Sports

Wed
31
Mar

Large squad of 67 participants will be led by five veteran letterwinners returning for 2021 Waukon boys track team


2021 Waukon boys track returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Braxton Stewart, Pat Hennessy, Lincoln Snitker, John O’Neill. Not pictured: Creed Welch.

The 2021 Waukon boys track season is being looked to with strong anticipation, as 67 young men from the freshman through senior ranks will be competing for the track and field Tribe this spring. Most of that anticipation stems from the fact that, like every other Iowa high school squad, the Indians were denied their 2020 campaign last spring by the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down all Iowa high schools last spring.

“I feel we may have missed out on a very successful track season last year,” Waukon boys track coach Ted Snitker said. “With what we had coming back and kids that had developed, I think we were ready to do very well. Not having that season, we have kids who didn’t get to see the successes I think our athletes, team and program would have had.”

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Wed
31
Mar

Waukon girls track team returns nine letterwinners, variety of multiple-year and multiple-event State qualifiers for 2021 season


2021 Waukon girls track team ... Left to right - Seated in front: Annika Headington, Berlin Troendle, Katarina Kovarik, Maycie Curtin, Paige Hansmeier, Maggie Criswell, Maddy Waters, Nicole Luong; Second row: Lynsey Houg, Olivia Marti, Bailey Sherman, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Mia Kurth, Shania Dundee, Maya Dahlstrom, Hailey Houg; Third row: Madi Kurth, Ava Bossom, Breckan Stewart, Brittany Liddiard, Taylor Crawford, Olivia Bossom, Cameron Johnson, Mady Helgerson, Hannah Teslow, Brenna Berns; Back row: Paisley Vine, Emma Palmer, Sarah Hennessy, Claire Opperman, Trinity Sommer, Avery Regan, Azlynn Cota. Not pictured: Bailey Shafer, Ellyssa Christen, Hailie Hanson, Meridian Snitker, Jayden Knox, Rose Benda, Alice Day, Kyrie Snitker.

It’s been about two years since the Waukon girls track team has been able to compete, following last spring’s emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic that ultimately closed down the spring high school athletic seasons and the last couple months of the 2019-2020 school year. In addition to that pandemic erasing the entire 2020 track season, the loss of that season will likely continue to have impact throughout this spring as well, according to Waukon girls track coach Bob Wasson.

Wed
31
Mar

Majority of 2021 Kee boys track and field team will be underclassmen mixing with handful of strong veterans for new head coach Ray Rankin


2021 Kee boys track team ... Left to right - Seated in front: Tyson Cota, Nick Buege. Standing in back: Jack Schweitzer, Andrew Kolsrud, Brendan Croft, Cadan Evanson, Carter Goetzinger, Tom Troendle, Dalton Dibert, Kaleb Drape, Daniel Wagner, Damon Weber, Jackson Poley, Ben Franceschetti, Jackson Schulte. Not pictured: Chris Wagner and Nathan Boardman. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2021 Kee boys track and field season will bring an abundance of new into a mix of returning veterans - most of whom have been waiting to return to the track for nearly two years following the cancellation of last spring’s Iowa high school sports seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just one senior and five juniors are returning with at least one full season of varsity competition experience for the Hawks to lead a team of 17 young men reporting for early-season track and field duty, with all of them being led by a new head coach this season who brings his own bit of veteran and first-time experience, Ray Rankin.

Wed
31
Mar

Kee girls track and field team looks forward to mix of returning State Championship experience and determined underclassmen for 2021


2021 Kee girls track team ... Left to right - Seated in front: Haley Meyer, Reagan Mudderman, Jada Mitchell; Standing in back: Jaylyn Walleser, Riley Troendle, Mal Mohn, Kaylee Hawes, Lilly Peterson, Jersey Mathison, Alison Wagner, Alaina Bakewell, Mado Shako. Not pictured: McKinley Sisson, Anissa Stanley. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2021 Kee girls track season has been looked forward to for a variety of reasons, as 14 young ladies have reported for early-season duty for the Lady Hawks this spring. Not only are the Hawks likely in the vast majority of teams wanting to get back into track and field competition after last spring’s season was canceled by the early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Kee girls also have plenty to look forward to with the return of some strong remnants of State Championship accolades on this spring’s squad, both from the last completed Iowa high school track season in 2019 and just this past fall at the State Cross Country Meet.

Wed
24
Mar

Dalton Dibert takes the early lead in The Standard’s Bracket Challenge; Few entries still have final four selections left

After a year’s absence, the return of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has brought back with it The Standard’s Bracket Challenge. That year’s absence hasn’t dampened the excitement of the tournament nor the support of the Bracket Challenge.
The first two rounds of the tournament this past weekend have left the following top-24 entries, with another dozen entries tied for the 25th spot, just a single point off of this list:
Dalton Dibert    45
Jeremy Engrav    43
Janessa Weymiller    42
Gene Praska    42
Jonathan Miller    42
Ron Brinkman    42
Betty Jepsen    41
Kole McCormick    41
Morgan Weymiller    41
Brad Krambeer    40
Will Robinson    40
Mason McMillan    40
Mike Kramer    40
Charlene Baxter    40
Gary Hammel    40
Jen Moose    40
Dave Martin    40
Tami Stilwell    39
Troy Gress    39
Dennis Miller    39

Wed
17
Mar

Shafer awarded IBA Student Athlete Achievement Award...

