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Waukon boys basketball team opens Class 2A District Tournament with 57-48 win at home over North Fayette Valley; rematch with Beckman Tuesday night


Dropping one in down low ... Waukon boys basketball senior Aidan Jones converts a move down low in the Indians’ 57-48 home win over North Fayette Valley in the Class 2A District 7 semifinals Thursday, February 18. Jones finished the game with two points and one each of rebounds and assists. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon boys basketball team took a successful first step down the postseason trail this past week, fending off another spirited effort from North Fayette Valley (NFV) in a Class 2A District 7 semifinal contest at home Thursday, February 17. Having pulled out just a 67-64 victory at home over the TigerHawks during the regular season in mid-January, the Indians used a 15-6 second quarter outscoring to end up accounting for the final scoreboard margin in a 57-48 Tribe victory that moved the Indians down that postseason road.

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Kee girls basketball team has 2020-2021 season brought to a close with 52-33 loss to East Buchanan in Class 1A District quarterfinals


Senior trio wraps up careers ... The Kee girls basketball senior trio of, left to right in the above photos, Jada Mitchell, Alexis Johnson and Macy Manning each played in the final game of their high school basketball careers in the Hawks’ 52-33 loss to East Buchanan in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A Regional Tournament play at Central Elkader High School Tuesday, February 16. In their final games in a Kee basketball uniform, Mitchell recorded a double-double effort with team-high totals of 14 points and 10 rebounds, Johnson scored two points and pulled down four rebounds, and Manning scored seven points, grabbed six rebounds and swiped three steals. Photos courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The 2020-2021 season was brought to a close for the Kee girls basketball team Tuesday, February 16 in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A Region 3 Tournament play when the Lady Hawks were dealt a 52-33 loss by East Buchanan in a game played at Central High School in Elkader. Just over a week earlier, the Kee girls had fallen to East Buchanan at home by just a 38-36 final result, but this time around the Lady Hawks were without the head coaching services of Ben Wagner due to illness and were also hobbled a bit overall by an injury suffered by junior Reagan Mudderman that slowed her to just five points in the regional ballgame from the 18 points she put up against the Buccaneers a week earlier.

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Kee boys basketball team has 2020-2021 campaign ended with 60-52 loss at Turkey Valley in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play


Powering in points ... Kee boys basketball junior Jaylen Drape muscles in a move to the basket in the Hawks’ 60-52 loss at Turkey Valley in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play Monday, February 15. Drape finished with eight points and four each of rebounds and assists. 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.

The Kee boys basketball team had its 2020-2021 campaign brought to a close by a familiar foe in the opening round of Class 1A District Tournament play when the Hawks traveled to the home of fellow Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) squad Turkey Valley Monday, February 15.

Having earned a split with the Trojans in their two regular season games, this postseason match-up fell more in line with the more recent end of that split, as strong finishes to each half by the host Trojans that limited Kee to single-digit scoring in the second and fourth frames ultimately brought the Hawks’ season to an end by a 60-52 final result.

The loss ends Kee’s season with an even overall mark of 11-11 that included a 9-7 record in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC), marking the first time since the 2010-2011 season the Hawks posted a winning record in UIC play and placing Kee fifth in the final UIC standings.

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Feb

Jakob Regan has season ended with third-place District Tournament finish


Season ended with third-place District Tournament finish ... Waukon wrestling 120-pound sophomore Jakob Regan locks up control of Roland-Story freshman Logan Powers in their third-place match at the Class 2A District Tournament at New Hampton Saturday, February 13. After falling by just a 2-0 decision on a late reversal in his opening-round match with Hampton-Dumont junior Jack Showalter, Regan defeated Powers by a 9-5 decision in this third-place match but was denied a wrestleback opportunity when Showalter was beaten in the championship match to claim second place and the final qualifying spot for the State Tournament, leaving Regan in third place and finishing his sophomore season with a 27-8 record. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plains Dealer.

Waukon wrestling 120-pound sophomore Jakob Regan was looking to make a return trip to the State Wrestling Tournament when he competed in the Class 2A District 6 Tournament hosted by New Hampton High School Saturday, February 13.

However, that advancement to the season grand finale for a second consecutive season was denied for the lone Indian District Tournament qualifier by just two or three points in a couple different matches, as Regan finished third in the 120-pound weight class to have his season brought to a close, bringing the 2020-2021 Waukon wrestling season to full completion.

