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Waukon baseball team starts season off hot with pair of wins, cools a bit with three final losses at home in busy initial week


Season’s first start yields 13 Ks ... Waukon baseball sophomore pitcher Noah Hatlan fires a pitch in the Indians’ 11-1 home win in six innings over Clayton Ridge/Central Elkader to open the season Monday, May 24. Hatlan was one batter shy of the complete-game victory, giving up just two hits, no free passes and one run while striking out 13 batters. He also drew three walks and scored two runs in the win. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon baseball team got its 2021 campaign off to a busy and initially promising start, equaling its entire win total from last season in just the first two games of this season with an 11-1 walk-off win at home in six innings Monday, May 24 over Clayton Ridge/Central Elkader followed by a 6-0 triumph at North Fayette Valley Tuesday, May 25. That hot start cooled off a bit over the latter half of the week, although still showing some promise with just a 3-2 loss to Class 1A sixth-rated South Winneshiek at home Wednesday, May 26 followed by a home doubleheader loss to Charles City Friday, May 28 that included a 14-4 loss in six innings followed by a 4-2 battle that also escaped the win column.

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Mother Nature is the only one to keep the Waukon softball girls from a win in initial week as they defeat Clayton Ridge, 14-4, and Kee, 6-2


Two hits, eight strike-outs ... Waukon softball freshman pitcher Cameron Johnson delivers a pitch in the Indians’ 6-2 home win over Kee Friday, May 28. Johnson allowed just two hits, struck out eight batters and also drove in a pair of runs at the plate in her complete-game victory. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon softball team got its 2021 season off to an undefeated start this past week, with Mother Nature the only one to post an upperhand over the softball Tribe in postponing a home doubleheader with Charles City from its Thursday, May 27 origination to a June 25 date. On either side of that postponement the Lady Indians posted a pair of non-conference wins, 14-4 in six innings at Clayton Ridge Tuesday, May 25 and 6-2 at home over Kee Friday, May 28.

The Indian diamond dwellers are next scheduled to hit the road this week, playing at New Hampton Tuesday, June 1, a doubleheader at Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, June 3, at South Winneshiek Friday, June 4 and in the North Fayette Valley Tournament Saturday, June 5. The softball Tribe will then travel to Oelwein Monday, June 7 before hosting Decorah for a doubleheader Wednesday, June 9 and then playing in the Riceville Tournament Saturday, June 12.

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Kee baseball team opens season with doubleheader loss at Decorah, wins Shooky Fink Tournament with pair of victories


Two-for-five with a run scored ... Kee baseball junior right fielder Chance Colsch smashes a pitch into the outfield in the first game of the Hawks’ season-opening doubleheader loss at Decorah Tuesday, May 25. Colsch swatted a pair of hits in five at-bats in that first game that included a double, scoring a run as well. Photo courtesy of Maggy Weymiller. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee baseball team book-ended its initial week of the 2021 season with results on each end of the win-loss spectrum, also having a Thursday, May 27 home doubleheader with MFL/MarMac postponed by rainy weather to a new June 11 date. On either side of that rescheduling, the Hawks got their season underway with a doubleheader loss at Decorah Tuesday, May 25 by scores of 8-4 and 11-1 in five innings before wrapping up the week with a pair of wins at home in their annual Shooky Fink Tournament Saturday, May 29, including a 6-0 victory over Northwood-Kensett followed by a 5-4 triumph over Davenport West.

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May

FINISHING WITH FLAIR!! Annika Headington crowned Class 2A Shot Put Champion to lead three-medal State Meet result for Waukon girls


CLASS 2A STATE SHOT PUT CHAMPION!! Waukon girls track senior Annika Headington blasts out a shot put effort on her way to the Class 2A State Championship in the event at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 20. In the pinnacle performance of her high school career, Headington topped this year’s Class 2A shot put elite at the State Meet with a heave of 42’6”, becoming the second State Champion in the event in the history of the Waukon girls track program. Headington further proved here elite throwing status the following day with a toss of 123’5” that placed her sixth in the Class 2A discus field at this year’s State Meet. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Senior slinger also finishes sixth in discus, Krambeer medals in long jump debut

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May

Stewart, Snitker claim top-four medals in 400 meter hurdles and discus to lead Waukon boys results at State Track Meet


Bronze medal in 400 meter hurdles ... Waukon boys track junior Braxton Stewart glides over a hurdle during the Class 2A 400 meter hurdle event at the State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Friday, May 21. Stewart ran to a personal-best time of 54.83 seconds to finish third among that Class 2A 400 meter hurdle elite and he also placed 16th in the Class 2A high jump after clearing 5’11”. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

For the Waukon boys track team, the 2021 Iowa High School State Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines was a learning and growing experience for the four young men competing in six different events Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. With none of those track Tribe competitors being seniors and all of them being first-time State Meet competitors this season, that growth will be looked forward to and expected for future seasons, but for some of this year’s season grand finale competitors that growth happened and paid medal-winning dividends within just a day or even only within a couple hours.

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Cota 15th in long jump, Weber 24th in shot put at State Track Meet


Top-15 finish at season grand finale ... Kee boys track junior Tyson Cota takes flight on an attempt in his Class 1A long jump competition at the State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday, May 20. Cota soared 19’3.5” to place him 15th among the Class 1A elite in that long jump event. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Kee boys track team was represented in a pair of field events at this year’s Iowa High School State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22. Both of those events took place on the first day of that season grand finale, as Kee juniors Tyson Cota and Damon Weber each competed among Class 1A’s best in their respective field event specialties Thursday, May 20.

