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03
Jun

Waukon baseball team one run shy of undefeated week; edges Clayton Ridge, finishes runner-up at Shooky Fink Tournament

The Waukon baseball team came up just shy of an undefeated opening week of competition this past week, winning two of its first three games of the 2015 season. Mother Nature also had a say in the baseball Tribe’s early-season schedule, postponing the Indians’ originally scheduled season-opener at North Fayette Valley from Tuesday, May 26 to July 1.
Following that postponement, Waukon ended up opening its season at Clayton Ridge Friday, May 29, pulling out a 5-4 road triumph. The baseball Indians then played to a second-place finish at the annual Shooky Fink Tournament hosted by Kee High School Saturday, May 30, defeating Postville, 11-3, in the opening round of the tournament before falling in the final inning of the championship game to the host school, 7-6, to end up as the tournament runner-up.

Wed
03
Jun

Waukon softball team falls to Class 4A 12th-rated Waverly-SR, defeats Central in opening week


Waukon softball junior catcher Bethany Stock puts the tag on this sliding Waverly-Shell Rock baserunner to end the third inning of the Indians’ 8-0 first-game loss in a home doubleheader sweep suffered by the Indians at the hands of the 12th-rated Go-Hawks Thursday, May 28. The out at home actually completed a double play, as Stock took a throw from sophomore first baseman Deana Schlitter in time for the tag after Schlitter had recorded the first out on a throw from senior shortstop Allie Schwartz. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon softball team opened its 2015 season with a three-game home stand, having to postpone its original Tuesday, May 26 season-opener due to rainy weather but ultimately making that postponement worth the wait with a thrilling, 5-4 victory over Central Elkader Friday, May 29. Prior to that first win of the season, the softball Tribe was dealt a doubleheader sweep at home Thursday, May 28 by Class 4A 12th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock by scores of 8-0 and 10-0 in six innings.
Off to a 1-2 start, the Indians will host MFL/MarMac Wednesday, June 3 before hitting the road for the first time this season with a Northeast Iowa Conference match-up at Charles City Thursday, June 4. The softball Tribe will then return to Charles City for a weekend tournament Saturday, June 6 before hosting three more nights of softball, Monday, June 8 against Decorah, Tuesday, June 9 against South Winneshiek and Thursday, June 11 against New Hampton.
 

Wed
03
Jun

Kee softball team rebounds from season-opening loss at Decorah with sweep of Ed-Co

The Kee softball team opened its 2015 season in somewhat surprising fashion, falling in its non-conference season opener but then rebounding nicely for an Upper Iowa Conference sweep. That season-opening surprise was a 6-1 loss the Lady Hawks suffered at Class 3A Decorah Wednesday, May 27 in a game postponed from the night before due to rainy weather. The rebound, however, resulted in a road sweep at Edgewood-Colesburg the very next night, Thursday, May 28, by scores of 7-3 and 20-1 in just five innings.
“The loss against Decorah was a hard pill to swallow, but early in the season it is good to learn from the mistakes we make,” Kee softball coach Liz Hill said. “The game against Edgewood-Colesburg was more enjoyable for everyone. We were more relaxed and had fun playing the game.”

Wed
03
Jun

Kee baseball team wins own Shooky Fink Tournament during even, 2-2 opening week


Kee baseball junior left fielder Logan Flack slides into second base underneath a tag attempt in the Hawks’ 9-8 first-round Shooky Fink Tournament win over Crestwood Saturday, May 30 in New Albin. Flack helped the Hawks to a 7-6 victory over Waukon in the tournament championship game with a single and a run scored. Photo by Mikey Mitchell. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Kee baseball team played to differing extremes of results to open its 2015 season this past week. The Hawks got their new campaign off to a rough start with a road doubleheader sweep suffered at Decorah Wednesday, May 27, 9-1 and 10-0 in five innings, but bounced back in championship fashion with a pair of one-run triumphs in sweeping to a title in its own Shooky Fink Tournament Saturday, May 30. Edging out a pair of Class 3A teams, Kee got by Crestwood, 9-8, before fighting back from a 6-0 championship deficit to pull off a 7-6 defeat of Waukon for the tournament crown.
The baseball Hawks were scheduled to play an Upper Iowa Conference doubleheader at Clayton Ridge Monday, June 1 before closing the week with back-to-back home doubleheaders against Starmont and Waukon Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, respectively. Kee will then play just a home doubleheader with South Winneshiek Wednesday, June 10 before playing in the St. Ansgar Tournament Saturday, June 13.

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27
May

A dozen letterwinners, including seven seniors, return for Waukon baseball in 2015


2015 Waukon baseball returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Chris Miller, Peyton Hesse, Marshall Lyons, Michael Howe, Will Keenan, Mitchell Snitker. Back row: Jake Ronan, Landon Sivesind, Haden Hammel, Adam Benzing, Sully Bucheit. Not pictured: Brock Waters.

For the second consecutive season, the Waukon baseball team will return a dozen players with varsity letterwinning experience, and this year’s crew will look to improve on last season’s 6-25 overall diamond campaign. Included within that veteran core is a group of seven seniors, most of whom are multi-year letterwinners who would like nothing more than for this to be their best high school baseball season yet.
That list of senior veterans includes Adam Benzing, Sully Bucheit, Michael Howe, Marshall Lyons, Jake Ronan, Landon Sivesind and Brock Waters, and they will be looked to for providing leadership to an equally impressive number of younger players in the Waukon baseball program, as 40 young men in grades eight through 12 have reported for early-season duties. Additional returning letterwinners include juniors Haden Hammel, Peyton Hesse, Will Keenan and Chris Miller, as well as freshman Mitchell Snitker.

