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RUNNING IN SOUP

HUXLEY — Emma Peck had the right idea as she walked straight from the finish line towards a group of her Webster City teammates at Monday’s Ballard Invitational. Less than 30 seconds after she completed the 5-kilometer course on the sometimes flat, sometimes hilly Ballard Golf and ...

PHETXOUMPHONE HEADED TO SUPER 32

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City sophomore wrestler Camron Phetxoumphone will take his shot at many of the nation’s best 106-pound grapplers later this fall when he takes part in the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C. Widely regarded as one of the top preseason folkstyle tournaments in ...

FREAKY FRIDAY

WATERLOO — There’s no dome around Memorial Stadium, but it sure looked like an arena game broke out on the turf field Friday night. Defensive stands were as rare as a bloody steak, as Webster City and Waterloo East combined for 757 yards of offense — the total topped 1,000 yards if ...

Hawks take out their anger on Woodward-Granger

JEWELL — Corey Klemp was being sarcastic, but there was plenty of truth in what he was saying. “Oddly enough, we create four turnovers and don’t give up any turnovers and we win a game,” Klemp, South Hamilton’s head coach, said. “Our thing has always been we control the ball and ...

SHE’S BACK

JEWELL — When Hailey Cavan smiles, South Hamilton succeeds. And her pearly whites were on full display on Coach Jim Marsh Court last night. It’s been a long road back for the senior outside hitter, who suffered an ankle injury in preseason practice and wasn’t quite her normal bubbly, ...

Is it a trap?

WEBSTER CITY — Let’s be honest, not a lot of people expected the Webster City football team to be 2-0 at this early juncture of the season. And let’s add another layer to that storyline: reaching 3-0 will be more difficult than many people probably believe as well. Coming off a mildly ...

Hawks look to jump start season in home debut

JEWELL — A two-game home stand comes at the perfect time for a South Hamilton football team looking for answers following back-to-back road setbacks early in the season. The Hawks will make their 2019 debut at Taylor Field this evening when they host Woodward-Granger in non-district play ...

20 YEARS OF MEMORIES

Twenty years, where have you gone? Yes, this week marks my 20-year anniversary as the sports editor at The Daily Freeman-Journal, a job I took just a few months out of college and, somehow, fooled my bosses into allowing me to keep all this time. To commemorate this week, I’ve compiled a ...

LIONS TAMED

WEBSTER CITY — Grace Hoversten bristled at the nickname, but she better get used to it. She’s going to hear it quite a bit. With every kill the lanky Webster City senior smacks, her teammates chant Go Big Red! It bellowed throughout the WCHS gymnasium, seemingly on repeat particularly ...

Crutcher, Perin and Willson stand out for Lynx at Waverly

WAVERLY — Season’s best performances by a number of runners made the hot, humid day a success for the Webster City cross country team here on Tuesday. Competing in the age classification races at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic on the Wartburg College course, the Lynx looked to their ...

Intelligent Design

SPENCER — Monstrous and mean aren’t prerequisites for a standout offensive line. Quick and intelligent can be just as effective when the beef is a little lean. And Webster City has got itself a group of Einsteins. The Lynx may have given up plenty of pounds at the line of scrimmage ...

No. 9 Spartans gouge Hawks for 415 yards in rout

GRUNDY CENTER — It took Logan Knaack less than three minutes to leave a lasting impression on the South Hamilton defense here Friday night. And from there, he had the Hawks reeling. Knaack, Grundy Center’s dynamic sophomore quarterback, kept the ball on an option and sprinted around the ...

Lynx split 6 matches, return favor against ’Dogs

ALGONA — A long day that included six matches ended with a bit of redemption for the Webster City volleyball team on Saturday. The big picture result was the Lynx broke even at the Algona Invite. They notched 2-0 victories over Storm Lake (21-13, 21-14) and North Union (21-8, 21-11), as ...

Hawks 3-3 at weekend tourney

LAKE CITY — The South Hamilton volleyball team went 3-3 and finished in the middle of the field at Saturday’s South Central Calhoun Invite. The Hawks claimed 2-0 victories over Belmond-Klemme (21-18, 21-8), IKM (21-17, 21-16) and Audubon (21-18, 21-13). They dropped 2-0 matches to South ...

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

WEBSTER CITY — Everyone laughed. His coaches, his teammates, even Will Tasler himself found it funny. It was 24 hours prior to the start of the 2018 football campaign and Webster City was running through its kickoff coverage in preparation for its season opener against Gilbert. As he ...

Hawks game plan: Clean it up

JEWELL — Two days, that’s all South Hamilton football coach Corey Klemp gave his players to mope and lick their wounds before he put them back to work. Week 1 of the regular season didn’t go as planned for the Hawks, who dropped their opener to South Hardin, 19-14, seven days ago. ...

NCC opener a marathon, Bulldogs fend off Lynx in 5

ALGONA — In the dark of night, the Webster City volleyball team made a long, lonely and quiet drive home last night. There was plenty of time to think about what might have been. Leaving everything they had on the volleyball court, the Lynx matched Algona point for point for the better ...

Lynx boys 2nd at home invite

WEBSTER CITY — Coasting in the back half of the pack as he reached the mile mark Tuesday evening, Jacob Willson never gave a hint that he was worried. He certainly wasn’t struggling. Turns out, the Webster City leader knew exactly what he was doing as he trucked along on his home ...

Gidel makes it 3 for 3 at The Links; Ervin leads SH, Crutcher WCHS

WEBSTER CITY — Bryce Gidel opted to go it alone Tuesday evening, running without the neon yellow Nike headband that has become her trademark for the first time in three outings at The Links. It didn’t matter. With or without the headband, the Humboldt star shined brighter than the rest ...

North Polk turns up defense, ends Lynx win streak at 6

WEBSTER CITY — Twelve straight sets, six consecutive matches, it was all going so well for the Webster City volleyball team. And then North Polk stepped onto the opposite side of the net and showed the Lynx there’s still plenty to work on. Webster City’s perfect start to the season ...