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Thu
14
Feb

UPDATE: Hansmeier has State Wrestling journey ended with pair of Friday afternoon losses

Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier continued his "comeback kid" ways in the opening round of the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Thursday evening, February 14 in Des Moines. Trailing by a 10-5 count early in the third period against Roland Story senior Koby Hassebrock (39-3), Hansmeier scored a late takedown followed by nearfall points to tie the match at 10-10 in the closing seconds before winning it in overtime with a takedown. He will now wrestle top-rated senior Joey Busse (44-0) of Humboldt in the Class 2A quarterfinals Friday afternoon that begin at 2:30 p.m., with a win advancing him to the Class 2A semifinals Friday evening, beginning at 8:45 p.m., and a loss forcing him to the Class 2A consolation round right away that same Friday afternoon. Full coverage of Hansmeier's State Wrestling results, complete with photos, will appear in the February 20 edition of The Standard.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier uses late-match scoring to help gain State Tournament qualification with District runner-up finish


Coaching congrats and fired-up father ... Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Miles Hansmeier is congratulated after his 8-5 win by decision in the final seconds of his Class 2A District 5 Tournament first-round match Saturday, February 9 at Independence by members of the Waukon wrestling coaching staff, including (left to right in background of the above photo) assistant coach Caleb Ferring and head coach Mason Berns, as well as his father, volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, who is also seen at right jumping for joy after his son rallied in the final seconds of that first-round match with a five-point move that advanced him to the 145-pound championship match and all but solidified his first-ever qualification for this week’s Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines. With his runner-up finish in the 145-pound District Tournament bracket, Miles Hansmeier now joins his older brother, Tristan, their father, and their cousin, head coach Mason Berns, in all qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament for the Indians during their high school wrestling careers, with Tristan Hansmeier wrestling to a sixth-place finish at 170 pounds just last season, Berns claiming a seventh-place finish at 130 pounds in 2004 and eighth-place finish at 160 pounds in 2006, and Dave Hansmeier wrestling to a sixth-place finish at 140 pounds in 1990. Photos courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

The final moments of the first round and the opening moments of the second round clinched a first-ever State Tournament berth for Waukon wrestling senior Miles Hansmeier at the Class 2A District 5 Tournament hosted by Independence High School Saturday, February 9. Hansmeier pulled off a five-point move in the final seconds of his opening match of the tournament against Independence junior Brady Webb to make his way to the 145-pound championship match, and even though he would lose in that title bout, a pin by Webb in his third-place match guaranteed that Hansmeier would not have to compete in a wrestleback to secure his second-place District Tournament finish and qualification for this week’s Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon basketball boys end regular season with three losses; Districts postponed


Honored for it ... Waukon boys basketball senior Michael Sweeney received a commemorative basketball from Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann after he became the all-time leading scorer for the Waukon boys basketball program late in the third quarter of the Indians’ 70-68 home loss to Decorah Tuesday, February 5. Sweeney surpassed the previous record of 1,254 career points held for the past 37 years by 1982 Waukon High School graduate Scott Sawyer. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website, www.waukonstandard.com.

The Waukon boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week and was scheduled to get its postseason journey underway, but had that first-round Class 2A District 4 game postponed a day due to winter weather. That match-up at and against New Hampton scheduled for Monday, February 11 was postponed to Tuesday, February 12, to begin at 7 p.m.

Prior to that postseason postponement, the Indians closed out their regular season with three final losses in Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) play, falling at Waverly-Shell Rock, 67-48, Monday, February 4 in a game rescheduled from January 25 before also falling at home to Decorah, 70-68, Tuesday, February 5 and to New Hampton, 68-63, Friday, February 8.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon High School graduate Bill Plein to be inducted into IHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame


Bill Plein ... Photo courtesy of John Lovretta of The Hawk Eye Newspaper, Burlington.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) will be welcoming seven inductees into its Wrestling Hall of Fame during this year’s State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will include two coaches and five wrestlers inducted Saturday, February 16 during the high school wrestling season’s grand finale.

Wed
13
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team wraps up regular season with split of final two games, begins postseason play with 67-41 home win over Oelwein


Leads all scorers ... Waukon girls basketball senior Sydney Ross poured in a game-high 20 points in the Indians’ 67-41 first-round Class 3A Region 4 tournament win over Oelwein Saturday, February 9. Ross also recorded six rebounds, three steals and one assist in the victory.

