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Is it a trap?

WEBSTER CITY — Let’s be honest, not a lot of people expected the Webster City football team to be 2-0 at this early juncture of the season. And let’s add another layer to that storyline: reaching 3-0 will be more difficult than many people probably believe as well. Coming off a mildly ...

Hawks look to jump start season in home debut

JEWELL — A two-game home stand comes at the perfect time for a South Hamilton football team looking for answers following back-to-back road setbacks early in the season. The Hawks will make their 2019 debut at Taylor Field this evening when they host Woodward-Granger in non-district play ...

20 YEARS OF MEMORIES

Twenty years, where have you gone? Yes, this week marks my 20-year anniversary as the sports editor at The Daily Freeman-Journal, a job I took just a few months out of college and, somehow, fooled my bosses into allowing me to keep all this time. To commemorate this week, I’ve compiled a ...

LIONS TAMED

WEBSTER CITY — Grace Hoversten bristled at the nickname, but she better get used to it. She’s going to hear it quite a bit. With every kill the lanky Webster City senior smacks, her teammates chant Go Big Red! It bellowed throughout the WCHS gymnasium, seemingly on repeat particularly ...

Crutcher, Perin and Willson stand out for Lynx at Waverly

WAVERLY — Season’s best performances by a number of runners made the hot, humid day a success for the Webster City cross country team here on Tuesday. Competing in the age classification races at the Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic on the Wartburg College course, the Lynx looked to their ...

Intelligent Design

SPENCER — Monstrous and mean aren’t prerequisites for a standout offensive line. Quick and intelligent can be just as effective when the beef is a little lean. And Webster City has got itself a group of Einsteins. The Lynx may have given up plenty of pounds at the line of scrimmage ...

No. 9 Spartans gouge Hawks for 415 yards in rout

GRUNDY CENTER — It took Logan Knaack less than three minutes to leave a lasting impression on the South Hamilton defense here Friday night. And from there, he had the Hawks reeling. Knaack, Grundy Center’s dynamic sophomore quarterback, kept the ball on an option and sprinted around the ...

Lynx split 6 matches, return favor against ’Dogs

ALGONA — A long day that included six matches ended with a bit of redemption for the Webster City volleyball team on Saturday. The big picture result was the Lynx broke even at the Algona Invite. They notched 2-0 victories over Storm Lake (21-13, 21-14) and North Union (21-8, 21-11), as ...

Hawks 3-3 at weekend tourney

LAKE CITY — The South Hamilton volleyball team went 3-3 and finished in the middle of the field at Saturday’s South Central Calhoun Invite. The Hawks claimed 2-0 victories over Belmond-Klemme (21-18, 21-8), IKM (21-17, 21-16) and Audubon (21-18, 21-13). They dropped 2-0 matches to South ...

Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

WEBSTER CITY — Everyone laughed. His coaches, his teammates, even Will Tasler himself found it funny. It was 24 hours prior to the start of the 2018 football campaign and Webster City was running through its kickoff coverage in preparation for its season opener against Gilbert. As he ...

Hawks game plan: Clean it up

JEWELL — Two days, that’s all South Hamilton football coach Corey Klemp gave his players to mope and lick their wounds before he put them back to work. Week 1 of the regular season didn’t go as planned for the Hawks, who dropped their opener to South Hardin, 19-14, seven days ago. ...

NCC opener a marathon, Bulldogs fend off Lynx in 5

ALGONA — In the dark of night, the Webster City volleyball team made a long, lonely and quiet drive home last night. There was plenty of time to think about what might have been. Leaving everything they had on the volleyball court, the Lynx matched Algona point for point for the better ...

Lynx boys 2nd at home invite

WEBSTER CITY — Coasting in the back half of the pack as he reached the mile mark Tuesday evening, Jacob Willson never gave a hint that he was worried. He certainly wasn’t struggling. Turns out, the Webster City leader knew exactly what he was doing as he trucked along on his home ...

Gidel makes it 3 for 3 at The Links; Ervin leads SH, Crutcher WCHS

WEBSTER CITY — Bryce Gidel opted to go it alone Tuesday evening, running without the neon yellow Nike headband that has become her trademark for the first time in three outings at The Links. It didn’t matter. With or without the headband, the Humboldt star shined brighter than the rest ...

North Polk turns up defense, ends Lynx win streak at 6

WEBSTER CITY — Twelve straight sets, six consecutive matches, it was all going so well for the Webster City volleyball team. And then North Polk stepped onto the opposite side of the net and showed the Lynx there’s still plenty to work on. Webster City’s perfect start to the season ...

Hawks come up empty at triangular

ELDORA — South Hamilton hit a speed bump in the non-conference portion of its volleyball season here Tuesday evening. Even with senior leader Hailey Cavan back on the outside of the front row for the first time this season, the Hawks (8-7) dropped matches to South Hardin and North ...

A QUICK STUDY

WEBSTER CITY — Call it intuition. Call it seeing the field. Call it going to the well one too many times. Call it whatever you want. But what it really should have been called was ballgame. Gilbert burned the Webster City defense with screen passes throughout Friday’s season-opening ...

Lynx storm through 5 foes at St. Edmond Invite

FORT DODGE — Adalie Schwandt, Grace Hoversten, Haley Foster and Morgan Gallentine are taking their roles as senior leaders seriously. They want their final run with the Webster City volleyball team to be memorable and they’re off to a pretty good start. Playing what Lynx head coach ...

Hawks defy statistics, succumb to Tigers in opener

ELDORA — A head-scratcher right off the bat is not the way the South Hamilton football team envisioned the start of the season. Statistically speaking, the Hawks dominated South Hardin at Tiger Field Friday night. But among the numbers were penalties and turnovers, two areas that South ...

Hawks break even during 6-match tourney

CLARION — A busy, 13-match week ended for the South Hamilton volleyball team here on Saturday. The Hawks went 3-3 at the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Invite and take an 8-5 overall mark into the second week of the season. South Hamilton earned 2-0 wins over Harris-Lake Park (21-14, 21-16) and ...