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IN THE ZONE

JEWELL — A few of the guarantees in life — the sun will rise, the sun will set, and opposing teams will play a packed in zone defense against the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team. Quinton Grove knew it was coming Monday night and the Hawks’ senior guard was ready. No fear, ...

Hawks season ends at hands of Spartans

GRUNDY CENTER — Injuries and multiple illnesses derailed the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team late in the regular season and the Hawks were unable to put the pieces back together in the postseason. Too many turnovers — 29 in all — and not enough looks at the basket — just 38 ...

2 STILL STANDING

ALGONA — Nick Gasca says he’s wasn’t begging, pleading or even complaining. He was just pointing out a fact, one that took the official 10 seconds to agree with. But with a slap of the mat, Gasca’s comeback story was complete. From a district semifinal victim to a state qualifier, ...

Swenson and Thompson district champs, state bound for Hawks

PLEASANTVILLE — Lane Swenson and Trevor Thompson have waited a long time to call themselves state wrestling qualifiers. That they get to do it together makes it even more special. South Hamilton’s junior leaders mauled their way through a Class 1A district tournament on Saturday and ...

Phetxoumphone the No. 1 seed at 106

Cam Phetxoumphone has been ranked No. 1 (Class 2A) at 106 pounds all season and he held onto that position in the seeding process for the state wrestling tournament. Pairings for this week’s state tournament were released Sunday morning and Phetxoumphone (38-0) earned the No. 1 seed at the ...

Norsemen end a drought of 1,837 days against Hawks in overtime

STORY CITY — Win by 50 or lose by 100 Friday night, it didn’t matter one bit in terms of South Hamilton’s place in the final Heart of Iowa Conference standings. But with the postseason set to start tonight, the Hawks wanted — maybe even needed — a boost of momentum, and what ...

Algona hands Lynx another league loss

ALGONA — Missing one of its leaders, Algona still had more than enough firepower to roll past Webster City in a North Central Conference boys’ basketball contest here Friday night. Collin Bleich and his 16.2 points per game average weren’t on the floor for the Bulldogs, but Wyatt ...

Wanted: Defense

HUMBOLDT — The formula for success inside the Webster City boys’ basketball program has been set in stone for more than a decade. Defend. Defend. And defend. And when the Lynx struggle to guard? Results like Tuesday’s 74-69 loss to North Central Conference rival Humboldt show up ...

ZONED OUT: WCHS girls have no answer for Wildcats’ defensive scheme

HUMBOLDT — The blueprint on how to slow down the Webster City girls’ basketball team finally found its way to Humboldt Tuesday night. Play a zone defense. Really, it’s that simple. The Wildcats sat back in a zone, pressured Taylor McKinney with two defenders whenever she touched ...

Hawks win game, lose HOIC title on same night

NEVADA — It was a good news, bad news kind of night for the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team on Tuesday. The good news: The Hawks were locked in at the defense end and efficient on offense in a relatively easy 57-38 road victory over Heart of Iowa Conference rival Nevada. The bad ...

Nevada hands SH girls sixth straight setback

NEVADA — Nevada’s size advantage led to an increased number of turnovers and a poor shooting percentage for the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team on the final night of the regular season here on Tuesday. Missing Caleigh Hewitt, the team’s lone post presence, the Hawks simply ...

FOR YOU, DAD

HUMBOLDT — Chase Rattenborg did plenty of celebrating. He screamed, he flexed, he gestured to the crowd, he screamed some more. But in the blink of an eye, he stopped. He turned away from the crowd and took a deep breath. He raised his chin, he tilted his eyes towards the ceiling, he ...

Big first half helps Lynx end 4-game slide

WEBSTER CITY — It wasn’t a masterpiece or an instant classic, but when a team is riding a four-game losing streak, neither of those are of the utmost importance. That’s why Webster City girls’ basketball coach Nicole Muhlenbruch wasn’t too concerned minutes after leaving the floor ...

Cadets use 14-0 run to pull away from Lynx

WEBSTER CITY — It’s a safe bet that not many, if any, of the Webster City boys’ basketball players could pick Iowa Falls-Alden sophomore Sam Weaver out of a lineup prior to Friday’s North Central Conference contest inside the WCHS gymnasium. But after 32 minutes in which Weaver ...

Swenson and Thompson champs, Willis also advances to 1A districts

OGDEN — It was a coin flip for Colton Willis — 220 or 285 pounds? — right up until just moments before weigh-ins at Saturday’s Class 1A sectional wrestling tournament. But one absence made the decision easy. Despite weighing around 215 pounds, Willis, a South Hamilton junior, was ...

Hawks rally, stay in HOIC title hunt

JEWELL — South Hamilton has become a second-half team. For the second straight outing, the Hawks forgot about a subpar first half and dominated after the break to pick up a much-needed Heart of Iowa Conference victory on Coach Jim Marsh Court Friday night. PCM poured in 24 second-quarter ...

Short-handed SH girls come up short

JEWELL — Missing five players for various reasons, including starting forward Caleigh Hewitt, the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team was unable to build on an early lead and eventually wilted in a Heart of Iowa Conference loss on Coach Jim Marsh Court on Friday. PCM rallied back from ...

SATURDAY’S BASKETBALL BRIEFS

HAWKS START FAST, TAKE DOWN IF-A: South Hamilton raced out to a 17-7 lead after one quarter, led 28-12 at the half and then hung on in the second half for a confidence-building 60-54 non-conference victory over Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday night in Iowa Falls. Three players scored in double ...