Jones converts a move down low in the Indians’ 57-48 home win over North Fayette Valley in the Class 2A District 7 semifinals Thursday, February 18. Jones finished the game with two points and one each of rebounds and assists. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon boys basketball team took a successful first step down the postseason trail this past week, fending off another spirited effort from North Fayette Valley (NFV) in a Class 2A District 7 semifinal contest at home Thursday, February 17. Having pulled out just a 67-64 victory at home over the TigerHawks during the regular season in mid-January, the Indians used a 15-6 second quarter outscoring to end up accounting for the final scoreboard margin in a 57-48 Tribe victory that moved the Indians down that postseason road.

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24
Feb

Kee girls basketball team has 2020-2021 season brought to a close with 52-33 loss to East Buchanan in Class 1A District quarterfinals


Senior trio wraps up careers ... The Kee girls basketball senior trio of, left to right in the above photos, Jada Mitchell, Alexis Johnson and Macy Manning each played in the final game of their high school basketball careers in the Hawks’ 52-33 loss to East Buchanan in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A Regional Tournament play at Central Elkader High School Tuesday, February 16. In their final games in a Kee basketball uniform, Mitchell recorded a double-double effort with team-high totals of 14 points and 10 rebounds, Johnson scored two points and pulled down four rebounds, and Manning scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and swiped three steals. 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 webpage.

The 2020-2021 season was brought to a close for the Kee girls basketball team Tuesday, February 16 in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A Region 3 Tournament play when the Lady Hawks were dealt a 52-33 loss by East Buchanan in a game played at Central High School in Elkader. Just over a week earlier, the Kee girls had fallen to East Buchanan at home by just a 38-36 final result, but this time around the Lady Hawks were without the head coaching services of Ben Wagner due to illness and were also hobbled a bit overall by an injury suffered by junior Reagan Mudderman that slowed her to just five points in the regional ballgame from the 18 points she put up against the Buccaneers a week earlier.

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Feb

Kee boys basketball team has 2020-2021 campaign ended with 60-52 loss at Turkey Valley in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play


Powering in points ... Kee boys basketball junior Jaylen Drape muscles in a move to the basket in the Hawks’ 60-52 loss at Turkey Valley in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play Monday, February 15. Drape finished with eight points and four each of rebounds and assists. 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.

The Kee boys basketball team had its 2020-2021 campaign brought to a close by a familiar foe in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play when the Hawks traveled to the home of fellow Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) squad Turkey Valley Monday, February 15.

Having earned a split with the Trojans in their two regular season games, this postseason match-up fell more in line with the more recent end of that split, as strong finishes to each half by the host Trojans that limited Kee to single-digit scoring in the second and fourth frames ultimately brought the Hawks’ season to an end by a 60-52 final result.

The loss ends Kee’s season with an even overall mark of 11-11 that included a 9-7 record in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC), marking the first time since the 2010-2011 season the Hawks posted a winning record in UIC play and placing Kee fifth in the final UIC standings.

Wed
17
Feb

Jakob Regan has season ended with third-place District Tournament finish


Season ended with third-place District Tournament finish ... Waukon wrestling 120-pound sophomore Jakob Regan locks up control of Roland-Story freshman Logan Powers in their third-place match at the Class 2A District Tournament at New Hampton Saturday, February 13. After falling by just a 2-0 decision on a late reversal in his opening-round match with Hampton-Dumont junior Jack Showalter, Regan defeated Powers by a 9-5 decision in this third-place match but was denied a wrestleback opportunity when Showalter was beaten in the championship match to claim second place and the final qualifying spot for the State Tournament, leaving Regan in third place and finishing his sophomore season with a 27-8 record. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plains Dealer.

Waukon wrestling 120-pound sophomore Jakob Regan was looking to make a return trip to the State Wrestling Tournament when he competed in the Class 2A District 6 Tournament hosted by New Hampton High School Saturday, February 13.

However, that advancement to the season grand finale for a second consecutive season was denied for the lone Indian District Tournament qualifier by just two or three points in a couple different matches, as Regan finished third in the 120-pound weight class to have his season brought to a close, bringing the 2020-2021 Waukon wrestling season to full completion.

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