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Wed
13
Dec

Waukon girls and boys bowling teams both secure victories in home dual match with undermanned North Iowa squads


Completes the team score ... Waukon girls bowling senior Madison Hammel rolls a ball toward the pins in the Indians’ 1888-1427 home win over North Iowa Friday, December 8. Hammel bowled games of 107 and 95 for a 202 series that completed the Waukon team scoring in the match victory. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Scoring leader ... Waukon girls bowling junior Lauryn Howard focuses on her approach in the Indians’ 1888-1427 home win over North Iowa Friday, December 8. Howard bowled games of 203 and 127 for a team-best 330 series. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls and boys bowling teams both rolled their way to victory Friday, December 8 in hosting their counterparts from North Iowa that did not have enough players to formulate team scores, as each of the Bison squads had just four bowlers and the head-to-head competition in these duals counts five bowlers for each squad. The Lady Indians posted a win of 1888-1427 pins, while the Waukon boys did likewise by a final pin count of 2162-1395.

The bowling Lady Indians are next scheduled to travel to Waverly-Shell Rock this Friday, December 15 before the Waukon boys do likewise Tuesday, December 19 to wrap up the pre-holiday portion of their season schedules. They will return to the lanes after the start of the new year Friday, January 5 to take on North Fayette Valley at West Union.

Wed
13
Dec

Kee girls basketball team wins at home over Clayton Ridge, comes up just a bit shy in pair of close weekend games away from home

The Kee girls basketball team played through a busy week of three games this past week, starting with a strong win but having a weekend pair of contests get away to narrow losses. The Lady Hawks first handled Clayton Ridge by a 48-23 final result in a Tuesday, December 5 home Upper Iowa Conference contest before falling at undefeated North Fayette Valley, 46-38, Friday, December 8 and then to De Soto, WI, 52-47, in a rare Saturday, December 9 mid-day matinee played at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI.

The Lady Hawks will next host Postville Tuesday, December 12 before playing at South Winneshiek Friday, December 15. The Kee girls will then wrap up the pre-holiday portion of their schedule, traveling to West Central Tuesday, December 19 before hosting New Hampton Thursday, December 21.

The Hawks will then return to the court after the new year with a Tuesday, January 2 game at Waukon followed by a home match-up with Turkey Valley Friday, January 5.

Wed
13
Dec
Wed
13
Dec

Kee boys basketball team continues undefeated start with 81-31 home win over Clayton Ridge and 55-51 triumph in battle of unbeatens at North Fayette Valley

The Kee boys basketball team continued its undefeated start to this season with another pair of victories, each of those coming on opposite ends of the final margin spectrum but both helping the bucket Hawks remain atop the early-season Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) team standings. Kee opened the week with an 81-31 home drubbing of Clayton Ridge Tuesday, December 5 before taking on one of the UIC’s two other unbeaten squads in a road game at North Fayette Valley Friday, December 8, where those two 4-0 overall teams waged a war against one another that came down to the final seconds before the Hawks secured the 55-51 triumph to stay a game ahead of also-unbeaten South Winneshiek’s 3-0 UIC record thus far.

Wed
06
Dec

Waukon bowling teams open their home schedule with losses to Decorah, Lady Indians falling by a margin of just seven pins


Series totals over 320 pins lead the way ... Waukon girls bowling junior Mercedes Wilkins (photo above) and senior Hayden Holzwarth (photo below) launch rolls down the lane in the Lady Indians’ home loss to Decorah by just seven pins Friday, December 1. Wilkins bowled a 328 series consisting of games of 172 and 156 pins, with Holzwarth not far behind with her 323 series made up of games of 142 and 181 pins. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls and boys bowling teams hosted their first home dual match of the 2023-2024 season, welcoming Decorah to its refurbished home at Grumpy’s Lanes in Waukon Friday, December 1. The bowling Indians ended up being gracious hosts to the visiting Vikings, allowing Decorah to take home a pair of victories as the boys fell by a 2655-2377 final result and the Lady Indians had an early head-to-head competition lead snatched away in the Baker round of competition for a loss by just seven pins, 2230-2223.

The bowling Indians are next scheduled to host North Iowa this Friday, December 8. They will then travel to Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, December 15 to wrap up the pre-holiday portion of their season schedule.

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Wed
06
Dec

Kee boys basketball team opens season with three-game sweep that includes wins over Central Elkader, De Soto and MFL/MarMac

The Kee boys basketball team got its 2023-2024 campaign off to a busy start, playing three games in a span of four days this past week and putting all three of those game in the win column at differing degrees of difficulty. The Hawks opened the season with a 64-25 home romp over Central Elkader Tuesday, November 28 before bringing home a 56-48 win from De Soto, WI Thursday, November 30. Kee wrapped up the week holding on for a 59-57 triumph at the home of last season’s undefeated Upper Iowa Conference champion, MFL/MarMac, in thrilling fashion Friday, December 1.

The Hawks were next scheduled to host Clayton Ridge Tuesday, December 5 before playing at North Fayette Valley Friday, December 8. They will then host Postville Tuesday, December 12 before playing back-to-back dates to end next week, playing at South Winneshiek Friday, December 15 and then taking on Alburnett at of the UIU Shootout hosted by Upper Iowa University in Fayette Saturday, December 16.

