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Lynx want to be selfish, keep NCC title all to themselves

WEBSTER CITY — The math isn’t hard to figure out as the Webster City boys’ basketball team prepares to close out its North Central Conference schedule against Iowa Falls-Alden on Saturday. Win and the league championship goes entirely to the Lynx. Lose and they have to share it with ...

Their Waterloo

CRESTON — The disappointment of being denied a trip to the Class 2A state duals bubbled just below the surface, but it wasn’t overwhelming as Webster City’s wrestlers and coaches trudged out of Creston High School and into the cold Tuesday night. Why? Because they knew they did ...

Lions spoil Lynx NCC coronation

WEBSTER CITY — Nobody ever said winning an outright North Central Conference championship was going to be easy. Clear Lake added to Webster City’s late-season stress Tuesday night. Needing a win to stay in the hunt for a piece of the title, the Lions outscored the Lynx 14-9 in the ...

Balderas carries No. 9 Hawks past R-S and into at least share of HOIC title

JEWELL — A 17-point victory on an “off night?” Well, yes. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton wasn’t tack sharp in its regular season home finale, but then again it didn’t need to be. With Marco Balderas taking a leading role, the Hawks disposed of Roland-Story, 60-43, on ...

WCHS girls fade late, fall to No. 8 Lions

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City had No. 8-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake on the ropes for three quarters Tuesday night, but the Lions were able to escape with a 60-48 victory on the strength of 13 3-point baskets. Trailing 39-36 with one minute remaining in the third quarter, North Central ...

Hawk girls show fight, still fall to Roland-Story, 53-36

JEWELL — Five 3-pointers in the first quarter and nine in the game carried Roland-Story to a 53-36 victory over South Hamilton in the regular season finale for both girls’ basketball teams Tuesday night. The hot start propelled the Norsemen (14-7, 10-6 HOIC) out to a 21-11 lead after one ...

FOCUS TURNS TO DUALS

WEBSTER CITY — It’s not exactly a hop, skip and a jump to the Class 2A regional duals tonight for Webster City, but the Lynx would likely travel to the end of the Earth if it meant competing for a spot in the state tournament. No, getting to Creston won’t be the problem. How to handle ...

CLASS IS DISMISSED

HUMBOLDT — It’s safe to say that Webster City junior Luke Rohmiller and Humboldt sophomore Joey Busse won’t be breaking bread together anytime soon. Is there bad blood there? It’s possible. But with so much at stake, is it surprising? If you know any wrestlers even a little then you ...

Champs again! Lynx rip ’Dogs, clinch NCC title

HAMPTON — Winning a North Central Conference championship is always a grind. But it usually takes experienced players and first-hand knowledge of the highs and lows to be able to navigate the battles to the top of the heap. Webster City has now broken that mold. Five new starters this ...

Hetland, Peters golden for Hawks at 1A sectional

EAGLE GROVE — For four days, South Hamilton senior Luke Peters walked around with the bitter taste of defeat in his mouth. Luckily for him though, the chance for redemption came quickly. And he made the most of his opportunity. Peters, the Hawks’ 160-pound senior and two-time state ...

Slow starts in each half cost Lynx girls in 66-56 loss to Bulldogs

HAMPTON — It took the Webster City girls’ basketball team too long to get going at the start of each half and, eventually, the holes they dug for themselves were too deep to climb out of here Friday night. Trailing 20-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Lynx came close, but could ...

No. 10 Hawks make it look easy against Raiders, Cadets

JEWELL — No. 10-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton wasted no time in asserting its dominance against Collins-Maxwell-Baxter in a Heart of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball game on Coach Jim Marsh Court Friday night. The Hawks stormed out to a 28-7 lead after one quarter and added a 29-7 ...

SH girls fall twice at home

JEWELL — CMB drained eight 3-point baskets and received 17 points from Brianda Bane in a 49-32 girls’ basketball victory over South Hamilton Friday night. The Raiders (10-11, 8-8 HOIC) jumped out to a 36-15 halftime lead owned a 41-20 edge after three quarters. Sailor Hinegardner ...

UPSET, BABY!

WEBSTER CITY — After watching her team perform near flawlessly, Webster City girls’ basketball coach Nicole Muhlenbruch walked into the locker room, looked at her players and did the only thing she could think of last night. She cried. But they were happy tears, and soon she was ...

WCHS boys survive against Humboldt, magic number to clinch NCC now at 1

WEBSTER CITY — Not particularly pretty from the opening tip until the final buzzer sounded, the Webster City boys’ basketball team did enough — barely, but enough — to sneak by North Central Conference rival Humboldt last night. But the 39-34 outcome goes down as another victory, ...

Senioritis not a problem for Nelson, Peck

WEBSTER CITY — Chad Hisler has seen this phenomenon before, which is why Webster City’s rookie head wrestling coach isn’t all that surprised to see it once again. Grapplers that may not have had gobs of success, but once the senior season rolls around it’s an entirely different ...

Lynx take out Gaels, move closer to league crown

FORT DODGE — The more things change, the more they actually stay the same. Take the Webster City boys’ basketball team, for instance: It couldn’t look much more different than it did a year ago, but guess what? The results are nearly identical. Five new starters. Six players seeing ...

McKinney, Nerland lead WCHS girls past SE

FORT DODGE — A solid second half, spurred by aggressive defense and execution at the free throw line, powered the Webster City girls’ basketball team to a second straight North Central Conference victory here Tuesday night. Trailing 25-20 at halftime, the Lynx caught fire in the third ...

No. 10 Hawks leave no doubt against PCM, lead HOIC outright again

MONROE — No. 10-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton showed just how dangerous it can be when it comes ready to play at both ends of the court here Tuesday night. Prairie City-Monroe never stood a chance. The Hawks unleashed an offensive tsunami in the second quarter and were never ...

SH girls can’t keep up with 15th-ranked Mustangs

MONROE — Just four field goals and 25 turnovers told the story here Tuesday night, as the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team was unable to keep up with 15th-ranked (Class 3A) Prairie City-Monroe in a Heart of Iowa Conference contest. The Mustangs (16-3, 13-1 HOIC) shot 42 percent (22 ...