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4 SETS FOR BRONZE

WEBSTER CITY — One of the premier hitters in the North Central Conference, Iowa Falls-Alden’s Jenny Wibholm is on pace to become the Cadets’ all-time leader in kills before the season ends. She’s good. No, she’s great. And Webster City junior Alayna Finucan was even greater last ...

NO COMPLAINTS: BEST RACE OF SEASON NETS LYNX BOYS 3RD, GIRLS 5TH AT NCC

CLEAR LAKE — There is no one that expects more out of Jacob Willson than Jacob Willson. He demands his best, and he doesn’t hide his frustration when he thinks it’s warranted. But on Tuesday he was smiling. And so was his coach. Willson, a senior and Webster City’s cross country ...

Skartvedt in top 5, leads Hawks to 3rd at HOIC meet

DES MOINES — One top-five finisher, three inside the top 15 and all five scorers in the top 20 propelled the South Hamilton boys’ cross country team to its best performance of the season here Monday afternoon. And considering it was the Heart of Iowa Conference meet, the Hawks picked a ...

HAWKS NO. 4, LYNX NO. 6 IN LAST AP POLL OF SEASON

WEBSTER CITY — Ranked for much of the season, the Webster City and South Hamilton football teams will both enter the postseason as top-six teams in their respective classes. The final Associated Press poll of the season was released on Monday in the lead-up to the first round of the ...

Second a year ago, Lynx have a similar goal at today’s NCC meet

WEBSTER CITY — The 49th North Central Conference meet is set to go off from Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Clear Lake this afternoon, and the Webster City boys’ squad has got its sights set on a top-two finish. Racing will begin with the middle school races at 3:45 p.m. The junior ...

PERFECTION

WEBSTER CITY — This was the plan all along. Even back in June and July, when it looked like there might not be a season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal posts never moved. Unbeaten. Blemish-free. Perfect. Pick whichever you want. They all describe the Webster City football ...

ONE OF A KIND

JEWELL — Taylor Field was lit, but eerily quiet in the wee hours Friday night. The players and fans were gone, but there was South Hamilton head coach Corey Klemp, standing near midfield, alone with his thoughts and emotions. His team had just made history — the first undefeated regular ...

THE CULTURE SHIFT

BY TROY BANNING tbanning@freemanjournal.net WEBSTER CITY — Confidence in his coaching abilities has never been a problem for Bob Howard. Leading young men onto a football field isn’t only what he does, it’s who he is. So when he left the Class 2A juggernaut that he had built 27 ...

No. 4 Hawks look to make history against A-P this evening

JEWELL — It all comes down to this, one win for history. The opponent — one of Iowa’s most storied programs. Fourth-ranked (Class 1A) South Hamilton will attempt to claim the school’s first unbeaten regular season this evening when it welcomes Aplington-Parkersburg to Taylor Field ...

Skartvedt, Jensen leaders for Hawks at Jim Klein Invite

JEWELL — Ty Skartvedt continued to lead the South Hamilton boys’ cross country team, and Marissa Jensen continued her late-season surge to the front of the girls’ team pack at the Jewell Golf and Country Club Thursday evening. Hosting the Jim Klein Invite, the Hawk boys placed fourth ...

FLIP THE SCRIPT

CLEAR LAKE — Kaitlyn Vanderploeg sent a rocket right at Alley Odland late in the second set Tuesday night. Without quick reflexes, Odland may have been wearing a Spalding tattoo on her forehead for the foreseeable future. But instead of an empathic kill for Clear Lake’s 6-foot-1 middle ...

LYNX NARROWLY MISS OUT ON ANOTHER TEAM TITLE AT DICK BELL INVITE

EAGLE GROVE — Jose Ramirez and the Webster City boys’ cross country team continued their late-season surges on the undulating Eagle Grove Golf Course Tuesday afternoon, as the Lynx came oh-so close to claiming a second straight meet title. Clear Lake and WCHS both tallied 50 points, but ...

No. 12 Norsemen fend off Hawks in 3 sets

JEWELL — No. 12-ranked (Class 3A) Roland-Story put the hammer down when it needed to in a three-set sweep of South Hamilton on Coach Jim Marsh Court Tuesday night. After squandering a 14-6 second-set lead, the Norsemen reeled off eight straight points to close out the stanza and they ...

HAWKS WILL TAKE IT

JEWELL — What’s better: a hard-fought, valiant loss or an ugly victory? That’s a no-brainer. Go with ugly every single time. That’s what the South Hamilton volleyball team was left with Monday evening after it breathed a sigh of relief on Senior Night. Despite a flood of errors ...

Mistakes pile up, Lynx falter against Garrigan

ALGONA — Mistakes mounted with each set for the Webster City volleyball team, more than it could overcome, here Monday night. The Lynx committed 42 attack errors and eight more miscues from behind the service line in a 3-1 non-conference loss to Algona Garrigan. And head coach Jess Howard ...

WCHS HALL OF FAME TO ADD 3 NEW MEMBERS

WEBSTER CITY — The Webster City Athletics Hall of Fame will add three new members on Thursday when Doug Godown, Ryan Reasland and Katie (Niggemeyer) Bradley take their rightful places among the school’s legends. All three new inductees will be on hand to receive their Hall of Fame ...

Hawks climb to No. 4, Lynx still No. 7 in latest AP poll

South Hamilton moved up again and Webster City remained steady in the latest Associated Press high school football poll that was released Monday afternoon. The unbeaten Hawks (6-0) jumped one position to No. 4 following its 52-7 rout of East Marshall and previously third-ranked Underwood’s ...

THE DUDE

GILBERT — A smiling Trey Mathis wasn’t waving to his teammates and the crowd as he trotted across the end zone and toward the sideline with 8 seconds remaining in the first half inside Tiger Stadium Friday night. His hand was open and high in the air, but what he was really doing was ...

THAT’S A WRAP

LEGRAND — South Hamilton has been the hunter for so long that it’s forgotten what it’s like to be the hunted. The Hawks are currently getting a crash course though. For the second straight week, fifth-ranked (Class 1A) South Hamilton got off to what head coach Corey Klemp perceived ...

Lynx boys bring home gold from Pine Lake

ELDORA — An early wake-up call on Saturday was well worth it for the Webster City boys’ cross country team. Hill after hill ... after hill is what awaited the Lynx at Pine Lake, but they tackled them with determination and won the team title at the South Hardin Invite. WCHS placed all ...