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Mar

Waukon alums coach Estherville-Lincoln Central to Class 3A Girls Basketball State Tournament crown


State Championship bookends ... A pair of Waukon High School graduates bookend the Estherville-Lincoln Central (ELC) bench of players in the photo above during the Class 3A State Championship game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines in early March. ELC head coach Don Martindale (standing at far right) and assistant coach Annie (Stelow) Kalous (seated at far left) coached the Midgets to the Class 3A State Championship this season, marking Martindale’s first-ever State Championship in his basketball coaching career that spans over four decades. Photo by David Swartz, Estherville News.

Winners from Waukon ... Waukon High School 1973 graduate Don Martindale (standing in photo center) and 1986 graduate Annie (Stelow) Kalous (standing at right) get ready to send their team out on the court during the recently completed 2021-2022 Estherville-Lincoln Central (ELC) girls basketball season. The two former Indians joined forces on the Midget staff to guide them to this year’s Class 3A Iowa Girls Basketball State Championship, Martindale winning his first State Championship as a head basketball coach. Photo courtesy of Estherville News.

“Gettin’ down” after winning the crown ... Waukon High School 1986 graduate Annie (Stelow) Kalous dances in front of Estherville-Lincoln Central players celebrating their Class 3A State Championship at this year’s Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines in early March. Kalous has been serving as an assistant coach for the Midgets under head coach Don Martindale, a 1973 Waukon High School graduate who won the first-ever State Championship of his basketball coaching career that spans over four decades. Photo by David Swartz, Estherville News.

Don Martindale wins first-ever State Championship as head coach, assisted by Annie (Stelow) Kalous

by Perry Hesse

Estherville-Lincoln Central (ELC) head girls basketball coach Don Martindale triumphantly put his right fist in the air as junior forward Brei Christoffer hugged the ball tightly while time ran out awarding Martindale and his Class 3A Midgets the State Championship title at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines March 12. For Martindale, it highlighted an already highly successful coaching career that has spanned over 40 years with his love for the game beginning as a prep in Waukon. ELC defeated Ballard, 44-30, as the Bombers attempted to repeat as State Champions after winning the Class 4A title last year.

Wed
30
Mar

Annabelle Dibert takes over the lead in The Standard’s 2022 Bracket Challenge

The 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is headed toward its final week of competition, meaning a new champion will be crowned in the tournament and in The Standard’s Bracket Challenge within the next week. Following this past weekend’s trimming of the tournament field to its final four teams, the top 22 Challenge entries currently stand as follows:

Annabelle Dibert    85
Kristi Campbell    80
John Reinke    79
Chase Adam    79
Morgan Weymiller    77
Keira McCormick    75
Caity Schultz    74
Charlene Baxter    73
Pat Stilwell    71
Jerry Brinkman    71
Stan Johnson    71
Scott Dougherty    70
Grady Goetzinger    69
Mitchell Schultz    68
Tate Ellingson    67
Kent Schultz    67
Kaley Benzing    66
Diane Piittmann    66
Caylie Adam    65
Gina Curtin    65
Tucker Jackson    65
Mark Welsh    65

Wed
30
Mar

Waukon boys track team wins three events to open team season at NEIC Indoor

The Waukon boys track team got its 2022 season underway as a full team, competing in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) Indoor Meet hosted by Luther College in Decorah Tuesday, March 22. No team scores were kept in the meet, but the Indians made their presence felt with finishes within the top two placewinnings of six different events, including three event wins.

Senior Braxton Stewart recorded two of those three gold medal performances, winning the high jump with a leap of 6’2” and topping the 400 meter dash field with a clocking of 53.75 seconds. The track Tribe’s other event victory came in the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:47.17 recorded by the crew of senior Logan Delaney and juniors Josh Keenan, Nate Keenan and Nathan O’Neill.

