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WIDE OPEN RACE

WEBSTER CITY — When it comes to the North Central Conference wrestling tournament, Webster City has been the model of consistency. Written in permanent red marker and circled before the beginning of each season, the Lynx always shine a light on the legendary event that has been around ...

Hawks drop home duals to Ogden, Gilbert and Nevada

JEWELL — In its final tune-up prior to Saturday’s Heart of Iowa Conference tournament, the South Hamilton wrestling team was unable to secure a dual win when four teams got together here last night. With five open weights in all three battles, the Hawks fell to non-conference foe Ogden, ...

No. 10 Hawks follow loss by taking down No. 3 G-R

REINBECK — Don’t let Conner Hill’s slight frame fool you. The kid is 5 feet, 10 inches and 125 pounds of competitor. No challenge is too big. Not even checking the state’s most prolific scorer for 32 minutes. Where Gladbrook-Reinbeck star Joe Smoldt went, Hill went Tuesday night, ...

SH girls end drought with rout of Rebels

REINBECK — The tension and frustration that have all too often followed the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team around the hardwood took the night off on Tuesday. In their places were smiles and high-fives — certainly a welcome sight for head coach Mark Henderson and his ...

Road warrior Lynx stay hot in NCC

IOWA FALLS — Nobody likes bus rides in the winter and playing in front of hostile crowds, but it hasn’t seemed to bother the Webster City boys’ basketball team so far this season. For the fourth time in five outings inside the North Central Conference, the Lynx won away from home ...

Cadets shoot WCHS girls out of gym

IOWA FALLS — Iowa Falls-Alden shot a blistering 53 percent from the field and put the game away in the third quarter against Webster City in a North Central Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday night. On the strength of a 17-5 run in the third period, the Cadets were able to cruise ...

It’s the wrong call, IHSAA

This past weekend I spent close to eight hours at a prep wrestling tournament in Perry. The center mat was my home for the majority of that time as I shot photos of every Webster City and South Hamilton wrestler that was called into action. I also spent time interacting with the coaches and ...

WCHS third at Perry despite a slew of absences

PERRY — The crowd was hostile and the ghosts from disappointment past were hovering around the wrestling mats, but Webster City second-ranked (Class 2A) 120-pounder Drake Doolittle silenced them all Saturday afternoon. Back at the scene of controversy from just 12 months earlier, the ...

McCoy makes the most of his chance in the spotlight, wins gold at heavyweight

Red-faced and dripping with sweat, Bryer McCoy took the time to shake every hand that was put in front of him as he beamed with pride inside the Perry High School gymnasium Saturday evening. Sweat or not, his mom wasn’t about to pass up the chance to give her lanky 6-foot-5 son a hug after ...

No. 6 Hawks hit first road bump of season

GILBERT — It’s just one game. A bitterly disappointing game against the rival of all rivals, but, in the big picture, it’s no more than that. Is No. 6-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton happy its perfect season chugged to a halt at the hands of Gilbert, 55-54, Friday night? Of course ...

SH girls rely too much on 3 in 27-point loss to Tigers

GILBERT — Falling in love with the 3-point shot can lead to a wonderful romance, or it can cause a quick crash and burn. South Hamilton felt the wrath of the latter here Friday night. More than half of the Hawks’ 41 shots came from behind the arc and they connected on just 5 of 21 in ...

Bultena’s bloody lip signifies Lynx slugfest win over Lions

CLEAR LAKE — Tyler Bultena is probably never going to score 20 points per game. That’s just not the lanky junior’s game. And so he’s looked for other ways to be a contributor and, low and behold, he’s found it at the defensive end. Sporting a bloody lip that gave off the ...

Lynx girls hold their own against No. 6 Lions, fall 61-53

CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake seniors Emily Snelling and Jessica Faber draw the attention of the defense every night and that was no exception against Webster City Friday night. But it was the freshman that bit the Lynx squarely in the behind. Rookie Sara Faber, who entered the game ...

Hobbled Lynx wobble, denied share of NCC dual title

CLEAR LAKE — Drake Doolittle and Webster City head coach Chad Hisler have been wrestling, literally, with the decision for the better part of two months. Will it be 113 or 120 pounds for the 2016 state bronze medalist? The WCHS sophomore has competed almost exclusively at 120 and that’s ...

No dominant boys’ hoops team means NCC crown up for grabs

WEBSTER CITY — It’s strange, strange times inside the North Central Conference. As it currently sits as the basketball season nears its midpoint, only two boys’ teams inside the league — leaders Webster City and Iowa Falls-Alden — currently own winning records and there isn’t a ...

Hawks no match for PCM, Greene County in HOIC triangular

MONROE — Open at half of the 14 weights and without its two leaders, the South Hamilton wrestling team had no chance of hanging with Heart of Iowa Conference rivals Prairie City-Monroe and Greene County here last night. The Hawks fell to Greene County, 64-18, and were then blanked by PCM, ...

HIGH STAKES

WEBSTER CITY — Drake Doolittle hasn’t lost many matches in his still budding prep wrestling career, so you better believe he vividly remembers those bouts that didn’t go his way. Will the Webster City sophomore, who is ranked second at 120 pounds (Class 2A), get the chance to rectify ...

McKinney erupts for 30, Lynx bounce Cowgirls

CLARION — Was Taylor McKinney feeling it? Maybe just a little? Yeah, you could say that. Webster City’s freshman sharpshooter announced her presence quickly and swiftly here Monday night, as she shot the Lynx to a much needed victory over North Central Conference foe ...

WCHS boys take care of CGD, stay atop NCC

CLARION — Defending North Central Conference champion Webster City took another step forward here Monday night. And don’t look now, but the Lynx sit atop the league standings once again. Balanced scoring and another solid defensive effort propelled WCHS to its third straight victory, ...

Knockin’ off rust

WEBSTER CITY — Nobody was happier to see 6-foot-5 sophomore center Henry Hoversten step onto the scene and control the paint more than teammate Connor Shannon Friday night. Shannon, a 6-foot-6 senior, is not really a post player. The truth is, he’s much more comfortable on the wing ...