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2020 DFJ MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: TYLER OLSON

WEBSTER CITY — Marty McKinney has got a good Tyler Olson story, one that typifies the Webster City junior’s competitive nature. Olson was locked in a bags — you may call it cornhole — battle with Bub Goings, who just happens to be the father of his girlfriend, Tatum. Bub pretty much ...

2020 DFJ FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: TAYLOR MCKINNEY

WEBSTER CITY — Taylor McKinney is stumped by the question as she sits on a basketball and picks at the grass while the sun sets in the background. What’s something we don’t know about her? “Man, I really don’t know,” she said. McKinney’s story has been told so many times ...

DFJ Male Athlete of the Year: The Finalists

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) Brock Galetich, Junior, South Hamilton High School Combine a strong work ethic with plenty of talent and you get South Hamilton junior Brock Galetich, who put together a year that rivals anyone in Hamilton County. Starting last fall, Galetich earned Class 1A ...

DFJ Female Athlete of the Year: The Finalists

(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) Alayna Finucan, Sophomore, Webster City High School Alayna Finucan is already one of the best volleyball players in the history of the Webster City program. By the time she’s finished? There could very well be no doubt about who resides at the top of the ...

Grady 2nd team all-HOIC; Harms and Lewis HM

WEBSTER CITY — The South Hamilton softball team secured three all-conference spots from the Heart of Iowa Conference coaches at the conclusion of the season earlier this month. Mackenzy Grady, a sophomore catcher, was named to the second-team, while senior pitcher Jessi Harms and junior ...

CHANGES FOR 2020

WEBSTER CITY — The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced on Friday a revised schedule plan for the 2020 football season due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has held the country hostage since mid-March. Adopted by the IHSAA Board of Control, the new plan reduces the regular season ...

DOMINANCE

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City went undefeated in North Central Conference play and won its second straight league title and third in four years this summer. That’s impressive. And what’s even more impressive? The statistical dominance the Lynx showed throughout the course of the ...

3 OF THE BEST

WEBSTER CITY — Inside the North Central Conference, there were a few hitters that made opponents groan whenever they stepped inside the batter’s box. Webster City sophomore Kelly Stoakes was one of those chosen few. And she was rewarded accordingly. Following a shortened 2020 ...

GAME, SEASON OVER

WEBSTER CITY — Tyler Olson is a pitcher who lives at the knees. He nibbles at the outside corner until that part of the plate is a gnarled mess too. It’s how the Webster City junior won 11 straight decisions over a 13-month period and put together one of the finest resumes for a pitcher ...

Victory Lane littered with repeat winners at the Hamilton County Speedway

WEBSTER CITY — It was Gamblers Night presented by Seneca Foundry at the Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive on Saturday. Four racers made their second trip to Integrity Trucking Victory Lane this season, while two others paid a fourth visit. Action in the Super Late ...

6-RUN ERUPTION IN FIRST CARRIES LYNX PAST ’DOGS

WEBSTER CITY — Ty McKinney smears eye black all over his cheeks prior to each baseball game. It’s his war paint, and his attitude between the lines matches the intensity in those eyes that the black goop protects. Webster City has many talented players, but when it comes to the ...

THE BOMBERS CAN RAKE

WEBSTER CITY — Coaches say it all the time, but it usually falls on deaf ears. Records. Mean. Nothing. Take Ballard, for instance. Its 9-7 record entering Saturday’s Class 4A Region 2 semifinal at Lynx Field was solid, but nothing to quake in your cleats about, right? But dig for the ...

Lions close book on Hawks season in district final

JEWELL — Lightning didn’t strike twice for the South Hamilton baseball team. Two days after they knocked off seventh-ranked Roland-Story in the Class 2A district semifinal round, the Hawks were unable to pull off a second consecutive upset on Saturday at the Mike Penning Athletic ...

QUINTON GROVE: THE NORSE WHISPERER

STORY CITY — Quinton Grove is like a knuckleball pitcher without the knuckleball. He doesn’t throw hard, a fact he readily admits, and his curve is a borderline eephus pitch with the way it slowly loops into the zone. Would his off-speed style be effective over eight or nine starts in a ...

HAWKS ONE AND DONE

GRUNDY CENTER — Kyah Luhring came to the ballpark to play Wednesday night, and her Grundy Center teammates followed the senior’s lead. Consequently, the Spartans’ season continues to suck in oxygen for the time being. Luhring, the daughter of former Webster City High School head ...

DON’T EXPECT LYNX OR BULLDOGS TO HOLD BACK IN DISTRICT OPENER

WEBSTER CITY — Think of it like a game of euchre — Webster City and Algona have been slow-playing it all season, just waiting for the perfect moment to let the trump cards fly. The fireworks will begin soon enough. The North Central Conference rivals will meet for a third time this ...

Lynx prepare for Class 4A regional semifinal, wait for opponent

WEBSTER CITY — The regular season didn’t end exactly like the Webster City softball team envisioned. The remedy for that disappointment? A strong run in the postseason. And that begins this weekend. Looking to rebound from back-to-back losses, the Lynx (7-6) will host a Class 4A ...

NO DOUBT NOW

IOWA FALLS — Tyler Olson wants that trophy and he thinks he and his Webster City baseball teammates deserve it. But what if the Lynx don’t receive it? Oh well. “Even if they don’t give us a trophy or crown us a champion, we’re conference champions,” Olson, Webster City’s ...

Lynx end regular season with whimper, not roar

WEBSTER CITY — This was a lemon, there’s no other way to put it, and the Webster City softball team now has only a few days to turn it into lemonade. Senior Night didn’t go according to plan for the Lynx on Monday, as they struggled at the plate during six of the seven innings and ...

Hawks rally in suspended game, top Mustangs

STATE CENTER — South Hamilton completed the season hat trick and advanced in postseason play here Monday evening. Resuming their suspended Class 2A District 13 quarterfinal against Heart of Iowa Conference rival Prairie City-Monroe, the Hawks rallied from a 5-4 deficit to prevail, 8-7, ...