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27
May

Nine letterwinners return for 2015 from historical Kee softball season


Left to right - Front row: Makayla Walleser, Katie Brennan, Annabelle Dibert, Ellie Cooper, Claudia Mathis, Makayla Manning. Middle row: Meredith Gruber, Lily Winters, Nicole Vinson, Sydney Strong, Nicki Wood, Sierra Schobert, Michelle Walleser. Back row: Head Coach Liz Hill, Maddie Gruber, Courtney Cooper, Kendra Cooper, Chloe Severson, Val Meyer, Molly Walleser, Casey Welsh, Heather Mooney, Assistant Coach Tiffanie Peters. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

by Val Meyer

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27
May

Kee baseball begins new era as Jim Mauss begins head coaching tenure


2015 Kee baseball returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Ethan Walleser, Clay Olson, Danny Brennan. Back row: Casey Carroll, Ryan Kuhn, Travis Colsch. Not pictured: Dylon Peterson. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

by Val Meyer

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27
May

Waukon softball team returns 11 letterwinners as Joe O’Neill returns to head coaching helm


2015 Waukon softball returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Regan Wasson, Allie Schwartz, Thea Meyer, Katie Kerndt, Kaley Benzing. Back row: Emma Johnson, Erika Johnson, Bethany Stock, Nicole Behrend, Madison Snitker. Not pictured: Leslie Sivesind.

An abundance of familiarity will make up the 2015 Waukon softball program, as 11 varsity letterwinners return from a squad that posted a 7-25 season record in 2014. And even though there will be a change at the head coaching helm of the Indian softball program this season, a familiar face will assume that lead role as well.
Joe O’Neill is not only familiar because he is an area native and 1992 graduate of Waukon High School, but he has also served as assistant varsity softball coach for the past two seasons and was also previously an assistant coach for the program in 1996 before assuming the head coaching role for a year during the 1997 season. A move to Forest City also resulted in a multi-year varsity assistant coaching role with those softball Indians as well.

Wed
27
May

Five Waukon boys track seniors wrap up careers among Class 3A elite at State Track Meet


The four members of the Waukon boys track team 4x800 relay pictured above ran to the Indian boys’ best overall placewinning in the Class 3A competition at the Iowa High School State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 21, placing 16th overall out of 24 teams in a clocking of 8:32.81. The foursome placed fifth in their initial 12-team heat but had their time bettered by 11 out of the 12 teams in the second heat to end up 16th overall. Pictured above in the two photos, left to right, are seniors Adam Benzing and Marshall Lyons working the initial exchange in that 4x800 and junior Peyton Hesse and senior Landon Sivesind working the final exchange. That foursome also qualified in the same event last year, although Hesse was unable to compete in that State Meet due to a hip injury. Lyons also returned to the track Saturday morning, May 23 to place 21st overall in the Class 3A 800 meter run with a time of 2:07.30, finishing ninth in his initial 12-runner heat. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon boys track team ended its season where every high school track program dreams of, competing among the state’s elite in the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23. Within the four events that qualified for this year’s season grand finale, the Indians performed to placewinnings within the Class 3A top-20 in three of them, just missing that mark in the fourth as well.

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May

Waukon girls track team posts top-20 finishes among Class 3A elite at State Track Meet


The Waukon girls track fast and furious foursome pictured above joined forces for a pair of final relay efforts together in the Class 3A competition at the Iowa High School State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23. Friday, May 22, the speedy quartet blazed around the Drake Stadium blue oval in another school record time in the 4x200 relay, bettering the previous mark of 1:48.42 they had set just a couple weeks ago by clocking in at 1:48.29 (as evident by the scoreboard pictured at right). That time placed them seventh in their eight-team heat and 19th overall out of 24 Class 3A teams in the event. Pictured above, left to right, senior Lyvia Bulman anchors that 4x200 to its new standard, junior Nicole Behrend and sophomore Regan Wasson work the middle exchange, and junior Madison Snitker explodes out of the blocks to start off that new 4x200 record. That same crew teamed up later that same Friday to clock in at 52.13 seconds in the 4x100 relay, placing eighth in their eight-team heat and 24th out of 24 Class 3A teams competing at the State Meet. Bulman, Behrend and Snitker also teamed up with sophomore Lanci Bulman in the Class 3A sprint medley relay Saturday, May 23 to place fifth in their eight-team heat and 19th out of 23 Class 3A teams, clocking in at 1:54.31. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon girls track team brought its 2015 season to a final close at a place that is every team’s goal. The Indians competed one final time this season in four total events that qualified for competition in the Class 3A field of the Iowa High School State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23.
Already proving they belong among the Class 3A elite by earning qualification for the season grand finale, the Indians garnered a trio of top-20 event finishes in those high-end fields. One of those efforts came in record-breaking fashion, as the Tribe’s 4x200 relay team improved upon a record it had already rewritten a couple weeks earlier, lowering that standard another nearly quarter of a second to 1:48.29.

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