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Balance helps WCHS boys fend off Cowboys

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CLARION — An actual basketball may be optional at Webster City’s practices over the Christmas break, an idea that brings a grin to the face of head coach Marty McKinney. His players? Probably not so much. After struggling at the defensive end of the court in a nail-biting 69-64 North ...

No. 8 Hawks take control in 2nd half, handle Comets by 14

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JEWELL — Locked in a one-point game at the half, the eighth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton boys’ basketball team took control over the final 16 minutes and won its eighth game of the season on Coach Jim Marsh Court Tuesday night. A big second half from Cole Berg didn’t ...

No. 1 North Polk blitzes Hawks, 73-20

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JEWELL — For 32 minutes, North Polk showed why it’s the No. 1-ranked girls’ basketball team in Class 3A on Coach Jim Marsh Court Tuesday night. Winners of eight straight games since a season-opening loss to third-ranked (5A) Johnston, the Comets rained in nine 3-pointers and forced 23 ...

Hawks fall from 5th to 8th in AP Class 2A poll

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WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton’s first regular season loss in nearly 23 months cost it three spots in the latest Associated Press Class 2A boys’ basketball poll. Following a 70-65 loss to seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Gilbert on Friday, the Hawks (7-1) dipped from fifth to eighth in Class ...

HAVE YOURSELF A DAY, DRAKE

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FORT DODGE — The records came and went with little fanfare other than a quick grin and handshakes from his coaches. The real prize, the one Drake Doolittle went to the Don Miller Invitational to collect, was waiting at the end. And the Webster City senior seized it in statement-making ...

Hawks’ streak ends at 33 games, 686 days

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GILBERT — Conner Hill knew it wouldn’t last forever. Streaks never do. And as the sweat trickled down his face just minutes after the final horn, the South Hamilton senior was already looking forward Friday night. What did he and his teammates learn? How can they grow? “They is ...

Steen torches H-D for a career-high 23 points, Lynx cruise

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WEBSTER CITY — The role of a scorer is a new one for Dylan Steen, but the Webster City senior seems to be adjusting nicely. Steen erupted for 10 first-quarter points and was just getting started, as he poured in a game- and career-high 23 to help propel the Lynx to a much-needed easy ...

Second-half collapse costs WCHS girls big lead, game

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WEBSTER CITY — Collapse is a word no basketball coach wants associated with his or her team, but Webster City girls’ leader Nicole Muhlenbruch accepted it following a head-scratching loss to Hampton-Dumont inside the WCHS gym on Friday. Up by 14 points two minutes into the third ...

UNDER PRESSURE: SH girls wilt in 70-35 loss to Gilbert

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GILBERT — Gilbert set the trap and South Hamilton walked right into it. Well, dribbled into it. And the results were predictable. The season-long trend of struggling against pressure defense continued for the Hawks Friday night in a 70-35 girls’ basketball loss to Heart of Iowa ...

South Hamilton Briefs: Basketball, Wrestling

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HAWKS BOUNCE BACK WITH ROAD WIN: Just 24 hours after suffering its first regular season loss in nearly 23 months, the fifth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton boys’ basketball team regrouped and knocked off St. Edmond, 64-53, in a non-conference game in Fort Dodge Saturday evening. The ...

THE TOTAL PACKAGE

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WEBSTER CITY — The north wall inside the Webster City wrestling room is where the legends live. In a deep purple paint that sparkles against the pristine white canvas, the program’s North Central Conference champions, state qualifiers and state medalists stand out as revered figures for ...

WCHS avenges loss to Lions, muzzles Bulldogs

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CLEAR LAKE — A lack of experience and a significant size disadvantage are usually stumbling blocks on the wrestling mat, but Webster City junior Malachi Montes shrugged off both here last night. He helped the Lynx stage a rally and pull an upset in the process. Montes, who played ...

GROWING UP

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WEBSTER CITY — The final score didn’t go the way Marty McKinney would have liked, but as the Webster City boys’ basketball coach walked off the gymnasium floor Tuesday night he came to one important realization: His team can compete with anyone in the North Central Conference. Despite ...

No. 2 CL girls add Lynx to list of NCC victims

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WEBSTER CITY — It took Sara Faber just 1 minute and 50 seconds to accomplish what Webster City needed an entire quarter to do. And the punishment was just beginning. Faber, Clear Lake’s all-state guard, played like the best player in the North Central Conference from the moment the ball ...

Woodall erupts for career-high 22 points, Hawks throttle Eagles

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JEWELL — The best eight-minute stretch of the season propelled the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team to a lopsided victory on Coach Jim Marsh Court Tuesday night. It set in motion a laid back second half where the Hawks’ starters got a chance to watch much of the fourth quarter as ...

Fun for all in No. 5 SH boys 32-point drubbing of Saydel

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JEWELL — Eight minutes and it was out of reach. Sixteen minutes and the white flag could have been waved. Buoyed by a dominant first half, the fifth-ranked (Class 2A) South Hamilton boys’ basketball team put its 33rd consecutive regular season victory to bed early on Coach Jim Marsh ...

TOP 5 TEAM

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WEBSTER CITY — The South Hamilton boys’ basketball team has been well aware of the target on its back since the start of preseason practice. Now there’s a number associated with that target. The Hawks are ranked fifth in the opening Associated Press Class 2A poll of the season, which ...

Feast or Famine

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WEBSTER CITY — Six minutes of battling for position and brawling for points took a backseat to a good old fashioned pin fest inside the WCHS gymnasium Saturday afternoon. Falls were the norm at the 10th annual Dick Kennedy Memorial Duals. Some were fast, others took time, but eventually ...

Offense comes easy to Hawks in rout of Nevada

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NEVADA — Connor Hill was a bit taken aback as he brought the ball up the floor early in the first quarter here Friday night. Nathan Hill, his dad and coach, felt the same way. Immediately, both knew what Nevada didn’t: the Cubs were in trouble. Nevada opted to play Hill, South ...