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Wed
29
Nov

Kee boys basketball team returns five letterwinners from 4-17 result last season to lead overall young squad for 2017-2018


2017-2018 Kee boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Cade Rasque, Caleb Conway, Lewis Peters, Brock Flack, Dylan Walleser. Back row: Ryan Whalen, Jacob Berns, Kyle Hitchins, Josh Walleser, Shawn Wild. Not pictured: Logan West, Devyn Stouvenel, Nate Winters, Peter Boland, Jamel Harris, Chris Wagner, Mat Gruber, Will Mooney. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys basketball team will be looking to build from the ground up for the 2017-2018 campaign. Even though the Hawks have five letterwinners returning from last season’s 4-17 campaign, none of those returning veterans were among last winter’s top-six scorers or top-seven rebounders, with graduation taking away nearly three-fourths of Kee’s scoring and rebounding from last season.

“We lost a lot of seniors, including 1,000 point (career) scorer Danny Brennan, so it will be interesting to see how this team comes along,” Kee boys basketball coach Patrick Sullivan said. “We also lost a lot of overall height in our line-up, so we’re hoping to make up for it in hustle.”

Wed
29
Nov

Waukon wrestling team returns six letterwinners for the 2017-2018 mat campaign as Mason Berns takes over the head coaching helm


2017-2018 Waukon wrestling team ... Left to right - Front row: Managers Grace Pearson and Delaney Nagel, Tyler Block, Miles Hansmeier, Brenan Folsom, Landon Berns, Alex Brink, Tristan Hansmeier, and managers Keara Dahlstrom and Rylea Nagel. Second row: Gabe Byrnes, Dakota Howe, Lance Egan, Jason Troester, Owen Frieden, Marcus Gibbs, Tanner Kiel. Back row: Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris Dahlstrom, Carter Nolting, Walker Hermeier, Carter Benzing, Zach Miller, Luke Pladsen, Nathan Johnson, Head Coach Mason Berns, Assistant Coach Caleb Ferring. Not pictured: Matti Pladsen and Peyton Bieber.

The Waukon wrestling team will be able to fill about half its line-up with varsity experience for its 2017-2018 campaign and will have a new face at the helm of the program to try and piece this season’s line-up together. The Indian mat squad will feature six varsity letterwinners returning this season in its overall make-up of just 20 wrestlers taking to the mat for first-year head coach Mason Berns.

Wed
29
Nov

Waukon bowling team opens 2017-2018 season with pair of losses at Waverly-Shell Rock

The Waukon bowling team got its 2017-2018 season underway against one of its more experienced opponents on this season’s schedule when the Indians traveled to Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, November 21. The Waukon girls fell to the host Go-Hawks by a 1680-1862 final count, while the boys surrendered a 1768-2322 result.

The bowling Indians were next scheduled to compete at Tripoli Friday, December 1 before bowling their first home matches of the new season. The Tribe will actually be at home the next two Fridays to finish out the 2017 portion of their schedule, hosting North Iowa December 8 and then Decorah December 15.

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Wed
29
Nov

Start to the Waukon and Kee girls basketball seasons sees the visiting Hawks take care of the host Indians in a 56-40 final result


Double-double leads ‘em all ... Kee girls basketball senior Chloe Severson takes the ball to the basket in the Hawks’ 56-40 season-opening victory at Waukon Tuesday, November 21. Severson led all players in both scoring and rebounding with a double-double effort of 13 points scored and 12 rebounds. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2017-2018 season got underway for both the Waukon and Kee girls basketball teams when the intra-county foes met at Waukon Tuesday, November 21 in a non-conference season-opener for both squads. The experience and charisma of the veteran visiting Hawk squad proved to be too much for the hustling and scrappy effort put forth by the overall younger host Indians, as the Kee hoopsters played to a 56-40 victory.

Kee was next scheduled to travel to Central Elkader Tuesday, November 28 to open Upper Iowa Conference play before then traveling to Starmont Friday, December 1. The Hawks will then play at Class 3A second-rated Crestwood Monday, December 4 before traveling to West Central Friday, December 8 and finally getting to open their home varsity schedule Tuesday, December 12 by hosting two-time defending Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up Turkey Valley.

Wed
22
Nov

Waukon girls basketball team returns 11 letterwinners as new head coach Greg Criswell takes the helm for the 2017-2018 campaign


2017-2018 Waukon girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Berklee Hanson, Aubree Cota, Ally Goltz, Maddie Ahlstrom, Molly Brodahl. Back row: Lauren Griffith, Sydney Ross, Brigid Berns, McKenzie Cooper, Carley Sweeney, Grace Howe.

2017-2018 Waukon girls basketball freshman through senior team members ... Left to right - Front row: Annika Headington, Alison Sherman, Regan Griffith, Bailey Shafer, Olivia Byrnes, Madelyn Mellick, Ella Hermeier, Maya Bossom. Second row: Mia Strub, Hailey Regan, Aubree Cota, Grace Howe, Ally Goltz, Maddie Ahlstrom, Molly Brodahl. Back row: Berklee Hanson, Lauren Griffith, Sydney Ross, Brigid Berns, McKenzie Cooper, Betsy Anderson, Carley Sweeney, Margaret Wacker, Faith Palmer. Not pictured: Abigail Shelton.

The past year has offered some trying moments for the Waukon girls basketball program, with some unique transitions in the coaching ranks - the permanence of one nobody ever hopes to have to deal with. After playing to just a 2-6 start to last season, the first of those coaching transitions took place during the holiday break and eventually played out to an 11-11 season record, with the return of all but one of those players from last season looking to improve on that mark during their 2017-2018 campaign following another coaching transition in the off-season.

