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C2 • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

Page Editor: Jared Patterson • GLOBE GAZETTE

COVER STORY CHARLES CITY

Comets have plenty of athletes By JEREMY KOENIGS jeremy.koenigs@globegazette.com

JAKE RAJEWSKY • THE GLOBE GAZETTE Above: Mason City’s Jadda Buckley • Below: Mason City’s Morgan Vorba

GOLDENGIRLS

Girls basketball in Mason City is in its Golden Era By JARED PATTERSON

the players who will elevate their play this season. MASON CITY — The Golden Era of Mason • A freshman scorer: Makenzie Meyer, a 5City girls basketball is upon us. 9- freshman guard, led the team in scoring in Before Jadda Buckley and Co. burst on to Tuesday’s 75-13 win vs. Forest City. the scene, the Mohawks were a team in transiSo what don’t the Mohawks have? tion. The easy answer is height. There had been good teams and good play“We can make up for that with effort,” ers, even Division-I players at times, but there Buckley said. had never been a run of success quite like this. With the increased expectations comes The goal was always to make the state tourmore recognition and the potential for marnament. quee games. The state tournament is almost expected On Saturday, Mason City will play Kennedy this time around for the second-ranked (5A) (Minn.) in Hopkins, Minn. Mohawks. And that comes from the players. Kennedy is one of the powerhouse bigBuckley, a top-50 player nationally who has school programs in Minnesota. signed with Iowa State, is as modest as they Three days later, the second-ranked come. Mohawks travel to top-ranked (4A) Southeast Her future coach at Iowa State, Bill FennelPolk. ly, said she could be a 30-point-per-game A team coming off a 21-3 season and its first scorer. Her average last year was about half conference title wanted to test itself. that. “We are going to be challenged in every But stats don’t matter to Buckley. They way,” Klaahsen said. never have. They never will. The same goes for senior Morgan Vorba said. That’s by design. the rest of the team. “All you can do is learn from it,” Buckley Mason City wants to be battle-tested come The Mohawks are about one thing this year: added. tournament time. Winning the state tournament. The learning curve isn’t very steep for a This group has done things that nobody in “I’m not going to lie. I’ve thought about it. group steeped with experience. school history has done before. It’s like, ‘What are you going to do when you On paper, Mason City has a lot to like. They have the memories from their days get that title?’” Buckley said. • The point guard: Buckley, a 5-foot-8 One of the most vivid memories for Mason senior, is widely regarded as one of the best playing for the Hoopsters in elementary City coach Curt Klaahsen of this group of kids players in the state. school. came around the seventh grade. “It was those 40-1 games,” Buckley joked. • The shooter: Myah Mellman, a 5-foot-7 “I remember they would play 3 on 3 at And playing unselfish basketball since has junior who is a Creighton verbal commit, is Roosevelt and they would beat the boys,” lifted the Mohawks to uncharted territory. the long-range bomber who can stretch the Klaahsen said. “That kind of filtered back, “They put in a tremendous amount of time defense. and we knew this was going to be a pretty and buy into the team concept,” Klaahsen • The toughness: Cortni Rush, a NIACC good group.” commit, is nicknamed “Crush.” It fits her style said. “They don’t care about stats. It’s never They’ve been beating just about anyone in of play where she fights for rebounds and can been about how many points somebody their path in their high school years, too. scores. It’s about winning. They do whatever defend the post. But it’s two early departures at the state • The defenders: Buckley may be as good of it takes.” tournament that still gnaw at them. That’s a mindset that is dispersed throughon-ball defender as there is in the state. Vorba Last year it was a buzzer-beating loss to a out a team has some unfinished business. is in the same mold on the Mohawks’ fullWaukee team that shot 93 percent in the seccourt press. “I don’t think we sit here and think we have ond half that knocked Mason City from the • The role players: Klaahsen thinks that all this pressure,” Buckley said. “We just play state tournament in the first round. Nicolle Hewett and Allison Scott are two of our game like we know we can.” “Those last 10 seconds still haunt me,” jared.patterson@globegazette.com

CHARLES CITY — The Charles City girls basketball team finished .500 both overall (11-11) and in the Northeast Iowa Conference (6-6) last season. With six returning letterwinners — several of whom played on the Comets’ Class 4A state volleyball championship team — back from that team, first-year head coach Danielle (Wubbens) Rippentrop has high expectations for her team. “I feel like we have a great season in front of us,” Rippentrop said. “The girls put a lot of time in during the off-season and have really developed as players and as a team.” Leading Charles City this season will be senior Cari Knowlton. Knowlton averaged 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game last season for the Comets. She’s joined by fellow seniors Jessie Sindlinger and Kali Lasher as returning letterwinners. Sindlinger averaged 6.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and also recorded 43 assists and 37 blocked shots while Lasher averaged 3.7 points per game for the Comets. Meanwhile, Jackie Foster leads the group of juniors. Foster averaged 6.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while also recording 55 assists and 53 steals for the Comets. “I am looking for a lot of our girls to play a big role in our team,” Rippentrop said. “Everyone will bring something different.” The Comets will need contributions from a number of players in the NEIC, which features two ranked teams in Waverly-Shell Rock (4A) and New Hampton (3A). Meanwhile, three other NEIC teams besides the Comets finished .500 or better overall in the seventeam conference.

 INDEX C2 — Mason Ciy girls basketball C2 — Charles City girls basketball C3 — Clear Lake girls basketball C3 — Newman girls basketball C3 — Corn Bowl girls basketball C3 — NCC girls basketball C4 — NIC girls basketball C4 — Charles City boys basketball C4 — Clear Lake boys basketball C4 — 2011-12 All-Area teams C5 — Mason City boys basketball C5 — Mason City boys swimmming C5 — Mason City bowling C5 — NCC boys basketball C6 — Schedule page C7 — Schedule page C7 — Corn Bowl boys basketball C7 — NIC boys basketball C8 — Girls basketball caps C8 — Boys basketball caps C8 — Wrestling caps C8 — Newman boys basketball C9 — Wrestling rankings C9 — Mason City wrestling C10 — Clear Lake wrestling C10 — Newman wrestling C10 — NIC wrestling C10 — Corn Bowl wrestling C11 — Charles City wrestling C11 — NCC wrestling C11 — Wrestling history

 ABOUT THE COVERS The covers were designed by the Globe Gazette’s Lisa Ahrens and photos were taken by Jake Rajewsky. Front cover Bottom left: Jadda Buckley. Bottom right: Morgan Vorba. Top left: Myah Mellman. Top right: Cortni Rush. The Mason City girls basketball team has qualified for state two straight years. Back cover Charles City’s Jesse Etherington hopes to join his dad and grandpa as a state champ.


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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012 • C3

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW CLEAR LAKE LIONS • girls basketball

MOVINGONUP Clear Lake girls ready to keep winning

NEWMAN CATHOLIC GIRLS

Knights need to find scoring

By JEREMY KOENIGS jeremy.koenigs@globegazette.com

By JEREMY KOENIGS

CLEAR LAKE — With the loss of only one player from last season’s team that finished 14-9 overall and 12-6 in the North Central Conference, second-year Clear Lake girls basketball coach Bart Smith has high expectations for his team this season. “I am anticipating our girls to be very competitive this year,” he said. “With everyone returning minus one from our team last year, this year’s team will already have some team chemistry and experience built in. If we can have a mindset on improving every day as a team in our practices and games, then we should be a very tough team by the end of the year.” Clear Lake’s only loss was Meg Monson, who led the Lions in scoring with a 12.7 per game average, but there’s plenty of talent at Smith’s disposal, led by junior guard Logan Anderson. Anderson averaged 9.5 points per game last season and is joined by three players who averaged at least five points per game last season in junior forward Trudy Peterson (8.1), senior point guard Megan Loux (7.8) and senior guard Kristen Hewett (5.5). The Lions also return Madi Faber, Kaitlyn Pitzen, Bailey Kibsgaard, Jenna Peterson and Emily Willms. While Clear Lake has strength in returning numbers, Smith said his team’s biggest strengths are athleticism and guards. “We have a lot of experience there with good shooting, decision makers and ball handlers,” Smith said. “Athletically, we have forwards that will be able to run the floor and get out and defend our opponent. “Our best offense will be our defense. If we can get steals with our pressure, we will be a tough team to beat.” While Smith is hoping to get out and run, he has concerns about his team’s size and how the Lions will

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Clear Lake’s Madi Faber. match up against teams with a strong frontcourt. “Our weakness is our size,” Smith said. “Our team lacks an inside game. We have a lot of forwards on the team that run the floor and finish but our team lacks

a true post. We will struggle against teams that have a strong post presence and height. For us to be a really dominant team, we need some of our forwards to generate some points in the paint.”

MASON CITY — The Newman Catholic girls basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success under coach Mike Schutt. The Knights have reached the regional semifinals in each of the past five seasons and Schutt said that’s the goal again this season despite his team being very inexperienced. “We have that goal again,” the coach said. “We always try to get as far as we can and I think we have a reasonable chance.” For the Knights to succeed, they’ll need to replace their top four scorers — three of whom were lost to graduation in addition to junior Hannah Fischer, who is out for the year with an injury. “We lost a lot of scoring and we have a few girls that are hurt to begin this year,” Schutt said. “Hopefully when we get girls back we’ll get to where we want to be. Our focus is on getting better each half we play.” Leading the list of returnees for Newman are seniors Michaela Schilling, Micah Chavez and Megan Quam. The Knights also have a handful of juniors while the rest of the team is made up of sophomores and freshmen, many of whom Schutt is planning on using with his deep rotation. “We’ll be young with a lot of girls adjusting to playing varsity basketball,” Schutt said. “I like to play 10 girls and we have some freshmen in the top 10. We’ll have to learn to live with their mistakes but we hope they’re playing at the level we want them to be at in January.” Jessica Balek, Sam Grant and Shanda Borchardt accounted for 36.3 points per game for Newman and Schutt is concerned where his scoring is going to come from. “There’s a little bit of worry about where we’ll get our scoring from,” he said. “We hope that we can get points by creating turnovers.” Schutt said his team’s strength will be quickness, and he’ll need those transition points as the Knights lack height. “We’re a lot smaller than in the past,” Schutt said. “We’ll have good ball handling, we’re quick and we’ll have to shoot well from outside.” Schutt is hoping that translates into success in what he believes is a wide open conference race this season. “The conference is as wide open as it’s been in years,” Schutt said. “There’s no clear-cut favorite like the past several years with West Hancock and it will come down to the team that is able to get the most out of their young kids.”

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE • girls basketball

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE • girls basketball

Can anyone topple North Butler? Bulldogs looking to make noise Several times over the past decade, North Butler has been a tremendous factor in deciding the Corn Bowl Conference girls basketball title. This season should not be any different as veteran Bearcats coach Kevin Clipperton returns a solid nucleus from a 21-2 squad. The frightening part for the rest of the conference is that, despite solid senior leadership in the form of Nikki Boomgarden and Andrea Schrage, the bulk of the North Butler roster is in the form of a strong junior class. Marisa Speedy, Kenzie Siemens, Lisa Feldman, Emily Dolan and Channing Wunsch all saw significant court time in 2011-12 and should only improve. The main challenger for the Bearcats the past two seasons has been West Fork. While the Warhawks finished 12-2 in league play and 18-5 overall last year and return seven letterwinners, West Fork will be undergoing some transition as Rodney Huber takes over on the sideline. Huber, a former Ventura prep, will look to take advantage of a strong backcourt that features senior guard Mattie Siefken. Molly Dhondt will have an expanded role in the frontcourt, but Huber expects West Fork to take advantage of its backcourt speed. Central Springs returns five letterwinners from a season ago and looks to get a full season from Taylor Richardson, who missed most of her junior year due to an injury. Nicole Young and Lexi Korte should form a solid back court, especially if Young is not sidelined for any length of time following an early wrist injury. Northwood-Kensett also returns five letterwinners, including Maren Davidson and Savannah Lira. With a senior-dominated roster, the Vikings may be

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West Fork's Mattie Siefken. poised to challenge for an upper-division finish. St. Ansgar may be the surprise team of the year. Randy Ehlke returns for his fourth season at the helm and welcomes back 10 letterwinners from a season ago. The Saints depth should help it be one of the better defensive teams in the league. Nashua-Plainfield won just three games a year ago, but the Huskies should also be improved as they return seven letterwinners, including three starters. Miranda Wagner will provide the senior leadership, but despite their youth, many of the Huskies have quite a bit of varsity experience. Riceville won one game a

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season ago, but the Wildcats also have quite a bit of experience returning. One sticking point for Riceville will be the availability of Grace Harken, who would be the team’s leading returning scorer at nearly 11 points per game. Harken has missed much of the preseason due to injury. Lauren Jensen will be called on for a greater role and to help provide leadership for the nine sophomores and freshmen who may contribute. — David Durbala

The battle for upper-division spots in North Central Conference girls basketball should be pretty spirited this winter. St. Edmond was the class of the league last season, finishing with a 20-2 overall mark. The Gaels should be strong again, but Algona, which finished second in conference play, returns three starters and eight total letterwinners. The Bulldogs bring their guard court back intact with Paige Yi and Tangy Wiseman set to start. The tandem averaged nearly 16 points, six assists and five steals per game last season. If Algona can get up and down the court efficiently, the Bulldogs should make a strong challenge for the top spot. Hampton-Dumont also looks poised to move into the upper echelon of conference play. The Bulldogs return forward Taryn

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Barz for her senior season. Barz averaged a double-double at more than 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. Paige Wragge also return after a sophomore season that saw her lead Hampton-Dumont in rebounding at more than 11 per game while scoring 5.5 per contest. If Barz and Wragge can take care of business in the front court and get some help from the guard court, HamptonDumont could also move up the ladder. Bishop Garrigan, which finished fourth in the conference in 2011-12, returns just four letterwinners, but the Golden Bears usually find a way to be competitive in the end. Chelsi Lanus, a senior forward, is the top returning starter, although she will receive plenty of help from Taylor Hovey, Aubrie Mayers and Haley Froelich. — David Durbala

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C4 • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE • girls basketball

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CLEAR LAKE LIONS • boys basketball

Globe Gazette file photo West Hancock’s Anna Mallen

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Clear Lake’s Pete Swenson goes up for a shot during a game last season.

Developing Depth 1-2 PUNCH State qualifier, NIC champ West Hancock returns top two scorers By BLAKE SCHULTZ blake.schultz@globegazette.com

BRITT – A state qualifier a season ago, the West Hancock girls basketball team hopes it has all the pieces in place to equal that this season. “I think we have a great group of girls. and if they get experience we’ll be fine,” said coach Paul Sonius. The Eagles return their top two scorers from last season. Senior Kellie Schmit averaged 15 points per game last season and senior Anna Mallen had 14.5 per game. This season, Sonius is hoping for a little more. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they both average around 20 a game,” Sonius said. Mallen tore her ACL in the summer, but Sonius said her rehab is coming along and she should be good to go shortly. Once she returns, West Hancock has everything it needs to pick up where it left off. For the time being, the Eagles are looking for consistency in a couple facets of the game. In their first game of the season on Nov. 26, the Eagles struggled a bit on defense. In the end though, they came away with a 64-60 win over Eagle Grove. West Hancock entered the fourth

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quarter down 12 points, but came back due to Schmit’s career-high 29 points. No. 7 (2A) West Hancock lost later in the week to NorthwoodKensett, 65-55. Sonius predicts the defense will come along as the girls get used to playing with each other again. He also said the team needs to find some guard play. “If they can make strides and we have things go our way, we will be successful,”

Sonius said. Many of the players seeing time on the court this season played behind nine seniors that graduated in May. Sonius has confidence they will be fine in a couple games and with that will come better play on defense. The offense, on the other hand, isn’t a concern. “We might have to try to outscore teams until our defense catches up,” Sonius said. “Once it does catch up, this could be a very good team at the end of season.”

 2011-12 ALL-AREA TEAM GIRLS Jessica Balek Newman Catholic Senior  The 6-foot forward,who was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the second straight season,was the player of the year in the North Iowa Conference.  Averaged 19.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.  Recorded 132 blocked shots, 77 assists and 68 steals for the Knights. Cassidy Bangasser North Butler Senior  The 5-foot-11 forward earned first-team allCorn Bowl Conference honors while helping the Bearcats to the Class 1A state tournament and a 21-2 record.  Led the Bearcats to their eighth consecutive Corn Bowl Conference title while averaging 10.9 points per game.  Averaged 6.8 rebounds per game and also recorded 82 steals, 42 assists and 33 blocked shots. Taryn Barz Hampton-Dumont Junior  The 5-foot-10 forward earned all-North Central Conference honors for the Bulldogs.  Averaged 16 points per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the field.  Recorded 226 rebounds, 52 steals and 40 assists. Emily Bell Bishop Garrigan Senior  The 5-foot-7 guard earned all-North Central Conference honors for the Golden Bears.  Averaged 14.4 points per game while recording 77 3-pointers,which led the state, regardless of class.  Recorded 69 steals, 68 rebounds and 45 assists. Jadda Buckley Mason City Junior  The 5-foot-8 point guard was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the third straight season.  Earned first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference honors, connecting on 33 3-point goals while shooting 42.3 percent and shot 83.1 percent from the free-throw line while helping the Mohawks to their second straight state tournament appearance in Class 4A.  Recorded 117 assists, 79 rebounds and 66 steals while averaging 14.6 points per game. Amanda Busta Forest City Senior  The 5-foot-7 guard earned unanimous first-

team all-North Iowa Conference honors for the Indians.  Averaged 11.4 points per game while recording 159 assists,which ranked third in the state, regardless of class.  Recorded 183 rebounds and 71 steals. Lexi Friesen Osage Senior  The 5-foot-5 guard was a unanimous firstteam all-North Iowa Conference selection, recording 65 3-pointers,which ranked third in Class 2A.  Was second in the conference in scoring at 17.3 points per game,which ranked 11th in Class 2A.  Recorded 56 rebounds, 53 assists and 52 steals for the Green Devils,who finished the season with a 19-5 record. Caitlyn Hanig West Fork Senior  The 6-foot forward earned first-team allCorn Bowl Conference honors while helping the Warhawks to an 18-5 record.  Averaged 13.5 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field.  Recorded 157 rebounds, 94 steals, 52 assists and 33 blocks. Anna Mallen West Hancock Junior  Was a first-team all-North Iowa Conference selection for the Eagles.  The 5-foot-9 forward had 120 steals,which ranked fourth in Class 2A,while averaging 14.5 points per game.  Recorded 170 rebounds, 48 assists and was second on the team with 40 blocked shots for the Eagles,who advanced to the state tournament for the second straight season. Sarah Mallen West Hancock Senior  The 5-foot-2 point guard was a unanimous first-team all-North Iowa Conference selection for the Eagles and was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the second straight season.  Recorded 81 steals, 45 rebounds and 30 3pointers while averaging 7.2 points and 5.8 assists per game.  Finished fifth in the state, regardless of class,with 151 assists while helping the Eagles to the state tournament in Class 2A. Myah Mellman Mason City Sophomore  The 5-foot-7 guard was a first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference selection for the Mohawks.  Connected on 53 3-pointers for the Mohawks,who won their first CIML Iowa Con-

ference title.  Averaged 12.5 points per game and also recorded 41 assists, 38 rebounds and 25 steals. Cortni Rush Mason City Junior  The 5-foot-10 forward was a first-team allCIML Iowa Conference selection for the Mohawks.  Recorded a team-high 118 rebounds and 13 blocked shots, helping the Mohawks to their second straight state tournament appearance in Class 4A.  Averaged 11.1 points per game and added 13 3-pointers, 55 steals and 37 assists. Kellie Schmit West Hancock Junior  Was a first-team all-North Iowa Conference selection for the Eagles,who finished with a 251 record.  The 5-foot-8 forward led the team in scoring with 391 points for a 15 points per game average.  Recorded a team-high 187 rebounds and added 47 steals and 19 assists for the Eagles, who finished a perfect 14-0 in conference play.

