Sports

Wed
26
Aug

Waukon boys cross country team looks forward to return of all members from last year’s State-qualifying squad


Left to right - Front row: Sean Liddiard, Nate Helgerson, Miles Hansmeier, Andrew Mellick, Austin Day. Back row: Will Keenan, Tyler O’Neill, Carter Fuhrman, Noah Liddiard, Tanner Manning, Isaac Fink. Not pictured: Brock Berns, Kameron Klinge, T.J. Treptau, Hunter Jensen.

The past 10 months could not pass by quickly enough for the Waukon boys cross country team, as all eight of last season’s top runners return from the Indians’ State-qualifying team that placed 14th among Class 2A’s elite teams last fall. That first State Meet qualification for the Tribe in more than a half decade produced by a collection of juniors and sophomores who are eligible to return this season has caught the anticipative eye of others as well, resulting in as high as a top-five ranking for the Tribe among Class 2A teams to begin this 2015 campaign.
Those veteran returnees include a group of five seniors, Brock Berns, Isaac Fink, Kameron Klinge, Tanner Manning and T.J. Treptau, and the junior trio of Austin Day, Hunter Jensen and Tyler O’Neill. That crew makes up just over half of this season’s total of 15 competitors for the Indians.

Wed
26
Aug

Pat Wagner coaching era begins for Kee cross country with start of 2015 season

The Kee cross country program will see a new face at the coaching helm for the first time in four decades, but a familiar face to most Kee High School student athletes. After veteran coach Gary Bottorff retired following completion of the 2014 cross country season, fellow veteran and multi-sport coach Pat Wagner has taken the reins of the Kee distance running program, bringing with him an abundance of coaching experience in a number of different sports.

Wed
26
Aug

Kee football returns a half dozen letterwinners for 2015 campaign


Left to right - Front: Thad Campbell, Riley Gage, Clay Jones, William Mitchell, Logan West, Brock Flack, Brock Colsch, Clay Olson. Middle: Jed McLimans, Nick Boland, Tucker Colsch, A.J. Gagner, Logan Flack, Jacob Walleser, Noah Spearbecker, Shawn Wild. Back: Cody Rosendahl, Aiden Winters, Johnathon Mooney, Tyler Reinhart, Eric Rud, Tristan Rolfs, Ethan Walleser. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2015 Kee football team will look to benefit from the return of half a dozen varsity letterwinners coming back from a team that posted a 6-3 record last season and qualified for the Eight-Player State Play-Offs for the sixth consecutive season. Those six veterans will shoulder a heavy load, however, as last season’s squad graduated eight seniors, many of whom were multi-year starters and letterwinners.
Those half dozen returning letterwinners include a trio of seniors in Logan Flack, Jed McLimans and Ethan Walleser. Juniors Clay Olson and Casey Carroll also bring back a great deal of varsity experience from their young high school football careers, while sophomore Brock Flack wraps up this season’s list of seasoned returnees for the Hawks out of 23 total players on this season’s Kee roster.

Wed
26
Aug

Ten returning letterwinners fuel high hopes for Kee volleyball team


Left to right - Front row: Kendra Cooper, Rachel Richards, Ashley Schwartzhoff. Middle row: Erin Rud, Mikayla Gavin, Chloe Severson. Back row: Ellie Cooper, Courtney Cooper, Lily Winters. Not pictured: Téa Fink. Photo courtesy of Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2015 Kee volleyball team has a lot to look forward to this fall; a lot of height, a lot of returning varsity experience, and a lot of hope for a successful fall campaign. A whopping total of 10 varsity letterwinners return for the volleyball Hawks, including every one of their statistical leaders from last season from a squad that finished with a 12-17 overall record and a 5-4 mark that placed Kee in the middle of the final Upper Iowa Conference standings.
“I believe our biggest strength will be the fact we have so many returning letterwinners and experience,” Kee volleyball coach Rich Ellis said. “Last season we had three freshmen in the line-up, and those girls have a year of varsity volleyball under their belt now. Combine that with our returning seniors and it should lead to a successful season. We will be counting on our seniors to really supply the leadership we are going to need to be successful.”

