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index tEAM pREVIEWs Fort DoDge DoDgers Boys Basketball ....................................2 Girls Basketball......................................3 Wrestling................................................6 Boys Swimming ....................................8 Bowling ..................................................9

st. eDMoND gAeLs Boys Basketball ....................................4 Girls Basketball......................................5 Wrestling................................................7

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Tyler Vaughn, Boys Basketball

Mariah Welter, Girls Basketball

Duke Egli, Wrestling

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Algona..................................................21 Bishop Garrigan ..................................24 Clarion-Goldfield ..................................34 Corwith-CWL........................................51 Eagle Grove ........................................46 East Sac County ..................................56 Emmetsburg ........................................52 Greene County ....................................46 Humboldt ............................................40 Laurens-Marathon................................58 Manson Northwest Webster ................18 Newell-Fonda ......................................49 North Union..........................................60 Paton-Churdan ....................................54 Pocahontas Area ................................43 Prairie Valley........................................33 Southeast Webster-Grand ..................28 Souh Central Calhoun..........................39 Webster City ........................................30 West Bend-Mallard ..............................50

photos Fort DoDge DoDgers Boys Basketball ....................................2 Girls Basketball......................................3 Wrestling................................................6 Boys Swimming ....................................8 Bowling ..................................................9 Cheerleaders ......................................14

st. eDMoND gAeLs Boys Basketball ....................................4 Girls Basketball......................................5 Wrestling................................................7 Cheerleaders ......................................16

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David Flattery, Boys Basketball

Hannah Lentsch, Girls Basketball

Teddie Harvey, Wrestling

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ON THE COVER: Local senior leaders for the upcoming winter sports season (from left to right): Tyler Vaughn (Dodger boys basketball), Mariah Welter (Dodger girls basketball), Duke Egli (Dodger wrestling), Teddie Harvey (Gael wrestling), Hannah Lentsch (Gael girls basketball) and David Flattery (Gael boys basketball).

Algona ................................................21 Bishop Garrigan ..................................24 Clarion-Goldfield ..................................34 Eagle Grove ........................................46 Humboldt ............................................40 Manson Northwest Webster ................18 Pocahontas Area ................................43 Prairie Valley ......................................33 Southeast Webster-Grand ..................28 South Central Calhoun ........................39 Webster City ........................................30


Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

The Messenger/Fort Dodge, Iowa

fort dodge boys basketball

familiar faces drive focused fdsh HEAD COACH

Tom Daniel 5th year

ROSTER Seniors Tyler Vaughn ............6-4, G Juniors JC Hatcher ................6-1, G Zach Martinson..........6-4, F Andrew Stover ........5-10, G Jake Porter ................6-3, C Marquan Clayton ......6-3, C Blake Wilder ..............6-3, F Krunal Thakor ........5-10, G Cody Ellis ..................5-6, G Cody Rivers................6-1, F Brandan Schoenfeld ..5-8, G Titus Aba ..................5-9, G Sophomores Austin Halligan..........5-8, G SCHEDULE Nov. 26 — Webster City; 27 — at Des Moines North. Dec. 4 — West Des Moines 7 — Dowling; at Marshalltown; 11 — at Waukee; 14 — Mason City; 18 — Ankeny; 21 — at Johnston. Jan. 4 — Des Moines Roosevelt; 11 — Urbandale; 15 — at Waterloo West; 18 — at Ames; 22 — WDM Valley; 25 — Marshalltown; 29 — at Southeast Polk. Feb. 1 — at Mason City; 5 — Sioux City East; 8 — Ames; 11 — Humboldt; 12 — Des Moines Hoover; 15 — SE Polk.

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—Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ForT DoDge BoYS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row, left to right: Cody Ellis, Krunal Thakor, Andrew Stover, Brandan Schoenfeld and Austin Halligan. Back: JC Hatcher, Jake Porter, Blake Wilder, Zach Martinson, Tyler Vaughn and Cody Rivers. Not pictured: Marquan Clayton and Titus Iba.

Vaughn, deep junior class lead Dodgers into new CIC league By ERIC PRATT Fort Dodge boys basketball coach Tom Daniel took a long look in the mirror after last season and didn’t like what he saw. The Dodgers sputtered through a 5-17 campaign a year ago, and Daniel felt he’d been letting certain aspects of his program slip. As a result, his fifth season at the helm will be a rebuilding one of sorts despite the fact that FDSH returns over 75 percent of its scoring from last winter. ‘‘We decided to re-commit ourselves to the little things that can often be the difference between winning and losing, which called for an adjusted approach and attitude from the coaches on down through the players,’’ said Daniel, who has a cumulative record of 33-54.

‘‘We had to tear things down and build them back up. Practices have changed. Our weighttrained changed. We’re concentrating much more on defense, rebounding and playing more up-tempo without losing control. ‘‘So far, the kids are buying in. They’ve been focused and attentive. We’re asking a lot, but we were definitely struggling in certain areas year after year so (addressing the shortcomings) had been long overdue.’’ Four starters return for Fort Dodge, including three players that shouldered the brunt of the scoring and ball-handling as sophomores last winter. The emphasis on selflessness is a sticking point for Daniel as the Dodgers look to take a step back in the right direction. ‘‘We can’t be worried about who’s getting how many shots, who’s scoring more points or

any other statistics that don’t necessarily affect the bottom line,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘All of those numbers are team numbers — good or bad. I’m much more concerned with our guys accepting their roles and keeping the chemistry strong than I am about our top shooter or leading scorer.’’ BACKCoUrt Regulars JC Hatcher, Tyler Vaughn and Andrew Stover return to anchor a guard-dominated lineup. Hatcher earned second team all-CIML Iowa Conference honors as a sophomore last winter. His 285 points were the third-most for a 10thSee FD BOYS, Page 11

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fort dodge girls basketball

dodgers attempt to reverse fortune HEAD COACH

Scott Timmerman 3rd year

ROSTER Seniors Mariah Welter ..............5-9, G Morgan Bowman ..........5-9, G Fatima Newsome ..........5-3, G Ashton Pederson............5-7, F Mackenzie Jones ............5-8, F Juniors Lexi Astor ......................5-9, F Kari Grindberg ..............5-6, G Ashley Altman ..............5-10, F Tiana Mericle ................6-1, F Rachel Herrington..........6-0, F Sophomores Lani Van Zyl..................5-7, G Lynzi Harms ..................5-5, G Molly Matthes................5-3, G Rebecca Sunken ............5-3, G Brielle Ulrich..................5-4, G Mallory Kilian ................5-9, F Michael Hiracheta ..........5-8, F —Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ForT DoDge girlS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row, left to right: Morgan Bowman and Fatima Newsome. middle: Molly Matthes, Becca Sunken, Lynzi Harms, Lani Van Zyl, Kari Grindberg, Brielle Ulrich and student manager Shaila Hanson. Back: Ashton Pederson, Mariah Welter, Rachel Herrington, Michael Hiracheta, Tiana Mericle, Ashley Altman, Kenzie Jones, Mallory Kilian and Lexi Astor.

Rebound campaign could be ahead for experienced FDSH lineup By DANA BECKER Entering his third season, Fort Dodge head girls basketball coach Scott Timmerman feels the trial-by-fire nature his squad experienced last year will begin paying off. The Dodgers return their top five scorers, top four rebounders, and their leaders in assists, steals and blocks from a season ago. “We forced the girls into varsity action at a very young age,” Timmerman said. “Some of them maybe weren’t quite ready for that level of play, but they survived and now we can hit the ground running.” Senior Mariah Welter, juniors Ashley Altman, Lexi Astor and Tiana Mericle, and sophomores Mallory Killian and Lani Van Zyl all experienced the intense nature of Class 4A

basketball a season ago. “I feel like we can be a very deep team this year with all the experience that we return,” Timmerman said. “We’ll be able to get Lani and Mallory back playing with their former teammates after moving them up, and so far, we’ve had a very strong turnout (with 28 girls attending early-season practices).” A few things change this year schedulewise, as the Dodgers head to Class 5A and a new conference. Fort Dodge is now part of the Central Iowa Conference’s Northern division along with Ames, Mason City and Marshalltown. BACKCoUrt Van Zyl is a year older and more prepared to handle the point guard position for the

Dodgers, having also picked up valuable varsity experience over the summer on the softball diamond. The 10th-grader averaged six points and had 21 steals in 10 games a year ago. “Lani came on at the end of the year last season,” Timmerman said. “She just has a natural feel for the court; she sees things and knows where the ball needs to go. “We’ve put a lot of emphasis on protecting the basketball this year, and it all starts with Lani.” Killian, also a regular on the diamond over the summer, played in 19 varsity games last year, scoring a team-high 111 points. She also See FD GIRLS, Page 11

SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — at Des Moines North; 30 — at Sioux City West. Dec. 4 — West Des Moines Dowling; 7 — at Marshalltown; 11 — at Waukee; 14 — Mason City; 18 — Ankeny; 21 — at Johnston. Jan. 4 — Des Moines Roosevelt; 8 — Humboldt; 11 — Urbandale; 15 — at Waterloo West; 18 — at Ames; 22 — WDM Valley; 25 — 29 — at Marshalltown; Southeast Polk. Feb. 1 — at Mason City; 5 — Sioux City East; 8 — Ames.

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st. edmond boys basketball

grand gaels start a new journey HEAD COACH

Adolph Kochendorfer 20th year

ROSTER Seniors Aaron Chalstrom ........6-0, G David Flattery ..............6-3, F Aaron McElroy ..........5-10, G Alex Mericle ................6-1, F Matt Remsburg............6-1, C Thomas Woodruff........6-7, C Juniors Robby Burke ................6-6, F Hank Crimmins ............6-1, F Cal Coleman ............5-11, G Eddie Doyle ................6-2, F Konrad Laufersweiler....6-4, F Sophomores Matthew Bocken ......5-10, G Landon Peed ..............6-1, G Chad Remsburg ..........6-1, C

SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — Bishop Garrigan; 30 — at Clarion-Goldfield. Dec. 4 — at HamptonDumont; 7 — Algona; 11 — at Humboldt; 14 — at Clear Lake; 15 — South Hamilton; 18 — Webster City; 21 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Jan. 4 — at Eagle Grove; 8 — Clarion-Goldfield; 11 — at Bishop Garrigan; 15 — Hampton-Dumont; 18 — at Algona; 22 — Humboldt; 25 — Clear Lake; 26 — Carroll Kuemper; 29 — at Webster City; 31 — at Pocahontas Area. Feb. 1 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 5 — Eagle Grove.

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—Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ST. eDmoND BoYS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row, left to right: student manager Jordan Slotten, Tanner Howl, Aaron McElroy, Aaron Chalstrom, Levi Hopkins and student manager Bryce Keeton. middle: head coach Adolph Kochendorfer, Matt Bocken, Landon Peed, Austin Borer, Cal Coleman, Chad Remsburg, Hank Crimmins and assistant Zak Clark. Back: Alex Mericle, Eddie Doyle, Matt Remsburg, David Flattery, Konrad Laufersweiler, Robby Burke and Thomas Woodruff.

Last year’s state runner-up works through graduation losses By JOSH MEYER After falling just one step short of a Class 2A state title a year ago, the St. Edmond boys enter this season with a chip on their shoulder. Looking to follow a similar blueprint from their recent success, the Gaels are determined to carry on their rich hoops tradition. Despite losing its top two scoring threats, SEHS returns three starters to the lineup. Last winter, the Gaels went 20-7 overall and 13-5 in the North Central Conference. Filling the sizeable void left by all-state picks Nick Clark and Neil Flattery is the most daunting task facing Adolph Kochendorfer’s squad, which suffered a 48-45 setback to Mount Vernon in the 2012 state finals. That dynamic 1-2 punch of Clark and Flattery combined for 65 percent — 926 of 1,712 total points — of the Gael offensive output last win-

ter. Clark, who has since moved on to Buena Vista University, wrapped up his decorated St. Edmond career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,437 points in 95 career games. The 5-foot-10 point guard paced the green and white in scoring (21.0), assists (5.3) and steals (4.1) as a senior, while going 67-for-159 behind the arc (42.1 percent) and 120 of 157 (76.4) at the charity stripe. Flattery, a current member of the Iowa Hawkeye track team, posted 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game from his wing spot. “It’s going to be tough to replace all that scoring from (Clark and Flattery), but I try not to dwell on that too much,” said Kochendorfer, who ranks 18th in state history among active coaches with 433 careers wins through 26 seasons. “We just need to find a way to manufac-

ture some more (offense) now. Nick was also our defensive stopper and will really be missed on that end of the floor, too.” David Flattery, Alex Mericle, Aaron Chalstrom, Aaron McElroy, Robby Burke and Eddie Doyle will each be leaned on heavily after flashing potential at various points during the 2011-12 campaign. “This year’s team will have all new dynamics and roles,” Kochendorfer said. “We know it’ll take some time to find out what we can do and what we need to keep getting better at. The experience we gained last year is a plus.” Dating back to the 2003-04 season, St. Edmond has compiled a sparkling 198-34 overall mark, including 136-24 in the NCC. The Gaels, who are 64-6 in their home gym

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Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

st. edmond girls basketball

gaels defending ncc championship HEAD COACH

Scott Messerly 8th year

ROSTER Seniors Hannah Lentsch ........6-1, C Juniors Alli Huss ....................6-0, F Maddie McCarville ....5-5, G Sophomores Madeline Baldwin ....5-11, F Maggie Fitzgerald ....5-7, G Shannon Flaherty ......5-7, F Clare Flattery ............5-9, F Brigid Hanley ............5-5, G Emily Johnson ........5-11, F Drue Specht..............5-6, G Jaci Stumpf ..............5-5, G Anna Yung ..............5-8, G SCHEDULE —Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ST. eDmoND girlS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row, left to right: Jaci Stumpf and Maddie McCarville. middle: Maggie Fitzgerald, Shannon Flaherty, Anna Yung, Drue Specht and Brigid Hanley. Back: assistant Roxanne Kuhlman, student manager Rachel Fosbender, Emily Johnson, Alli Huss, Hannah Lentsch, Madeline Baldwin, Clare Flattery, student manager Britta Heiridenreich, student manager Autumn Essing and head coach Scott Messerly.

Messerly will count on newcomers to complement veterans By JOSH MEYER Under the direction of Scott Messerly, the St. Edmond girls have developed into a consistent force on the hardwood. Despite needing to replace over half of their scoring production — 652 of 1,286 points — from a year ago, another promising season appears to lie ahead for the Gaels. Five familiar names return to the SEHS roster, including three starters. Last winter, the Gaels finished 20-2 overall and captured their third North Central Conference title in school history with a perfect 18-0 mark. St. Edmond was ousted in its Class 2A regional opener by South Hamilton.

“Even though we lost some good seniors, we played quite a few young kids last year that learned a lot and will be more experienced now,” said Messerly, who enters his eighth season at the helm with a combined overall record of 109-45. “This group works hard every day at practice and is really fundamentally sound. I think we’ll be pretty solid up and down the lineup.” Hannah Lentsch, Alli Huss, Jaci Stumpf, Anna Yung and Maddie McCarville will each see their roles expand after providing quality minutes for the green and white throughout the 2011-12 campaign, which featured a 16-game win streak at the start of the year. “We don’t have as much depth as before, but

our starting five should give us a chance (for wins) most nights,” Messerly said. “We’re also going to need some younger kids to step up and make contributions.” Gone from last season are current Iowa Central players Lydia Harvey, Aubriegh Yetmar and Theresa Doyle. Harvey, a twotime reigning first team all-NCC selection, delivered 11.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.1 steals a night as a senior. Yetmar, a second squad all-league pick, registered 8.7 points and 6.6 boards. Doyle, a third team all-conference nominee, posted 9.8 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 steals. See SE GIRLS, Page 13

Nov. 27 — Bishop Garrigan; 30 — at Clarion-Goldfield. Dec. 4 — at HamptonDumont; 7 — Algona; 11 — at Humboldt; 14 — at Clear Lake; 15 — South Hamilton; 18 — Webster City; 21 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Jan. 4 — at Eagle Grove; 8 — Clarion-Goldfield; 11 — at Bishop Garrigan; 15 — Hampton-Dumont; 18 — at Algona; 22 — Humboldt; 25 — Clear Lake; 26 — Carroll Kuemper; 29 — at Webster City; 31 — at Pocahontas Area. Feb. 1 — Iowa Falls-Alden.