BOYS Ozzie Adams Clear Lake Senior  The 5-foot-8 guard, who was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the second straight season, was an all-North Central Conference selection.  Averaged 19.2 points with 64 3-pointers.  Recorded 115 assists, 79 steals and 59 rebounds for the Lions. Jon Blumberg Charles City Senior  The 6-foot guard was a first-team allNortheast Iowa Conference selection, leading the conference in scoring.  Averaged 20.9 points while recording 44 3-pointers for the Comets.  Led the team in rebounds, assists and steals with 218, 66 and 47, respectively. Jace Engstler Garner-Hayfield Senior  The 6-foot-3 point guard was the North Iowa Conference player of the year.  Led the conference in scoring with a 16.6 per game average.  Recorded 82 rebounds, 69 assists, 60

Lions look for balance to replicate success By BLAKE SCHULTZ blake.schultz@globegazette.com

CLEAR LAKE – One year removed from a substate loss to Waverly-Shell Rock, the Clear Lake boys basketball team is looking for another shot at making the state basketball tournament. However, it will have to do it without its leading scorer from last season, Ozzie Adams, who averaged 19.2 points per game. The Lions will look for someone else to be the scorer and right now it is unclear who that may be, but it’s not a bad thing. “I don’t think there’s going to be any one person who’s going to pick up that slack,” said coach Kevin Kahler. “We’re probably going to play 10 kids on a regular basis, so I think it’s going to be a group effort.” Junior Spencer Davidson is the Lions’ leading returning scoring. Davidson averaged nine points a game last season.

Davidson, along with seniors Bryson Hamilton and Gavin Sheakley, give the Sheakley Lions some experience to rely on, but it won’t be just them doing all the work. One of Clear Lake’s biggest strengths entering the season could be its depth in the backcourt. “We have six guards who can all score,” said Sheakley. That will be a big change for both the Lions and opposing defenses. The Lions have the potential to have multiple go-to guys in the fourth quarter and defenses will not be able to key in on one guy. “That’s going to be huge,” Sheakley said. “Anybody could take the last shot or anybody could make a play.”

This also adds a lot of question marks for the Lions as to how the season will go, but fortunately, teams within the conference have the same problems. “The conference lost a lot of senior talent from last year,” Kahler said. “Every team got hit hard with graduation so it’s pretty wide open.” Other keys to the Lions’ success this season will be their team defense and rebounding. Kahler said both will need to improve, though, for the Lions to keep the conference race close. Should everything come together, the Lions have a good shot at some postseason success and that’s something the Clear Lake players would love to have. “We’ve been playing pretty good these past few years, so we need to keep building off that, keep playing good all the way through and finish strong,” said Hamilton.

CHARLES CITY COMETS • boys basketball

Comets aiming to improve By JEREMY KOENIGS

averaging 20.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game last CHARLES CITY — The season. He also led the Charles City boys basket- team with 66 assists and ball team was unable to 47 steals. collect a win in the NorthForsyth is hoping his east Iowa Conference last five letterwinners — season, finishing 0-12 in seniors Jeff Rutherford and conference play and 4-18 Trey Forsyth and sophooverall. mores Caleb Hageman, Three Comets are gone Brian Foster and Levi from that team, including Blaine — can make up for third-team all-state selec- the production lost to tion Jonathan Blumberg, graduation. but five letterwinners That will mean improvreturn. ing on their scoring aver“The challenge of this age as the five returning team will be to grow game- letterwinners combined to by-game throughout the average 27.6 points per entire season,” Charles game last season, led by City coach Todd Forsyth Hageman’s 11 per game said. average. Blumberg led the team, Meanwhile, a deep jeremy.koenigs@globegazette.com

group of juniors is expected to round out the Comets’ roster. “(The) two seniors will have to provide leadership, three sophomores have a year of experience at the varsity level and a determined junior class will give (us) a good mix,” Forsyth said. As for the conference race, Forsyth said WaverlyShell Rock is once again the team to beat. “Waverly-Shell Rock brings in a solid group and will be the conference favorite,” Forsyth said. “New Hampton has a very talented group and will challenge for the top spot.”

 2011-12 ALL AREA TEAM steals and made 35 3-pointers for the Cardinals. Troy Kettwick North Iowa Junior  The 5-foot-10 point guard was a unanimous first-team all-North Iowa Conference selection.  Ranked third in the conference in scoring, tied for fourth in rebounds, sixth in assists and eighth in steals for the NIC champions.  Averaged 13.9 points per game and recorded 134 rebounds, 73 assists and 54 steals, leading the Bison to the Class 1A state tournament. Kevin Klobassa Nashua-Plainfield Senior  The 5-foot-10 guard was a first-team all-Corn Bowl Conference selection.  Averaged 20 points per game for the Huskies, which led the conference.  Recorded 93 assists, 85 steals and 78 rebounds.

Sam Lipps Algona Senior  The 6-foot-5 forward was an all-North Central Conference selection.  Averaged 18 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.  Recorded 47 3-point goals, 31 assists, 22 blocked shots and 17 steals. Payton Plagge West Fork Junior  The 6-foot-9 center, who was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the second straight season, was a unanimous first-team all-Corn Bowl Conference selection.  Led the conference in rebounds with an 11.2 per game average and was second in the conference in scoring with a 17.7 per game average while shooting 65.1 percent from the field for the Corn Bowl Conference champions.  Recorded 64 blocked shots, 38 assists and 33 steals for the Warhawks, who

reached a Class 2A substate final. Kyle Rosacker Forest City Senior  The 6-foot-1 guard was a unanimous all-North Iowa Conference selection.  Averaged 15.9 points per game with 48 3-pointers for the Indians.  Recorded 112 rebounds, 56 steals and 48 assists. Sam Skogen Mason City Junior  The 5-foot-11 point guard, who was selected to the Globe Gazette All-Area team for the second straight season, was a unanimous first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference selection.  Led the conference in scoring with a 19.9 points per game average for the Mohawks.  Recorded 61 rebounds, 37 assists, 20 steals and 45 3-pointers.


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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012 • C5

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW MASON CITY HIGH • boys basketball

MASON CITY HIGH • boys swimming

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Mason City High’s Kyle Weiss.

Mohawks look to get swimmers to state

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Mason City’s Matt Meyer (43) goes up for a shot during Tuesday’s game vs. Forest City.

MOVINGFORWARD Mohawks hope solid guard play boosts win column By BLAKE SCHULTZ blake.schultz@globegazette.com

MASON CITY – Coming into the season, the Mason City boys basketball team has a lot of question marks. The Mohawks lost their top three scorers, Sam Skogen (19.9 ppg), A.J. Rier (12.8 ppg) and Jack Esser (8.6 ppg), but Mason City isn’t all that worried about filling the void. “We’ll replace (that scoring) just by playing together and doing the little things right by making good passes and not trying to do anything that’s out of our capabilities,” said senior captain Jason Kay. “I’d rather have our whole starting five score 10 points a game than have one guy score 40.” Mason City’s leading returning scorer is junior captain Jared Lichman, who averaged 4.1 points per game a season ago. This season, the Mohawks will rely heavily on their perimeter play, with a focus on ball movement to obtain scoring opportunities. Not boasting much size underneath the basket, coach Adam Callanan said guard play will be the team’s strength this season. “We have a lot of depth at the one and two positions,” Callanan said. “They’re athletic kids who move really well.” Size will be an issue, though, for Mason City. Seniors Kay, listed at 6-foot-3, and J.T. Rottinghaus, 6-foot-4, will

get most of the minutes for the Mohawks down low. “Jason came off the bench for us last year and really had a nice season, but we’re going to look to him to step up this Rottinghaus year,” Callanan said. Kay and Rottinghaus were named captains for this season and the team is looking to them for some scoring help to keep the Mohawks competitive. “Both Jason and Kay JT have embraced that role, and I think they’re really looking forward to stepping up their game.” Mason City will also look to freshman Wyatt Cooper to give the Mohawks some good minutes and another scoring threat. Other key players who Callanan pointed out were senior guard Andrew Sloan, junior Matt Meyer and sophomore Austin Hemmen, each of whom will be called upon to contribute. Meyer scored 35 points in the Mohawks’ season-opening win over Forest City on Tuesday. Mason City enters this season with a very young roster, with only a handful of players with previous varsity experience. The youth,

Callanan said, will put more emphasis on protecting the ball in order for the Mohawks to be successful. “It’s going to come down to how well we take care of the basketball,” Callanan said. “We’re not a talented enough team where we can turn it over 15-20 times and still beat people.” In preparation, the Mohawks have been focusing hard on ball movement and finding the open guy. “We’ve talked about trusting the pass and making that extra pass to find a better shot,” Callanan said. Over the off-season, Mason City worked hard on getting players accustomed to each other’s play style. As practice got under way, senior co-captain Rottinghaus saw the team beginning to come together. “We’ve looked good in scrimmages and practices,” Rottinghaus said. “We’re very hard working and defense-orientated, and hopefully that carries over to games.” The Mohawks finished last season with a record of 6-16, 2-8 in conference. This season will be just as challenging, but the Mohawks remain confident success is just around the corner. “We have a good group of 11 guys that are willing to work hard, share the basketball, and we have a positive outlook on the season,” Rottinghaus said.

MASON CITY — On most mornings in November and December, the sun has yet to rise, but parking in close proximity to the John Adams swimming pool is somewhat scarce. Mason City boys swimming coach Steve Hugo is all about improvement in times, and as a former all-state performer and a coach who is in his 27th season, Hugo knows about the hard work that it takes. While his 2012-13 edition of the Mohawks is already putting in the time, Hugo knows that there is a lot of work to do. “It will be the first season since 1965 that there is not a returning state meet qualifier,” Hugo said. “Our focus will be on improving times in meets and practice.” Patrick Rowe may be the best bet to make an appearance in the state meet this season. Rowe, a junior who specializes in the backstroke and freestyle, narrowly missed a spot in last season’s state meet. Tony Reisen and Tyler Tweeten, a pair of senior letterwinners, will figure in the freestyle events, and Reisen will combine with junior Kyle Weiss to provide a solid combination in the butterfly. Forrest Berg and Trevor Brunsvold, both juniors, also return and should provide depth in the freestyle events. Depth will not be a strength for the Mohawks, but Hugo will still develop some younger names who will contribute later in the campaign. -David Durbala

MASON CITY HIGH • bowling

Bowlers hoping to roll toward state By JEREMY KOENIGS

That sixth spot is up for grabs, but Chuck said he is MASON CITY — hoping that junior Shawn Despite the loss of two Ellman will fill that role, strong bowlers in Cody especially with Radcliff Brandau and Evan Stalker sidelined for the beginning to graduation, Mason City of the season. boys bowling coach “He averages around 170 Stephen Chuck has high and he’s been bowling very expectations for this year’s consistent,” the coach team. said. “He seems to bowl “It’s pretty tough losing better under pressure.” guys like Cody and Evan Meanwhile, Payne was but I feel if we can get a voted captain by his team200 average per person mates. this year we have a real “He’s very mature and good chance at making the everyone listens to him,” state tournament,” Chuck Chuck said. “He’s a great said. bowler and he’ll speak up Chuck’s reasoning isn’t and help out in the pit.” too far-fetched as the While Payne is the Mohawks return five undisputed leader for the bowlers — Colton Payne, Mason City boys, the same Cody Siefken, Colin Hub- could be said about Rebecbard, Blake Forthmann and ca Broermann for the girls. Scott Radcliff — that have Broermann, a junior, is 190 or higher averages. capable of bowling a 400 Radcliff leads the group series for Marilyn with a 225 average, Forth- Schachel’s Mohawks. mann averages between Behind Broermann in 212 and 214 while Payne the varsity lineup are averages around 210. seniors Mariah Payne and “We have five really Brooke Shoafstall and good bowlers and we’ll sophomores Emma Arickx, need one other guy to step Morgan Krein and Karissa up into that sixth spot,” Schott. Chuck said. jeremy.koenigs@globegazette.com

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE • boys basketball he is the only returning starter. Nathan Krieps should fill one of the guard slots after averaging five points and three assists The North Central Conferin a reserve role. ence had three teams win at Adam Hamilton also saw least 20 games in boys basket- quite a bit of court time for Garball last season, and it is not rigan in 2011-12. unreasonable to expect that Algona returns four lettertype of success again this sea- winners, including 6-2 forward son. Sawyer Frideres. Iowa Falls-Alden, which feaFrideres will likely be the tures 6-foot-8 junior Casey focal point of the Bulldog Schlatter, is certainly one of the offense after averaging nearly preseason favorites after a 21-3 10 points, four rebounds and campaign in 2011-12, but a two assists per game. number of quality teams will be The Bulldogs should have fighting for that top spot. some strength along the front St. Edmond, which qualified line with five players on thee for the Class 2A state tournaroster between 6-3 and 6-5, but ment last season, returns David their success will hinge on the Flattery to spearhead a poten- development of a solid guard tial return to Des Moines. corps. Bishop Garrigan managed a Hampton-Dumont struggled winning record of 13-11 last sea- to a four-win season last year. son despite playing much of its Despite four seniors who letschedule against larger tered last year, the Bulldogs will schools. be quite young with several John Burns averaged 16 sophomores factoring into the points and eight rebounds a rotation. game for the Golden Bears, but -David Durbala

NCC will be tight battle again

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Saturday, Dec. 1 Mason City vs. Kennedy (Minn.) at Hopkins (Minn.) Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 4 Mason City at Southeast Polk Friday, Dec. 7 Ames at Mason City Tuesday, Dec. 11 Urbandale at Mason City Friday, Dec. 14 Mason City at Fort Dodge Tuesday, Dec. 18 Mason City at Johnston Friday, Dec. 21 Waukee at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 5 West Fork at Mason City Monday, Jan. 7 Mason City at Clear Lake Tuesday, Jan. 8 Mason City at West Des Moines Valley Friday, Jan. 11 Ankeny at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 12 Cedar Falls at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 15 Mason City at Des Moines Roosevelt Friday, Jan. 18 Mason City at Marshalltown Friday, Jan. 25 Mason City at Ames Saturday, Jan. 26 Waterloo East at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 29 Mason City at West Des Moines Dowling Friday, Feb. 1 Fort Dodge at Mason City Friday, Feb. 8 Marshalltown at Mason City

CORNBELT CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 GTRA at CWL Tuesday, Dec. 4 CWL at Clay Central-Everly Friday, Dec. 7 Harris-Lake Park at CWL Friday, Dec. 14 West Bend-Mallard at CWL Friday, Jan. 4 North Union at CWL Friday, Jan. 11 CWL at GTRA Tuesday, Jan. 15 Clay Central-Everly at CWL Friday, Jan. 18 CWL at Harris-Lake Park Friday, Jan. 25 CWL at West Bend-Mallard Tuesday, Jan. 29 CWL at North Union

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 St. Ansgar at Osage West Hancock at Central Springs Saturday, Dec. 1 Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge at NIACC: Riceville vs. Belmond-Klemme; North Iowa vs. Nashua-Plainfield; St. Ansgar vs. Newman Catholic; Central Springs vs. Lake Mills; Forest City vs. Northwood-Kensett; Osage vs. Rockford; GHV vs. West Fork; West Hancock vs. North Butler Tuesday, Dec. 4 North Butler at Rockford Riceville at Central Springs Nashua-Plainfield at West Fork St. Ansgar at Northwood-Kensett Friday, Dec. 7 Northwood-Kensett at Riceville West Fork at North Butler Central Springs at St. Ansgar Rockford at Nashua-Plainfield Saturday, Dec. 8 North Butler at Hampton-Dumont Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Riceville at Osage Lake Mills at Rockford Tuesday, Dec. 11 North Butler at Northwood-Kensett Riceville at West Fork St. Ansgar at Rockford Thursday, Dec. 13 GHV at Central Springs Saturday, Dec. 15 Clarksville at Nashua-Plainfield Monday, Dec. 17 Mabel-Canton (Minn.) at Riceville Osage at Central Springs Tuesday, Dec. 18 Central Springs at North Butler Rockford at Riceville Northwood-Kensett at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at St. Ansgar Thursday, Dec. 20 North Butler at Newman Catholic West Fork at Aplington-Parkersburg Friday, Dec. 21 Northwood-Kensett at Rockford North Butler at St. Ansgar Central Springs at West Fork Nashua-Plainfield at Riceville Thursday, Jan. 3 West Fork at Newman Catholic Riceville at Janesville Friday, Jan. 4 Nashua-Plainfield at Central Springs Saturday, Jan. 5 West Fork at Mason City Clarksville at Riceville St. Ansgar at New Hampton Tuesday, Jan. 8 West Fork at Northwood-Kensett Riceville at North Butler Central Springs at Rockford Nashua-Plainfield at St. Ansgar Friday, Jan. 11 Central Springs at Northwood-Kensett North Butler at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at Rockford St. Ansgar at Riceville Saturday, Jan. 12 Riceville at South Winneshiek North Iowa at Central Springs Newman Catholic at Rockford Tripoli at Nashua-Plainfield Crestwood at St. Ansgar Tuesday, Jan. 15 Rockford at North Butler Central Springs at Riceville West Fork at Nashua-Plainfield Northwood-Kensett at St. Ansgar Thursday, Jan. 17 Northwood-Kensett at CWL CAL at Rockford Friday, Jan. 18 Riceville at Northwood-Kensett Nashua-Plainfield at Rockford St. Ansgar at Central Springs North Butler at West Fork Saturday, Jan. 19 Hampton-Dumont at West Fork Hudson at Nashua-Plainfield GHV at Rockford Tuesday, Jan. 22 Northwood-Kensett at North Butler Rockford at St. Ansgar West Fork at Riceville Central Springs at Nashua-Plainfield Thursday, Jan. 24 North Butler at Osage Friday, Jan. 25 Nashua-Plainfield at Northwood-Kensett Riceville at Rockford North Butler at Central Springs St. Ansgar at West Fork Tuesday, Jan. 29 Rockford at Northwood-Kensett West Fork at Central Springs Riceville at Nashua-Plainfield St. Ansgar at North Butler Thursday, Jan. 31 CAL at Northwood-Kensett Friday, Feb. 1 Nashua-Plainfield at St. Ansgar Northwood-Kensett at West Fork Rockford at Central Springs North Butler at Riceville Saturday, Feb. 2 Dunkerton at Nashua-Plainfield Monday, Feb. 4 Nashua-Plainfield at North Butler Tuesday, Feb. 5 Northwood-Kensett at Central Springs Rockford at West Fork Riceville at St. Ansgar

IOWA STAR CONFERENCE (NORTH DIVISION) Friday, Nov. 30 Tripoli at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 4 CAL at Clarksville Friday, Dec. 7 CAL at Dunkerton Monday, Dec. 10 CWL at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 11 Janesville at CAL Friday, Dec. 14 Don Bosco at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 18 Waterloo Christian at CAL Thursday, Dec. 20

WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES CAL at CWL Friday, Dec. 21 CAL at GMG Friday, Jan. 4 Meskwaki at CAL Monday, Jan. 7 Belmond-Klemme at CAL Tuesday, Jan. 8 CAL at Colo-NESCO Friday, Jan. 11 CAL at North Tama Tuesday, Jan. 15 Northeast Hamilton at CAL Thursday, Jan. 17 CAL at Rockford Friday, Jan. 18 CAL at Tripoli Tuesday, Jan. 22 Clarksville at CAL Friday, Jan. 25 Dunkerton at CAL Tuesday, Jan. 29 CAL at Janesville Thursday, Jan. 31 CAL at Northwood-Kensett

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 Algona at Hampton-Dumont Humboldt at Clear Lake Eagle Grove at Bishop Garrigan Saturday, Dec. 1 Charles City at Algona Tuesday, Dec. 4 Clarion-Goldfield at Algona St. Edmond at Hampton-Dumont Humboldt at Bishop Garrigan Clear Lake at Webster City Friday, Dec. 7 Algona at St. Edmond Clear Lake at Hampton-Dumont Bishop Garrigan at Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday, Dec. 8 North Butler at Hampton-Dumont Monday, Dec. 10 Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Dec. 11 Algona at Eagle Grove Hampton-Dumont at Iowa Falls-Alden Clarion-Goldfield at Clear Lake Webster City at Bishop Garrigan Friday, Dec. 14 Iowa Falls-Alden at Algona Bishop Garrigan at Hampton-Dumont St. Edmond at Clear Lake Tuesday, Dec. 18 Humboldt at Algona Hampton-Dumont at Eagle Grove Clear Lake at Bishop Garrigan Friday, Dec. 21 Algona at Bishop Garrigan Clarion-Goldfield at Hampton-Dumont Eagle Grove at Clear Lake Friday, Jan. 4 Clear Lake at Algona Hampton-Dumont at Webster City Bishop Garrigan at Clarion-Goldfield Saturday, Jan. 5 CWL at Bishop Garrigan Forest City at Clear Lake Monday, Jan. 7 Algona at Spencer Mason City at Clear Lake Tuesday, Jan. 8 Bishop Garrigan at Eagle Grove Friday, Jan. 11 Algona at Webster City Humboldt at Hampton-Dumont Clear Lake at Iowa Falls-Alden St. Edmond at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Jan. 15 Algona at Clarion-Goldfield Hampton-Dumont at St. Edmond Bishop Garrigan at Humboldt Webster City at Clear Lake Friday, Jan. 18 St. Edmond at Algona Hampton-Dumont at Clear Lake Iowa Falls-Alden at Bishop Garrigan Saturday, Jan. 19 Hampton-Dumont at West Fork Tuesday, Jan. 22 Eagle Grove at Algona Iowa Falls-Alden at Hampton-Dumont Clear Lake at Clarion-Goldfield Bishop Garrigan at Webster City Friday, Jan. 25 Algona at Iowa Falls-Alden Hampton-Dumont at Bishop Garrigan Clear Lake at St. Edmond Saturday, Jan. 26 Bishop Garrigan at GHV Tuesday, Jan. 29 Algona at Humboldt Eagle Grove at Hampton-Dumont Bishop Garrigan at Clear Lake Friday, Feb. 1 Bishop Garrigan at Algona Hampton-Dumont at Clarion-Goldfield Clear Lake at Eagle Grove Tuesday, Feb. 5 Algona at Clear Lake Webster City at Hampton-Dumont Thursday, Feb. 7 Hampton-Dumont at Algona Clear Lake at Humboldt Saturday, Feb. 9 Clear Lake at Charles City