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Feb

Kee girls basketball team wraps up regular season with 38-36 home loss, starts 1A Regional Tournament play with 58-38 triumph at 18-3 Riceville


Sizing up a scoring strike ... Kee girls basketball junior Reagan Mudderman looks to launch a three-point shot in the Hawks’ 58-38 win at Riceville in the opening round of Class 1A Regional Tournament play Thursday, February 11. Mudderman scored a game-high 32 points, recorded team-high totals of eight assists and four steals and also grabbed two rebounds and blocked one shot in the victory. 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.

The Kee girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season and got its postseason underway in opposite directions this past week, ultimately extending its season even further down the postseason road. The Lady Hawks began this past week with a 38-36 loss at home to East Buchanan Monday, February 8 to end their regular season with a loss but got their Class 1A Regional Tournament underway with a convincing win at Riceville, 58-38, Thursday, February 11 to keep their 2020-2021 campaign alive.

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Waukon girls basketball team wraps up best NEIC season results in either side of a decade, continues late winning streak with first-round Regional Tournament win


20 for 20 ... Waukon girls basketball senior Margaret Wacker muscles in a basket in the Indians’ 72-43 home win over Crestwood in the opening round of Class 3A Regional Tournament play Saturday, February 13. Wacker, who wears #20 on her uniform, powered in nine such buckets down low, converting two of those into hoop-and-harm three-point plays to score 20 points in the ballgame. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon girls basketball team both wrapped up its regular season and began its postseason in victorious fashion this past week, starting up another win streak to end the regular season during the week and carrying it over into the start of postseason play over the weekend. The Lady Indians opened the week with a 64-35 win at Oelwein Monday, February 8 to wrap up their best Northeast Iowa Conference season in right around a decade before ending their regular season schedule with a 65-45 win at home over Jesup Tuesday, February 9 and then beginning postseason tournament play with a 72-43 triumph at home over Crestwood Saturday, February 13 in the opening round of Class 3A Regional play.

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Kee boys basketball team wraps up regular season with sweep of two final opponents to post first winning UIC campaign in 10 years

The Kee boys basketball team wrapped up its regular season schedule this past week in sweeping fashion in more ways than one. The Hawks not only swept both their opponents this past week for an undefeated week heading into postseason play, but also completed a regular season sweep of West Central to finish with its first winning season in Upper Iowa Conference play in 10 years. The Kee boys opened the week pulling out a 67-63 home win over East Buchanan Monday, February 8 before closing out the regular season with a 74-68 win at West Central Tuesday, February 9.

That final sweeping week improved Kee’s season marks to 11-10 overall that included a 9-7 record in the Upper Iowa Conference (UIC), marking the first time since the 2010-2011 season that the Hawks posted a winning record in UIC play, that UIC season mark also being 9-7 for the Hawks that year. This season’s 9-7 campaign placed Kee in fifth place in the final nine-team UIC standings.

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Waukon football has six seniors commit to playing at collegiate level


Sweeney to the University of Iowa ... Waukon football senior Brennan Sweeney is pictured above with his brother, Michael, and his parents, Shawna and Mike Sweeney, as he signs his commitment to play football at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The Hawks are a NCAA Division I program and belong to the Big Ten Conference. Sweeney said he was recruited as a preferred walk-on to the Hawkeye program as a defensive end or defensive lineman and he intends to pursue a major in Business and minor in Exercise Science. “It’s been my dream school growing up, watching Parker Hesse (2014 Waukon High School graduate) play there, and I’ve got a good friend, Asher Fahey (2020 Waukon High School graduate), who plays there now,” Sweeney said in relaying his choice to commit to Iowa. “Parker told me if it’s my dream school it might be a hard offer to pass up, and Asher said if an offer comes through I better jump on it and come join him down there. They both spoke highly of the program and their opportunities at Iowa.”

Krueger to Quincy University ... Waukon football senior Sawyer Krueger is pictured above with his parents, Kris and Sarah Krueger, as he signs his commitment to play football at Quincy University in Quincy, IL. The Hawks are a NCAA Division II program and belong to the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Krueger said he was recruited to play defensive line and he intends to pursue a major in Aviation. “They have a really great coaching staff and they really pursued me to come play for them,” Krueger said in relaying his choice to commit to the Quincy program.

