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COMING AROUND

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

No. 7 W-SR runs away from Lynx over final 3 quarters

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WAVERLY — Seventh-ranked (Class 4A) Waverly-Shell Rock allowed Webster City to hang around for eight minutes here Saturday night. And after that? Things got out of hand quickly. Leading by three points after one quarter, W-SR (11-2) outscored WCHS (4-8) 42-13 over the final 24 minutes ...

A MAT SPLIT

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WEBSTER CITY — The bump game was played to near perfection and there was little that Webster City could do to combat it last night inside the WCHS gymnasium. Ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Humboldt moved up every one of its wrestlers from 106 pounds through 170 and the decision paid off in the ...

Gregory returns to town with new book

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WEBSTER CITY — John Gregory chuckles as he begins to tell a story that’s more than 60 years old. His adolescent self didn’t know it at the time, but it was a watershed moment in a life that has brought him great successes on the football field. “I was a young person, probably in the ...

SLUMP BUSTER

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WEBSTER CITY — Adalie Schwandt tipped the ball right to Grace Hoversten, who quickly fired a dart to a streaking Zoey Woodle down the right side of the court. Two dribbles and a layup. And Webster City was off to the races before five seconds had even ticked off the clock. WCHS led ...

6TH MAN THE STAR

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WEBSTER CITY — Tavis Eklund didn’t question the decision that moved him from the Webster City starting lineup to the role of sixth man as 2018 turned into 2019. He didn’t sulk or pout, opting instead to embrace the challenge. That’s what team players do. And if the sophomore has ...

Hawks fall to Indians, rebound against B-K

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JEWELL — Walking away with a split was a step in the right direction. Taking what was learned in the practice room and incorporating it onto the mat was an even bigger step. South Hamilton head wrestling coach Dan Brodie walked out of the Hawks’ gymnasium satisfied Tuesday night after ...