Sports

Wed
17
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team plays to best NEIC result in over a decade, sets some team, individual records during 15-6 campaign for 2020-2021

The Waukon boys basketball team turned in one of its better seasons in recent history and one of its best Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) seasons in over a decade, eclipsing the 15-win mark for just the third time in the past decade and playing to its best NEIC record and team finish in well over a decade, all while setting some records along the way to a 15-6 overall result and 9-3 runner-up effort in NEIC play. All those achievements were accomplished under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that veteran Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann says dealt his team somewhat of a bittersweet hand this past year.

Wed
17
Mar

Kee basketball boys play to 11-11 season, best UIC record in a decade

The Kee boys basketball team played its way to an 11-11 season record during its 2020-2021 campaign, posting double-digit wins for the first time in three seasons and for just the third time in the last nine years. In addition to that improved, double-digit win total, Kee boys basketball coach Pat Wagner feels another success emerging from this season laced with uncertainty was being able to play through the entire season schedule without any sudden adjustments having to be made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We got really lucky,” Coach Wagner said. “We got all of our games played and had no issues with COVID-19, so I feel like the pandemic had little or no effect on our team. We had a good season; not a great season but a good season. Eleven wins is the most a Kee High boys team has collected in a long time. We picked up two more wins than last season and finished in the upper half of a very competitive Upper Iowa Conference.”

Wed
10
Mar

Waukon girls basketball team has season ended at every team’s ultimate destination with 45-24 State Tournament loss to second-rated Clear Lake


Season wraps up where every team strives to be ... Members of the Waukon girls basketball team pose with their Class 3A State Tournament Qualifier trophy following their 45-24 loss to second-rated Clear Lake in the opening round of that Class 3A season grand finale Monday, March 1 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right: Front row - Maggie Criswell, Margaret Wacker, Ella Hermeier, Annika Headington, Bailey Shafer, Brenna Berns, Paige Hansmeier; Back row - Assistant Coaches Quinn Brennan and Andy Sires, Kaitlyn Krambeer, Emily Bieber, Breckan Stewart, Mackenzie Kaeser, Jayden Knox, Emma Palmer, Grace Stegen, Brinley Jones, Head Coach Ben Rausch. Photo by Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Leads the scoring in final game ... Waukon girls basketball senior Margaret Wacker drives past a Clear Lake defender in the Indians’ 45-24 loss to the second-rated Lions Monday, March 1 in the opening round of the Class 3A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Wacker led the Indian scoring with 10 points in her final ballgame, and she also recorded four rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot. Photo by Diana Davison. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

A pair of Class 3A State Tournament semifinalist teams from each of the last two seasons took to the court in the opening round of this year’s Class 3A Girls State Tournament Monday, March 1 when the 14th-rated and seventh-seeded Waukon girls basketball team returned to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines following its 2019 semifinals run to take on a second-rated and second-seeded Clear Lake team that was returning from that same result just last season. With remnants of each of those previous squads, along with new supporting cast members, taking the floor against one another vying for a return trip to that same round at this year’s season grand finale, it was the more recent experience of Clear Lake that eventually shined through in a 45-24 Indian defeat.

Wed
10
Mar

Waukon bowling boys roll to 3-5 season record, girls finish 4-4 and claim second consecutive division title during 2020-2021 campaigns

The Waukon boys and girls bowling teams both wrapped up 2020-2021 campaigns that were right around average in regard to their respective season win-loss records. The Waukon boys finished the season with a 3-5 overall season record while the Lady Indians rolled their way to an even 4-4 season mark that included a 3-1 record in their North Central Bowling Conference to place them atop the Eastern Division of that larger conference for the second consecutive season.

“We had very successful seasons for both of our programs this season,” Waukon bowling coach Jerry Keenan said. “We set several new individual high games and series along the way.”

This season’s greatest accomplishments, however, were likely not measured by those win-loss numbers. Completing just the fifth year of the program’s existence, Coach Keenan continues to enjoy the growth that he witnesses both in his overall program, as well as within the individual bowlers throughout each season.

Wed
10
Mar

Waukon wrestling team battles through variety of challenges during its 2020-2021 campaign

The 2020-2021 wrestling season saw the Waukon mat team battle well through a variety of things, both on and off the competition mat. The Tribe wrestled to a 2-20 overall record in dual meet competition this season, getting one of those wins against a Northeast Iowa Conference in a late-season victory over Oelwein.

One of those battles off the mat was one all teams had to deal with this past season, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced teams into adjustments in their practice regimen and competition schedule. The Indians fared well throughout that pandemic battle, not having to make any severe or sudden adjustments forced by the virus, as some teams had to do throughout the season after the virus hit members of those squads.

