Sports

Wed
14
Mar

Final week to register for Park & Rec Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarteners will be alone in their own league, first and second graders will be together in a league, third and fourth graders will be together in a league, and fifth and sixth graders will be together in their own league.

Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the different ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and those shin guards must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

Wed
07
Mar

Waukon Junior Wrestling program wraps up 2017-2018 season ...

Young wrestlers in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade took part in the Waukon Junior Wrestling program during a recently completed season that lasted from November through January. This season saw the club members compete in four different team tournaments, including the South Winneshiek Tournament at Calmar, the MFL Duals at Monona, the Legends Youth Wrestling Tournament at Cresco (where the Waukon club won the $100 award for bringing the most kids to the tournament), and hosting their own Heffern/Lonning/Mathis Memorial Tournament at Waukon High School, where the club won the third-place team award. The Waukon Junior Wrestling program teaches basic moves for beginners and more advanced moves for seasoned wrestlers. Club leaders and members would like to express their appreciation to the coaches, sponsors and parents for a great season and are looking forward to an even better season next year. Photo courtesy of Micah Lynn Photography.
 

Wed
07
Mar

Will participate in Iowa-Minnesota All-Star Border Battle this Friday ...

Waukon wrestling 170-pound senior Tristan Hansmeier will be among the top senior wrestlers from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota who will face off in the 17th annual Iowa-Minnesota All-Star Border Battle dual meet at 7 p.m. this Friday, March 9 at Crestwood High School in Cresco. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame housed in Cresco and tickets for the event will be sold at the door at Crestwood High School.

Dennis Meirick, president of the hosting Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, notes that wrestlers from Crestwood, New Hampton, South Winneshiek, MFL/MarMac, Postville and Riceville will also wrestle for the Iowa squad against some of the state of Minnesota’s top matmen from the southeast portion of the state. The Minnesota squad pulled off a 37-30 win in last year’s Border Battle to even the series at eight wins for each squad.
 

Wed
07
Mar

Kee girls basketball team has season ended at every team’s ultimate destination by 61-45 loss to eventual State Runner-Up Newell-Fonda


Best-ever season ended by eventual State Runner-Up ... Members of the Kee girls basketball team display their State Tournament Quarterfinalist trophy after their 61-45 loss in the first-round of the Class 1A State Tournament to fourth-rated Newell-Fonda Wednesday, February 28. The loss ended the Hawks’ 2017-2018 season at a best-ever 22-2 overall record that included a first-ever five-player Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) championship with an undefeated 12-0 UIC mark. Newell-Fonda went on to finish as the Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up, falling to now three-time Class 1A State Champion Springville. Kee’s only other loss on the season came to undefeated Class 3A State Champion Crestwood, who capped off a perfect season by winning its first-ever girls basketball state championship. Left to right - Front row: Elena Rolfs, Laura Colsch, Katie Brennan, Nicki Wood, Annabelle Dibert, Kristina Dibert, Ashlyn Seitz. Back row: Meredith Gruber, Makayla Peters, Makayla Walleser, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Chloe Severson, Kendra Cooper, Heather Mooney. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee girls basketball team prided itself on a defensive effort very difficult to solve this season, limiting opponents to a season average of just under 31 points per game that helped the Hawks to just a single-loss regular season and their second-ever State Tournament qualification. The only two teams to successfully solve that Kee defensive puzzle this season also seemed to solve nearly everyone else’s as they both played to the State Championship game of their respective State Tournament bracket with undefeated season records, one of those solvings ultimately bringing the Hawks’ best-ever season on record to a final close where all other teams strive to be.

Wed
28
Feb

ON TO STATE!! Lady basketball Hawks soar higher than sixth-rated Eagles, 46-39 in OT, for second-ever State Tournament qualification


Overtime leads to second time at season grand finale ... Members of the ninth-rated Kee girls basketball team display their State Qualifying Banners after pulling out the 46-39 overtime victory evident on the scoreboard in the photo background in their Class 1A Region 2 championship game with sixth-rated West Hancock Wednesday, February 21 at New Hampton. In their second time qualifying for the season grand finale, including their second time in the last three seasons, the Hawks will now play fourth-rated Newell-Fonda Wednesday, February 28 in the Class 1A State Tournament quarterfinals. Left to right - Front row: Elena Rolfs, Annabelle Dibert, Kristina Dibert, Makayla Peters, Katie Brennan, Ashlyn Seitz, Laura Colsch. Back row: Head Coach Lisa Steckel, Nicki Wood, Heather Mooney, Kendra Cooper, Chloe Severson, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Makayla Walleser, Meredith Gruber, Assistant Coach Chad Steckel. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

“Relax, we got this.”

That’s what first-year Kee girls basketball head coach Lisa Steckel said her players told her as they broke their huddle heading into the overtime period of their Class 1A Region 2 championship game played Wednesday, February 21 at New Hampton against sixth-rated West Hancock. No report as to whether the first-year coach relaxed or not, but her players certainly lived up to their promise as they went and “got” a 7-0 shut-out in that extra frame to post a 46-39 triumph and the program’s second State Tournament qualification in the last three seasons - and ever.

Kee girls basketball team to open State Tournament play Wednesday against undefeated Newell-Fonda

Wed
28
Feb

Waukon Park & Recreation to begin Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarteners will be alone in their own league, first and second graders will be together in a league, third and fourth graders will be together in a league, and fifth and sixth graders will be together in their own league.

Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the different ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and those shin guards must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

Wed
28
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team battles Dyersville Beckman down to the wire before having season ended, 64-62, in Class 2A District 7 championship game

In a game as close as the win-loss records of the two teams playing in it, the Waukon boys basketball team (14-8) battled Dyersville Beckman (13-8) right down to the wire in their Class 2A District 7 championship game Wednesday, February 21 played at Western Dubuque High School. That last-second showdown saw the Indians miss out on one final opportunity to either tie or win the game, instead falling by a 64-62 final result to have their season brought to a close.

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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.

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