Sports

Wed
16
Mar

Waukon boys basketball team overcomes early-season challenges to play to an 8-14 season record, the brink of something even greater

The 2021-2022 Waukon boys basketball season was much like putting a puzzle together, with each piece that was added making the team and its efforts more complete on the way to an 8-14 season record. A 0-5 start to the season eventually played to a 1-9 mark near its midpoint before ultimately finishing with a 7-5 result over the second half of this winter’s campaign.

Some of the early missing puzzle pieces for the basketball Tribe during that single-win first half of the season included a pair of its most experienced players who were nursing injuries from the extended football season this past fall and did not come back to the starting line-up until after the holiday break.

Included in that pair was a returning consistent contributor in a reserve role from last season in senior Lincoln Snitker, along with last season’s leading scorer and a four-year varsity starter in senior Braden Hemann.

Wed
09
Mar

Morgan McMillan named General Manager/Golf Pro at Oneota Golf and Country Club

Morgan McMillan ...
Morgan McMillan ...

Believed to be first woman in state of Iowa to serve as both General Manager and Golf Pro

Morgan McMillan is blazing new trails, as she has been named General Manager/Golf Professional at Oneota Golf & Country Club in Decorah. She is the first woman General Manager/Golf Professional in Oneota’s 100-year history.

McMillan is one of only nine women Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) club professionals in the state of Iowa, and is believed to be the only one of those women to also serve as General Manager of her 18-hole club. She is truly considered a pioneer among women golf professionals in Iowa.

“Morgan has the highest in quality hospitality skills; is high energy and hardworking; has an infectious smile and has received overwhelming support from the Oneota membership to be awarded the position of General Manager,” shared Oneota Golf and Country Club Board of Directors President Andy Nelson.

Wed
09
Mar

Register now for Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarten is alone, first and second graders will be together, third and fourth graders will practice and play together, and fifth and sixth graders will be together.

Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and they must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

The games will be played Saturday mornings starting April 23 and will run for five weeks. The dates will be as follows: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21. The make-up dates will be May 16 (Monday), May 17 (Tuesday), or May 19 (Thursday), if needed.

Wed
09
Mar

Waukon bowling teams finish around .500 mark, program experiences history-making season under new first-year head coach Kim Shelton

The Waukon bowling teams provided first-year head coach Kim Shelton with a memorable inaugural season at the helm during this 2021-2022 campaign, and for a number of different reasons. The pinnacle of that memorable season was the history that was made, fueled by the hard work and fun experienced by each squad of at least a dozen bowlers, with the Waukon girls bowling team rolling its way to a 4-5 season record and the Indian boys bowling to a 5-4 dual match mark this season.

Wed
02
Mar

Junior Cody Huinker bowls to sixth-place medal at season grand finale, senior Chase Boydston rounds out Class 1A elite at State Tournament


Historical State Tournament effort... Waukon boys bowling junior Cody Huinker and senior Chase Boydston (left to right in photo above from the Class 1A State Tournament at Maple Lanes in Waterloo) made history for the Waukon bowling program by being the bowling Tribe’s first multi-individual qualifiers for the State Bowling Tournament this past week. Huinker made further history by bowling to a Waukon bowling best-ever season grand finale placewinning with his sixth-place medal-winning finish (individual photo below) and also rolled a new single-game school record of 280 pins in the preliminary round of the Class 1A State Tournament. Boydston wrapped up his high school bowling career with a 32nd-place finish among this year’s Class 1A State Tournament field. Photos courtesy of Amanda Peterson.

Historical Huinker posts best Indian State finish, sets new single-game school record

An already historic accomplishment for the Waukon boys bowling team led to even more history being made Tuesday, February 22 at the Class 1A State Bowling Tournament held at Maple Lanes in Waterloo. With qualification for this year’s Class 1A season grand finale by junior Cody Huinker and senior Chase Boydston marking the first time in program history that multiple Indian bowlers have qualified for State Tournament competition, the history-making continued when Huinker bowled his way to the highest-ever Indian finish at that season grand finale and did so with help from a new school record single-game total of 280 pins.

Wed
02
Mar

Register now for Waukon Park & Rec Youth Soccer Program

The Waukon Park & Recreation Youth Soccer Program is for boys and girls in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Basic fundamentals of soccer will be taught along with team participation. Teams will be grouped together as follows: Kindergarten is alone, first and second graders will be together, third and fourth graders will be together, and fifth and sixth graders will be together.

Different size fields and balls will be used to accommodate the lower ages and skill levels. All players must wear shin guards and they must be covered by socks or pants. Cleats are optional.

