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Wed
11
Mar

Benzing and Grangaard wrestle in Iowa-Minnesota “Border Battle”


Adam Benzing

Gunnar Grangaard

Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Adam Benzing (who wrestled to a 36-13 season record and a sixth-place finish in this year’s Class 2A 145-pound State Tournament bracket) tries to turn Brady Keefe (who compiled a 26-10 season record and also earned State Tournament qualification this year) of Stewartville, MN to his back in their match as part of the Iowa-Minnesota Border Battle Friday, March 6 hosted by the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame at Crestwood High School in Cresco. Benzing scored first on a takedown but allowed Keefe to escape to hold a 2-1 lead after one period, and then allowed Keefe a reversal in the second period to trail by a 3-2 count heading into the third period before he suffered a fall with 34 seconds remaining in that third period.

Wed
04
Mar

Kee boys basketball team battles through the ups and downs of 3-20 season

The 2014-2015 Kee boys basketball team faced its share of adversity in playing to a 3-20 overall season record this winter, but ultimately left its own mark in recording this season’s final win. After playing to a 2-19 regular season, a mark that included a 1-14 record in Upper Iowa Conference play, the Hawks banded together at the most ideal moment of the season to record the first postseason tournament win for the program since the 2011 season.

Wed
04
Mar

Benzing, Grangaard to wrestle in Iowa-Minnesota “Border Battle” this Friday in Cresco

Top senior wrestlers from northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota who have completed outstanding high school careers will face off in the 14th annual all-star “Border Battle” dual meet at 7 p.m. this Friday, March 6 at Crestwood High School in Cresco. Among this year’s Border Battle wrestlers competing for the Iowa team will be the Waukon High School senior pair of 145-pounder Adam Benzing and 152-pounder Gunnar Grangaard.
“Things are still up in the air as far as who will be wrestling for Minnesota,” stated Dennis Meirick, president of the hosting Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Minnesota just finished their state tournament this weekend and will be putting their team together in the next few days.”

Wed
25
Feb

Kee basketball girls have postseason run ended by third-time State qualifier


Kee girls basketball junior Ellie Cooper puts up this shot attempt in the Hawks’ 48-46 home win over Tripoli in the quarterfinals of Class 1A regional tournament play Tuesday, February 17. Cooper finished the game with 12 points, two rebounds and team highs of five assists and three steals. 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.

The Kee girls basketball team had its 2014-2015 season brought to a halt, but not before battling as deep into the postseason as a team can go without reaching every team’s ultimate destination, and providing an abundance of excitement along the way. The Lady Hawks played a total of three Class 1A regional tournament games within a six-day period, winning a pair of them by just two points each before letting the one that mattered most edge away in the closing moments to just a five-point loss.

Wed
25
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team has season ended by Crestwood in first round


Waukon boys basketball senior Jake Ronan takes flight to the basket in the Indians’ 58-35 loss to Crestwood in the opening round of Class 3A district tournament play at Decorah Monday, February 23. Ronan led the Indian scoring with 10 points and also grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Waukon boys basketball team had its 2014-2015 season brought to completion with a split of what turned out to be its final two games of the season played within this past week. The Indians first ended their regular season with a 57-47 home win over Charles City Tuesday, February 17 to finish in a fourth-place tie with Crestwood in the final Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) team standings with a 5-7 NEIC record. That same Crestwood team, however, would stand for nothing even close to a tie when they faced off against the Indians in the opening round of Class 3A district tournament play Monday, February 23 at Decorah, ending the Indians’ season with a 58-35 defeat. The loss completes the Indians’ season with an overall record of 12-10. Crestwood advances on to the district championship game this Thursday, February 26 to play Decorah in the Waukon High School gym beginning at 7 p.m., with that winner advancing on to the substate championship game Monday, March 2 at the U.S.

Wed
25
Feb

Kee boys basketball team has season ended by North Linn in district quarterfinals


Kee boys basketball senior Dylon Peters takes the ball to the basket in the Hawks’ 59-34 loss at North Linn in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A district quarterfinals Thursday, February 19. With the Kee loss wrapping up Peterson’s high school basketball career, he finished with a team-high 15 points, grabbed three rebounds and posted one each of assists, steals and blocked shots. 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.

