Sports

Wed
23
Aug

Waukon girls cross country team returns four varsity letterwinners for 2017 season


Left to right - Front row: Skylar Garrett, Olivia Byrnes, Bailey Shafer, Ella Hermeier. Back row: Emily Brown, Ellec Armstead, Lauren Griffith, Katelyn Benzing, Megan O’Neill. Not pictured: Gabby Marti, Laurel Keenan, Sydney Ross, Madalyn Marti, Maya Bossom, Regan Griffith, Lilly Kossman.

The 2017 Waukon girls cross country team will be led by four varsity letterwinners this season that include representation from three different grade levels. Add to that veteran core an overall young mix of varsity newcomers, and Waukon girls cross country coach Brett Egan has the makings of another possible step forward for his program that has featured 16 high school participants thus far in early-season workouts.

Those four veteran returnees include senior Gabby Marti, junior Megan O’Neill and sophomores Ellec Armstead and Madalyn Marti, who return from a squad that posted a fifth-place finish at last season’s Northeast Iowa Conference Meet and ultimately had its season ended with a ninth-place team finish at its Class 2A State Qualifying Meet.

Wed
23
Aug

Kee football team returns six letterwinners in quest to improve on 3-6 campaign


Left to right: Aidan Winters, Brock Flack, Tucker Colsch, Noah Spearbecker, Tristan Rolfs. Not pictured: Eric Rud. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee football team returns six letterwinners from a team that played to a 3-6 season record last fall, but was a play or two away from having that record reversed if not improved even more. Those six letterwinners will lead an overall group of 25 players and include a quartet of returnees who earned All-District honors from last season, that being the senior foursome of Tucker Colsch, Brock Flack, Eric Rud and Noah Spearbecker.

As one might expect, a majority of that returning veteran core is made up of this season’s senior class. Whether a letterwinner or not, Kee football coach Chad Winters will be looking to those uppermostclassmen to lay the foundation for this season.

“The seniors have set the tone for practice,” Coach Winters explained. “They understand the hard work and dedication needed to be successful on the football field.  They are very encouraging to the younger kids and always helping teach during drills.”

Wed
23
Aug

Kee cross country teams ready to build on last season as girls return all runners from the brink of State team qualification, boys will benefit from experience and new faces


Left to right - Front row: Nicki Wood, Laura Colsch, Makayla Peters, Katie Brennan. Back row: Michael Mattson, Chris Wagner, Jacob Berns, Ryan Whalen, Dylan Walleser. Not pictured: Makayla Walleser, Rachel Walleser. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee cross country program faces varying scenarios between its girls and boys squads for the 2017 season, but coach Pat Wagner sees overall promise and potential with each. The cross country girls suffered no graduation loss and return all six of last season’s high school competitors from a team that finished its 2016 campaign right at the brink of State Meet qualification. The boys, on the other hand, are dealing with the reshuffling of their distance deck, with graduation taking away some veteran mainstays, a bit of experience returning, and some new faces holding some promise in their distance debut.
“We are excited about this season,” Kee cross country coach Pat Wagner said. “In early season workouts the student athletes are focused and working hard. All six girls are returning letterwinners, and (juniors) Jacob Berns and Ryan Whalen return on the boys side.”

Wed
23
Aug

Michael J. Hager Award winners ...

Each year the Waukon Swim Club honors swimmers with the Michael J. Hager Award given in memory of Michael J. Hager (1960-1991), who was the son of Bonnie and the late James Hager of Waukon. This year’s Michael J. Hager Award recipients are, left to right in photo at right, Alexis Hogan, daughter of Jeremy and Heather Hogan of Waukon, and Ryan Lubahn, son of Troy and Shari Lubahn of Waukon.

Michael Hager loved swimming. In 1976, as a lifeguard at the pool, he started the Waukon Swim Club. He worked as a lifeguard, swam with the club and coached until he graduated from high school in 1978. He went on to attend college for one year at William Penn University and then transferred to Luther College, where he swam for the Norse for three years. Each summer, Hager would come home to coach the swim team and lifeguard at the pool until he graduated from Luther in 1982.

Wed
16
Aug

Kee baseball team wins first district title in five seasons during 25-11 campaign

Although a new face was poised at the helm of Kee baseball for the 2017 season, that new face was certainly not unfamiliar with the strength and tradition of the Hawk diamond program. Former Kee standout Pat Heiderscheit took over the reins as head coach this season of the program he once helped reach dynastic heights in the early 1980s, and although he was new to the head coaching role of the program, the return of all but two players from last season’s 24-15 season helped ease that transition and guide this season’s campaign to a 25-11 overall record and the Hawks’ farthest postseason advancement in five seasons.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Coach Heiderscheit said. “If the players had half as much fun as I did, then we had a great summer!”

