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01
Sep

Waukon football team opens season with 45-6 home loss to Waverly-Shell Rock


Braden with the block ... Waukon football senior Braden Hemann goes airborne to block this Waverly-Shell Rock punt just prior to halftime of the Indians’ 45-6 loss at home to the Go-Hawks Saturday, August 28. In addition to the blocked punt, Hemann also wrapped up one each of solo and assisted tackles and caught three passes for 43 yards in the ballgame. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

by Perry Hesse

The Waukon football team suffered a disappointing season opener Saturday afternoon, August 28 losing 45-6 to Class 4A Waverly Shell-Rock (WSR). The game was postponed from the previous evening due to thunderstorms in the area and the football field soaked with over four inches of rain in the previous 48 hours. The weather also caused the cancellation of the freshman game Friday night.

The game was a mirror image to last season when Waukon trounced the Go-Hawks, 45-10, using a veteran team to roll over a team with several sophomores in the starting line-up. However, now that the Indians lost a good amount of starters from last year’s State Championship team, the Go-Hawks now had a clear advantage with 18 returning starters.

Wed
25
Aug

Transition of Athletic Training coverage for Waukon football through VMH begins this Friday: Brad Krambeer passes torch on after three decades of dedication


VMH Athletic Training transition for Waukon football ... This Friday night, August 27, will mark a transition in the Athletic Training services provided by Veterans Memorial Hospital at Waukon football games, as Brad Krambeer, ATC (left in above photo) will pass the torch of providing Athletic Training services for the football Indians to Austin Troendle, ATC, DPT (right in above photo). Both Krambeer and Troendle are Waukon High School graduates and former Indian football players themselves. Krambeer has attended the practices and games for the Waukon Indian football team for the past 29 years and will now provide even more care to the Kee High School football team while continuing his Athletic Training services for both Waukon and Kee student-athletes. These services are not just limited to the Waukon and Kee football teams, as both of these athletic trainers from the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department are available to assess and treat any sports injury from all area schools.

Final official game a memorable one ... Long-time Waukon football athletic trainer Brad Krambeer walks off the field of the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls carrying the State Championship trophy the Indians were awarded after their 28-14 triumph over Central Lyon/George-Little Rock November 20 of last year in the Class 2A State Championship game. That game marked the final official game that Krambeer served as the football Indians’ athletic trainer after 29 years of providing such a service to the Waukon football program through the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department, although he said he will still likely end up on the football sidelines when he is able while he continues his athletic training service to all area student-athletes. Making Krambeer’s final official game as the football Indians’ athletic trainer even more special is the fact that he got to share it with his son, Konnor, who helped the football Tribe win its second Class 2A State Championship as a senior starting defensive back on the team.

Brad Krambeer, ATC (Certified Athletic Trainer) of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon has been providing the athletic training coverage for the Waukon Indian football team for nearly 30 years. This season, he is turning over the team’s care to his co-worker, Austin Troendle, ATC and DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy).

Krambeer was Troendle’s athletic trainer when he was playing for the Indians in high school, before continuing his football career at Coe College. Now, the two of them work closely together in the Rehabilitation Department of the hospital, sharing insight and coordinating care for many young athletes throughout the area.

“It was a tough decision to leave the Indian sidelines, but with my son now playing college football (at Coe) and my daughter in all her sports, I need to be more free to watch them grow up,” states Krambeer. “The team will be in great hands with Austin. He is very knowledgeable and dedicated, and will do a super job.”

Wed
25
Aug

Waukon football team looks to defend its Class 2A State Championship for second time in four seasons with small returning veteran group


2021 Waukon football team ... Left to right - Front row: Jack O’Neill, Kole McCormick, Lucas Byrnes, Brody Gress, Jacob Courtney, Brody Berns, Dylan Hogan, Isaac Ericson, Dylan Flack, Kael Crawford, manager Cody Huinker; Second row: Cade Kelly, Cullen Dickson, Pat Hennessy, Lincoln Snitker, Nick Goltz, Evan O’Neill, Brock Sommer, Vicente Quiroz, Noah Hatlan, Brayden Lier, Sean Bieber, Jakob Regan, Ayden Blake, Cael Rethwisch, Tyler Jones; Back row: Caleb Block, Milan Byrnes, Braxton Stewart, Isaac Roe, Elliot Kooiker, Braden Hemann, Isaac Cooper, Drew Stock, Logan Lubahn, Nash Pearson, Carson Lonning, Ethan Hooten, Mason Kelly, Nathan Koch. Not pictured: Owen Malone, Jordan Sletten, Tucker Jackson.

For the second time in program history - and in just the past four years - the Waukon football team will return to the field as the defending Class 2A State Champions, the grid Tribe having played to supremacy over all of Class 2A last fall. Also for the second time, however, defense of that crown will be left to a small handful of experienced veterans and a larger group of those waiting in the wings to carry on the football Indians’ recent trend of State Play-Off success.

