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Wed
23
Dec

Waukon boys basketball team wins two of three NEIC battles


Rarely missed ... Waukon boys basketball senior Ethan O’Neill guides this shot toward the hoop in the Indians’ 78-65 home win over Decorah Tuesday, December 15. O’Neill shot nearly 78% from the floor in the ballgame, missing only one time on each side of the three-point arc on his way to 17 points while also grabbing five rebounds, swiping two steals and recording one each of assists and blocked shots. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon boys basketball team played a busy slate of three Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) games this past week, winning two of those three contests to even up both their NEIC mark (2-2) and overall record (3-3) so far this season. The week started off with the bucket Tribe suffering its second consecutive NEIC loss, 57-53 at Crestwood Monday, December 14 in a game rescheduled from December 8, but the Indians bounced back the very next night with a 78-65 triumph at home over Decorah Tuesday, December 15 before finishing the week pulling out a 66-62 win at Charles City Friday, December 18.

The Indians will now enter their holiday break from school. They will return to the basketball court with a Saturday, January 2 non-conference game at Kee before hosting New Hampton Friday, January 8.

Wed
23
Dec

Waukon girls, boys bowling teams each fall at home to W-SR


Team-high total ... Waukon girls bowling senior Taylor Peterson rolls the bowl toward the pins in the Indians’ 2177-2275 home loss to Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 18. Peterson led the Lady Indians with her 314 series consisting of games of 127 and 187. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Completes team scoring ... Waukon boys bowling senior Ryan VanderVelden sends a ball toward the pins in the Indians’ 2330-2623 home loss to Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 18. VanderVelden rounded out the Indian team scoring in head-to-head competition with a 242 series made up of games of 122 and 120 pins. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls and boys bowling teams returned to their home lanes this past week, hosting Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 18. The bowling Indians proved to be gracious hosts in their final meet before the holidays, both surrendering losses to the visiting Go-Hawks by a 2177-2275 count for the girls and a 2330-2623 result for the boys.

The Indians will now enter their holiday break from school. The bowling Tribe will return to competition January 8 hosting North Fayette Valley.

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Wed
16
Dec

Kee boys basketball team adds two more wins to undefeated UIC slate, ends week with season’s first loss at New Hampton


Soaring and team-high scoring ... Kee boys basketball junior Dalton Dibert glides toward the hoop in the Hawks’ 42-33 victory at home over Postville Friday, December 11. Dibert led all scorers with 18 points and also swiped a team-high four steals while posting two rebounds and one assist. 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 played one of its busiest weeks of the season, beginning the week by continuing its undefeated start in Upper Iowa Conference play but ending the week with the first loss of its 2020-2021 campaign. The Hawks started off the week with a 42-33 win at home over Postville Tuesday, December 8 and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 58-53 victory at Turkey Valley Friday, December 11. The Kee boys played their first game of the season outside the Upper Iowa Conference at New Hampton Saturday, December 12 and also ended up with their first loss of the year, 57-32.

Wed
16
Dec

Waukon girls basketball team gets season underway with 60-27 home win over Crestwood, battles fourth-rated Waverly-SR well in 49-40 home defeat


Scoring leader, and more ... Waukon girls basketball senior Annika Headington takes the ball strong to the basket in the Indians’ 60-27 season-opening win at home over Crestwood Tuesday, December 8. Headington led all scorers in the ballgame with 21 points and also added team highs of 11 steals and seven assists in addition to four rebounds. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Following postponement of its first three games due to a football State Championship and a quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure, the Waukon girls basketball team finally got its 2020-2021 competition schedule underway this past week, splitting its first contests against the spectrum of competition in the Northeast Iowa Conference. The Lady Indians got their season underway with a 60-27 victory at home over a yet winless Crestwood team Tuesday, December 8 prior to giving Class 4A fourth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock a strong battle before surrendering a 49-40 final result at home Friday, December 11.

Wed
16
Dec

Kee girls basketball team sandwiches loss at rated Turkey Valley between memorable road wins during busy week

The Kee girls basketball team was one game shy of turning in an undefeated busy week of competition, but the games that did end up in the win column were certainly memorable. The Lady Hawks opened the past week with a 41-38 victory in overtime at West Central Monday, December 7 in a game postponed from November 24 before falling at Class 1A 13th-rated Turkey Valley Friday, December 11. The Kee girls bounced back from that lone loss of the week with a 55-37 win at Class 3A New Hampton Saturday, December 12, with that game featuring a new school record 43 points scored by Hawk junior Reagan Mudderman.

The Lady Hawks were also scheduled to host Postville Tuesday, December 8 but the Lady Pirates are under COVID-19 quarantine and did not make the trip, forcing postponement of that contest to a date yet to be decided.