Wed
16
Aug

Kee softball team repeats as Class 1A State Tournament Champions during 38-2 season

After making history last season with the first-ever State Championship in female athletics for Kee High School, the Lady Hawk softball team would have been hard-pressed to improve on such a feat. But the 39-6 record that resulted from that first-ever state title was improved a bit to a mark of 38 wins with just two losses this season - the Hawks opting out of playing in their scheduled North Fayette Valley Tournament that may very well have pushed their win total into the 40s. Even further, the 23-9 outscoring that came with last season’s crown was bettered to a 33-5 scoring margin during this year’s return to Class 1A State Championship reign. But even though the end result for the Hawks was a repeat performance, the celebration and feeling of accomplishment are still as thrilling as the first time.

Wed
16
Aug

Former Super Bowl champ Cedric James to speak at Meet the Team/Sports Drink Scrimmage Night Thursday at Waukon High School

The Waukon High School athletic campaign for the 2017-2018 season will get kicked off Thursday night, August 17 at the newly established annual Meet the Team/Sports Drink Scrimmage Night being held at Waukon High School, beginning at 4 p.m. with a variety of scheduled activities. The Allamakee Athletic Booster Club will kick off the event at 4 p.m. with its annual membership drive that includes an appreciation meal being served to Booster members and athletes at the Waukon High School cafeteria.

At 5 p.m., a featured speaker will address the crowd in the Waukon High School gym. Former National Football League (NFL) player Cedric James will be this year’s featured speaker. James played his college football at Texas Christian University (TCU) before being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings for a two-year stint and then spending a year with the Dallas Cowboys before being part of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXIX championship team during the 2005 NFL season.

Wed
16
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 7-23 season record during 2017 campaign, has season ended by eventual State Tournament Champ

The 2017 Waukon baseball team returned a total of 10 letterwinners this season from a 7-22 campaign last summer, but even with that collection of returning experience the Indians couldn’t advance their win total any, finishing this year with a 7-23 overall record. That overall mark included a 1-17 record in Northeast Iowa Conference play, placing the baseball Tribe seventh in the final league standings.

Despite the regular season difficulties, the Indians put together some of their best work as the postseason got underway, once again winning their first postseason game before having their season brought to a close in the district semifinals by a top 10-rated Dyersville Beckman team that eventually played to the Class 2A State Tournament championship.

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Wed
09
Aug

Fourth annual Firecracker 5K Walk/Run hosted by Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc.


Top-three medal winners from each division of Harpers Ferry Boosters 5K Run ... Pictured above are the medal winners who finished within the top three in each of seven age divisions at the Harpers Ferry Boosters 5K Run held July 1 in Harpers Ferry. Submitted photo.

Overall winners ... Pictured above are the overall male and female winners of the Harpers Ferry Booster Firecracker 5K Run held July 1. Left to right, Hunter Lavalle of Cedar Falls won the men’s race in 17:54 and Macy Niewoehner of Hawkeye won the women’s race in 21:21. Submitted photo.

The fourth annual Firecracker 5K Walk/Run hosted by Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. in Harpers Ferry Saturday, July 1 was considered a tremendous success with 270 participants registered from across the state of Iowa and six other states from across the United States. Each participant received a green t-shirt with the Firecracker emblem and a list of sponsors on the back.

The racers were welcomed by Harpers Ferry City Councilman Don Gibson, and Trekman Racing was used to assist and manage electronic registration and timing which enhanced the process and provided the racers/walkers with their individual times and ranking by age groups and overall. The 5K race featured an overall winner in the Female and Male divisions and gold, silver and bronze medals in seven age categories within the Female and Male divisions.

Wed
09
Aug

Registration taking place now for Waukon Park & Recreation fall programs for both youth and adults

The Waukon Park & Recreation Department is currently holding a registration period for its Fall Recreation Programs for both youth and adults. To sign up or to have questions answered, contact Kim Kraus at wkn_park_rec@neitel.net or 563-568-6420.
Youth programs in both football and volleyball are scheduled to be held this fall, with a Thursday, August 24 deadline to register. Registration forms can be picked up at the Waukon Wellness Center or register online at the City of Waukon Park and Recreation website or Facebook page for any of the following  youth programs:

First/Second Grade Nerf Flag Football
Third/Fourth Grade Flag Football
Third/Fourth Grade Volleyball
Fifth/Sixth Grade Volleyball (Travel).

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