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Top entries in Waukon Wellness Center’s Fourth Annual “Turkey Trot” 5K/8K ...

The Waukon Wellness Center hosted its fourth annual “Turkey Trot” 5K/8K Run and Walk Thanksgiving morning, November 23. Approximately 73 participants took part in the event, with first-place finishers in five of the seven age categories receiving a frozen turkey and second-place finishers taking home a frozen chicken to commemorate their effort. Gold, silver and bronze medals were also distributed to the respective placewinners in each division, and youth classes received a goodie bag and a medal. The top entries in each age division at the annual event are pictured above and listed as follows:

Wed
06
Dec

Waukon girls basketball team sweeps weekend pair, 48-32 at home over New Hampton, 47-24 over Hudson at UIU Showdown

The Waukon girls basketball team got itself in the win column for the first time this season, and did so in sweeping fashion with victories in back-to-back weekend contests. The Indians opened their Northeast Iowa Conference season with a 48-32 win at home over New Hampton Friday, December 1 and followed that victory with a second one the very next day, a 48-24 handling of Hudson in the Upper Iowa University Showdown held in the Upper Iowa University gymnasium in Fayette Saturday, December 2.

Waukon is scheduled to play another back-to-back pair this week, hosting Caledonia, MN Thursday, December 7 before playing at Oelwein Friday, December 8. The Lady Indians will then face both of last season’s Northeast Iowa Conference co-champions next week, hosting Class 3A second-rated Crestwood Tuesday, December 12 before playing at Waverly-Shell Rock in a rare girl-boy doubleheader for the Indians Friday, December 15.

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06
Dec

Seven returning letterwinners make up half of 2017-2018 Waukon boys basketball team


2017-2018 Waukon boys basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Colin Waters, Abe Schwartz, Mitchell Snitker. Back row: Michael Sweeney, Ethan Krueger, Evan Armstead, Isaiah Welch.

2017-2018 Waukon boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Michael Headington, Baldemar Villarreal, Colin Waters, Mitchell Snitker, Terrell Baumler, Pryce Hesse, Emilio Rathbun. Back row: Michael Sweeney, Abe Schwartz, Ethan Krueger, Evan Armstead, Garrett Garin, Brady Sullivan, Isaiah Welch. Not pictured: Brayden Mulholland.

The 2017-2018 Waukon boys basketball season will feature a team with half of its roster listed as returning letterwinners from a 6-15 season last winter. An even greater portion of this season’s early roster of 15 players also recently made school history by playing to Waukon High School’s first-ever state football championship, a gridiron team also under the offensive guidance of Waukon boys basketball coach Jed Hemann, who sees much more of the sweet side of whatever bittersweet aspects stem from a football season extending into the start of the basketball season.

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06
Dec

Waukon wrestling team opens season with busy week of four wins in six dual matches and sixth-place finish at Wapsie Valley Tournament


Undefeated on the night ... Waukon wrestling 138-pound junior Miles Hansmeier works to keep his South Winneshiek opponent on the mat in the Indians’ home quadrangular event with the Warriors, Clayton Ridge and Riceville Thursday, November 30. Hansmeier won a 3-0 decision in this match and also won by forfeit and scored a fall in 2:52. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Waukon wrestling team opened its 2017-2018 season with an extremely busy week of what amounted to six dual meets in a three-night span followed by a weekend tournament. The mat Tribe posted dual victories of 33-30 over Oelwein and 51-22 over Postville, but fell to Nashua-Plainfield, 27-54, at a quadrangular kick-off to the season Tuesday, November 28 at Oelwein, and then downed Riceville, 48-24, and Clayton Ridge, 64-6, before also falling to South Winneshiek, 48-30, in a similar quadrangular format Thursday, November 30 at home. The Indians wrapped up their busy initial week with a sixth-place finish at the annual Chris Davis Tournament hosted by Wapsie Valley High School Saturday, December 2, where four Indian matmen finished within the top three of their respective weight bracket, including an individual championship won by senior Tristan Hansmeier at 170 pounds as he continued the undefeated start to his final high school wrestling season.

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29
Nov

Kee boys basketball team returns five letterwinners from 4-17 result last season to lead overall young squad for 2017-2018


2017-2018 Kee boys basketball team ... Left to right - Front row: Cade Rasque, Caleb Conway, Lewis Peters, Brock Flack, Dylan Walleser. Back row: Ryan Whalen, Jacob Berns, Kyle Hitchins, Josh Walleser, Shawn Wild. Not pictured: Logan West, Devyn Stouvenel, Nate Winters, Peter Boland, Jamel Harris, Chris Wagner, Mat Gruber, Will Mooney. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee boys basketball team will be looking to build from the ground up for the 2017-2018 campaign. Even though the Hawks have five letterwinners returning from last season’s 4-17 campaign, none of those returning veterans were among last winter’s top-six scorers or top-seven rebounders, with graduation taking away nearly three-fourths of Kee’s scoring and rebounding from last season.

“We lost a lot of seniors, including 1,000 point (career) scorer Danny Brennan, so it will be interesting to see how this team comes along,” Kee boys basketball coach Patrick Sullivan said. “We also lost a lot of overall height in our line-up, so we’re hoping to make up for it in hustle.”

