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Hawks No. 6 in latest 2A AP poll

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton continued its climb back towards the top five in the latest Associated Press Class 2A boys’ basketball poll that was released on Monday. For the second straight week, the Hawks moved up one spot and now sit at No. 6. North Linn continued to hold down the ...

LYNX PARTY OF 1

CLARION — Collecting dust somewhere under Drake Doolittle’s bed are the three North Central Conference championship brackets he already owned prior to Saturday. Well, they’re about to welcome a new companion to the darkness. Maybe someday they’ll see the light of day. And the ...

CAM THE MAN: Lynx freshman rips through tough bracket, wins gold

CLARION — The deepest bracket belonged to the little guys at Saturday’s 52nd North Central Conference wrestling tournament, and it was the most polished grappler that was flexing to the roar of the crowd when all was said and done. Cam is indeed the man. Webster City freshman Camron ...

Cowboys repeat as NCC champs, Lynx 5th

CLARION — The host school and its fans were able to celebrate a team championship for just the second time in the 52-year history of the North Central Conference wrestling tournament here on Saturday. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows won nine of 10 semifinal-round matches to seize the upper-hand for ...

It’s Raining 3s

GILBERT — Drake Doering was feeling it, and he wasn’t the only one. Doering drained five 3-point baskets and Webster City erupted for 10 triples in all on Saturday, as the Lynx put up a season-high point total in a 74-50 rout of Nevada during the eight-team Basketball Showcase inside the ...

Chasing History

WEBSTER CITY — In the 51-year history of the North Central Conference wrestling tournament, Webster City has never had a grappler reach the top of the podium with a cardboard bracket in his hands four times. The Lynx have come close, most recently with Connor Larson earlier this decade, ...

COMING AROUND

ALLEMAN — By its actions defensively, North Polk was well aware Tuesday night of the shooting struggles South Hamilton has faced since it returned from Christmas break. Packed in a zone that collapsed anytime the ball reached the paint, the Comets were saying one thing: Prove it. It ...

COMETS NO. 1 FOR A REASON

ALLEMAN — Standing 5-foot-10 with the ability to rip off 3-pointers in a flurry or put the ball on the deck and score in the lane, it’s almost unfair to those girls that are asked to try to check North Polk’s Maggie Phipps. Many have tried, few have succeeded. South Hamilton certainly ...

Algona ends Lynx winning streak in OT

ALGONA — It was bound to end at some point. Still, Marty McKinney wasn’t ready to see it happen. Not particularly on a night when his team led for much of the game. The Webster City boys’ basketball team was in front at the end of each of the initial three quarters, but was unable ...

No. 5 Bulldogs rely on the 3 to beat WCHS girls

ALGONA — A slower pace kept the Webster City girls’ basketball team within striking distance here Tuesday night, but ultimately not enough shots found the bottom of the bucket in a North Central Conference setback. Fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Algona utilized a 15-5 third-quarter run to ...

Hawks leave quad with a pair of victories

JEWELL — A rough start gave way to a satisfying conclusion to a quadrangular wrestling meet for South Hamilton here Tuesday night. The Hawks were dealt a 66-9 loss by Heart of Iowa Conference rival Gilbert in the opener, but they rebounded to take out fellow league opponent Nevada, 48-36, ...

A Perfect Partnership

JEWELL — Sam Lewis was skeptical, to put it nicely, as he stood inside the stuffy South Hamilton locker room. Sept. 30, 2016 — Homecoming night at Taylor Field. Then an inured sophomore, Lewis watched the carnage unfold in street clothes from the Hawks’ sideline, as Madrid unleashed a ...

Steen declines Shrine Bowl invitation

WEBSTER CITY — Dylan Steen was invited to take part in one of Iowa’s most prestigious prep football games. Unfortunately, the Webster City senior ultimately decided to decline the invitation. Steen was chosen to take part in the 2019 Shrine Bowl, which will be played on Saturday, July ...

Doolittle moves to No. 1 at 120 pounds

WEBSTER CITY — There’s a new No. 1 at 120 pounds in Class 2A and his name is Drake Doolittle. The Webster City senior moved up one spot to the top of the division in the latest rankings released by iawrestle.com on Tuesday. Doolittle, a one-time state finalist and three-time state ...

GIRL ON FIRE

HUMBOLDT — Home is where the heart is, or so the saying goes. But when it comes to scoring points, at least for Taylor McKinney, the road is like a comfort food that she just can’t put down. And she stuffed herself completely Friday night. The Webster City junior guard broke her own ...

DEFENSE SAVES THE DAY FOR HAWKS IN WIN

JEWELL — Nathan Hill almost always stands on the sideline, oftentimes pacing back and forth as he watches the game in front of him. But South Hamilton’s head coach took a seat midway through the fourth quarter Friday night. Legs straight out, one crossed over the other at the ankles, he ...

WCHS boys stay hot, pick up key league road win

HUMBOLDT — Don’t look now, but as the season approaches the midpoint the Webster City boys’ basketball team has put itself in prime position to contend for a North Central Conference title over the final month. Just don’t expect Lynx head coach Marty McKinney to be impressed. Not ...

No. 11 Norse pull away from SH girls in 2nd half

JEWELL — It all turned on South Hamilton so fast. One minute, the Hawks were grinning and high-fiving one another after a Breanne Diersen 3-pointer from the right wing pulled them within five points of 11th-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story just after the midway point of the third quarter on ...

Phetxoumphone, Doolittle and Olson all golden for Lynx at Perry Invite

PERRY — Dominant at the front of the lineup, but lacking the depth and balance it has become accustomed to in recent years, the Webster City wrestling team settled for a ninth-place finish in the monstrous 17-team field at Saturday’s Perry Invitational. The Lynx crowned three individual ...

Lynx end 9-game, 8-year skid against Go-Hawks

WAVERLY — Marty McKinney didn’t try to take the credit. This one, he said, was all his players. Trailing Waverly-Shell Rock 25-21 at the half Saturday night, the Webster City players had the idea to switch to a 1-2-2 zone defense and McKinney, the head coach, went with their plan. It ...