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Lynx 2nd behind H-D/CAL at Norsemen Duals

STORY CITY — More times than not, a full team is going to be a successful team in a dual tournament format. As it always does, Webster City had all 14 weights filled at Saturday’s Norsemen Duals, and the Lynx reaped the benefits. Not only did WCHS wrestle well, but it was also the ...

Hawks fade down stretch against Gilbert

JEWELL — Foul trouble, injury, illness — South Hamilton experienced them all to key players in perhaps the one game where those variables would hurt the most on Coach Jim Marsh Court Friday night. The result — a 71-57 loss to rival Gilbert and the realization that the Hawks will now ...

SH girls put up solid fight vs. No. 8 Tigers

JEWELL — Trailing 15-0 before the fans even had a chance to get comfortable in the bleachers, it would have been easy for the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team to accept a blowout defeat on Coach Jim Marsh Court Friday night. Eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Gilbert is good. Dang good, ...

Lynx try to bury Bulldogs early, Olson pours in 18

WEBSTER CITY — There was an 18-minute game that the Webster City boys’ basketball team dominated inside the WCHS gymnasium Friday night. And then there was a 14-minute game that was all Hampton-Dumont/CAL. Those extra foul minutes made a world of difference. WCHS hung on for a 57-46 ...

WCHS girls struggle late, miss chance at upset win

WEBSTER CITY — The start of the fourth quarter was rough and the final three minutes were even worse for the Webster City girls’ basketball team Friday night. The late-game lapses soured what was a solid outing for three quarters, as the Lynx limped to the finish line in a 56-42 loss to ...

Swenson, Willis champs at Lynn Moody Invite

POCAHONTAS — Arguably the best day for the South Hamilton wrestling team in several years included six finalists, two champions and a fourth-place finish at Saturday’s Lynn Moody Invitational. The Hawks compiled 147 points to finish behind Woodbury Central (2051⁄2), Pocahontas Area ...

SATURDAY’S PREP BRIEFS: BASKETBALL AND WRESTLING

WCHS girls’ upset bid falls short WEBSTER CITY — A whale of a performance from Grace Hoversten wasn’t enough to propel the Webster City girls’ basketball team to an upset victory inside the WCHS gymnasium on Saturday. Eighth-ranked (Class 4A) Gilbert did just enough in the final ...

Swenson and Thompson 3-0 for Hawks at quad

ELDORA — Final scores don’t always tell the entire story. Take the South Hamilton wrestling team’s quadrangular here on Tuesday. At a quick glance, the Hawks tumbled three times with losses to Eagle Grove (47-32), BCLUW-SH (45-24) and West Marshall (48-36). Delve in a little bit ...

LIONS ARE RIDICULOUS

WEBSTER CITY — Nicole Muhlenbruch wasn’t trying to be humorous. There was no smile on her face, no glint of kidding around as she sat in her coach’s office just off the WCHS gymnasium Tuesday night. “I’m surprised that teams have gotten within 20 points of them, I really am,” ...

NO. 10 LIONS OVERWHELM LYNX

WEBSTER CITY — A solid second half really didn’t mean much for the Webster City boys’ basketball team Tuesday night. By that time the damage — and there was a lot of it — had already been done. Tenth-ranked (Class 3A) and North Central Conference leader Clear Lake used its ...

Hisler puts a scare into state medalist, Lynx split wrestling duals

CLEAR LAKE — There are times when CJ Hisler makes freshman mistakes on the wrestling mat. But as the season has progressed, those moments have become few and far between. Coming off a near-miss at the North Central Conference tournament on Saturday where he was seven seconds away from ...

Hawks break out of slump, thump Saydel by 26

DES MOINES — Back-to-back Heart of Iowa Conference losses, followed by a sluggish first half Tuesday night were cause for concern for the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team. Uh oh, here we go again? Not at all. The Hawks crept out of their funk over the final 16 minutes, as they ...

Freshmen take the lead in SH girls’ win over Eagles

DES MOINES — A freshman led the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team to a Heart of Iowa Conference victory here Tuesday night. That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Hallee Feaker has been doing that for the Hawks all season. But it was another freshman, just called up to the varsity, ...

CAM’S A BAD MAN

IOWA FALLS — Cole Nelson took on the role of the playground bully, pulling and shoving Cam Phetxoumphone around the mat as they battled to see who was the biggest little man in the North Central Conference Saturday evening. Phetxoumphone, a Webster City sophomore and the No. 1-ranked ...

The father-daughter bond hits close to home

Like millions of people around the world, I was glued to the television coverage Sunday afternoon and evening in the hours following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash. The news arrived in my Twitter feed a little after noon and it took my breath away. At just 41 years of ...

Cadets win NCC crown in walk-off fashion

IOWA FALLS — Win or lose, McKade Eisentrager had to know he was going to leave the biggest imprint on the 2020 North Central Conference wrestling tournament as he strolled onto Mat 1 in his home gymnasium Saturday evening. Was he going to be the hero? Or was he going to be the guy that ...

HIS SWAGGER BACK, SWENSON ROLLS TO A HOIC TITLE

JEWELL — It was just a year ago when Lane Swenson didn’t know if his body was ever going to cooperate. Linger elbow injuries crippled his confidence, crushed his aggression and, quite frankly, took the joy out of wrestling. “I was always questioning if I could go full-bore on my ...

Olson scores 23, Eklund gets hot late in Lynx 2-OT win over Gaels

FORT DODGE — All Tavis Eklund needed was for the first shot to go down. Once it did, the Webster City junior settled in, scoring eight points in the two overtime sessions to help the Lynx claim a 67-58 victory over St. Edmond here Friday night. “It was almost like two or three games ...

WCHS girls thump Gaels, win streak reaches 5

FORT DODGE — Every win isn’t going to be pretty. Still, a win is a win is a win. Despite not being at its best offensively, the Webster City girls’ basketball team was locked in at the defensive end and smothered St. Edmond in a 39-15 North Central Conference win Friday ...

South Hamilton Basketball Briefs

HAWKS DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT: A rough second quarter — outscored 16-2 rough — put the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team in a hole it couldn’t dig out of Friday night in Monroe. PCM used the 14-point second-quarter spurt to build a 29-13 lead and the Mustangs went on to hand the ...