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fort dodge wrestling

dodgers eager to learn on the mat HEAD COACH

Bobby Thompson 8th year

ROSTER Seniors — Mickeal Johnson, Matt Osborne, Cody Zuspann, Logan Huebsch, Cameron Archibald, Carter Aden, Kyle Johnson, Duke Egli, Blake Richmond, Carlos Rocha. Juniors — Kole Evans, Riley Prescott, Nick Taylor, Patrick Keigher, Cole Hood, Cory Alexander, John Odefey, Cameron Hicks, Max Bly, Rochan Nichlos, Nic Ganzeveld. Sophomores — Skyler Harris, Erik Birnbaum, Shawn Halbur, Austin Anderson, Jacob Reeck, Tim Gailey, Austin Porter, J.T. Wigley. Freshmen — Nick Tracy, Bryce Huebsch, Cole Detmering, Devin Summers, Kole Kampen, Keeton Grove, Willie Moretz, Riley Martin, Jonah Egli, Shane Halbur, Jake Power, Justice Gambill, Thomas Anderson, Sam Cook, Kenny Kelly, James Vanderpool, Keenan Cook, Cole Johnson.

SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — Urbandale. Dec. 1 — at Eagle Grove 6 — at Invitational; Waukee/Johnston; 8 — at Emmetsburg Invitational; 15 — Fort Dodge Invitational; 17 — at 20 — at Marshalltown; Dowling/Southeast Polk. Jan. 5 — at Ames Invitational; 10 — at Charles City; 12 — at Cedar Rapids Jefferson tourney; 17 — Mason City; 19 — at WaverlyShell Rock tournament; 24 — Ames. Feb. 1 — at SE Polk (CIML Meet).


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—Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

ForT DoDge Sophomore, juNior aND SeNior wreSTlreS, front row (left to right): Erik Birnbaum, Blake Richmond, Cameron Archibald, Logan Huebsch, Carter Aden, Kyle Johnson, Duke Egli, Cody Zuspann, Tim Gailey and Austin Anderson. middle: Patrick Keigher, Cole Hood, Carlos Rocha, Cameron Hicks, Nic Ganzeveld, Cory Alexander, Nick Taylor, Riley Prescott and Max Bly. Back: Kole Evans, Rochan Nichlos, John Wigley, Skyler Harris, Jacob Reeck, Shawn Halbur, and Austin Porter.

Two qualifiers, youthful group bring enthusiasm to program By CHRIS JOHNSON The season has yet to start, but Bobby Thompson likes the early returns coming from his Dodger wrestling room. Fort Dodge enters the 2012-13 campaign with a lot of questions, but also a lot of young talent mixed with a pair of state returnees. A year removed from sending seven wrestlers to the state meet and grabbing two medals, senior Duke Egli and junior Riley Prescott will try to build on that run as they headline the Dodger lineup. Last season, Egli compiled a 33-9 record and finished eighth. He also made the state trip as a freshman. Egli has 70 career victories and is slotted to be the Fort Dodge’s 170-pounder. Prescott made his first state appearance last season at 195 pounds. “This is one of the most promising starts to the season that I’ve seen,’’ said Thompson

who is entering his eighth season at the Dodger helm. “Our upperclassmen have shown a lot of leadership and the younger guys have stepping up and absorbing the information. “Some people don’t think a lot about the Fort Dodge wrestling program right now, but we should be solid come tournament time.’’ The Dodgers will also embark on their first season in the Central Iowa Conference with Marshalltown, Mason City and Ames in the Northern Division. With the conference and fairly new lineup, Thompson is optimistic about what’s to come. “We’re pretty young, but I’m excited about our freshmen,’’ Thompson said. “We can be very competitive with our group that we have.’’ 106-132 PoUNDs Sophomore Erik Birnbaum is the grappler to beat at 106 pounds. Birnbaum had a solid

freshman campaign where he regigtered 20 victories. There is a group of wrestlers that will look to challenge for the spot as well. Junior Kole Evans has spent the last two seasons in the Dodger lineup, and in his third run, Evans is looking for a breakout. As a freshman, he earned over 20 victories. Freshmen Cole Detmering and junior Nic Ganzeveld will look for the starting spot as well. There is a competitive race for the 120pound spot. Senior Logan Huebsch and sophomores Jacob Reeck and Austin Anderson, along with freshmen Thomas Anderson and Nick Tracy will try for the spot. At 126 pounds, will be another wide-open race with newcomers looking to make some See FD MAT, Page 10

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st. edmond wrestling

new era in gael program under way HEAD COACH

Tanner Utley 1st year

ROSTER Seniors — Teddie Harvey, 145/152; Eddie Harvey, 132/138; Dillon Nelson, 170/182; Colten Lastine, 106/113; Jacob Salisbury, 195/220; Matt Stumpf, 138/145. Juniors — Vinnie Harvey, 195/220; Kaden McClintock, 106/113; Jimmy Averill, 160/170; Caelan Burbank, 220/285; Parker Huebsch, 145/152; Kyle Lawler, 145/152; Tristan Sitzmann, 138/145. Sophomores — Ryan Szalat, 106/113; Zach Gailey, 138/145; Nick Hindt, 160/170. Freshmen — Nick Johnson, 120/126; Peyton Sitzmann, 113/120; Chase Craven, 138/145; Colin Birzer, 106/113.

SCHEDULE —Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ST. eDmoND wreSTliNg Team, front row, left to right: Colten Lastine, Jacob Salisbury, Dillon Nelson, Teddie Harvey, Eddie Harvey and Matt Stumpf. middle: Kaden McClintock, Nick Hindt, Peyton Sitzmann, Zach Gailey, Ryan Szalat, Kyle Lawler, Tristan Sitzmann and Colin Birzer. Back: Parker Huebsch, Vinnie Harvey, Nick Hindt, Jimmy Averill, Chase Craven and Caelan Burbank.

Ex-St. Edmond wrestler Utley takes over with healthy cupboard By DANA BECKER A new era begins at St. Edmond this year, as Tanner Utley takes over the Gael wrestling program. Jim Allison, who built St. Edmond from nothing to a viable contender over a storied 15-year career, stepped down late last season, and Utley — an ex-SEHS wrestler himself — was selected as the heir apparent to lead the green and white. “The transition to head coach has been pretty smooth,” said Utley, who served as an assistant under Allison. “It was helpful having been in the room the last couple of years, as that enabled me to have a rapport already established.

“I was also fortunate to have great coaches throughout my career who taught me many lessons that I took with me on and off the mat, and I hope to provide the same to these kids.” Utley will have a strong senior group to work around, along with three state qualifiers and two other district qualifiers. Senior Teddie Harvey leads the pack after placing fifth a year ago. Harvey, who is slotted for either 145 or 152 pounds, advanced to the state semifinals and finished the season 30-4. Vinnie Harvey and Kaden McClintock, a pair of juniors, are also back after making the trip down to Wells Fargo Arena and state. The duo combined to win 69 matches. Seniors Colten Lastine and Dillon Nelson each advanced to districts, falling just short of

that elusive state bid as juniors. “We have a mix of newcomers this year that will complement the returning nucleus of eight starters,” said Utley, who qualified for state his junior and senior seasons in a Gael singlet, winning 59 matches. “We also have a handful of guys that have been waiting in the wings and are ready to become contributors.” All total, Utley will have 20 wrestlers to groom inside the gym. He will be assisted by Eugene Carlson and Shawn George. LoWer WeIgHts McClintock anchors this unit, as the junior went 30-3 a year ago, including just one loss See SE MAT, Page 13

Nov. 29 — Clear Lake. Dec. 1 — at Manson Northwest Webster Invitational; 6 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 8 — at Emmetsburg Invitational; 13 — at Carroll; 15 — at Tiger-Knight Invitational; 20 — Algona. ClarionJan. 3 — Goldfield/Eagle Grove; 5 — host St. Edmond Duals; 8 — at Mason City Newman; 10 — at Humboldt; 12 — at Coon RapidsBayard Duals; 19 — at North Central Conference meet in Webster City; 24 — at HamptonDumont; 26 — at South Central Calhoun Duals. Feb. 2 — Sectionals.


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Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

The Messenger/Fort Dodge, Iowa

fort dodge boys swimming

dodger try to build on momentum HEAD COACH

Joel Greathouse 16th year

ROSTER Seniors Cal Brandt, Reid Cooper, Seth Dolan, Alex Hage, Bennett Lang, Austin Sanford, Alex Stephenson. Juniors Josh Lee, Nick Pecka, Zach Provin, Joey Sande, Tucker Van Wey. Sophomores Caleb Asay, Aaron Brandt, Anthony Hernandez, Thomas Lang, Rob Leigh, Steve Liao, Bryce Rogers, Derick Wilson. Freshmen Carter Bemrich, Ian Crowl, Alex Graham, Hankel Haldin, Riley Helmers, Brandon Lee, Peter Lyon, Nicholas Sanford, Jacob Schreier. SCHEDULE

Nov. 27 — at Spencer/Carroll. Dec. 1 — at Boone; 4 — Des Moines East; 6 — Dowling; 17 — Newton; 20 — Ankeny. Jan. 3 — at Marshalltown; 10 — Mason City; 12 — Fort Dodge Invitational; 17 — Ames; 19 — at Johnston (CIC Meet). Feb. 2 — District meet in Fort Dodge.


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—Messenger photo by Dale Wooten

The ForT DoDge BoYS VarSiTY Swim Team, front row, left to right: Alex Graham,Tucker Van Wey, Carter Bemrich, Keegan Myers, Peter Lyon, Steve Liao, Bryce Rogers and Jacob Schreier. middle: Caleb Asay, Reid Cooper, Anthony Hernandez, Calvin Brandt, Rob Leigh, Thomas Lang, Derrick Wilson, Troy Brandt and Brandon Lee. Back: Josh Lee, Nick Pecka, Zach Provin, Austin Sanford, Seth Dolan, Alex Hage, Riley Helmers, Nick Sanford and Hankel Haldin.

Greathouse’s squad not deterred by heavy graduation losses By CHRIS JOHNSON Coming off two of the most successful seasons under Joel Greathouse, the Fort Dodge swim team is in rebuilding mode this winter. The past two campaigns have been good ones for the Dodgers, who have a 13-9 dual record over that period of time. They’ve won two consecutive Rusty Garst Invitationals, and they grabbed the Boone Invitational crown as well. “We have good numbers (29),’’ said Greathouse, who is in his 16th season with the Dodgers. “We have to see how quickly some of them can pick up the sport. “We’ve had some strong seasons here recently, and now with graduation losses, we have to bridge the gap and find a way to keep

the momentum going.’’ The Dodgers qualified in five state events last February, and at least one component of each event does return. Senior Cal Brandt and junior Josh Lee were part of that state qualifying group for the Dodgers. Senior Austin Sanford was an alternate for the qualifiers. “Cal had a strong season last year,’’ Greathouse said. “His experience is definetly one of our strengths.’’ In addition to heavy graduation losses, Fort Dodge will also be without last year’s standout freshman, Mark Olsen, who moved back to Texas. Both Brandt and Lee were on the 400 freestyle relay quartet that finished 23rd at the state meet.

Lee was also a member of the 200 medley and the 200 freestyle relay. Brandt finished 20th in the 100 butterfly. “With both Cal and Josh back from relays, we’ll have to find complements to flank them,’’ Greathouse said. “Hopefully we can drop enough time to get back to state. “For the most part, though, we have a wideopen lineup that needs to be filled.’’ The positive Greathouse sees about this group is its versatility. Juniors Nick Pecka and Zach Provin will look to step into some key varsity roles. Sophomore Caleb Asay is another swimmer with potential, according to Greathouse.

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ForT DoDge VarSiTY BoYS BowliNg Team members are, (left to right): ForT DoDge VarSiTY girlS BowliNg Team members are (left to head coach Don Ervin, Dylan Gurnett, Thomas Thompson, Drew Hansen, Chase Messerly, right): head coach Don Ervin, Erika Farr, Michaela Spaulding, Samantha Witte, Victoria Coleman, Allison Birnbaum and assistant Mike Mericle. Alex Markov and assistant Mike Mericle.

FDSH programs both climb the ranks By JOSH MEYER Entering just its fourth year as a sanctioned boys bowling program, Fort Dodge has already established their place among Iowa’s best. Despite being fresh off three consecutive Class 2A state appearances, the Dodgers remain far from satisfied. “Our guys know what the other previous teams have accomplished, and they just make it their goal to do the same thing,” FDSH head coach Don Ervin said. “I know our kids will give me all they’ve got. We’re expecting another good year and are here to have some fun. Win or lose, the hamburgers are still going to taste the same.” Chase Messerly, a sophomore, is the lone returning state participant for the Dodger boys. Messerly, who placed second individually at districts a year ago, fired games of 150 and 210 on the big stage as a freshman. Sophomores Drew Hansen and Alex Markov are being counted on as the other catalysts in Fort Dodge’s lineup. Dylan Gurnett, Thomas Thompson, Jacob Ladlie and Coletyn Nelson supply a dependable supporting cast. “Chase, Drew and Alex will be the nucleus of our team, but we have some other kids with potential, too,” Ervin said. “I think we have some really good replacements for the guys we lost.” Gone from last winter are state competitors Jerry Wagner, Nick Anderson, Cord McMahon, Brandon Kearney and Tarran Sheker. Wagner settled for fifth at state as a senior, while Anderson was a state runner-up in 2011 and McMahon made three straight state appearances. Wagner, Anderson, McMahon and Kearney are all now members of the newly-formed Iowa Central program. “Jerry and Nick are the two big shooters we’re going to miss the most,” said Ervin, whose squad was eighth at state in 2012 with a total score 3,038. “(Talent-wise) everything is there, but we just need to make sure we pick our spares up.”

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fort dodge dodgers FD MAT, Continued from Page 6 to ride that momentum into the 195-pound weight class. “Riley also had a great football season,’’ Thompson said. “Football —Messenger file photo helped him in strength and with his confidence.’’ ForT DoDge’S cal BraNDT swims in the Sophomore Skyler Harris Dodger pool last season. is also looking for some mat time.

noise. Juniors Cameron Hicks and Patrick Keigher are the frontrunners, while some of the 120-pound particpants who could move up. Junior Cory Alexander, got a lot of matches under his belt as a sophomore. After competing in over 30 matches last season, Alexander appears to be a top grappler at 132 pounds. Also looking to break the lineup will be sophomore Shawn Halbur and freshman Keenan Cook. 138-160 PoUNDs Senior Cameron Archibald saw some mat time last season and is hoping to make a mark at 138 pounds. Archibald will have a challenge at this weight with sophomore J.T. Wigley and freshman Jonah Egli, the younger brother of Duke. Senior Matt Osborne is a top candidate at 145 pounds, with an intriguing pair of incoming freshmen. First-year wrestlers Bryce Huebsch and Kole Kampen will make strong pitches for the spot. Kampen is the younger brother of former Humboldt state champion Tanner Kampen. Senior Carter Aden had over 30 matches last season and is the lead candidate at 152 pounds for the Dodgers. Freshman Willie Moretz will try to stake a claim for the spot as well. The spot at 160 pounds is wide open as well with a mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen looking to break the lineup. Seniors Cody Zuspann and Blake Richmond, along with junior Cole Hood and freshman Cole Johnson are

220, HeAVYWeIgHt Senior Carlos Rocha and freshman Justice Gambill are vying for the 220-pound spot. Senior Kyle Johnson is the lone heavyweight for the Dodgers. “This will be a very promising season with the group of kids we have,’’ Thompson said. CoNFereNCe oUtLooK Fort Dodge and Mason ForT DoDge’S kole eVaNS turns DeMarcus Dameron of Des Moines East for a fall last season in the City look to be the strongest two in the newly-formed Dodger gym. Central Iowa Conference. stronger,’’ Thompson said. With the two returning “He has refined his tech- state qualifiers and a hand“We can be very nique. ful of youngesters the “If he stays healthy, he’ll Dodgers and the Mohawks competitive with our make a run at the state title. are at the front. group that we have.” He is also a great leader for “Mason City will be very this team.’’ competitive,’’ Thompson Freshman Kenny Kelly said. “If you look at the BOBBY THOMPSON FDSH wrestling coach will also compete at 170 whole (CIC) picture, it’s pounds. loaded. Southeast Polk is Sam Cook had a breakout strong and Dowling is on season as a freshman on the the upswing. all in the mix. football team and will try to “Heading into the carry that over to the 182 Christmas break will face 170-195 PoUNDs Heading into the season pound spot on the wrestling Dowling and Southeast this is the spot the Dodgers squad. Polk on the same night. “Sam is a freshman, but That will defintely be a are looking at to be the catalyst and the guaranteed doesn’t look like a fresh- bearcat, throwing the young strong spot in the their line- man,’’ Thompson said. “He guys right into the fire.’’ had a great football season up. Egli moves up one spot and will carry that over. AssIstANt CoACHes “He is a very competitive from 160 pounds and looks Thompson will be assistto be on the medal stand kid and strong willed.’’ ed by Pat Rial, Rod Riessen, After a strong run in his Seth Fischer, Tim Scott, once again, this time at 170 sophomore campaign and a Mike Scott and Dave pounds. “Duke is bigger and state berth, Prescott will try Heatherington. —Messenger file photo

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“Zach and Nick did get some time in the pool as sophomores,’’ Greathouse said. Greathouse will welcome 12 new faces to the Dodger lineup — something that inevitably takes time. “We have a dozen kids that are brand-new,’’ Greathouse said. “We have some times to drop and things to work on.’’ Senior Bennett Lang fought through injuries last season, and Greathouse is hoping he will come along and drop into a varsity spot. Junior Tucker Van Wey and sophomore Rob Leigh are potential contributors as well.

