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THE AWAKENING

GRIMES — Webster City needed to run one more play, then it could allow the clock to tick down to zero on a much-needed win as the rain spat down late Friday night. And the play was nothing special; an off-tackle run to the left side that Dallas Center-Grimes had seen enough to last a ...

Hawks blast Ogden, now take wait and see approach

JEWELL — South Hamilton has done its part. Now all it can do is sit and wait. Nervously. Knowing they needed a victory over Ogden on Friday to remain in contention for a spot in the Class 1A playoffs, the Hawks put together a dominant second half to turn a competitive game into a 37-8 ...

Crutcher breaks 5K school record at NCC meet

IOWA FALLS — Freshman Jacie Crutcher moved to the top of the Webster City girls’ 5K all-time leaderboard yesterday. And she’s only going to get better. Probably a lot better. With a deluge of rain throughout the area in recent weeks, the North Central Conference meet shifted to a ...

Class: RPI 101

BY TROY BANNING tbanning@freemanjournal.net JEWELL — South Hamilton enters tonight’s Class 1A District 2 showdown against Ogden with two losses by a combined nine points, one of which came against third-ranked and unbeaten South Central Calhoun. And if the playoffs began today, the ...

It’s a Senior Night breeze for Hawks against PCM

JEWELL — Smiles, laughter and an easy victory were just what the South Hamilton volleyball team needed on Senior Night on Coach Jim Marsh Court last night. The performance wasn’t bad either. Utilizing different rotations to get plenty of playing time for all nine seniors on the ...

Lynx put No. 14 Humboldt on ropes, but fall in 5 sets

HUMBOLDT — No. 14-ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt is a championship team for a reason. In a dog fight, the Wildcats never blink. For five sets last night, Humboldt took Webster City’s best punches and somehow survived to celebrate a share of the North Central Conference title following a ...

MIDDLE MAN

WEBSTER CITY — He was once a defensive question mark who quickly became a centerpiece. And now? Just call him one of the best middle linebackers to ever put on a Webster City football uniform. Friday will mark the 31st consecutive start for senior and two-time all-state performer Caleb ...

WINDY CITY RUN, FUN

WEBSTER CITY — Brenna Paukert will get married on Saturday and as an early wedding present to herself she was able to check off a goal this past weekend. It’s the type of goal only other runners could truly appreciate. The 2013 Webster City High School graduate spent her Sunday ...

OFFENSE IS MIA

WEBSTER CITY — The final play had no bearing on the outcome, but it told the story of what transpired on a wet, sloppy Lynx Field Friday night. Webster City was just looking to run out the clock in a 21-0 loss to Humboldt when spinback Dylan Steen kept the ball and tried to find an ...

Hawks dominant again defensively, blank Indians

POCAHONTAS — Run the ball at the South Hamilton defense and you’re likely to be disappointed. Right Pocahontas Area? One of the top defensive units in Class 1A continued to impress in the mud and muck Friday night, as the Hawks handcuffed Pocahontas Area and collected their second ...

Lynx limp to 3 losses at Mason City Invite

MASON CITY — Chalk it up to just one of those days and leave it at that. And then move on. Quickly. There was not much for the Webster City volleyball team to gain from stewing over Saturday’s Mason City Invite following an 0-3 performance in which it lost all six sets it played. The ...

Cowgirls snap Lynx 6-match surge in sweep

WEBSTER CITY — From the outside, from the middle, heck, from the back row, it didn’t matter. Morgan Middleton attacked from wherever she wanted and scored seemingly whenever she wanted last night inside the WCHS gymnasium. North Central Conference, have fun trying to defend her for the ...

Solid day for Hawks and Lynx at Jim Klein Invite

JEWELL — The fields were large and stacked. But considering the amount of rainouts that have taken place this fall, the South Hamilton and Webster City cross country teams were just happy to get out and run. And they ran awfully well. Personal-best times and even one school record ...

Senior leadership, pride motivate 3-3 Lynx for final home game

WEBSTER CITY — At 3-3 and trailing Carroll in the Class 3A District 2 standings, the Webster City football team knows the season will end Oct. 19. An 11th consecutive trip to the playoffs? That’s not going to happen unless a miracle rounds the corner sometime soon. But failing to reach ...

Under glare of No. 11 ranking, Hawks struggle in loss

GILBERT — Three weeks ago they were the scrappy underdogs, carefree and fearless whenever they stepped onto the court. It worked for them. Maybe too well. Overlooked for the better part of its 21-2 start, which included a four-set road victory over Heart of Iowa Conference favorite ...

Lynx continue to surge with win over Garrigan

ALGONA — Playing with confidence and a sense of unity, the Webster City volleyball team continued to ride a bit of a hot streak here Monday night. After falling behind with an opening-set loss, the Lynx roared back to take the next three from former North Central Conference rival Algona ...

STEEN THE MAN

WEBSTER CITY — Call him a spinback, call him a quarterback, call him whatever you want. But after his performance on Friday, here’s an idea: maybe call him The Man. Feeling no pain despite an expanded workload, Dylan Steen was all smiles after he set career highs for rushing attempts, ...

No. 4 Titans stifle Hawks’ offense, hang on for win

JEWELL — There were a lot of yeah, buts the South Hamilton coaches and players could have thrown out following Friday’s clash with No. 4-ranked South Central Calhoun at Taylor Field. Yeah, but the Hawks hung close. Yeah, but the Hawks handled the Titans explosive offense. Yeah, but ...

Lynx spikers perfect, champs at Madrid Invite

MADRID — Everything came together for the Webster City volleyball team at Saturday’s Madrid Invite, as the Lynx put together a perfect day and brought home the tournament title. The hitting was on point. The defense was everywhere. And the enthusiasm was off the charts. “The girls ...

Lynx, Hawks XC Briefs

LYNX RUN AT SH INVITE: John Piaszynski cracked the Top 10 and led the Webster City boys’ cross country team to a fifth-place finish on a cold and dreary Saturday morning at Pine Lake Golf Course in Eldora. Piaszynski completed the 5K course in 18:24 to place ninth overall in a field of 60 ...