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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

Yeah, I get it — this newspaper is called the Webster City Daily Freeman-Journal, not the Humboldt Daily Freeman-Journal. Columns are usually reserved for the accomplishments of Lynx athletes, not their adversaries 45 minutes to the north and west. But every so often someone comes along ...

Lynx boys break the streak, vault into the runner-up spot at NCC meet

WEBSTER CITY — It may sound crazy, but it’s true — boredom is just what the Webster City boys’ cross country team needed to get over a North Central Conference hump that had been too tall for five consecutive years. Third at the conference meet from 2014-18, the Lynx finally took ...

Butz stuns even herself at NCC meet, takes Lynx girls along for the ride

WEBSTER CITY — Kaelyn Butz kept repeating the same phrase, over and over again, as she stood with her hands on her hips inside the finishing chute at Tuesday’s North Central Conference cross country meet. Oh my god ... oh my god ... oh my god. Butz, a Webster City junior, wasn’t ...

No. 14 Humboldt spoils Lynx Senior Night

WEBSTER CITY — Senior Night was spoiled for the Webster City volleyball team Tuesday night, as 14th-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt entered the WCHS gymnasium and quieted the home crowd throughout its 3-0 sweep of the Lynx in North Central Conference play. Behind a match-high 13 kills from ...

Grove turns in PR, captures silver at HOIC meet

ALLEMAN — Quinton Grove isn’t the type of runner who will wear his emotions on his sleeve. But you better believe he was dancing on the inside Monday evening. For more than a month, the South Hamilton senior and 2018 all-state cross country runner has waited for that breakout race, that ...

Girls NCC XC Preview: Gidel looks to make history

WEBSTER CITY — There have been 29 girls that know what it feels like to win a North Central Conference individual cross country title. But none of them have enjoyed that feeling four times. Is this the year that changes? We’ll find out later today. Humboldt senior Bryce Gidel will ...

Boys NCC XC Preview: Humboldt … and everyone else

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City boys’ cross country team is really hoping the streak ends at five. That’s how many consecutive seasons the Lynx have finished in the third-place position at the North Central Conference meet. But as they get set to toe the line on their home course — ...

LYNX BEAR DOWN

WEBSTER CITY — Faith Anderson had only three of the 108 kills that were hammered to the hardwood inside the WCHS gymnasium Monday night. But in this instance, the old adage of quality over quantity rings true. Already trailing by a set and staring at another set point against, WCHS was ...

THE RPI IS NO FAN OF THE LYNX

WEBSTER CITY — It could be argued that the Iowa prep football Ratings Percentage Index — commonly referred to as the RPI — is as confusing as stereo instructions. But let’s keep it simple and just say this: The RPI isn’t really a fan of Webster City. The Lynx are 30th in Class ...

Running Wild

PERRY — The yelling came from the Perry sideline first and the Blue Jays on the field echoed it almost every time Webster City broke the huddle during the first half at Dewey Field Friday night. Watch the counter! Watch the counter! Garrett Whitmore, the Lynx senior wingback, knew ...

No. 6 Titans pull away from Hawks in 4th quarter

LAKE CITY — For three quarters, the South Hamilton football team stared sixth-ranked (Class 1A) South Central Calhoun in the eye and didn’t blink here Friday night. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the two-way playing Hawks were almost too tired to keep their eyes ...

Lynx split 4 matches, reach semifinals of tourney

MADRID — The Webster City volleyball team reached the championship pool of the Madrid Invitational on Saturday, but fell to eventual gold medalist Van Meter in the semifinals. The Lynx (15-11), who won the tournament in 2018, went 2-2 on the day. They rolled in their opening set of the day ...

HE’S A FREAK

WEBSTER CITY — A fraction of it probably is luck, the whole right place at the right time theory, but the bulk of Tyler Olson’s ball hawking prowess comes back to one unquestioned fact: The kid is simply an athletic freak. Olson, Webster City’s junior cornerback, enters tonight’s ...

HAWKS READY TO MEET GOLIATH

WEBSTER CITY — The South Hamilton football team will face its toughest test to date this evening when it makes the long trek to Lake City to tangle with sixth-ranked (Class 1A) and unbeaten South Central Calhoun. The District 2 battle of 2018 state qualifiers is set for a 7 p.m. ...

Hawks sweep Saydel, jump back above .500

DES MOINES — The South Hamilton volleyball team struggled at the net and behind the service line at times, but still did enough to power past Saydel in a Heart of Iowa Conference battle here Tuesday night. The Hawks (13-12, 2-2 HOIC) swept the bout, 25-13, 27-25, 25-16, to keep Saydel ...

ALAYNA’S GOT GAME

IOWA FALLS — Alayna Finucan isn’t a mind reader, she just plays the role — and quite well — on the volleyball court. The Webster City sophomore libero laser focuses in on the set and reads its arc towards the hitter. She then shifts her attention to the attacker, her foot placement ...

WCHS grad Adams to be inducted into IGCA Softball Hall of Fame

FORT DODGE — Andi Adams admits she shed a few tears when the Iowa Girls Coaching Association called to say she will be inducted into the state's Softball Hall of Fame this coming summer. The raw emotion didn't come from personal glory or individual satisfaction, though. Instead, the ...

SELF-INFLICTED

WEBSTER CITY — Bob Howard was Forrest Gump and his Webster City football team was the box of chocolates at Lynx Field Friday night. From one play to the next, the head coach never knew what he was going to get. And against defending Class 3A District 2 champion Carroll, that simply ...

Flaugh-less: Hawks’ FB lumbers for 179 yards, 4 TDs

MADRID — It wasn’t always perfect, but a hefty dose of Cade Flaugh, coupled with another dominant effort from the defensive line carried the South Hamilton football team to its third consecutive victory here Friday night. Despite a couple turnovers and failing to complete a pass from the ...

387 runners compete at Steven Johnson Invite, Hawks included

WAVERLY — A total of 387 runners — 198 boys and 189 girls — toed the line and completed the 5K course at Waverly College here on Saturday. The third annual Steven Johnson Invite brought together a slew of quality teams, big and small, from across the state, as well as competitors from ...