With the new Central Iowa Conference, the Dodgers lose Valley and Waukee on their slate but still have to contend with Ames, Marshalltown and Mason City. “We should be able to battle with Marshalltown and Mason City,’’ Greathouse said. “Ames will still be a tough program — they’re always one of the best.’’ The Dodgers open the season on Tuesday when they travel to Spencer to face the Tigers and Carroll. They’ll once again host the Rusty Garst Invitational and the district meet, while they’ll travel to Johnston to participate in the CIC Meet.

FD BOWL, Continued from Page 9 On the girls side, the Dodgers will lean on Michaela Spaulding, Samantha Witte, Ciara Sturm, Shelby Jacobson, Allison Birnbaum, Christina Hemann, Victoria Coleman and Erika Farr. Spaulding, Sturm and Witte each turned in Top-10 performances at the district meet last winter. “Our girls are coming along great right now,” Ervin said. “I think we’ll be much-improved over last season.”

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Ervin feels his teams have the ability to beat any opponents on their schedule. “No coach in the world has been as blessed to work with a more super bunch than I have,” said Ervin. “Bowling is a fast growing sport that colleges are starting to pick up, so scholarship money is there to look for now. It’s something else for kids to do that can’t play basketball or football.” Assisting Ervin once again is Mike Mericle.

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fort dodge dodgers FD BOYS, Continued from Page 2 grader in program history, behind only Dodger greats Wade Lookingbill and Thomas Clark. ‘‘JC has really taken that next step as a leader of this program,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘He worked very hard in the offseason to get stronger and better. I think he’s ready to mature into the type of guard that will set the tone and do whatever it takes to help win ballgames. Some nights, that will require more scoring. Some nights, that will be setting up his teammates.’’ Like Hatcher, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn averaged in double figures last year (10.2 points). He also swished a teamhigh 37 three-point baskets. ‘‘Tyler’s had all-state seasons in baseball and football since last winter,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘He’s a terrific allaround athlete, and we’re hoping he can take a relatively big step forward the way he has in his other sports.’’ Stover also joined the varsity ranks as a sophomore and spot started for Daniel. He’s following a record-setting junior campaign on the gridiron, where he threw for over 2,000 yards in his inaugural year as starting quarterback. ‘‘Andrew’s another versatile athlete,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘He’s gritty and, like JC, he can get to the rim, which is something we need more of this year.’’ Daniel also noted that juniors Krunal Thakor and Brandan Schoenfeld and sophomore Austin Halligan will push for time in the regular guard rotation. ‘‘Krunal’s one of the best shooters in the program, and Brandan and Austin are both high-energy kids who are capable of giving us quality minutes.’’ FroNtCoUrt Six-foot-5 junior Zach Martinson joined Hatcher a year ago as a 200point scorer — something only six Dodger 10th-graders have ever done. Martinson’s sophomore campaign included a 29-point performance at Urbandale in late-January, with the typical highs and lows of an underclassmen in between. ‘‘Like JC and Andrew, Zach was learning on the fly at a very early age what it takes to be consistent in the CIML. Those lessons can be humbling at times,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘The sky is the limit for Zach. He has a very strong overall skill set. His progression will

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hit 70 percent of her free throws, getting to the line 56 times as a freshman. “Mallory is just so much stronger right now,” Timmerman said. “She worked on her conditioning and strength throughout the year and it is really showing.” Morgan Bowman and Kari Grindberg will be “green-light shooters,” according to Timmerman. Bowman made six threepointers in her return to the court as a junior after missing time with a head injury two years ago. “Kari is shooting lightsout right now,” the coach said. “During our last team camp this summer, she took her game to a different level. We talked to her about playing with a sense of urgency and stepping out of the shadows. She’s start—Messenger file photo ing to do that. “We told her we have jc haTcher shoots for the Dodgers last season. Hatcher averaged 13 green-light shooters who points per game as just a sophomore. always have the option to let it fly. Kari is one of in 2011-12. be a key to our progression.’’ Three of the top six returning offen- those green-light shooters.” Space-eaters Jake Porter and Marquan Clayton — both juniors — sive leaders from the division are FroNtCoUrt saw limited varsity action last winter. FDSH players. The Little Cyclones Welter will return to her The roles should increase for the two welcome back Justin Sloter (13.8 starting offensive linemen on the low points) and Sam Straub (11.0), while more natural forward posithe Bobcats have veteran Blake tion this year after being blocks. forced to play the point ‘‘Jake and Marquan will have to do Gimbel (11.8). Hatcher (13.0), Vaughn (10.2) and before Van Zyl was moved a lot of the dirty work on the glass and defending the paint,’’ Daniel said. Martinson (9.0) give the Dodgers the up. “Mariah will be much ‘‘We don’t need for them to score a most experienced squad on paper. ‘‘It’s going to be interesting, not more comfortable on the ton, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t just as important as everyone else having Valley and Waukee in our con- wing,” Timmerman said. ference,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘There will still “We’ll be able to move her when they’re on the court.’’ Daniel also noted the progression of be plenty of talent, though, with three around and get her open junior swing player Blake Wilder, who other tradition-rich programs in our looks.” Welter posted 3.6 points division. could ‘‘surprise some people.’’ ‘‘Sloter and Straub are both excel- a year ago and had a team‘‘Blake’s still raw and learning the game, but he has a ton of potential,’’ lent players, as is Gimbel. Three Div. high 29 assists. She also I-caliber athletes right there. We hope had 19 steals and 22 Daniel said. to be in the hunt, but by no means are blocks. Astor, Altman and we over-confident at this point. CoNFereNCe oUtLooK The Central Iowa Conference’s Coming off a five-win season, we have Mericle combined for 12 Northern Division replaces the CIML no right to be anything other than hum- points a night last year, with Mericle swatting 41 shots Iowa Conference on Fort Dodge’s ble until we prove otherwise.’’ Daniel will again be assisted by Jeff and Altman leading the league slate. It features a quartet of old Big Eight rivals: the Dodgers, Mason Hatcher. Russ Martin (sophomores) Dodgers in rebounds at 7.8 and Tyler McCabe (freshmen) are the per contest. City, Marshalltown and Ames. “We were talking to Lexi All four finished with losing records lower-level head coaches.

and she admitted that last year was pretty overwhelming at times. I think all of our underclassmen would say that,” Timmerman said. “Now, she’s been through it in basketball, volleyball, softball and track. “These girls won’t be feeling the pressure without any experience now.” Mericle averaged 5.6 rebounds a game last year, while Astor grabbed 4.6. “We should be a strong rebounding team,” Timmerman said. “We have a lot of athletic players, but we’ve had to continue to push the fundamentals because we don’t have girls like Southeast Polk, Mason City or Waukee that just play basketball. “We have girls have do all kinds of sports, and that means we have to remain patient and get them into basketball shape early in the year.” CoNFereNCe oUtLooK While the new league will consist of four teams, two of them made the final eight last year, as Mason City and Ames qualified for state. “Our small part of the conference is going to be pretty solid again,” Timmerman said. “Ames has Shaya Kellogg back, Mason City will be loaded, and Marshalltown has its top two players back. “We’ll show improvement and be more competitive. Will we take the next step? Only time will tell.” Kellogg, a 6-foot-2 forward, has committed to Oklahoma University, while the Mohawks boast Jadda Buckley, an Iowa State University signee, and fellow top scorers Myah Mellman and Cortni Rush. Timmerman will be assisted by Ryan Maehl and Randy Brayton.


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st. edmond gaels SE BOYS, Continued from Page 4 since 2006, have qualified for state 13 different times, with six of those coming since 2004. They own one state championship and four runner-up trophies, along with a pair of fourthplace banners. “We have a pretty solid program, and the kids want to keep that up,” said Kochendorfer, who begins his 20th year at the helm with a 315-109 record. “It’s important to them — being able to get the job done again.” BACKCoUrt Inheriting the reins at point guard is the senior McElroy, who managed 16 assists, 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine steals in limited duty as a junior. McElroy, who is currently hobbled by a sprained ankle, was recently tabbed 1A, District 2 Kicker of the Year for the St. Edmond football team. Chalstrom, a 6-foot-0 senior, will be at the off-guard position. Last year, Chalstrom notched 42 points, 16 boards, eight assists and five steals in 20 contests. The three-time defending 1A state tennis singles runner-up shot 73.7 percent (14-for-19) from behind the arc, including a pair of pivotal triples down the stretch in St. Edmond’s 56-44 overtime state semifinal triumph against Clarinda. “Both McElroy and Chalstrom looked really good over the summer and have done a nice job in practice so far,” Kochendorfer said. “Our guards have to be able to put some points up. They also can’t turn the ball over.” Junior Cal Coleman and sophomores Landon Peed and Matthew Bocken are vying for action as well. Peed was a first-team all-district selection on the gridiron this past fall. “Peed is a really good football player, and he’s probably an even better basketball player,” Kochendorfer said. “We’re looking for him to contribute at some point. “Bocken is one of those kids that never gets too shaken up. He went up against guys from bigger schools over the summer and held his own.”

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ST. eDmoND’S Alex Mericle looks for an open teammate last year against Humboldt. FroNtCoUrt Flattery averaged 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per night in 27 games as a junior en route to receiving third team all-league honors. The 6-foot-3 small forward, who is the top scorer back for the Gaels, added 83 assists and 27 steals. He also drained 46.2 percent (42 of 91) of his longballs. On the gridiron, Flattery was named district Punter of the Year earlier this month. He was a second-team all-state nominee in baseball last summer. “David will be our go-to (offensive) player,” Kochendorfer said. “At times last year, he showed what he’s capable of (Flattery scored in double digits on 17 occasions last year, including a season high 25 against Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer).” At power forward is the undersized 6-foot-1 senior Mericle, who registered 123 points, a team-high 201 boards and 33 assists a year ago. Mericle recently closed out his Gael football career as the program’s alltime leader in touchdowns and singleseason rushing yards, while finishing third in total yards on the ground. For

his efforts, he earned recognition as district Offensive Player of the Year despite battling a sore foot for half of the season. Burke, a 6-foot-6 junior, will patrol the paint again after accumulating 101 points and 83 boards in 26 outings as a sophomore. “It’s always been about confidence with Robby,” Kochendorfer said. “He’s really been working on his low post moves and is a definite threat down (on the block).” Others hoping to make an impact are seniors Matt Remsburg and Thomas Woodruff, juniors Eddie Doyle, Hank Crimmins and Konrad Laufersweiler and sophomore Chad Remsburg. “I think we’ll be a little more inside-oriented this year,” said Kochendorfer. “Eddie gave us some big minutes last year, and Matt, Thomas and Hank have all looked good early on.” CoNFereNCe oUtLooK Aside from his Gaels, Kochendorfer tabbed Iowa Falls-Alden (21-3 overall, 16-2 in the NCC last season), Bishop Garrigan (13-11, 9-9) and Humboldt (12-11, 11-7) as the likely league frontrunners. “I think there will be two, three or four teams at the top of the conference and everyone else will be pretty even,” Kochendorfer said. “If we’re lucky enough to win some close games everything could really snowball. If not, we just have to keep our nose to the grindstone.” The Cadets and Golden Bears both bring back their leading scorers in Casey Schlatter and John Burns, respectively. Starters Jaxon Heinz, Michael Orness and Bryan Larson all return for the Wildcats. Assisting Kochendorfer are Zak Clark (varsity), Brian Remsburg (junior varsity) and Craig Schlienz (freshmen). Managers will be Jordan Slotten and Bryce Keeton.

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ST. eDmoND’S Alli Huss shoots a lay up against South Hamilton last season.

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ST. eDmoND’S Vinnie Harvey competes for the Gaels last season. Havey was a state qualifier.

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st. edmond gaels SE GIRLS, Continued from Page 5 BACKCoUrt After being forced into regular duty a year ago following a knee injury to Doyle, Stumpf is back as the Gael floor general. The 5foot-5 sophomore saw action in every game last season, averaging 5.0 points, 3.4 assists and 3.0 steals. Stumpf was also an allNCC choice in softball this past summer. “Jaci came in and did exactly what we wanted her to do last year,” said Messerly. “She just kind of stood back and helped the team out by distributing the ball. I expect her to be a little more responsible for some of our scoring this year. If she gets an open look, I’m confident in her shooting ability.” Yung, another sophomore and all-conference softball honoree over the summer, compiled 101 points, 95 rebounds, 51 assists and 41 steals as a freshman. “To be successful, we’ll need Anna on the floor for sure,” Messerly said. “She probably has the best fundamentals of anyone on the team. Defensively, we look for her to guard the other team’s best player, too. Anna’s deceptively quick and strong and can score a lot going to the hole.” Either McCarville or Brigid Hanley will receive the nod at the other wing spot. In 17 contests a year ago, the junior McCarville managed 15 points and eight rebounds. Hanley, a sophomore, earned all-conference recognition on the diamond during the summer. “Maddie and Brigid can both shoot it and are capable

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of backing up Jaci at point guard as well,” said Messerly. “Because of our quickness and not having as much size at certain positions, we’ll probably press quite a bit again this year.” Sophomores Maggie Fitzgerald and Drue Specht round out the guard rotation. FroNtCoUrt Huss, a versatile 6-foot-0 junior, netted a team-high 11.9 points and grabbed 7.5 boards last winter en route to receiving first-team all-NCC accolades. Huss shot 53.7 percent (108-for-201) from the field, while adding 43 assists, 32 steals and 28 blocks. “Alli’s big and fast and will score a lot for us this season,” Messerly said. “She’s very strong inside, and she can shoot threes (Huss was 12 of 32 from downtown as a sophomore) if you leave her open. I think Alli’s really got a chance to go a long way before her career is over.” Flanking Huss underneath is the 6-foot-1 senior Lentsch, who notched 7.6 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds last season. Lentsch, who garnered second team all-NCC honors as a junior, also led the Gaels in field-goal percentage (58.9; 66 of 112) and accumulated 33 steals, 32 blocks and 26 assists.

Lentsch was just recently tabbed all-conference in volleyball. “Along with Alli, Hannah will be our other go-to player inside,” said Messerly. “She’s really in her third year of playing for us, and has improved her jump shot from about 10-12 feet out.” Mason City Newman transfer Shannon Flaherty, Clare Flattery, Emily Johnson and Madeline Baldwin — all sophomores — are each capable reserves for SEHS. “Clare likes to rebound, and is probably the most physical player we have on the team,” Messerly said. CoNFereNCe oUtLooK Messerly envisions Algona (14-8 overall, 13-5 in the conference a year ago) and Clear Lake (14-9, 12-6) battling it out with his Gaels for the NCC crown. The Bulldogs, who saw their impressive 87-game league victory streak snapped last season, have won five of the past six NCC titles. “Algona’s always in the mix, and Clear Lake will be right near the top, too,” said Messerly. “We didn’t get a chance to see many of the conference schools this summer, but I think we still have the talent to win (the NCC) again.” Tangy Wiseman, Heather Ziesman and Paige Yi return to the Bulldog lineup after finishing 1-2-3 on the team in scoring last winter. The Lions also bring back their entire squad outside of Meg Monson. Helping assist Messerly will be David Barwin, Roxanne Kuhlman and Alex Nagel.