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE Saturday, Dec. 1 Charles City at Algona Tuesday, Dec. 4 Crestwood at Charles City Tuesday, Dec. 11 Charles City at Decorah Friday, Dec. 14 Charles City at Forest City Tuesday, Dec. 18 Charles City at Waverly-Shell Rock Thursday, Dec. 20 West Hancock at Charles City Friday, Jan. 4 Oelwein at Charles City Tuesday, Jan. 8 Charles City at New Hampton Friday, Jan. 11 Charles City at Union (LaPorte City) Tuesday, Jan. 15 Decorah at Charles City Thursday, Jan. 17 Osage at Charles City Friday, Jan. 18 Charles City at Waukon Tuesday, Jan. 22 Charles City at Crestwood Monday, Jan. 28 Waverly-Shell Rock at Charles City Tuesday, Jan. 29 Charles City at Oelwein Friday, Feb. 1 New Hampton at Charles City Monday, Feb. 4 BCLUW at Charles City Saturday, Feb. 9 Clear Lake at Charles City

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 West Hancock at Central Springs Forest City at Estherville-Lincoln Central St. Ansgar at Osage Saturday, Dec. 1 Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge at NIACC: Riceville vs. Belmond-Klemme; North Iowa vs. Nashua-Plainfield; St. Ansgar vs. Newman Catholic; Central Springs vs. Lake Mills; Forest City vs. Northwood-Kensett; Osage vs. Rockford; GHV vs. West Fork; West Hancock vs. North Butler Tuesday, Dec. 4 Forest City at Newman Catholic GHV at West Hancock Lake Mills at North Iowa Osage at Belmond-Klemme Friday, Dec. 7 Newman Catholic at Lake Mills West Hancock at Osage Belmond-Klemme at GHV North Iowa at Forest City Saturday, Dec. 8 Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Clarion-Goldfield at North Iowa Lake Mills at Rockford Tuesday, Dec. 11 Newman Catholic at North Iowa Belmond-Klemme at West Hancock Lake Mills at Forest City Osage at GHV Thursday, Dec. 13 GHV at Central Springs Friday, Dec. 14 Charles City at Forest City Monday, Dec. 17 North Union at West Hancock Osage at Central Springs Tuesday, Dec. 18 Osage at Newman Catholic West Hancock at Lake Mills GHV at North Iowa Forest City at Belmond-Klemme Thursday, Dec. 20 North Butler at Newman Catholic Forest City at Crestwood West Hancock at Charles City Thursday, Jan. 3 West Fork at Newman Catholic Friday, Jan. 4 Newman Catholic at Belmond-Klemme

North Iowa at West Hancock Lake Mills at GHV Forest City at Osage Saturday, Jan. 5 Forest City at Clear Lake Clarion-Goldfield at West Hancock Monday, Jan. 7 GHV at Forest City Tuesday, Jan. 8 Newman Catholic at West Hancock Osage at Lake Mills Belmond-Klemme at North Iowa Friday, Jan. 11 GHV at Newman Catholic Forest City at West Hancock Lake Mills at Belmond-Klemme North Iowa at Osage Saturday, Jan. 12 Newman Catholic at Rockford Central Springs at North Iowa Monday, Jan. 14 Belmond-Klemme at Osage Tuesday, Jan. 15 Newman Catholic at Forest City West Hancock at GHV North Iowa at Lake Mills Thursday, Jan. 17 Osage at Charles City Friday, Jan. 18 Lake Mills at Newman Catholic Osage at West Hancock GHV at Belmond-Klemme Forest City at North Iowa Saturday, Jan. 19 GHV at Rockford Monday, Jan. 21 West Bend-Mallard at West Hancock Tuesday, Jan. 22 North Iowa at Newman Catholic West Hancock at Belmond-Klemme Forest City at Lake Mills GHV at Osage Thursday, Jan. 24 North Butler at Osage Friday, Jan. 25 Newman Catholic at Osage North Iowa at GHV Belmond-Klemme at Forest City Lake Mills at West Hancock Saturday, Jan. 26 Bishop Garrigan at GHV GTRA at Lake Mills Tuesday, Jan. 29 Belmond-Klemme at Newman Catholic West Hancock at North Iowa GHV at Lake Mills Osage at Forest City Friday, Feb. 1 West Hancock at Newman Catholic Lake Mills at Osage Forest City at GHV North Iowa at Belmond-Klemme Monday, Feb. 4 Newman Catholic at GHV Belmond-Klemme at Lake Mills West Hancock at Forest City Osage at North Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 5 Lake Mills at North Union

BOYS BASKETBALL CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Saturday, Dec. 1 Mason City at Charles City Tuesday, Dec. 4 Mason City at Southeast Polk Friday, Dec. 7 Ames at Mason City Tuesday, Dec. 11 Urbandale at Mason City Friday, Dec. 14 Mason City at Fort Dodge Tuesday, Dec. 18 Mason City at Johnston Friday, Dec. 21 Waukee at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 5 West Fork at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 8 Mason City at West Des Moines Valley Friday, Jan. 11 Ankeny at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 12 Cedar Falls at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 15 Mason City at Des Moines Roosevelt Friday, Jan. 18 Mason City at Marshalltown Friday, Jan. 25 Mason City at Ames Saturday, Jan. 26 Waterloo East at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 29 Mason City at West Des Moines Dowling Friday, Feb. 1 Fort Dodge at Mason City Friday, Feb. 8 Marshalltown at Mason City Tuesday, Feb. 12 Mason City at Clear Lake Friday, Feb. 15 Mason City at Des Moines Lincoln

CORNBELT CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 GTRA at CWL Tuesday, Dec. 4 CWL at Clay Central-Everly Friday, Dec. 7 Harris-Lake Park at CWL Friday, Dec. 14 West Bend-Mallard at CWL Friday, Jan. 4 North Union at CWL Friday, Jan. 11 CWL at GTRA Tuesday, Jan. 15 Clay Central-Everly at CWL Friday, Jan. 18 CWL at Harris-Lake Park Friday, Jan. 25 CWL at West Bend-Mallard Tuesday, Jan. 29 CWL at North Union

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 GHV at West Fork Riceville at LeRoy-Ostrander (Minn.) West Hancock at Central Springs St. Ansgar at Osage Saturday, Dec. 1 Nashua-Plainfield at New Hampton Tuesday, Dec. 4 Nashua-Plainfield at West Fork Riceville at Central Springs St. Ansgar at Northwood-Kensett North Butler at Rockford Friday, Dec. 7 West Fork at North Butler Rockford at Nashua-Plainfield Central Springs at St. Ansgar Northwood-Kensett at Riceville Saturday, Dec. 8 North Butler at Hampton-Dumont Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Charles City at St. Ansgar Riceville at Osage Lake Mills at Rockford Tuesday, Dec. 11 North Butler at Northwood-Kensett Riceville at West Fork Nashua-Plainfield at Cedar Falls Valley Lutheran St. Ansgar at Rockford Thursday, Dec. 13 West Fork at New Hampton GHV at Central Springs Saturday, Dec. 15 Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge at NIACC: Riceville vs. West Hancock; St. Ansgar vs. Lake Mills; Northwood-Kensett vs. Osage; Rockford vs. Belmond-Klemme; Nashua-Plainfield vs. GHV; Central Springs vs. Newman Catholic; North Butler vs. Forest City; West Fork vs. North Iowa Monday, Dec. 17 Mabel-Canton (Minn.) at Riceville Osage at Central Springs Tuesday, Dec. 18 Central Springs at North Butler Northwood-Kensett at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at St. Ansgar Rockford at Riceville Thursday, Dec. 20 North Butler at Newman Catholic West Fork at Aplington-Parkersburg Friday, Dec. 21 Central Springs at West Fork North Butler at St. Ansgar Northwood-Kensett at Rockford Nashua-Plainfield at Riceville Thursday, Jan. 3 West Fork at Newman Catholic Riceville at Janesville Friday, Jan. 4 Nashua-Plainfield at Central Springs Cedar Falls Valley Lutheran at Rockford Saturday, Jan. 5 West Fork at Mason City Clarksville at Riceville St. Ansgar at New Hampton Tuesday, Jan. 8 Riceville at North Butler West Fork at Northwood-Kensett Central Springs at Rockford St. Ansgar at Nashua-Plainfield Friday, Jan. 11

Central Springs at Northwood-Kensett North Butler at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at Rockford St. Ansgar at Riceville Saturday, Jan. 12 Riceville at South Winneshiek Central Springs at North Iowa Tripoli at Nashua-Plainfield Crestwood at St. Ansgar Newman Catholic at Rockford Tuesday, Jan. 15 Rockford at North Butler West Fork at Nashua-Plainfield Central Springs at Riceville Northwood-Kensett at St. Ansgar Thursday, Jan. 17 Clarksville at North Butler Northwood-Kensett at CWL CAL at Rockford Friday, Jan. 18 Riceville at Northwood-Kensett St. Ansgar at Central Springs North Butler at West Fork Nashua-Plainfield at Rockford Saturday, Jan. 19 Hampton-Dumont at West Fork Hudson at Nashua-Plainfield Tuesday, Jan. 22 Northwood-Kensett at North Butler Central Springs at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at Riceville Rockford at St. Ansgar Thursday, Jan. 24 North Butler at Osage Friday, Jan. 25 Nashua-Plainfield at Northwood-Kensett North Butler at Central Springs St. Ansgar at West Fork Riceville at Rockford Tuesday, Jan. 29 Rockford at Northwood-Kensett Riceville at Nashua-Plainfield West Fork at Central Springs St. Ansgar at North Butler Thursday, Jan. 31 CAL at Northwood-Kensett Friday, Feb. 1 Northwood-Kensett at West Fork Nashua-Plainfield at St. Ansgar Rockford at Central Springs North Butler at Riceville Saturday, Feb. 2 Dunkerton at Nashua-Plainfield Monday, Feb. 4 Nashua-Plainfield at North Butler Tuesday, Feb. 5 Northwood-Kensett at Central Springs Rockford at West Fork Riceville at St. Ansgar Friday, Feb. 8 Newman Catholic at Central Springs St. Ansgar at Belmond-Klemme North Iowa at Northwood-Kensett

IOWA STAR CONFERENCE (NORTH DIVISION) Friday, Nov. 30 Tripoli at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 4 CAL at Clarksville Friday, Dec. 7 CAL at Dunkerton Monday, Dec. 10 CWL at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 11 Janesville at CAL Friday, Dec. 14 Don Bosco at CAL Tuesday, Dec. 18 Waterloo Christian at CAL Thursday, Dec. 20 CAL at CWL Friday, Dec. 21 CAL at GMG Friday, Jan. 4 Meskwaki at CAL Monday, Jan. 7 Belmond-Klemme at CAL Tuesday, Jan. 8 CAL at Colo-NESCO Friday, Jan. 11 CAL at North Tama Tuesday, Jan. 15 Northeast Hamilton at CAL Thursday, Jan. 17 CAL at Rockford Friday, Jan. 18 CAL at Tripoli Tuesday, Jan. 22 Clarksville at CAL Friday, Jan. 25 Dunkerton at CAL Tuesday, Jan. 29 CAL at Janesville Thursday, Jan. 31 CAL at Northwood-Kensett

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 Humboldt at Clear Lake Algona at Hampton-Dumont Eagle Grove at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Dec. 4 Clear Lake at Webster City St. Edmond at Hampton-Dumont Humboldt at Bishop Garrigan Clarion-Goldfield at Algona Friday, Dec. 7 Clear Lake at Hampton-Dumont Algona at St. Edmond Bishop Garrigan at Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday, Dec. 8 North Butler at Hampton-Dumont Monday, Dec. 10 Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Dec. 11 Clarion-Goldfield at Clear Lake Algona at Eagle Grove Hampton-Dumont at Iowa Falls-Alden Webster City at Bishop Garrigan Friday, Dec. 14 St. Edmond at Clear Lake Bishop Garrigan at Hampton-Dumont Iowa Falls-Alden at Algona Tuesday, Dec. 18 Clear Lake at Bishop Garrigan Hampton-Dumont at Eagle Grove Humboldt at Algona Friday, Dec. 21 Eagle Grove at Clear Lake Clarion-Goldfield at Hampton-Dumont Algona at Bishop Garrigan Friday, Jan. 4 Clear Lake at Algona Hampton-Dumont at Webster City Bishop Garrigan at Clarion-Goldfield Saturday, Jan. 5 Forest City at Clear Lake GHV at Algona CWL at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Jan. 8 Hampton-Dumont at Humboldt Bishop Garrigan at Eagle Grove Friday, Jan. 11 Clear Lake at Iowa Falls-Alden Humboldt at Hampton-Dumont Algona at Webster City St. Edmond at Bishop Garrigan Tuesday, Jan. 15 Webster City at Clear Lake Hampton-Dumont at St. Edmond Bishop Garrigan at Humboldt Algona at Clarion-Goldfield Friday, Jan. 18 Hampton-Dumont at Clear Lake Iowa Falls-Alden at Bishop Garrigan St. Edmond at Algona Saturday, Jan. 19 Algona at Forest City Hampton-Dumont at West Fork Tuesday, Jan. 22 Clear Lake at Clarion-Goldfield Iowa Falls-Alden at Hampton-Dumont Eagle Grove at Algona Bishop Garrigan at Webster City Friday, Jan. 25 Clear Lake at St. Edmond Hampton-Dumont at Bishop Garrigan Algona at Iowa Falls-Alden Saturday, Jan. 26 Bishop Garrigan at GHV Tuesday, Jan. 29 Bishop Garrigan at Clear Lake Eagle Grove at Hampton-Dumont Algona at Humboldt Friday, Feb. 1 Clear Lake at Eagle Grove Hampton-Dumont at Clarion-Goldfield Bishop Garrigan at Algona Tuesday, Feb. 5 Algona at Clear Lake Webster City at Hampton-Dumont Clarion-Goldfield at Bishop Garrigan Thursday, Feb. 7 Clear Lake at Humboldt Hampton-Dumont at Algona Saturday, Feb. 9 Clear Lake at Charles City Tuesday, Feb. 12 Mason City at Clear Lake Webster City at Algona

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 Charles City at Dike-New Hartford Saturday, Dec. 1 Mason City at Charles City Tuesday, Dec. 4

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Charles City at Crestwood Saturday, Dec. 8 Charles City at St. Ansgar Tuesday, Dec. 11 Decorah at Charles City Friday, Dec. 14 Charles City at Forest City Tuesday, Dec. 18 Waverly-Shell Rock at Charles City Thursday, Dec. 20 West Hancock at Charles City Friday, Jan. 4 Charles City at Oelwein Tuesday, Jan. 8 New Hampton at Charles City Tuesday, Jan. 15 Charles City at Decorah Friday, Jan. 18 Waukon at Charles City Tuesday, Jan. 22 Crestwood at Charles City Friday, Jan. 25 Charles City at Waverly-Shell Rock Tuesday, Jan. 29 Oelwein at Charles City Friday, Feb. 1 Charles City at New Hampton Thursday, Feb. 7 Charles City at GHV Saturday, Feb. 9 Clear Lake at Charles City Tuesday, Feb. 12 Charles City at Waukon

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 Forest City at Estherville-Lincoln Central GHV at West Fork North Union at North Iowa West Hancock at Central Springs St. Ansgar at Osage Tuesday, Dec. 4 Forest City at Newman Catholic GHV at West Hancock Lake Mills at North Iowa Osage at Belmond-Klemme Friday, Dec. 7 Newman Catholic at Lake Mills North Iowa at Forest City West Hancock at Osage Belmond-Klemme at GHV Saturday, Dec. 8 Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Clarion-Goldfield at North Iowa Lake Mills at Rockford Riceville at Osage Tuesday, Dec. 11 Newman Catholic at North Iowa Lake Mills at Forest City Belmond-Klemme at West Hancock Osage at GHV Thursday, Dec. 13 GHV at Central Springs Friday, Dec. 14 Charles City at Forest City Saturday, Dec. 15 Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge at NIACC: Riceville vs. West Hancock; St. Ansgar vs. Lake Mills; Northwood-Kensett vs. Osage; Rockford vs. Belmond-Klemme; Nashua-Plainfield vs. GHV; Central Springs vs. Newman Catholic; North Butler vs. Forest City; West Fork vs. North Iowa Monday, Dec. 17 North Union at West Hancock Osage at Central Springs Tuesday, Dec. 18 Osage at Newman Catholic Forest City at Belmond-Klemme West Hancock at Lake Mills GHV at North Iowa Thursday, Dec. 20 North Butler at Newman Catholic Forest City at Crestwood Glenville-Emmons (Minn.) at Lake Mills West Hancock at Charles City Thursday, Jan. 3 West Fork at Newman Catholic Friday, Jan. 4 Newman Catholic at Belmond-Klemme Forest City at Osage North Iowa at West Hancock Lake Mills at GHV Saturday, Jan. 5 Forest City at Clear Lake GHV at Algona Clarion-Goldfield at West Hancock Monday, Jan. 7 GHV at Forest City Tuesday, Jan. 8 Newman Catholic at West Hancock Osage at Lake Mills Belmond-Klemme at North Iowa Friday, Jan. 11 GHV at Newman Catholic Forest City at West Hancock Lake Mills at Belmond-Klemme North Iowa at Osage Saturday, Jan. 12 Newman Catholic at Rockford Central Springs at North Iowa Monday, Jan. 14 Belmond-Klemme at Osage Tuesday, Jan. 15 Newman Catholic at Forest City North Iowa at Lake Mills West Hancock at GHV Thursday, Jan. 17 Osage at Charles City Friday, Jan. 18 Lake Mills at Newman Catholic Forest City at North Iowa Osage at West Hancock GHV at Belmond-Klemme Saturday, Jan. 19 Algona at Forest City Monday, Jan. 21 West Bend-Mallard at West Hancock Tuesday, Jan. 22 North Iowa at Newman Catholic Forest City at Lake Mills West Hancock at Belmond-Klemme GHV at Osage Thursday, Jan. 24 North Butler at Osage Friday, Jan. 25 Newman Catholic at Osage Belmond-Klemme at Forest City North Iowa at GHV Lake Mills at West Hancock Saturday, Jan. 26 Bishop Garrigan at GHV GTRA at Lake Mills Tuesday, Jan. 29 Belmond-Klemme at Newman Catholic Osage at Forest City West Hancock at North Iowa GHV at Lake Mills Friday, Feb. 1 West Hancock at Newman Catholic Forest City at GHV Lake Mills at Osage North Iowa at Belmond-Klemme Monday, Feb. 4 Newman Catholic at GHV Belmond-Klemme at Lake Mills Osage at North Iowa Tuesday, Feb. 5 Lake Mills at North Union Thursday, Feb. 7 West Hancock at Forest City Charles City at GHV Friday, Feb. 8 Newman Catholic at Central Springs North Iowa at Northwood-Kensett

WRESTLING CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Saturday, Dec. 1 Mason City at Keith Young Open in Cedar Falls Tuesday, Dec. 4 Mason City and Forest City at Osage triangular Thursday, Dec. 6 Mason City and West Des Moines Valley at Southeast Polk triangular Saturday, Dec. 8 Mason City at Cedar Rapids Kennedy tournament Friday, Dec. 14 Mason City at Battle of Waterloo tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 Mason City at Battle of Waterloo tournament Monday, Dec. 17 Johnston at Mason City Thursday, Dec. 20 Mason City and Ankeny at Urbandale triangular Saturday, Jan. 5 Mason City at Iowa City West Invitational Monday, Jan. 7 Ames at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 12 Mason City at Ankeny tournament Tuesday, Jan. 15 Clear Lake at Mason City Thursday, Jan. 17 Mason City at Fort Dodge Saturday, Jan. 19 Mason City at Waverly-Shell Rock tournament Thursday, Jan. 24 Mason City at Marshalltown Friday, Feb. 1 Central Iowa Conference meet at Southeast Polk

