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Feb

Kee boys basketball team has season ended with district loss to Janesville


Senior salute ... Kee boys basketball senior Cade Rasque looks to make a pass in the Hawks’ 68-54 Class 1A District 4 quarterfinals loss to Janesville Thursday, February 20 at Nashua-Plainfield. In his final game for the basketball Hawks, Rasque grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and scored two points while joining fellow senior Peter Boland in each playing in their final Kee basketball game. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2019-2020 season came to a close for the Kee boys basketball team in its Class 1A District 4 quarterfinal match-up Thursday, February 20, but not without showing some fight against a team with twice as many wins and a third as many losses as the 9-12 Hawks battled a 17-4 Janesville team at Nashua-Plainfield High School to determine postseason advancement. The two teams played to an early draw, but a single-digit second quarter for the Kee boys proved to be too much to completely overcome in falling by a 68-54 final result.

Wed
26
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team advances on last-second win, 60-59, at #8 Crestwood but has State return denied in second half by #10 Assumption


Something to celebrate ... Members of the Waukon girls basketball team celebrate around junior Annika Headington after her game-winning shot at the buzzer while the reaction from the Crestwood fans in the photo background and the two-point signal from the referee’s arm entering the photo at far left help further tell the tale of the thrilling end to the Lady Indians’ 60-59 upset victory at eighth-rated Crestwood Wednesday, February 19 in the semifinal round of Class 3A regional tournament play. With just seven seconds left on the clock after a Cadet basket gave them a 59-58 lead, Headington took an inbounds pass from fellow junior Margaret Wacker and blazed her way up the floor, weaving through the Crestwood defense to throw up a shot near the free throw line that sank straight through the heart of the basket as the final buzzer sounded and also sank the Cadets’ hopes of a fourth straight trip to the State Tournament. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2019-2020 season for the Waukon girls basketball team was finally brought to a close this past week, but not before a thrilling ride that took the Lady Indians to the brink of a return trip to every team’s ultimate destination. That biggest thrill came in the form of a 60-59 triumph on a last-second shot that helped the Tribe upset its as-of-late biggest rival, eighth-rated Crestwood, in a Wednesday, February 19 Class 3A regional semifinal battle for the ages at Cresco. That win took the Lady Indians to the brink of a return trip to the State Tournament, but another familiar foe at that point, Davenport Assumption, dashed those season grand finale hopes the Tribe had built in the first half, pulling away from a halftime Indian lead to end the Tribe’s season with a 55-42 defeat Saturday, February 22 in a regional finals battle played at Dyersville Beckman.

Wed
26
Feb

Freshman Jakob Regan puts both opponents on their back for points but comes up shy of a match victory in his first State Wrestling Tournament appearance


Comes this close in both his matches at first State Tournament ... Waukon wrestling freshman 106-pounder Jakob Regan works seventh-rated South Hardin/BCLUW sophomore Carter Kolthoff to his back in their first-round match at the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament Thursday, February 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Regan wrestled two matches in his first Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament, putting both of his opponents on their back for near-fall points but ultimately coming up short on the scoreboard in both bouts to be eliminated on the first day of competition. Regan first wrestled Kolthoff to just a 6-5 loss in the opening round of the season grand finale before suffering a 12-4 major decision loss to fourth-rated Albia sophomore Carter Anderson in the consolation round to end his tournament journey. Photo courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

The first Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament experience for Waukon wrestling freshman Jakob Regan ended up being shorter than he obviously would have liked, but the 106-pounder came within a couple inches and a couple seconds of having that first-ever trip become much more. Although he lost both of his matches at the tournament in the opening session of the Class 2A season grand finale Thursday, February 20 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Regan had both of those opponents on their back at one point to collect near-fall points and nearly end the matches early in his favor.

Qualifying as a freshman for the season grand finale, Regan becomes the first Waukon wrestler with the potential of being a four-time State Tournament qualifier since Waukon High School 1990 graduate Steve Pladsen accomplished that feat. Regan closes out this season with a 32-12 record.

Wed
26
Feb

Waukon basketball boys have season ended with 69-61 district loss to Crestwood


Senior hustle ... Waukon boys basketball seniors Alyx Ede and Logan Houg put some full-court defensive pressure on this Crestwood ball handler in the Indians’ 69-61 home loss to the Cadets in the semifinal round of Class 2A District 7 tournament play Thursday, February 20. The senior pair joined classmates Carter Benzing, Zach Davison, Asher Fahey, Reed Kelly and Carson Wille in each suiting up one final time for the Waukon boys basketball program with the loss. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The “rubber match” third meeting between the Waukon boys basketball team and fellow Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) squad Crestwood certainly had more meaning to it than just deciding which team would win a three-game series when the two teams took to the floor in Waukon Thursday, February 20 for their Class 2A District 7 semifinals battle that would determine whose season would end and whose would extend. Having split their regular season home and away series in NEIC play with an early 64-38 loss at Crestwood and a more recent 60-57 Indian win at home, that home court advantage for the Indians waned away in the second half of this contest as the visiting Cadets outgunned the Tribe after the halftime break to turn a 37-35 Indian lead at that midway point recess into a 69-61 end to Waukon’s 2019-2020 season.