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29
Nov

Waukon wrestling team returns six letterwinners for the 2017-2018 mat campaign as Mason Berns takes over the head coaching helm


2017-2018 Waukon wrestling team ... Left to right - Front row: Managers Grace Pearson and Delaney Nagel, Tyler Block, Miles Hansmeier, Brenan Folsom, Landon Berns, Alex Brink, Tristan Hansmeier, and managers Keara Dahlstrom and Rylea Nagel. Second row: Gabe Byrnes, Dakota Howe, Lance Egan, Jason Troester, Owen Frieden, Marcus Gibbs, Tanner Kiel. Back row: Volunteer Assistant Coach Chris Dahlstrom, Carter Nolting, Walker Hermeier, Carter Benzing, Zach Miller, Luke Pladsen, Nathan Johnson, Head Coach Mason Berns, Assistant Coach Caleb Ferring. Not pictured: Matti Pladsen and Peyton Bieber.

The Waukon wrestling team will be able to fill about half its line-up with varsity experience for its 2017-2018 campaign and will have a new face at the helm of the program to try and piece this season’s line-up together. The Indian mat squad will feature six varsity letterwinners returning this season in its overall make-up of just 20 wrestlers taking to the mat for first-year head coach Mason Berns.

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29
Nov

Waukon bowling team opens 2017-2018 season with pair of losses at Waverly-Shell Rock

The Waukon bowling team got its 2017-2018 season underway against one of its more experienced opponents on this season’s schedule when the Indians traveled to Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, November 21. The Waukon girls fell to the host Go-Hawks by a 1680-1862 final count, while the boys surrendered a 1768-2322 result.

The bowling Indians were next scheduled to compete at Tripoli Friday, December 1 before bowling their first home matches of the new season. The Tribe will actually be at home the next two Fridays to finish out the 2017 portion of their schedule, hosting North Iowa December 8 and then Decorah December 15.

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Wed
29
Nov

Start to the Waukon and Kee girls basketball seasons sees the visiting Hawks take care of the host Indians in a 56-40 final result


Double-double leads ‘em all ... Kee girls basketball senior Chloe Severson takes the ball to the basket in the Hawks’ 56-40 season-opening victory at Waukon Tuesday, November 21. Severson led all players in both scoring and rebounding with a double-double effort of 13 points scored and 12 rebounds. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The 2017-2018 season got underway for both the Waukon and Kee girls basketball teams when the intra-county foes met at Waukon Tuesday, November 21 in a non-conference season-opener for both squads. The experience and charisma of the veteran visiting Hawk squad proved to be too much for the hustling and scrappy effort put forth by the overall younger host Indians, as the Kee hoopsters played to a 56-40 victory.

Kee was next scheduled to travel to Central Elkader Tuesday, November 28 to open Upper Iowa Conference play before then traveling to Starmont Friday, December 1. The Hawks will then play at Class 3A second-rated Crestwood Monday, December 4 before traveling to West Central Friday, December 8 and finally getting to open their home varsity schedule Tuesday, December 12 by hosting two-time defending Class 1A State Tournament Runner-Up Turkey Valley.

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22
Nov

Waukon girls basketball team returns 11 letterwinners as new head coach Greg Criswell takes the helm for the 2017-2018 campaign


2017-2018 Waukon girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right - Front row: Berklee Hanson, Aubree Cota, Ally Goltz, Maddie Ahlstrom, Molly Brodahl. Back row: Lauren Griffith, Sydney Ross, Brigid Berns, McKenzie Cooper, Carley Sweeney, Grace Howe.

2017-2018 Waukon girls basketball freshman through senior team members ... Left to right - Front row: Annika Headington, Alison Sherman, Regan Griffith, Bailey Shafer, Olivia Byrnes, Madelyn Mellick, Ella Hermeier, Maya Bossom. Second row: Mia Strub, Hailey Regan, Aubree Cota, Grace Howe, Ally Goltz, Maddie Ahlstrom, Molly Brodahl. Back row: Berklee Hanson, Lauren Griffith, Sydney Ross, Brigid Berns, McKenzie Cooper, Betsy Anderson, Carley Sweeney, Margaret Wacker, Faith Palmer. Not pictured: Abigail Shelton.

The past year has offered some trying moments for the Waukon girls basketball program, with some unique transitions in the coaching ranks - the permanence of one nobody ever hopes to have to deal with. After playing to just a 2-6 start to last season, the first of those coaching transitions took place during the holiday break and eventually played out to an 11-11 season record, with the return of all but one of those players from last season looking to improve on that mark during their 2017-2018 campaign following another coaching transition in the off-season.

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22
Nov

Kee girls basketball team returns experienced nucleus for new head coach Lisa Steckel in collection of five returning letterwinners for 2017-2018


2017-2018 Kee girls basketball returning letterwinners ... Left to right: Nicki Wood, Chloe Severson, Kendra Cooper, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Makayla Walleser. Photo courtesy of the Kee High School Yearbook.

The Kee girls basketball team will have a somewhat new face leading a much more familiar line-up in an effort to return at least to what has become a very familiar spot for the program in the past three seasons. First-year head coach Lisa Steckel will benefit from a crew of five returning letterwinners that consist of a vast majority of the Hawks’ statistical leadership from last winter’s 17-5 campaign, all hoping to make their way back to continued recent postseason success that has seen Kee play its way to the brink of State Tournament qualification, surpassing that brink with a first-ever State Tournament berth two seasons ago but coming up a combined six points shy of that goal on each side of that history-making effort, including a one-point loss in last season’s regional finals to Janesville.

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