Wed
25
Aug

Kee football team returns a dozen letterwinners to the field for 2021


2021 Kee football returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Hunter Peterson, Carter Goetzinger, Landon Reams; Middle row: Damon Weber, Tyson Cota, Buddy Hill, Tom Troendle; Back row: Kai Timmerman, Dalton Dibert, Alex Goetzinger, Jaylen Drape, Jacob Rolfs. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2021 Kee football team will benefit from half of this season’s squad returning as varsity letterwinners, many of them earning that distinction for multiple seasons. A total of 12 experienced veterans will return from last fall’s 5-4 squad that posted the program’s first winning record in six seasons and its first State Play-Off victory since Kee joined the ranks of Eight-Player football, all of that success happening despite the season taking place in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A majority of this season’s 12 returning veterans come from a senior class that has been the foundation of success for the Kee boys athletic program over the past couple years, including the Hawks’ most recent accolades of a Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up finish in baseball just over one month ago.

Wed
18
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to best season in a decade during 15-16 campaign that includes deepest venture into postseason play since 2011 State Tournament

Despite ultimately fielding one of its youngest teams in recent memory, the Waukon baseball team put together one of its best overall seasons in the past decade during its 2021 campaign. At times, with as many as three each of sophomores and freshmen in its line-up, the diamond Tribe’s 15-16 season record included the program’s most wins in a season and the Indians’ first postseason venture into a district tournament championship game since the 2011 Waukon baseball team played its way to the Class 3A State Tournament.

Wed
18
Aug

Waukon Middle School Football Camp for those entering seventh, eighth grades is August 22-24

The Waukon High School and Middle School football coaching staffs are planning to host the 2021 Waukon Indian Middle School Football Camp August 22-24. The camp, run by the Waukon football coaching staffs with help from current and former high school players, is a non-contact camp aimed at teaching the fundamentals of offensive and defensive play for the Waukon football program.

Participants should plan to attend camp in shorts and a t-shirt, and should bring football cleats. Camp will take place at the middle school practice football field west of the Waukon High School parking lot.

The middle school camp for students entering seventh and eighth grades this fall will be held Sunday-Tuesday, August 22-24. The camp will be held from 5-7 p.m. both Sunday and Monday evenings, and then from 3:35-5:35 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Wed
18
Aug

Kee baseball team’s Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up finish highlights 35-10 campaign for 2021, fuels fire for next season’s large returning class

The 2021 Kee baseball campaign proved to be the best season recorded by a Hawk diamond squad in the past decade, as this year’s Kee diamond dwellers not only played to the program’s first State Tournament appearance since the 2011 season but also played to the same season grand finale result as those Hawks from 10 years ago - a Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up finish, also posting the most wins in a single season since 2011 with this summer’s 35-10 overall record. Although Kee head baseball coach Jim Mauss acknowledges this year’s season result is a great accomplishment, he also sees it as something that should be the norm, rather than the exception.

Wed
11
Aug

Waukon softball team’s 12-19 season marks the second-most wins in a season in the past nine years, sets variety of records along the way

The Waukon softball team played to a 12-19 overall season record during its 2021 campaign, those 12 wins representing the second-most wins the diamond Tribe has recorded in a season in the past nine summers, second only to a 14-19 effort two seasons ago. The Lady Indians recorded their first wins since that 2019 season, including their first Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) victories in two seasons, as the Tribe diamond dwellers played to a 3-15 result in NEIC competition to finish seventh in this season’s final league standings.

Wed
11
Aug

Register now for Waukon Park & Rec youth football and volleyball programs

Waukon Park & Recreation will be offering youth programs in football and volleyball again this fall. Those programs include Nerf Flag Football for first and second graders this fall, Flag Football for third and fourth graders, volleyball for third and fourth graders, and traveling volleyball for fifth and sixth graders.

Deadline to register all of these programs is Friday, August 27. Those interested may pick up a registration form at the Waukon Wellness Center, register online, or look at the City of Waukon website under the Park and Rec link or at the Waukon Park & Rec Facebook page for registration forms or additional registration information.

Those with further questions should contact Kim Kraus at waukonparkrec@gmail.com or text/call 563-568-7131.
 

Wed
11
Aug

Sign up now for Waukon Park & Rec Adult Kickball League

Those who want to be active during the fall months should think about signing an adult kickball team up today. The league is open to high school sophomores (16 years of age) through adults. Games will be played Monday nights (possibly some Tuesdays/Wednesdays, if needed) at the Waukon Softball Complex by the Allamakee County Fairgrounds.

The league will start either Monday, August 23 or August 30. Anyone who would like to sign a team up or who needs any questions answered should contact Kim Kraus at waukonparkrec@gmail.com or text/call 563-568-7131. Teams must be signed up by Wednesday, August 18.
 

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