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Wed
09
Dec

Waukon boys basketball team returns group of five letterwinners for 2020-2021


2020-2021 Waukon boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Jaden Hager, Lincoln Snitker, Ethan O’Neill, Brennan Sweeney, Sean Cooper, Nick Goltz, Hunter O’Neill. Back row: Vicente Quiroz, Braxton Stewart, Creed Welch, Aidan Jones, Andy Osmonson, Braden Hemann, Pat Hennessy. Not pictured: Kannon Boeckenheuer.

For the second consecutive season and the third time in the last four years, the Waukon boys basketball season will be getting a late start due to the success of Waukon’s football team during the previous fall season. While many would classify that situation under the old cliché of a “good problem to have,” compounding that “good problem to have” is the fact that many of this year’s basketball players factored heavily into this year’s Class 2A State Football Championship, including this winter’s five returning letterwinners from last season’s 13-9 Waukon boys basketball campaign.

“We’re getting another late start on this basketball season, but we are really excited about what our team can be,” shared Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann, who, himself, helped engineer the Indians to their second State Football Championship in the past four years as the grid Tribe’s offensive coordinator. “Hopefully, our guys can get a full season to show what they are capable of doing.”

Wed
02
Dec

Waukon bowling teams fall in season opener at home against Tripoli


High series ... Waukon girls bowling senior Madi Palmer rolls this effort down the lane in the Indians’ 2111-2388 season-opening home loss to Tripoli Tuesday, November 24. Palmer bowled games of 160 and 177 for a team-high series of 337 in the loss. 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.

Outscores ‘em all ... Waukon boys bowling sophomore Cody Huinker sends the ball down the lane in the Indians’ 2424-2623 season-opening home loss to Tripoli Tuesday, November 24. Huinker rolled meet-best totals of a 424 series that included a likewise 237 game combined with a 187 tally. 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 opened up their 2020-2021 season hosting Tripoli Tuesday, November 24. Both teams faced consistent visiting Panther squads that each had no bowlers finish below a 250-pin individual match series total that fueled a 2424-2623 loss for the Waukon boys and a 2111-2388 loss for the Indian girls.

The Indians were next scheduled to bowl at Decorah this Friday, December 4. The bowling Tribe will then travel to North Iowa Friday, December 11 before hosting Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 18 prior to the holiday break.

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Wed
02
Dec

Large junior class will headline abundance of returning experience for Kee boys basketball’s 2020-2021 campaign


2020-2021 Kee boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Cam Lind, Owen Schobert, Brayden Mathis, Andrew Kolsrud, Landon Reams; Middle row: Jacob Rolfs, Tom Troendle, Damon Weber, Chance Colsch, Jaylen Drape; Back row: Nick Buege, Dalton Dibert, Mat Gruber, Jonah Reinke, Chris Wagner. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2020-2021 Kee boys basketball team returns an abundance of experience this season, as all but two now graduated seniors return from a squad that played to a 9-13 season record last winter. With all that experience returning, about the only thing that might stand in the way to continued improvement in the program this season is the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted nearly everything else so far this year and has actually already thrown an early wrinkle into the Hawks’ early-season preparations.

“We had a good first week of practice,” Kee boys basketball coach Pat Wagner said. “Unfortunately, our district is going to shut down for a week (November 23-27) and we are not going to be able to work-out.  I hope this does not come back to bite us.”

Wed
02
Dec

Kee girls basketball team returns seven letterwinners for 2020-2021


2020-2021 Kee girls basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Neva Peterson, Maggy Weymiller, Reagan Mudderman, Jaylyn Walleser; Back row: Macy Manning, Jada Mitchell, Haley Meyer, Alison Wagner, Alaina Bakewell. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2020-2021 Kee basketball season has been looked forward to since the Lady Hawks ended their 2019-2020 campaign with a 15-8 season record last winter and seven letterwinners from that winning campaign were slated to return this winter season. Although what has transpired since the end of that season in the realm of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a number of aspects both prior to and heading into this season, that pandemic has made this winter’s campaign looked forward to even more but also offers its own set of challenges in order to make it happen.

Wed
02
Dec

Waukon wrestling team returns six letterwinners, welcomes competitors from Kee through cooperative agreement for 2020-2021 mat campaign


2020-2021 Waukon wrestling team ... Left to right - Front row: Olivia Marti, Meridian Snitker, Tristian Dundee, Bralin Regan, Skyler Dugan, Wyatt Gulla; Back row: Lucas Byrnes, Carter Goetzinger, Jakob Regan, Marcus Gibbs, Cullen Dickson, Justin Murphy, Alex Goetzinger, Kaedyn Anderson, Ryley Burington. Not pictured: Owen Frieden, Tanner Kiel, Owen Malone, Tristen Heckman, Jacob Homp, Drake Baures, Jada Bushaw.