The games will be played Saturday mornings starting April 23 and will run for five weeks. The dates will be as follows: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21. The make-up dates will be May 16 (Monday), May 17 (Tuesday), or May 19 (Thursday), if needed.

Wed
02
Mar

G. Wyatt Schultz of “The Predicament” among those to be inducted into Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame April 11

Four outstanding individuals who’ve contributed mightily to the sport of wrestling will be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame (IWHOF) in Cresco Monday, April 11. The 51st Annual Awards Banquet and Induction Ceremony will begin with a 5:30 p.m. social hour followed by a 6:30 p.m. banquet at the Cresco Country Club south of Cresco.

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the Hall of Fame is excited to honor these individuals and also deeply saddened as new inductee Wyatt Schultz passed away August 21, 2021. Schultz, greatly missed by the wrestling community, will be honored, along with his friends and family.

The list of this year’s Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees includes the following:

Wed
23
Feb

DOUBLE DATE AT BOWLING STATE!! Waukon boys bowling junior Cody Huinker, senior Chase Boydston qualify for season grand finale; Boys finish fifth as a team, girls place third at State Qualifying Meet


State Tournament qualifiers ... Waukon boys bowling junior Cody Huinker and senior Chase Boydston (left to right) made history for the Waukon bowling program by being the bowling Tribe’s first multi-individual qualifiers for the State Bowling Tournament. Huinker bowled to a third-place finish and Boydston finished right behind him in fourth place at their Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament in Dubuque Tuesday, February 15 to become the first State Tournament qualifiers for the bowling Indians since 2020 Waukon High School graduate Matt Rozzell qualified as a lone individual during his sophomore season in 2018. The two were scheduled to compete in the Class 1A State Tournament individual competition Tuesday, February 22 at Maple Lanes Bowling Center in Waterloo. Photo courtesy of Amanda Peterson.

The Waukon bowling teams had the bittersweet result of having their season ended for a majority of this season’s team members while also being able to celebrate a bit of history for the program Tuesday, February 15 at their Class 1A State Qualifying Tournament being hosted by Dubuque Wahlert High School at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque. Team champions and the top four individual finishers earned qualification for this year’s season grand finale, and although each team finished shy of that required championship finish, the Waukon bowling boys had two individuals place within the top-four individual finishers to earn their way to this season’s Class 1A State Tournament.

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Wed
23
Feb

Waukon wrestling junior Jakob Regan wins one of three State Tournament matches to finish just a match shy of a podium finish


Reversing his fortune on the way to a State Tournament pin ... Waukon wrestling 126-pound junior Jakob Regan drives into Davis County senior Dawson Townsend on the way to a first-period reversal in their first-round consolation match at the Class 2A State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Thursday, February 17. Regan went on to pin Townsend in 2:44 for his one win in three matches at the season grand finale, where he finished just one match shy of a podium finish within Class 2A’s 126-pound top-eight finishers in the second State Tournament qualification of his high school wrestling career.

A second qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament in his first three years of high school wrestling resulted in another step forward for Waukon junior Jakob Regan among the Iowa high school wrestling elite this past week. After qualifying as a 106-pound freshman two seasons ago and suffering consecutive losses for an early exit on day one in that State Tournament debut, Regan sandwiched his first season grand finale victory in between a pair of losses to top-five finishers in this season’s Class 2A 126-pound weight class Thursday and Friday, February 17 and 18 to finish just one match shy of standing among the top-eight finishers who would make the 126-pound podium at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Wed
23
Feb

Waukon boys basketball team splits pair of postseason games to have season ended in heartbreaking fashion


Final pair of double-doubles ... Waukon boys basketball senior Braden Hemann soars to the basket in the Indians’ 73-47 win over Oelwein in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play at North Fayette High School in West Union Monday, February 14. In the Tribe’s two postseason tournament games this past week that ended up being the final two games of Hemann’s four-year varsity career for the Indians, he recorded a pair of double-double statistical efforts that included 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Indian win over Oelwein and another 13 points and 10 rebounds in Waukon’s 54-53 season-ending loss at Monticello Thursday, February 17 in the Class 2A District Semifinals. Photo courtesy of Jerry Wadian, Fayette County Newspapers.

The Waukon boys basketball team had its 2021-2022 season brought to a close, but not before taking an initial strong step down the postseason trail and putting itself into position to repeat that feat, only to have that opportunity yanked away in the closing seconds. That initial step was a 73-47 win over Oelwein in the opening round of Class 2A District 9 play Monday, February 14 at North Fayette Valley High School, but an abrupt end to that postseason trail came Thursday, February 17 at top 10-rated Monticello by virtue of a 54-53 loss in the questionable closing seconds.

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