SE MAT, Continued from Page 7 during the regular season. He can go anywhere from 106 pounds to 120 for Utley, providing plenty of lineup options throughout the season. Lastine, who won over 30 matches as a junior, is just as versatile. Ryan Szalat, a sophomore, and ninth-graders Colin Birzer and Peyton Sitzmann are three others looking to enter the fray. “Our incoming freshmen all had very successful middle school careers, so we are excited about them,” Utley said. Freshmen Nick Johnson, and seniors Eddie Harvey and Matt Stumpf will be looking to take up spots at 132 and 138. “This is our most experienced part of our lineup,’’ Utley said. “There has been great comeptition in our lower weights.” MIDDLe WeIgHts Teddie Harvey is the leader here, as the two-time state qualifier is seeking to build on his state semifinal run of a season ago. Harvey won 40 matches as a sophomore, going 1-2 at state. He went 3-2 in Des Moines as a junior at 145 pounds, scoring his first state medal in the process. Stumpf, juniors Parker Huebsch and Kyle Lawler, sophomore Zach Gailey and ninth-grader Chase Craven are all candidates for 145 or 152 depending on what Harvey does. Junior Jimmy Averill and 10th-grader Nick Hindt will occupy 160 and 170. “This part of our lineup is a little green with the excep-

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ST. eDmoND’S Teddie Harvey competes for the Gaels last season. Havey finished fifth at state. “Anytime the lineup is tion of Teddie, but we have some talent here that we are full and we can gain points excited about,’’ Utley said. at each weight, it gives us the opportunity to compete in any meet or tournament,” UPPer WeIgHts Nelson returns at 182, Utley said. “We are excited along with senior newcomer about this upcoming season Jacob Salisbury. Nelson and the bar is set high.” posted 24 victories last CoNFereNCe oUtLooK year. The North Central “It’s nice having Jacob and Matt out because even Conference is known for though this is their first year, qualifying several wrestlers they have already become for state. The top of the great additions,” Utley said league was controlled by of the two Gael football Clarion-Goldfield a year ago. starters from the fall. “I expect Webster City to Vinnie Harvey will give Utley plenty of flexibility be the earlier frontrunner,” said. “Clarionhere, as he can slot into the Utley lineup anywhere from 195 Goldfield, Humboldt, Clear Lake and St. Edmond should pounds to heavyweight. Harvey won 39 matches all be battling for that top as a sophomore, going 1-2 spot, though, as the season progresses.” at state. The Cowboys and Lynx “We don’t have a lot of bodies at the upper weights, each qualified for state but the ones we do have are duals, while they both boast returning state qualifiers. talented,’’ Utley said. As a collective league, the Caelan Burbank, a junior, will fill the weight Harvey NCC had seven placewinners a year ago at state. doesn’t take.


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FORT DODGE DODGERS 2012-2013 WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES FD BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL Date Nov. 26 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Dec. 4 Dec. 7 Dec. 11 Dec. 14 Dec. 18 Dec. 21 Jan. 4 Jan. 8

Date 11/29/12 12/1/12 12/6/12 12/8/12 12/15/12 12/17/12 12/20/12 1/5/13 1/10/13 1/12/13

Group B G/B G G/B G/B G/B G/B G/B G/B G/B G

Group V V V V V V V V V V

Time B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 7:30 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 6:15 - B 7:45 G 7:45

Time 7:30PM 11:00AM 5:30PM 12:00PM 10:00AM 7:30PM 5:30PM 11:00AM 7:30PM 10:00AM

Opponent Webster City at Des Moines North at Sioux City West Dowling Catholic at Marshalltown at Waukee Mason City Ankeny at Johnston Des Moines Roosevelt Humboldt

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manson northwest webster CoUgAr BoYs With three returning starters, and five letterwinners overall, the Manson Northwest Webster boys will look to build upon a 14-win season a year ago. Brody Eischeid, who led the Cougars in scoring at 18.5 per game, is back, along with fellow seniors Caleb Wubben and Josh Markert. Wubben posted seven points and 3.6 rebounds a night, while Markert added six points and almost five boards. Mark “We need to have Pearson our senior class step up and be leaders,” said MNW fifth-year head coach Mark Pearson. “With our lack of size, we need to make sure everyone is rebounding. I’m expecting some of our juniors to play a big role this season.” Cole Rowen is the only other senior beside Eischeid, Wubben and Markert on the roster. Junior Hudson Spedding was a letterwinner as a 10th-grader, while Pearson mentioned five other juniors and three sophomores as players to keep an eye on. “The underclassmen will be need-

ed to step in and fill some shoes and make big contributions,” Pearson said. “Our speed is an asset, and we need to push the ball to take advantage of that. “Also, we’re deeper than we have been in the past, and I feel we can use that to our advantage, as well.” Replacing Tucker Herzberg’s 17.5 points per game will be key, as he has moved on. Herzberg also led Manson Northwest Webster in rebounds, assists and steals. —By Dana Becker

CoUgAr gIrLs The Manson Northwest Webster girls basketball team will look to build on an 18-win campaign in Bret Larson’s debut season a year ago behind University of Northern Iowa-recruit Ellie Herzberg. Herzberg, just a junior, was the 13th leading scorer in terms Bret of total points in the Larson entire state last year. The 5-foot-9 point guard is the fifthleading returning scorer after averaging 19.8 points per game.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The maNSoN Nw BoYS are, front row, left to right: Cole Rowen, Hudson Spedding, Caleb Wubben, Josh Markert, Brody Eischeid.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The maNSoN Nw —Messenger photo by Josh Meyer wreSTlerS are, left to right: Cody Blair, Nick Christnagel, Phil Dorage, Westley Aden, Connor Alne, Bryce Birkey and Payton Rice. Not pictured: reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The maNSoN Nw girlS are, front row, Drake Harmon. left to right: Jocelyn Keller, Jordan Schreier, Ellie Herzberg and Hunter Jud.

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algona BULLDog BoYs A pair of starters are back for the Algona boys basketball team, as they will look to climb the ladder in the North Central Conference. The Bulldogs went 10-12 last year and finished seventh in the alwayscompetitive NCC. Seniors Sawyer Frideres and Cole Nielsen return to the starting lineup, along with varsity regulars Luke Arrowood and Justin Raymond. Frideres averaged 9.1 points and four rebounds last year, while Nielsen contributed 4.3 points and four boards. “We have some Noel good size and will be a rebounding McLaughlin good team,” said Algona head coach Noel McLaughlin. “But we will need some inexperienced players to step up and take on a role early in the year.” Algona must replace leading scorer Sam Lipps, who averaged 18 points a night last year. Also, Dylan Cink and Sam Curtis have graduated. Arrowood and Raymond will be looked upon to handle the backcourt duties. They combined to score five points per game last year. McLaughlin pointed to Clay Collision, Michael VanOosbree and Brandon Benschoter — all seniors who are 6-foot-3 or taller — as top prospects to see extended varsity

minutes this year. —By Dana Becker

BULLDog gIrLs Beginning his second year at the helm, Michael Ford is optimistic about the potential of his Algona girls. After finishing 14-8 overall and 13-5 in the North Central Conference last season, the Bulldogs bring back three starters to their lineup. “We have some athletic players and will hope to get up and down the court more this year,” Ford said. “These girls are very Michael competitive and have worked very hard both Ford this summer and in their fall sports.” Tangy Wiseman, a junior, averaged a team-high 9.4 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign, connecting on 32 triples. Heather Ziesman also posted 6.7 points and 6.8 rebounds, while Paige Yi added 6.4 points and 3.2 assists. “If we can understand our roles, play with passion each night, and put the team first, we could be very successful by season’s end,” said Ford. “I am looking forward to a fun and spirited group who will be fun for the

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The algoNa BoYS are (left to right): Luke Arrowood, Cole Nielsen, Sawyer Frideres and Justin Raymond.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The algoNa wreSTlerS are, front row, (left to right): Jake Adams, Michael Mather, Weston Shaw, Matt Hutchinson, Kory Kuecker. Back: Chandler Holmes, Joe Teague, Austin Long, Tyler Frideres, Jeff Buchanan and Garrett Johnson.


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bishop garrigan goLDeN BeAr BoYs Following another winning campaign last winter, the Bishop Garrigan boys will be forced to reload behind four new starters. A year ago, Roger Froehlich’s Golden Bears went 13-11 overall and an even 9-9 in the North Central Conference. “We hope to finish in the upper half of the conference and make a run at tournament time,” said Froehlich, who enters his 10th season at the helm with a 135-78 mark. “Our strengths should be rebounding and hustling.” John Burns, a senior forward, will be leaned on heavily again after pacing Garrigan in scoring (18.7 ppg) and grabbing 6.5 rebounds as a junior. Burns earned second-team allstate and first-team all-conference recognition last season. Junior Nathan Krieps (1.3) and senior Adam Hamilton (1.2) are the other top scoring threats back for the Golden Bears. Chris Loss, Brayton

Loss, Michael Berke and David Klien will each see plenty of action as well for Garrigan. Gone from last season are starters Austin Vaske, Zach Keith, Eli Marlow and Mitch Rahm. That quartet combined for 750 of the 1,282 points scored by the Golden Bears. Froehlich envisions St. Edmond, Humboldt and Iowa Falls-Alden all battling for the NCC crown. — By Josh Meyer

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Bishop Garrigan girls basketball team will have a different feel this year, as seniors Emily Bell, Mallory Bormann and S h e l b y Shindler have Brandon all moved on. The trio Schwab took 30-plus points per game with them, leaving a hole that seniors Chelsi Lanus, Haley

Froehlich and Aubrie Meyers must fill. “We are very inexperienced at the varsity level,” said BGHS head coach Brandon Schwab, who is beginning his second season at the helm. “But we are very athletic and have depth.” Lanus, a 5-foot-10 forward, average eight points per game last year and 12 rebounds per game. Froehlich, a 5-5 guard, and Meyers, a 5-7 backcourt mate, combined for five points and five boards a season ago. Taylor Hovey, a 5-10 junior forward, also saw varsity time a season ago and is a returning letterwinner, as well. “We just need time to get everyone on the same page,” Schwab said. “Once we do that, I like what we —Photo by Greg Grabianowski have.” reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The BiShop garrigaN BoYS Five seniors and juniors, are, (left to right): Nathan Krieps, John Burns and Adam Hamilton. and three sophomores, will help provide depth for the Golden Bears, who went 14-10 last season. —By Dana Becker

goldEn bEARs At A glAncE BISHOP GARRIGAN BOYS Returning letterwinners: John Burns, 6-5, sr., F; Adam Hamilton, 62, sr., F; Nathan Krieps, 6-0, jr., G. Top prospects: Chris Loss, 6-1, jr., F; Brayton Loss, 6-1, jr., F; Michael Berke, 5-8, jr., G; David Klein, 5-9, jr., G. Last season: 13-11 overall, 9-9 in North Central Conference. Coach: Roger Froehlich is entering his 10th year with the Golden Bears. BISHOP GARRIGAN GIRLS Returning letterwinners (4): Chelsi Lanus, 5-10, sr., F; Aubrie

Meyers, 5-7, sr., G; Haley Froehlich, 5-5, sr., G; Taylor Hovey, 5-10, jr., F. Top prospects: Kristin Condoleon, 5-6, jr., PG; Sophie Behr, 5-7, sr., G; Emily Marlow, 5-6, soph., G; Kyra Eischen, 5-11, jr., F; Nicole Behr, 5-6, jr., G; Betty Straub, 6-0, soph., C; Aisha Miller, 5-6, jr., G. Last season: 14-10 overall (finished fourth in NCC). Coach: Brandon Schwab is beginning his second season with the Golden Bears. Schwaub is 56-62 in his coaching career. GOLDEN BEAR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader

unless noted) Nov. 26 — North Union (boys); 27 — at St. Edmond; 30 — Eagle Grove. Dec. 4 — Humboldt; 7 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 10 — Pocahontas Area; 11 — Webster City; 14 — at Hampton-Dumont; 18 — Clear Lake; 21 — Algona. Jan. 4 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 5 — Corwith-CWL; 8 — at Eagle Grove; 11 — St. Edmond; 15 — at Humboldt; 18 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 22 — at Webster City; 25 — Hampton-Dumont; 26 — at GarnerHayfield; 29 — at Clear Lake. Feb. 1 — at Algona; 5 — ClarionGoldfield (boys).

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state basketball schedules MEN Tuesday, Nov. 27 Iowa at Virginia Tech, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 Drake at Nevada, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Iowa, noon. BYU at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Milwaukee at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 South Dakota at Iowa, 7 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Northern Colorado at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 Iowa State at Iowa, 7:06 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 Northern Iowa at George Mason, 5 p.m. IPFW at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 Nebraska-Omaha at Iowa State, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 Iowa vs. Northern Iowa, 1:31 p.m. Iowa State vs. Drake, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 South Carolina State at Iowa, 8:06 p.m. Iowa State at Missouri-Kansas City, 7 p.m. Northern Iowa at UNLV, 9 p.m. North Carolina Central at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 Coppin State at Iowa, 12:06 p.m. Saint Mary’s at Northern Iowa, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 Drake at Bradley, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 Northern Iowa at Wichita State, 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31 Indiana at Iowa, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 Yale at Iowa State, noon. Wednesday, Jan. 2 Indiana State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Wichita State at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 Northern Iowa at Illinois State, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 Iowa at Michigan, TBA. Tuesday, Jan. 8 Drake at Creighton, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 Iowa State at Kansas, 6 p.m. Evansville at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 Michigan State at Iowa, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 Texas at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Bradley at Northern Iowa, 1 p.m. Drake at Illinois State, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 Iowa at Northwestern, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 Northern Iowa at Creighton, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 West Virginia at Iowa State, 8 p.m. Evansville at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 Wisconsin at Iowa, 7:06 p.m. Iowa State at TCU, 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 Drake at Northern Iowa, TBA. Tuesday, Jan. 22 Iowa at Ohio State, 5:31 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23

Iowa State at Texas Tech, 8 p.m. Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Kansas State at Iowa State, 12:45 p.m. Northern Iowa at Indiana State, noon. Sunday, Jan. 27 Iowa at Purdue, 2:36 p.m. Drake at Missouri State, TBA Tuesday, Jan. 29 Northern Iowa at Evansville, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 Iowa State at Oklahoma State, 7 p.m. Drake at Southern Illinois, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 Baylor at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Wichita State at Northern Iowa, 3 p.m. Indiana State at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 Iowa at Minnesota, 12:06 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 Oklahoma at Iowa State, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 Missouri State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 Illinois State at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 Northwestern at Iowa, 3:36 p.m. Iowa State at Kansas State, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 Northern Iowa at Bradley, TBA. Drake at Evansville, TBA. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Iowa State at Texas, 7 p.m. Creighton at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Drake at Wichita State, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Iowa at Penn State, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 TCU at Iowa State, 12:45 p.m. Northern Iowa at Drake, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Minnesota at Iowa, 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Northern Iowa at Missouri State, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Iowa State at Baylor, 8 p.m. Bradley at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Iowa at Nebraska, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 Northern Iowa vs. TBA in BracketBusters. Drake vs. TBA in BracketBusters. Saturday, Feb. 23 Texas Tech at Iowa State, 12:45 p.m. Northern Iowa vs. TBA in BracketBusters. Drake vs. TBA in BracketBusters. Monday, Feb. 25 Kansas at Iowa State, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Purdue at Iowa, 7:36 p.m. Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m. Drake at Indiana State, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, March 2 Iowa at Indiana, 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 6 p.m. Illinois State at Northern Iowa, TBA. Southern Illinois at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 Illinois at Iowa, 6:06 p.m. Saturday, March 9 Nebraska at Iowa, 1:21 p.m. Iowa State at West Virginia, 12:45 p.m.

WOMEN Tuesday, Nov. 27 Drake at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Iowa at Florida State, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 Northern Iowa at Iowa, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 Chicago State at Drake, 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 Chicago State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Drake at North Dakota State, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 South Dakota State at Northern Iowa, 2 p.m. Drake at North Dakota, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 Fairfield at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Iowa at Drake, 2 p.m. Iowa at Drake, 2:05 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 Iowa State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 Missouri State at Iowa, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 East Tennessee State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 Northern Iowa at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Saint Louis at Drake, 5:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 Iowa vs. Texas in San Diego Surf & Slam Classic, 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 Air Force at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at St. Louis, 2 p.m. Drake at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30 Iowa vs. TBA in San Diego Surf & Slam Classic. Alabama State at Iowa State, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 Texas at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 Ohio State at Iowa, TBA. Drake at Evansville, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 Northern Iowa at Illinois State, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan 5 Iowa State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. Drake at Southern Illinois, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 Michigan at Iowa, noon. Northern Iowa at Indiana State, 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 Iowa at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. Missouri State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 Indiana State at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 TCU at Iowa State, 6 p.m. Wichita State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 Illinois State at Drake, 2:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 Oklahoma at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Michigan State at Iowa, 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 Northern Iowa at Bradley, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 Drake at Missouri State, 12:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 Purdue at Iowa, 3 p.m. Iowa State at Oklahoma State, noon.

