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Thu
22
Feb

ON TO STATE! Kee basketball girls win OT thriller to advance to State Tournament

The ninth-rated Kee girls basketball team outlasted sixth-rated West Hancock, 46-39, to win its Class 1A Region 2 championship game played Wednesday, February 21 at New Hampton. Playing the Eagles to a 39-39 scoreboard knot at the end of four quarters, the Hawks didn't let the Eagles score at all in the extra frame to secure the victory and their second-ever State Tournament qualification. The Lady Hawks (22-1) will now play fourth-rated Newell-Fonda (24-0) Wednesday, February 28 in the opening round of the Class 1A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, beginning at 5 p.m. The winner will advance on to the Class 1A semifinals Friday, March 2 at 3:15 p.m. to play the winner of the first-round match-up between second-rated Central Decatur (24-0) and 10th-rated Montezuma (20-3), with that semifinals winner then advancing on to the Class 1A State Championship game Saturday evening, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Wed
21
Feb

Tristan Hansmeier wrestles to sixth-place finish in 170-pound State Tournament bracket; joins father to become first father-son State Tournament placewinners


Hansmeier finishes sixth among Class 2A 170-pound elite ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier (second from left) stands in the sixth-place position on the Class 2A 170-pound State Tournament podium Saturday, February 17 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Hansmeier won his first two matches of the three-day season grand finale but then suffered three consecutive losses to end up as a sixth-place finisher among the Class 2A 170-pound elite. Pictured, left to right, are the top eight placewinners in the 2018 Class 2A 170-pound weight bracket: Charles City sophomore Jack Sindlinger - eighth place; Waukon senior Tristan Hansmeier - sixth place; Mount Vernon junior Paul Ryan - fourth place; Dubuque Wahlert senior Kolton Bartow - Class 2A 170-pound Runner-Up; PCM-Monroe junior Lucas Roland - Class 2A 170-pound Champion; New Hampton senior Noah Glaser - third place; Estherville Lincoln Central junior Lincoln Coakley - fifth place and West Delaware sophomore Jack Neuhaus - seventh place. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association Photo Pool.

Sixth place in 1990 ... Waukon High School 1990 graduate Dave Hansmeier is pictured above from a yearbook photo during his senior wrestling season, when he wrestled to a sixth-place finish at the State Tournament at 140 pounds. That finish set the table for the first-ever father-son State Tournament placewinnings for the Waukon wrestling program, as Dave Hansmeier’s son, senior Tristan Hansmeier, wrestled to a sixth-place finish in the Class 2A 170-pound bracket at this season’s State Tournament, with his father, Dave, serving as one of this season’s volunteer assistant coaches guiding Tristan to that podium finish.

Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier controls Algona junior Carson Devine in their quarterfinals match at the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Friday morning, February 16. Hansmeier pinned Devine in 3:15 for his second consecutive match victory to start out the season grand finale but ended up falling in his final three matches of the tournament to end up in sixth place in the Class 2A 170-pound State Tournament bracket. Being the first State Tournament semifinalist since 2008 Waukon High School graduate Frank Weymiller when he finished fifth at 189 pounds in his senior season, Hansmeier’s state championship hopes were ended in that semifinal round by the eventual Class 2A 170-pound runner-up, senior Kolton Bartow of Dubuque Wahlert. Hansmeier also becomes the first State Tournament placewinner for the Indians since senior Adam Benzing placed sixth at 145 pounds in 2015. Hansmeier joins his own father, volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, in being the only father-son duo in Waukon wrestling history to each wrestle to a State Tournament placewinning, Dave Hansmeier also finishing sixth in his senior season in 1990 at 140 pounds. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Newspaper Association Photo Pool.

Like father, like son the old saying goes, and for Waukon 170-pound wrestling senior Tristan Hansmeier, his first-ever State Tournament qualification ended up telling that tale, as he joined his father, Waukon wrestling volunteer assistant coach Dave Hansmeier, as a sixth-place State Tournament finisher for the wrestling Indians. Hansmeier won two of five matches in his season grand finale debut to finish as this year’s Class 2A 170-pound sixth-place finisher, getting those two wins early in the tournament before falling in his final three matches.