Needing a top-eight placement in their respective fields of 24 competitors in order to advance to the final round of point-scoring competition, neither Hawk ended up in that final top-eight and, thus, did not garner any team points. Still, both competitors gained valuable experience that they will return to the track and field program with next season as seniors.

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May

Kee girls track team ties for 10th place at Class 1A State Meet


Trio of top-four finishes in four medals ... Kee girls track junior Haley Meyer battles a tight pack of runners in the rain-soaked Class 1A 1500 meter run on the way to a third-place finish in her final of four races at the State Track Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22. Meyer brought home four medals from this year’s season grand finale, placing third in both this 1500 meter run, in 5:01.90, and the 3000 meter run, in 10:39.44, finishing fourth in the 800 meter run in 2:21.83, and anchoring Kee’s distance medley relay to a sixth-place medal in a time of 4:18.57. All three of her individual placewinnings came in new school record times. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

Haley Meyer finishes in top four of all three distance races, D-Medley also medals

Returning to the big blue oval of Drake Stadium in Des Moines for the first time since making history with a share of the program’s first-ever Class 1A State Championship in 2019 - the last time the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet was held due to last spring’s COVID-19 cancellation, the Kee girls track team competed in that season grand finale again Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22. With about half of those championship team members returning from that history-making feat being joined by a trio of sophomore newcomers this spring, the Lady Hawks brought home four medals from their seven events qualified, scoring 20 team points to finish tied with Lisbon for 10th place in the final Class 1A team standings.

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Waukon boys track team finishes second at Class 2A State Qualifying Meet behind strength of six State Meet berths


On to State as double event champion ... Waukon boys track junior Braxton Stewart powers over the high jump bar at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, May 13. Stewart cleared 6’3” to win that high jump event and also flew around the 400 meter hurdle circuit for a second event championship in a time of 56.76 seconds, Stewart earning automatic qualification for the State Meet in both events. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Qualifies in pair of throwing events ... Waukon boys track junior Lincoln Snitker launches the shot at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, May 13. Snitker powered out a toss of 49’1.5” to finish second in the event and earn automatic qualification for this year’s State Meet. He also uncorked a discus throw of 139’5” to finish third and earn at-large State Meet qualification in that event as well. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Braxton Stewart is double champion, Tribe qualifies in all four field events

The Waukon boys track team was looking to extend any portion of its season that it could in competing at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, May 13. Four of this season’s team members were able to accomplish that goal by qualifying six different events for this year’s State Track Meet, meeting either requirement of a top-two event finish at Thursday’s meet or turning in one of the next eight best non-top-two performances from any of the eight Class 2A State Qualifying Meets taking place that same evening.

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May

Waukon girls track team qualifies seven events for State Track Meet to lead Lady Indians to fourth-place Class 2A State Qualifying Meet finish


Shot put champ double qualifies again ... Waukon girls track senior Annika Headington launches a shot put effort at the Indians’ Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, May 13. Headington topped the shot put field with a toss of 42’0.5” and also finished second in the discus with a launch of 114’7” to earn automatic qualification for this year’s Class 2A State Track Meet in both events for yet another season. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Annika Headington is shot put champion and double qualifier, joins fellow senior Maddy Waters in returning to grand finale; Criswell, Johnson qualify both individually and in relay

When the Waukon girls track team drove away from its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, May 13 just three Lady Indians knew they had earned automatic qualification in four events for this year’s State Track Meet being held in Des Moines later this week. By the middle of the following day, however, the track Tribe learned that its event qualification total nearly doubled with three more at-large berths, and those advancements involved more than triple the number of Lady Indians, with a total of seven State Meet qualifications involving 10 track Tribe members.

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Kee girls track team racks up nine State Meet qualifications on the way to fourth-place team finish at Class 1A Qualifier


On to State with nine total qualifications ... These five members of the Kee girls track team racked up a total of nine different qualifications for this year’s State Track Meet with their efforts at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet hosted by Edgewood-Colesburg High School Thursday, May 13. Left to right are sophomore Jaylyn Walleser, junior Reagan Mudderman, sophomores Alison Wagner and Alaina Bakewell, and junior Haley Meyer. Walleser, Mudderman, Wagner and Bakewell qualified together with their fourth-place effort in the 4x400 relay in 4:24.16, and Walleser, Mudderman, Bakewell and Meyer joined forces for a runner-up qualifying result in the distance medley in 4:22.31. Meyer is also a triple individual qualifier after winning the 3000 meter run (11:12.90) and 1500 meter run (5:05.55) and also finishing second in the 800 meter run (2:23.43). Wagner placed fourth to join Meyer in qualifying in both the 3000 meter run (11:40.68) and 1500 meter run (5:26.10). Bakewell is also a double championship individual qualifier after winning both the 100 meter dash (13.09 seconds) and the 200 meter dash (27.50 seconds). They will compete this Thursday through Saturday, May 20-22 at the Iowa High School State Track Meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Meyer and Bakewell are both double champions, four-event qualifiers

The Kee girls track team continued to accomplish many of its season objectives at its Class 1A State Qualifying Meet Thursday, May 13 at Edgewood-Colesburg, despite having to also continue to overcome some obstacles in the way. Already dealing with illness and injury throughout the regular season, the Lady Hawks were dealt another challenging hand by COVID-19 that took their most seasoned veteran out of Thursday’s competition mix. Despite that latest adversity, the Kee girls were able to rack up nine qualifications for this year’s State Meet, winning four events for automatic advancement Thursday night and adding five more at-large qualifications with performances that ended up being within the top 14 non-championship results from throughout the 10 Class 1A State Qualifying Meets held throughout the state of Iowa.

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