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A CURTAIN CALL

BOONE — It wasn’t an easy fall, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it was always fun and never more so than the curtain call. No, it wasn’t in the state playoffs and that hurt mightily. There were celebrations, but also tears and embraces. For 17 seniors, it was the end. ...

Hawks in the 1A playoffs, draw No. 1 D-NH in opener

JEWELL — It was small town Iowa at its finest, and leading the charge was a group of high school seniors who would have been excused had they been thinking selfishly Friday night. With no Week 9 football game due to the forfeit by Eagle Grove and with a spot in the Class 1A state playoffs ...

Dylan, go and get yourself a record

If you follow me on Twitter (and if not, why not?), you probably saw this as you were scrolling through your feed at 8:41 p.m. last Friday night. I don’t root for things I cover — never. Well, now I am. Really want to see Dylan Steen get 2 INT’s this 2nd half and make next week ...

BACK-4-BACK

MARSHALLTOWN — A little — OK, a lot — of extra scruff on the face didn’t slow Logan Peters as he navigated his way through the trees and over the hills on the campus of Marshalltown Community College yesterday afternoon. But will he keep the reddish beard for his fourth and final ...

Rough day leaves Lynx towards back of 3A state qualifier fields

SPENCER — Joe Lambert had no answers. He was just as confused as his runners. For whatever reason, the Webster City cross country teams were unable to match their regular season performances at yesterday’s Class 3A State Qualifying Meet at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course. The girls ...

Hawk girls 12th in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN — Sports can be cruel. A summer of training, followed by a regular season of standout performances, put South Hamilton sophomore Abby Ervin in position to take a run at her first state-meet berth at yesterday’s Class 1A state qualifier on the Marshalltown Community College ...

Schwandt brings the thunder, Lynx bury Mason City

WEBSTER CITY — Impossible, sure, but it was still a bit of a surprise that the rain never fell inside the WCHS gymnasium last night Because there was a lot of thunder, and most of it was supplied by Adalie Schwandt and her powerful right arm. The Webster City junior attacker set the ...

Lynx, Hawks make their runs for state today

WEBSTER CITY — The race for state will be on all across the state this afternoon at state qualifying cross country meets. Webster City will return to the Spencer Municipal Golf Course for the second straight year for a 3A meet at 4p.m., while South Hamilton will be on the Marshalltown ...

Lynx, Mohawks meet in rematch of 2017 quarters

WEBSTER CITY — Call it a hiccup or simply a bad day. It certainly wasn’t a true representation of the talent that the Webster City volleyball team possesses. Oct. 6, the Mason City Invite, it’s a tournament and a day’s worth of performances that still makes Lynx head coach Jess ...

SURVIVING TOGETHER

Carl Eller, a 2004 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a founding member of the famed Purple People Eaters for the Minnesota Vikings, will be in Webster City to meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday. He’ll set up shop at Sports World, locally owned and operated by Ted and ...

Hawks jump up 2 spots to No. 17 in latest Class 1A RPI

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton inched two spots closer to the Class 1A state football playoffs yesterday when the latest RPI standings were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The Hawks, who will win by forfeit over Eagle Grove on Friday in their regular season finale, ...

THE AWAKENING

GRIMES — Webster City needed to run one more play, then it could allow the clock to tick down to zero on a much-needed win as the rain spat down late Friday night. And the play was nothing special; an off-tackle run to the left side that Dallas Center-Grimes had seen enough to last a ...

Hawks blast Ogden, now take wait and see approach

JEWELL — South Hamilton has done its part. Now all it can do is sit and wait. Nervously. Knowing they needed a victory over Ogden on Friday to remain in contention for a spot in the Class 1A playoffs, the Hawks put together a dominant second half to turn a competitive game into a 37-8 ...

Crutcher breaks 5K school record at NCC meet

IOWA FALLS — Freshman Jacie Crutcher moved to the top of the Webster City girls’ 5K all-time leaderboard yesterday. And she’s only going to get better. Probably a lot better. With a deluge of rain throughout the area in recent weeks, the North Central Conference meet shifted to a ...

Class: RPI 101

BY TROY BANNING tbanning@freemanjournal.net JEWELL — South Hamilton enters tonight’s Class 1A District 2 showdown against Ogden with two losses by a combined nine points, one of which came against third-ranked and unbeaten South Central Calhoun. And if the playoffs began today, the ...

It’s a Senior Night breeze for Hawks against PCM

JEWELL — Smiles, laughter and an easy victory were just what the South Hamilton volleyball team needed on Senior Night on Coach Jim Marsh Court last night. The performance wasn’t bad either. Utilizing different rotations to get plenty of playing time for all nine seniors on the ...

Lynx put No. 14 Humboldt on ropes, but fall in 5 sets

HUMBOLDT — No. 14-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt is a championship team for a reason. In a dog fight, the Wildcats never blink. For five sets last night, Humboldt took Webster City’s best punches and somehow survived to celebrate a share of the North Central Conference title following a ...

MIDDLE MAN

WEBSTER CITY — He was once a defensive question mark who quickly became a centerpiece. And now? Just call him one of the best middle linebackers to ever put on a Webster City football uniform. Friday will mark the 31st consecutive start for senior and two-time all-state performer Caleb ...

WINDY CITY RUN, FUN

WEBSTER CITY — Brenna Paukert will get married on Saturday and as an early wedding present to herself she was able to check off a goal this past weekend. It’s the type of goal only other runners could truly appreciate. The 2013 Webster City High School graduate spent her Sunday ...

OFFENSE IS MIA

WEBSTER CITY — The final play had no bearing on the outcome, but it told the story of what transpired on a wet, sloppy Lynx Field Friday night. Webster City was just looking to run out the clock in a 21-0 loss to Humboldt when spinback Dylan Steen kept the ball and tried to find an ...