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team wins district opener at home, 59-56, over Jesup


New single-season scoring record ... Waukon boys basketball junior Michael Sweeney puts up a shot in the Indians’ 59-56 home win over Jesup in the Class 2A district semifinals Thursday, February 15. Sweeney finished the game with 15 points, five rebounds and two each of steals and assists, with his 15th point creating a new single-season scoring record for Waukon boys basketball of 453 points that edged the previous mark of 452 points set by 1982 Waukon High School graduate and career scoring leader Scott Sawyer during his senior season. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Junior Michael Sweeney rewrites single-season scoring record set three decades ago by Scott Sawyer

The stripes on the floor proved to be the difference in the Waukon boys basketball team having its season ended or moving further down the postseason tournament trail, as the Indians survived their Class 2A District 7 semifinals match-up with Jesup with a 59-56 escape Thursday, February 15. Playing to an initial 20-6 lead after just one period, the Indians had to fend off a methodical comeback effort by the visiting J-Hawks that cut that lead to just a single point in the final seconds.

Wed
21
Feb

Waukon basketball girls have season ended with 67-30 loss at top-rated Crestwood


Lone senior salute ... Waukon girls basketball senior Carley Sweeney applies some strong defensive pressure in the Indians’ 67-30 Class 3A regional semifinals loss at top-rated Crestwood Wednesday, February 14. The lone senior on this season’s squad, Sweeney had the final say in the ballgame, collecting one final offensive rebound and returning it through the hoop for the final Indian basket of the ballgame. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls basketball team knew its postseason road would involve a climb through the pinnacle of the Class 3A rankings when top-rated and undefeated Crestwood was released as part of the basketball Tribe’s Region 4 bracket. That realization came Wednesday, February 14 in the Region 4 semifinals at Crestwood, but little did anyone know it would also involve season-high scoring efforts from the Cadets’ two leading scorers coupled with a defensive effort that would lead to a season-low scoring total for the Indians in a 67-30 defeat that brought the Tribe’s 2017-2018 campaign to a close.

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Wed
21
Feb

Rozzell makes Waukon bowling history with first-ever State Meet qualification


Historical “STATE”ment ... Waukon boys bowling sophomore Matt Rozzell made Waukon High School history by becoming the first State Tournament qualifier in the two-year history of the program. Rozzell bowled games of 229 and 215 for a 444 series that claimed the fifth and final Class 1A at-large individual qualifying spot for the Monday, February 19 State Tournament bowled at Waterloo. At that season grand finale, Rozzell bowled two games of 200 and 205 for a 405 that placed him 15th among 53 bowlers in the final 1A individual scoring.

Waukon sophomore finishes 15th at season grand finale

History was made when the Waukon bowling teams competed in their Class 1A State Qualifying Meet at Oneota Lanes in Decorah Tuesday, February 13, as Waukon boys bowling sophomore Matt Rozzell bowled his way to the first-ever State Meet qualification in the two-year history of the program. Rozzell claimed the fifth and final at-large qualifying spot of non-championship Class 1A performances from across the state of Iowa.

Mon
19
Feb

POSTPONEMENT: Kee girls basketball regional finals game postponed to Tuesday

The Monday, February 19 Class 1A regional championship game for the Kee girls basketball team vs. West Hancock has been postponed to Tuesday, February 20, still with a 7 p.m. start, at New Hampton High School. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union said it will continue to monitor the weather situation and may further postpone that and many other games to Wednesday, February 21 should the forecasted icy weather come to reality.