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE Saturday, Dec. 1 Central Springs, Clarksville, Clear Lake, Forest City, Austin (Minn.), Rockford and GHV at Riceville-St. Ansgar tournament

Nashua-Plainfield at Valley Community (Elgin) Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 4 North Butler and Sumner-Fredericksburg at New Hampton triangular Nashua-Plainfield, Northwood-Kensett and Crestwood at Turkey Valley quadrangular Thursday, Dec. 6 Central Springs and West Fork at Newman Catholic triangular Saturday, Dec. 8 North Butler at Ogden tournament Riceville-St. Ansgar, West Fork JV, Dike-New Hartford, Gilbert, Mason City JV, South Hamilton and South Central Calhoun at Central Springs tournament Rockford, Clarksville, Lake Mills, Edgewood-Colesburg, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Hudson and NorthwoodKensett at Nashua-Plainfield Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 11 Aplington-Parkersburg, Hampton-Dumont and Sumner-Fredericksburg at Nashua-Plainfield quadrangular Rockford, North Butler and West Fork at Riceville-St. Ansgar quadrangular Forest City and GHV at Central Springs triangular Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Thursday, Dec. 13 Central Springs, Riceville-St. Ansgar and Blooming Prairie (Minn.) at Southland (Minn.) quadrangular West Fork and Belmond-Klemme at Lake Mills triangular Rockford, GHV and Newman Catholic at West Hancock quadrangular Friday, Dec. 14 Nashua-Plainfield at Battle of Waterloo tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 Nashua-Plainfield at Battle of Waterloo tournament North Butler at Iowa Falls-Alden tournament Riceville-St. Ansgar at Dike-New Hartford Invitational Central Springs at West Hancock tournament Rockford, Lake Mills, Southland (Minn.) and Byron (Minn.) at Northwood-Kensett tournament Tuesday, Dec. 18 Riceville-St. Ansgar and Osage at Crestwood triangular Thursday, Dec. 20 North Butler, Crestwood and Oelwein at SumnerFredericksburg qquadrangular Nashua-Plainfield and Forest City at Riceville-St. Ansgar triangular Thursday, Jan. 3 Valley Community (Elgin) and Riceville-St. Ansgar at Clarksville triangular North Butler and Southland (Minn.) at NorthwoodKensett Nashua-Plainfield and Rockford at Central Springs triangular Saturday, Jan. 5 Rockford and Riceville-St. Ansgar at Forest City Invitational North Butler, Nashua-Plainfield, Clarksville, South Winneshiek, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Wapsie Valley, Lisbon and Woodbury Central at Denver-Tripoli tournament West Fork and Central Springs at Hampton-Dumont tournament Tuesday, Jan. 8 Lake Mills and Osage at Central Springs triangular North Butler and Nashua-Plainfield at South Winneshiek triangular Rockford, Wapsie Valley and East Buchanan at North Fayette quadrangular Thursday, Jan. 10 North Butler and Newman Catholic at West Fork triangular Riceville-St. Ansgar, Northwood-Kensett and Belmond-Klemme at West Hancock quadrangular Clarksville, Valley Community (Elgin) and Postville at Nashua-Plainfield quadrangular Rockford and Aplington-Parkersburg at Hudson triangular Friday, Jan. 11 Northwood-Kensett and Fillmore Central (Minn.) at Southland (Minn.) triangular Saturday, Jan. 12 Nashua-Plainfield at Hudson Invitational Central Springs at South Hardin tournament Riceville-St. Ansgar at Perry tournament Rockford, Northwood-Kensett, Newman Catholic, Clarksville and Belle Plaine at AGWSR tournament North Butler, West Hancock, Fort Dodge, Humboldt and Emmetsburg at Lake Mills tournament Thursday, Jan. 17 Central Springs, West Hancock and Aplington-Parkersburg at Northwood-Kensett quadrangular Riceville-St. Ansgar and GHV at Lake Mills triangular Saturday, Jan. 19 Central Springs at I-35 tournament Forest City, GHV, North Fayette, Waukon, Southland (Minn.) and Crestwood at Riceville-St. Ansgar tournament Northwood-Kensett at Lake Crystal (Minn.) tournament Nashua-Plainfield, Rockford, West Fork, BelmondKlemme, Clarksville, Lake Mills, South Hardin, Wapsie Valley and Postville at North Butler tournament Tuesday, Jan. 22 Jesup, Turkey Valley and Wapsie Valley at North Butler quadrangular Thursday, Jan. 24 Central Springs and North Butler at BelmondKlemme triangular Rockford at Valley Community (Elgin) tournament Saturday, Jan. 26 Corn Bowl Conference tournament at NIACC followed by Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE Saturday, Dec. 1 Algona at Eagle Grove Invitational Hampton-Dumont at Independence Invitational Clear Lake at Riceville-St. Ansgar tournament Thursday, Dec. 6 Algona and Humboldt at Clarion-Goldfield triangular Hampton-Dumont and Eagle Grove at Clear Lake triangular Saturday, Dec. 8 Algona tournament Hampton-Dumont at Johnston tournament Clear Lake at Webster City duals Tuesday, Dec. 11 Hampton-Dumont, Sumner-Fredericksburg and Aplington-Parkersburg at Nashua-Plainfield quadrangular Thursday, Dec. 13 Algona at Webster City Hampton-Dumont at Humboldt Clarion-Goldfield at Clear Lake Friday, Dec. 14 Clear Lake at Battle of Waterloo tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 Clear Lake at Battle of Waterloo tournament Algona, Aplington-Parkersburg, Newman Catholic, North Butler, Urbandale, West Marshall, Clarksville and West Des Moines Dowling at Iowa Falls-Alden tournament Hampton-Dumont at Clarion-Goldfield tournament Thursday, Dec. 20 Algona at St. Edmond Thursday, Jan. 3 Algona and Iowa Falls-Alden at Hampton-Dumont triangular Clear Lake and Webster City at Humboldt triangular Saturday, Jan. 5 Algona and Clear Lake at Forest City tournament Central Springs, Hudson, Lake Mills, NorthwoodKensett and West Fork at Hampton-Dumont duals Tuesday, Jan. 8 Estherville-Lincoln Central and Okoboji at Algona triangular Clear Lake and Charles City at Denver-Tripoli triangular Thursday, Jan. 10 Hampton-Dumont at Clarion-Goldfield Iowa Falls-Alden at Clear Lake Saturday, Jan. 12 Algona at Ankeny tournament Clear Lake at Osage duals Tuesday, Jan. 15 Algona and West Hancock at Osage triangular Clear Lake at Mason City Thursday, Jan. 17 Hampton-Dumont and Newman Catholic at Forest City triangular Saturday, Jan. 19 North Central Conference meet at Webster City Tuesday, Jan. 22 Algona and Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer at Emmetsburg Thursday, Jan. 24 Clear Lake at Algona St. Edmond at Hampton-Dumont Saturday, Jan. 26 Hampton-Dumont at South Central Calhoun tournament Monday, Jan. 28 Spirit Lake at Clear Lake Tuesday, Feb. 5 Algona at Storm Lake quadrangular

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE Saturday, Dec. 1 Charles City at Keith Young Invitational in Cedar Falls Friday, Dec. 7 Charles City at Crestwood Saturday, Dec. 8 Charles City at Cedar Rapids Kennedy tournament Thursday, Dec. 13 Waukon and New Hampton at Charles City triangular Friday, Dec. 14 Charles City at Battle of Waterloo tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 Charles City at Battle of Waterloo tournament Friday, Dec. 21 Charles City and Oelwein at Decorah triangular Saturday, Jan. 5

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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012 • C7

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE • boys basketball

WEST FORK WARHAWKS • Corn Bowl basketball

Cadets team to beat in North Central Conference The North Central Conference had three teams win at least 20 games in boys basketball last season, and it is not unreasonable to expect that type of success again this season. Iowa Falls-Alden, which features 6-foot-8 junior Casey Schlatter, is certainly one of the preseason favorites after a 21-3 campaign in 2011-12, but a number of quality teams will be fighting for that top spot. St. Edmond, which qualified for the Class 2A state tournament last season, returns David Flattery to spearhead a potential return to Des Moines. Bishop Garrigan managed a winning record of 13-11 last season despite playing much of its schedule against larger schools. John Burns averaged 16 points and eight rebounds a game for the Golden Bears, but he is the only returning starter. Nathan Krieps should

fill one of the guard slots after averaging five points and three assists in a reserve role. Adam Hamilton also saw quite a bit of court time for Garrigan in 201112. Algona returns four letterwinners, including 6-2 forward Sawyer Frideres. Frideres will likely be the focal point of the Bulldog offense after averaging nearly 10 points, four rebounds and two assists per game. The Bulldogs should have some strength along the front line with five players on thee roster between 6-3 and 6-5, but their success will hinge on the development of a solid guard corps. Hampton-Dumont struggled to a four-win season last year. Despite four seniors who lettered last year, the Bulldogs will be quite young with several sophomores factoring into the rotation. -David Durbala

From C6

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE Saturday, Dec. 1 Osage at Independence tournament Lake Mills at Blue Earth (Minn.) tournament Forest City and GHV at Riceville-St. Ansgar tournament West Hancock at Okoboji tournament Tuesday, Dec. 4 Forest City and Mason City at Osage triangular Thursday, Dec. 6 Central Springs and West Fork at Newman Catholic Lake Mills and Maple River (Minn.) at Blue Earth (Minn.) triangular Belmond-Klemme at Forest City Saturday, Dec. 8 Newman Catholic at CMB (Baxter) tournament Osage at South Winneshiek tournament Lake Mills at Nashua-Plainfield tournament West Hancock and Forest City at Algona tournament Tuesday, Dec. 11 Northwood-Kensett at Newman Catholic Osage at Don Bosco Forest City and GHV at Central Springs triangular Thursday, Dec. 13 Newman Catholic, GHV and Rockford at West Hancock quadrangular Belmond-Klemme and West Fork at Lake Mills triangular GHV Friday, Dec. 14 Osage at Battle of Waterloo tournament Saturday, Dec. 15 Osage at Battle of Waterloo tournament Newman Catholic at Iowa Falls-Alden tournament Lake Mills at Northwood-Kensett duals AGWSR, Central Springs, GTRA, Sumner-Fredericksburg and Okoboji at West Hancock Invitational GHV at Clarion-Goldfield tournament Forest City at North Polk tournament Tuesday, Dec. 18 Osage and Riceville-St. Ansgar at Crestwood triangular Lake Mills and Eagle Grove at West Hancock triangular Forest City and Nashua-Plainfield at Riceville-St. Ansgar triangular Thursday, Dec. 20 Osage and Turkey Valley at New Hampton triangular Webster City at Forest City Thursday, Jan. 3 Lake Mills and Newman Catholic at BelmondKlemme triangular Saturday, Jan. 5 Newman Catholic at BCLUW tournament Osage at Winterset tournament Lake Mills at Hampton-Dumont duals GHV tournament West Hancock at St. Edmond tournament Tuesday, Jan. 8 GHV and St. Edmond at Newman Catholic triangular Osage and Lake Mills at Central Springs triangular Thursday, Jan. 10 Newman Catholic and North Butler at West Fork triangular Belmond-Klemme and West Hancock at Riceville-St. Ansgar triangular Saturday, Jan. 12 Newman Catholic at AGWSR tournament Osage duals West Hancock, Emmetsburg, Humboldt, North Butler and Fort Dodge at Lake Mills duals Forest City at Estherville-Lincoln Central tournament GHV tournament Tuesday, Jan. 15 West Hancock and Algona at Osage triangular Thursday, Jan. 17 Newman Catholic and Hampton-Dumont at Forest City triangular GHV and Riceville-St. Ansgar at Lake Mills triangular West Hancock, Central Springs and Aplington-Parkersburg at Northwood-Kensett quadrangular Saturday, Jan. 19 Newman Catholic at I-35 tournament Osage at Charles City Lake Mills at North Butler tournament GHV at Riceville-St. Ansgar tournament Tuesday, Jan. 22 GTRA and Manson-NW Webster at GHV triangular Thursday, Jan. 24 Lake Mills at Forest City Saturday, Jan. 26 North Iowa Conference tournament at NIACC followed by Corn Bowl-North Iowa Conference Challenge Tuesday, Jan. 29 West Hancock, Manson-NW Webster and South Hamilton at Southeast Webster-Grand quadrangular

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SCHEDULES Charles City at Forest City tournament Tuesday, Jan. 8 Charles City and Clear Lake at Denver-Tripoli triangular Thursday, Jan. 10 Fort Dodge at Charles City Saturday, Jan. 12 Charles City at Hudson tournament Thursday, Jan. 17 Charles City and Crestwood at Waverly-Shell Rock triangular Saturday, Jan. 19 Osage at Charles City Saturday, Jan. 26 Northeast Iowa Conference meet at Crestwood

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By BLAKE SCHULTZ

tion hall of fame in 2008, coached at SHEFFIELD–It was a heartSCMT until 2004. breaking season a year ago for the Schnoes inherits a West Fork boys basketball team. very good West Fork Ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A for team that finished all of the season, the team had 22-2 a year ago. With another state tournament berth that also comes one Plagge within its reach only to fall seconds of the State’s top short in the substate final against players in senior Payton Plagge. Roland-Story. Plagge was the centerpiece of the This season, the Warhawks are Warhawks a season ago averaging out to avenge that loss and get back 17.7 and 11.1 rebounds per game. to the place where they won the “He’s a great inside presence and state title two season ago. a tough matchup,” Schnoes said. “We’re pretty optimistic about “We will count on him to do a lot of this year,” said coach Frank Schscoring.” noes. “The kids that are back from Plagge, who signed to play baslast year are using (that loss) as ketball next season at St. Cloud good motivation. They all thought State, has 956 career points, 644 they should have gone (to state).” rebounds, 131 assists, 120 blocks Warhawk fans will see a familiar face on the bench this season. Sch- and 98 steals. Aside from Plagge, the Warhawks noes took over as head coach in replacement of Jordan Nelson. Sch- will look to a number of other players to keep the West Fork confernoes, who was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Associa- ence win streak of 56 games intact. blake.schultz@globegazette.com

BOYS SWIMMING CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Saturday, Dec. 1 Mason City at Ames Invitational Thursday, Dec. 6 Mason City at Southeast Polk Saturday, Dec. 8 Mason City at Cedar Falls Invitational Tuesday, Dec. 11 Spencer at Mason City Thursday, Dec. 20 Johnston at Mason City Thursday, Jan. 3 Ames at Mason City Saturday, Jan. 5 Mason City at Austin (Minn.) Invitational Thursday, Jan. 10 Mason City at Fort Dodge Monday, Jan. 14 Mason City at Marshalltown Saturday, Jan. 19 Central Iowa Conference meet at Johnston

BOYS BOWLING CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Monday, Dec. 10 Mason City and West Des Moines Dowling at Southeast Polk Monday, Dec. 17 Waukee at Mason City Monday, Jan. 7 Mason City and Ankeny at Urbandale Monday, Jan. 14 Mason City at Fort Dodge Thursday, Jan. 17 Mason City at Des Moines North Thursday, Jan. 24 Johnston at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 29 Mason City at Marshalltown Thursday, Feb. 7 Central Iowa Conference meet in Des Moines Monday, Feb. 11 West Des Moines Dowling at Mason City

Schnoes pointed to junior forward Sam Amsbaugh to get a lot of touches inside with defenses focusing on Plagge. Junior guard Spencer Halloran is Halloran another play Schnoes pointed out to carry some of the load for the Warhawks. Halloran averaged 7.4 points per game a season ago. Others Schnoes is counting on include: seniors Kyle Parcher and Ryan Smit, junior Hunter Myers and sophomore Evan Sprung, who Schnoes says is being groomed as Plagge’s replacement. West Fork has high hopes of winning its fifth straight Cornbowl Conference title since becoming a school in 2009, but above all, making the trip back to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

NORTH IOWA BISON • NIC basketball

North Iowa Bison ready for more

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE

Five starters return from Class 1A state tournament team

Friday, Nov. 30 Forest City at Waverly-Shell Rock North Iowa at AGWSR Friday, Dec. 7 Forest City at North Iowa Friday, Dec. 21 AGWSR at Forest City Waverly-Shell Rock at North Iowa Friday, Jan. 11 Denver at Forest City North Iowa at Waterloo Columbus Friday, Jan. 18 North Iowa and Tripoli at Forest City Friday, Jan. 25 Forest City at AGWSR Denver at North Iowa Friday, Feb. 1 Forest City at Waterloo Columbus North Iowa and Oelwein at AGWSR

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GIRLS BOWLING CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) Monday, Dec. 10 Mason City and West Des Moines Dowling at Southeast Polk Monday, Dec. 17 Waukee at Mason City Monday, Jan. 7 Mason City and Ankeny at Urbandale Monday, Jan. 14 Mason City at Fort Dodge Thursday, Jan. 17 Mason City at Des Moines North Thursday, Jan. 24 Johnston at Mason City Tuesday, Jan. 29 Mason City at Marshalltown Thursday, Feb. 7 Central Iowa Conference meet in Des Moines Monday, Feb. 11 West Des Moines Dowling at Mason City

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE Friday, Nov. 30 Forest City at Waverly-Shell Rock North Iowa at AGWSR Friday, Dec. 7 Forest City at North Iowa Friday, Dec. 21 AGWSR at Forest City Waverly-Shell Rock at North Iowa Friday, Jan. 11 Denver at Forest City North Iowa at Waterloo Columbus Friday, Jan. 18 North Iowa and Tripoli at Forest City Friday, Jan. 25 Forest City at AGWSR Denver at North Iowa Friday, Feb. 1 Forest City at Waterloo Columbus North Iowa and Oelwein at AGWSR

BUFFALO CENTER — With all five starters returning from a state tournament team last season, the North Iowa boys basketball team is hoping for an encore performance this season. The Bison, who finished 23-3 overall and 13-1 in the North Iowa Conference, will have the target on their backs this season. “What I said to the guys is we have 21 games where everyone is going to be gunning for us,” fourth-year head coach Chad Hinders said. “We know the expectations are there, we know that the community thinks we should win the conference and get back to state with everybody back but I keep reminding the guys that we have to take things one game at a time and that it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.” The Bison had three players average in double figures last season, led by Troy Kettwick, who averaged 13.9 points per game. Kory Hobbs (11.7) and Eric Krull (11.5) also averaged in double figures scoring. However, Hinders said he has confidence in all five players he has on the court to put the ball in the basket. “We have a team where our opponents can’t focus on one or two peo-

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North Iowa’ Mark Milbrandt (45) goes up for a shot as Kory Hobbs (41) looks on during a game last season. ple,” Hinders said. “It’s nice that we don’t have a team where it’s all on a few players’ shoulders. We have trust in other people.” That list includes Mark Milbrandt, Tate Corporon, Jordan Anderson, Derek Yegge, Frank Campos and Dylan Voortmann in addition to Kettwick, Hobbs and Krull. And with a majority of the team back, Hinders likes his team’s depth, which will be tested early with players nursing injuries. “I like the depth that we have,” the coach said. “We have confidence and we haven’t changed very much. “Everybody is on the same page and both offensively and defensively we know what works and what does-

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n’t work. We know they’ll be some games where we have to tweak some things.” That’s to be expected in a rugged NIC, where nothing is guaranteed. Last season, the Bison had nine conference games decided by 10 points or less and Hinders expects more of the same this season in a balanced NIC. “Any given night we know that there’s teams in our conference that can knock any team off,” Hinders said. “I’m worried about all of them. Top to bottom, the conference is wide open. “We were pretty lucky last year in close games and we still need to work on managing the game better.”


C8 • FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

GIRLS BASKETBALL CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) MASON CITY MOHAWKS Coach: Curt Klaahsen begins his sixth year as coach of the Mohawks. 2011-12 record: Mason City finished 21-3 overall and 9-1 in the CIML Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Jadda Buckley, sr., PG; Myah Mellman, jr., W; Cortni Rush, sr., P; Morgan Vorba, sr., W. Others expected to contribute: Nicolle Hewett, sr., PG; Lexy Pederson, jr., P; Allison Scott, jr., W; Molli Koehler, sr., W; Tricia Notermann, jr., W; McKenna Whitehill, so., PG. Coach’s comments: “Our seniors have compiled a three-year high school record of 53-1, a great testament to the hard work and dedication of the seniors and all of our players and the assistant coaches. We have an excellent group of freshmen as well whole will continue to extend the tradition we have built. We look forward to another exciting winter of basketball in Mohawk gym!”