Wed
22
Nov

Kee girls basketball team returns experienced nucleus for new head coach Lisa Steckel in collection of five returning letterwinners for 2017-2018


2017-2018 Kee girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Nicki Wood, Chloe Severson, Kendra Cooper, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Makayla Walleser. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee girls basketball team will have a somewhat new face leading a much more familiar line-up in an effort to return at least to what has become a very familiar spot for the program in the past three seasons. First-year head coach Lisa Steckel will benefit from a crew of five returning letterwinners that consist of a vast majority of the Hawks’ statistical leadership from last winter’s 17-5 campaign, all hoping to make their way back to continued recent postseason success that has seen Kee play its way to the brink of State Tournament qualification, surpassing that brink with a first-ever State Tournament berth two seasons ago but coming up a combined six points shy of that goal on each side of that history-making effort, including a one-point loss in last season’s regional finals to Janesville.

Wed
22
Nov

Waukon bowling teams return a combined 10 letterwinners for their 2017-2018 campaign to help build on a successful first season


2017-2018 Waukon girls bowling team ... Left to right - Front row: Emma Roe, Megan O’Neill. Back row: Madi Palmer, Taylor Peterson, Sophie Halverson, Allie Sletten. Not pictured: Leslie Halverson.

2017-2018 Waukon boys bowling team ... Photo at left - Left to right: Denzel Decker and Dalton Brookins. Photo below - Left to right: Front row - Clayton Wacker, Zech Brink, Matt Rozzell, Nathan Liddiard, Derrick Wiemerslage, Teddy Holthaus. Back row: Bren Regan, Noah Schellsmidt, Ryan VanderVelden, Jorden Orr, Logan Van Ruler, Lane Grotegut, Owen Halverson.

Coming off an inaugural season last winter of learning for both coaching staff and student-athlete performer, the Waukon bowling program looks to build on the foundation laid during that 2016-2017 initial campaign in its second season this winter. Helping that cause will be a total of 10 letterwinners returning with their first-year experience, including a trio of veterans coming back from a girls squad that posted a 4-5 season record and more than twice that many letterwinners, seven, from a boys crew that finished with a 3-6 mark last winter.

Fri
17
Nov

DOME-INANCE!!!! WAUKON FOOTBALL TEAM MAKES HISTORY WINNING THE 2017 CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The Waukon football team used a dominant second half to pull away from an 8-0 halftime lead to a 29-0 Class 2A State Championship victory over Williamsburg Friday, November 17 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Following a 10-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter from senior Abe Schwartz to junior Michael Sweeney that helped the Indians to that 8-0 halftime lead, the Indians added back-to-back touchdowns by senior Evan Armstead on a 22-yard third quarter pass and a 30-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter followed by a 16-yard run from senior Mitchell Snitker to finish off the football Tribe's first-ever State Championship.

Wed
15
Nov

FINALS FRIDAY! Waukon football team dethrones defending State Champion B-H/RV, 36-19, to earn second State Championship berth


Semifinals celebration ... The Waukon football team and its fans celebrate the Indians’ 36-19 victory over top-ranked and defending Class 2A State Champion Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in the semifinals round of the Class 2A State Play-Offs Saturday, November 11 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The victory advances the Indians on to the Class 2A State Championship game for the second time in school history, the other being the 2013 season when the Indians finished as the Class 2A State Runner-Up to Carroll Kuemper. The Indians will now square off against the Williamsburg Raiders, who recorded a 28-14 semfinals victory over the Indians’ Class 2A District 4 colleague, Union of La Porte City, and who enter the State Championship game with a 10-2 season record. The two teams will square off this Friday, November 17 at 2 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

Indians will match up with wild card Williamsburg in Class 2A title tilt this Friday

The Waukon football team was looking for its second trip to the Class 2A State Championship game in school history when it took the field Saturday, November 11 in its State Play-Offs semifinals contest at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, but had to go through a top-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley team looking to get back to that same stage for a second consecutive year after winning last year’s Class 2A title.

Wed
15
Nov

Waukon cheerleading squad wins Stunt Group championship, claims runner-up finish in Time Out at Iowa State Championships


Two-time trophy winnings include State Championship and Runner-Up finishes ... Members of the Waukon Indian cheerleading squad display the trophies and medals they won at the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches’ Association State Championships held Saturday, November 4 in the Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The Indians won the Class 2A Division in the Stunt Group (left trophy) and finished as the Class 2A Runner-Up in the Timeout Division (right trophy). Pictured above are: Left to right - Front row: Freshman Allie Bieber, senior Jasmyn Enyart, junior Harli Holzwarth, senior Ayonna McKithen. Back row: Coach Amy Bieber, junior Michaela Dehli, junior Taya Duehr, freshman Hally Holzwarth. Submitted photo.

The Waukon Indian spirit is alive and well - very well, in fact, as the spreaders of that spirit, the Waukon Indian cheerleading team, proved to be among the best in the state of Iowa after claiming both a State Championship and a State Runner-Up finish in certain competitions at the 2017 Iowa Cheerleading Coaches’ Association State Championships held Saturday, November 4 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The Waukon cheer squad claimed that State Championship in the Class 2A Stunt Group competition among nine squads, with its runner-up finish coming in the Class 2A Time Out competition out of 12 participating squads.

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