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2016-17 WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

Forest City Indians • West Hancock Eagles

NOV. 23, 2016 

A SUPPLEMENT TO THE BRITT NEWS TRIBUNE AND FOREST CITY SUMMIT


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C2 | Wednesday, November 23, 2016

BRITT NEWS TRIBUNE, Forest City Summit

‌ OREST CITY BOYS F BASKETBALL SCHEDULE November 29 – at Eagle Grove, 7:45 p.m. December 2 – vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 7:45 p.m. 6 – at North Union, 7:45 p.m. 8 – vs. Algona. 7:45 p.m. 9 – vs. North Iowa, 7:45 p.m. 16 – vs. West Hancock, 7:30 p.m. 20 – at Belmond-Klemme, 7:45 p.m. January 3 – at Bishop Garrigan, 7;45 p.m. 5 – vs. Central Springs, 7:30 p.m. ALLISON ULLMANN, 2016 WINTER SPORTS TAB‌

6 – vs. Lake Mills, 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Forest City High School boys basketball team.

7 – at Clear Lake, 2:30 p.m.

Forest City boys plan on competing for conference supremacy again

10 – vs. Eagle Grove, 7:45 p.m.

‌ OREST CITY —The Forest F City boys basketball team has made it nearly a yearly tradition to compete for a conference title. It didn’t matter if it was back in the North Iowa Conference days or in the Top of Iowa Conference’s West Division, where the Indians currently reside. Forest City did that last season,

30 – at Hampton-Dumont, 7:45 p.m.

racing to a 12-4 conference mark and an overall record of 15-7. On a team loaded with underclassmen, the Indians are once against expecting to be in the upper echelon of league play. “Going to be a fairly young team,” Forest City coach Dan Rosacker said. “Have experienced players back who are athletic.”

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That athleticism revolves around five returning letterwinners, four of whom juniors. Sam Snyder, Ryan Theel, Chris Jermeland and Grady Hovenga all had experience as sophomores, and Ben Midtgaard, a senior, provides experience in the backcourt. Snyder, who stands at 6-foot4, averaged nearly 11 points per

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game last season and led the team in rebounding at 7.4 per game. Rosacker said his team’s main quest in the early going will be to develop depth. “We have some good inexperienced players ready to fit those roles, but it will be a matter of getting them game experience early,” the coach said.

13 – at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 7:45 p.m. 17 – vs. North Union, 7:45 p.m. 20 – at North Iowa, 7:45 p.m. 26 – vs. Osage, 7:30 p.m. 27 – at West Hancock, 7:45 p.m.

31 – vs. Belmond-Klemme, 7:45 p.m. February 3 – vs. Bishop Garrigan, 7:45 p.m. 6 – at Lake Mills, 7:30 p.m.


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WEST HANCOCK BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 29 – at Lake Mills, 7:30 p.m. DECEMBER 2 – vs. Eagle Grove, 7:30 p.m. 3 – vs. North Butler, 5:30 p.m. 6 – at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 7:30 p.m. 9 – vs. North Union, 7:30 p.m. 13 – at North Iowa, 7:30 p.m. 16 – at Forest City, 7:30 p.m. 20 – at Newman Catholic, 7:30 p.m. JANUARY 3 – at Belmond-Klemme, 7:30 p.m. ALLISON ULLMANN, THE 2016 WINTER SPORTS TAB‌

Members of the West Hancock High School boys basketball team.

10 – vs. Lake Mills, 7:30 p.m.

West Hancock hoping for another deep postseason run BLAKE SCHULTZ

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‌ RITT — Last year’s version of B the West Hancock boys basketball team proved to be historic in more ways than one. The Eagles qualified for their first state tournament since 1930, where they scored a third-place finish, and had two guys in Connor Sonius and Nate Paulus finish as two of the best players to ever

put on a West Hancock uniform. But a new year brings new challenges, and at the top of the list is finding a way to build on what they did without Sonius and Paulus. “I think that our guys are motivated to go back to ‘The Well,’” West Hancock senior guard Dylan Eckels said. “We’re motivated, we’ve been working all summer and we feel like we have something to prove this year.”

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The Eagles firmly believe they have the pieces to do just that. Eckels is the top returning scorer after averaging 12.8 points per game as a junior, and 6-foot-7 senior forward Seth Weiland is a handful in the paint on defense and can shoot the ball with the best of them on offense. Weiland finished his junior season with 126 blocks while averaging 9.4 points per game.

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6 – vs. Bishop Garrigan, 7:30 p.m. 13 – at Eagle Grove, 7:30 p.m. 17 – vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 7:30 p.m. 20 – at North Union, 7:30 p.m. 23 – at West Bend-Mallard, 7:30 p.m. 24 – vs. North Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

After those two, coach Brian Peterson said it’s all about filling roles for the rest of a roster. He said Ben Eisenman, Garret Fosdick, Chase Eisenman, Gavin Becker and Glen Smith will be among those counted on a nightly basis. “We have roles to fill,” Peterson said. “Like I say, ‘The journey started Monday (Nov. 15). What do you want your journey to look like?’”