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE CENTRAL SPRINGS PANTHERS Coach: Bob Axdahl begins his sixth year as coach of the Panthers. 2011-12 record: Central Springs finished 8-15 overall and 7-7 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Nicole Young, sr., G; Dakota Stensrud, sr., P; Taylor Richardson, sr., W; Lexi Korte, jr., Kendall Moorehead, jr., W. Coach’s comments: “We believe, as long as we stay healthy, that we will be much deeper than we were last year. We have a fairly quick team, and also, some of our younger and more inexperienced players give us some size that we have lacked in the past. We hope we have developed some of our offensive skills so we won’t struggle as much as we did last year to score points.” NASHUA-PLAINFIELD HUSKIES Coach: Chaya Feldman begins her fifth year as coach of the Huskies. 2011-12 record: Nashua-Plainfield finished 3-20 overall and 3-11 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Miranda Wagner, sr., F; Jamie Baldwin, jr., P; Kennedy Haut, jr., G; Sarah McMichael, so., G; Kayla Dietz, so., P; Jordan Scribner, jr., G. Other expected to contribute: Hannah Holthaus. Coach’s comments: “Even though we only have one senior, the juniors and sophomores we have playing varsity have had 1-2 years of varsity experience. So even though we seem young, these girls are not rookies to the varsity scene.” NORTHWOOD-KENSETT VIKINGS Coach: Daryl Love begins his 11th year as coach of the Vikings. 2011-12 record: Northwood-Kensett finished 11-11 overall and 7-7 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Maren Davidson, sr., G; Savannah Lira, sr., F; Brooke Burnes, sr., G; Mary Bjorklund, sr., G; Taylor Christiansen, sr., G. Others expected to contribute: Taryn VanRyswyk, jr., G; Kayla Branstad, jr., F; Shelby Low, fr., G; Hattie Davidson, fr., G. Coach’s comments: “(We) should be a quicker, more athletic team than last year, but have to replace Northwood-Kensett’s second-leading scorer in Britney Low. We expect great leadership from seniors Maren Davidson and Savannah Lira, who will be key in blending new talent with the upper classmen as the season moves along.” RICEVILLE WILDCATS Coach: Barb Gesell returns as coach of the Wildcats. 2011-12 record: Riceville finished 1-21 overall and 113 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Jordie Bauer, sr.; Kallie Green, sr.; Grace Harken, sr.; Lauren Jensen, sr.; Madalyn Klobassa, sr.; Morgan Miller, sr. Others expected to contribute: Emily Rickerl, jr.; Taylor Uthe, so.; Ashley Uthe, so.; McKayla Heczko, so.; Dakota Dohlman, so. ST. ANSGAR SAINTS Coach: Randy Ehlke begins his fourth year as coach of the Saints. 2011-12 record: St. Ansgar finished 5-17 overall and 5-9 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Lindy Mayer, Kendra Nerad, Olivia Bisbee, Autumn Brigham, Paige Salz, Emily Ehlke, Natalie Halfman, Caylin Ahlf, Mel Gerbig, Noelle Hulshizer. Coach’s comments: “We are going to be a young team, but look to finish in the top half of the confer-

ence. Our defense should be improved over last year’s and that will help us to be more competitive in games.” WEST FORK WARHAWKS Coach: Rodney Huber begins his first year as coach of the Warhawks. 2011-12 record: West Fork finished 18-5 overall and 12-2 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Macy Sturges, sr., F/G; Taylor Logan, jr., G; Courtney Larson, so., G; Mattie Siefken, sr., G; Sydney Staudt, sr., F; Molly Dhondt, sr., F/C; Sydney Shreckengost, so., G/F; Madison Shreckengost, so., G/F. Coach’s comments: “We are not big, but we have tremendous team speed. We plan to play aggressively and pick up the tempo, which I think will play to our strengths. The challenge will be for the girls to adjust to new coaching and adjust to their roles within the system of play. I am excited to be a part of Warhawk Nation!”

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE ALGONA BULLDOGS Coach: Michael Ford begins his second year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 record: Algona finished 14-8 overall and 135 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Paige Yi, sr.; Heather Ziesman, sr., Nicole Kenne, sr., Rachel Teague, sr., Tangy Wiseman, jr., Abby Strohman, jr., Lacey Seely, jr., Reba Zeller, jr. Others expected to contribute: Ali Grein, jr., Courtney Groen, jr., Julie Grether, jr., Anna Zeller, jr., Michaela Heesch, jr., Sierra Wegener, sr. Coach’s comments: “These girls are very competitive and have worked very hard both this summer and in their fall sports. If we can understand our roles, play with passion each night, and put the team first, this team could be very successful by the season’s end. I am looking forward to a fun and spirited group who will be fun for the fans to watch on the court.” BISHOP GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS Coach: Brandon Schwab begins his second year as coach of the Golden Bears. 2011-12 record: Bishop Garrigan finished 14-11 overall and 10-8 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Chelsi Lanus, sr., F; Aubrie Meyers, sr., G; Haley Froehlich, sr., G; Taylor Hovey, jr., F. Others expected to contribute: Kristin Condoleon, jr., PG; Emily Merlow, so., G; Kara Eischen, jr., C; Sophie Behr, sr., G; Nicole Behr, jr., G. Coach’s comments: “We have good athleticism and depth and should take big strides as the season progresses.” CLEAR LAKE LIONS Coach: Bart Smith begins his second year as coach of the Lions. 2011-12 record: Clear Lake finished 14-9 overall and 12-6 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Megan Loux, sr., PG; Kristen Hewett, sr., SG; Kaitlyn Pitzen, sr., P; Madi Faber, jr., G; Logan Anderson; jr., G; Trudy Peterson, jr., F. Others expected to contribute: Bailey Kibsgaard, jr., F/P; Jenna Peterson, sr., P; Emily Williams, sr., F/P. Coach’s comments: “I am anticipating our girls to be very competitive this year. With everyone returning, minus one from our team last year, this year’s team will already have some team chemistry and experience built in. If we can have a mindset in improving everyday as a team in our practices and games, then we should be a very tough team to beat by the end of the year.”

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE CHARLES CITY COMETS Coach: Danielle Rippentrop begins her first year as coach of the Comets. 2011-12 record: Charles City finished 11-11 overall and 6-6 in the Northeast Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Cari Knowlton, sr., P; Kali Lasher, sr., G; Jessie Sindlinger, sr., F; Jackie Foster, jr., G; Mara Forsyth, jr., G; Megan Joerger, jr., F. Coach’s comments: “I feel like we have a great season in front of us. The girls put a lot of time in during the offseason and have really developed as players and as a team.”

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FOREST CITY INDIANS Coach: Dusty Meyn begins his fourth year as coach of the Indians. 2011-12 record: Forest City finished 10-12 overall and 9-5 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Kenzie Baker, sr., P; Jessica Kingston, sr., G; Kelsey McQuown, sr., P.

NEWMAN CATHOLIC KNIGHTS • boys basketball Others expected to contribute: Rachel Koch, Autumn Busta, Sarri Happel. Coach’s comments: “The one thing I love about this team is their learning curve. This year’s team is basketball smart and is retaining information very well. We may struggle early on, but look for us to get better with every game.” GHV CARDINALS Coach: Matt Erpelding begins his first year as coach of the Cardinals. 2011-12 record: Garner-Hayfield finished 14-8 overall and 8-6 in the North Iowa Conference. Ventura finished 11-11 overall and 7-5 in the Cornbelt Conference Returning letterwinners: Hannah Hutcheson, sr., G; Maddie Tusha, jr., G/F; Bri Bier, jr., G; Shelby Rayhons, jr., F; Courtney Younge, jr., G; Morgan Ames, jr., F; Olivia Hackbarth, jr., F; Alix Huse, Sr., F; Emily Spilman, so., G; Sydney Younge, so., F/C. Coach’s comments: “It will take time for me to get a feel for what direction to head with this team as I need to see what type of players I have and what their strengths are. It will also take some time for the girls to get used to me and my coaching style and system. Once we reached that point, I think we should be able to be very competitive.” LAKE MILLS BULLDOGS Coach: Beth Van Roekel begins her third year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 record: Lake Mills finished 5-17 overall and 2-12 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Megan Johnson, sr., F; Carlie Christianson, sr., G; Kelci Larson, sr., SF; Brook Groe, sr., F; Randi Dilly, sr., G; Sarah Orban, jr., G; Makenzie Thorson, jr., G. Others expected to contribute: Stephanie Dugger; Ema Anderson; Mary Evans. Coach’s comments: “We hope to turn things around this year and use our experience from last year to compete at a high level. Last yea we struggled, losing both close games and others that were not so close. I think we have learned a lot from that experience and hope to show what we can really do.” NEWMAN CATHOLIC KNIGHTS Coach: Mike Schutt begins his seventh year as coach of the Knights. 2011-12 record: Newman Catholic finished 14-10 overall and 8-6 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Michaela Schilling, sr., G; Micah Chavez, sr., G; Megan Quinn, sr., G; Ashley Weinschenk, jr., C; Carlie Echeknrod, jr., G; Hannah Fischer, jr., F; Haley Williams, jr., G; Shay Curley, so., G; Tove Conway, so., G. Others expected to contribute: Katie Reuter, so., C; Betsy Ball, so., G; Kennidy Kemna, fr., G; Elizabeth Henrich, fr., G; Holly Bock, fr., F. Coach’s comments: “We will be inexperienced, like most of our conference, and we will be small. Our success will depend on who steps up and fills the void left by graduation and injury.” OSAGE GREEN DEVILS Coach: Chad Erickson begins his 11th year as coach of the Green Devils. 2011-12 record: Osage finished 19-5 overall and 11-3 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Whitney Wagner, sr., PG; Anna Riley, sr., W; Jadee Walsh, jr., P; Liz Shaw, jr., W/PG. Others expected to contribute: Cassidy Mohl, jr. P; Kloe Chisholm, sr., W; Mary Huffman, sr., P; Kelsey Ott, jr., P; Jessie Gast, jr., W; Angela Chambers, jr., W; Brenda, Avila, jr., P; Jamie Jacobs, so., W/PG; Zoey Thompson, so., W/PG. Coach’s comments: “We are very young and inexperienced except for a handful of kids. I like our quickness and athleticism, but or success will depend on how quickly our young kids adapt to varsity level competition. The NIC should be a wide open race and we hope to be competitive in the conference.” WEST HANCOCK EAGLES Coach: Paul Sonius begins his sixth year as coach of the Eagles. 2011-12 record: West Hancock finished 25-1 overall and 14-0 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Anna Mallen, sr., G/F; Kellie Schmit, sr., F; Melissa Loeschen, sr., G/F; Jessica Gray, sr., G; Caitlin Wilson, sr., G. Others expected to contribute: Haley Hiscocks, sr., G; Abby Paca, sr., F; Bailey Eisenman, so., G; Whitney Burgardt, so., G. Coach’s comments: “We hope to continue our winning ways in conference and make it to state again. The return of our top two scorers from last season with a strong group of seniors who have been biting at the bit to get their turn on varsity should give us a great opportunity to do that.”

BOYS BASKETBALL CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) MASON CITY MOHAWKS Coach: Adam Callanan begins his third year as coach of the Mohawks. 2011-12 record: Mason City finished 6-16 overall and 2-8 in the CIML Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Jared Lichman, jr., G; JT Rottinghaus, sr., F; Jason Kay, sr., F. Others expected to contribute: Matt Meyer, jr., G; Austin Hemmen, so., G; Wyatt Cooper, fr., F; Matt Danielson, jr., G; Bradley Petersen, jr., G; Andrew Sloan, sr., G; Alex Bales, sr., G; Thad Rozen, sr., F; Branden Dahle, sr., G. Coach’s comments: “With four starters and 44 points per game graduating with last year’s senior class, the 2012-13 season will be a rebuilding year for the Mohawk basketball program.”

CORNBELT CONFERENCE CWL PANTHERS Coach: Mel Haler begins his first year as coach of the Panthers. 2011-12 record: CWL finished 0-17 overall and 0-12 in the Cornbelt Conference. Returning letterwinners: Josh Hilbert, sr., C; Derek Studer, sr., G; Randy Cram, sr., F; Andy Hauswirth, sr., F; Johnny Studer, sr., F; Jared Haler, jr., F; Esden Carroll, so., G; John Genrich, so., F. Others expected to contribute: Stefan Chambers; Sam Ludwig; Alex McGregor; Casey McGregor. Coach’s comments: “I would like us to be a more sound and fundamental team and not turn the ball over. I want the kids to play hard and use screens to get in scoring position and to win a few games.”

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE CENTRAL SPRINGS PANTHERS Coach: Phil Perry returns as coach of the Panthers. 2011-12 record: Central Springs finished 9-13 overall and 7-7 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Charlie Weiner, sr., PF; Matt Logeman, sr., PG; Chris Wood, sr., SF; Thomas Patterson, jr., C. Others expected to contribute: Andrew Bjerke, so.; Will Bird, so.; Brandon Hebel, so.; Eric Mathre, sr.; Jace Whitehurst, sr. NASHUA-PLAINFIELD HUSKIES Coach: Justin Eiffler begins his second year as coach of the Huskies. 2011-12 record: Nashua-Plainfield finished 12-10 overall and 11-3 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Tyler Laube, sr., G; Matt Sharp, sr., F; Drew Dietz, sr., C; Tyler Franzen, sr., F; Kyle Franzen, sr., C; Seth Harrington, jr., SG. Coach’s comments: “With everything that we are putting into our program this year, we are very excited to see the changes unfold. I do think we can compete with our conference as well as our nonconference schedule.” NORTH BUTLER BEARCATS Coach: Dave Brown begins his third year as coach of the Bearcats. 2011-12 record: North Butler finished 11-10 overall and 8-6 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Ty Miller, sr., G; Dylan Edeker, sr., G; Rob Rottler, sr., F; Layton Nordmeyer, sr., F; Riley Christensen, sr., C; Shaylon Lahr, jr., F; Brandon Heuer, so., G. Coach’s comments: “We have a good group of returning lettermen and seniors with a lot of valuable experience. The seniors will provide good leadership and set good examples for the underclassmen on and off the court. We have many goals for this season, and to achieve the goals the kids will need to improve every time they step on the court, although not all of our goals will be measured by just wins and losses.” NORTHWOOD-KENSETT VIKINGS Coach: Marty Cotter begins his seventh year as coach of the Vikings. 2011-12 record: Northwood-Kensett finished 3-20 overall and 1-13 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Brady Cotter, sr., G; Garrett Olson, sr., G; Brent Hagen, sr., F; Mike Burrow, sr., G; Brandon Brockman, jr., F. Others expected to contribute: Josh Einertson, fr.; Mason Olson, fr.; Joey Read, sr., Justin Read, so. Coach’s comments: “We had a very good summer and return most of last year’s scoring. We should have good depth.” RICEVILLE WILDCATS Coach: Bart Brincks returns as coach of the Wildcats. 2011-12 record: Riceville finished 6-17 overall and 311 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Justin Anderlik, sr.; Cole Beran, jr.; Chris Gansen, sr.; Emilio Gomez; so. Others expected to contribute: Logan Shedenhelm, jr.; Ryan Shedenhelm, jr.; Colton Reddel, jr.; Josh Krukow, jr.; Stone Adams, jr.; Tyler Howe, jr.; Sam Back, sr.; Gage Winfield, sr. Coach’s comments: “We will look to be more aggressive on defense this year. We will be more athletic and it should show on the defensive end of the court. We will use some full-court pressure when we have the right group of players on the floor.” ROCKFORD WARRIORS Coach: Andy Klemesrud begins his second year as coach of the Warriors.

2011-12 record: Rockford finished 5-15 overall and 410 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Jacob Green, sr., F; Connor Kuhlemeier, sr., G; Ryan Turner, jr., G; Nate Engels, jr., G; John Jones, jr. G/F. Coach’s comments: “The kids work hard and like to play basketball. We need a few newcomers to contribute and see leadership develop in our experienced players in order to have a great season.” ST. ANSGAR SAINTS Coach: Jason Squier begins his first year as coach of the Saints. 2011-12 record: St. Ansgar finished 8-13 overall and 8-6 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Taylor Wagner, sr., G; Kyle Hanson, jr., PG; Travis Charlson, sr., F; Codie Gordon, sr., G; Riley Steinberg, sr., G. Coach’s comments: “We will be inexperienced with returning varsity playing time. Our team has a good core of players returning this year.” WEST FORK WARHAWKS Coach: Frank Schnoes begins his first year as coach of the Warhawks. 2011-12 record: West Fork finished 22-2 overall and 14-0 in the Corn Bowl Conference. Returning letterwinners: Payton Plagge, sr., C; Spencer Halloran, jr., G; Aidan Sullivan, sr., G; Sam Amsbaugh, jr., F; Hunter Myers, jr., G; Kyle Parcher, sr., G; Ryan Smit, sr., G; Tanner Tuttle, jr., F. Others expected to contribute: Jeff Hafermann, sr., C/F; Zane Ruger, sr., F; Evan Sprung, so., C; Collin Schoning, jr., F/C. Coach’s comments: “We have a lot of game experience, good team depth and a strong front line. We will need to eliminate turnovers and be consistent outside shooters. We should be a contender along with North Butler for the conference championship.”

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE ALGONA BULLDOGS Coach: Noel McLaughlin begins his eighth year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 record: Algona finished 10-12 overall and 711 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Sawyer Frideres, sr., F; Cole Nielsen, sr., C; Luke Arrowood, sr., G; Justin Raymond, jr., PG. Others expected to contribute: Clay Collison, sr., F; Michael VanOosbree, sr., F; Brandon Benschoter, sr., C; Ethan Poeppe, jr.; Trevor Loeschen, so.; Luke TerHark, so. Coach’s comments: “We have good size on the interior this year. We will be a good rebounding team. We will need inexperienced players to step up and take on the role of a scorer.” BISHOP GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS Coach: Roger Froehlich begins his 10th year as coach of the Golden Bears. 2011-12 record: Bishop Garrigan finished 13-11 overall and 9-9 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: John Burns, sr., F; Nathan Krieps, jr., G; Adam Hamilton, sr., F. Others expected to contribute: Chris Loss, jr.; Brayton Loss, jr.; Michael Berke, jr.; David Klein, jr. CLEAR LAKE LIONS Coach: Kevin Kahler returns as coach of the Lions. 2011-12 record: Clear Lake finished 12-11 overall and 10-8 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Bryson Hamilton, sr., F; Gavin Sheakley, sr., G; Luke Schiller, sr., G; Jack Abbas, jr., G; Spencer Davidson, jr., G; Pete Swenson, jr., F. Others expected to contribute: Chase Lester, jr., G; Sam Heck, sr., F; Paul Raner, sr., F; Davis Dieken, jr., F; Tre Strowder, sr., G. Coach’s comments: “We’ll be competitive. Our success is going to come down to how well we play as a team, defense and rebounding. We have some pretty good kids. It’s going to be a matter of finding the right combination.” HAMPTON-DUMONT BULLDOGS Coach: Heath Walton begins his eighth year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 record: Hampton-Dumont finished 5-17 overall and 4-14 in the North Central Conference. Returning letterwinners: Josh Deibler, sr.; Andre Fristo, sr.; Chris Huling, sr.; Drew Heuberger, sr.; Levi Pratt, jr.; Kyle Kent, jr.; Cole Miller, so.; Parker Claypool, so. Coach’s comments: “We are going to be very young but I think we will be athletic and able to grow into this role of NCC basketball. There is a very good chance that we are going to play a lot of kids to find out who is able to fit our team’s needs.”

