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Wed
25
Mar

Kee boys track team opens 2015 season

The Kee boys track team opened its 2015 season even earlier than originally anticipated, as the Hawks took part in the Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Meet hosted by Luther College in Decorah Monday, March 16. That meet had originally been set for March 23 but was rescheduled. No team scores nor individual Hawk placewinnings were recorded at the meet.The Kee track boys are next scheduled to take their efforts outdoors for the first time this season. They will have another week to prepare for that first outdoor event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at North Fayette Valley in West Union. They are also slated to compete at the Waukon Invitational Thursday, April 2.

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Wed
25
Mar

Kee girls track team begins 2015 season

The Kee girls track team got its 2015 season underway even earlier than originally planned, as the Lady Hawks took part in the Upper Iowa Conference Indoor Meet Monday, March 16 at Luther College in Decorah. That meet had originally been set for March 23 but was rescheduled. No team scores were recorded.
The Lady Hawks are next scheduled to take their efforts outdoors for the first time this season. They will have another week to prepare for that first outdoor event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at North Fayette Valley in West Union. They are then slated to compete at the Postville Invitational Thursday, April 7.

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Wed
25
Mar

Kee girls basketball team records season of historical proportions for 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 Kee girls basketball season proved to be the best in the history of the Hawks’ five-on-five program, and there are plenty of numbers to back up that claim. First and foremost in those numbers is the 21-4 record the Hawks compiled this season, the most wins, by far, of any previous Kee five-on-five girls basketball season, according to head coach Danny Love.
Improving on that previous best single-season record of 13-8 from the 2007-2008 season on the way to advancing to the Class 1A Region 4 championship game and the brink of a State Tournament berth was just one of the many highlights Coach Love has drawn from this past season. But he sees this season as having a much bigger impact than just another entry in the school record books.

Wed
18
Mar

State-qualifying sprint relay foursome headlines varied list of 17 letterwinning veterans returning for 2015 Waukon girls track team


2015 Waukon girls track returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Emily Hammel, Allie Schwartz, Lyvia Bulman, Nicole Behrend, Madison Snitker, Alex Marti. Second row: Claire Beyer, Grace Blocker, Katelynn Griffith, Regan Wasson, Leah Riese, Bethany Stock. Back row: Dietsy Mitchell, Erika Johnson, Lizabeth Waters, Lanci Bulman, Meredith Lensing.

Fielding its largest team member numbers in several seasons, the Waukon girls track team looks to broaden its recent season-end success during the 2015 season under first-year head coach Bob Wasson. A total of 17 veterans return with previous varsity letterwinning experience to headline this year’s team of 36 young ladies reporting for early-season duty.
“I feel that we have a very strong core group of runners returning from last year and we have a number of new participants that I feel will be able to make an immediate impact,” Coach Wasson said in regard to the outlook for his first season at the Waukon girls track helm. “I am looking forward to getting on the track and seeing how we compare with other area schools.”

Wed
18
Mar

Waukon girls basketball team plays to 7-15 record under first-year head coach

The 2014-2015 Waukon girls basketball team played to a 7-15 season record under first-year head coach Andy Sires. That season mark included a 4-8 result that placed the Lady Indians in fifth place in the final Northeast Iowa Conference team standings.
Half of this season’s Northeast Iowa Conference losses came to teams that were both ranked within this season’s top 10 in their respective classes and made their way to every team’s ultimate destination, as Class 4A Waverly-Shell Rock and Class 3A Crestwood topped this season’s final Northeast Iowa Conference standings and played their way to State Tournament berths. Within those four losses, however, Coach Sires said he saw some of the best basketball his charges played this season.

