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DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: BOYS BASKETBALL

Conner Hill, South Hamilton, 2015-19 The evolution of Conner Hill’s game during his four years at South Hamilton from 2015-19 was nothing short of astounding. Primarily a long range bomber when he stepped onto the scene as a freshman, Hill transformed himself into arguably one of the top ...

DFJ BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: COLLIN HILL

Starting with the 2013-14 campaign when the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team made a somewhat surprising run to the Class 2A state tournament, it’s unquestioned that the Hawks have been one of the top programs in the state over the past seven seasons. And if you want to put a face on ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: GIRLS BASKETBALL

Kalli Richardson, Northeast Hamilton (2007-11) Northeast Hamilton graduate Kalli Richardson played just one season in this past decade, but what a season it was. The tiny backcourt dynamo popped off for nearly 500 points as a senior and averaged 20.8 points per game to power the Trojets to ...

DFJ GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: TAYLOR MCKINNEY

Over the past decade, no girls’ basketball player in the Daily Freeman-Journal coverage area faced more pressure — from herself, from the opposition and from the public — than Webster City’s Taylor McKinney. From the first time she stepped onto the varsity basketball court, McKinney ...

Revised spring schedules released, state events in June

WEBSTER CITY — In the immortal words of Lloyd Christmas from “Dumb and Dumber” — So you’re saying there’s a chance. Yes, that’s exactly what the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union are saying. The state’s two governing bodies ...

Spring sports suspended through end of April

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City girls’ track and field team was supposed to open its outdoor season later today at the Richard Ryan Relays in Gowrie. The Lynx boys’ team had tomorrow’s Eagle Grove Relays on its docket as the official kickoff of the 2020 season. Soccer was supposed ...

Hamilton County Speedway gets the go-ahead for practice sessions for drivers

WEBSTER CITY — The historic half-mile dirt track at the Hamilton County Speedway will be silenced no longer. Speedway promoter Todd Staley announced late last week that the track has been given the green light by local, county and state representatives to host practice sessions, although ...

Spring, summer sports in Iowa both in limbo

WEBSTER CITY — Iowa’s wait-and-see approach to prep spring sports continues, but there’s been a new wrinkle added to the overall landscape over the past week. It’s now wait-and-see with summer sports as well. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country, here in Iowa ...

CHAMPIONS NOW

This all started with a text message from Mark Davis last Thursday, a way to take a mental break from the minute-by-minute onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic that blankets our television screens, Twitter feeds and Facebook walls. How about putting together a Webster City football ...

Doolittle enjoys the grind during first year at Duke

Growing up in Webster City, winning always came easy to Drake Doolittle. Whether it was on the wrestling mat or in the classroom, he was simply better than his peers. Big fish, little pond. You get the idea. Don’t get the wrong idea though. Doolittle learned the meanings of words like ...

Lynx 2020 schedule unveiled with one surprise

WEBSTER CITY — There’s always at least one curveball. The Iowa High School Athletic Association released the 2020 football schedules on Thursday and for the most part Webster City’s nine-game regular season slate was surprise-free. Except for Week 4 — a 126-mile excursion across ...

Hawks will open fall slate against West Marshall

WEBSTER CITY — South Hamilton will go on the road five times and face six new opponents during the 2020 football season. Schedules for the upcoming fall season were released by the Iowa High School Athletic Association on Thursday. The districts were released last month, but non-district ...

TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Dan Brodie is currently in the midst of a 14-day self-quarantine inside his Ames residence. If he could head out into the public, he knows the first place he would visit — someplace where he could purchase a lottery ticket. The South Hamilton coach and teacher is feeling pretty dang lucky ...

RED FLAG WAVING

WEBSTER CITY — Todd Staley has been around race tracks his entire life and he’s spent more than two decades promoting races all across the country. He’s dealt with rain, floods, below average track conditions; basically, you name it and he’s had to tackle it. But this most recent ...

Flaws sisters, Nerland have a bond that runs deeper than sports

On the track or in the ring, their eyes haven’t changed over the years. They still burn with intensity, the type of singular focus on success that brought them to this point in their athletic careers. Outside of the competitive arena, that’s where you find a stark difference. There’s ...

THE HALL CALL: JAY FLORA ENTERS IHSAA OFFICIALS HALL OF FAME

Locally, Jay Flora will probably always be known as the father of two of the greatest female athletes ever to walk the halls at Webster City High School. He’s perfectly fine with that too. Tara (Flora) Trine was a versatile multiple-sport star, most notably on the softball field where she ...

Brown gets married, takes over at Briggs Woods in 3-day span

WEBSTER CITY — Travis Brown’s life has been a whirlwind of changes over the last month and the 32-year-old Boone native can’t stop smiling as he offers up the details. A new wife. A new stepson. A new job. Plenty to be happy about. Brown and his wife, Erin, spontaneously decided to ...

State wrestling, hoops staying in the Well through at least 2025

WEBSTER CITY — The state wrestling and basketball tournaments aren’t going anywhere. The Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Board of Control approved contracts last week with Spectra, operator of the Iowa Events Center, to keep the two state tournaments inside Wells Fargo Arena ...

Prep athletics on hiatus for next 4 weeks

WEBSTER CITY — Prep athletes find themselves in a holding pattern for the next four weeks as schools all across the state close in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has swept the country in the last week. On Sunday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recommended that all ...

Local golf courses say business as usual

WEBSTER CITY — One local golf course is open for business and another will be in the coming days. Officials from the Webster City Links and Briggs Woods Golf Course confirmed on Monday that it will be business as usual despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has hit the ...