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE CHARLES CITY COMETS Coach: Todd Forsyth begins his 24th year as coach of the Comets. 2011-12 record: Charles City finished 4-18 overall and 0-12 in the Northeast Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Jeff Rutherford, sr.; Trey Forsyth, sr.; Caleb Hageman, so.; Brian Foster, so.; Levi Blaine, so. Others expected to contribute: Tyler LaBarge, jr.; Levi Miller, jr.; Sayvonne Jordan, jr.; Tony Hemann, jr.; Thomas Nairn, jr.; Gabe Fortunato, jr.; Nathan Kleve, jr.; Sam Lynch, jr. Coach’s comments: “We are hopeful for a competi-

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NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE BELMOND-KLEMME BRONCOS Coach: Jerry Lane begins his 22nd year as coach of the Broncos. 2011-12 record: Belmond-Klemme finished 11-12 overall and 5-9 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Kody Smith, sr., C; Nathan Hildebrand, sr., F; Colin Lane, jr., G; Elijah Kinseth, jr., F; Caleb Torkelson, jr., F; Court Christianson, so., G. Others expected to contribute: Logan Erickson, jr., G; Derek Nash, jr., C. Coach’s comments: “We have the second-most experience returning in the conference. We should be very competitive.” FOREST CITY INDIANS Coach: Dan Rosacker begins his 12th year as coach of the Indians. 2011-12 record: Forest City finished 17-6 overall and 11-3 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Matt Snyder, sr., P; Jonny Mathiasen, sr., G; Colton Westerberg, sr., F; Nathan Friederich, sr., F; Erich Erdman, so., G. Others expected to contribute: Ethan Erdman, so., G; Tate Thompson, sr., F; Jordan True, so., F; Isaiah Loeschen, so. C. Coach’s comments: “We should be an athletic team with experience. We’ll have to replace some very good seniors that graduated last year. We hope to be competitive in a very balanced NIC this year.” GHV CARDINALS Coach: Joe Albertson begins his seventh year as coach of the Cardinals. 2011-12 records: Garner-Hayfield finished 14-8 overall and 11-3 in the North Iowa Conference while Ventura finished 7-15 overall and 5-7 in the Cornbelt Conference. Returning letterwinners: Austin Kropp, sr. C; Zach Buseman, sr., C; Heath Hutcheson, sr., G; Alex Van Gerpen, sr., G; Zach Ryerson, sr., C; Sam Trelor, sr., G; Braden Meints, jr., G; Spencer Shaw, jr. G; Joel Toppin, jr., G; Jake Wolf, sr., C. Others expected to contribute: Josh Theobald, jr.; Jimmy Ermer, jr.; Logan Ryerson, so. LAKE MILLS BULLDOGS Coach: Kyle Menke begins his 14th year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 record: Lake Mills finished 5-18 overall and 113 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Paul Pins, jr., PG; Hunter Kingland, jr., G; Josh Peters, so., G; Nathan Banwart, sr., G; Brandon Hermanson, sr., F; Codi Thompson, sr., F; Taylor Throne, jr., F. Coach’s comments: “We are returning our top six scorers from last year. Our key to success will be how well we take care of the ball and if we can become a balanced team on offense. The NIC returns several outstanding players and will be a deep, competitive league once again.” NEWMAN CATHOLIC KNIGHTS Coach: Randy Fischels begins his 12th year as coach of the Knights, last coaching the team during the 2000-01 season. 2011-12 record: Newman Catholic finished 13-10 overall and 6-8 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: AJ Kehm, sr., P; BaiLee Gatton, sr. P; Casey Hall, sr., G; Kane Louscher, sr., P; Josh Clancy, sr., P; Chase Ott, sr., G; Will Determan, sr., G; Jack Fitzgerald, jr., G; Peter Lapointe, jr., P/G; Kaden Wadle, so., G; Joey Verstegen, so., G. Coach’s comments: “I am excited about the upcoming season. We have some talented kids returning. I like to think we can be in the mix in the conference. There are a lot of good teams this year and it should be competitive every night out in the NIC.” NORTH IOWA BISON Coach: Chad Hinders begins his fourth year as coach of the Bison. 2011-12 record: North Iowa finished 23-3 overall and 13-1 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Troy Kettwick, sr., G; Eric Krull, sr., G; Mark Milbrandt, sr., C; Jordan Anderson, sr., G; Kory Hobbs, sr., C; Frank Campos, sr., C; Tate Corporon, jr., C; Derek Yegge, jr., G; Dylan Voortmann, jr., G. Others expected to contribute: Lucas O’Connor, jr.; Josh Hofbauer, jr.; Daniel Miller, jr. Coach’s comments: “We have experience with nine players returning, including all five starters. I feel we have a good base to build on from last year’s experiences of our senior and junior classes. We have started the season focusing on fundamentals and prepping for the physical and mental challenges each team on our schedule will present.” WEST HANCOCK EAGLES Coach: Brian Peterson begins his ninth year as coach of the Eagles. 2011-12 record: West Hancock finished 9-15 overall and 3-11 in the North Iowa Conference. Returning letterwinners: Josiah Eckels, sr., F; Jon Burgardt, sr., F; Devin Richter, sr., G; Jacob Hejlik, jr., C; Cole Weiland, jr., C; Jordan Savoy, so. G; Trevor Nalan, so., G. Others expected to contribute: Tim Smidt, jr.; Connor Sonius, fr.; Nate Paulus, fr.; Nelson Barraca, fr.; Ricky Ibarra, fr.

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Newman’s BaiLee Gatton grabs a rebound last season.

OFF AND RUNNING Knights could be tough in the North Iowa Conf. By BLAKE SCHULTZ blake.schultz@globegazette.com

MASON CITY – The Newman Catholic boys basketball team comes into the 2012-13 season with high hopes. The Knights, who finished 13-10 a season ago, return their top two scorers along with a wealth of experience. “I’m excited about the upcoming season,” said coach Randy Fischels. “We have some talented kids returning and it helps to have that experience back.” Seniors AJ Kehm and Casey Hall led the Knights in scoring last season averaging 12.3 and 11.5 points per game respectively. This season, Fischels believes both will play a huge role in the team’s success. “Casey’s a pretty good perimeter player,” Fischels said. “He also can take the ball to the basket and get to the free throw line.” Kehm provides the Knights with a presence underneath the basket. He led the Knights last season making 114 field goals, most of which came within five feet of the basket. Like Hall, Kehm’s ability to draw fouls will be important. Getting to the line more is something Fischels is emphasizing this year. He believes if the team can do

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that, the team will be on its way to a successful season in the North Iowa Conference. Depth across the lineup is another thing Fischels is excited about. With that depth, the Knights would love to be able to wear teams down. “We have five good perimeter players and five post players,” Fischels said. “Unless other teams have depth like we have, we should be able to (wear

them down).” The NIC won’t be easy this season with teams like North Iowa and Forrest City, but the Knights look to be right in the mix. “The NIC will be a very competitive, very good league,” Fischels said. “But any given night, anybody could beat anybody.” As the season progresses and the Knights start hitting their stride, they could be a tough team to beat. “It’s going to be a fun team and I’m looking forward to seeing how we improve throughout the year,” Fischels said.

WRESTLING CENTRAL IOWA CONFERENCE (NORTHERN DIVISION) MASON CITY MOHAWKS Coach: Dusty Rhodes begins his 10th year as coach of the Mohawks. 2011-12 achievements: The Mohawks were 21-8 in dual meets, district champions and placed seventh at the state tournament, qualifying 10 individuals. Returning letterwinners: Kaz Onoo, jr., 113; Matt Tornquist, sr., 126; Will Siglin, jr., 138; Andrew Bartel, jr., 160; Stone Sturges, jr., 152; Will Slaven, sr., 195; Tom Schiffer, jr., 220. Others expected to contribute: Quinn Slaven, fr.; Mac Spotts, fr.; Jacob Carlson, fr.; Jacob Strait, jr.; Billy O’Neill, so.; Blake DeVary, so.; Christian O’Banion, jr. Coach’s comments: “This has been a hard-working group so far. They seem to want to listen and get better. I am excited about watching this group progress through the season.”

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE CENTRAL SPRINGS PANTHERS Coach: Jay McDonough begins his sixth year as coach of the Panthers. 2011-12 achievements: The Panthers were 14-6 in dual meets, third at the Corn Bowl Conference tournament and Kyle White placed second at the state tournament. Returning letterwinners: Coleman Waters, so., 106; JD Sliger, jr., 113; Ethan Blanchard, jr., 120; Jake Bergan, sr., 120 or 126; Kyle White, sr., 126; Levi Nettleton, so., 138; Kegen Fingalsen, so., 145; Hunter Veech, jr., 152; Izak Pedersen, jr., 160; Cam Moorehead, jr., 160 or 170; Tommy Dalton, jr., 285. Others expected to contribute: Dylan Mueller, fr., 132; Kellen Kessler, sr., 160. Coach’s comments: “We lost one wrestler from last season. We have a solid core of wrestlers back. We brought in a few good freshmen that will have an immediate impact.” NASHUA-PLAINFIELD HUSKIES Coach: Al Frost begins his 23rd year as coach of the Huskies. 2011-12 achievements: The Huskies were 24-4 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Jacob Eick, so., 113; Shane Usher, jr., 126; Jesse Bendickson, sr., 132; Jake Greer, sr., 138; Cody Marks, sr., 145; Dakota Hurd, sr., 195; Ramsey Bark, jr., 220; Zach Woodman, sr., 285; Isaac Masters, jr., 106; Matthew Schilling, so., 138; Jesse Hurd, sr., 138; Reece Reams, so., 152; Noah Roach, jr., 145; Jacob Glaser, jr., 152; Brandon Marks, so., 160; Zade McCall, so., 170; Tyler Larson, so., 182; Bryce Bilharz, so., 195. Coach’s comments: “We are going to have a very young team this year. We have only eight returning starters and three of those had losing records. Even though we have a lot of youth, we should have an opportunity for our 11th straight conference title.” NORTH BUTLER BEARCATS Coach: Gordy Smith begins his 27th year as coach of the Bearcats. 2011-12 achievements: The Bearcats finished 10-14 in duals while Cody Nelson was a state qualifier. Returning letterwinners: Brady Janssen, sr.; Riley Kock, sr.; Cody Swingen, sr.; Trent Merfeld, jr.; Cody Nelson, jr.; Connor Tindall, jr.; Dylan Dietz, so.; Jake Goodrich, so.; Alan Peters, so.; Skyler Popham, so.; Caleb Wedeking, so. NORTHWOOD-KENSETT VIKINGS Coach: Erik Butler begins his second year as coach of the Vikings. 2011-12 achievements: The Vikings were 1-21 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Coleby Bratrud, so.; Jason Tiedemann, so.; Cameron Batton, sr.; Hunter Gerken, sr.; Mitchell Athey, jr.; Charles Smith, so.; Dylan Buechele, jr.; Casey Dahlby, so.; Trey Srigley, so. Coach’s comments: “We are looking to improve from last season. This is only the second year on our own. We return the entire team from last season and add a few freshmen. Added experience and a deeper roster should be a big help this year. We should pick up a few more dual wins and push some individuals deeper into the postseason.” RICEVILLE-ST. ANSGAR OUTLAWS Coaches: Kirby Moses begins his 36th year while Che’ Oulman begins his sixth year as coach of the Outlaws. 2011-12 achievements: The Outlaws were 21-9 in duals and return Skyler Hulshizer, who placed eighth at the 2012 state tournament. Returning letterwinners: Adam Haynes, jr., 120; Brandon Klaes, jr., 126; Jacob Back, so., 132; Kaid Bruce, jr., 138; Matt Levan, jr., 145; Landon Johnson, jr., 145; Clint Eastman, so., 160; Kyle Hulshizer, sr., 170; Sterling Adams, jr., 182; Derrick Heimer, jr., 195; Skyler Hulshizer, sr., 220; Jacob Pierce, jr., 285; Garrett Byrnes, jr., 285; Connor Eustice, sr., 285; Justin Birchem, so., 126. Others expected to contribute: Sawyer Hulshizer, fr., 285; Greg Bishop, fr., 285; Ethan Mayer, fr., 120; Jack Koster, fr., 113; Sterling Islen, fr., 135; Cutter Bruce, fr., 125; Luke Harken, fr., 170; Dalton Reddel, fr.; Dalton Gillen; fr.; Max Larsen, fr., 125; Braden Tetzner, fr., 195; Logan Mayer, fr., 130. Coach’s comments: “The Outlaws will be strong in the upper weights. We may have trouble filling the lower weights.” ROCKFORD WARRIORS Coach: Justin Heimer begins his second year as coach of the Warriors. 2011-12 achievements: Rugby Sliger was a district qualifier while Cole Staudt and Wyatt Portis were both third at sectionals.

BOYS SWIMMING MASON CITY MOHAWKS Coach: Steve Hugo begins his 27th year as coach of the Mohawks. 2011-12 achievements: Mason City was 1-8 in duals, sixth in the conference, sixth at the district meet and had one state qualifier.

Returning letterwinners: Cole Staudt; Rugby Sliger; Wyatt Portis. Coach’s comments: “We will be a fairly young team this year without a lot of experience. We’re looking to begin building.”

NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE CLEAR LAKE LIONS Coach: Gary Weber begins his 31st year as coach of the Lions. 2011-12 achievements: The Lions were 7-13 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Ryan Schmalen, so., 106; Brennan Doebel, so., 113; Carson Farmer, sr., 138; Blake Kelso, jr., 132; Aaron Boeshart, sr., 145; John Glynn, sr., 152; Connor Nosbisch, jr., 182; Brice Wilcke, sr., 170; Noah Holt, jr., 195; Mitchel Jordon, jr., 285; T.J. Hauser, so., 138. Others expected to contribute: Andres Gonzalez; Ryan Faught; Mia Colon. HAMPTON-DUMONT BULLDOGS Coach: Nick Bretz begins his fourth year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 achievements: The Bulldogs were 8-16 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Taylor Behn, sr., 132; Josh Bauer, sr., 170 or 182; Spencer Tidman, sr., 182 or 195; Grant Lehman, jr., 160; Jarred Robinson, jr., 160 or 170; Israel Rodriguez, jr., 145 or 152; Alex Gonzalez, so., 138 or 145; Trevor Grefe, so., 113 or 120; Max Lehmann, so., 126; Kendrick Suntken, so., 195 or 220. Others expected to contribute: Bailey Miller; Carter Barkema; Spencer Wilkenson. Coach’s comments: “My only worry is that we seem to be bunched at weight classes and top heavy in terms of roster. If we can spread our kids across the weight spectrum, we’ll be fine, but I might have as many as 10 wrestlers between 160-195.”

NORTHEAST IOWA CONFERENCE CHARLES CITY COMETS Coach: David Williams begins his 18th year as coach of the Comets. 2011-12 achievements: The Comets were sectional champs, district champs and advanced to the state duals. Returning letterwinners: Johnny Etherington, so., 113 or 120; Jake Niichel, so., 120 or 126; Wyatt Forsyth, jr., 132; Jacob Page, jr., 132; Austin Hoeft, sr., 132; Adam Staudt, sr., 138; Alex Mitchell, jr., 145; Jesse Etherington, sr., 152; Cole Hoeft, sr., 152 or 160; Zach Mitchell, sr., 170; Luke Johnson, sr., 195; Devon Winterink, sr., 220; Dalton Hamm, sr., 285. Others expected to contribute: Zach Milks, jr., 160 or 170; Taylor Cole, jr., 170 or 182; Nate Manning, jr., 106 or 113; Austin Staudt, fr., 106 or 113; Max Forsyth, fr., 106 or 113. Coach’s comments: “We look to continue the success we had last year as most wrestlers return.”

NORTH IOWA CONFERENCE LAKE MILLS BULLDOGS Coach: Alex Brandenburg begins his fifth year as coach of the Bulldogs. 2011-12 achievements: The Bulldogs were 24-6 in duals, Noah Irons qualified for the state tournament while Andy Dahle and Jon Erickson were district qualifiers. Returning letterwinners: Scott Wogen, so., 113; Lincoln Boehmer, jr., 120; Curran McLaughlin, sr., 120; Brady Schmidt, so., 132; Andy Dahle, sr., 138; Noah Irons, jr., 145; Pete Hagenson, jr., 152; Jonah Ringham, jr., 152; Jon Erickson, sr., 160; Andrew Olsen, so., 170; Ben Irons, sr., 182; Andy Nicholson, jr., 195; Tanner Fjelstad, sr., 220; Tyler Mary, jr., 285. Coach’s comments: “We have a lot of experience back, especially through the middle. We don’t have many bodies at the top and bottom weights.” OSAGE GREEN DEVILS Coach: Brent Jenning begins his 17th year as coach of the Green Devils. 2011-12 achievements: The Green Devils won three tournaments, had 10 NIC champions and were 26-4 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Chris Hanke, jr., 106; Brady Jennings, so., 113; Thatcher Goodale, so., 120; Doug Perrin, jr., 126; Christian Fox, jr., 132; Colin Barker, sr., 138; Ryan Blake, jr., 145; Dillon Johnson, jr., 152; Bret Jeffries, sr., 220; Dan Church, sr., 285. Coach’s comments: “We are looking forward to another good year. We will need to be able to fill in weights at the top that last year’s seniors have vacated. We will also need to be able to fill in at the bottom weights with incoming freshmen. We will have some dogfights in our room with guys just trying to find a spot.” WEST HANCOCK EAGLES Coach: Mark Sanger begins his second year as coach of the Eagles. 2011-12 achievements: The Eagles were 9-19 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Nathan Aitchison, sr., 195; Gunnar Clark, sr., 182; Ryder Clark, sr., 170 or 182; Chris Schleuger, sr., 285; Kevin Tlach, sr., 220; Drew Redenius, jr., 160 or 170; Hunter Hiscocks, jr., 120; Logan Brown, so., 113; Klayton Lamoreux, so., 138. NEWMAN KNIGHTS Coach: Mark Bertsch begins his 29th season as head coach. 2011-12 achievements: The Knights were 11-9 in duals. Returning letterwinners: Tristin Caulder, soph; Reed Rognes, jr.;, Ben Gribben, jr.;, Brenden Weber, soph.;, Michael Tan, jr.;,Seth Hestness, sr.;, Sal Haroutunian, sr.; and John Waters, sr.

Returning letterwinners: Forrest Berg, jr.; Trevor Brunsvold, jr.; Tony Reisen, sr.; Patrick Rowe, jr.; Tyler Tweeten, sr.; Kyle Weiss, jr. Others expected to contribute: Kenyon Brown, jr.; Colton Segerstrom, sr.; Ethan Segerstrom, so.; Nick Voortmann. Coach’s comments: “Our focus will be on improving times in meets and practice. Daily hard work on fitness and technique in swimming, starts and turns.”


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WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW

WRESTLING RANKINGS CLASS 1A The Predicament’s Preseason State Tournament Team Rankings 1. Alburnett (5) 2. Emmetsburg (5) 3. Eddyville-Blakesburg (5) 4. Underwood (4) 5. Maquoketa Valley (5) 6. Don Bosco (3) 7. Clarion-Goldfield (5) 8. West Hancock (4) 9. Tri-Center (Neola) (3) 10. Woodbury Central (5) Individual Rankings 106 1. Taylor Curtis (Sr.) Underwood 2. Megan Black (Sr.) Eddyville Blakesburg 3. Chase Exline (Sr.) Durant 4. Evan Ulven (Jr.) Clarion Goldfield 5. Zach Fowler (Jr.) Alburnett 6. Colby Munson (Jr.) Ogden 7. Jimmy Abell (So.) Colfax Mingo 8. Madison Gravel (So.) Midland Wyoming 9. Jordan Schmitz (Jr.) Don Bosco 10. Sheldon Ealy (So.) English Valleys 113 1. Hunter Washburn (So.) Alburnett 2. Zach Ulven (Jr.) Westwood Sloan 3. Isiah Brandt (So.) Sumner Fredericksburg 4. Aaron Bartenhagen (Sr.) Durant 5. Keegan Witbeck (Sr.) Louisa-Muscatine 6. Kaden McClintock (Jr.) Ft Dodge St Edmond 7. Shawn Heaning (Jr.) Ogden 8. Christian Hilgenberg (Jr.) Coon Rapids Bayard 9. Riley Klein (Jr.) Underwood 10. Jonathan Hardy (So.) SE Warren 120 1. Kyler Kiner (Jr.) Ogden 2. Carter Happel (Fr.) Lisbon 3. JD Rader (So.) South Hamilton 4. Gable Verschoor (So.) Woodbury Central 5. Brady Ruden (Jr.) Wilton 6. Blake Meyer (So.) Sumner Fredericksburg 7. Nathan Shank (Sr.) Iowa City Regina 8. Jake Hunnerdose (So.) SE Warren 9. Dylan Gibson (Jr.) Martensdale-St Marys 10. Brad Kerkhoff (So.) Audubon 126 1. Andrew Foutch (Sr.) Underwood 2. Sawyer Amling (So.) Edgewood Colesburg 3. Travis Cole (Jr.) Highland Riverside 4. Jared Eischeid (Jr.) Carroll Kuemper 5. Collin Kolars (Sr.) BGM Brooklyn 6. Kyle Pegorick (Sr.) Midland Wyoming 7. Jeren Glosser (So.) Eddyville Blakesburg 8. Lane Nichols (So.) Woodbury Central 9. Colby McIntire (So.) Central Lyon 10. Hunter Hutchison (Sr.) Lisbon 132 1. Dylan Rhoads (Sr.) Don Bosco 2. Blake Marolf (So.) Eddyville Blakesburg 3. Ty Gibson (Jr.) Graettinger Terril 4. Trey Busick (Sr.) Pleasantville 5. Logan Mays (So.) Wilton 6. Austin Stogdill (Fr.) Maquoketa Valley 7. Joel Haberman (So.) Clarion-Goldfield 8. Derek Bailey (Sr.) Maple Valley A-O 9. Ridge Meeker (Jr.) Logan Magnolia 10. John Hageman (Sr.) Turkey Valley 138 1. Payton Rice (Jr.) Manson NW Webster 2. Kyle Blocker (Sr.) West Marshall 3. Brady Meyer (Sr.) Sumner-Fredericksburg 4. Colton Martin (Sr.) Alburnett 5. Jason Crosby (Sr.) Eddyville-Blakesburg 6. Bryce Jacobs (Sr.) Clarksville 7. Logan Loftus (Sr.) Iowa Valley Marengo 8. Andy Dahle (Sr.) Lake Mills 9. Joshua Parker (Sr.) SE Warren 10. Daniel Dirks (Sr.) Akron Westfield 145 1. Cody Marks (Sr.) Nashua Plainfield 2. Ryan Joint (Sr.) West Central Valley 3. Colton Stoddard (Sr.) East Buchanan 4. Carter Funke (Sr.) Maquoketa Valley 5. Darrian Irlbeck (Sr.) Tri-Center Neola 6. Noah Irons (Jr.) Lake Mills 7. Cody Kingery (So.) Underwood 8. Jake Mize (Sr.) Woodbury Central 9. Keenan Bock (Sr.) Coon Rapids Bayard 10. Matt Oddland (Sr.) Clarion Goldfield 152 1. Loren Williams (Sr.) Tri Center-Neola 2. Tyler Foubert (Jr.) Tri-County-Montezuma 3. Grant Henderson (Sr.) Alburnett 4. Brady Bailey (Sr.) Emmetsburg 5. Teddie Harvey (Sr.) Ft Dodge St Edmond 6. John Pint (Sr.) North Linn 7. Logan Moore (Jr.) West Monona Onawa 8. Shane Swank (Sr.) Mount Ayr 9. Tanner Arnold (Sr.) West Marshall 10. Cody Nelson (Jr.) North Butler 160 1. Jake Hogan (Jr.) Don Bosco 2. Dylan Windfield (Jr.) Alburnett 3. Drake Harmon (Sr.) Manson NW Webster 4. Caden Doll (Jr.) Lynnville Sully 5. Josh Matusik (Sr.) Woodbine 6. Cole Cook (Sr.) Tipton 7. Kallan Schmelzer (Jr.) Corning 8. Dillion Ciavarelli (So.) Clarksville 9. Dale Hilleman (So.) West Marshall 10. Brett Walsh (Sr.) Highland Riverside 170 1. Brendan Schott (Sr.) North Linn 2. Jacob Meehan (Sr.) MMC 3. Nick Schany (Sr.) Emmetsburg 4. Luke Huber (Jr.) Hudson 5. Ryder Clark (Sr.) West Hancock 6. Jake Haberman (Sr.) Clarion-Goldfield 7. Austin Laabs (So.) Guthrie Center 8. Dalton Wheeler (Sr.) Louisa-Muscatine 9. Dylan Albright (Sr.) Colfax-Mingo 10. David Olson (Sr.) Pocahontas Area 182 1. Andrew Wellick (Sr.) Emmetsburg 2. Jake Lewis (Sr.) CB St Albert 3. Dalton Ciavarelli (Sr.) Clarksville 4. Dillon Pigsley (Jr.) Eddyville Blakesburg 5. Gunnar Clark (Sr.) West Hancock 6. Ryan Leonard (Sr.) Midland Wyoming 7. Terry Mooty (Sr.) Dike New Hartford 8. Jesse Svoboda (Sr.) Audubon 9. Ben Wellman (Jr.) Tri-Center Neola 10. Luke Kramer (Sr.) Maquoketa Valley 195 1. Cade Jones (Sr.) West Branch 2. Ryan Parmely (So.) Maquoketa Valley 3. Austin McCartan (Sr.) Emmetsburg 4. John Waters (Sr.) Newman Catholic 5. Adam Hawkins (Jr.) BGM Brooklyn 6. Matt Streit (Sr.) Prairie Valley 7. Tyler Hoffman (Sr.) East Buchanan 8. Chet Willer (Sr.) Akron-Westfield 9. Clay Meinders (So.) AGWSR 10. Trey Sander (Jr.) EHK-Exira 220 1. Mitch Gambrill (Jr.) Clarion-Goldfield 2. Logan Melby (Sr.) Logan Magnolia 3. Michael Davidson (Sr.) Ridge View 4. Daniel Gaffey (Sr.) Iowa City Regina 5. Vinnie Harvey (Jr.) Ft Dodge St Edmond 6. Logan Paulsen (So.) Woodbury Central 7. Kevin Tlach (Sr.) West Hancock 8. Tayler Wegner (Sr.) Emmetsburg 9. Jeremy Watson (Jr.) Pochahontas Area 10. Luke Kuennen (Jr.) Turkey Valley 285 1. Brandon McCracken (Sr.) Aplington Parkersburg 2. Chris Schleugler (Sr.) West Hancock 3. Dillon Suhr (Sr.) Guthrie Center 4. Tyler Yonkovic (Jr.) Maquoketa Valley 5. Luke Bird (Sr.) East Buchanan 6. David Howell (Jr.) East Mills 7. Dalton Lape (Jr.) North Fayette 8. Cody Van Dee (Sr.) Iowa Valley 9. Landan Paulsen (So.) Woodbury Central 10. Joe Ricker (So.) Mt Ayr CLASS 2A The Predicament’s Preseason State Tournament Team Rankings 1. West Delaware (7) 2. Davenport Assumption (7) 3. Mediapolis (7) 4. Creston — OM (3) 5. LaPorte City Union (3) 6. Spencer (6) 7. Albia (4) 8. Denver-Tripoli (3) 9. Spirit Lake Park (3) 10. Charles City (4) Individual Rankings 106 1. Patrick Woods (Jr.) West Delaware 2. Brock Rathbun (Fr.) Center Point Urbana 3. Brandon Mayer (So.) Cresco 4. Coleman Waters (So.) Central Springs 5. Ryan Schmalen (So.) Clear Lake 6. Keaton Sherwood (So.) Benton Community 7. Shea Swafford (Fr.) Mediapolis 8. Tristan Johnson (Fr.) Osage 9. Nic Rounds (Fr.) Missouri Valley 10. Darien Collins (Fr.) Davenport Assumption 113 1. Mason Miller (Jr.) Winterset 2. Zach Less (Jr.) West Delaware 3. Brendon Gould (Jr.) Davenport Assumption 4. Johnny Etherington (So.) Charles City 5. Fletcher Green (Jr.) Washingon 6. Colton Milosevich (Jr.) Woodward Granger 7. Trevor Streuli (Jr.) Spencer 8. Chris Hanke (Jr.) Osage 9. JD Sliger (So.) Central Springs 10. Dillion Cox (Jr.) Atlantic

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120 1. Doug Miner (Sr.) Spirit Lake Park 2. Shadow Leshen (Jr.) Albia 3. Leighton Gaul (Sr.) New Hampton 4. Darrian Schwenke (Jr.) Atlantic 5. Brady Jennings (So.) Osage 6. Blake Luna (Jr.) Clarinda 7. Hunter Slifka (Jr.) Cresco 8. Broghan Kelly (Jr.) Harlan 9. Bailey Hawn (Sr.) Spencer 10. Eliot Henderson (Jr.) West Liberty 126 1. Max Thomsen (So.) Union 2. Andres Gonzalez (Jr.) Clear Lake 3. Charlie Jones (Sr.) Waterloo Colombus 4. Tony Devriese (Sr.) Davenport Assumption 5. Kyle White (Sr.) Central Springs 6. John Christopherson (Sr.) Spencer 7. Oscar Ramirez (Jr.) Estherville 8. Chase Goodman (Sr.) South Central Calhoun 9. James Stittsworth (Sr.) Knoxville 10. Caleb Studebaker (Sr.) Independence 132 1. Colton McCrystal (Sr.) Sgt Bluff Luton 2. Kyle Springer (Sr.) Davenport Assumption 3. Cole Erickson (So.) Mediapolis 4. Douglas Perrin (Jr.) Osage 5. Mitchell Broer (Jr.) Ballard 6. Ryan Krugler (Sr.) ADM Adel 7. Connor Soenksen (Sr.) Northeast Gooselake 8. Tad Chapin (Jr.) Denver-Tripoli 9. Logan Peed (So.) South Central Calhoun 10. Kellan O’Shea (Jr.) Decorah 138 1. Jake Marlin (Sr.) Creston-OM 2. Drew Foster (Jr.) Mediapolis 3. Levi Gilmore (Jr.) Spencer 4. Eric Clarke (Jr.) Davenport Assumption 5. Zach Skopec (Jr.) Spirit Lake Park 6. Allen Perry (Sr.) Bondurant Farrar 7. Seth Stetzel (Jr.) Perry 8. Dillon Hansen (Sr.) Ballard 9. Brett Marcum (Sr.) Missouri Valley 10. Steven Garcia (Jr.) Sgt Bluff Luton 145 1. Brandon Sorensen (Sr.) Denver-Tripoli 2. Logan Thomsen (Sr.) Union 3. Zach Muller (Sr.) West Delaware 4. Drew Buster (Jr.) Mediapolis 5. Chase Straw (So.) Independence 6. Dalton Folkerts (Jr.) Albia 7. Payton Kauzlarich (Jr.) Williamsburg 8. Patrick Rooney (Sr.) Bondurant Farrar 9. Alex Mitchell (Jr.) Charles City 10. Brody Beck (Jr.) Grinnell 152 1. Nick Georgean (Sr.) Davenport Assumption 2. Jesse Etherington (Sr.) Charles City 3. Jake Voss (Jr.) West Delaware 4. Griffin Osing (Jr.) Albia 5. Dylon Van’t Hof (Jr.) Sioux Center 6. Jake Sherman (Jr.) Saydel 7. Blake Lingenfelter (Sr.) Nevada 8. Jackson Van Kirk (Sr.) Perry 9. Hunter Berkenpas (Sr.) BHRV 10. Logan McQuillan (Sr.) Monticello 160 1. Tanner Schaefer (Sr.) Spencer 2. Trey Ryan (Jr.) Mount Vernon 3. Brett Leshen (Jr.) Albia 4. Trevor Frain (Jr.) Creston-OM 5. Blake Beckman (Sr.) Mediapolis 6. Sawyer Anderson (Sr.) New Hampton 7. Aaron Shulista (Sr.) Solon 8. Tyler Chatterton (Jr.) Knoxville 9. Sam Plagman (Sr.) ADM Adel 10. Colin Barker (Sr.) Osage 170 1. Erik Lux (Sr.) South Tama 2. Adam Drain (Jr.) Mediapolis 3. Chase Shedenhelm (Sr.) Denver-Tripoli 4. Cash Wilcke (So.) BCIG-OA 5. Seth Davisson (Sr.) Fairfield 6. Rick Maris (Sr.) Spirit Lake Park 7. Aaron Crossett (Sr.) Knoxville 8. Kyle Fank (Jr.) Independence 9. Blaine Johnson (Sr.) Spencer 10. Josh Bauer (Sr.) Hampton Dumont 182 1. Jacyn Goebel (Sr.) West Delaware 2. Dallas Rozeboom (Sr.) BHRV 3. Steven Holloway (So.) Mediapolis 4. Jordan Grove (Sr.) ADM Adel 5. Matt Williamson (Sr.) Atlantic 6. Colton Spaur (Sr.) Knoxville 7. Jay Reisetter (Sr.) East Marshall 8. Ethan Jones (Sr.) Interstate 35, Truro 9. Austin Lukes (Sr.) New Hampton 10. Cole Bonde (Sr.) Bedford-Lenox 195 1. Keaton Hulett (Sr.) Creston-OM 2. Riley Denny (Sr.) Centerville 3. Reed Dreyer (Jr.) Humboldt 4. Lance Evans (Jr.) Solon 5. Kirby Kendrick (Sr.) Dyersville Beckman 6. Alex Macki (Sr.) Ballard 7. Luke Johnson (Sr.) Charles City 8. Ty Koldenhoven (Sr.) BHRV 9. Tyler Stork (Sr.) Atlantic 10. Cole Dickey (Sr.) Northeast Gooselake 220 1. Adam Reth (Sr.) West Delaware 2. Corbin Blythe (Sr.) Williamsburg 3. Andy Hovden (Sr.) Decorah 4. Tyler Dolieslager (Sr.) BHRV 5. Skyler Hulshizer (Sr.) Riceville-St Ansgar 6. Blake Glenn (Sr.) Winterset 7. Jacob Minert (Sr.) Fairfield 8. Tyler Nyugen (Sr.) Sgt Bluff Luton 9. Dylan Nelson (Sr.) ADM Adel 10. Hunter Girling (Sr.) Bondurant Farrar 285 1. Dean Broghammer (Sr.) West Delaware 2. Josh Clark (Sr.) Union 3. Chad Pohlmeier (Sr.) Bondurant Farrar 4. Sean Easler (Sr.) Davenport Assumption 5. Dillon Blythe (Sr.) Williamsburg 6. Nate Judge (Sr.) East Marshall 7. Tommy Dalton (Sr.) Central Springs 8. Juan Martinez (Sr.) West Liberty 9. Aron King (Jr.) South Central Calhoun 10. Ben Burnett (Sr.) Carlisle CLASS 3A The Predicament’s Preseason State Tournament Team Rankings 1. SE Polk (12) 2. Linn-Mar (8) 3. Bettendorf (5) 4. Waverly-Shell Rock (7) 5. Cedar Rapids Prairie (7) 6. Iowa City West (4) 7. Pleasant Valley (6) 8. North Scott (5) 9. Dowling Catholic (6) 10. Burlington (3) Individual Rankings 106 1. Tanner Rohweder (So) Dowling Catholic 2. Chase Lynn (Jr) Dubuque Senior 3. Nolan Hellickson (So) SE Polk 4. Jacob Schwarm (So) Bettendorf 5. Henry Pohlmeyer (So) Johnston 6. Brenden Baker (Fr) CR Jefferson 7. Jack Koethe (Fr) WDM Valley 8. Sam Uthoff (Fr) CR Prairie 9. Noah Ajram (Fr) LinnMar 10. Erik Birnbaum (So) Ft. Dodge 113 1. Matt Wempen (So) LinnMar 2. Kaz Onoo (Jr) Mason City 3. Bryce Meyer (Jr) Ft Madison 4. Trevor Murano (Jr) Dallas Center-Grimes 5. Clayton Eicher (Sr) WDM Valley 6. Jonah Eide (Sr) Dowling Catholic 7. Jordan Peterson (Sr) CB Abe Lincoln 8. Alex Lemus (Sr) Iowa City High 9. Gunner Jorgenson (Fr) SE Polk 10. Logen Rodriquez (Fr) CR Kennedy 120 1. Alijah Jeffery (Jr) LinnMar 2. Travis Willers (Jr) Pleasant Valley 3. John Gioffredi (Jr) Indianola 4. Jake Koethe (Jr) WDM Valley 5. Hunter Genco (Jr) Clinton 6. Jake Kristensen (Jr) DM Roosevelt 7. Danny Kelly (So) Cedar Falls 8. Austin Anderson (Sr) Ankeny 9. Chase Seaney (So) Ft Madison 10. Aaron Meyer (So) SE Polk 126 1. Fredy Stroker (So) Bettendorf 2. Chris Walters (Jr) Iowa City West 3. Josh Wenger (So) CR Prairie 4. Damon Griffin (Jr) LinnMar 5. Joe McGinnis (Jr) Indianola 6. Jonathon Eide (Sr) Dowling Catholic 7. Jonathan Paulson (Sr) Urbandale 8. Austin Hosch (Jr) Western Dubuque 9. Justin Reiher (Jr) Waverly-Shell Rock 10. Michael Moncivais (Jr) CR Jefferson 132 1. Logan Ryan (Jr) Bettendorf 2. Colby Knight (Sr) Urbandale 3. Bryce Steiert (So) Waverly-Shell Rock 4. Christian Dunn (Sr) Ft Madison 5. Briar Dittmer (So) SE Polk 6. Brandon Knudson (Jr) SC West 7. Nathan Twito (Sr) Ames 8. Chris Grow (Sr) Waukee 9. JD Ruzicka (Sr) CR Kennedy 10. Christian Foote (Fr) Pleasant Valley 138 1. Kegan Wakefield (Sr) Iowa City West 2. Dylan Buchheit (Sr) SE Polk 3. Randy McPhee (Sr) Pleasant Valley

MASON CITY HIGH • wrestling

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Mason City’s Kaz Onoo (right) wrestles at the state meet last season.

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Onoo has his eyes on a state title By JARED PATTERSON jared.patterson@globegazette.com

ASON CITY — It was during middle school when Kaz Onoo first developed the urge to become a state champion. Then, it was mainly about winning an AAU title. He accomplished that feat his eighth-grade year. Now, two trips to state in his back pocket, it’s about winning a more prestigious title for the Mason City High junior. “I just want to go out every match, fight hard and give it all I got,” Onoo said. A qualifier his freshman year and fourth-place finisher last season at 106 pounds, Onoo is set to bump up a weight for the first time in his prep career. He finished sixth at the preseason national tournament in Cedar Falls and is ranked second in the preseason poll at 113. He’s the highest-ranked wrestler for a Mohawk team that returns three state qualifiers. “To be real honest, I can’t imagine a much better 13pounder than Kaz,” Mason City coach Dusty Rhodes said. “He does everything he can to get better in season and outside of season. He seeks out resources to get better.” Onoo is behind Linn-Mar’s Matt Wempen, the Class 3A 113-

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Sturges pound starts the champ last year season, in ranked the ranksixth at ings. 152. During Rhodes Onoo’s run doesn’t at state a Sturges Bartel Schiffer think he’ll season ago, finish the year in that slot. he was a scoring machine using “I don’t think there is a ceiling the tilt and was improved on his feet. If there was one aspect he for Stone,” Rhodes said. “You are struggled at it was from the botnot going to find a much better tom position. athlete at 152 in the state of Iowa Rhodes said that’s not an issue than him. If he can figure out a anymore. way to put it all together there is “From what I’ve seen, I don’t no ceiling for him.” see that as being an issue,” Rhodes What’s been evident early in said. practice is just how close Bartel Onoo, 41-9 a season ago, is one and Sturges are on the mat. of the headliners for a Mason City “It’s amazing how hard they are team that finished 21-8 in duals. pushing each other,” Rhodes said. It’s a pair of juniors — Andy “There are times we just have to Bartel and Stone Sturges — who split them up to share the wealth.” may be poised to take the biggest Tom Schiffer, a junior, was a leap. state qualifier at 220 pounds and Bartel was a state qualifier at is ranked sixth while Will Slaven, 132 last season while Sturges took a senior, was a place away from third at districts. qualifying at 195. Bartel, whose older brother, Schiffer will start the season at Jared, won the state title at 189 heavyweight but will work his pounds, looks like a different kid way down to 220. physically. Mason City finished seventh in He added 30 pounds of muscle Class 3A last season and proand will wrestle at 160, where he’s duced five placewinners. ranked fifth in the preseason. “We have one of the toughest “I can tell a difference,” Bartel programs in the state,” Onoo said. said. “You can just tell the differ“If everyone works as hard as they ence from cutting weight and can we can definitely contend.” not.”