Monday, Jan. 21 Drake at Wichita State, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 Baylor at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 Wisconsin at Iowa, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 Northern Iowa at Creighton, 7:05 p.m. Bradley at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 Iowa State at West Virginia, 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 Iowa at Michigan, 1 p.m. Northern Iowa at Drake, 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 Iowa State at Kansas, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Iowa at Illinois, 7 p.m. Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 Texas Tech at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Evansville at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Creighton at Drake, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 Northwestern at Iowa, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 Iowa State at Texas, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 Iowa at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 Northern Iowa at Wichita State, 7:05 p.m. Drake at Illinois State, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 Kansas State at Iowa State, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 Northern Iowa at Missouri State, 2:05 p.m. Drake at Indiana State, 1:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 Nebraska at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 Penn State at Iowa, 7 p.m. Iowa State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Wichita State at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Missouri State at Drake, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Iowa at Purdue, 4 p.m. West Virginia at Iowa State, 12:30 p.m. Bradley at Northern Iowa, 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Creighton at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Drake at Bradley, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 Iowa State at Kansas State, 2 p.m. Drake at Northern Iowa, TBA. Sunday, Feb. 24 Iowa at Nebraska, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Kansas at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 Indiana at Iowa, TBA. Friday, March 1 Northern Iowa at Evansville, 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2 Iowa State at TCU, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3 Iowa at Northwestern, TBA. Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois, 2:05 p.m. Drake at Creighton, 2:05 p.m. Monday, March 4 Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 Indiana State at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m. Southern Illinois at Drake, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 9 Illinois State at Northern Iowa, 2 p.m.



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2012 state basketball tournament recap gIRls stAtE Roundup CLASS 4A Quarterfinals Iowa City West 55, Iowa City High 52 Waukee 49, Mason City 47 Ankeny 39, Cedar Rapids Xavier 25 Southeast Polk 56, Ames 37 Semifinals Iowa City West 64, Waukee 50 Ankeny 47, Southeast Polk 45 Championship Iowa City West 61, Ankeny 54 (OT)

Floyd Valley 32 CLASS 2A Quarterfinals Hull Western Christian 47, Estherville-LC 45 OA-BCIG 48, West Marshall 41 Pella Christian 66, West Hancock 63 IKM-Manning 71, Bellevue 55 Semifinals Hull Western Christian 62, OABCIG 54 Pella Christian 60, IKM-Manning 49 CLASS 3A Championship Quarterfinals Hull Western Christian 67, Pella Sioux City Heelan 77, Dubuque Christian 57 Wahlert 60 CLASS 1A MOC-Floyd Valley 50, BondurantQuarterfinals Farrar 37 Davenport Assumption 54, Bedford 55, Ar-We-Va 54 Glenwood 41 Le Mars Gehlen 52, North Butler Ballard 50, Benton 34 34 Semifinals West Sioux 54, Lynnville-Sully 43 MOC-Floyd Valley 63, Sioux City North Mahaska 47, North Tama 35 Semifinals Heelan 53 (OT) Davenport Assumption 70, Ballard Bedford 45, Le Mars Gehlen 36 North Mahaska 46, West Sioux 38 29 Championship Championship Davenport Assumption 59, MOC- North Mahaska 40, Bedford 31

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The ST. eDmoND BoYS stand with their Class 2A trophy after finishing second in the state tournament inside Wells Fargo Arena. boys stAtE Roundup Class 4A Quarterfinals Linn-Mar 51, Dubuque Senior 50 Iowa City West 74, Waukee 52 Sioux City East 66, Valley 60 Ankeny 58, Cedar Rapids Jefferson 26 Semifinals Iowa City West 71, Linn-Mar 51 Sioux City East 60, Ankeny 56 (2 OT) Third place Ankeny 66, Linn-Mar 49 Championship Iowa City West 67, Sioux City East 52

Mount Vernon 66, MFL/Mar-Mac 49 46 Third place Sioux City Heelan 35, MOC-Floyd Valley 33 Semifinals Clarinda 69, MFL/Mar-Mac 52 Championship Mount Pleasant 53, Grinnell 33 Mount Vernon 48, St. Edmond 45 Western Dubuque 58, Sioux City Heelan 43 Third place CLASS 1A Sioux City Heelan 69, Grinnell 54 Championship Quarterfinals Mount Pleasant 66, Western Dubuque 62 (2 Boyden-Hull 64, Iowa Mennonite 44 Storm Lake St. Mary’s 62, Lisbon 44 OT) Nodaway Valley 62, North Iowa 40 CLASS 2A Danville 68, Council Bluffs St. Albert 39 Quarterfinals Semifinals Clarinda 50, Roland-Story 31 Boyden-Hull 69, Storm Lake St. Mary’s 61 CLASS 3A St. Edmond 53, Monroe-PCM 52 Danville 65, Nodaway Valley 49 Quarterfinals Third place Mount Vernon 56, North Cedar 39 Mount Pleasant 62, Adel-ADM 32 Storm Lake St. Mary’s 81, Nodaway Valley 46 MFL/Mar-Mac 73, Sioux Center 72 Semifinals Championship Grinnell 60, Waverly-Shell Rock 55 Boyden-Hull 63, Danville 45 Western Dubuque 58, Davenport Assumption St. Edmond 56, Clarinda 44 (OT)

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ST. eDmoND’S aaroN chalSTrom (15) is greeted by his teammates during a state tournament game in Des Moines last season.

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ST. eDmoND’S TeDDie harVeY looks for a move at the state meet inside Wells Fargo Arena. Harvey was fifth at 145 pounds.

ForT DoDge’S Duke egli compeTeS at the state meet last season in Des Moines. Egli finished eighth at 160 pounds. He returns for his senior campaign. TEAM STANDINGS Class 3A Fort Dodge..........................................................25th

Ethan Lindquist, Laurens-Marathon......................5th Dylan Fielder, Webster City..................................6th Colten Riley, South Central Calhoun....................3rd

Class 2A Webster City ......................................................17th South Central Calhoun ......................................26th Laurens-Marathon ..............................................31st JSPCEG..............................................................51st Algona ................................................................68th

Class 1A Aaron Anderson, Clarion-Goldfield......................2nd Caleb Smothers, Manson NW ............................ 4th Marcus Peterson, Clarion-Goldfield......................5th Payton Rice, Manson NW ..................................2nd Sam Solis, Clarion-Goldfield ................................4th Teddie Harvey, St. Edmond ................................5th Brady Bailey, Emmetsburg ..................................5th Andrew Wellik, Emmetsburg ................................3rd Austin McCartan, Emmetsburg ............................3rd Mitch Gambrill, Clarion-Goldfield..........................7th

Class 1A Clarion-Goldfield ................................................11th Emmetsburg ......................................................12th Manson Northwest Webster ..............................16th St. Edmond ........................................................37th Pocahontas Area................................................63rd INDIVIDUAL AREA RESULTS Class 3A Brayton Taylor, Fort Dodge ..................................7th Duke Egli, Fort Dodge ..........................................8th Class 2A Chase Goodman, SC Calhoun ............................7th Clint Flack, JSPCEG ............................................7th Royce Nessa, Webster City..................................4th

STATE PLACE FINISHERS RETURNING Duke Egli ................................................Fort Dodge Chase Goodman ..................................SC Calhoun Dylan Fielder ........................................Webster City Mitch Gambrill ................................Clarion-Goldfield Payton Rice ..........................................Manson NW Teddie Harvey........................................St. Edmond Brady Bailey..........................................Emmetsburg Andrew Wellik ......................................Emmetsburg Austin McCartan ..................................Emmetsburg

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maNSoN NorThweST weBSTer’S paYToN rice finished second at 138 pounds for Manson Northwest Webster last season.


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southeast webster-grand eAgLe BoYs Ryan Dahlstrom will return to his roots, as the Simpson College graduate takes over the Southeast WebsterGrand boys basketball team this year. Dahlstrom will have two starters and four total letterwinners to work with, along with a large group of sophomores and freshmen. Nolan Mitchell, the lone senior, is back after averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds for a five-win program last season. Curt Castenson is the other returning starter, Ryan Dahlstrom as the junior posted 6.3 points per game. Trey Kahl-Long and Ryan Zeka, both junior forwards, will be counted on to replace Joe Lennon and DJ Stowers, the two leading scorers for Southeast Webster-Grand last year. “This upcoming season will show a lot about our character here at Southeast Webster-Grand,” Dahlstrom said. “We are full of youth and have potential for growth at all areas of the game. To have a successful season, we must play together as a team and always play with a positive manner of ourselves.”

Dahlstrom has one other junior, Mason Peterson, along with four sophomores and five ninth-graders to build around. “Our team is full of players that can play multiple positions and fit in any scheme we plan to run,” Dahlstrom said. “We are lacking size and experience, but I feel our effort can make up for the size difference we will be facing each night.” Dahlstrom played baseball at Simpson, and holds Southeast Webster-Grand school record for most three-point field goals made. —By Dana Becker

eAgLe gIrLs The Southeast Webster-Grand girls basketball team returns four senior starters from a seven-win 2011-12 season. Those four, along with five other letterwinners, give Eagle head coach Ashley Coffman hope that improvement is coming. Southeast Webster-Grand finished 7-17 overall a year ago, but went just 1-9 in the Twin Lakes Conference. The third-year leader is hoping for a better finish in the league standings See SW-G, Page 29

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTheaST weBSTer-graND girls are, front row (left to right): Tracy Oeltjenbruns, Anna Coder, Kelsey Travis, Breanna Grossnickle. Back: Macy DeVries, Nicole Williams, Emma Clausen, Kierra Eldridge, Jossie Ferrari.

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTheaST weBSTer-graND wrestlers are, front row, (left to right): Danny Eslick, Caleb Hemmestad, Bradley Hemmestad. Back: Colten Bills, Kenny Carstensen, Tysen Hansen.

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTheaST weBSTer-graND boys are, front row (left to right): Ryan Zeka, Nolan Mitchell, Curt Castenson, Trey Kahl-Long.

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southeast webster-grand EAglEs At A glAncE

SW-G, Continued from Page 28 this season. “We would like to place in the middle-half of our conference,” said Coffman, a graduate of Iowa State University. “We would also like to finish with a record at or above .500. “For those things to happen, we need to execute efficiently.” Anna Coder, a guard, leads the way after averaging 6.3 points and almost two assists per game as a junior. She is joined by classmates and fellow returning starters Breanna Grossnickle, Kelsey Travis and Tracy Oeltjenbruns. Grossnickle posted five points a night and nearly three steals, while Oeltjenbruns averaged four points and 7.1 rebounds. Juniors Kierra Eldridge, Jossie Ferrari, Macy DeVries and Emma

Clausen, along with 10th- returning letterwinners who grader Nicole Williams, all had legitimate chances of qualifying for saw varsity action a year ago the state tourand will be counted on for nament this even more this season. year.” —By Dana Becker Seniors T y s e n eAgLe WrestLINg Hansen and The Southeast WebsterB r a d Grand wrestling team will Hemmestad, rely on seven returning letalong with terwinners to help comprise juniors Kenny Tim the majority of their lineup Anderlik C a r s t e n s e n this year. and Spencer Eagle head coach Tim Fluckiger, anchor the team. Anderlik, beginning his Hansen won 15 matches a 16th season at the school, year ago, while Carstensen has what he calls his “small- won 17 and advanced to disest team we’ve had in 15 tricts. years of the program.” Fluckiger was 6-0 as a “We are looking for 10th-grader, while sophoupperclassmen to step up more Danny Eslick won 16 this year, be leaders and set matches. Caleb Hemmestad the tone for our younger and Hunter Nepereny comkids,” Anderlik said. bined for 17 wins. “Offseason injuries have already sidelined two of our —By Dana Becker

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SOUTHEAST WEBSTER-GRAND BOYS Returning letterwinners (4): Nolan Mitchell, 6-2, sr., G; Curt Castenson, 6-0, jr., G; Trey KahlLong, 6-0, jr., F; Ryan Zeka, 6-0, jr., F. Top prospects: Mason Peterson, 5-10, jr., F; Joe Sedlacek, 5-8, soph., G; Chaz Newholh, 6-3, soph., F; Malachi Swanson, 5-7, soph., G; Jay Lizer, 5-7, soph., G; Cade King, 5-8, fr., G; Josh Gibbons, 5-9, fr., F; Owen Oeltjenbruns, 5-6, fr., F; Cameron Anderson, 5-9, fr., F; Kevin Smith, 5-9, fr., F. Last season: 5-17 overall, 2-13 in Twin Lakes Conference (11th). Coach: Ryan Dahlstrom, a graduate of Southeast WebsterGrand and Simpson College, begins his first season with the Eagles this year. SOUTHEAST WEBSTER-GRAND GIRLS Returning letterwinners (9): Anna Coder, 5-3, sr., G; Breanna Grossnickle, 5-4, sr., G; Kelsey Travis, 5-6, sr., G; Tracy Oetljenbruns, 5-11, sr., C; Kierra Eldridge, 5-10, jr., F; Jossie Ferrari, 5-10, jr., G; Macy DeVries, 5-3, jr., G; Emma Clausen, 5-10, jr., C; Nicole Williams, 5-10, soph., G.

Last season: 7-17 overall, 1-9 in Twin Lakes Conference (10th). Coach: Ashley Coffman is entering her third season as Eagle head coach. She is 16-31 in her career. SOUTHEAST WEBSTER-GRAND WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (7): Tysen Hansen, 285, sr.; Brad Hemmestad, 145, sr.; Kenny Carstensen, 195, jr.; Spencer Fluckiger, 152, jr.; Danny Eslick, 160, soph.; Caleb Hemmestad, 138, soph.; Hunter Nepereny, 132, soph. Top prospects: Bryce Scott, 152, fr.; Travis Jones, 145, fr.; Jonah McCrady, 106, fr. Last season: 3-21 in duals. Coach: Tim Anderlik is entering his 16th season with the Eagles. EAGLE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Nov. 26 — Ogden; 30 — at Manson NW. Dec. 4 — Pocahontas Area; 7 — Laurens-Marathon; 10 — West Bend-Mallard; 11 — at South Central Calhoun; 14 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 18 — East Sac County; 20 — at Glidden-Ralston. Jan. 4 — Alta-Aurelia; 5 — Paton-Churdan; 8 — Prairie Valley;

11 — at Sioux Central; 15 — Manson Northwest Webster; 17 — Madrid; 18 — Newell-Fonda; 22 — at Pocahontas Area; 29 — South Central Calhoun; 31 — at Northeast Hamilton. Feb. 1 — at East Sac County; 5 — at Prairie Valley. EAGLE WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — at Manson NW. Dec. 1 — at WoodwardGranger; 6 — at Sioux Central; 8 — at Colins-Maxwell-Baxter Duals; 11 — at South Central Calhoun; 15 — at Clarion-Goldfield tournament; 18 — Pocahontas Area/Greene County. Jan. 5 — at Coon Rapids Bayard tournament; 12 — at Twin Lakes Conference Meet (Laurens); 15 — at South Central Calhoun/Guthrie Center; 17 — Ogden; 24 — at Alta-Aurelia; 26 — at Guthrie Center; 29 — Manson Northwest Webster/West Hancock.


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webster city LYNX BoYs Following the graduation its top four scorers, the Webster City boys must grow up in a hurry to compete on a nightly basis in the North Central Conference. Last season, Marty McKinney’s squad finished 20-3 overall, including a perfect 180 mark in the league. The Lynx reeled off a string of 11 straight victories late in the year before eventually falling in the 3A district finals. Marty “We must replace McKinney four all-conference players, and we need our seniors to step up into leadership roles,” said McKinney, who enters his fifth season at the helm with a 61-29 career mark. “Boone Myers will be a threeyear starter and one of the better rebounders, shot blockers and post defenders in the NCC.” Myers will see his offensive role expand after contributing 7.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a junior. Ben Mossman (1.0) and Austin Myers (0.8) are the other familiar names back for the Lynx. Gone from last winter are standouts Jonny Davis, Andrew May,

Bryan Swon and Sam Mossman, who combined for 986 of the 1,238 total points scored by Webster City. — By Josh Meyer

LYNX gIrLs Nicole Muhlenbruch enters her first season as head coach of the Webster City girls basketball team. Muhlenbruch takes over following a sixth consecutive losing season, but returns several players with varsity experience. Leading the way is senior Cambria Hoffmann who averaged 6.4 points and four rebounds per night a year ago. She is entering her third season as a starter for the Lynx, who went 5-17 a year ago and 5-13 in the North Central Conference. “All of these girls work hard,” Muhlenbruch said. Nicole Muhlenbruch “They come to practice because they want to be a better ballplayer and they want to win.” Rachel Kaufman, Emily Elm, Erin Anderson and Kelsey Lindmark will all be counted on for more this sea-

—Photo by Troy Banning

Team memBerS For The weBSTer ciTY BoYS are, front row (left to right): Lucas Daniels, Cody Chambers, Austin Myers, Boone Myers, Nich Thilges, Eric Coleman, Brody Foster. middle: Trey Tesdahl, Mason Myers, Ben Mossman, Nick Olmstead, Colby Larson, Doug Stoakes, Jake Daniels, Cody Sleiter. Back: Cameron Ausenhus, Tyler Phillips, Joe Sierra, Bud Kern.

