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GOLFER OF THE DECADE: TREVOR ULLESTAD

Ten years. Eight state tournaments. Three state team titles. One runner-up trophy. Three third-place results. Eight inside the top four. And one individual state champion. Let’s be honest — from 2010 to 2019, no sport dominated the Daily Freeman-Journal area quite like boys’ golf. ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: BASEBALL

Pitcher: Max Hackbarth, Webster City (2015-18) Find a Webster City player who put together a better two-year run than Max Hackbarth ... go ahead, we’ll wait. And good luck. As a junior and senior, he went 11-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 194 strikeouts. Twice a first-team all-state selection, the ...

DFJ BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: DYLAN STEEN

I’m not going to lie ... this task was monumentally difficult. The truth is, there are as many as four or five baseball players that have a legitimate case to be named the best of the decade in Hamilton County. How do you pick against Max Hackbarth and his ridiculous two-year run on the ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: SOFTBALL

Pitcher: Taylor Volkmann, South Hamilton (2015-19) Her career was shortened due to a torn ACL that cost her a season, but Taylor Volkmann did enough in three full seasons inside the circle to warrant a spot on the team. The Hawks used multiple pitchers throughout her career, but Volkmann ...

DFJ SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE DECADE: KAITLYN BIERE

Webster City softball coach Jess Howard knows how lucky she is; her rookie season at the helm in 2009 just happened to be the same summer that Kaitlyn Biere stepped onto the scene. And for five years Howard never had to worry about the Lynx pitching staff. So when it came time to choose ...

SO LONG, Q, AND THANKS

Someday Darrell Paulsen will muster up the emotional courage to look at the unread text message on his phone from Quinton Grove. But forgive him if he’s not quite ready to go there. He might not ever be ready. Paulsen, South Hamilton’s longtime boys’ track and field and cross country ...

Myers forges her career path in journalism, sports at Iowa

WEBSTER CITY — Hannah Myers gets paid to watch sports from some of the state’s most majestic venues. Yeah, she can’t believe it either. The 2015 Webster City High School graduate doesn’t physically pinch herself every time she walks onto the turf and looks around at the nearly ...

Collin Hill gets ‘fresh start’ at Morningside

In a way, Collin Hill is coming home. Back to the state where he made a name for himself on the basketball court, and back to a team where familiarity will give him a chance to thrive. After three injury-plagued and frustrating years at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, the ...

LET THERE BE LIGHT

On a normal Friday night in April, this concept would be absurd. Turn on the stadium lights at high schools all across the state even though they’re empty? Ridiculous. And you think cars would line the parking lot, many of them repeatedly honking their horns as the bulbs grow brighter and ...

COVID-19 RIPS AWAY 2020 SEASON FOR SPRING ATHLETES

WEBSTER CITY — It was shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday when Governor Kim Reynolds stepped to the podium for her daily COVID-19 press briefing and ended a month’s worth of speculation. Her words, while expected and understandable, gutted athletes, their families, coaches and sports fans ...

We held out hope until the very end

Editor’s Note: We asked Webster City High School senior Garrett Whitmore — a 4.0 student and the valedictorian of the Class of 2020 — to share his thoughts on the cancellation of the remainder of the school year and the spring sports season, both of which were announced on Friday. Garrett ...

WHAT ABOUT SUMMER?

WEBSTER CITY — As the days roll by — drag by might be a better way to say it — during the COVID-19 pandemic, the starts to the prep baseball and softball seasons inch closer. Right now, preseason practices are set to get under way on May 18, a little more than two weeks later than ...

Steen enjoying new challenges with Wartburg football team

WEBSTER CITY — What was supposed to be and what actually is reality are two different things in the life of Dylan Steen right now. The 2019 Webster City High School graduate and freshman at Wartburg College was supposed to be finishing up finals for the winter term this week. He was ...

ON THE MOVE

WEBSTER CITY — Logan Peters is on the move. The three-sport star at South Hamilton prior to his graduation in 2019 announced last month that he has decided to transfer from Simpson College in Indianola to Northwestern College in Orange City. Peters, who attempted to compete in three ...

THE GAME GOES ON

WEBSTER CITY — No one is immune from self-doubt. No one is completely protected from burnout either. It was those two things that nearly ended the fruitful basketball career of Webster City senior Taylor McKinney. “It scared me, 100 percent,” McKinney admits. “I tried going back ...

SEE YOU SOON …

WEBSTER CITY — What started as an idea among athletic directors inside the Heart of Iowa Conference quickly transitioned to statewide participation Friday night. The result? Stadiums and fields from border to border lit up the sky. South Hamilton was one of many schools to take part in ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: WRESTLING

106 Pounds: Cam Phetxoumphone (Webster City, 2018-Current) The latest Webster City wrestler to win a state title, Cam Phetxoumphone became just the second Webster City individual to go unbeaten in a season this past winter. Phetxoumphone, 42-0 as a sophomore, will take a 82-6 career record ...

DFJ WRESTLER OF THE DECADE: DRAKE DOOLITTLE

Welcome to the land of the obvious. C’mon, you had to know that Drake Doolittle was going to be named The Daily Freeman-Journal’s Wrestler of the Decade, right? Anyone who wants to argue either knows little about wrestling, or is a family member to another former Hamilton County wrestler ...

DFJ ALL-DECADE TEAM: BOYS BASKETBALL

Conner Hill, South Hamilton, 2015-19 The evolution of Conner Hill’s game during his four years at South Hamilton from 2015-19 was nothing short of astounding. Primarily a long range bomber when he stepped onto the scene as a freshman, Hill transformed himself into arguably one of the top ...