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Wed
04
Dec

Waukon girls basketball team opens 2019-2020 season with 53-27 win at Spring Grove, MN, handles Class 2A seventh-rated MFL/MarMac, 61-55, as part of Rivalry Saturday basketball showcase played at Coe College

The Waukon girls basketball team got its 2019-2020 campaign off to an undefeated start this past week, riding strong second halves in each of two contests away from home. The Lady Indians opened the season pulling away to a 53-27 win at Spring Grove, MN Tuesday, November 26 before battling Class 2A seventh-rated MFL/MarMac in a back-and-forth battle that saw the Indians surge away late for a 61-55 triumph in a Rivalry Saturday match-up played at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Saturday, November 30.

The Lady Indians were next scheduled to begin their home schedule hosting New Hampton Friday, December 6 before playing Hudson Saturday, December 7 at Upper Iowa University in Fayette. The Waukon girls will then play back-to-back non-conference contests, traveling to Clayton Ridge Monday, December 9 and hosting Caledonia, MN Tuesday, December 10, before traveling to Oelwein Friday, December 13.

Wed
04
Dec

Waukon boys basketball team returns seven letterwinners for 2019-2020 campaign delayed by extension of State Runner-Up football season


2019-2020 Waukon boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Alyx Ede, Logan Houg, Ibrahim Dabo, Avery Rocksvold, Sean Cooper, Jason Troester; Middle row: Aidan Jones, Brennan Sweeney, Daniel Gruman, Ethan O’Neill, Carter Benzing, Kannon Boeckenheuer; Back row: Carson Wille, Reed Kelly, Braden Hemann, Zach Davison, Creed Welch, Asher Fahey.

The 2019-2020 Waukon boys basketball team will return a great deal of experience from last season’s squad that played to a 5-15 season record last winter, as nearly half of this year’s squad of 18 players return as varsity letterwinners. An even greater number of those - all but six - return from a recently completed football season that played to every team’s ultimate destination, the Class 2A State Championship game, which has actually delayed the start of this basketball season for the Indians.

This season’s seven letterwinners include four seniors in Alyx Ede, Asher Fahey, Logan Houg and Reed Kelly, the junior pair of Ethan O’Neill and Creed Welch, and sophomore Braden Hemann. “These guys bring a lot of experience from last season and they have all experienced success in other sports,”

Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann said. “We expect these guys to bring some high expectations to our team and lead the way.”

Wed
04
Dec

Kee boys basketball team returns pair of letterwinners as Pat Wagner returns to the Hawk head coaching helm


2019-2020 Kee boys basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Dalton Dibert and Cade Rasque. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

2019-2020 Kee boys basketball ... Left to right - Front row: Chance Colsch, Tyson Cota, Dalton Dibert, Brayden Mathis, Jaylen Drape, Landon Reams; Back row: Damon Weber, Kai Timmerman, Chris Wagner, Mat Gruber, Jonah Reinke, Cade Rasque, Pete Boland, Deepanshu Dabas. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys basketball team will see an abundance of new faces during its 2019-2020 campaign, as just two letterwinners return from a team that played to a 5-15 season record last winter. Also new, but yet still familiar, will be the face at the top of the coaching totem pole as Pat Wagner returns to the program’s head coaching role, a position he held for several years prior to the 2015-2016 season.

“After four seasons away, I am back coaching varsity boys basketball at Kee High,” Coach Wagner said. “I was the head coach here from 2010 to 2015. For six seasons prior to that, I was Gene Schultz’s assistant here at Kee. I have also coached high school basketball at South Winneshiek, West Point Marquette and Clear Lake.”

Wed
27
Nov

Waukon football team limited by turnovers and penalties as outstanding season ends up short of a perfect result with 37-12 loss to OABCIG in State Championship game


Raw emotion from a runner-up result ... The faces of the members of the Waukon football team tell the tale as they display the banner and trophy they were awarded for playing to a State Runner-Up finish in the Class 2A State Championship game at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls Friday, November 22. In a match-up of undefeated teams, the top-seeded Indians were dealt a 37-12 defeat in that title tilt by the fourth-seeded but high-powered OABCIG Falcons, who won the first-ever State Championship in the history of their football program. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Grid Tribe battles through misfortunes, but high-flying Falcons piece together first-ever State title

Some would say it’s beginner’s luck, as the OABCIG Falcons won the Class 2A State Championship in their first-ever appearance in that season climactic event played Friday, November 22 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

Some would say it’s a one-man show, as that OABCIG squad was led by the arm and legs of junior quarterback Cooper Dejean, who accounted for 420 of the Falcons’ 455 yards of total offense in the game.

But Waukon football coach Chad Beermann says his team’s 37-12 loss in his third State Championship game appearance at the helm of the Indian grid program was simply an unfortunate bump in the road against a worthy opponent during an otherwise stellar season and successful recent era of Waukon football.