Wed
23
Mar

Largest Waukon boys track team in recent history has trio of State Meet competitors, pair of medalists in nine returning letterwinners


Waukon boys track returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Nathan O’Neill, Brody Berns, Jack O’Neill, Noah Hatlan; Back row: Lincoln Snitker, Logan Delaney, Ashton Wohlfeil, Braxton Stewart. Not pictured: Nash Pearson.

Waukon boys track juniors and seniors ... Left to right - Front row: Cael Rethwisch, Ayden Blake, Brock Bockman, Ethyn King-Marshall; Second row: Ethan Hooten, Cullen Dickson, Nate Keenan, Josh Keenan, Riley Palmer, Evan O’Neill, Nathan O’Neill, Carson Lonning, Sean Bieber, Isaac Cooper; Third row: Tyler Jones, Mason Kelly, Logan Lubahn, Noah Hatlan, Jakob Regan, Tanner Marting, Corbyn Palmer, Cade Kelly, Isaac Roe; Back row: Lincoln Snitker, Elliott Kooiker, Braden Hemann, Logan Delaney, Ashton Wohlfeil, Braxton Stewart, Hunter O’Neill. Not pictured: Milan Byrnes, Kaelin Crawford, Tucker Jackson, Nash Pearson, James VanderVelden.

Waukon boys track freshmen and sophomores ... Left to right - Front row: Ethan Gibbs, Isaac Reisinger, Ryland Egan, Ethan Baker, Pryson Rasmussen, Matthew Miller, Hayden Dahlstrom, John Blake, Holten Palmer, Max Jones; Second row: Caleb Helgerson, Damon Berger, Preston Dietrich, Judah Johnson, Garrison Byrnes, Carson Hager, Graine Curtin, Kaden Sullivan, McKinley Rostvold; Third row: Connor Cahoon, Jacob Courtney, Kaedyn Anderson, Isaac Ericson, Skyler Dugan, Ethan Kelly; Back row: Brody Gress, Dylan Flack, Kole McCormick, Shawn Martin, Mason Wasson, Lucas Byrnes, Brody Berns, Jack O’Neill. Not pictured: Jaxon Brinkman, Talon Hutchens and Brandon Teslow.

The 2022 Waukon boys track team will field one of its largest fields in recent memory, as 71 young men have reported for early-season duty this spring. That largest in recent memory number, however, will only be headlined by nine returning varsity letterwinners from last season, but within those returning veterans lies some considerable accomplishment at the highest level of Iowa high school track and field competition.

“That is the most I can remember being out in the last 25 years,” Waukon boys track coach Ted Snitker said of this season’s sizable group of competitors.

Wed
23
Mar

Smaller Waukon girls track squad will still field 18 returning letterwinners that include eight 2021 State Meet qualifiers


2022 Waukon girls track team ... Left to right - Front row: Cameron Johnson, Hailie Hanson, Mady Helgerson, Ashlin O’Neill, Mia Kurth, Shania Dundee, Emma Retallick, Mari Delaney; Second row: Bailey Sherman, Paige Hansmeier, Maggie Criswell, Breckan Stewart, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Madi Kurth, Ava Bossom, Katarina Kovarik, Jayden Knox; Back row: Mallory Berns, Reese McCormick, Kloe Hemmersbach, Olivia Bossom, Emma Palmer. Not pictured: Brenna Berns, Meridian Snitker, Berlin Troendle, Keeran Barr, Faith Cooper.

The 2022 Waukon girls track team has had 27 young ladies report for early-season duty and will certainly benefit from the fact that 18 of them return with varsity letterwinning experience from previous seasons. Even more beneficial than that is the fact that nearly half of those veteran returnees will bring back experience from last season’s State Meet that covers a wide array of events.

“We bring back eight girls who competed at the State Meet last year,” Waukon girls track coach Bob Wasson said. “I will look for them to use that experience to help motivate themselves and their teammates to work hard so that they can hopefully get to participate at State this year.”