Wed
14
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team wins one of three during busy week

A second consecutive three-game schedule for the Waukon boys basketball team went a bit better than its predecessor, the Indians winning two of their three contests this past week to wrap up their regular season. The week began with an 82-62 loss at Decorah Tuesday, February 6 that could prove to be the difference between a lone or shared third-place finish in the final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) standings pending the Vikings’ final NEIC game at Crestwood February 13. The Tribe bounced back from that loss to finish the week with a 90-71 home win at South Winneshiek Thursday, February 8 before closing out their NEIC and regular season with a 63-55 win at New Hampton Saturday, February 10 in a game postponed by weather from the previous evening.

Wed
14
Feb

Waukon football two taking their talents to Division II ...

Waukon High School seniors Abe Schwartz and Mitchell Snitker signed their respective National Letters of Intent Wednesday, February 7 to take their football talents to the NCAA Division II level of play. Schwartz inked his commitment to Concordia University-St. Paul in St. Paul, MN, while Snitker committed to Winona State University in Winona, MN. Having played together on the same team throughout their middle school and high school careers, and ultimately helping lead the Indians to the Class 2A State Championship this past fall, the two could actually take the field together again, but on opposing teams, as both Concordia-St. Paul and Winona State play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and are on each other’s schedule each year, with Upper Iowa University in Fayette also belonging to that same conference and being an annual opponent of each squad as well.

Wed
14
Feb

Waukon basketball girls end regular season, begin postseason with wins at home, play next at top-rated Crestwood this Wednesday


Strong to the basket ... Waukon girls basketball junior Lauren Griffith takes the ball strong to the hoop in the Indians’ 51-32 home win over North Fayette Valley in the Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinals Saturday, February 10. Griffith swiped a team-high seven steals, scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and posted one each of assists and blocked shots. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls basketball team both ended its regular season and began its postseason in victorious fashion this past week. That final win of the regular season, a 49-21 home domination of Decorah Tuesday, February 6, clinched a second-place tie for the Indians in the final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) standings with Class 4A 14th-rated Waverly-Shell Rock, a team the Indians split with during the regular season. The Indians then opened Class 3A Region 4 postseason tournament play Saturday, February 10 with a 51-32 win at home over North Fayette Valley.

Wed
14
Feb

Tristan Hansmeier earns first-ever State Tournament berth with runner-up Sectional finish, Miles Hansmeier finishes season with win for third place


ON TO STATE! Like father, like son, and like cousin ... Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier gets congratulated at the Class 2A District 5 Tournament at Independence Saturday, February 10 by the Waukon coaching staff after securing his first-ever State Tournament berth, joining his own father, Dave Hansmeier (pictured in front at left grabbing his son’s hand), as a State Tournament qualifier for the wrestling Indians. Dave Hansmeier was a sixth-place finisher at 140 pounds during his senior season in 1990 and has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Waukon wrestling program. Waukon head wrestling coach Mason Berns (at right congratulating Hansmeier) is a cousin of Hansmeier’s and was a two-time State Tournament placewinner for the Indians, finishing seventh at 130 pounds in 2004 and placing eighth at 160 pounds in 2006. Hansmeier opened Saturday’s District 5 Tournament with a 1-0 win over East Marshall junior Noah Bandstra but had his championship hopes dashed once again by West Delaware sophomore Jack Neuhaus by a 3-1 decision in overtime in the sectional championship match. Hansmeier’s second-place Sectional finish earned him his first-ever qualification for the State Wrestling Tournament later this week in Des Moines. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times-Plain Dealer.

For brothers that likely grew up doing a lot of the same things together, being just a year apart, qualification for the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines together just wasn’t in the cards for Waukon wrestling siblings Tristan and Miles Hansmeier. Having each qualified for the Class 2A District 5 Tournament held at Independence High School Saturday, February 10, the two each experienced opposite results in their two matches at the tournament, senior Tristan ultimately finishing second at 170 pounds and earning his first-ever State Tournament berth and junior Miles ending up third at 138 pounds to have his season brought to a close.

Tristan Hansmeier to open State Tournament this Thursday against familiar foe from NEIC

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