Krambeer to Coe College ... Waukon football senior Konnor Krambeer is pictured above with his parents, Brad and Becky Krambeer, and his sister, Kaitlyn, as he signs his commitment to play football at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. The Kohawks are a NCAA Division III program and belong to the American Rivers Conference. Krambeer said he was recruited to play safety and he intends to pursue a major in Criminal Justice. “They have great coaches there, they are really supportive of their players. I liked the campus and facilities, it seemed like a really healthy environment and a great place to pursue my major,” Krambeer said in relaying his choice to commit to Coe.

Schwartz to Wisconsin Lutheran ... Waukon football senior Joe Schwartz is pictured above with his parents, Joan and Dave Schwartz, as he signs his commitment to play football at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI. The Warriors are a NCAA Division III program and belong to the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Schwartz said he was recruited to play offensive line, most likely the center position he played for the Indians this past fall, and he intends to pursue a major in Marine Biology. “I really like their program and studying Marine Biology on Lake Michigan is very appealing to me,” Schwartz said in relaying his choice to commit to the Wisconsin Lutheran program.

O’Neill to Wartburg College ... Waukon football senior Ethan O’Neill is pictured above with his parents, Jenny and Cory O’Neill, and his brother, Evan, as he signs his commitment to play football at Wartburg College in Waverly. The Knights are a NCAA Division III program in the American Rivers Conference. O’Neill said he was recruited to play running back and he intends to pursue a major in Math Education with a minor in Coaching. “They have a great winning program there and they were really great to me when I visited there; they are very supportive of their players,” O’Neill said in relaying his choice to commit to the Wartburg program.

Hermeier to Wartburg College ... Waukon football senior Walker Hemeier is pictured above with his parents, Lee and Danette Hermeier, and his sister, Ella, as he signs his commitment to play football at Wartburg College in Waverly. The Knights are a NCAA Division III program and belong to the American Rivers Conference. Hermeier said he was recruited to play defensive end and he intends to pursue a major in Sports Medicine. “They have a great football program and a strong major in what I wanted to pursue,” Hermeier said in relaying his choice to commit to the Wartburg program.

The Waukon football program continued to experience the positive results of the success of its 2020 Class 2A State Championship season as six senior members of this past 10-1 championship season signed commitments to continue their football careers at the collegiate level during the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football National Signing Day Wednesday, February 3. Those six individuals (pictured in the surrounding photos) inked their commitments to play at five different schools in three different divisions, Division I University of Iowa, Division II Quincy University, and Division III schools Coe, Wartburg and Wisconsin Lutheran.

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Kee girls basketball team sweeps Clayton Ridge and South Winn at home


Defensive denial ... Kee girls basketball sophomore Alaina Bakewell heads off this Clayton Ridge ball handler in the Hawks’ 53-48 home win over the Eagles Tuesday, February 2. Bakewell swiped a pair of steals and also pulled down a pair of rebounds in the Hawk victory. 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.

The Kee girls basketball game played to an undefeated week this past week, completing a pair of regular season sweeps of Upper Iowa Conference opponents at home. The Lady Hawks opened the week pulling out a 53-48 home win over Clayton Ridge Tuesday, February 2 before rolling over South Winneshiek at home, 61-35, Friday, February 5.

Now holding a 10-9 overall record, 9-7 in Upper Iowa Conference play, the Kee girls were next scheduled to wrap up their regular season with a home non-conference date against East Buchanan Monday, February 8. The Lady Hawks will then begin Class 1A Regional Tournament play, which is slated to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11 at Riceville, with further details of Kee’s postseason possibilities printed elsewhere on these Sports pages in a shaded box.

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Taylor Peterson commits to Coe College bowling ...

At the beginning of this current Waukon High School bowling season, Waukon girls bowling senior Taylor Peterson signed her bowling abilities on with Coe College in Cedar Rapids. Pictured above at that ceremonial signing are (left to right) Waukon bowling coach Jerry Keenan, Taylor Peterson and her parents, Amanda (front) and Jesse Peterson (back). Peterson is the first Waukon girls bowler in the history of the young program to commit her bowling abilities to the collegiate level. She has rolled just over a 141-pin game average at this point in the season, helping the Lady Indians to a season record of 4-4 thus far in the 2020-2021 season. Submitted photo.
 

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