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IT’S RAINING 3’s

POCAHONTAS — In the house that Elle Ruffridge built, Taylor McKinney gave her best imitation of the state’s all-time scoring leader Tuesday night. And do you know what? She was spot on. The Pocahontas Area High School gymnasium has seen plenty of magical shooting performances over ...

WCHS boys suffer growing pains in loss to Indians

POCAHONTAS — Marty McKinney knows it’s a marathon and not a sprint, which is why he’s working on something that doesn’t necessarily come natural to him: Patience. Webster City’s veteran boys’ basketball coach was aware of the deficiencies, but he chose to focus on the positives ...

Hill and Peters erupt, Hawks fly by Titans for victory

JEWELL — The Big Three will have to wait. For now, South Hamilton has to settle for the Terrifying Two. And they’ll put a scare into every opponent they face. With Cole Berg sidelined with a knee injury for the time being, the Hawks turned to senior leaders Conner Hill and Logan ...

No. 7 Titans pull away in second half, handle SH girls, 53-25

JEWELL — For 16 minutes, the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team showed it belonged on Coach Jim Marsh Court Tuesday night. Over the final 16 minutes, South Central Calhoun flexed its talented muscles. Locked in a two-point game at the half, the seventh-ranked (Class 2A) Titans ...

Phetxoumphone, Doolittle and Olson all ranked by The Predicament

WEBSTER CITY — The Predicament released its prep wrestling rankings on Monday and three Webster City grapplers will begin the season ranked in Class 2A at their respective weights. Freshman 106-pounder Camron Phetxoumphone is No. 10 at the lightest weight class. Senior Drake Doolittle is ...

UPBEAT IN DEFEAT

BOONE — With rosy cheeks and her head cloaked in a black hooded sweatshirt, Taylor McKinney leaned forward, elbows on knees, and stared straight ahead as she dissected what might have been as afternoon turned to evening on Saturday. Two years ago the Webster City junior point guard would ...

PREP BRIEFS: Hawks basketball, Dylan Steen

HAWKS WIN EXHIBITION: A 23-15 fourth-quarter run and plenty of production from its key returners helped the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team knock off Bishop Garrigan, 62-58, in a Hall of Pride exhibition game Saturday night in Algona. The Hawks played without senior Cole Berg, a ...

SPLASH SISTERS

MAXWELL — Prove it. That’s what Collins-Maxwell said with its defensive strategy to South Hamilton guards Rylee Woodall and Emma Lewis during Tuesday night’s non-conference girls’ basketball game, the first of the season for the Hawks. And that’s exactly what Woodall and Lewis ...

Diersen snags Class 2A all-district honor on volleyball court

WEBSTER CITY — A standout senior season in the middle of the front row produced a fitting award for South Hamilton senior volleyball player Breanne Diersen. The Hawks’ middle hitter was named to the Class 2A Central District all-district squad this week, one of 12 players to make the ...

Doolittle No. 3 at 120, Olson No. 6 at 195 in first 2A wrestling rankings

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City seniors Drake Doolittle and Caleb Olson cracked the first set of prep wrestling rankings released by iawrestle.com on Tuesday. Doolittle, a three-time state medalist, is No. 3 at 120 pounds in Class 2A. Olson, a two-time state qualifier and 2017 state medalist, ...

MR. ALL-STATE: Dylan Steen a repeat first-team selection in Class 3A secondary

WEBSTER CITY — Bob Howard always believed in Dylan Steen, even when Steen didn’t believe in himself. You see, there was a time, just after Steen’s freshman football season in the fall of 2015, that he had decided to hang up his football helmet for good. He was a baseball player; maybe ...

Skartvedt accepts preferred walk-on spot, signs with SDSU

JEWELL — Academics and athletics, they were a perfect fit. And just like that, Lily Skartvedt knew she wanted to become a Jackrabbit. It’s official now too. Offered a preferred walk-on spot by the South Dakota State University volleyball program over the summer, Skartvedt, a South ...

Schwandt, Finucan and Dawson all-NCC on court

WEBSTER CITY — Power in the front row and talent in the back row served the Webster City volleyball team well this fall. With Adalie Schwandt and Kamry Dawson providing the pop at net, and Alayna Finucan piling up the floor burns to corral digs, the Lynx put together an 18-18 season that ...

Hawks’ Paulsen named 1A At Large Coach of Year by IATC

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton boys’ cross country coach Darrell Paulsen was recognized for his work by the Iowa Association of Track Coaches on Wednesday. After guiding the Hawks to a third-place finish in Class 1A at the state meet late last month, Paulsen was named an At Large Coach of ...

15 Hawks all-district, Smith co-MVP on defense

JEWELL — Winning four of five district games and reaching the playoffs for the second consecutive season has its advantages. Following a 7-3 season and second-place finish in Class 1A District 2, the South Hamilton football team was rewarded recently with 15 all-district honors. Ten Hawks ...

Lampman all-district on offensive line in Class 3A District 2

WEBSTER CITY — Austin Lampman was the anchor on the offensive line of the best offense in Class 3A District 2 this season. So it makes perfect sense that he was regarded as one of the district’s premier players. The Webster City senior was one of eight Lynx players to be named to the ...

Piaszynski runs PR, places 35th at All-Star Meet

WEBSTER CITY — John Piaszynski’s final prep cross country race was also one of his best. Competing in the Senior All-Star Meet on Saturday, the Webster City runner completed the 5-kilometer course at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny in a personal-best 17 minutes, 18.2 seconds ...

7 Lynx named to top team in 3A District 2

WEBSTER CITY — Ten Webster City football players received all-district awards at season’s end, it was announced last week. Following a 5-4 season and a 3-2 performance in Class 3A District 2, the Lynx placed seven players on the lone all-district squad. Three others collected honorable ...

Wintermote named to ARC all-conference team for Coe College

WEBSTER CITY — Wherever Ady Wintermote plays volleyball, the honors just seem to follow. Following a standout prep career and a one-year stint at Kirkwood Community College that was loaded with accolades, Wintermote added to her resume last week following an impressive first season as a ...

Skartvedt caps career with HOIC 1st team honor

JEWELL — Another successful fall campaign on the volleyball court that produced a third consecutive 20-win season culminated with six all-Heart of Iowa Conference volleyball awards for South Hamilton. And just as she had all season, Lily Skartvedt led the way. The Hawks’ senior and ...