Wed
03
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team has season brought to an end with 55-49 District finals loss to now State-bound Dyersville Beckman


Throwing it down ... Waukon boys basketball senior Creed Welch throws down a dunk in the Indians’ 55-49 loss to Dyersville Beckman in the Class 2A District 7 finals played at West Delaware High School Tuesday, February 23. Welch scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds to share board honors with senior Ethan O’Neill and recorded a team-high four assists, three steals and one blocked shot. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Only one team has been able to beat the Waukon boys basketball squad in its past 13 games since the first week of January. Unfortunately, that team from now State Tournament bound Dyersville Beckman has handed the Indians two losses in that timeframe, and, most unfortunately, the second of those losses brought an end to the bucket Tribe’s 2020-2021 season in the Class 2A District Tournament championship game played Tuesday, February 23 at West Delaware High School in Manchester.

After falling at the home of the Blazers, 70-65, January 23 in a game where the Indians had bolted to a double-digit first quarter lead but saw it erode away in the second half, it was Beckman that got out to the early lead in this postseason tilt. The Tribe recovered enough to hold a 30-28 halftime lead but suffered an 18-9 outscoring in the third quarter that, despite a valiant fourth quarter effort, the Indians couldn’t quite fully recover from in having their season ended by a 55-49 defeat.

Wed
03
Mar

Waukon girls basketball team battles closely in first half but has season ended with 45-24 first-round State Tournament loss to Clear Lake

The Waukon girls basketball team had its 2020-2021 season come to a close where every team strives to be at the end of any season, as the 14th-rated Lady Indians fell to second-rated Clear Lake in the opening round of the Class 3A State Tournament Monday, March 1 by a final score of 45-24. The loss ends the bucket Tribe’s winter campaign with a 19-5 overall record, tying the most wins in a season recorded by the Lady Indian program in the past decade, the Tribe finishing 19-4 in both its 2018-2019 and 2010-2011 campaigns.

The Indians gave the returning State Semifinalist Lions all they wanted through much of the first half, holding a 12-11 lead over Clear Lake after one period and a 17-16 edge midway through the second frame. But single-digit vs. double-digit scoring in each of the game’s final three quarters left the Indians in holes of 21-17 at halftime, 32-20 after three quarters and the 45-24 end result.

Wed
03
Mar

Sign up now for Waukon Park & Recreation 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: Kindergarten is alone, first and second graders will be together, third and fourth graders will be together, and fifth and sixth graders will be together. Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and they must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

Wed
24
Feb

MAKING A “STATE”MENT!!


State-bound celebration!! ... Members of the 14th-rated Waukon girls basketball team celebrate their qualification for the 2021 Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament after hustling and muscling their way to a 60-37 triumph over sixth-rated and defending Class 2A State Runner-Up Osage Saturday, February 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. The Indians (19-4) will now open their second trip to the season grand finale in the past three years with a first-round match-up against second-rated Clear Lake (18-1) to be played Monday, March 1 at 9 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

Waukon girls basketball team earns its second State Tournament trip in three years with a 67-53 regional semifinals win over North Fayette Valley and a 60-37 domination of sixth-rated Osage in regional finals

The Waukon girls basketball team has played its way to every team’s ultimate destination for the second time in three seasons, making its way through a pair of teams this past week in Class 3A Regional Tournament play that each had half as many losses as the basketball Tribe’s now 19-4 season record. The 14th-rated Indians first disposed of 20-2 North Fayette Valley at home, 67-53, in the regional semifinals Wednesday, February 17 before powering through sixth-rated and defending Class 2A State Runner-Up Osage (21-2) by a 60-37 final result in the regional finals Saturday, February 20 at Waverly-Shell Rock High School to earn their first trip back to the season grand finale since the Tribe’s “final four” finish in 2019.

Wed
24
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team opens Class 2A District Tournament with 57-48 win at home over North Fayette Valley; rematch with Beckman Tuesday night


Dropping one in down low ... Waukon boys basketball senior Aidan Jones converts a move down low in the Indians’ 57-48 home win over North Fayette Valley in the Class 2A District 7 semifinals Thursday, February 18. Jones finished the game with two points and one each of rebounds and assists. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

The Waukon boys basketball team took a successful first step down the postseason trail this past week, fending off another spirited effort from North Fayette Valley (NFV) in a Class 2A District 7 semifinal contest at home Thursday, February 17. Having pulled out just a 67-64 victory at home over the TigerHawks during the regular season in mid-January, the Indians used a 15-6 second quarter outscoring to end up accounting for the final scoreboard margin in a 57-48 Tribe victory that moved the Indians down that postseason road.

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