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Wed
15
Feb

Waukon basketball girls have season ended in regional opener at third-rated Crestwood


Waukon girls basketball’s lone senior Regan Wasson converts this contested shot in the Indians’ 50-27 first-round regional tournament loss at third-rated Crestwood Saturday, February 11. In her final game in a Waukon basketball uniform, Wasson led the Indians with seven points and also had one rebound. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon girls basketball team brought both its regular season and overall 2016-2017 season to a close this past week by differing results. The Lady Indians wrapped up their regular season with a 41-37 win at Decorah Tuesday, February 7 before having their season ended by one of the best teams not only in their Northeast Iowa Conference but also in Iowa’s Class 3A, falling by a 50-27 result at third-rated Crestwood in the opening round of Class 3A regional tournament play Saturday, February 11.

The loss to Crestwood ends the Indians’ season at an 11-11 record overall, including a 5-7 mark that placed the Indians in a tie for fourth place in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC). Crestwood advanced on to the regional semifinals, where the Cadets will play fellow NEIC squad New Hampton Wednesday, February 15.

Wed
15
Feb

Blain Swenson avenges previous pair of championship losses, earns State Tournament berth as District Champ


Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson celebrates after winning the Class 2A District 1 championship Saturday, February 11 at Decorah and earning his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament taking place later this week in Des Moines. Swenson began his District Tournament success with a 6-0 first-round victory over Independence senior Peyton Nolting before avenging two previous championship losses to Decorah senior Daniel Ott (photo at right) with an 11-5 triumph in the championship match. Swenson will now wrestle Charles City senior Alex Koehler in the opening round of the Class 2A State Tournament in Des Moines, which begins this Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. Photos courtesy of Nate Troy, Cresco Times Plain Dealer.

Opens State bid Thursday against Charles City opponent

For Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson, the Saturday, February 11 Class 2A District 1 Tournament at Decorah High School just kept getting better and better, with every wrestler’s ultimate goal of State Tournament qualification being just the beginning.

While Swenson’s first-round win put him in great position to achieve that ultimate goal, making that achievement even better was the fact that he then also won his second match to finish an undefeated day as the District champion and earn automatic State Tournament qualification. To then top it all off, that District championship came by virtue of an 11-5 win by decision over Decorah senior Daniel Ott, who had beaten Swenson in two previous championship matches the past two Saturdays at the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament and Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament.

Wed
15
Feb

Busy week ends Waukon boys basketball season with first-round loss to Monticello


Waukon boys basketball junior Mitchell Snitker glides to the basket under some Monticello defensive pressure in the Indians’ 57-39 loss to the Panthers in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play at MFL/MarMac High School Monday, February 13. Snitker led the Indian offense with 11 points. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon boys basketball team had both its regular season and overall season brought to a close this past week with a busy four-game slate that included a single win in three final regular season games and a season-ending loss in the opening round of Class 2A District Tournament play. The Indians began the week with an 80-63 handling of South Winneshiek on the road Monday, February 6 before falling in back-to-back home games to end the regular season, 70-59 against Decorah Tuesday, February 7 and 78-67 against New Hampton Friday, February 10. The Tribe’s postseason also ended as its regular season did, as the Indians fell by a 57-39 count in a Monday, February 13 first-round match-up with Monticello that took place at MFL/MarMac High School.

That busy final week wrapped up the Indians’ 2016-2017 campaign with an overall season record of 6-15, including a mark of 2-10 that placed the Tribe sixth in front of winless Oelwein in Northeast Iowa Conference play.

Wed
15
Feb

Brennan reaches 1,000 career points milestone as Kee basketball boys drop pair


Kee boys basketball senior Danny Brennan proudly displays the poster that indicates the scoring milestone of 1,000 varsity career points he achieved during the Hawks’ final regular season game of this 2016-2017 season played at Coulee Christian High School in West Salem, WI Friday, February 10. Coming into the game, Brennan needed 13 points to reach that scoring height, and his final tally before the halftime break pushed him into that elite Kee boys basketball company that includes just four other players, Ric Zarwell, Pat Heiderscheit, Gabe Schultz and Quinn Schultz. Brennan accomplished that feat in 61 games over the past three seasons, averaging 16.6 points per game during that timeframe. He is pictured above with Kee boys basketball head coach Patrick Sullivan (right) and assistant coach Ben Wagner (left), and the poster was made by his younger sister, sophomore Katie Brennan. Submitted photo.