Wed
23
Mar

Kee girls track team returns State Meet experience in its eight letterwinners for 2022 campaign, looks to benefit from contributions from underclassmen


2022 Kee girls track returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Kaylee Hawes, Jersey Mathison, Alison Wagner, Haley Meyer, Alaina Bakewell, Mallory Mohn, Riley Troendle. Not pictured: Jaylyn Walleser. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2022 Kee girls track team will benefit from the return of eight letterwinners, half of which bring back experience from every high school track and field athlete’s ultimate destination, the State Track Meet. Those eight veterans will make up a majority of this season’s squad of 13 total competitors for Coach Chad Winters.

Those returning veterans are headlined by a lone senior in Haley Meyer, who is one of the most decorated runners in Kee High School history as a four-time All-State cross country runner and Class 1A State Champion, as well as nearly doubling that State medal count in track and field. “Haley Meyer returns for her senior season as a seven-time State medalist, including two relay championships,” Coach Winters praised. “She is as decorated as they come and we are looking forward to a big senior season from her.”

Wed
23
Mar

Kee boys track team returns more than half its squad with letterwinning experience for 2022, including pair of State Meet field event qualifiers


2022 Kee boys track returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Carter Goetzinger, Tyson Cota, Brendan Croft, Kaleb Drape, Dalton Dibert, Tom Troendle, Jackson Schulte, Ben Franceschetti. Not pictured: Damon Weber, Cadan Evanson, Andrew Kolsrud. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2022 Kee boys basketball team is fielding a squad of 19 competitors this spring, more than half of which bring with them varsity letterwinning experience from previous seasons. A total of 11 of this season’s competitors return this spring having competed for the Hawks at the varsity level, some of them bringing back experience at every high school competitor’s ultimate level of the State Track Meet.

That experienced near-dozen is headlined by a trio of seniors in Tyson Cota, Dalton Dibert and Damon Weber, with Cota and Weber bringing back that ultimate level of experience as field event competitors at last spring’s State Track Meet. Dibert brings back his own level of championship success as the top high jumper at last spring’s Upper Iowa Conference Meet.

Wed
16
Mar

Allamakee County pair Academic All-State ...

A pair of senior boys basketball players from Allamakee County were among the 20 high school senior players to be honored for their efforts both on the basketball court and in the classroom by being named to the 2022 Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. Kee boys basketball senior Tyson Cota (at left in back row of photo at right) and Waukon boys basketball senior Braden Hemann (at right in front row of photo at right) were each chosen for the honor by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association selection panel out of 140 applicants from across the state of Iowa and were honored with their peers during halftime of one of the Class 4A State Tournament semifinal games Thursday, March 10 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Wed
16
Mar

Kee girls basketball team plays to 7-15 season record as one of greatest careers in program history comes to a close

The 2021-2022 Kee girls basketball team played to a 7-15 season record, posting its lowest win total in over 10 years when the Lady Hawks recorded a 7-14 season mark during the 2010-2011 campaign. This year’s 7-15 overall mark included a 5-11 result in Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) play that placed the Kee girls in a tie for fifth place in the final UIC standings with a South Winneshiek squad the Lady Hawks split two games with during the regular season.

Despite having just nine players on this season’s roster - only six of whom were not playing in their first year of high school basketball, the Kee girls had several of their losses this season come by just single digits to teams from larger schools and that finished ahead of them in the final UIC team standings.

Wed
16
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team overcomes early-season challenges to play to an 8-14 season record, the brink of something even greater

The 2021-2022 Waukon boys basketball season was much like putting a puzzle together, with each piece that was added making the team and its efforts more complete on the way to an 8-14 season record. A 0-5 start to the season eventually played to a 1-9 mark near its midpoint before ultimately finishing with a 7-5 result over the second half of this winter’s campaign.

Some of the early missing puzzle pieces for the basketball Tribe during that single-win first half of the season included a pair of its most experienced players who were nursing injuries from the extended football season this past fall and did not come back to the starting line-up until after the holiday break.

Included in that pair was a returning consistent contributor in a reserve role from last season in senior Lincoln Snitker, along with last season’s leading scorer and a four-year varsity starter in senior Braden Hemann.

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