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Flaws sprints, Nerland throws to gold at BVU Indoor

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STORM LAKE — Speed must run in the family. Following in the footsteps of her two-time state 100-meter medalist older sister Allie, Webster City junior Haley Flaws opened up her track season by blazing her way to gold in the 60-meter dash at Friday’s Buena Vista University ...

COLLIN’S THE MAN

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For what feels like the 14-millionth time in the last four years, I’m writing about South Hamilton senior Collin Hill. Which begs the question: just what in the heck is there left to say? That’s a really good question, if I do say so myself. Hill’s basketball prowess has been told and ...

Balderas named to 2A all-state third team by INA

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JEWELL — Marco Balderas found a new level of comfort on the basketball court this winter, and with it came a newfound level of success. The improvements South Hamilton’s junior point guard made, both physically and mentally, helped to propel the team to a Heart of Iowa Conference ...

End of the Road

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DES MOINES — Unafraid of the setting or the opponent, ninth-ranked South Hamilton stared the defending state champions in the eyes and made them blink during the early stages of Monday night’s Class 2A state quarterfinal inside Wells Fargo Arena. But Western Christian won gold in 2016 ...

Goodbye to one of the all-time great Hawks

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Nathan Hill made plenty of correct calls Monday night, but perhaps the smartest decision South Hamilton’s head coach made came after the outcome was no longer in doubt. His team was going to lose, it was evident, and in that moment, just seconds before the clock hit all zeroes, he found ...

The First Family of Hawk Hoops

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JEWELL — From the very beginning, the Hill name has been a part of the basketball folklore at South Hamilton. Tales of talented individuals bearing the last name and great teams they led are conversation starters around these parts. It’s no coincidence that the program has reached many ...

Hawks must fight present and past against Wolfpack

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JEWELL — Fighting the present won’t be easy, not while trying to mentally fend off the past. That’s the two-pronged attack that ninth-ranked South Hamilton will be forced to deal with this evening when it faces top-ranked Western Christian in a Class 2A quarterfinal at the state ...

ALL GROWN UP

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JEWELL — The ball is a part of him, almost like it was attached to his right hip at birth. They move perfectly in sync with a speed and rhythm that lets you know he’s in control. Opposing teams apply plenty of tactics to try to throw him off his game. They slap on a press, but that ...

Bring on the champs

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WEBSTER CITY — As if the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team needed any more incentive ... Back in the state tournament field for the second time in four years and seventh time overall, the Hawks (22-2) drew the short straw and were handed the No. 8 seed in Class 2A, it was announced ...

CHAMPS ARE REWARDED

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WEBSTER CITY — They led Webster City inside the paint and outside the 3-point arc, but maybe not in the way you would expect. Jordan Tanner, the Lynx junior floor general at point guard, was the team’s most versatile inside performer and Connor Shannon, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, was ...

Hawks jump on senior star’s back, return to state

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NEVADA — By his own account, Marco Balderas was having the type of game that would haunt him for days, weeks and maybe years Saturday night. No field goals. Just two assists. Four turnovers. About as un-Marco as he’d been all season. But when South Hamilton truly needed him, when the ...

A HILL OF A GAME!

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It was no coincidence that Collin Hill was the first South Hamilton player to sprint from one end of the court to the other to mug for the KCCI television camera only seconds after the final horn sounded inside a raucous Nevada High School gymnasium Saturday night. Why? Because he was the ...

On State’s Doorstep

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WEBSTER CITY — It’s nothing personal, but opponents haven’t meant much to the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team this season. Some have been solid foes. Others haven’t. But whether the Hawks were facing a team on a 10-game surge or one mired in a disastrous season, their ...

McKinney, Nerland land on all-NCC teams

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WEBSTER CITY — Taylor McKinney and Cassidy Nerland were the leaders of the Webster City girls’ basketball team throughout the 2016-17 season, so it’s only fitting they were rewarded accordingly. McKinney, a freshman point guard, and Nerland, a junior post player, received all-North ...

Run With The Hawks? Forget It

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GILBERT — Pushing the pace, scoring in transition, turning the game into a track meet — that’s what Southeast Valley hoped to accomplish during Tuesday night’s Class 2A District 12 final. And do you know what? The Jaguars succeeded. But there was just one problem with that strategy ...

TRAPPED DOOR

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GRIMES — The opening five minutes were a mirage, while the final 27 minutes were a series of Marty McKinney’s worst nightmares playing over and over again Monday evening. The length. The speed. The athleticism. The aggression. Ballard left nothing to the imagination before it waltzed ...

Gourley headed to Grand View to play volleyball

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WEBSTER CITY — With a highly successful prep volleyball career now in her rearview mirror, Webster City senior Gianna Gourley has made the decision on her future. Hello Grand View University. Gourley, the daughter of George and Kathy Gourley, Stanhope, recently signed a letter of ...

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, ...