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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

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HUMBOLDT — It’s just one meet, an indoor meet at that, but it didn’t take long for Webster City boys’ track and field coach Chad Hisler to realize that his team could be special here on Friday. Will the Lynx get a chance to compete again? Now that’s the question that no one can ...

Peck a golden girl for Lynx at season opener

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HUMBOLDT — The Webster City girls’ track and field team kicked off its season at the Nielsen Family Indoor on Thursday. The Lynx brought home one individual victory and 18 top-10 finishes, as they placed fifth (46 points) out of the eight teams in attendance. Humboldt dominated its ...

Spring sports: hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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Spend even two minutes talking to Webster City senior Garrett Whitmore and a couple things become evident — (1) he’s probably a lot smarter than you are, and (2) he is a thoughtful, articulate young man. A 35 on his ACT. Accepted to MIT. Seriously, the kid has the type of intelligence ...

Hawks’ Feaker named to all-HOIC second team

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WEBSTER CITY — Stepping into the basketball spotlight as a freshman is never easy. Doing it in a conference that proved to be one of the best in the state is an even more daunting task. But that’s the position that South Hamilton rookie Hallee Feaker found herself in this winter, and ...

Lynx Olson, Eklund earn all-NCC accolades

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WEBSTER CITY — Participation ribbons aren’t given out in the North Central Conference. If players want to receive all-conference accolades, they have to earn them. And that’s exactly how Webster City boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney likes it. With just 18 spots available — ...

PREP BRIEFS: WRESTLING, BASKETBALL

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PHETXOUMPHONE A STATE RUNNER-UP: Kendrick Phetxoumphone, a Webster City second grader, claimed a state silver medal at the Iowa AAU Super Peewee State Wrestling Tournament in Waterloo on Sunday. Competing for Team Valley, Phetxoumphone went 3-1 and raced to the finals with three decision ...

THEY’RE THE BOMB

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WEBSTER CITY — In a span of maybe 15 seconds of game time, Ballard sophomore forward Ashton Hermann went from feeling butterflies in his stomach to high-fiving his way down the sideline inside the Webster City High School gymnasium Wednesday night. He spent the entire evening pushing the ...

Hawks denied 4th consecutive state appearance by Pella Christian

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MARSHALLTOWN — Cade Balvanz had an entourage waiting for him just steps outside of the South Hamilton locker room Saturday night. There were hugs, handshakes and photos taken, and all of it eventually put a smile on his face. Quinton Grove had his people there too. He was wrapped in a hug ...

LET’S SUBSTATE

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JEWELL — If you believe in curses, then South Hamilton will face two difficult opponents on Saturday when it attempts to qualify for the Class 2A boys’ state basketball tournament for a fourth consecutive season. Pella Christian (12-10) is a no-brainer. Don’t be fooled by the ...

THEY’VE BEEN THERE

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IOWA FALLS — Act like you’ve been there — it’s one of those often-used sports clichés, usually in a critical way to tell athletes to play the game the right way. South Hamilton took a different approach with the phrase Tuesday night though. You see, the Hawks had been there. Many ...

Ballard gives Lynx no chance in substate quarters

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ALGONA — For seven minutes, Webster City played right with Ballard in a Class 3A Substate 2 quarterfinal Monday night inside Bulldog Gymnasium. Things started to go off the rails for the Lynx in the eighth minute and there was only one place to go from there — a complete train ...

UNANIMOUS, OF COURSE

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WEBSTER CITY — They entered high school together, battled against each other for four years, and now they leave together. Right on top. Three of the premier girls’ basketball players in central Iowa, not to mention three of the biggest talents the North Central Conference has seen in ...

PERFECTION!

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DES MOINES — Sitting on the cold concrete with his back against the wall in the bowels of Wells Fargo Arena Saturday night, Cam Phetxoumphone took just a moment to stare at the fruits of his labor. Clutching the medal he had just received in both hands, he simply stared at it, transfixed ...

Gasca bows out one win shy of a medal

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DES MOINES — A state wrestling medal wasn’t in the cards for Webster City junior 145-pounder Nick Gasca on Friday, but he may have gained something just as valuable. Confidence. Gasca came up one win shy of the Class 2A podium when he dropped a consolation second-round match to ...

Lynx the underdog against Ballard in substate quarters

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WEBSTER CITY — It’s taken three months and 20 regular season games, but Marty McKinney is ready to wave the metaphorical white flag. The defense-first head coach of the Webster City boys’ basketball team has a pretty good idea of what it will take for his Lynx club to be successful in ...

Hawks know nothing a given against Hudson in 2A district final

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JEWELL — Back in the South Hamilton High School parking lot after a trip to Parkersburg Thursday night, Matt Juber forced his players to spend a few extra minutes on the cold, dark school bus while he delivered a pointed message. A few hours earlier, third-seeded South Hamilton had ...