Wed
18
Mar

Six returning varsity veterans will headline overall young Kee girls track team for 2015


2015 Kee girls track team: Left to right - Front row: Rebecca Muzel Abuchain, Kristina Mooney, Annie Dibert, Rachel Richards. Second row: Maddie Gruber, Claudia Mathis, Nicki Wood, Annika Stahl. Third row: Jordyn Burroughs, Sierra Schobert, Sydney Strong, Cheldyn Stanley. Back row: Kendra Cooper, Val Meyer, Chloe Severson, Ashley Schwartzhoff. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

With some of its largest numbers in both overall team members and returning letterwinners, the Kee girls track team looks to continue to make strides forward during its 2015 season. Coach Chad Winters welcomes 16 girls to this year’s squad, with six of those being varsity letterwinners returning from last season.
“Sixteen girls is a good number for us,” Coach Winters said. “It will allow us to fill more events and have different combinations or relays. All of the girls have been working extremely hard up to this point. The weather is starting to cooperate, so we are able to get outside and get more things done.”
Those half dozen returning letterwinners all come from the same class, as six sophomores make up the entire list of veteran returnees this season. Jordyn Burroughs, Madelyn Gruber, Claudia Mathis, Rachel Richards, Sierra Schobert and Sydney Strong each return with a pretty good mix of experience in a variety of events from sprints to field events.

Wed
18
Mar

Kee boys track team returns single letterwinner for 2015 season


2015 Kee boys track team: Left to right - Front row: Brock Flack, Marquise Phillips, Hunter Otto. Second row: Danny Brennan, Tucker Colsch, William Mitchell, Jacob Walleser. Third row: Brandon Conway, Cody Rosendahl, Johnathon Mooney. Back row: Logan Flack, Brock Colsch, Ethan Walleser. Not pictured: Nate Wood, Marshall Johnson. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The 2015 Kee boys track team includes a pleasantly surprising larger number of participants than what third-year coach Nick Mooney was anticipating, as 15 young men have reported for early-season duty. Somewhat alarming, however, is the fact that just one veteran with varsity letterwinning experience returns for the Hawks this season.
“A great surprise is the amount of guys that came out this year, especially the first-year guys,” Coach Mooney said. “I was expecting a team half the size of what we ended up with. (Senior) Marquise Phillips is the only returning letter winner. As a coach, it is tough to provide individual feedback when I am trying to work with multiple athletes at the same time. Grouping the less experienced guys with the more experienced guys is critical for feedback and success.”

Wed
18
Mar

Waukon boys track team returns State Meet experience in long jump, middle distance within 13 letterwinners


2015 Waukon boys track returning letterwinners: Left to right - Front row: Adam Benzing, Jake Ronan, Landon Sivesind, Travis Herman, Marshall Lyons. Second row: Wyatt Wille, T.J. Treptau, Isaac Fink, Tanner Manning, Peyton Hesse. Back row: Tyler O’Neill, Chris Miller. Not pictured: Hunter Jensen.

The Waukon boys track team will benefit from a good number of 55 young men making up its 2015 roster this spring, including a collection of 13 varsity letterwinners who return with veteran experience. Not only do those returnees bring back veteran experience, but nearly all of those Indian letterwinners also come back with some sort of state-level experience at the highest season-end level of competition.
Among that high-level experience is the 4x800 relay foursome of junior Peyton Hesse and seniors Adam Benzing, Marshall Lyons and Landon Sivesind that qualified for last season’s State Track Meet, along with fellow senior Travis Herman, who did likewise in the long jump. Additionally, juniors Tanner Manning, T.J. Treptau and Isaac Fink, along with sophomores Tyler O’Neill and Hunter Jensen, all bring not only veteran experience but the added value of competing at this past fall’s State Cross Country Meet.

Wed
11
Mar

Waukon wrestling program takes another step forward with a 7-17 record during 2014-2015 season

The Waukon wrestling program took another step forward during the recently completed 2014-2015 season, as this year’s matmen improved their overall season dual meet record to 7-17, up from just five wins last season. A combination of seasoned veterans and skilled underclassmen helped fuel that latest forward step.
“I would have to say that we, as a team, have made huge strides,” Waukon wrestling coach Matt Pladsen said. ‘We had a lot of underclassmen that finished up with 20 or more wins, which is huge as you look down the road for the years to come. Once again, we had a super group of kids out this year. I think the kids, as well as myself, would tell you they had a lot of fun but yet they came to the room ready to buckle down and push each other to make each other better.”

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.

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