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Lynx No. 7 in 3A, Hawks No. 9 in 1A in latest AP poll

WEBSTER CITY — Hamilton County has not one, but two ranked prep football teams. Webster City moved up one spot to No. 7 in Class 3A, and South Hamilton entered the 1A Top 10 at No. 9 in the latest Associated Press rankings, which were voted on by a statewide panel of media members and ...

DOWN AND DIRTY: No. 8 Lynx find a way to sneak by previously perfect Ballard

WEBSTER CITY — Chase Rattenborg isn’t big — 150, maybe 155 pounds — but, boy, is he tough. And if heart and determination were measurable, there may not be a bigger kid on the block. It was that heart and his refusal to fail that kept eighth-ranked Webster City unbeaten Friday night ...

ON THE SIDELINE: WEEK 3

MOVING ON UP: Another win, another milestone for Webster City head coach Bob Howard. The Lynx 8-7 win over Ballard on Friday was career victory No. 344 for the Hall of Famer, which moved him into a tie for sixth on the state’s all-time leaderboard with Pat Mitchell of Cedar Falls. In his ...

STATEMENT VICTORY

DIKE — In 48 muddy minutes Friday night, South Hamilton transformed from the hunter to the hunted in Class 1A District 3. Keyed by a power running game and another stingy defensive effort, the Hawks dominated preseason district favorite and eighth-ranked Dike-New Hartford, 20-0, on the ...

LYNX BEAT RAMS, EAGLES AT SOUTH HARDIN INVITE

HUBBARD — The Webster City volleyball team beat a pair of Heart of Iowa Conference programs and finished 2-3 on Saturday at the South Hardin Invite. The Lynx swept two sets from Greene County (21-13, 21-16) and rallied from an early deficit to take down Saydel in three sets (16-21, 21-18, ...

SO FAR, SO (SO) GOOD

WEBSTER CITY — However you slice it, the Webster City football team has been dominant this season. Offense. Defense. You name it. Dominant. But it’s only been two weeks. That’s the phrase head coach Bob Howard used multiple times this week in the lead-up to tonight’s ...

Hawks face first real test against No. 8 D-NH

JEWELL — South Hamilton’s last visit to Dike-New Hartford wasn’t a lot of fun — a 42-8 beating in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs two seasons ago. But the one Hawk player that stood out on that crisp evening was a sophomore linebacker with a bright future. It was you, ...

FINUCAN SMOTHERS ’DOGS WITH SERVE, LYNX ROLL IN 3

WEBSTER CITY — Alayna Finucan is a fierce competitor, but it reached the point where even she began to feel bad for Hampton-Dumont/CAL during last night’s North Central Conference volleyball match inside the WCHS gymnasium. “At one point I looked at (Webster City head coach) Jess ...

WILLSON, PECK LEAD LYNX AT GO-HAWK CLASSIC

WAVERLY — A field of 623 runners — 309 girls and 314 boys — tackled the Wartburg College cross country course in two waves at Tuesday’s Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic. Four races — freshman and sophomore girls, freshman and sophomore boys, junior and senior girls, and junior and ...

TAKE NOTICE: Lynx impress on both sides of ball, dole out beating to Carroll

WEBSTER CITY — Trey Mathis extended his arm and showed the ball to everyone before he even reached the line of scrimmage on a simple carry up the middle early in the third quarter Friday night at Lynx Field. He saw the hole. It was wide enough to drive a Zamboni through. Next stop: the ...

2nd Verse, Same As 1st

MADRID — It’s inevitable that, eventually, South Hamilton will face a tough test. It just hasn’t happened yet. Following a 42-8 rout over Roland-Story in Week 1, the Hawks continued to run roughshod over whatever was in their path here Friday night. South Hamilton (2-0) rushed for ...

Lynx vault into AP Class 3A Top 10, sit tied for 8th

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City’s 55-0 thumping of Carroll on Friday made statewide Associated Press poll voters stand up and take notice. After not garnering a single vote following Week 1 of the season, the Lynx (2-0) jumped into the Class 3A Top 10 on Monday. They sit tied with Sergeant ...

WEEK 2 ON THE SIDELINE: Webster City Lynx

A DIFFERENT SIDE: Games are still intense and exhausting for WCHS head coach Bob Howard, but there are more smiles postgame in his 44th season. Grandchildren Aaliyah, Sophie, Landry and Houston are the reasons why. All four were waiting for Howard following Friday’s 55-0 rout over ...

EARLY EXAM

WEBSTER CITY — Disciplined football is what Webster City head coach Bob Howard craves, and in Week 1 that’s exactly what he received from his team. The Lynx didn’t turn the ball over in a 21-7 victory over Spencer and they were flagged for just one penalty. The offense sputtered some, ...

Hawks favored, but won’t take Tigers lightly

JEWELL — Respect everyone, but fear no one — that’s how the South Hamilton football team enters each week. The opponent doesn’t matter. Head coach Corey Klemp preaches precision and focus whether the Hawks are facing a returning state qualifier or a team that hasn’t won a ...

LYNX HAVE NO ANSWER FOR MIDDLETON, NO. 3 COWGIRLS

BY TROY BANNING tbanning@freemanjournal.net WEBSTER CITY — Let’s get this out there right away — Morgan Middleton is a stud. Just her presence on the court makes Clarion-Goldfield-Dows the overwhelming favorite to win the North Central Conference championship this ...

HEY, IT’S A START

WEBSTER CITY — The sweat pouring out of Jacob Willson was matched only by the frustration that dripped off his every word as he milled around the Webster City team camp following his run at Tuesday’s Lynx Invitational. The WCHS senior leader had just placed in the top 10 and guided his ...

IOWA STATE REVERSES COURSE, NO FANS FOR SEASON OPENER

The Daily Freeman-Journal AMES — Two days after announcing its football season opener would be played in front of an estimated 25,000 fans, Iowa State reversed course on Wednesday. ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard now says the Sept. 12 game against Louisiana will be played without ...

WCHS hosts Lynx Invite today at Briggs Woods

WEBSTER CITY — The training has been extensive, and now it’s time to see if it was all worth it. Runners from all across central Iowa will convene at Briggs Woods Golf Course this afternoon for what will be the first cross country competition of the season for most. The Lynx Invite will ...