The Kee boys basketball team brought its regular season to a close this past week, falling in a pair of final non-conference road games but still being able to celebrate something notable. The Hawks suffered a 60-41 loss at Houston, MN Thursday, February 9 and also fell at Coulee Christian by a 68-60 final result Friday, February 10, but it was in that final loss that Kee senior guard Danny Brennan reached the 1,000 career point milestone to etch himself even more firmly among Kee’s basketball elite. The final shot Brennan put through the nylon before the halftime break of Friday’s game placed him in that Kee boys basketball 1,000 point club, a group that includes just four other Hawk hoopsters, Ric Zarwell, Pat Heiderscheit, Gabe Schultz and Quinn Schultz.

Tue
14
Feb

Olive Grinna

Olive B. Grinna, 90, of Waukon died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church in rural Decorah with Pastor Stacey Nalean-Carlson officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood West Cemetery, rural Decorah. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon is handling the arrangements.

Olive Bernell Grinna was born January 22, 1927 in Decorah, the daughter of Alfred and Helen (Engen) Ramstad. She was baptized February 13, 1927 and confirmed May 25, 1941 at Madison Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. Olive attended Madison Township country schools and Decorah High School. Later, she received her GED from Northeast Iowa Community College.

Tue
14
Feb

Christa Parker

Christa L. Parker, 42, of Waukon died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at her home. Funeral services were held Monday, February 13 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, with Pastor Steve Oden officiating. Burial was at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

Christa Lynn Parker was born August 12, 1974 in Postville, the daughter of Dean and Shirley (Sampson) Foels. She was baptized and confirmed at Postville Presbyterian Church in Postville. Christa graduated from Postville High School, where she was active in FFA. She also attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Christa worked at a horse stable and screen print and embroidery shop in Cedar Rapids. She loved working with horses and fixing things.

Survivors include her brother, Karsten (Beth) Foels of Luana; two nephews: Jackson and Tristan Foels; an aunt, Sharon (Byron) Zeisler of Fish Creek, WI; and an uncle, Calvin (Betty) Foels of Monona. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Tue
14
Feb

Terry Shefelbine

Terry D. Shefelbine, age 62, of Waukon passed away December 27, 2016. He was born July 22, 1954 at the hospital in Spring Grove, MN; his parents were Malcolm and Stella Shefelbine of Dorchester.

Terry graduated form Dorchester Elementary School and Waukon High School. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting with his friends. In 1999, he moved to Waukon.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Kristine, and her family living in Boone; three brothers: Ronnie of Waukon, Rick of Garnavillo and Randy of Spokane, WA; two sisters: Priscilla Nuehrling and Brandy Marquez Shefelbine, both of Denver, CO; and his long-time girlfriend, Jackie Johnson. He is preceded in death by his father and mother.
 

Sat
11
Feb

Swenson advances to State Wrestling Tournament as District Champ!

The third time was the charm for Waukon wrestling 182-pound senior Blain Swenson, as he knocked off Decorah senior Daniel Ott for the first time in the past three Saturdays in their Class 2A District 1 championship match Saturday, February 11 at Decorah, earning qualification for the Class 2A State Tournament. Swenson opened the District Tournament with a 6-0 win over Independence senior Peyton Nolting to earn a championship rematch with Ott, who had defeated Swenson in their previous two meetings in the championship match of both the Northeast Iowa Conference Tournament two weekends earlier and also in the Class 2A Sectional 2 Tournament just a week earlier. In this rematch, however, Swenson took Ott down repeatedly to post a convincing, 11-5 triumph and earn his first-ever qualification for the Class 2A State Wrestling Tournament that will be held in Des Moines this Thursday through Saturday, February 16-18.

Fri
10
Feb

Darrell Snitker

Darrell F. Snitker, 75, of Waukon died Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon with Pastor Grant VanderVelden officiating. Burial with military honors was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.

Darrell Francis Snitker was born March 10, 1941 in Waukon, the son of Lawrence Elmer and Helen Minnie (Goeke) Snitker. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon. Darrell graduated from Waukon High School, where he was a conference champion wrestler. From 1960-64, Darrell served in the Air Force and fought in Vietnam from 1963-64.

Thu
09
Feb

Glenn Thorsen

Glenn O. Thorsen, 90, of Waterville died Monday, February 6, 2017 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Friday, February 10 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville with Pastor Ken Kimball officiating. Burial with military honors was at Waterville Lutheran Cemetery, Waterville.

Glenn Oliver Thorsen was born August 24, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of Emil M. and Agnes (Larson) Thorsen. He was baptized at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church in rural Waterville and confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN.

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