Wed
27
Nov

Waukon bowling teams field good selection of veteran returnees among largest team numbers so far


2019-2020 Waukon girls bowling team ... Left to right - Front row: Violet Holthaus, Abby Wiemerslage, Taylor Peterson, Cloee Hammel, Layke Byrnes; Back row: Madi Palmer, Jenn Kloke, Taylor Howard, Kyah O’Neill. Not pictured: Hally Holzwarth. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

2019-2020 Waukon boys bowling team ... Left to right - Front row: Ryan VanderVelden, Dakotah Flack, Nathan Liddiard, Matt Rozzell, Noah Schellsmidt, Josh Keenan; Middle row: Nate Keenan, Jonny Jorden, Tyler Jones, Addison Reinke, Logan Kucera, Ethyn King-Marshall, Cody Huinker, Lucas Walby; Back row: Teddy Holthaus, Drew Richards, Logan Lubahn, Logan Van Ruler, Gavin Ouverson, Chase Boydsten, Joe Kubitz. Not pictured: Clayton Wacker. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

The Waukon girls and boys bowling teams have taken to the alleys in preparation for their 2019-2020 seasons, both of them coming off their best campaigns in their three seasons of existence and also continuing to grow with their largest groups of bowlers yet. The Waukon boys team currently has 22 young men reporting for early season practice, while the girls team currently fields 10 competitors.

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Wed
27
Nov

Kee girls basketball team begins new era with return of former coach Ben Wagner


2019-2020 Kee girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Kristina Dibert, Ashlyn Seitz, Maggie Weymiller; Back row: Haley Meyer, Jada Mitchell, Makayla Peters, Laura Colsch, Reagan Mudderman. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

2019-2020 Kee girls basketball ... Left to right - Front row: Alaina Bakewell, Jaylyn Walleser, Kristina Dibert, Ashlyn Seitz, Maggie Weymiller, Neva Peterson; Back row: Alison Wagner, Haley Meyer, Jada Mitchell, Makayla Peters, Laura Colsch, Reagan Mudderman. Not pictured: Jaiden Berns. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2019-2020 Kee girls basketball team will include a mixture of new faces and familiarity, as eight young ladies who put in some varsity time last season return but less than half of those returnees bring back any significant contributions to the Lady Hawks’ 14-6 season record last winter. That same kind of mix will also be found in the coaching ranks for the Kee girls program this season, as former Lady Hawk head coach Ben Wagner returns to that helm this season.

Coach Wagner had previously coached the Kee girls program from 1999-2009 before becoming an assistant coach for the Kee boys program from 2010 through completion of the most recently completed season. Furthering his familiarity with the local hardcourt is the fact that Coach Wagner also played his high school basketball in Lansing, including two years at St. George High School and two at Kee.

Wed
27
Nov

Waukon girls basketball team returns one starter in six letterwinners from last year’s “final four” State Tournament team for 2019-2020 campaign


2019-2020 Waukon girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Annika Headington, Margaret Wacker, Hailey Regan, Faith Palmer, Alison Sherman, Regan Griffith.

2019-2020 Waukon girls basketball team... Left to right - Front row: Bailey Shafer, Ella Hermeier, Annika Headington, Regan Griffith, Brinley Jones; Back row: Emma Palmer, Alison Sherman, Margaret Wacker, Hailey Regan, Betsy Anderson, Faith Palmer, Maggie Criswell.

The Waukon girls basketball team will be looking to rebuild a bit this season after the graduation loss of a large group of eight seniors who helped guide the Indians to a “final four” finish among Class 3A teams with the bucket Tribe’s first State Tournament qualification in nine seasons. However, that rebuilding will still have a fairly solid foundation upon which to begin reconstruction, as six letterwinners return from last season’s 19-4 campaign.

Among those returning veterans will be three each of seniors and juniors, including First Team All-Conference and Class 3A All-Tournament Team selection Annika Headington, who paced last season’s squad with her 11.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game averages. Joining Headington within those returning veteran ranks are the senior trio of Alison Sherman, Faith Palmer and Hailey Regan, with fellow juniors Regan Griffith and Margaret Wacker rounding out that returning letterwinning mix.

Wed
20
Nov

Sixth Annual Turkey Trot to benefit new tennis courts November 28

The Waukon Wellness Center will be holding its Sixth Annual “Turkey Trot” 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 8:30 a.m., beginning and ending at the Waukon Wellness Center. The Center is located directly across from Waukon High School at 1220 Third Avenue NW in Waukon.

All runners and walkers are welcome to join in this traditional pre-feast workout. The event is being held this year to help fund the new community tennis court project newly constructed across the street from the Wellness Center directly adjacent to the Waukon High School parking lot.

Wed
20
Nov

Waukon football will play for chance at second State Championship in three seasons against OABCIG this Friday

The top-rated and top-seeded Waukon football team has played its way to the Class 2A State Championship game for the third time in the last seven years and the second time in the last three seasons, facing a fourth-seeded OABCIG (Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove) team that will be making its first-ever State Championship appearance in the history of any of the football programs that make up that consolidated program. The Indians come off a 32-14 semifinals win over 11th-seeded Williamsburg and OABCIG defeated third-seeded Algona, 41-32, in a battle of two other undefeated teams. Their championship game will be played this Friday, November 22 at 1 p.m. in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Wed
20
Nov

ON TO THE FINALS!!! Waukon football team advances to Class 2A State Championship game for second time in three years with 32-14 semifinals handling of Williamsburg


Cheering ‘em on while they’re moving on! ... Fans of the Waukon football team give their Indians a standing ovation as they celebrate their 32-14 victory over Williamsburg in the Class 2A State Semifinals Saturday, November 16. The grid Tribe will now play for a chance at it second State Championship in the past three years, taking on another undefeated team, OABCIG, this Friday afternoon, November 22 at 1 p.m. in the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Indian gridders will try to spell out a second State Championship against OABCIG this Friday

The actors were mainly different and the stage was a bit earlier, but the end result was the same - a standing ovation by the Waukon crowd in attendance as their football Indians posted another play-off victory over Williamsburg, 32-14, in their Class 2A State Semifinals game Saturday, November 16 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

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