Wed
26
Aug

Waukon football team returns 16 letterwinners in quest for return to play-offs


Left to right - Front row: Alex Brink, Mitchell Snitker, Brenan Folsom, Carver Conway, Andrew Dickson, Tristan Hansmeier, Peyton Hesse, Nathan Benzing, Max Swartz, Austin Hogan, Dawston Regan. Middle row: Adam Drew, Isaiah Welch, Aaron Sherman, Joe Frieden, Brandon Regan, Colin Steiber, Nick Johnson, Chris Miller, Abe Schwartz, Brayden Mulholland, Carson Schwartzhoff, Kyle Gordon. Back row: Michael Schulte, Tanner Peterson, Chance Opperman, Ethan Krueger, Lukas Larson, Haden Hammel, Evan Armstead, Wyatt Wille, Jadon Johnson, Blain Swenson, Dalton Brookins, Landon Berns, Jared Campbell, Tanner Mathis, Colin Waters. Not pictured: Patrick Mahr.

The misfortune of the 2014 Waukon football season could very well play into a strong advantage for the 2015 Indian grid campaign, as season-ending injuries suffered by a small handful of team-leading seniors early last fall opened the door for several underclassmen to gain experience that will be most beneficial for the football Tribe this season. A total of 16 varsity letterwinners return for the Indians, with half of those veterans playing a majority of snaps on both sides of the football last season during the Tribe’s 3-6 overall campaign that was just a handful of plays away from a third consecutive State Play-Off berth.

Wed
26
Aug

Waukon volleyball team led by letterwinning trio, large senior class in 2015


Left to right - Front row: Rylee Einck, Lauren Elliott, Leslie Sivesind, Regan Wasson, Madison Snitker, Kaley Benzing. Back row: Bethany Stock, Brooklyn Larson, Kaela Wood, Kortney Wood, Brytnee Bednarski, Brigid Berns. Not pictured: Jessica Sholes, Rachel Kucera.

The Waukon volleyball team will return just three varsity letterwinners from last season, graduating nine seniors from a squad that posted a 16-22 record last season. Although that senior class was one of the largest in recent memory, third-year Waukon volleyball head coach Peyton Lapel will be welcoming an even larger group of upperclassmen this year, as 11 seniors have reported for early-season practice thus far.

Wed
05
Aug

Kee baseball team battles through 11-22 season under first-year head coach

The Kee baseball team played to an 11-22 season record under first-year head coach Jim Mauss. Compounding the fact that the first-year head coach was facing back-to-back seasons where the Hawks had graduated two-thirds of their starting line-up was the unfortunate reality of injury that took two more of last season’s young starters out of the mix for this entire season.
Still, Coach Mauss is not one to look for excuses and expects better results from himself and his charges. “This season was very tough on me, but I understand what I need to improve on and what the guys need to improve on,” Coach Mauss said. “No one feels bad that Kee is finally down, so we need to put in lots of hours and improve before the beginning of May 2016.”

Wed
05
Aug

Waukon baseball team plays to 12-17 season with senior-laden team

The Waukon baseball team played its way to the most wins in a single regular season since the summer of 2011, compiling an overall record of 12-17. But with a majority of this season’s losses coming during a 4-14 Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC) campaign, the Indians still found themselves looking up at the remaining six teams in the final NEIC standings.
“Our challenge will always be the competitiveness of our schedule and league,” Waukon baseball coach Jerry Keenan said. “It is a solid league from top to bottom and we are facing a good opponent every time we take the field. But facing competition like that will make us better and we will continue to work hard and be a challenge for them as well.”

Wed
29
Jul

Waukon softball team battles through 7-19 campaign under new head coach

The Waukon softball team played to a season record of 7-19 during its 2015 campaign, coming within a handful of runs of playing to an overall even record for the season, as half a dozen of the Indians’ losses came by three runs or fewer. More than half of this season’s losses featured one decisive inning in which the softball Tribe allowed enough runs to turn an otherwise competitive contest into a loss or one by a more decisive margin, proving the Indians were competitive more often than not, no matter who the opponent.

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