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Top-ranked Phetxoumphone needs only 42 seconds to reach quarters

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DES MOINES — Playing the takedown game didn’t interest Cam Phetxoumphone yesterday inside Wells Fargo Arena. Webster City’s top-ranked 106-pounder usually enjoys piling up a handful of takedowns before he sends another victim to the showers, but, in a way, West Delaware lanky freshman ...

BOYS BASKETBALL BRIEFS

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HAWKS HALFWAY TO STATE: The South Hamilton boys’ basketball team took another step towards a fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament and earned a little payback in the process last night in Parkersburg. The Hawks (14-7) limited South Hardin to 10 first-half points and rolled to a ...

BUSINESS TRIP

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WEBSTER CITY — Here comes the chuckle and eye roll, followed by a whisper sigh — clear signs he’s had to broach this topic many, many times before. The last name — it’s the first thing people talk about when they see the name Cam Phetxoumphone on a bracket sheet. If you’re ...

Frigid first quarter dooms Lynx in regional

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WEBSTER CITY — The fight, the grit, the refusal to give in — those things brought the happy tears from Webster City girls’ basketball coach Nicole Muhlenbruch as she sat in her office late last night. But the first quarter — oh, that first quarter — is what brought the tears of ...

IT’S NOW OR NEVER

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WEBSTER CITY — Leah Kasch has a basketball memory to last a lifetime thanks to the last time Webster City faced Boone. But the junior would prefer a less dramatic ending when the two teams get together again this evening inside the WCHS gymnasium. Boone (5-16) will come to town to take on ...

IN THE ZONE

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JEWELL — A few of the guarantees in life — the sun will rise, the sun will set, and opposing teams will play a packed in zone defense against the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team. Quinton Grove knew it was coming Monday night and the Hawks’ senior guard was ready. No fear, ...

Hawks season ends at hands of Spartans

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GRUNDY CENTER — Injuries and multiple illnesses derailed the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team late in the regular season and the Hawks were unable to put the pieces back together in the postseason. Too many turnovers — 29 in all — and not enough looks at the basket — just 38 ...

2 STILL STANDING

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ALGONA — Nick Gasca says he’s wasn’t begging, pleading or even complaining. He was just pointing out a fact, one that took the official 10 seconds to agree with. But with a slap of the mat, Gasca’s comeback story was complete. From a district semifinal victim to a state qualifier, ...

Swenson and Thompson district champs, state bound for Hawks

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PLEASANTVILLE — Lane Swenson and Trevor Thompson have waited a long time to call themselves state wrestling qualifiers. That they get to do it together makes it even more special. South Hamilton’s junior leaders mauled their way through a Class 1A district tournament on Saturday and ...

Phetxoumphone the No. 1 seed at 106

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Cam Phetxoumphone has been ranked No. 1 (Class 2A) at 106 pounds all season and he held onto that position in the seeding process for the state wrestling tournament. Pairings for this week’s state tournament were released Sunday morning and Phetxoumphone (38-0) earned the No. 1 seed at the ...

Norsemen end a drought of 1,837 days against Hawks in overtime

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STORY CITY — Win by 50 or lose by 100 Friday night, it didn’t matter one bit in terms of South Hamilton’s place in the final Heart of Iowa Conference standings. But with the postseason set to start tonight, the Hawks wanted — maybe even needed — a boost of momentum, and what ...

Algona hands Lynx another league loss

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ALGONA — Missing one of its leaders, Algona still had more than enough firepower to roll past Webster City in a North Central Conference boys’ basketball contest here Friday night. Collin Bleich and his 16.2 points per game average weren’t on the floor for the Bulldogs, but Wyatt ...

Wanted: Defense

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HUMBOLDT — The formula for success inside the Webster City boys’ basketball program has been set in stone for more than a decade. Defend. Defend. And defend. And when the Lynx struggle to guard? Results like Tuesday’s 74-69 loss to North Central Conference rival Humboldt show up ...

Hawks win game, lose HOIC title on same night

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NEVADA — It was a good news, bad news kind of night for the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team on Tuesday. The good news: The Hawks were locked in at the defense end and efficient on offense in a relatively easy 57-38 road victory over Heart of Iowa Conference rival Nevada. The bad ...

Nevada hands SH girls sixth straight setback

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NEVADA — Nevada’s size advantage led to an increased number of turnovers and a poor shooting percentage for the South Hamilton girls’ basketball team on the final night of the regular season here on Tuesday. Missing Caleigh Hewitt, the team’s lone post presence, the Hawks simply ...