See LYNX, Page 31

—Photo by Troy Banning

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The weBSTer ciTY wrestlers are, front row, (left to right): Tanner Hild, Freddie Seeley, Andrew Straw and Alex Oswald. Back: Chris Goodrich, Connor Larson, Dylan Fielder, Landon Johnson, Gus Gasca and Brandon Patten.

—Photo by Troy Banning

Team memBerS For The weBSTer ciTY girlS are, front row (left to right): Erin Anderson, Cambria Hoffmann, Emily Elm, Emma White, Kelsey Lindmar and Rachel Kauffman. middle: Kevin Bahrenfuss, Brittany Carlson, Lynne Chalfant, Colby Deakman, Lacey Lindmark, Catie Boyd, Alex Dinsdale, Shannon Swon and Paige Lowe. Back: Maddie Anderson, Mikala Harrill, Craig Signorin, Nicole Mohlenbruch, Mikaleh McCoy, Hannah Myers and Emmitt Cooney.

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webster city LYNX, Continued from Page 30 son, as well. Webster City graduates leading scorer Katie Holdgrafer and Maddy Miller from a season ago. —By Dana Becker

LYNX WrestLINg Coming off back-to-back North Central Conference tournament titles, the Webster City wrestling team will rely on returning league medalists Connor Larson and Landon Johnson, along with two-time state qualifier Dylan Fielder. “In the offseason, we had a really nice nucleus of guys willing to work and we took 32 kids to camp with us this summer,” said WCHS head coach Ted Larson. “I’ve seen

the commitment out of them, but it’s a long season and we’ve got to keep our goals focused. “I feel like we’ve got the potential to be pretty good, but we’ve got to see how hard they’re willing to work during the season.” Larson, a junior, has Ted already earned a pair of NCC Larson titles, winning 65 matches so far in his brief Lynx career. Fielder finished sixth at state. Webster City also qualified for state duals a year ago, placing fifth after entering as the No. 8 seed. —By Dana Becker

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lynx At A glAncE LYNX BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — at Fort Dodge (boys); 27 — at Algona (girls); 30 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Dec. 4 — Clear Lake; 7 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 11 — at Bishop Garrigan; 14 — Eagle Grove; 18 — at St. Edmond; 21 — at Humboldt. Jan. 4 — Hampton-Dumont; 11 — Algona; 12 — at Waverly-Shell Rock; 15 — at Clear Lake; 18 — Clarion-Goldfield; 19 — at Gilbert (girls); 22 — Bishop Garrigan; 25 — at Eagle Grove; 29 — St. Edmond. Feb. 1 — Humboldt; 5 — at Hampton-Dumont; 8 — Iowa FallsAlden; 12 — at Algona (boys). LYNX WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — at Hampton-Dumont. Dec. 1 — at Dallas CenterGrimes; 6 — at Iowa Falls-Alden/St. Edmond; 8 — Kennedy duals; 13 — Algona; 15 — at Fort Dodge Invitational; 18 — at Forest City. Jan. 3 — at Humboldt/Clear Lake; 5 — at Marshalltown tournament; 10 — Eagle Grove; 12 — at ADM tournament; 19 — NCC meet (Webster City); 24 — at ClarionGoldfield; 26 — Dual tournament

(Webster City); 31 — Sioux City East. WEBSTER CITY BOYS Team members: Lucas Daniels, Cody Chambers, Austin Myers, Boone Myers, Nich Thilges, Eric Coleman, Brody Foster. Trey Tesdahl, Mason Myers, Ben Mossman, Nick Olmstead, Colby Larson, Doug Stoakes, Jake Daniels, Cody Sleiter. Cameron Ausenhus, Tyler Phillips, Joe Sierra, Bud Kern. WEBSTER CITY GIRLS Team members: Erin Anderson, Cambria Hoffmann, Emily Elm, Emma White, Kelsey Lindmar, Rachel Kauffman. Brittany Carlson, Lynne Chalfant, Colby Deakman, Lacey Lindmark, Catie Boyd, Alex Dinsdale, Shannon Swon, Paige Lowe. Back: Maddie Anderson, Mikala Harrill, Mikaleh McCoy, Hannah Myers. WEBSTER CITY WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners: Tanner Hild, Freddie Seeley, Andrew Straw, Alex Oswald. Chris Goodrich, Connor Larson, Dylan Fielder, Landon Johnson, Gus Gasca, Brandon Patten.

—Messenger file photo

weBSTer ciTY’S Cambria Hoffmann guards St. Edmond’s Alli Huss last season in the Gael gym.



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prairie Valley WArrIor BoYs The Prairie Valley boys basketball team was banking on a pair of returning starters this winter. However, things changed following a knee injury to Nick Carlson during the football season. Now, Cole Black is the lone starter from an eight-win team a season ago, while seven other returning letterwinners join him and third-year head coach Kyle Johnson. “We had a big blow losing would-be threeyear starter Nick Kyle said Johnson Carlson,” Johnson, of the senior guard who averaged eight points and seven rebounds a year ago. “We have a lot of young and inexperienced players that will have to step up and be ready to compete every night.” Black, a 6-foot-2 forward, posted 10 points and seven boards as a junior. He will be counted on to help pick up the production gone with the absence of Carlson and graduation of several other seniors, including leading scorer Nicholas Anderson. Jordan Samuelson and Trey Kehoe, a pair of seniors, combined for seven points and seven rebounds, while fellow returning letterwinners Corey Wood, Lukis Anderson, Clayton Taylor, Austin Wood and Ethan Wiederin will all be expected

to improve their contributions. “We will be weak on the perimeter, but Cole will be a three-year starter and solid scorer for us,” Johnson said. “We will also need to find some ballhanders to replace Nick.” —By Dana Becker

WArrIor gIrLs Head coach Sharon Jaeschke will have a veteran group to lean on in her first year at the helm of the Warriors. With four of its top five scorers returning to the lineup from last winter, the outlook appears bright for Prairie Valley. In 2011, the Warriors finished 138 overall and 7-3 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Prairie Valley closed out its campaign on a high note with seven victories in its last nine games. “Our girls have just completed a very successful cross country season in which they qualified for state, so we are excited to have great athletes in our program,” Jaeschke said. “We will be very versatile this year, but a key to our success will be staying healthy.” Jaclyn Rittgers, a senior, paced the Warriors in both scoring (10.7) and rebounding (6.9) last season. Senior Chelsea Anderson (6.8) and juniors Clara Pearson (5.8) and Katie Clough (5.0) are the other top offensive threats back for the Warriors.

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The prairie ValleY BoYS are front row, (left to right): Austin Wood, Clayton Taylor and Ethan Wiederin. Back: Lukis Anderson, Cole Black, Trey Kehoe and Corey Wood. Not pictured: Jordan Samuelson.

See WARRIORS, Page 49

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The prairie ValleY girls are, (left to right): Jaclyn Rittgers, Chelsea Anderson, Clara Pearson and Katie Clough.

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The prairie ValleY wreSTlerS are, front row, (left to right): Grant Bockoven, Brandon Ure, Spencer Johnson and Logan Klingson. Back: Wyatt Hanna, Matt Streit, Taylor Clough, Riley Rittgers and Tom Nahnsen.


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clarion-goldfield CoWBoYs Stephen McAtee and Adam Stevens return for the ClarionGoldfield boys basketball team as the two leading scorers from a year ago. McAtee and Stevens each shot 40percent from the field, as they each average eight-plus points per night. Fellow seniors Luke Maxheimer, Ryan Waters and Max Gangestad also return, along with juniors Chris Staudt, Ben Jacobsen, Kirby Simmons, Austin Keller, Phil Johnson or Gavin Disney. Sophomore Trenton Sann is also back after seeing action in all 22 games a year ago. The top-five leading rebounders from last year all return, led by McAtee’s 7.3 per game. Scott Herrig is the new head coach at C-G. —By Dana Becker

CoWgIrLs After showing continued progress last season, the Clarion-Goldfield girls are determined to take another step forward in 2012. The Cowgirls posted a 12-12 overall record and 8-10 North Central Conference mark last winter, upping their wins total by three games over the previous campaign. “We will look to compete with the top of the league and will rely on our

juniors and seniors to step up,” C-G head coach Kevin Kakacek said. “We must stay healthy and do the little things better than other teams to reach our goals.” Stephanie Steiner, a 5-foot-6 senior point guard, is the lone returning starter for Clarion-Goldfield. Steiner averaged 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds a night. Kevin Junior Jossie Sann Kakacek also contributed 6.7 points and 4.1 boards a year ago. “Stephanie will look to run the offense and be the leader of this team,” said Kakacek. “She will have to score more consistently this year for us to have success. Jossie will be the other guard we count on for scoring and will be our defensive leader.” Katie Hinkle, Jacey Anderson, Brook Boyd, Breanna Ellis, Francis Kem, Megan Hoing and Mollie Osterman supply the Cowgirls with a dependable supporting cast. Height and balanced scoring appear to be Clarion-Goldfield’s strengths, while experience and depth are two areas of concern. — By Josh Meyer

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The clarioN-golDFielD BoYS are, (left to right): Luke Maxheimer, Max Gangestad, Stephen McAtee, Trenton Sann, Ryan Waters, Adam Stevens.

See C-G, Page 36

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer —Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS for the Clarion-Goldfield girls are (left to right): Stephanie Steiner, Katie Hinkle, Jacey Anderson and Jossie Sann.

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The clarioN-golDFielD wrestlers are, front row (left to right): Evan Ulven, Joel Haberman, Taylor Lehman, Matt Odland, Joey Helgeson. middle: Mason Willey, Jordan Lee, Bailey Kothe, Jake Wigans, Jake Haberman. Back: Logan Nelson, Caleb Hanson, Trevor Petersen, Ryan Anderson, Mitch Gambrill.

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Rick Titus in his 37th year of selling and installing more efficient fireplace inserts. ~Paid Advertisment

Rick Titus of Clarion started his business, called “The Country Store”, in 1975 and even though he has moved into town now, he has no intention of retiring any time soon. “l enjoy and love doing this.” said Titus. “I’ve covered every corner of the state because I’m an expert, and that is not meant as a boast. I don’t think anyone else in the state does exactly what I do.” What he does, is sell and install the Fuego Flame (brand name) fireplace insert, which he believes are the most efficient inserts on the market, for the money. However, it took him awhile to find out about that brand. “I was living in Littleton, Colorado. and came across a brochure for the Heatilator fireplaces, which were made at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa,” said Titus. “When we moved back here 3 years later, I decided I was going to call them and become a dealer.” Titus was soon displaying the units at county fairs and got some business. But then in checking back with his customers, to his amazement, he found out they were sending most of the heat up the chimney. “I then tried selling other brands of fireplaces like Preway, and Majestic and found they were no better. These were touted to be energy efficient, having fans and adjustable dampers, but they still were not burning like a wood stove, so I just kept looking. I was selling wood stoves, but not everyone wants a wood stove in their home. Then I found out about the Fuego Flame Fireplaces, which were as close to wood stove efficiency as you will find. This company made Zero Clearance fireplaces and also made four different sized inserts, so now I could offer my customers a super efficient fireplace, or install one of the inserts inside of their existing wood burning fireplace, no matter how large or small,” Titus said. But then it wasn’t long before he found a fireplace that has an unusual shape, like a two sided, or see-thru. or arched opening, and these inserts would not fit. So he decided to just make the inserts from scratch to fit these unusual fireplaces. He even built an insert to fit a four sided fireplace for Bill Knapp in Des Moines. The Fuego Flame fireplace inserts can make any fireplace burn up to 70% efficient, and needs no electricity while keeping 99% of the heat in the home. It burns slow like a wood stove while keeping the beauty of the fireplaces overall appearance and fun of watching the fire. Once the insert is installed, the average fireplace can heat 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of a well insulated home, while using 2/3 less wood, and protects the home from runaway fires. It can burn most of the night on just 3 or 4 hardwood logs, leaving you a nice bed of hot burning coals to ignite new logs come morning. “Some of my customers use the fireplace 24/7 all winter long, and rarely hear their furnace kick on. Thus they save a tremendous amount of fuel each month. These inserts literally pay for themselves by saving the customers fuel,” Titus says. The inserts are made using 12guage steel, which Titus said transmits the heat quicker because it’s lighter. Cool air from the house enters underneath the insert, and is then circulated up the back of the fireplace with the heated air exiting out the top, all without the use of a fan. The temperature of the air coming off this insert varies from 200 to 1000 degrees. Titus says, “You bake in your oven at 350, and you can feel that kind of heat coming out of the top of the fireplaces heat opening. Most heat circulating fireplaces do not come close to putting out that kind of heat, for they send all their heat up the chimney.” The Fuego Flame inserts are installed using an insulated ceiling, which prevents the stove heat from going up the fireplaces chimney. The insert damper control is on the inserts face plate, so you can close the doors and then close the damper. The inserts also burn with their damper 95% closed, thus making the wood burn nice and slow. The twin glass doors are made using ceramic glass, which will take 1400 degrees temperature, so

- photo by Les Houser, Wright County Monitor you never have to worry about breaking the glass with heat, and you get to enjoy watching the slow burning logs inside. These twin doors are easy to clean with very little effort. “Remember when you were a kid sitting around the campfire, or at a family reunion, how much fun it is to sit around the campfire? Well, you can have that same fun in your home with a real wood burning fire in your fireplace all winter long, and enjoy the romance of the flames; and everyone could use more romance, right? It is actually mesmerizing to watch the flames, and you don’t even have to say a word as you watch the fire. Now you can have the romantic comfort of a campfïre and enjoy all that warmth in your home safely and efficiently,” said Titus. For those that can’t or don’t wish to burn wood, Titus offers super efficient gas logs as an option. He started selling those in 1991, and they offer the same nice flame effect, but without the work and cleanup from real wood. “I’ve got people who bought a fireplace from me in the 70’s and 80’s that are now having me put gas logs in those same fireplaces,” said Titus. These gas logs are capable of heating up to 1,000 square feet of the average well insulated home, so if you have a power outage, these gas logs will keep you toasty warm, and keep the pipes from freezing in your home. Titus has covered a large area of the Midwest in his sales and installation travels, “I have built and installed units in fireplaces from Minneapolis to Kansas City and all over Iowa.” said Titus, “I’ve learned that if I go to a county fair, I get business from that area.” He also feels that word of mouth has been his best advertising, and that the personal attention he can offer gets the sales. “I do all the work myself,” said Titus. “I don’t even charge for estimates when I come into your home. I feel an in home visit is the only way I can know exactly what the customer needs.” Titus is also not afraid to tackle, or at least look at, any chimney problems including a cracked chimney. “I’ve fixed one of those many times for someone,” said Titus. “I installed a stainless steel liner inside the chimney and made it safe and efficient.” Titus explained that these inserts are not like others that you can buy, and that it takes some time to install them. “This is not a quick fix job,” said Titus. “I don’t just shove it into your existing fireplace, collect a check and leave. Most of the other inserts on the market make your fireplace look like it has a wood stove shoved into it, and they change the whole look of the fireplace by putting a big metal shroud around the insert. It takes me from six to eight hours to do this, but it will be done right and you’ll never need to do anything more with it.” Titus has even thought of people who like to cook food over a wood fire. “I’ve developed a barbeque grill that will fit inside there,” said Titus. “You can grill steaks or bake potatoes. It will work great for putting a dutch-oven in the fireplace too.” Feel free to contact Rick at The Country Store for more information. You can call either 515-532-3881 or 515-293-2455, or visit his website at:, or email him at “We don’t know what the future holds for our electrìcal system in this country,” said Titus. “If someone wants to control us, they could cut off the electricity, food supply, or disrupt our fuel. Everyone should have a way to heat their home without electricity.”

