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It’s heartache for Lynx in NCC opener

IOWA FALLS — Is there a proven remedy for heartache? If so, Webster City girls’ basketball head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch and her players are interested. The Lynx left everything on the floor here Friday night, but were forced to trudge home with lumps in their throats after Iowa ...

Swenson reaches finals, Hawks 9th at Doug Wood Invite

MANSON — The South Hamilton wrestling team put one wrestler in the finals and placed ninth in the 12-team Doug Wood Invitational here on Saturday. Freshman 138-pounder Lane Swenson navigated his way through the quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the gold-medal bout. His run was ended by ...

Saturday’s Basketball Briefs

HAWK GIRLS EARN FIRST WIN: An 18-8 third quarter run put the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team in control and the Hawks went on to pick up their first victory of the season over Ogden, 56-45, Saturday night in Ogden. “It’s always a good feeling to get the first win of the season ...

Cowboys better at chess, take NCC dual over Lynx

WEBSTER CITY — The wrestling mat served as a chess board for Webster City and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows last night, as the North Central Conference titans jockeyed for position in an opening-night showdown that could very well determine the league’s dual championship. The Cowboys moved ...

YEAH, BUT …

WEBSTER CITY — Marty McKinney might as well have been breathing fire as he huffed and puffed while the WCHS gymnasium emptied Tuesday night. He was, is and always will be a defense-first basketball coach, so not even the finest offensive performance in a season opener during his tenure at ...

WCHS girls reverse roles, press Indians into submission

WEBSTER CITY — Nicole Muhlenbruch wouldn’t take the bait. She wouldn’t even nibble around the edges. The Webster City head girls’ basketball coach remained stoic as she talked about her team’s 49-26 throttling of Pocahontas Area Tuesday night inside the WCHS gymnasium. There was ...

Balderas, Hawks start fast and bury Titans by 26 points in opener

ROCKWELL CITY — Nathan Hill couldn’t have scripted a better opening eight minutes of the season and it shouldn’t be a surprise that his talented veteran point guard played the biggest role in the period. Marco Balderas scored nine of his 15 points in the first quarter to help South ...

SCC out works Hawks at both ends of floor in easy girls’ hoops win

ROCKWELL CITY — A ho-hum start that lacked energy put the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team in a hole it was unable to dig out of here Tuesday night. South Central Calhoun (3-0) roared out to a 13-point lead after one quarter, 21-8, and the unbeaten Titans coasted to the finish line ...

Swenson, Laube and Willis all 2-1 with a pair of pins for Hawks

WOODWARD — Three South Hamilton wrestlers picked up two wins and three others claimed one victory on the opening night of the season here on Tuesday. The Hawks dropped duals to Woodward-Granger (72-12), Colfax-Mingo (49-24) and North Polk (57-18). Lane Swenson (145 pounds), Nate Laube ...

Big test awaits Lynx grapplers tonight

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City wrestling team will face a difficult challenge right out of the chute this evening when it welcomes Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Iowa Falls-Alden to the WCHS gym for a North Central Conference triangular. WCHS will face IF-A at 6 p.m. The Cadets and CGD will ...

Closing That Gap

WEBSTER CITY — Let’s face it, as season openers go, the now six-year experiment against Boone has mostly been a dud, loaded with quickly out of hand games and lopsided scores. Boone by 13 points. Boone by 25. Boone by 26. Boone by 21. Boone by 23. Yeah, you get the point. So ...

Game of chances

JEWELL — Mark Henderson would be one of many coaches to admit that oftentimes there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. South Hamilton’s second-year head coach covered as much as he could during the two weeks of preseason practices, but when it came time for the scoreboard to be ...

12 Hawks land on all-district football teams

WEBSTER CITY — The South Hamilton football team earned 12 all-district honors and collected two of the most prestigious awards following a turnaround season that ended in the state playoffs for the first time since 2013. Senior linebacker Logan Klemp was named to co-Defensive Most ...

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 ...