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Lynx, Hawks in AP top 10 in respective classes

WEBSTER CITY — Both Daily Freeman-Journal area football teams are ranked by the Associated Press for the first time this season. In the latest poll that was released yesterday afternoon, Webster City jumped up one spot to No. 9 in the Class 3A rankings and South Hamilton entered the 1A top ...

No. 10 Lynx run IF-A into ground in 56-point blowout

WEBSTER CITY — Pick a Webster City tailback, any Webster City tailback, and the odds are good he sliced through the Iowa Falls-Alden defense like a Ginsu knife through warm butter Friday night at Lynx Field. Play after play, drive after drive, the 10th-ranked (Class 3A) Lynx ushered the ...

Hawks punish Wildcats, roll to fourth straight win

STUART — Week after week, the South Hamilton football team has found itself in must-win situations if it wants to cements its status as a state playoffs qualifier. And week after week, the Hawks have answered those challenges. Following a Week 4 loss to second-ranked Van Meter, South ...

RIVALRY WEEK

WEBSTER CITY — With its postseason life still on the line, the Webster City football team understands that it can’t afford to take one play, one quarter, or one game for granted. No matter what the preconceived notions may be. Sitting in a second-place tie with Boone in the Class 3A ...

Hawks deck Rams in 3 sets on Senior Night

JEWELL — Six South Hamilton volleyball seniors went out with a flourish last night, as they were all on the floor early in the Hawks quick sweep of Heart of Iowa Conference rival Greene County on Coach Jim Marsh Court. Anna Moss, Katie Johnson, Makayla Cavan, Chloe Barkema, Anna Ervin and ...

HAWKS’ SECRET WEAPON?

JEWELL — DJ Klonglan isn’t a big kid, but he sure plays that way. The South Hamilton junior running back is listed at 5-foot-8, 155 pounds on the team’s program. Hawks’ head coach Corey Klemp admits that 5-8 might be a stretch, and 155, yeah, that’s probably a little generous, ...

It’s Groundhog Day for Bultena, Lynx boys at NCC meet

ALGONA — The meet wasn’t held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and Tyler Bultena isn’t Phil Connors, the fictional character portrayed by Bill Murray that cinematic fans grew to love, but in many ways it was the Webster City boys’ cross country team’s version of Groundhog Day here on ...

No. 5-ranked Hawk boys a disappointing 3rd at HOIC

JEWELL — Sprinting at the sound of the gun and pushing the pace until his lungs burn and his legs turn to rubber, that’s the strategy that South Hamilton junior Logan Peters usually goes with when he steps onto a cross country course. A conservative game plan, that’s not his style ...

Licea breaks own school record, Hawk girls 7th at HOIC

JEWELL — With bright — and we’re talking really, really bright — red hair bouncing in the wind with each stride, it wasn’t difficult to pick South Hamilton freshman Yolanda Licea out of the crowd of 119 runners at Monday’s Heart of Iowa Conference meet. At the rate she’s ...

One dominant set not enough for Lynx in regular season finale

ALGONA — The second set, now that was the volleyball team that Webster City head coach Jess Howard says is capable of competing with the elite programs around the state. Sustaining it, that was the problem. Webster City put together a dominant second set against Algona Monday night, ...

Lynx return to AP Class 3A top 10 after a one-week absence

WEBSTER CITY — After finding itself outside of the Associated Press Class 3A top 10 for the first time all season a week ago, the Webster City football team returned in the latest poll released yesterday afternoon. The Lynx (6-1) snuck into the No. 10 spot thanks in large part to its ...

BIZARRO BALL

PERRY — Caked in mud to the point that the No. 23 on the back of his jersey was barely visible, Caleb Olson had a smile on his face as he reminisced about the good old days while he stood in the center of the swamp at Dewey Field late Friday night. Webster City’s Class 3A District 2 ...

Hawks record first shutout in 3 years, move to 6-1

JEWELL — It was supposed to be a simple trap play, one South Hamilton has run countless times this season, but a bobble here and a wobble there forced quarterback Marco Balderas to improvise on the fly midway through the second quarter at Taylor Field Friday night. The end result? A lot ...

Lynx top future regional foe at tourney

MASON CITY — A rough day ended on a good note for the Webster City volleyball team at Saturday’s Mason City Invitational. After two-set losses to sixth-ranked (Class 3A) Osage (21-11, 21-6) and Central Springs (21-13, 21-10), the Lynx closed out their run by knocking off the host Mohawks ...

Hawks 2-2 at Hampton-Dumont Invite

HAMPTON — South Hamilton put together a 2-2 performance at Saturday’s Hampton-Dumont Invite. The Hawks beat South Hardin, 2-0 (21-15, 21-12), and Denver, 2-1 (21-10, 10-21, 15-7). They lost a pair of 2-0 matches to ranked teams, No. 10 (Class 4A) Independence (21-18, 21-17) and No. 12 ...

No. 5 Hawk boys 2nd at loaded Jim Klein Invite

JEWELL — Six ranked teams in the field of 13 schools gave the South Hamilton boys’ cross country team plenty to chase at its own Jim Klein Invite yesterday. It was a good dress rehearsal for what the Hawks will face on Monday when the Heart of Iowa Conference meet is held on the same ...

Wintermote resigns as Hawks’ volleyball coach, Klemp takes over

JEWELL — Rusty Wintermote resigned as the head volleyball coach at South Hamilton on Wednesday and assistant coach Amy Klemp has been named the acting head coach for the remainder of the season. Wintermote, who spent two separate stints as the program’s leader, informed the South ...

Lynx bury Clear Lake in three sets

WEBSTER CITY — The four seniors — Halle Mason, Cassidy Nerland, Sarah Vogelbacher and Stacey Meyer — on the Webster City volleyball team got a proper send-off last night, as they exited their home gymnasium as players for the final time with a North Central Conference victory. Three ...

Lynx hold their own vs. 4A field at Ft. Dodge

FORT DODGE — More than just the familiar trek at Lakeside Golf Course gave yesterday’s Fort Dodge Invitational a state cross country meet feel. The fields had a lot to do with it as well. Webster City held its own against the Class 4A-dominated competition and put up some quality ...

Hawks drop matches to North Polk, Grand View Christian

ALLEMAN — The South Hamilton volleyball team struck out twice in an effort to pick up its 19th victory of the season here last night. North Polk overcame a second-set hiccup to beat South Hamilton, 3-1, in Heart of Iowa Conference play. The Comets were victorious by scores of 25-13, 24-26, ...