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UPDATE: Jakob Regan battles hard but loses second match to end his State Tournament journey

UPDATE: Regan caught some big moves in his second State Tournament match but fell by a 12-4 major decision to fourth-rated Albia sophomore Carter Anderson, having his State Tournament experience ended.

Waukon wrestling 106-pound freshman Jakob Regan came up just a bit shy in his first State Tournament match, 6-5, against seventh-rated South Hardin/BCLUW sophomore Carter Kolthoff. He will wrestle again yet this afternoon (Thursday).

Full details of Regan's first-ever State Tournament journey will be featured in the February 26 edition of The Standard! You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Wed
19
Feb

Freshman Jakob Regan pulls out pair of narrow victories at District Tournament for runner-up finish and State Tournament qualification; Will compete Thursday afternoon in Des Moines


ON TO STATE! ... Waukon wrestling freshman 106-pounder Jakob Regan wrestled his way to State Tournament qualification with two wins in three matches at the Class 2A District Tournament held at New Hampton Saturday, February 15. Pictured above, Regan works Independence freshman Kale Wieland over during their wrestleback battle, where Regan pulled out a 2-1 victory to solidify his second-place finish at the tournament and State Tournament qualification in his first year of varsity competition. Pictured below, Regan hugs his father, volunteer assistant coach Jack Regan, in celebration of his State Tournament qualification following his successful wrestleback defense while his younger brother, Jaxon, looks on. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The continuation of the high school wrestling season was at stake when wrestlers took to the mat at the Class 2A District 6 Tournament at New Hampton High School Saturday, February 15, with half of the four-man bracket in each weight class at those district tournaments having their season ended and the other half advancing on to the 2020 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament.

Waukon wrestling freshman Jakob Regan was one of four wrestlers competing in the 106-pound weight bracket at that District 6 Tournament, needing a first- or second-place finish to earn further advancement to this year’s State Tournament. Although it took three matches to do so, Regan battled his way through that tournament field with narrow wins in two of those three matches to earn a second-place district tournament finish and gain qualification for this season’s grand finale.

Wed
19
Feb

Kee girls basketball team wraps up regular season, begins postseason with convincing wins at home


Putting the “bound” in rebound ... Kee girls basketball junior Jada Mitchell soars for a rebound in the Hawks’ 52-18 home win over South Winneshiek in the opening round of Class 1A regional tournament play Thursday, February 13. Mitchell collected a team-high 15 rebounds in the contest in addition to scoring nine points. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee girls basketball team pieced together an undefeated week at a time when all teams want to, ending its regular season and beginning its postseason with decisive victories to keep its 2019-2020 campaign rolling along. The Lady Hawks wrapped up their regular season with a 63-28 win at home over non-conference opponent Spring Grove, MN Tuesday, February 11 before getting their Class 1A regional tournament underway with a 52-18 first-round win at home over fellow Upper Iowa Conference squad South Winneshiek Thursday, February 13.

Wed
19
Feb

Waukon girls basketball team ends regular season and begins postseason with pair of home wins, 53-42 over Decorah and 57-45 over New Hampton


A driving force ... Waukon girls basketball junior Annika Headington finishes a drive to the hoop in the Indians’ 57-45 home win over New Hampton in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Saturday, February 15. Headington scored eight points in the Indian victory. View and find out how to purchase these photos and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Regional semifinal at eighth-rated NEIC nemesis Crestwood looms this Wednesday

The Waukon girls basketball team both ended its regular season and began its postseason this past week, both coming in victorious fashion to extend the bucket Tribe’s season even further. The Lady Indians first avenged a Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) loss at Decorah from earlier in the season with a 53-42 home win to close out the regular season Tuesday, February 11 before getting their Class 3A regional tournament road off to a victorious start as well with a 57-45 home win over New Hampton Saturday, February 15.

Wed
19
Feb

Waukon bowling teams sweep Oelwein, awarded East Division titles and individual All-Conference honors at North Central Conference Tournament

The Waukon bowling teams wrapped up their regular season schedules this past week with both dual meet and tournament action. The bowling Indians first completed their dual meet season with a sweep of Oelwein at home Monday, February 10 in a meet rescheduled from January 24, the Waukon girls winning by a 1923-762 result and the Indian boys completing the sweep with a 2794-2660 victory. Each team also sent two bowlers to compete in the North Central Bowling Conference individual tournament Saturday, February 15 at Charles City, with the Waukon girls junior pair of Madi Palmer and Taylor Peterson each bowling to Second Team All-Conference honors and the Waukon boys senior pair of Matt Rozzell and Nathan Liddiard bringing home First Team and Second Team All-Conference accolades, respectively.

Wed
12
Feb

Fahey signs football abilities on with University of Iowa ...

Waukon High School senior Asher Fahey signed a National Letter of Intent during NCAA Division I football’s regular signing day Wednesday, February 5 to join the University of Iowa football program as a preferred walk-on player, meaning he has secured a spot on the team but is not yet considered a scholarship player. “They were the main school that recruited me and their facilities are top of the line,” Fahey said of his decision to take his football talents to the University of Iowa. “Their coaches have been really great to work with, and they will push you to be your best; their practices that I’ve been down there to watch were really intense.”

Fahey said the Iowa coaches have been recruiting him as an offensive lineman with his options open at this point as to position specifics on that line. “That’s one of the biggest things Iowa football is known for, their offensive line,” Fahey said. “It’s an honor to be recruited to be a part of that.”

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