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clarion-goldfield C-G, Continued from Page 34 CoWBoY WrestLINg Kurt Morgan will have an array of returning letterwinners to work around this year for the Clarion-Goldfield wrestling team. Morgan led the Cowboys to a sixth place showing at state duals last season, and qualified nine for state. Senior Jake Haberman, junior Mitch Gambrill and sophomore Joel Haberman are back after competing on the big stage, along with letKurt terwinners Joey Helgeson, Morgan Matt Odland, Jake Wigans, Evan Ulven, Taylor Lehman, Jordan Lee, Bailey Kothe, Trevor Peterson, Caleb

Hanson, Logan Nelson and Ryan Anderson. Gambrill won 38 matches, finishing seventh, while Joel Haberman won 34 and Jake Haberman picked up 31 match victories. A handful of wrestlers will need to be replaced, as state runner-up Aaron Anderson, Zeke Rosenbaum, Marcus Peterson, Sam Solis, Maxx Schultz and Knute Severson have all departed. Morgan pointed at freshmen Caleb Rosenbaum, Brady Brott and Lucas Lieneman as potential newcomers to compete for varsity spots. The Cowboys were the North Central Conference dual champions a year ago and finished second in the NCC tournament. —By Dana Becker

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coWboys And coWgIRls At A glAncE CLARION-GOLDFIELD GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Stephanie Steiner, 5-6, sr., PG; Katie Hinkle, 5-11, sr., F; Jacey Anderson, 5-9, sr., F; Jossie Sann, 6-0, jr., G. Top prospects: Brook Boyd, 5-5, jr., G; Breanna Ellis, 5-6, jr., G; Francis Kem, 5-4, jr., G; Megan Hoing, 5-8, jr., F; Mollie Osterman, 5-6, jr., G. Last season: 12-12 overall, 810 in North Central Conference. Coach: Kevin Kakacek is beginning his third year with the Cowgirls. Kakacek holds a 21-25 career record. CLARION-GOLDFIELD WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (15): Joey Helgeson, sr.; Matt Odland, sr.; Jake Haberman, sr.; Jake Wigans, sr.; Evan Ulven, jr.; Taylor Lehman, jr.; Jordan Lee, jr.; Mitch Gambrill, jr.; Bailey Kothe, jr.; Trevor Peterson, jr.; Caleb Hanson, jr.; Joel Haberman, soph.; Logan Nelson, soph.; Ryan Anderson, soph. Top prospects: Calen Rosenbaum, fr.; Brady Brott, fr.; Lucas Lieneman, fr.

Last season: 20-3 overall, 8-1 in NCC (first in duals, second in conference). Placed sixth at state duals. Coach: Kurt Morgan is entering his fifth season with the Cowboys. COWBOY/COWGIRL BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — at Eagle Grove; 30 — St. Edmond. Dec. 4 — at Algona; 7 — Webster City; 8 — at North Iowa (girls); 11 — at Clear Lake; 14 — at Humboldt; 18 — Iowa FallsAlden; 21 — at Hampton-Dumont. Jan. 4 — Bishop Garrigan; 5 — at West Hancock (girls); 8 — at St. Edmond; 11 — Eagle Grove; 15 — Algona; 18 — at Webster City; 19 — Belmond-Klemme; 22 — Clear Lake; 25 — Humboldt; 29 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Feb. 1 — Hampton-Dumont; 5 — at Bishop Garrigan (boys). COWBOY WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Dec. 1 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 6 —

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south central calhoun tItAN BoYs Three starters return for the South Central Calhoun boys basketball team, including all-Twin Lakes Conference selection Jake Petzenhauser. Petzenhauser, a junior, averaged 13.8 points and nearly four rebounds per game last year in securing honorable mention status in the TLC. Nathan Christensen and Ben Clark, a pair of seniors, are also back in the fold. Clive Christensen averaged Clark 9.4 points and 7.2 boards, while Clark chipped in 4.9 points. “We return some experience, and have good, smart athletes,” said SCC head coach Clive Clark, who owns 378 career victories. Ryan Daisy, a 10th-grader, and juniors Anthony Handlos and Jace Neubaum each saw extensive action a year ago, as well, for the Titans. South Central Calhoun will need to rely on those players to make up for the loss of graduated players Jacob Simpson, Colin Higgins, Brett

Monahan and Bryce Doty. —By Dana Becker

tItAN gIrLs Four returning starters return from a 10-win South Central Calhoun girls basketball program. Leading the way will be sophomore forward Haley Birks, who scored 10.2 points and grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game as a ninthgrader last year. Birks, fellow classmate Kori Assman, junior Ashley Henkenius and senior Andee Hammen all started for long-time head coach Dave Birks Dave a season ago. Birks Assman scored 6.3 points and grabbed 5.5 boards, while Hammen averaged just under four points and Henkenius another 3.6 and two assists. “We need our letterwinners to lead and have good seasons,” said Birks, who owns 421 career victories. “Also, we need our other players to See TITANS, Page 45

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTh ceNTral calhouN BoYS are, front row (left to right): Andrew Van Hulzen, Anthony Handlos, Logan Higgins, Jace Neubaum. Back: Matthew Dischler, Ben Clark, Ryan Daisy, Nathan Christensen, Jake Petzenhauser.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTh ceNTral calhouN girlS are, (left to right): Briana Otto, Haley Birks, Kori Assman, Andee Hammen, Ashley Henkenius.

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The SouTh ceNTral calhouN wrestlers are, front row (left to right): Mason Machovec, MJ Sittig, Colin Corey, Trey Eddy, Chase Goodman, Logan Peed, Kory McCarter, Jeff King. Back: Nolan Machovec, Nick Henry, Zayne Barrett, Tyler Kutz, Aron King, Zeb McCubbin, Cody Schoop, Tanner Steig.


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humboldt WILDCAt BoYs A new leader will take over the Humboldt boys basketball team this year, but it will be a familiar face. Daryl Short replaces Jason Heinz as the head coach after spending the past three seasons as junior varsity coach. Prior to that, Short was the freshman coach for two years. Short will have plenty of returning talent to work around following a 12-win season a year ago. Senior starters Daryl Michael Orness and Bryan Larson are back, Short along with sophomore starter Jaxon Heinz. Heinz averaged 10.3 points as a freshman last year, making 37 threepointers. Orness contributed 9.1 and Larson another seven. “We have some very good leadership in our senior class,” Short said. “We’re also coming off a very good football season, and hopefully we can use that to build off of.” Seniors Don Smith and Jaylen Heinz are joined by 10th-grader Brady Ross as returning letterwinners. Ben Jacobson, Matt Pogge and Garrett Nelson are also seniors who should help provide depth. Short is a physical therapist in Humboldt, saying, “I’ve been around

Humboldt sports for the past 20 or so years, so I know the kids.” He is also an ex-Wildcat player, having suited up under John Westphal. —By Dana Becker

WILDCAt gIrLs Rodd Mooney has four regulars back for the Humboldt girls this year, led by leading scorer Lauren Friesth. Friesth, Erica Lane, Kinzie Wright and Maddie Thomas all saw ample time last year. Friesth and Thomas are juniors, while Wright and Lane are seniors. “Our quickness and experience will be strengths,” said Mooney, who is entering his 11th season with the Wildcats. “We are lacking Rodd Mooney height and will need to play well as a team to succeed.” Friesth averaged 10.8 points per game a year ago, hitting 41 threepointers. Lane, a 5-foot-11 post player, scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds per game. Wright added five points and hit 17 triples. “We need to continue to improve our scoring offense,” Mooney said.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The humBolDT wreSTlerS are, front row (left to right): Jaylen Heinz, Brady Ross, Jaxon Heinz. Back: Michael Orness, Bryan Larson, Don Smith.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The humBolDT girls basketball team are, (left to right): Lauren Friesth, Erica Lane, Kinzie Wright, Maddie Thomas.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The humBolDT BoYS are, front row, (left to right): Kylie Zender, Brett Fischel, Austen Gargano, Cordes Olthoff, Mike Madsen. middle: Jacob Miller, Adam Mickelson, Thaylan Bowman, Tyler Rutz, Colton Schnetzer. Back: Adam Powell, Reed Dreyer, Dylan Hendricks, Nikko Wheeler.

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HUMBOLDT, Continued from Page 40 “Hopefully, we can move up the (North Central) conference ladder this year.” Brianna Ricklefs and Kallie Kollmorgen are the lone two players who saw action in all 23 games last year to depart. They combined to score about six points. —By Dana Becker

WILDCAt WrestLers Numbers, and returning letterwinners, will not be an issue for Humboldt and head wrestling coach Chad Beaman this year. The Wildcats sport a roster 46-deep — including 13 letterwinners. Thaylon Bowman, a jun-

ior, qualified for state last year and finished with 19 victories on the mat. K y l i e Zender, Jake M i l l e r , C o l t o n Schnetzer, Tyler Rutz and Reed Dreyer all placed third at districts for Humboldt, Chad just missing Beaman out on state berths. “We have some very high expectations,” Humboldt head coach Chad Beaman said. “We need to make consistent progress throughout the season and stay healthy

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to meet those, though.” Schnetzer and Nikko Wheeler each earned more than 30 victories last year, while Zender, Miller, Rutz, Adam Mickelson, Aaron Mickelson and Dylan Hendricks all earned at least 20 wins. The Wildcats went 15-6 in duals a year ago, placing third at the North Central Conference tournament and fourth in terms of the NCC dual standings. “In the conference race, we need to win more of the toss-up matches,” Beaman said. “It appears as though the league race will be wideopen this season.” —By Dana Becker

HUMBOLDT BOYS letterwinners: Returning Michael Orness, sr.; Jaxon Heinz, soph.; Don Smith, sr.; Bryan Larson, sr.; Brady Ross, soph.; Jaylen Heinz, sr. Last season: 12-11 overall, 11-7 in North Central Conference (fourth). Coach: Daryl Short will be entering his first season as head coach. He has spent the last three years as a varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach. HUMBOLDT GIRLS Returning letterwinners (4): Maddie Thomas, 5-7, jr.; Lauren Friesth, 5-9, jr.; Kinzie Wright, 5-9, sr.; Erica Lane, 5-11, sr. Last season: 9-14 overall, 612 in NCC. Coach: Rodd Mooney is entering his 11th season with the Wildcats. He is 85-123 with the school and 105-154 overall in his coaching career. HUMBOLDT WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (13): Austen Gargano, 120, soph.; Kylie Zender, 113, sr.; Jake Miller, 126, jr.; Mike Madsen, 132, soph.;

Thaylon Bowman, 145, jr.; Colton Schnetzer, 152, sr.; Tyler Rutz, 160, sr.; Nikko Wheeler, 182, jr.; Adam Mickelson, 170, soph.; Aaron Mickelson, 170, sr.; Reed Dreyer, 195, jr.; Cordes Olthoff, 220, soph.; Dylan Hendricks, 285, jr. Last season: 15-6 in duals, third at NCC tournament, fourth in NCC duals. Coach: Chad Beaman is beginning his 10th season with the Wildcats. He owns an overall dual record of 231-155-3. WILDCAT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — Hampton-Dumont; 30 — at Clear Lake. Dec. 4 — at Bishop Garrigan; 7 — Eagle Grove; 11 —St. Edmond; 14 — Clarion-Goldfield; 18 — at Algona; 21 — Webster City. Jan. 4 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 8 — at Fort Dodge (boys); 11 — at Hampton-Dumont; 15 — Bishop Garrigan; 18 — at Eagle Grove; 22 — at St. Edmond; 25 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 29 — Algona.

Feb. 1 — at Webster City; 4 — North Union (boys); 5 — at Iowa Falls-Aldeon; 7 — Clear Lake; 11 — at Fort Dodge (girls); 14 — Storm Lake. WILDCAT WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — at EsthervilleLincoln Central; 30 — Humboldt tournament. Dec. 4 — at South Central Calhoun; 6 — at ClarionGoldfield/Algona; 8 — at Ogden; 13 — Hampton-Dumont; 15 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 20 — at Iowa Falls-Alden. Jan. 3 — Clear Lake/Webster City; 5 — at Ames; 10 — St. Edmond; 12 — at Lake Mills; 19 — at Webster City (NCC Meet); 24 — at Eagle Grove; 26 — at Guthrie Center.


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pocahontas area INDIAN BoYs The Pocahontas Area boys basketball team was a green squad a season ago. Now a year wiser, Indian head coach Roger Francis hopes his team learned enough lessons to compete in the rugged Twin Lakes Conference. Aaron Youngberg, a senior guard, returns after missing a handful of games due to injury a year ago. Youngberg led Pocahontas Area in scoring at 17 points Roger per game and grabbed Francis seven rebounds. He is joined by fellow returning starters Austin Behrendsen, Jay Brinkman and Logan Jepsen. All three seniors combined to score 21 points per contest as the Indians won seven games. “We should be competitive in all games and look for overall improvement,” Francis said. “We need more consistency on offense and need to improve our rebounding. “Also, finding ways to win close games would help us, as we lost a number of them last year.” The Indians lost 10 games by sin-

gle digits a year ago, including five during a season-ending nine-game losing skid. Letterwinners Brandon Hersom and Aaron Aljets are also back. Hersom is a senior, while Aljets is a 6-foot-4 sophomore who posted seven points and seven boards as a ninth-grader last season. “Our returning experience is a strength, along with having Youngberg back,” Francis said. “We lack depth, so we’ll need some younger kids to step up.” —By Dana Becker

INDIAN gIrLs Robert Maske and the Pocahontas Area girls are ready to turn the page this season. After going just 616 overall last winter, including 3-7 in the Twin Lakes Conference, the Indians are focused on becoming a more consistent force on the Robert h a r d w o o d . Maske Pocahontas Area See INDIANS, Page 44

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The pocahoNTaS area BoYS are, front row (left to right): Austin Behrendsen, Brandon Hersom, Jay Brinkman. Back: Aaron Youngberg, Aaron Aljets, Logan Jepsen.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The pocahoNTaS area wreSTlerS are, front row, (left to right): Mitch Brinkman, David Olson and Tyler Hubrich. Back: Hannah Mauritz, Josh Dahlsten, Kyler Lyon and Dameon Doyen.

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The pocahoNTaS area girlS are, front row (left to right): Ashley Radig, Sarah Williams, Rose Meyer, Nicole Roetman. Back: Mady Gardewine, Bailee Taylor, Hannah Stafford, Macey Bales.


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Tyler Hubrich, a district qualifier, and Mitchel Brinkman, a third place finisher at districts, are also back, along with David Olson, Josh Dalsten, Kyler Lyon and Wyatt Block. “We are very optimistic for the upcoming season,” said Pocahontas Area head coach Mitch Parker. “We Mitch return a good group of letParker terwinners and have some newcomes who will really help strengthen our lineup.” Ninth-graders Daniel Sommerlot and Tyler Case are slated to fill spots at 152 and 160 pounds for the Indians, who went 16-6 a year ago and were regional dual team finalist. “We want our kids to move up from district-level wrestlers to state-level wrestlers,” Parker said. “I feel we can have a very comINDIAN WrestLINg petitive year, and use that to build towards Seven letterwinners return for the the future at the same time.” Pocahontas Area did graduate seven senPocahontas Area wrestling program this iors “who were valuable contributors to our year. Among them are Jeremy Watson, who varsity team,” Parker added. won 28 matches as a freshman, but missed —By Dana Becker all last year with an injury.

dropped its last six games of the 2011-12 campaign. “We want to finish in the top three of the Twin Lakes Conference and have a winning record,” Maske said. “Our keys will be playing as a team, staying in shape and knowing our roles.” Junior Hannah Stafford propelled the Indians in both scoring (12.4) and rebounding (5.4) last season and will once again be the offensive catalyst. Macey Bales (5.4), Nicole Roetman (5.0), Mady Gardewine (2.2) and Ashley Radig (2.1) are the other top scoring threats returning to the Pocahontas Area roster. “We have energetic and quick girls that want to win,” said Maske. “We want to double our amount of steals from a year ago.” Others letterwinners back in the mix for the Indians include Sarah Williams and Rose Meyer. — By Josh Meyer

IndIAns At A glAncE POCAHONTAS AREA BOYS Returning letterwinners (6): Aaron Youngberg, 6-4, sr., G; Austin Behrendsen, 6-1, sr., F; Jay Brinkman, 5-10, sr., G; Logan Jepsen, 6-2, sr., F; Brandon Hersom, 6-0, sr., G; Aaron Aljets, 6-4, soph., P. Top prospects: Joel Brinkman, 6-0, sr., P; Jason Miller, 6-0, jr., G; Garrett Parr, 5-10, jr., G; Brandon Gathers, 6-1, jr., F. Last season: 7-15 overall, 2-8 in Twin Lakes Conference (seventh). Coach: Roger Francis is entering his 10th season with the Indians. Overall, Francis is beginning his 26th season as a coach. POCAHONTAS AREA GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Hannah Stafford, 5-10, jr., G; Macey Bales, 5-10, jr., C; Nicole Roetman, 5-9, sr., F; Sarah Williams, 5-10, sr., C; Ashley Radig, 5-9, sr., G; Rose Meyer, 5-8, so., G. Top Prospects: Mady Gardewine, 5-8, so., G; Bailee Taylor, 5-9, jr., G; Janie Brinkman, 511, fr., C; Autumn Radig, 5-10, fr., F; Erin Brinkman, 5-5, jr., G. Last season: 6-16 overall, 3-7 in Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Robert Maske, a Buena Vista graduate, is entering his fourth season with the Indians.