Wed
06
Dec

Waukon boys basketball team returns six letterwinners for 2023-2024


2023-2024 Waukon boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Frankie Ghegan, Hayden Dahlstrom, Brody Gress, Lawrence Fenton, Jack O’Neill, Colton O’Neill, Dylan Stegen, Dalton Frick; Back row: Cashton Lloyd, Jacob Courtney, Shawn Martin, Carson Hager, Mason Wasson, McKinley Rostvold, Kole McCormick, Jaxon Brinkman, Graine Curtin, Ethan Kelly, Zach Perkins, Ethan Palmer. Not pictured: Dalton Ellickson.

For its 2023-2024 campaign, the Waukon boys basketball team will look to benefit from the return of six players with varsity letterwinning experience from a season ago. Those half dozen veterans are coming back from a squad that posted a 3-18 season record last winter and graduated just a pair of seniors from its roster.

Those six returning letterwinners will be headlined by four seniors, including Jacob Courtney, Kole McCormick, Jack O’Neill and Mason Wasson. Junior Jaxon Brinkman and sophomore Colton O’Neill help complete that list of experienced veterans who will set the pace for this season’s squad that has 23 young men currently in consideration in this season’s early-going.

Wed
06
Dec

Waukon girls wrestling team falls in opening dual match, 39-34, to Crestwood, competes at large Dan Gable Donnybrook Tournament


Setting her up for the fall ... Waukon girls wrestling senior 105-pounder Mia Kurth works over her Crestwood opponent in the Indians’ 39-34 home dual meet loss to the Cadets Tuesday, November 28. Kurth won the match by fall in a time of 5:04. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls wrestling team pulled double duty this past week, wrestling in both a dual event and a weekend tournament against some considerable competition. The Lady Indians opened their dual meet schedule with a 39-34 loss at home to Crestwood Tuesday, November 28 before competing in the large, two-day Dan Gable Donnybrook Tournament held in Coralville Thursday and Friday, November 30 and December 1. The mat Tribe finished 23rd in the tournament’s 43-team scoring field made up of squads from all over the Midwest, with seniors Mia Kurth and Kloe Hemmersbach each wrestling to a team-best fifth-place individual finish at 105 and 190 pounds, respectively.

Wed
29
Nov

Waukon boys wrestling team returns 14 varsity letterwinners for 2023-2024 to lead one of largest teams in recent memory


2023-2024 Waukon boys wrestling team ... Left to right - Front row: Ethan Whalen, Jacob Baxter, Landon Burington, Michael Cushing, Mason McKee, Owen Regan, Adam Wheeler, McKyan Egan, Tyrone McCarthy, Luca Althoff, manager Braden Hilleshiem, Trevor Block; Middle row: Justin Murphy, Lucas Byrnes, Max Jones, Jayden Mara, Tristyn Crawford, Gabe McCormick, Drake Hankes, Draemon Berger, Jacob Grangaard, Ryan Mathis, Aaron Burke, Rylan Mulholland, Garner Lange, Christopher Kidd, Trent Murphy; Back row: Kaedyn Anderson, Bralin Regan, Holten Palmer, Kale Berinobis, Jared Snitker, Ethan Gibbs, Jaxon Regan, Dalton Howe, Cayden Kruger, Ryley Burington, Memphis MIller, John Marti, manager Keagan Palmer, Tryston Johnson. Not pictured: Isaac Ericson, Garrison Byrnes, Ryland Egan, Owen Grimstad, Trent Schullo.

The Waukon boys wrestling team will field one of its largest squads in recent years, as 44 young men have reported for early-season work-outs as the 2023-2024 season gets underway. Within that larger squad lies another considerable number of returning matmen who bring back enough varsity letterwinning experience to nearly fill an entire line-up, as 14 varsity veterans come back from last winter to provide leadership for a mix of wrestling experience and skill levels making up this season’s squad.

“We have 44 boys out this season,” Waukon wrestling head coach Mason Berns said. “An excellent number with many fun dynamics. It’s exciting to see young men discover the positives wrestling has to offer to a growing young person. I have wrestlers that this is their first-ever season and wrestlers that have wrestled since they were able to crawl. Watching them take care of each other, simply put, is awesome.”

Wed
29
Nov

Kee boys basketball team returns nearly all of its players from last season’s seven-win campaign and is looking for more in 2023-2024


2023-2024 Kee boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Brayden Waters, Carter Verthein, Trey Cota, Alex Stankovich, Brody Feyen; Middle row: Parker Leppert, Isaiah Wagner, Jarod Reams, Tanner Troendle, Andrew Kolsrud; Back row: Karsen Strong, Kaleb Drape, Jordan Cota, Brayden Darling, Dalton Mudderman, Sam Janzen, Justin Wagner. Photo by Danielle Potter.

2023-2024 Kee boys basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Karsen Strong, Kaleb Drape, Jordan Cota, Brayden Darling, Dalton Mudderman, Andrew Kolsrud, Jarod Reams. Photo by Danielle Potter.

The Kee boys basketball team will be benefiting from the return of nearly every one of its players from a squad last winter that played to a 7-15 season record and had just one senior on its roster. That large returning squad includes seven varsity letterwinners from last season that include a senior class of just two players this season.

That senior pair includes Kaleb Drape and Andrew Kolsrud, and those two most veteran upperclassmen are joined by five juniors, three of whom broke on to the varsity scene two seasons ago already as freshmen. Jordan Cota, Brayden Darling, Dalton Mudderman, Jarod Reams and Karsen Strong round out this season’s list of returning varsity veterans.

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