27 – vs. Forest City, 7:30 p.m. 28 – at West Fork, 7:30 p.m. 30 – vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, 7:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 3 – vs. Belmond-Klemme, 7:30 p.m. 7 – at Bishop Garrigan, 7:30 p.m.

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Anderson, Dillavou bring back scoring punch for Indians ‌ OREST CITY —As sophF omores, Forest City’s Hannah Anderson and Brea Dillavou showed the ability to score in bunches. Expect more of the same this year. Coach Dusty Meyn has proving scorers at his disposal with Anderson, who scored 12.6 points per game last year, and Dillavou, who tallied 11.3 per contest. Those two, however, are not alone in having varsity experience. Anna Anderson, Josilin Dillavou and Callie McQuown each found playing time last season. The Indians finished 15-7 overall with Anderson and Brea Dillavou garnering second-team all-conference honors. “We bring back a core group of girls from last year’s team,” said Meyn, who is in his eighth season. “We will be looking to build off that experience and get better every day. “The sophomore group of

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FOREST CITY GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE ‌November 22 – vs. Algona, 7:30 p.m. 29 – at Eagle Grove, 6:15 p.m. December 2 – vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 6:15 p.m. 6 – at North Union, 6:15 p.m. 9 – vs. North Iowa, 6:15 p.m. 16 – vs. West Hancock, 6:15 p.m. 20 – at Belmond-Klemme, 6:15 p.m. January 3 – at Bishop Garrigan, 6:15 p.m. 5 – vs. Central Springs, 6:15 p.m. 6 – vs. Lake Mills, 6:15 p.m. 7 – at Clear Lake, 1 p.m. 10 – vs. Eagle Grove, 6:15 p.m. 13 – at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 6:15 p.m. 17 – vs. North Union, 6:15 p.m. 20 – at North Iowa, 6:15 p.m. 26 – vs. Osage, 6:15 p.m.

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Members of the Forest City High School girls basketball team. girls likes to play fast and is really good at playing manto-man defense. The plan is to utilize our speed and defense to score in our transition

game.” Forest City needs to make up for the loss of all-conference player Sarri Happel, who is now at NIACC.

30 – at Hampton-Dumont, 6:15 p.m. Anderson returns as the team’s leading distributor after averaging about four assists per game. Brea Dillavou averaged 5.2 rebounds per game.

31 – vs. Belmond-Klemme, 6:15 p.m. February 3 – vs. Bishop Garrigan, 6:15 p.m. 6 – at Lake Mills, 6:15 p.m.

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Young West Hancock team ready to build another winner

WEST HANCOCK GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 22 – vs. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, 7:15 p.m. 29 – at Lake Mills, 6:15 p.m. DECEMBER

BLAKE SCHULTZ

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‌ RITT — Fresh off of splitB ting the Top of Iowa Conference West Division title last season, the West Hancock girls basketball team is ready to chase another this year. With a mix of young and experienced talent, the Eagles have high hopes of building back toward that to be in the mix by season’s end. “If we play the way we should and play the way we can, we definitely can be there,” West Hancock senior Faith Hammer said. Early on, as Hammer and coach Paul Sonius said, it will be about getting this team to gel. Hammer returns as the leading scoring after averaging 13 points per game last year. After her, it was Kelly Leerar, who also averaged double figures (10.7) and then Brigid Smith (2.3). With a wealth of underclassmen, including four freshmen who Sonius said will see minutes, it’s going to be something

2 – vs. Eagle Grove, 6:15 p.m. 3 – vs. North Butler, 6:15 p.m. 6 – at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 6:15 p.m. 9 – vs. North Union, 6:15 p.m. 13 – at North Iowa, 6:15 p.m. 16 – at Forest City, 6:15 p.m. 20 – at Newman Catholic, 6:15 p.m. JANUARY 3 – at Belmond-Klemme, 6:15 p.m. 6 – vs. Bishop Garrigan, 6:15 p.m. 10 – vs. Lake Mills, 6:15 p.m. 13 – at Eagle Grove, 6:15 p.m. 17 – vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura, 6:15 p.m. 20 – at North Union, 6:15 p.m. ALLISON ULLMANN, THE 2016 WINTER SPORTS TAB‌

Members of the West Hancock High School girls basketball team. that builds over time. “I think we’ve got a team that has a good chance,” Sonius said. “When you have your top 10 or 11 girls and four of them are freshmen and they can play, I think it’s just a matter of time.”

Among those Sonius expects contributions from are Sydney Burgardt, Sydney Hudspeth, Katelyn Ohrt, Ryann Hagen, Gabby Bell, Natalie Lemmon, Amanda Chizek, Maddie Eisenman, Riley Hiscocks and

24 – vs. North Iowa, 6:15 p.m. Mahayla Faust. “We’ve got a lot of young girls so we’re trying to keep them involved and get them in as much as possible so they can build their program, too,” Hammer said.

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27 – vs. Forest City, 6:15 p.m. 28 – at West Fork, 6:15 p.m. FEBRUARY 3 – vs. Belmond-Klemme, 6:15 p.m. 7 – at Bishop Garrigan, 6:15 p.m.