The 2020-2021 Waukon wrestling season will be one filled with new experiences as the wrestling Indians get set to take on a bit more than just their fellow mat opponents during this winter campaign. In addition to the challenges posed by those standing directly across the mat from the Tribe grapplers, this year’s wrestlers will also be battling an opponent that can be all around them, on or off the mat, in the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing teams to also focus their preparations on overcoming that foe as well on a daily basis.

Guidance handed down by State of Iowa Public Health officials and the Iowa High School Athletic Association will impact everything from practices, meet and tournament competition, and even weigh-in procedures, among other facets. However, Waukon wrestling head coach Mason Berns and his charges know that all of these changes being made are in an effort to keep everyone healthy and to allow the season to be able to take place.

Wed
25
Nov

HOME SWEET DOME: HOW SWEET IT IS!!


Championship celebration ... The Waukon football team carries its State Championship banner and trophy toward its fans after posting a 28-14 triumph over Central Lyon/George-Little Rock in the Class 2A State Championship game Friday, November 20 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The title triumph is the second State Championship won by the Waukon Indian football program and wraps up the Tribe’s 2020 season with a 10-1 season record after the Indians pulled away from just a 16-14 halftime advantage. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Waukon football team wins second Class 2A State Championship in four years with 28-14 triumph over CL/G-LR

Although history was initially made for the Waukon football program with its first-ever State Championship three years ago, the 2020 Waukon football team was looking to write its own piece of history in its own way when it returned to the Class 2A State Championship game for the second year in a row, looking to record a different fate than its State Runner-Up finish from one year earlier.

Wed
25
Nov

Waukon bowling teams return variety of veteran experience for 2020 campaign from last season’s championship efforts

The 2020 Waukon bowling season was scheduled to get underway this week as originally planned, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s not to say there hasn’t been some impact from the virus, especially in preparation for the competition season scheduled to begin Tuesday, November 24 when the bowling Indians host Tripoli.

“I am doing it different this season,” Waukon bowling coach Jerry Keenan said of his teams’ early practice sessions this season that were held simultaneously in previous seasons. “Boys are practicing on one night, girls on another night, and then I bring them all together and we work on Baker (games) the next night.”

This year’s squads are about as balanced as they have ever been since the bowling program began, as this year’s boys and girls teams have nearly equal numbers of participants this season. A total of 14 boys and a program-best 15 girls have reported for duty so far in this early season.

Wed
18
Nov

Despite changes forced by COVID-19, Waukon High School cheerleaders continue to prove they are among Class 2A’s best


Waukon High School cheerleading competition squad honored with awards ... Members of the Waukon High School cheerleading squad display the trophies and banner they were awarded prior to the Waukon football team’s Class 2A State Semfinals game at the UNI-Dome Saturday, November 14 for their top-end finishes at the Iowa High School State Cheerleading Championships. Left to right - Front row: Hailey Howes, Allie Bieber,Hannah Iseli; Back row: Coach Amy Bieber, Peyton Verthein, Keira Miller, Shania Dundee, Ella Dehli, CiAnne Robinson, Remy Gulla, Gracia Goc-Ong, Coach Lexie Brink.

Competition cheer squad finishes as Class 2A Runner-Up at State Championships

The year 2020 has brought an abundance of change with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the high school cheerleading season has not been immune to that. But, even with the limitations and adjustments that have had to be made throughout this fall season, one thing that has not changed is the fact that the Waukon High School cheerleading squad continues to be one of the best among its peers.

Wed
18
Nov

Waukon volleyball team deals directly with impact of COVID-19 during 5-14 season

A 2020 campaign that started off so strong for the Waukon volleyball team with three straight match wins and four victories in the season’s first five matches eroded away to just a single win in the net Tribe’s final 14 matches, but carried even greater concern in the final two weeks of this fall’s 5-14 overall record. That concern went far beyond just volleyball and a win-loss record when a positive COVID-19 test from one of this season’s varsity players put the entire varsity team in quarantine for the final two weeks of the season, although all of those impacted came through that health scare with little more than just missed matches and school attendance.

Wed
11
Nov

HOME SWEET DOME!!!!


DOMEWARD BOUND!!!! ... Members of the Waukon football team celebrate what the scoreboard in the background confirms as the football Indians earned a 24-8 victory at home over Solon in the Class 2A State Quarterfinals Friday, November 6. That victory advanced the grid Tribe to its fourth consecutive appearance in the Class 2A State Semifinals in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, where the Indians will face PCM-Monroe this Saturday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to play in the Class 2A State Championship Game. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Waukon football team earns fourth consecutive State Semifinals berth with 24-8 win over Solon; PCM-Monroe up next

Defense was the name of the game as a pair of defending State Runner-Up teams were battling in a Friday, November 6 Class 2A State Quarterfinals match-up in defense of earning a return trip to the destination where every high school football team longs to be playing at the end of the season - the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

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