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JEWELL — What did Matt Juber expect on the opening night of the season? A win, of course, but maybe not in the dominant fashion displayed by his South Hamilton boys’ basketball team Tuesday night on Coach Jim Marsh Court. After spotting South Central Calhoun an early two-point lead, the ...

TRIAL BY FIRE

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JEWELL — Makena Galetich is a bit of a unicorn — a tough-as-nails freshman that keeps her emotions in check regardless of the situation. Whether she’s getting trapped in the corner — a situation she experienced more times than she probably would have liked Tuesday night — or ...

Potential for top-3 bout for Swenson at Saturday’s Wood Invite

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JEWELL — There’s the potential — key word: potential — for South Hamilton senior Lane Swenson to get tested right away on Saturday. And what a fun six minutes it would be. The Hawks’ third-ranked (Class 1A) 170-pounder could be in the same bracket as second-ranked Blake McAlister ...

EARLY NOTORIETY

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WEBSTER CITY — Cam Phetxoumphone spent his entire sophomore season with a bull’s-eye on his back. Did it bother him? He went unbeaten and won a Class 2A state title so, no, it didn’t faze him one bit. And that’s good. Because that target isn’t going anywhere anytime ...

Holding Pattern

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WEBSTER CITY — Normally, the butterflies that come with the anticipation of a new season would be churning in the stomachs of Marty McKinney and Chad Hisler. But this is 2020. Nothing is normal. In fact, the word might as well be scribbled out of the dictionary for the time ...

THE PERFECT STORM

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MAXWELL — When you really think about it, you almost have to chuckle at how much everything worked against the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team in its season opener Tuesday night. It’s either that or cry. For starters, the Hawks were without their best player, sophomore Hallee ...

DISAPPOINTED AND EXCITED

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WEBSTER CITY — Have you ever been disappointed and excited at the same time? It’s a rare occurrence, but it can happen, and Webster City head girls’ basketball coach Nicole Muhlenbruch experienced it Monday night. Losing for the second time in as many outings, and in the final 10 ...

Webster City girls hoops briefs

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JV 1-1: The Webster City girls’ junior varsity basketball team is 1-1 following a 42-22 win over Boone and a 45-23 loss to Carroll. Trinity Griffith posted 13 points and five rebounds in the win over Boone. Chloe Andersen added nine points and four steals. Fallon Casey led the way with ...

MAGNIFICENT 7

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WEBSTER CITY — Bob Howard isn’t sure if Truman Klein would react if a ghost snuck up behind him, tapped him on the shoulder and screamed boo! That’s just Truman. He’s a quiet kid, never one to intentionally stick out in a crowd. But give him a helmet and pads, throw him out on a ...

BUILDING BLOCKS

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BOONE — The edge during the first three minutes and final nine minutes went to Webster City in the girls’ basketball season opener here Friday night. Those middle 20 minutes were all Boone though, as the Toreadors scored in bunches and exploited the Lynx inexperience to seize ...

QUITE THE HAUL, HAWKS

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JEWELL — It was quite the fall to remember for the South Hamilton football team. The program’s first ever unbeaten regular season. A dominant run through the Class 1A District 3 landscape. A top-five ranking. It all added up to a season that will be talked about for years to come. And ...

REAP THE REWARDS

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WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City football team was dominant on its journey to a Class 3A District 2 championship this fall. So it’s only fitting that the Lynx had a dominant showing on the all-district team as well. Announced last week, the 3A District 2 team featured a slew of WCHS ...

HOIC HONOREES

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WEBSTER CITY — Working from the middle of the court, Taylor Remsburg was quietly South Hamilton’s most dangerous offensive weapon on the volleyball court this fall. Her talents spoke loud enough to the coaches in the Heart of Iowa Conference though. Remsburg, a junior middle hitter, ...

DOME DENIED

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WEBSTER CITY — His jaw locked to keep his bottom lip from quivering, Chase Rattenborg clutched the state participation trophy as he slowly walked off the field with tears in his eyes Friday night. Jack Van Diest walked right behind him, an outreached arm planted in the middle of ...

STATE OF THE PROGRAM: Webster City Lynx

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BE PROUD SENIORS: It was two years ago and the 2018 season had just ended when I started hearing the quiet worries about the future of the Webster City football program. The Lynx were set to enter a rough period, or so the theory went. Numbers were down, there wasn’t much size, the talent ...

ANOTHER BIG TEST

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WEBSTER CITY — No. 6-ranked Webster City played its best game of the season against Sergeant Bluff-Luton seven days ago, and it needed to in order to survive and advance in the Class 3A state playoffs. And now the Lynx will have to match, or maybe even exceed last week’s performance if ...

Finucan among best players in NCC again

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WEBSTER CITY — Webster City junior Alayna Finucan has been one of the premier volleyball players in the North Central Conference since she first stepped onto the court in 2018. Nothing changed this fall. For the third time, the Lynx libero was named an all-conference performer, it was ...

COACHING MATTERS

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Standing on the sideline at Lynx Field sometime during the fourth quarter Friday night, a thought came to my mind. It was before Sergeant Bluff-Luton made its final march down the field and before CJ Hisler leapt and plucked the ball out of the air at the 5-yard line to preserve Webster ...

WHAT A GAME

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WEBSTER CITY — A riverboat gambler he’s not, but for one moment in time Friday night, Webster City head football coach Bob Howard pushed his chips into the center of the table and declared his team was all in. Howard’s players did the rest. Tied at 21 with Sergeant Bluff-Luton and ...