Wed
16
Dec

Waukon boys basketball team’s split of road games includes buzzer-beater win at Sumner-Fredericksburg, loss at Class 3A top-10 Waverly-Shell Rock

The Waukon boys basketball team book-ended this past week with results on each end of the win-loss spectrum and by differing degrees, playing both games on the road. The bucket Tribe opened the week pulling out a 52-50 triumph in the final seconds at Sumner-Fredericksburg Monday, December 7 before traveling to Class 3A top-10 rated Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 11 and surrendering a 65-49 final result in Northeast Iowa Conference play.

The Indians were supposed to also play this past week at Crestwood Tuesday, December 8 but had that game postponed when the Cadets suspended program competition for a couple weeks due to COVID-19 exposure. That game was scheduled to be made up Monday, December 14.

Wed
16
Dec

Waukon wrestling team falls at Class 3A second-rated Waverly-Shell Rock, places ninth at South Winneshiek Invitational behind trio of placewinnings

The Waukon wrestling team had a full slate of competition in the latter half of this past week, competing in a dual meet Thursday, December 10 before a weekend tournament two days later. The mat Tribe first competed at Class 3A second-rated Waverly-Shell Rock in that Thursday dual, falling by a 69-10 final result. The Indians then had seven matmen take part in the South Winneshiek Invitational Saturday, December 12, with three of those wrestling Indians earning placewinnings at their respective weights to help the Indians finish ninth as a team.

Wed
09
Dec

Waukon wrestling team falls in three duals at Postville quadrangular, finishes in ninth-place tie at Chris Davis Tournament as Regan wins 120-pound crown


Back points on the way to a pin ... Waukon wrestling 220-pound sophomore Cullen Dickson works his Nashua-Plainfield opponent for back points in the Tribe’s season-opening quadrangular at Postville Tuesday, December 1. Dickson went undefeated on the night, recording two wins by fall, including pinning this opponent in 3:33. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon wrestling team opened its 2020-2021 season with a busy week of wrestling three dual meets and one tournament in its initial week of competition. The mat Tribe began that busy week with a road quadrangular at Postville Tuesday, December 2 in which the Indians lost to Nashua-Plainfield, 65-12, to Postville, 42-36, and to Oelwein, 43-42, on a criteria tie-breaker. The Indian matmen then wrestled at the Wapsie Valley Tournament Saturday, December 5, finishing tied for ninth place in the 13-team field behind the lead of sophomore Jakob Regan winning the 120-pound weight class at the event.

Wed
09
Dec

Kee boys basketball team opens season with 57-55 home triumph over Central Elkader on last-second buzzer beater


Game-high scoring leader ... Kee boys basketball senior Mat Gruber takes the ball strong to the basket in the Hawks’ 57-55 season-opening victory at home over Central Elkader Friday, December 4. Gruber scored a game-high 14 points and also grabbed four rebounds and recorded one each of steals and assists in the ballgame. 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 opened its 2020-2021 season in thrilling fashion, taking its first game of the season right down to the final seconds - literally - to pull off a 57-55 comeback victory over Central Elkader at home Friday, December 4. The Hawks and Warriors were locked in a back-and-forth battle throughout the contest until Central nearly doubled up its Kee hosts in third quarter scoring, but the Hawks rallied back to return that favor in the fourth quarter, overcoming a near double-digit deficit to come away with the two-point triumph on a tie-breaking lay-up by junior Tyson Cota as the final buzzer sounded.

Wed
09
Dec

Waukon girls basketball team fields six returning letterwinners as Ben Rausch takes the head coaching reins for ‘20-’21


2020-2021 Waukon girls basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Paige Hansmeier, Jayden Knox, Bailey Shafer, Maggie Criswell, Emily Bieber, Ella Hermeier; Back row: Grace Stegen, Emma Palmer, Margaret Wacker, Annika Headington, Brinley Jones, Brenna Berns, Mackenzie Kaeser.

2020-2021 Waukon girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Ella Hermeier, Bailey Shafer, Margaret Wacker, Annika Headington, Brinley Jones, Maggie Criswell.

The 2020-2021 Waukon girls basketball season will have a different look to it for a couple reasons, one coming from the much wider outside world and the other from within. The much more positive of the two is the internal change, as Waukon High School graduate and multi-year assistant basketball coach Ben Rausch has assumed the varsity head coaching role for the program following the retirement of Greg Criswell after his three-year stint at the top of the Lady Indian totem pole.

Rausch is a 2006 graduate of Waukon High School and brings an extensive basketball resumé to his new head coaching position. That basketball experience stems from playing the game at multiple levels, and coaching at multiple high school levels as well.

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