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BETTER LATE THAN NEVE

He grew up in Webster City. Starred on the football field, the basketball court and the baseball diamond, all right here in Webster City. And yet his greatest athletic accomplishments didn’t come until years later — after he’d said goodbye to Webster City — in a sport that he never gave ...

48 AND COUNTING

FORT DOGE — In some ways, Cam Phetxoumphone is starting over and it’s going to take him more than a few matches to slide into his comfort level. Still, he’s pretty dang good even when uncomfortable. Webster City’s 2020 state champion always knew what to expect when he competed at ...

A STEP FORWARD

WEBSTER CITY — It was an unusual feeling for Webster City head boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney as he attempted to digest his team’s first loss of the season Friday night. Usually following a setback he can pinpoint a number of things that went wrong, but that just wasn’t the case ...

Algona stages furious rally, stuns Lynx

WEBSTER CITY — Leah Kasch didn’t hang out on the bench for long in the fourth quarter Friday night — maybe 45 seconds to a minute of game time — but she spent the majority of the break with her head in her hands. The Webster City senior couldn’t believe it was happening again. ...

No. 3 Swenson wins another tourney title, stays unbeaten

STORY CITY — Lane Swenson’s perfect run through the early portion of the season continued on Saturday, as he led South Hamilton’s reduced squad to 109 points and an eighth-place finish at the Jim Kinyon Norsemen Invite. The Hawks took just six wrestlers to the tournament, all of whom ...

HAWK BASKETBALL BRIEFS

NO. 9 R-S THUMPS HAWKS: Ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story forced 30 turnovers and rolled to a 65-27 girls’ basketball win over South Hamilton Friday night in Jewell. Twelve different Norsemen players reached the scoring column and they rained in 10 3-pointers against the overwhelmed ...

PANTHER PRIDE: HEWITT SIGNS TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT UNI

JEWELL — Carter Hewitt can’t remember the exact date or even who South Hamilton was playing, he just knows it was one crisp fall night a year ago that he made a decision that ultimately altered the course of his life. Imagine the lightbulb shining bright above his head: He wanted to play ...

Rattenborg joins 100 wins club; Lynx split NCC duals with Clear Lake and CGD

CLARION — Hey, Chase Rattenborg, join the club. Rattenborg, the No. 9-ranked 132-pounder in Class 2A, became the 20th Webster City wrestler all-time to reach 100 career victories here last night and he certainly had to earn it. He came out on top in the marquee match of the night against ...

THURSDAY BRIEFS: HAWK HOOPS AND WRESTLING, ATTENDANCE NOTICE

GALETICH SCORES 14 IN HAWKS’ WIN: The South Hamilton girls’ basketball team turned up the defensive intensity and stymied St. Edmond for a 36-27 non-conference victory Thursday night in Fort Dodge. The Hawks (2-4) outscored St. Edmond 12-7 over the final eight minutes to pull ...

LYNX KICK JUST ENOUGH RUST OFF TO EDGE ’DOGS

WEBSTER CITY — Mary McKinney wasn’t overly optimistic when he walked onto the floor for his team’s first game of the season Tuesday night. Did he expect to win? Of course. But did he expect it to be a struggle? Of course again. That’s what happens when a team sits stagnant for ...

Late FT woes cost WCHS girls upset over No. 15 HDC

WEBSTER CITY — A signature early-season victory was offered up for free Tuesday night, but for whatever reason the Webster City girls’ basketball team was unable to tuck and run. The free part came at the line where WCHS struggled mightily, particularly down the stretch, and it allowed ...

Cubs the aggressors, hand Hawks first HOIC loss

NEVADA — The offensive woes that South Hamilton experienced in its previous two games were corrected for the most part here Tuesday night. But another problem arose, this time at the other end of the floor. Nevada attacked the lane repeatedly and either scored from close range or kicked ...

SH girls unable to solve Cubs’ height advantage, fall by 19

NEVADA — Nevada hasn’t had a lot of success outside of the Heart of Iowa Conference during the early stages of the season. The Cubs have been a tough out for league foes though. Nevada’s perfect run through the HOIC continued on Tuesday, as the Cubs racked up 19 steals and forced 32 ...

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

WEBSTER CITY — Chase Rattenborg has a slight grin on his face and a chuckle escapes his mouth as allows himself to drift back to that chilly February afternoon in Algona 305 days ago. They’re both coping mechanisms, necessary for him to talk about a day that held so much promise and yet ...

Fundraising under way for Wehrheim Park basketball court project

WEBSTER CITY — What began in February is closer to fruition, as fundraising for the Wehrheim Park basketball court project is currently under way. Anyone wishing to help the project can mail or drop off their donations, and organizers Jama Hisler and Meredith Bargfrede say all donors will ...

REALITY CHECK

JEWELL — It was quite the conundrum South Hamilton faced in the third quarter Friday night. Shots weren’t falling. At all. Consequently, nobody wanted to take shots because the rims were being so unkind. The Hawks were stuck. And what began at the opening tip lasted through the final ...

Hawks crown 5 champs at CS Round Robin Tourney

MANLY — Five champions and two silver medal showings powered the South Hamilton wrestling team to a runner-up finish here at Saturday’s Central Springs Round Robin Tournament. The Hawks’ nine grapplers combined to compile 56 team points, trailing only team champion and host Central ...

HERE. WE. GO.

WEBSTER CITY — Relief. Excitement. Trepidation. Take your pick, they all work. Webster City’s three winter sports head coaches — Nicole Muhlenbruch, Marty McKinney and Chad Hisler — experienced a wave of emotions on Wednesday when it was announced that the school would be returning ...

Hawks’ hammers go to work in dual wins

JEWELL — All of the hammers were in the lineup for South Hamilton last night, and they went to work. Six wrestlers went 2-0 and 10 of the 11 in the lineup won at least once, as the Hawks opened their dual season with a pair of victories. South Hamilton prevailed in its Heart of Iowa ...

THEFT IN PROGRESS

JEWELL — Greene County was the blood in the water, and South Hamilton freshman Makena Galetich was the biggest great white shark the Rams had ever seen Tuesday night on Coach Jim Marsh Court. With a gas tank that never came close to reaching empty, Galetich attacked, attacked and then ...