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‌ OREST CITY F WRESTLING December 1 – at North Union (North Union, Emmetsburg), 6 p.m. 2 – at Humboldt, 4:30 p.m. 10 – at Algona tournament, 11 a.m. 13 – vs. Central Springs, GHV, 6 p.m. 15 – at GHV (also vs. B-K), 6 p.m. 17 – at North Polk tournament, 9:30 a.m. 20 – vs. Webster City, 6:30 p.m. January 3 – vs. Nashua-Plainfield, St. Ansgar, 6 p.m. 5 – at West Hancock, 6 p.m. 7 – host Forest City Invite, 9 a.m. 10 – vs. B-K, South Hamilton (MS gym), 6 p.m.

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Members of the Forest City High School wrestling team.

Forest City looks for new faces to step up ‌FOREST CITY —Some of the firepower is gone. That means there is new opportunity for those on the Forest City wrestling team. Alex Paulson, a two-time state medalist, and Pierce Gelhaus, a

state medalist as a senior, are gone after leading last year’s team. Who’s next in line to carry the mantle as successful Forest City grapplers? There are many options.

Alec Fett won 25 matches as a sophomore. Zach Wagner (16) and Blake Jacobs (18) also found wins early in their careers. Maverick Freerksen was a 21-match winners, and Noah Paul-

son, now a senior, was 25-20. Aside from being the lone state representatives, Alex Paulson and Gelhaus were the only wrestlers on the roster to reach the district tournament.

12 – at Eagle Grove (also vs. Lake Mills, Clarion-Goldfield), 6 p.m. 14 – at Estherville-LC tournament, 9 a.m. 19 – at Hampton-Dumont (also vs. Newman), 6 p.m. 21 – at Riceville tournament, 10 a.m. 28 – host Top of Iowa Conference meet, 10 a.m. February 4—Sectionals at Algona 11—Districts at Webster City

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2‌ 016 WEST HANCOCK WRESTLING SCHEDULE DECEMBER 1 – at Eagle Grove triangular vs. Eagle Grove and GHV, 6 p.m. 3 – at Okoboji tournament, 10:30 a.m. 8 – at Newman quad vs. Newman, Osage and St. Ansgar, 6 p.m. 10 – at Algona tournament, 11 a.m. 15 – vs. Newman and Eagle Grove, 6 p.m. 17 – host tournament, 10 a.m. 20 – at Lake Mills triangular vs. Lake Mills and Eagle Grove ALLISON ULLMANN, THE 2016 WINTER SPORTS TAB‌

Members of the West Hancock High School wrestling team.

Backed by return of 3 state qualifiers, West Hancock wrestlers ready to go ‌BRITT — The West Hancock wrestling team is a program on the rise in the state. With a young roster last year, the Eagles enjoyed a solid season, ultimately sending three wrestlers to the state tournament. This season, there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic as the entire roster returns. The Eagles are hoping that translates into more wins on the mat. Junior Colton Francis is the

Eagles’ top returner after placing sixth at 195 pounds in the Class 1A state tournament in February. Senior Jordan Weiland gave the Eagles two place winners as he took eighth at 170 pounds. Junior Hunter Hagen is also coming off his first trip to the state tournament. “The ceiling is what they want it to be,” West Hancock coach Mark Sanger said after the state tournament. “It’s what they want

to do in the offseason and the time they want to put in on their own. They can be wherever they want to be, in my opinion. “They are going to be as good as anyone coming down here.” Francis finished the year with a 44-9 record, Hagen was 41-5 and Weiland was 38-15. Francis and Hagen each scored runner-up finishes in their respective weights in the Top of Iowa Conference tournament.

Senior Nick Lemmon was another West Hancock wrestler who enjoyed a good season, finishing with a 33-16 record. Bennett Bruns turned out a 2919 campaign, Cameron Clark was 20-18 and J.J. Holland, Dalton Subject and Jordi Rodriguez each put forth 17 wins or better. West Hancock opens its season Thursday, Dec. 1, in a triangular at Eagle Grove.

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‌ OREST CITY F BOWLING November 22 – at North Fayette Valley, 4 p.m. December 2 – vs. Oelwein, 4 p.m. 9 – vs. Sumner-Fredericksburg, 4 p.m. 16 – at Waterloo Columbus, 4 p.m. January 6 – at Waverly-Shell Rock, 4 p.m. 13 – vs. North Iowa, 4 p.m. 20 – vs. Decorah, 4 p.m. 27 – at Charles City, 4 p.m. 28 – at Waterloo Columbus tournament, 1 p.m. ALLISON ULLMANN, THE 2016 WINTER SPORTS TAB‌

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Members of the Forest City High School bowling team.

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Forest City girls coming off 4-4 season

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FOREST CITY —The ‌ Forest City girls bowling team is coming off a 4-4 campaign with an individual game average of 151.1 As a freshman, Mandy Anzivino was second on the team with a game average of 161.3. Her high game was 195. As a sophomore, Shayne Hoeft averaged 141.9 per game with a high

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