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4. Andrew Steiert (Sr) Waverly-Shell Rock 5. Trey Blaha (Jr) CR Prairie 6. Jacob Woodard (So) Bettendorf 7. Matt Taylor (Sr) Dallas Center-Grimes 8. Clayton Hocker (Jr) Ft Madison 9. Karsten VanVelsor (Sr) Ottumwa 10. Jason Wallace (So) CB Thomas Jefferson 145 1. Alex Hernandez (Sr) Bettendorf 2. Joel Northrup (Sr) LinnMar 3. Alex Caldwell (Jr) Clinton 4. Colin Strickland (Sr) SE Polk 5. Austin Boyd (Sr) Burlington 6. Dylan Gansen (Jr) Western Dubuque 7. Matt Victor (Sr) Indianola 8. Charles Weaver (Sr) CB Thomas Jefferson 9. Harrison Farrell (Sr) Dowling Catholic 10. Corey Abernathy ((Jr) Waverly Shell-Rock 152 1. Ross Lembeck (Jr) LinnMar 2. Spencer Derifield (Jr) Waverly-Shell Rock 3. Dawson Nemmers (Sr) Western Dubuque 4. Dustin Caldwell (Jr) Clinton 5. Skyler St. John (Jr) CR Prairie 6. Stone Sturges (Jr) Mason City 7. Mason Kerr (So) SE Polk 8. Kelly May (So) CR Jefferson 9. Garrett Nitch (Sr) Boone 10. Sam Schade (Sr) Johnston 160 1. Tim Miklus (Sr) SE Polk 2. Dalton Witte (Jr) Burlington 3. Bret McKinney (Sr) North Scott 4. Morgan Hall (Sr) Western Dubuque 5. Andrew Bartel (Jr) Mason City 6. Grant Rosenboom (Sr) Pleasant Valley 7. Gage Martin (Sr) SC North 8. Ethan Ruby (Jr) Lewis Central 9. Mitchell Otto (So) SC East 10. Ian Begg (Sr) Ankeny 170 1. Dylan Blackford (Sr) SE Polk 2. Bradey Letney (Jr) Pleasant Valley 3. Cameron Rathje (Sr) CR Prairie 4. Nick Hagedorn (Sr) Cedar Falls 5. Duke Egli (Sr) Ft. Dodge 6. Dustin Fuller (Sr) SC North 7. Mitch Bowman (Jr) North Scott 8. Connor Larson (Jr) Webster City 9. Matt Collins (Sr) Dowling Catholic 10. Drake Swedlund (Sr) SC East 182 1. Matt Seabold (Sr) Burlington 2. Dylan Fielder (Jr) Webster City 3. Justin Kreiter (Sr) North Scott 4. Austin Gould (Sr) CR Prairie 5. Justin Dilks (Jr) Mt Pleasant 6. Andrew Holladay (So) LinnMar 7. Hunter Hoffman (Sr) Glenwood 8. Reed Flood (Sr) Dowling Catholic 9. John Ware (So) Ankeny 10. Andrew Landgrebe (Jr) Oskaloosa 195 1. Mickey Pelfrey (Sr) Iowa City West

2. Dane Jones (Sr) Oskaloosa 3. Adam Walther (Sr) Waverly-Shell Rock 4. Marcus Harrington (Jr) Waterloo West 5. Colton Aplara (Sr) Mt Pleasant 6. Austin Lear (Sr) Lewis Central 7. Colin Kreiter (So) North Scott 8. Luke Sargent (Sr) SE Polk 9. Wil Simpson (Sr) Ankeny 10. Riley Prescott (Jr) Ft. Dodge 220

1. Bryce Fisher (Sr) SE Polk 2. Kaleb Staack (Jr) Waverly-Shell Rock 3. Justin Green (Sr) LinnMar 4. Joel Lanning (Sr) Ankeny 5. Jacob Dilks (Sr) Mt. Pleasant 6. Tom Schiffer (Jr) Mason City 7. Devin Allbee (Jr) Pleasant Valley 8. Justin Klinkel (Sr) Ames 9. Zach Goodall (Sr) CR Kennedy 10. Gannon Gremmel (So) Dubuque Hempstead 285

1. Jake Scanlan (Jr) SE Polk 2. Zach Renshaw (Sr) Lewis Central 3. Andrew Netolicky (Sr) CR Prairie 4. Cegan Long (Sr) North Scott 5. Shaquille Wells (Sr) Urbandale 6. Colin Foerstner (Sr) Iowa City West 7. Ryan Maas (Jr) Iowa City High 8. Alex Goss (Sr) Keokuk 9. Jacob Oldaker (Sr) Clinton 10. Jordan Bywater (Jr) CB Abe Lincoln


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Clear Lake’s Brice Wilcke (left) wrestles last season.

BackonTrack? With Andres Gonzalez in the fold, Clear Lake looks to trend upward By JARED PATTERSON jared.patterson@globegazette.com

LEAR LAKE — Andres Gonzalez has a mini weight room set up in his bedroom, fit with dumb bells, a large mirror and posters. It’s a constant reminder of what it takes to get to the top. Gonzalez is no stranger to competing for state titles. At Mason City High his first two years, he finished fourth and third. Now at Clear Lake, he admits it’s state title or bust. “That’s all I want to do is win state my next two years,” he said. “There should be nothing less.” For Clear Lake coach Gary Weber, it’s evident Gonzalez has the tools to do that. “He’s as good as any state champ we’ve had in the room,” Weber said. That’s lofty praise from someone who coached two-time state champ Joe Colon, now a national title contender at Northern Iowa. Clear Lake was a 7-13 team a season ago. It was the first losing record in 20 years. Having Gonzalez, a bonuspoint machine in most duals, is sure to help that. Clear Lake doesn’t have a returning state qualifier on its roster. But when you throw in Gonzalez, 41-2 a year ago, you have a 126-pounder who is expecting not only to make it to state but become the Lions’ first state champ since Jacob Colon in 2011. Gonzalez admits it’s still a bit

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Andres Gonzalez, wrestling for Mason City last year, is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A at 126 pounds. odd wrestling for Weber, a coach who is known for his eccentric personality. “I didn’t know what to think about him when I was younger,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t not like him, but he was the Clear Lake coach. Everybody wanted to beat him ... You know how he is.” But in the room, the two have earned each other’s respect. “I didn’t realize he was quite so strong,” Weber said. “And he’s so technical and he has the work ethic.” Weber wants that to trickle down throughout a lineup that was very inexperienced a season ago. “We have to compete harder,”

Weber said. “When they get on the mat they have to get a little nastier.” Ryan Schmalen (106) and Brice Wilcke (170) were the winningest wrestlers on the Clear Lake roster a season ago. Each won 24 matches. Schmalen was a third-place finisher at districts. “We have a lot of kids who have potential and can make it to state,” Wilcke said. “It’s up to them how hard they work in the room.” That’s something that Gonzalez knows is the key. “It’s all mental,” he said. “Everybody knows that if you aren’t pushing yourself that you are holding yourself back.”

Running Waters Senior John Waters coming off 5th-place finish for Newman By JARED PATTERSON jared.patterson@globegazette.com

MASON CITY — Fighting injury early in his high school career, John Waters felt like the one thing that really suffered was his technique. It’s fair to say the Newman Catholic senior has made strides in that department. A fifth-place finisher a year ago in Class 1A at 195 pounds, Waters, ranked fifth, is the guy for Newman Catholic this year. In a room with only 14 wrestlers, coach Mark Bertsch is conceding competing for wins in some instances. Instead, it’s about making progress with wrestlers who are aiming to place high at state, like in Waters’ case, or simple improvement for those who are novices to the sport. “First of all, we are not a dual meet team,” Bertsch said. “We are not worried about the beginning of the season.” It’s all about progress. In Waters’ case it’s about expanding a gas tank that he feels can elevate him to the next level and can vault him into state-title contention. “I just know I have to go all three periods,” he said. “You have to give it your all. I was satisfied (with last year) but you can’t get comfortable.” Waters said he’s comfortable in a wrestling room where practice partners are sparse. “What we lack in numbers we don’t lack in people going their hardest,” he said. “Whether it’s guys in their first year or guys like me, you are always teaching yourself.” Bertsch has plenty of teaching to do. Waters is the lone returning state qualifier. Reed Rognes has been knocking on the door (he took third the last two years at districts), but beyond that it is an inexperienced group. Seth Hestness is the only other Knight who qualified for districts. “If I was only sticking around for winning I’d be gone,” Bertsch said. “When I’m done nobody is going to pull out a record book and ask you how good a record you had. It’s about making the kids we have in the room better.”

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Osage the team to beat again By JARED PATTERSON jared.patterson@globegazette.com

CORN BOWL CONFERENCE • wrestling

• Central Springs senior ready for another run

White on a mission

By JARED PATTERSON jared.patterson@globegazette.com

MANLY — There have been nights where the clock hits midnight and Kyle White still can’t sleep. The remedy for that is to get up and go for a run around town. For White, a year after wrestling for a state title, it’s about replicating that feat. “He’s driven. He’s so driven,” Central Springs coach Jay McDonough said. The drive to Wells Fargo Arena has some new turns for the Panthers this season. Central Springs moved from Class 1A to 2A. Where the Panthers are strong, so are teams in their sectional like Osage and Clear Lake. Then you throw in Charles City once districts roll around and just getting bodies to state will be a tall task. “That’s a big-time challenge now,” McDonough said. For White, the challenge will begin at sectionals. He starts the year ranked fifth at 126 pounds, a few spots behind Clear Lake’s Andres Gonzalez, who will be in the same sectional. In all, the Panthers have four ranked wrestlers — Coleman Waters (No. 4 at 106), JD Sliger (No. 9 at 113) and Tommy Dalton (No. 7 at 285). Of the four, only White, who reeled off three straight wins at state before losing to Albunett’s Tyler Shulista in the finals, qualified for state. “When Andrew (Nodtvedt) won it, that rubbed off on Kyle,” McDonough said. “As Kyle went through his run I think that was rubbing off on the others.” The Panthers, who placed third at the Corn Bowl Conference meet and 14-6 in duals, are still chasing Nashua-Plainfield for conference supremacy. The Huskies, last season’s Class 1A state dual champs, lost three state finalists and return just one

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Central Springs’ Kyle White (right) wrestles in the state tournament last season. qualifier in Cody Marks, the top-ranked 145pounder in Class 1A. Marks broke his hand during the state dual tournament last season and didn’t wrestle in the traditional state tournament. “We only have eight returning starters and three of those had losing records,” N-P coach Al Frost said. “This year’s team will be a big wait and see.” Maybe in the state race that will be true, but N-P is still the team to beat as it aims for its 11th straight Corn Bowl title. “They are just too deep,” McDonough said.

On the information sheet Osage wrestling coach Brent Jennings filled out there is a section that asks what a team is looking for in its upcoming season. The answer by Jennings was short and to the point. “State titles,” it read. And that’s where the focus lies for an Osage wrestling team loaded in the lower weights and coming off a 26-4 season. Osage returns North Iowa Conference champions at each weight from 106 to 138. They return a pair of state place winners — Brady Jennings and Doug Perrin each finished sixth a season ago — and with a host of returnees down low and some impact freshmen in the mix, competition for spots in the lineup has been fierce. “We will have some dogfights in our room with guys just trying to find a spot,” Jennings said. Perhaps the lone question is how Osage will fill in weights toward the top. But the question about who is the favorite in the NIC begins and ends with Osage until someone knocks the Green Devils off. Chris Hanke, Jennings, Thatcher Goodale, Perrin, Christian Fox and Colin Barker all return as conference champs. So does Bret Jeffries in the upper weights. “Our numbers are great,” Jennings said. “I just wish we could spread our kids out a little more in order to create more opportunities for kids.” West Hancock has the horses at the top with the Clark boys (Ryder and Gunner) to go along with Nate Aitchison, Kevin Tlach and Chris Schleuger, who starts the year ranked second at heavyweight in Class 1A. Then you thrown in a Lake Mills team that finished last season 24-6, led by Alex Brandenburg, who has done an excellent job with the program in his five seasons and you have some depth in the conference. The dual record was great, but Brandenburg wants more success at the state level this season. “The standard needs to be set higher this year in terms of district qualifiers, state qualifiers, and state place-winners,” he said.


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JAKE RAJEWSKY • THE GLOBE GAZETTE Charles City’s Johnny (left) and Jesse Etherington.

FAMILYAFFAIR Sweat. Blood. Tears. And everything in between By JARED PATTERSON

He was right.

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HARLES CITY — Jesse Etherington has watched the VHS tape of his dad, Jason, win his state wrestling title back in 1983 for Algona High. The bracket from his dad’s statetournament run still sits in the family’s basement. Jesse, now a senior at Charles City, has heard the stories. Jesse knows all about how his grandpa, also named Jason and also a state wrestling champ, (1960, Algona) was doing the color commentary on the radio for his dad’s title match in ’83. “It’s pretty sweet watching him win a state title,” Jesse said. Wrestlng is more than just a sport to the Etheringtons. Sure, it’s two generations of state champs, but it goes beyond that. The Etherington clan has four kids in high school at Charles City — one in every grade. Jesse, a two-time placewinner, is the eldest of the group. Johnny, a state qualifier as a freshman, is sandwiched between a pair of sisters — Sydney and Shae. “They say their sport in the winter is wrestling,” Jesse said of his sisters.

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Charles City wrestling coach Dave Williams is beginning his 18th year in town. It was about the same time he took over he found out that Jason Etherington and his wife moved to Charles City. The relationship between Williams and Etherington dates back to college where Williams got to know the former state champ through a teammate. “I knew there’d be some wrestlers,” Williams said.

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Jesse spent most of last season ranked No.1 in Class 2A at 145 pounds. He burst on to the scene as a freshman and took fourth at state before he shockingly missed out on state as a sophomore. “My sophomore year the pressure got to me,” he admits. “I had to think through a lot of stuff after that year.” Not much bothered him last season. He was on cruise control at the state tournament entering his semifinal match against Denver-Tripoli’s Cory Chapin, an unorthadox wrestler, to put it mildly. Etherington was leading 5-3 in the third period. A trip to Championship Saturday was within his grasp. His brother, Johnny, was knocked out of the tournament a day earlier and was watching from the stands. “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s got this,’” Johnny thought after his brother scored a takedown. Then everything changed. Chapin, his funky style on full display, caught Etherington and recorded a third-period fall, ending Jesse’s state-championship bid in stunning fashion. Jesse laid on the mat and just looked at the Wells Fargo Arena ceiling. “He came and consoled me after I lost, so I tried to find him,” Johnny said. “I knew I wouldn’t be able to do much.” Jesse wrestled back the next morning to place third after he earned a pair of decisions the morning after that Friday night loss. Jesse went back and studied the film soon after. At first, it was complete disbelief as

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he watched it. Then it turned into a study session. The past was the past. The focus turned to the future and his senior season. “I had to look at it to see what I did wrong,” Jesse said. “You learn from your failures. I had to learn from las yera.” Jesse has always been devoted to wrestling, but he feels the urgency this time around. He was the quarterback of the Charles City football team his junior year. He didn’t play this season. Instead, he focused on improving on the mat. “In all aspects he’s gotten better,” Williams said. Part of his improvement is trusting the voices around him, even the ones he has blocked out from time to time in the past. The one voice that has always earned his attention is that of his grandpa, who doesn’t miss a match his grandsons wrestle in. He admits he needs to listen to his dad more. “My dad knows a lot,” Jesse said. Jesse has gotten wiser over the years despite dealing with heartache of the cruelest kind. The Etheringtons bleed wrestling. For Jesse, this is it. Sure, he’ll likely wrestle in college, but his senior season is what it’s about now. He’s settled in at 152 pounds where he’s ranked second in the preseason rankings in Class 2A. No matter what happens, he has a family of wrestlers and wrestling fans behind him. “When we lose big matches, like state, my sisters probably bawled more than I did,” Jesse said.

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Ettelson, Hudson.......................................... 2000-03 Daniel LeClere, North Linn, Troy Mills................ 2002-05 Jay Borschel, Linn-Mar, Marion ...........................2002-05 T.J. Sebolt, Centerville ........................................ 2003-06 Bart Reiter, Don Bosco Catholic, Gilbertville..... 2006-09 Nick Moore, Iowa City West ................................ 2007-10 John Meeks, Des Moines Roosevelt .................. 2009-12 Cory Clark, Southeast Polk ................................ 2009-12 THREE-TIME IOWA STATE CHAMPIONS (78) **Willis Standley, Boone ...................................... 1922-24 **Lyle Wilson, Boone ........................................... 1923-25 Ken Ruggles, Ames............................................. 1928-30 Donald Maland, Cresco ...................................... 1932-34 Paul Bell, Clarion ................................................ 1936-38 Gerald Leeman, Osage ...................................... 1939-41 Jimmie Stoyanoff, Waterloo, West...................... 1940-42 Dick Hauser, Waterloo, West.............................. 1944-46 Ed Nelson, Eagle Grove ..................................... 1947-49 Ed Kline, Mason City ........................................... 1951-53 Ron Gray, Eagle Grove ............................. 1952-53 & 55 Tom Huff, Waterloo, West ................................... 1957-59 Mel Wieland, CR, Jefferson ................................ 1960-62 Tom Peckham, Crestwood, Cresco .................... 1960-62 Paul Stinson, Waterloo, East .............................. 1963-65 Dan Gable, Waterloo, West ............................... 1964-66 Kim Rhoades, Cedar Falls ................................. 1965-67 Keith Abens, Humboldt........................................ 1967-69 John Hagen, Britt ................................................ 1969-71 Dave Musselman, Humboldt............................... 1970-72 Dave Morgan, Eagle Grove ............................... 1972-74 Paul Martin, Algona ............................................. 1972-74 Brent Hagen, Britt ..................................... 1972, 73 & 75 Mark Stevenson, Britt .......................................... 1973-75 Jim Gibbons, Ames.............................................. 1975-77 Rich Stillman, Emmetsburg ................................. 1975-77 Jim Lord, Lisbon .................................................. 1976-78 Barry Davis, Prairie, Cedar Rapids.................... 1978-80 Clark Yoder, Sigourney ....................................... 1978-80 Royce Alger, Lisbon ............................................ 1981-83 Mark Sindlinger, Charles City ............................. 1981-83 Tim Krieger, Mason City ..................................... 1982-84 Dean Happel, Lisbon .......................................... 1982-84 Jason Kelber, West Marshall .............................. 1984-86 Bart Chelsvig, Webster City ............................... 1985-87 Kent Streicher, Starmont, Strwb Pt. ........... 1986-87 & 89 Stacey Rice, Storm Lake ........................... 1986 & 88-89 Eric Ehlen, Belle Plaine ...................................... 1988-90 Jeff Theiler, Dowling Catholic, WDM .................. 1988-90 Brian Moretz, North Central, Manly .................... 1989-91 Ike Light, Lisbon .................................................. 1990-92 Cory Christensen, Winterset .............................. 1991-93 Lee Fullhart, Decorah......................................... 1992-94 Wil Kelly, Wahlert, Dubuque ............................... 1993-95 David Kjeldgaard, Lewis Central ........................ 1994-96 Josh Budke, Cedar Falls .................................... 1995-97 Jimmy Rodgers, Riverside, Oakland .................. 1995-97 Cliff Moore, Dubuque, Hempstead ........................ 1997-99 Drew Kelly, Charles City ..................................... 1997-99 Jeff Harrison, Westwood, Sloan .................... 1998-2000 Trey Clark, Union, LaPorte City ............ 1997,98 & 2000 Trent Goodale, Osage ................................... 1999-2001 Cole Pape, Maquoketa ......................... 1998, 99 & 2001 Josh Watts, Assumption, Davenport ........ 98 & 2000, 01 Travis Paulson, Lewis Central ............... 1999 & 2001,02 Johnny Galloway, Jr, Iowa City,City .................... 2000-02 Brandon Mason, Lewis Central ................ 2001, 02 & 04 Ryan Morningstar, Lisbon .................................. 2003-05 Kyle Anson, Iowa City, City ....................... 2002 & 04, 05 Mark Kist, Eagle Grove ....................................... 2004-06 Derek Moyer, Oskaloosa .......................... 2003, 04 & 06 Jimmy Waters, Lewis Central.............................. 2005-07 Andrew Long, Creston/Orient-Macksburg ........ 2006-08 Matt McDonough, Linn-Mar, Marion .................. 2006-08 Cole Welter, Don Bosco, Gilbertville .......... 2007, 09, 10 Derric Thomas, Newman Catholic, Mason City . 2008-10 Jake Ballweg, Waverly-Shell Rock ..................... 2008-10 Christopher Halblom, Alburnett .......................... 2009-11 Austin Blythe, Williamsburg ................................ 2009-11 Tanner Weatherman, Ballard ............................. 2009-11 Cody Caldwell, Waverly-Shell Rock ................... 2009-11 Cody Krumwiede, Waverly-Shell Rock............... 2009-11 Jordan Bremer, Woodbury Central, Moville ...... 2010-12 Dylan Peters, Denver-Tripoli .............................. 2010-12 Tyler Shulista, Alburnett ..................................... 2010-12 Robert Walker, Martensdale-St. Marys .............. 2010-12 Jake Marlin, Creston/O-M# ................................ 2010-12 Brandon Sorensen, Denver-Tripoli# .................. 2010-12 **Competed in Pre-IHSAA State Meets # will be seniors in 2012

NCC race looks to be wide open The Hampton-Dumont wrestling team finished well below .500 a season ago, but it was close losses, mainly because of forfeits, that give fourth-year coach Nick Bretz optimism. “Things are looking good,” Bretz said. “We’ve kept most of the kids from a very young team that competed a year ago.” Josh Bauer is ranked 10th in the preseason rankings for the Bulldogs at 170 pounds. H-D has 11 returning letterwinners. Parody was the name of the game in the race to win the North Central Conference a season ago. Algona, Webster City and ClarionGoldfield each finished 7-1. For the Bulldogs, they return Jake Adams, a state qualifier at 126 pounds, who went 33-11. Clarion-Goldfield is ranked seventh in Class 1A by The Predicament and has five ranked wrestlers. Webster City is a Class 3A school for wrestling this season.

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