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NCC adds tennis and soccer as league sports, beginning in 2021-22

GHV and B-K join for soccer only

No. 1 singles player Kayley Wibholm (above) led the Webster City girls’ tennis team to a 7-0 record against North Central Conference opponents this spring. The Lynx will get the chance to compete for the first NCC tennis title next spring. DFJ file photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — The North Central Conference announced on Monday that it has added tennis and soccer to its adopted sports, and league play in both will begin during the 2021-22 school year.

The Conference athletic board and executive board approved the additions earlier this year and initial schedules have been prepared and adopted.

Schools competing in tennis are Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, Iowa Falls-Alden, St. Edmond and Webster City.

Schools with soccer programs include Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, Humboldt, Iowa Falls-Alden and Webster City. In addition, Garner-Hayfield/Ventura and Belmond-Klemme will join the fold in soccer only.

Algona and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows don’t field tennis or soccer programs. Humboldt does not have tennis, and St. Edmond does not have soccer.

The Webster City girls’ tennis team would have won the NCC championship this past season had it been recognized, as the Lynx went 7-0 against league foes. Head coach Mark Fisher will bring the majority of his roster back next season, as WCHS is expected to be the preseason favorite to claim the inaugural crown.

The Lynx boys’ tennis team went 4-3 against conference opponents this spring. Boys soccer put together a 6-4 mark against NCC teams, while the girls’ soccer team went 3-5.

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