Indian girls will host North Fayette Valley this Wednesday in regional semifinals

The Waukon girls basketball team wrapped up its 2018-2019 regular season and got its postseason tournament journey underway in fairly successful fashion this past week. The Indians split their final two regular season games, falling at Class 4A fifth-rated Waverly-Shell Rock Monday, February 4 in a game rescheduled from Friday, January 25 by a 54-40 final result before completing their regular season with a 60-35 victory at Decorah Tuesday, February 5. The basketball Tribe then got regional tournament play underway in dominating fashion, blasting Oelwein at home Saturday, February 9 by a 67-41 final result to advance down the postseason road.

Wed
13
Feb

Kee boys basketball team ends regular season winning two of three final games, has first-round District Tournament game postponed

The Kee boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week and was scheduled to get its postseason underway, but the threat of winter weather postponed the Hawks’ first-round Class 1A District 5 Tournament game vs. Starmont at East Buchanan from Monday, February 11 to Tuesday, February 12. Details of Kee’s postseason possibilities appear in a shaded box elsewhere on this same Sports page in the February 13 print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

Prior to that postseason postponement, the Hawks were able to put together their season’s first win streak as the regular season wound down, winning at Riceville, 44-42, Monday, February 4 and following that up with a 52-33 triumph at Coulee Christian in West Salem, WI Friday, February 8. The Kee boys wrapped up their regular season with a 61-57 loss at home to North Fayette Valley Saturday, February 9 in a game rescheduled from Thursday, February 7.

Wed
06
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team downs Charles City and Oelwein with little trouble


Looking to assist ... Waukon girls basketball senior Ally Goltz looks to make a pass inside in the Indians’ 66-27 home win over Charles City Friday, February 1. Goltz finished the game with three assists. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

After a week without school and nearly a week without basketball competition, the Waukon girls basketball team completed a busy final weekend of the regular season, playing a pair of Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) contests and adding them both to the win column. The Indians first handled a winless Charles City team with relative ease, 66-27, at home Friday, February 1 before doing likewise at Oelwein Saturday, February 2, 52-22, in a game rescheduled from January 18.

Wed
06
Feb

Kee boys basketball team suffers pair of Upper Iowa Conference losses

The Kee boys basketball team had a busy scheduled start to this past week, instead, turn out to be a busy end to it, as two games early in the week had to be postponed due to winter weather. The Hawks finally opened the week’s competition with a 64-52 home loss to MFL/MarMac Friday, February 1 before also falling in a Saturday, February 2 road date at Turkey Valley, 61-43, in a game rescheduled from both January 22 and then Monday, January 28. Kee’s Tuesday, January 29 home game with North Fayette Valley was postponed to this Thursday, February 7.

Wed
06
Feb

Waukon bowling teams sweep Denver at home


Seniors contribute to Indian effort ... The Waukon girls bowling senior pair of Emma Roe (photo above) and Megan O’Neill (photo below) send a roll down the alley in the Indians’ 1968-1776 home win over Denver Friday, February 1. O’Neill bowled a 302 series made up of 132 and 170 games and Roe turned in game totals of 119 and 99 for a 218 series. Standard photos by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Leads the way ... Waukon boys bowling sophomore Noah Schellsmidt paced the Indian effort in their 2555-2260 home win over Denver Friday, February 1. Schellsmidt rolled a team-high game total of 212 and a 156 for a 368. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

After sitting idle for two consecutive weeks, the Waukon boys and girls bowling teams finally resumed action Friday, February 1 with their Parents Night home match against Denver. Both the girls and boys squads made the most of that display in front of their parents, sweeping the visiting Cyclones by a 1968-1776 count for the girls and a 2555-2260 result for the boys.

Wed
06
Feb

Senior Miles Hansmeier wrestles his way to District Tournament with runner-up finish to lead Waukon wrestling team to sixth-place team finish at Sectionals


Runner-up finish advances him ... Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Miles Hansmeier controls North Fayette Valley junior Joel Grimes on the way to a 6-2 win by decision in their Class 2A Sectional 10 Tournament semifinals match Saturday, February 2 at Decorah. Hansmeier wrestled to a runner-up finish at the Sectional Tournament to earn advancement to this Saturday’s District Tournament for the right to battle for State Tournament qualification. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2018-2019 wrestling season came to a close for all but this season’s lone senior as the Waukon wrestling team competed at the Class 2A Sectional Tournament hosted by Decorah High School Saturday, February 2. Senior Miles Hansmeier wrestled to a runner-up finish at 145 pounds to continue his season and career with advancement to this Saturday’s Class 2A District Tournament at Independence, beginning at 12 noon. Further details of Hansmeier’s next round of competition appear elsewhere on these same Sports pages in the February 6 print and e-edition of the The Standard.

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