The 2014-2015 season was brought to a halt for the Kee boys basketball team Thursday, February 19 at North Linn in the quarterfinal round of Class 1A District Tournament play. The host Lynx had played to a 16-5 regular season record with a line-up that does not include a senior on their roster, but that absence of senior leadership was not evident as North Linn handed the Hawks a 59-34 season-ending defeat. The Hawks wrapped up their 2014-2015 season with an overall record of 3-20. The win for North Linn advanced them on to a Tuesday, February 24 semifinal match-up at Elkader against Postville, with that winner advancing on to the District 6 championship game to be played at Starmont February 26.

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Thu
19
Feb

Adam Benzing ends final Waukon wrestling season with sixth-place finish at Class 2A State Tournament


Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Adam Benzing controls Gilbert senior Wyatt Rhoads in their Class 2A third-round consolation match Friday evening, February 20 on his way to a sixth-place finish in the 145-pound field of 16 wrestlers at the Class 2A State Tournament. Benzing handed Rhoads a 6-2 decision to claim the final win of his high school wrestling career in evenly splitting six matches in the season grand finale. Photo courtesy of Iowa Newspaper Association Photo Pool.

Waukon wrestling 145-pound senior Adam Benzing not only wrapped up his career late last week at every wrestler’s ultimate destination - the State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, but also where every State Tournament qualifier would like to end up - on the podium as one of the top eight finishers in their respective weight class. Benzing put together a successful Friday, February 20 in the middle of the three-day season grand finale for two of his three wins in six total matches on his way to a sixth-place State Tournament finish in the 16-wrestler Class 2A 145-pound bracket. Benzing completed the final season of his Waukon High School wrestling career with a 32-12 overall record.

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Wed
18
Feb

Kee boys basketball team opens postseason with first tournament win since 2011


Kee boys basketball senior Dylon Peterson soars to the basket for two of his game-high 27 points in the Hawks’ 53-49 first-round Class 1A District Tournament triumph over East Buchanan at Edgewood-Colesburg High School Monday, February 16. In addition to his pacesetting 27 points, Peterson also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and posted two assists and one steal. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link.

The Kee boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close in the midst of a six-game losing streak and a 2-19 overall record to start this past week, but the Hawks reversed that fortune in the first game of their postseason schedule to accomplish something that hasn’t been done by a Kee boys basketball team since 2011. The Hawks’ regular season came to an end with back-to-back losses at home of 77-59 to North Fayette Valley Monday, February 9 and 69-42 to Seneca, WI Tuesday, February 10, but the Kee boys put their regular season difficulties behind them to open Class 1A District Tournament play with a 53-49 triumph over East Buchanan Monday, February 16 in a game played at Edgewood-Colesburg High School.

Wed
18
Feb

Kee girls basketball team opens postseason play with 48-42 home win over Central


Kee girls basketball sophomore Courtney Cooper and freshmen Chloe Severson and Kendra Cooper (left to right in white uniforms) all battle for this rebound in the Hawks’ 48-42 home triumph over Central Elkader in the opening round of Class 1A regional tournament play Thursday, February 12. The Hawks hustled and muscled their way to a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounding in the contest. 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

The Kee girls basketball team both ended its regular season and began its postseason in victorious fashion, the Hawks starting up another winning streak when it matters most. Kee first shook off a pesky North Fayette Valley squad, 38-30, in West Union Monday, February 9 to end its regular season in a game rescheduled from Tuesday, February 3 due to winter weather. The Lady Hawks then began Class 1A Region 4 tournament play by outlasting Central Elkader at home for a third straight time this season, 48-42, to advance on to the second round of regional play.

Wed
18
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team wins non-conference road game at South Winn

The Waukon boys basketball team played its final non-conference game of the regular season when the Indians traveled to Calmar to take on South Winneshiek Monday, February 9. The Indians and host Warriors played to some very equal statistical numbers in the ballgame, equal nearly everywhere but where it mattered most, the 70-56 Indian final margin on the scoreboard.
Currently holding an 11-9 overall record, 4-7 in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC), the Indians were scheduled to wrap up their regular season with a Tuesday, February 17 home game with Charles City in a battle for fifth place in the final league standings between two teams with identical NEIC records this season. The Tribe will then open postseason tournament play Monday, February 23 at Decorah against Crestwood, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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