Waukon High School senior Bailey Shafer was one of five Iowa high school seniors who received a 2021 Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament March 5-6 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. One student from each class was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of her choice, with Shafer pictured at right receiving her award during the Class 3A State Championship game Saturday, March 6 from Dennis Lyons of FreedomBank of Waukon.
Award recipients were selected based on their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement. Other award recipients included Class 1A: Ellie Lago, Newell-Fonda High School; Class 2A: Alexis Shike, Nodaway Valley High School; Class 4A: Emma Hughes, Glenwood High School; and Class 5A: Lindsey Kelderman, Waukee High School.

Wed
17
Mar

Local ties to a “grand” history ...

Luke O’Hare, a 6’4” senior on the Rushford-Peterson High School boys basketball team in Minnesota and the son of Brenda and 1988 Waukon High School graduate Tim O’Hare, was recently honored for scoring the 1,000th point of his high school varsity basketball career. The young O’Hare has been a three-year starter and four-year varsity contributor for the Trojans and has averaged 13.1 points and 2.3 assists per game, becoming the sixth player in school history to achieve that “grand” scoring landmark. He is the grandson of Mike and Virginia O’Hare of rural Lansing.

The most recent previous Rushford-Peterson player to score 1,000 points in his varsity career also has Waukon ties. Charlie Krambeer, the son of Brian and Jean (Asleson) Krambeer and the grandson of Ken and Gloria Krambeer of rural Waukon, achieved that milestone during his senior season in 2015. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
17
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team plays to best NEIC result in over a decade, sets some team, individual records during 15-6 campaign for 2020-2021

The Waukon boys basketball team turned in one of its better seasons in recent history and one of its best Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) seasons in over a decade, eclipsing the 15-win mark for just the third time in the past decade and playing to its best NEIC record and team finish in well over a decade, all while setting some records along the way to a 15-6 overall result and 9-3 runner-up effort in NEIC play. All those achievements were accomplished under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that veteran Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann says dealt his team somewhat of a bittersweet hand this past year.

Wed
17
Mar

Kee basketball boys play to 11-11 season, best UIC record in a decade

The Kee boys basketball team played its way to an 11-11 season record during its 2020-2021 campaign, posting double-digit wins for the first time in three seasons and for just the third time in the last nine years. In addition to that improved, double-digit win total, Kee boys basketball coach Pat Wagner feels another success emerging from this season laced with uncertainty was being able to play through the entire season schedule without any sudden adjustments having to be made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We got really lucky,” Coach Wagner said. “We got all of our games played and had no issues with COVID-19, so I feel like the pandemic had little or no effect on our team. We had a good season; not a great season but a good season. Eleven wins is the most a Kee High boys team has collected in a long time. We picked up two more wins than last season and finished in the upper half of a very competitive Upper Iowa Conference.”

Wed
10
Mar

Waukon girls basketball team has season ended at every team’s ultimate destination with 45-24 State Tournament loss to second-rated Clear Lake


Season wraps up where every team strives to be ... Members of the Waukon girls basketball team pose with their Class 3A State Tournament Qualifier trophy following their 45-24 loss to second-rated Clear Lake in the opening round of that Class 3A season grand finale Monday, March 1 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right: Front row - Maggie Criswell, Margaret Wacker, Ella Hermeier, Annika Headington, Bailey Shafer, Brenna Berns, Paige Hansmeier; Back row - Assistant Coaches Quinn Brennan and Andy Sires, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Emily Bieber, Breckan Stewart, Mackenzie Kaeser, Jayden Knox, Emma Palmer, Grace Stegen, Brinley Jones, Head Coach Ben Rausch. Photo by Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Leads the scoring in final game ... Waukon girls basketball senior Margaret Wacker drives past a Clear Lake defender in the Indians’ 45-24 loss to the second-rated Lions Monday, March 1 in the opening round of the Class 3A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Wacker led the Indian scoring with 10 points in her final ballgame, and she also recorded four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Photo by Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

A pair of Class 3A State Tournament semifinalist teams from each of the last two seasons took to the court in the opening round of this year’s Class 3A Girls State Tournament Monday, March 1 when the 14th-rated and seventh-seeded Waukon girls basketball team returned to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines following its 2019 semifinals run to take on a second-rated and second-seeded Clear Lake team that was returning from that same result just last season. With remnants of each of those previous squads, along with new supporting cast members, taking the floor against one another vying for a return trip to that same round at this year’s season grand finale, it was the more recent experience of Clear Lake that eventually shined through in a 45-24 Indian defeat.

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