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DOOLITTLE’S DREAMS PUT ON HOLD

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DES MOINES — Everyone takes one second for granted many seconds of the day. It’s human nature and no one will worry for even a, well, second about it. But Webster City sophomore Drake Doolittle felt the full impact of what can happen — or, in his case, can’t happen — in the ...

Empty feeling after loss will fuel Doolittle’s future

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DES MOINES — Tyler Patten didn’t attempt to ease the pain of Drake Doolittle as the Webster City sophomore wandered around the back hallways of Wells Fargo Arena Saturday night. Patten, a first-year Webster City assistant wrestling coach, is all too familiar with what Doolittle was going ...

Olson finds spot on podium at 195, Nelson falls one win short

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DES MOINES — Football is Caleb Olson’s sport and that’s not going to change anytime soon. But wrestling, which was almost a casualty of the chopping block, is beginning to climb up his list of priorities. Taking a medal home from the state tournament has a way of motivating. Olson, ...

PETERS EXITS PREP STAGE WITH STATE MEDAL

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DES MOINES — Luke Peters had come agonizingly close before, but Saturday night his wrestling obsession finally came to fruition. He got a personal introduction to the state medal podium. And in that moment everything he’s endured — the narrow misses, the tough draws, the torn ACL ...

Ballard the first obstacle for Lynx in 3A opener

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WEBSTER CITY — In a Class 3A substate devoid of any ranked teams, the Webster City boys’ basketball team enters the postseason asking itself one question. Why not us? The gang of eight — WCHS is joined in Substate 2 by Ballard, Greene County, Dallas Center-Grimes, Boone, Humboldt, ...

No. 2 Nevada pulls away in second half, beats WCHS girls

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NEVADA — All-state center Lexy Koudelka was a one-girl wrecking crew for second-ranked Nevada, as she led the Cubs past Webster City in a Class 4A Region 2 girls’ basketball semifinal Saturday evening. Koudelka, a 6-foot-1 junior and two-time state tournament all-tourney team member, ...

Down 11-0, Olson rallies and hits favorite move to pull upset

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DES MOINES — Caleb Olson didn’t count the number of lights on the ceiling of Wells Fargo Arena, but he had plenty of time to at least attempt it as he struggled to get out of a cradle in his Class 2A 195-pound first-round match last night. Finally coming out of the cradle, the Webster ...

ALIVE AND WELL

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DES MOINES — Whether he wins a big match or loses a heartbreaker, Luke Peters’ expression rarely changes. But with his wrestling career on the line yesterday afternoon inside Wells Fargo Arena, Peters showed his ornery side. With a snarl on his face, South Hamilton’s senior ...

Thursday’s Basketball Briefs

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Lynx fall to Boone, 45-42 WEBSTER CITY — Leading by three points at halftime and tied after three quarters, the Webster City boys’ basketball team made some mistakes down the stretch and dropped its regular season finale to Boone, 45-42, last night inside the WCHS gymnasium. Boone ...

ESCAPE ARTISTS

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WEBSTER CITY — A 14-point lead was down to a single bucket with just 59 seconds left and the first thought easily could have been to panic. The truth is, Webster City probably doesn’t respond and win the game two months ago. But the growth it has shown over the last 22 ballgames ...

3 DAYS TO GLORY

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WEBSTER CITY — Carson Hartnett has watched too many wrestling matches to count from the somewhat comfortable cushioned seats inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. But that’s exactly the problem that he has spent the past year attempting to rectify. The Webster City junior is tired of ...

Confident Lynx host Tornadoes in regional opener

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WEBSTER CITY — The season up to this point hasn’t always been wide-open lanes and a clear road for the Webster City girls’ basketball team to travel. There have been bumps. Plenty of potholes, too. But the good news is the Lynx have played their best basketball in recent weeks and ...

Future Statesman

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WEBSTER CITY — Robert Frederiksen took the ball and ran with it, all the way to a college scholarship. The Webster City senior spent just one season as the featured ball carrier for the Lynx, but he turned plenty of heads and garnered the attention of recruiters. It all came to fruition on ...

STATE … HIGH-FIVE!

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WEBSTER CITY — The weight cut, the mat burns, the constant aches and pains — Zane Williams was sick of it all. Wrestling was a part of his past, not his present and certainly not his future. Or so he thought. Hey, Zane, have you had a change of heart? “Yeah, it’s pretty great ...

Moen erupts, Lynx claim another NCC title

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WEBSTER CITY — Cameron Moen says his pregame meal on Saturday was nothing special, but he may want to make it a steady part of his diet. Whatever it was, it worked. It worked quite well, actually. Moen made the nets inside the WCHS gymnasium sizzle, as he erupted for a career-high 32 ...

Balderas drops 14 dimes, Hawks hoard HOIC glory

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ALLEMAN — The white flag could have been waved the moment Collin Hill glided to the bucket and threw down a one-handed dunk because, to put it bluntly, the game was over. And not even three minutes had been shaved off the clock. A blitz attack from the opening tip by ninth-ranked (Class ...

Hetland, Peters both headed back to state for Hawks

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LAKE MILLS — Bum knee and all, Luke Peters simply wasn’t ready to be done. With surgery already on the books to repair his torn ACL and facing an opponent that had already handed him a loss this season, South Hamilton’s senior 160-pounder dug deep and reserved his spot in the state ...

Hawk girls bow out in 2A regional opener against W-G, 54-38

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WOODWARD — Many of the same issues that plagued the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team throughout the regular season stuck around for the postseason. The Hawks shot under 20 percent from the field (10 of 51) and they allowed six 3-point buckets in a 54-38 loss to Woodward-Granger in a ...

ALL FOR THE FIGHT

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WEBSTER CITY — The attention, the spotlight, the wrestling under a microscope — Drake Doolittle is used to them all, even if he doesn’t necessarily enjoy it all. The competition, that’s what Webster City’s second-ranked sophomore 113-pounder loves, and the tougher the foe the ...

Flaws erupts for 18 points, Lynx girls take down South Hardin

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WEBSTER CITY — A career night from Haley Flaws at the offensive end of the floor and a stingy defensive performance propelled the Webster City girls’ basketball team to a victory in its regular season finale here last night. Flaws, a junior guard, popped off for 18 points and collected ...