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IHSAA unveils postseason structure

WEBSTER CITY — First-round byes and three- to four-team pods for the opening two rounds highlight the upcoming prep football postseason. In other words, forget about a March Madness style bracket. And don’t worry about staying up late next Friday night following the completion of the ...

RUSTY, BUT HAPPY

NEVADA — Kayla Schaufenbuel felt her South Hamilton volleyball team was just starting to hit its stride in early September when the dark cloud that hangs over every program unleashed a downpour right on top of her head. COVID-19. The Hawks went from having a solid day at the Perry ...

Everything goes according to plan for Lynx at Algona

ALGONA — This is what Derek Turner has been waiting for — a day when all of the pieces to the puzzle correctly fit into place. And he says the results speak for themselves. Webster City’s rookie cross country coach watched his front pack go stride for stride near the front of the field ...

Skartvedt, Doolittle set the pace for Hawk runners at Nevada Invite

NEVADA — Ty Skartvedt powered the South Hamilton boys’ cross country team to a middle of the pack finish at Monday’s Nevada Invitational at Hickory Grove Park. Skartvedt, who has been the Hawks’ team leader in every meet this season, crossed the finish line in 18:46.69 to place 17th. ...

HAWKS UP TO NO. 5 IN 1A, LYNX 7TH IN 3A

WEBSTER CITY — With an average margin of victory of 29.4 points per game, the South Hamilton football team has repeatedly proven it’s a Class 1A power this fall. People have noticed too. After entering the Associated Press rankings for the first time after a Week 3 win over then ...

BIG BOY BALL

WEBSTER CITY — CJ Hisler came around the left end on the counter and saw nothing but green grass and the end zone on the fourth play of the game Friday night at Lynx Field. Eighty-three yards later, seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City had introduced Mason City to single-wing football ...

WEEK 5 ON THE SIDELINE: WEBSTER CITY FOOTBALL

SUPER SOPHS: It wasn’t that long ago when you just didn’t see many sophomores playing at the varsity level. But not only does Webster City have four that contribute and start, they shine. In Friday’s 42-7 thumping of Mason City, sophomores CJ Hisler, Ty McKinney, Connor Hanson and ...

Swenson rushes for 170 yards, No. 7 Hawks handle Hudson

HUDSON — Winning big has become the norm for the South Hamilton football team this season, but that alone isn’t enough anymore. So while head coach Corey Klemp was content with the latest rout — a 40-8 shelling of Hudson on the Pirates’ home turf Friday night — he wasn’t ...

FIRST TIME … IN A LONG TIME

WEBSTER CITY — The schools are separated by just 70 miles — not much more than an hour by car if you’ve got a heavy foot like most drivers on Interstate 35 — and yet Webster City and Mason City have met just once on the football field. That came 78 years ago, a 25-7 win for the ...

HAWKS’ PHILOSOPHY: IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT

JEWELL — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It works in life, and has South Hamilton has proven this season, it translates to the football field as well. Have the seventh-ranked (Class 1A) Hawks been one-dimensional offensively through four games? It doesn’t take a genius to figure ...

No. 11 Humboldt continues perfect season with sweep of Lynx

HUMBOLDT — Webster City head volleyball coach Jess Howard sang the praises of her team for the way it played defensively here last night. The fact that WCHS was still swept in three sets says a lot more about the opponent than it does the Lynx. “I thought our defense played the best ...

State XC meet shifts to 2-day event next month

WEBSTER CITY — For the first time, the Iowa high school state cross country meet will become a two-day event this fall. In an attempt to avoid overflowing crowds due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union jointly ...

Willson cranks out top-10 run at Humboldt Invite

HUMBOLDT — Close to 145 boys and just under 130 girls packed onto the starting line and navigated their way through the trails and trees at Sheldon Park on Monday. The course was no joke, which meant times weren’t going to necessarily be a good indicator of how runners ...

Skartvedt 4th, Hawks take silver at WM Invite

STATE CENTER — Ty Skartvedt and Paige Doolittle led their respective South Hamilton cross country teams to solid performances at Monday’s West Marshall Trojan Invitational. Skartvedt placed himself inside the top five, and Doolittle hung just outside the top 10 at Lincoln Valley Golf ...

LYNX, HAWKS BOTH NO. 7 IN LATEST AP POLL

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City and South Hamilton are on even footing in their respective football classes. The unbeaten Lynx (Class 3A) and Hawks (1A) are both ranked No. 7 this week by the Associated Press. The poll, voted on by a statewide panel of sports media members, was released ...

CLOSE CALL: No. 7 Lynx ride fast start to narrow win over Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — Long faces and eyes directed at the ground are what awaited Bob Howard as he approached his team’s postgame circle near midfield at Mason Maach Field Friday night. And the veteran Webster City head coach was having none of it. “The positive is we’re 4-0. We won,” ...

WEEK 4 ON THE SIDELINE: WEBSTER CITY FOOTBALL

A 2021 BACKFIELD PREVIEW? Trey Mathis jogged to the sideline midway through the first quarter on Friday due to a leg cramp and turned the tailback duties over to sophomore Connor Hanson. Hanson looked plenty comfortable in the role. He got just three carries, but he gained 6, 6 and 5 ...

THE PUNISHERS: No. 9 Hawks run all over South Hardin, win easily again

JEWELL — South Hardin knew what was coming, how could it not? And yet the Tigers were powerless to stop it. Whether the call was a run to the left, a run to the right, or a run right up the middle, South Hamilton’s blockers up front — Austin Busch, Landon Stolee, Elijah Balderas, ...

LYNX RALLY FROM SLOW START, FINISH 2-2 AT TOURNEY

FOREST CITY — The morning was rough, but the Webster City volleyball team was able to rally in the afternoon on Saturday to break even at the Forest City Invite. The Lynx finished 2-2 — 2-0 losses to Forest City (21-13, 21-16) and 11th-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story (21-14, 21-15) in ...

3-0 vs. 3-0: BUCKLE UP

WEBSTER CITY — Undefeated against undefeated. Rival versus rival. Buckle up those chinstraps, boys. This should be fun. Seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City (3-0) will step on foreign soil for the first time this season tonight when it makes the familiar trek to Humboldt to take on the ...