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STUDENTS 1ST, CITIZENS 2ND, ATHLETES 3RD

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Quinton Grove chuckles as he attempts to remember the last time he did nothing. That might not sound like a hard assignment, but for someone who is on the go from the moment his alarm shrieks to the time his head once again hits the pillow, it can be a challenge. The South Hamilton junior ...

Hawks the No. 2 seed, will face Rock Valley in 2A quarters

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WEBSTER CITY — Third-ranked South Hamilton will begin its quest for a Class 2A state basketball title against Rock Valley in a quarterfinal-round clash on Monday at 6:30 p.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The state pairings were announced by the Iowa High School Athletic ...

SUBSTATE LAYUP

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MASON CITY — The students decked out in white waited until the banner was securely in the players’ clutches before they stormed the court Saturday afternoon. But amidst the hoops and hollers, hugs and high-fives, there was a sense that the hearts of those in and out of uniform weren’t ...

Jackson’s 5

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WEBSTER CITY — There are things Webster City could have done to hang closer to Charles City during last night’s Class 3A Substate 2 semifinal inside the WCHS gymnasium. But let’s also be clear about this: The Lynx best game of the season wasn’t going to be good enough. Jackson ...

No. 3 Hawks not about to overlook Cinderella

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JEWELL — Nathan Hill knows that people are probably thinking it, even if they won’t say it out loud for fear of upsetting the basketball gods. On paper, it’s a no-brainer. Third-ranked South Hamilton (20-1) is an overwhelming favorite against postseason Cinderella New Hampton (12-11) ...

THE CLINIC IS OPEN

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WEBSTER CITY — A 6-foot-7 UNI recruit with the ability to score from any position could have posed a serious problem for South Hamilton, but an early kiss off the glass and its own big man doing non-big man like things erased the threat. And just like that, the third-ranked Hawks are once ...

ALL ABOUT SURVIVAL

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WEBSTER CITY — Big men are notoriously suspect at the free throw line and there have been times this season when Henry Hoversten fell right into that trap. But on Monday, Webster City’s 6-foot-6 senior center looked like Steph Curry when he toed the line, and it’s exactly what the ...

It’s unanimous: McKinney one of best players in NCC

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WEBSTER CITY — Taylor McKinney continued her assault on the Webster City girls’ basketball record book this winter and the numbers she put up left a lasting impression on the coaches in the North Central Conference. For the second straight season, the Lynx junior guard was named to the ...

THE WALK-OFF

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DES MOINES — It was a smile that was years in the making, big enough for everyone packed inside Wells Fargo Arena to clearly see. In that moment, the usually calm and reserved Webster City senior let it all out. At 6:59 p.m. Saturday evening, with his arms raised as he surveyed his ...

PHETXOUMPHONE BRINGS HOME 5TH PLACE MEDAL

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DES MOINES — One of the littlest guys wearing a singlet inside Wells Fargo Arena Saturday afternoon showed that his future is awfully big. Webster City freshman 106-pounder Camron Phetxoumphone put the finishing touches on a 40-win season by placing fifth in Class 2A at the state wrestling ...

Lynx open substate play at home against Decorah

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WEBSTER CITY — Now is not the time to get comfortable, that’s essentially the message that Webster City boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney has given to his team as it gears up to begin the second season this evening. Nothing will come easy in a Class 3A Substate 2 that is loaded with ...

No. 3 Hawks bury CGD by 40

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JEWELL — Ten days without a game didn’t appear to put a strain on the third-ranked South Hamilton boys’ basketball team Friday night. The Hawks’ coach saw it differently though. South Hamilton buried Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in the first quarter and continued to pour it on over the ...

2nd-half run propels No. 6 Heelan past Lynx

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SIOUX CITY — A 9-0 run midway through the third quarter gave the sixth-ranked Sioux City Heelan girls’ basketball team the breathing room it needed to fend off Webster City in a Class 4A Region 1 semifinal here Saturday afternoon. Leading by just four points, the Crusaders’ spurt ...

ONE LAST RIDE

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WEBSTER CITY — You could see it in his body language as he aggressively moved from the corner of the mat to the center, and in his face, his jaw so tight that he’s lucky he didn’t grind his back teeth down to dust. But mostly you could see it in his eyes, expressionless and yet ...

Zoey’s Night

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WEBSTER CITY — Zoey Woodle’s ears work just fine. And she’s only human. For 16 minutes last night, the Webster City senior listened to constant barking from the Storm Lake sideline about its need not to guard her. Back off. Stay away. Those kinds of things. And it was every single ...