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Ninth-ranked Nevada exploits Hawk girls, wins easily

JEWELL — It was a daunting and probably impossible challenge, Mark Henderson knew that long before he sat down on the front row of the bleachers with his players Friday night. Ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Nevada, with some of the same pieces that won the 3A state title in 2015 and finished ...

Lynx dictate play, open NCC docket with romp

HUMBOLDT — Marty McKinney guesses he’s had a team or two shoot nearly as well as his Webster City boys’ squad did here Friday night. But one that shot better? He seriously doubts it. Getting the looks it wanted from the opening tip to the final horn, the Lynx shot a blistering 68 ...

Lynx girls throttled by Humboldt, fall to 0-5

HUMBOLDT — If it could go wrong, it did go wrong for the Webster City girls’ basketball team here Friday night. Following a confidence-producing overtime contest against South Central Calhoun last Tuesday, the Lynx followed it up with a clunker in a 63-29 loss to North Central Conference ...

Hetland remains unbeaten, Hawks take fourth at Central Springs tourney

MANLY — Keaton Hetland continued his early-season run of mistake-free wrestling to lead South Hamilton at Saturday’s Central Springs Round Robin Tournament. The junior 132-pounder won all three of his matches without much nail-biting and the Hawks tallied 136 points to place fourth in ...

Lynx rally by DC-G, get handled by Indianola

INDIANOLA — Drake Doolittle doesn’t get rattled, not by an opponent and certainly not by a deficit. If there’s time left on the clock, the Webster City sophomore is going full throttle until he’s told to stop. If anyone could handle a daunting night against a pair of highly ranked ...

Third game of week sends Lynx to Humboldt

WEBSTER CITY — A road trip to Humboldt awaits the Webster City basketball teams this evening, as they get back to business in the North Central Conference following a pair of non-conference contests earlier this week. The girls’ game will tip-off at 6:15 p.m., followed by the boys’ ...

Hawks tripped up by old HOIC rival Tigerhawks

DES MOINES — The South Hamilton wrestling team took part in its first duals of the season here last night. The Hawks were at Saydel High School to take on the host Eagles and Roland-Story in Heart of Iowa Conference action. Former HOIC member Colfax-Mingo also joined to make the meet a ...

It’s how you finish

WEBSTER CITY — It was nothing more than a prayer and a double-clutched one at that. But right when he least expected it, the basketball Gods answered Connor Shannon’s call. Nothing but net and a whole lot of momentum. Shannon’s heave from beyond halfcourt as the buzzer sounded to ...

WCHS girls rally from 20 down to force OT

WEBSTER CITY — Bitter disappointment doesn’t often quickly morph into resolute optimism and yet after the sting wore off Tuesday night that’s precisely what the Webster City girls’ basketball coaches and players took from the latest loss. The Lynx may be 0-4, but it’s only a ...

Lynx gear up for tough triangular with Indianola, DC-G

WEBSTER CITY — Always searching for tough competition, the Webster City wrestling team will make the long trek to Indianola this evening for a pair of non-conference duals that will be tests. WCHS will wrestle Dallas Center-Grimes at 5:30 p.m. inside Blake Fieldhouse, located at the ...

No. 8 Hawks play lockdown defense, roll

DES MOINES — Eighth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton limited Heart of Iowa Conference rival Saydel to seven field goals and 21 percent shooting in a 56-21 romp here Tuesday night. The Eagles (0-3, 0-2 HOIC) never reached double-digit scoring in any of the four quarters and turned the ball ...

SH girls let one slip away against Saydel

DES MOINES — A dismal night shooting — 19 percent from the field and 40 percent at the free throw line — cost the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team a golden opportunity to pick up its first victory of the season here on Tuesday. Leading by as many as 10 points in the first half, ...

New-look WCHS boys give up second-most points in McKinney era

POCAHONTAS — Almost an entirely new team playing for the first time on the road against an experienced and talented opponent, the odds were good that this would be a bumpy ride for the Webster City boys’ basketball team. But 26 points bumpy? Head coach Marty McKinney didn’t see ...

Ruffridge one assist short of triple-double in No. 1 Indians rout of Lynx

POCAHONTAS — You can go ahead and add Nicole Muhlenbruch to the list of coaches that won’t be sad to see Pocahontas Area senior Elle Ruffridge graduate next spring. It’s nothing personal against Ruffridge, who smiles as she torments on the basketball court. But three years of ...

Schnathorst headed to DMACC to play volleyball

WEBSTER CITY — All of those workouts in the offseason, not to mention the countless hours spent practicing in season have paid off for Taylor Schnathorst. The Webster City senior will get the chance to play her favorite sport at the next level. Schnathorst recently accepted a ...

Doolittle, Lawson golden again at DC-G Invite

GRIMES — Drake Doolittle and Cooper Lawson winning titles at Saturday’s Dallas Center-Grimes Mustang Invitational was about as surprising as a January snow storm in Iowa. With great track records come great expectations. They may have felt some of the heat coming off the spotlight, ...

Frantic rally falls short

WEBSTER CITY — The final eight minutes were a glimpse into what the Webster City girls’ basketball team can be this season. The first eight minutes weren’t bad either. But the middle 16? Forgetful for the Lynx, to say the least. Iowa Falls-Alden outscored WCHS ...

Hetland evens score with state medalist, wins Wood Invite title

MANSON — Returning to the same gymnasium where they met just nine months ago, Keaton Hetland turned the tables on a rival and showcased the growth that he made on the wrestling mat during the offseason at Saturday’s Doug Wood Invitational. Hetland, a South Hamilton junior and returning ...

Hawks turn to defense to move past Trojans by 15

STATE CENTER — Beauty is oftentimes in the eye of the beholder. So while South Hamilton’s 52-37 victory over West Marshall in a non-conference boys’ basketball game Saturday night may not have been esthetically pleasing to everyone, the Hawks were more than happy to jump on the bus and ...

SH girls continue to improve, but shots won’t fall in loss

JEWELL — The strides made by the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team were noticeable in almost every phase of the game on Coach Jim Marsh Court Saturday night. There was only one glaring weakness, but unfortunately it made all the difference between competing for a victory and ...