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Five area players named all-state by INA, four on first team

WEBSTER CITY — An offensive lineman’s value is hard to quantify with statistics, harder than that of a quarterback or running back anyway. Oftentimes, it takes the eye test to differentiate one lineman from another. And for four years, Webster City’s Cooper Lawson passed the eye test ...

A MAN OF CHARACTER

WEBSTER CITY — The football wins (a lot), losses (not many) and state championships (more than most) are what will eventually fill the first paragraph of Bob Howard’s coaching legacy, and rightfully so. But the award he will receive Friday night certainly fits somewhere among the large ...

Hackbarth signs with Upper Iowa University

WEBSTER CITY — Max Hackbarth is walking, talking, breathing proof that a lot of hard work can go a long way. Just another baseball player as a freshman and sophomore, Hackbarth, a Webster City senior, transformed himself into one of the state’s premier pitchers during his junior season ...

Lynx hitters Dawson, Nerland earn honors

WEBSTER CITY — The two front row leaders for the Webster City volleyball team recently hauled in all-conference honors from the coaches in the North Central Conference. Junior Kamry Dawson and senior Cassidy Nerland were both named to the all-NCC third team after they led the Lynx to nine ...

Hanoman completes NYC Marathon in just over 3 hours

WEBSTER CITY — It was just 19 months ago that Webster City native Sunil Hanoman donned the familiar purple and gold and tackled the streets of Boston along with thousands of other avid runners. It was a long and grueling journey, one that in the moments following the race he thought he’d ...

GANG OF EIGHT

WEBSTER CITY — An 8-2 season, runner-up finish in Class 3A District 2 and 10th consecutive trip to the state playoffs provided for another successful fall for the Webster City football team. And now the Lynx have started to reel in the honors. Eight WCHS players, four on offense and ...

Wintermote a phenom on court for Kirkwood

WEBSTER CITY — She still wears No. 9, although now her jersey is either white or blue instead of the familiar South Hamilton red. But other than that, not a lot has changed. Prep courts or college courts, the setting really doesn’t matter. Ady Wintermote can still play the game of ...

Appreciation Days declared

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship Nov. 1 through 11, 2017 has been proclaimed as Veterans Appreciation Days in Webster City. Jim Talbot, city councilman, shows the proclamation signed by Mayor John Hawkins on Tuesday to Bill Peterson of Hamilton County Veterans Affairs. The ...

DOUBLE DUTCH

PELLA — Making tackle after tackle was the easy part. It was reigning in his emotions as he talked about his senior teammates that gave Webster City junior linebacker Caleb Olson fits as the wind howled around him late Friday night. One last bus ride home. Olson said it twice, almost ...

PETERS GUTS HIS WAY INTO TOP 10, HAWKS 6TH

FORT DODGE — The longstanding narrative goes something like this: Logan Peters, a great runner with a not-so-great finish. Well, say goodbye to that one. On the big stage, in front of a few thousand fans, the South Hamilton junior put together the final half-mile of his life, one loaded ...

Big-play QB spoils Hawks’ playoffs opener

DENVER — Sam Joerger is a playmaker and it doesn’t matter if he’s running the ball, throwing the ball or on defense. The Denver senior put his entire arsenal on display Friday night and he proved to be the difference maker in the sixth-ranked Cyclones’ 28-6 victory over 10th-ranked ...

A rematch of 2016 state final, Lynx with another hill to climb

WEBSTER CITY — It’s the first-round match-up that pops off the page, almost as if it was surrounded by flashing neon lights with carnival music blaring in the background. Reigning state champion against reigning state runner-up. A rematch of the final game of 2016, only this time at a ...

Strength vs. strength when Hawks, Cyclones meet on gridiron

JEWELL — Old-school, smash mouth football, a return to the days before the pass-happy spread attack became the norm. All that will be missing is the frozen tundra, although it will be close with temperatures expected to dip into the 30’s. That’s what fans have to look forward to ...

No. 5 Hawks go in search of top-5 finish at state XC meet

JEWELL — The question hung in the air as South Hamilton’s Big Three shifted their gazes from one another, but it wasn’t long before the smiles came out and the smack talk began. “On a scale of one to 10, beating Logan (Peters) is a 10 and I’m pretty sure Quinton (Grove) feels the ...

No. 13 Comets run Lynx spikers out of postseason

CHARLES CITY — It was the architect, not the hammers, that spoiled the postseason run and ended the season for the Webster City volleyball team here Tuesday night. Charles City setter Sydney Loeckle flummoxed the Lynx with an array of quick sets and back sets, and they allowed the ...

Panthers bounce Hawks from 2A regionals in 5 sets

JEWELL — After 198 points, the tanks were empty. All that was left were a mixture of emotions, tears being right at the top of the list. Four points, that’s all that separated Central Springs and South Hamilton in a Class 2A Region 6 quarterfinal on Coach Jim Marsh Court Monday night. ...

A PERFECT 10!

BOONE — The call was a little gutsy and oh-so brilliant. And it caught everyone by surprise. Third-and-11, 63 yards away from the end zone, clinging to a 21-14 lead and 2:05 remaining. The conservative option would have been to run the ball, chew up as much clock as possible, punt it away ...

HAWKS MAKE A RETURN TO 1A STATE PLAYOFFS

JEWELL — It was just before the start of the 2015 season that then rookie South Hamilton head football coach Corey Klemp sat down and scribbled down his goals for the program he’d just inherited. Klemp knew some lumps were coming, but he also knew there was potential. So when he got to ...