POCAHONTAS AREA WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (7): Tyler Hubrich, 145, jr.; Mitchel Brinkman, 113/120, soph.; Jeremy Watson, 195/220, jr.; David Olson, 171, sr.; Josh Dalhsten, 285, sr.; Kyler Lyon, 132, jr.; Wyatt Block, 182/195, jr. Top prospects: Daniel Sommerlot, 152, fr.; Tyler Case, 160, fr. Last season: 16-6 in duals; regional dual team finalist. Coach: Mitch Parker is entering his 10th season with the Indians. INDIAN BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — at Emmetsburg; 30 — at South Central Calhoun. Dec. 4 — at Southeast WebsterGrand; 7 — Alta-Aurelia; 10 — at Bishop Garrigan; 11 — East Sac County; 14 — at Sioux Central; 18 — at Prairie Valley. Jan. 3 — Estherville-Lincoln Central (boys); 4 — Newell-Fonda; 8 — Manson Northwest Webster; 10 — at Graettinger-Terril; 15 — South Central Calhoun; 18 — Lake Mills; 22 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 24 — Storm Lake (girls); 25 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 29 — at East Sac County; 31 — St. Edmond.

“Ellie is a tremendous asset to our team,” Larson said. “She scores, finds open teammates, handles the ball and defends exceptionally well. We will look to her as our leader on the court.” Jordan Schreier, a senior guard, is the other returning starter for the Cougars, who went 8-2 in the always-competitive Twin Lakes Conference. Jocelyn Keller, a 5-10 post player, and Hunter Jud, a 5-5 guard, are both returning letterwinners as sophomores. Keller averaged three points and three rebounds. “We are very excited about this season,” Larson said. “We were hit hard by graduation, but bring back a group of girls who know what to expect and what is expected out of them. Our freshmen class is goodsized; these girls love the game and love to compete.” Larson sees East Sac County, Newell-Fonda and Sioux Central as the early

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CoUgAr WrestLINg Manson Northwest Webster junior Payton Rice has one more step to climb after a state runner-up finish last year on the mats. Rice, one of 10 returning letterwinners for the Cougars, lost to Logan Mulnix in the state finals of 138 a year ago. He finished 46-4, and will likely be competing in the same weight class — and Mulnix has graduated. Seniors Cody Blair Stacey (29-17), Connor Alne Rice (28-17) and Drake Harmon (39-5) all earned big wins for MNW head coach Stacey Rice a season ago and will be

counted on for more. Harmon was a sectional and district champion as a junior, and competed at state. Blair just missed out advancing as a third-place district finisher, while Alne also advanced to districts. “The expectations for this team are that we will wrestle hard and aggressive for six minutes,” said Rice, who is 136-34 in his eight seasons, “while continuing to develop and improve throughout the season.” Junior Tristan Wite went 8-2, while Westley Aden, also a junior, was 10-4. Phillip Dorage, a sophomore, went 18-18 and will likely be the heavyweight. The Cougars won the Alta Invitational last year, and placed second at the Doug Wood Cougar Invitational, Tiger-Knight Invitational, Twin Lakes Conference meet, and at both sectionals and districts. —By Dana Becker

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Feb. 1 — Prairie Valley; 5 — at Manson NW. INDIAN WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — Lake Mills/Sioux Central. Dec. 4 — at Cherokee; 6 — at South Central Calhoun/Prairie Valley; 8 — at Maple Valley; 13 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 15 — at Kuemper. Jan. 3 — East Sac County; 5 — at Coon Rapids Bayard; 10 — at Laurens/Prairie Valley; 12 — at TLC (Laurens); 15 — at Alta-Aurelia; 1819 — at BC-IG tournament; 22 — at Emmetsburg/Algona; 26 — at Laurens-Marathon.

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MANSON NW BOYS Returning letterwinners (5): Brody Eischeid, 6-0, sr., G; Caleb Wubben, 6-3, sr., F; Josh Markert, 511, sr., G; Hudson Spedding, 6-1, jr., G; Cole Rowen, 5-11, sr., G. Top prospects: Holden Fiedler, 6-3, jr., F; Collin Christensen, 6-2, jr., F; Braden Moser, 5-10, jr., G; Ty Condon, 5-11, jr., F; Cal Twait, 6-4, soph., F; Alex Bush, 6-0, soph., G; McCoy Snell, 5-11, soph., G; Max Peters, 5-11, jr., G. Last season: 14-8 overall. Coach: Mark Pearson is entering his fifth season with the Cougars. He sports an overall record of 57-33. MANSON NW GIRLS Returning letterwinners (4): Ellie Herzberg, 5-9, jr., PG; Jordan Schreier, 5-6, sr., G; Jocelyn Keller, 5-10, jr., P; Hunter Jud, 5-5, jr., G. Last season: 18-5 overall, 8-2 in Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Bret Larson is entering his second season with the Cougars. He is a graduate of Northwestern College. MANSON NORTHWEST WEBSTER WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (10): Cody Blair, sr., 132; Payton Rice, jr.,

138; Connor Alne, sr., 145; Drake Harmon, sr., 160; Adam Kolar, sr., 160; Tristan Witte, jr., 152; Westley Aden, jr., 126; Phillip Dorage, soph., HWT; Bryce Birkey, sr., 220; Nick Christnagel, sr., 182. Top prospects: Chase Bulton, 106/113; Collin Bulton, 106/113; Dylan Samuelson, 113; Harley Janssen, 120; Eric Wedemeyer, 120; Zach Desganes, 132; Jeremy Rohner, 145; Jordan Rosenboom, 152; Skyler Michalski, 152; Mitchell Mincks, 152; John Calmer, 152; Lucas Dolder, 160/170; Tanner Peterson, 195; Brant Birkey, 195; Tim Butcher, HWT; Hayden Grunden, HWT; Nathan Krueger, 182. Last season: 15-7 dual record; placed 16th overall at state. Coach: Stacey Rice is entering his eighth season with the Cougars, and holds an overall dual record of 136-34. COUGAR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — Cherokee; 27 — Humboldt (boys); 30 — Southeast Webster-Grand. Dec. 4 — at East Sac County; 7

— Sioux Central; 11 — Prairie Valley; 13 — North Union; 14 — at Newell-Fonda; 18 — South Central Calhoun. Jan. 4 — at West Bend-Mallard; 8 — at Pocahontas Area; 10 — at North Union; 11 — at LaurensMarathon; 15 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 18 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 22 — East Sac County; 25 — at Alta-Aurelia; 29 — at Prairie Valley. Feb. 1 — at South Central Calhou; 5 — Pocahontas Area; 8 — Emmetsburg. COUGAR WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 1 — Manson NW tournament; 6 — at Sioux Rapids; 8 — at Mapleton tourney; 15 — at Carroll tournament. Jan. 3 — Pocahontas Area/East Sac County; 5 — at Alta-Aurelia; 10 — at Emmetsburg/South Central Calhoun; 12 — TLC (at Laurens); 17 — at Sioux Rapids; 22 — at GarnerHayfield/Graettinger-Terril; 29 — at Southeast Webster-Grand.

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fans to watch on the court.” BULLDog WrestLINg Others expected to play The Algona wrestling heavy minutes include team will look for a strong Nicole Kenne, Rachel run in the Teague, Abby Strohman, North Central Lacey Seely and Reba Conference Zeller. with a strong Ford tabbed defending group back league champion St. this season. Edmond, Clear Lake and T h e Hampton-Dumont as the top Bulldogs fincontenders for the NCC title. ished fourth Algona, which saw its at the NCC remarkable 87-game confermeet last seaBrian ence win streak snapped last son. Morgan winter, has earned five of Algona has the past six NCC crowns. 11 letterwinners returning this season with NCC run— By Josh Meyer ners up Kory Kuecker and bulldogs At A glAncE ALGONA BOYS Returning letterwinners (4): Sawyer Frideres, 6-2, sr., F; Cole Nielsen, 6-4, sr., C; Luke Arrowood, 5-11, sr., G; Justin Raymond, 5-11, jr., PG. Top prospects: Clay Collison, 63, sr., F; Michael VanOosbree, 6-3, sr., F; Brandon Benschoter, 6-5, sr., C; Ethan Poeppe, 6-0, jr.; Trevor Loeschen, 6-5, soph.; Luke TerHark, 5-10, soph. Last season: 10-12 overall, 7-11 in North Central Conference (seventh). Coach: Noel McLaughlin is entering his eight season as head coach and 10th overall with the Bulldogs. ALGONA GIRLS 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. Top prospects: Ali Grein, jr.; Courtney Groen, jr.; Julie Grether, jr.; Anna Zeller, jr.; Michaela Heesch, jr;

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SawYer FriDereS of Algona drives toward the hoop against Humboldt’s Michael Orness last season. Both Frideres and Orness are seniors this season.

Sierra Wegener, sr. Last season: 14-8 overall, 13-5 in North Central Conference. Coach: Michael Ford is entering his second year with the Bulldogs. ALGONA WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (11): Jake Adams, Michael Mather, Weston Shaw, Matt Hutchinson, Kory Kuecker, Chandler Holmes, Joe Teague, Austin Long, Tyler Frideres, Jeff Buchanan, Garrett Johnson. BULLDOG BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — at Charles City (boys); 27 — Webster City (girls); 30 — at Hampton-Dumont. Dec. 1 — Charles City (girls); 4 — Clarion-Goldfield; 7 — at St. Edmond; 11 — at Eagle Grove; 14 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 18 —Humboldt; 21 — at Bishop Garrigan. Jan. 4 — Clear Lake; 5 —

step up and develop into tItAN WrestLINg strong varsity players.” The South Central Birks shot 50-percent Calhoun wrestling team is from the field, while joining looking to Assman as the leading continue to rebounders despite seeing make strides their first varsity action last on the mat. season. The Titans Briana Otto, a 5-foot-11 won the Twin senior, saw ample time last L a k e s year, scoring 2.8 points and C o n f e rence grabbing almost two meet last searebounds a night. son and “Our girls have a strong picked up two Lance competitive drive, but we medals at the Schultz need to improve in that catestate meet. gory,” Birks said. “Our Colten Riley finished depth and size will be assets third in his final season for for us this year.” — By Chris Johnson South Central Calhoun, —By Dana Becker racking up a 57-1 individual record. Now it’s senior Chase Garner-Hayfield (boys); 7 — at Goodman’s turn to end with Spencer (girls); 11 — at Webster a solid run. Goodman finCity; 15 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 18 ished the year with a 54-6 — St. Edmond; 19— at Forest City (boys); 22 — Eagle Grove; 25 — at mark and finished seventh at

Joe Teague back in the lineup. The Bulldogs will also rely on two state qualifiers in senior Jake Adams (126) and junior Weston Shaw (152). Adams finished with a 33-11 individual record, while Shaw was 30-17 with a state victory. Also back for Algona is Michael Mather, Matt Hutchinson, Chandler Holmes, Austin Long, Tyler Frideres, Jeff Buchanan and Garrett Johnson.

Iowa Falls-Alden; 29— at Humboldt. Feb. 1 — Bishop Garrigan; 5 — at Clear Lake; 7 — HamptonDumont; 12 — Webster City (boys).

BULLDOG WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — Eagle Grove. Dec. 1 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 6 — at ClarionGoldfield/Humboldt; 8 — Algona tournament; 13 — at Webster City; 15 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 20 — at St. Edmond/Pleasantville. Jan. 3 — at HamptonDumont/Iowa Falls-Alden; 5 — at Forest City; 8— EsthervilleLC/Okoboji; 12 — at Ankeny; 15 — at Osage/West Hancock; 19 — at Webster City (NCC meet); 22 — at Emmetsburg/Pocahontas Area; 24 — Clear Lake. Feb. 5 — at Storm Lake.


state, picking up three victories. At the Twin Lakes Conference meet last winter, the Titans won the team title by 44 points, crowning five champions. Goodman and junior Aron King won titles last season for the Titans. Graduates Riley, Skylor Pochinski and Tate Klocke were also conference champions. Returning letterwinners for the Titans are Mason Machovec, MJ Sittig, Colin Corey, Trey Eddy, Logan Peed, Kory McCarter, Jeff King, Nolan Machovec, Nick Henry, Zayne Barrett, Tyler Kutz, Zeb McCubbin, Cody Schoop and Tanner Steig. —By Chris Johnson

tItAns At A glAncE SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (9): Nathan Christensen, 6-0, sr., F; Ben Clark, 5-11, sr., G; Ryan Daisy, 6-2, soph., F; Mat Dischler, 5-11, sr., F; Anthony Handlos, 5-10, jr., F; Logan Higgins, 5-8, sr., G; Jace Neubaum, 5-11, jr., G; Jake Petzenhauser, 511, jr., G; Andrew Van Hulzen, 5-11, sr., G. Last season: 7-15 overall, 3-7 in Twin Lakes Conference (eighth). Coach: Clive Clark is entering his 28th season with the Titans. He sports an overall record of 378-283. SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (5): Andee Hammen, 5-5, sr., G; Briana Otto, 5-11, sr., C; Ashley Henkenius, 5-2, jr., G; Kori Assman, 6-0, soph., F; Haley Birks, 6-0, soph., F. Top prospects: Maria Dischler, 5-4, jr., G; Kellsie Knapp, 5-7, jr., G; Sadee White, 5-8, sr., G; Hannah Corey, 5-8, soph., F; Tyffaney Toms, 5-10, soph., C; Jen Hood, 5-3, soph., G; Michaela Graffunder, 5-7, soph., G. Last season: 10-12 overall, 5-5 in Twin Lakes Conference (sixth).

Coach: Dave Birks is entering his third season with the Titans after a long career at Rockwell City-Lytton. Birks holds a career mark of 421200. TITAN BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — Audubon; 30 — Pocahontas Area. Dec. 4 —at Prairie Valley; 7 — at Carroll; 8 — at Carroll Kuemper; 11 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 14 — at Laruens-Marathon; 15 — at Emmetsburg; 18 — at Manson Northwest Webster. Jan. 4 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 8 — East Sac County; 11 — at AltaAurelia; 12 — Glidden-Ralston; 15 — at Pocahontas Area; 18 — Sioux Central; 22 — Prairie Valley; 25 — at Newell-Fonda; 29 — at Southeast Webster-Grand.

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Five key figures return for the Eagle Grove boys basketball team this year. Seniors Brandon Johnson, Brennon Cameron and Chris Monley combined to average over 17 points last year, including nearly seven by Johnson. The Eagles, however, won just a pair of games for fourth-year head coach Lanny Parrott. Johnson is a threeyear starter and found plenty of success on the football field this Lanny fall. Parrott “Brandon must take better care of the ball for us,” Parrott said. “We also need to play as a team and play better defense.” Rebounding will be an issue, as the three leading players in that category last year have all graduated. Junior Jake Wilde is the leading rebounder back after grabbing 2.6 per game as a 10th-grader. “Our speed will be an asset, but we will not be a very tall team,” Parrott said. “Rebounding is also a concern.” Zach Ploeger also lettered a year ago, while Parrott will be leaning on Oscar Hernandez, Maxx Asche and Dylan Thielan to provide more.

Aly Bowers will enter her first season at the helm of the Eagle Grove girls basketball program this year. Bowers, a graduate of Simpson College, played basketball for two years and ran track for another with the Storm. The Eagles return four starters and eight total letterwinners from a 1-21 season a year ago. Senior Lexi Miller averaged nine points and three rebounds, while senior 5-foot-11 center Beth Mork posted five points and seven boards. “This group of girls have been working hard this summer to improve,” Bowers said. “They have new attitudes and are ready to make a difference in this program. “We are excited about the upcoming basketball season.” Megan Crail and Kylee Almond are the two other returning starters, while Josie Robertson, Steph Martin, Katie Spellmeyer and Sam Kruckenberg all lettered as well. Crail averaged six points and Kruckenberg scored 5.3 off the bench. “We also have a strong and athletic freshman class that will not only increase our numbers, but will push the returning players,” Bowers said. “Beth is going to be vital to us. We need her to realize her potential down

—By Dana Becker

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reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The eagle groVe BoYS are, left to right: Brandon Johnson, Brennan Cameron, Jake Wilde, Zach Ploeger, Chris Monley.

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—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer —Messenger photo by Josh Meyer reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The eagle groVe wrestlers are, front row (left to right): Dylan Huse, Dylan Sporaa, Damian reTurNiNg leTTerwiNNerS For The eagle groVe girlS are, front row Huffaker and Miguel Pacheco. Back: Cole Beecher, Austin Griffin, Devon (left to right): Samm Kruckenberg, Kylee Almond, Lexie Miller and Josie Robertson. Back: Omvig and Deion Shivers. Stephanie Martin, Megan Crail, Beth Mork and Katie Spellmeyer.

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EAGLES, Continued from Page 46 low and be aggressive. “Leslie Cooper is one of those ninthgraders that will be a great addition.” —By Dana Becker

eAgLe WrestLINg Eight letterwinners are back for the Eagle Grove wrestling team, led by junior Dylan Sporaa and sophomore Devon Omvig. Sporaa won 19 matches a year ago, while Omvig scored an 11-10 record as a ninthgrader. Austin Weland, Damian Huffaker, Matt Garrison, Cole Beecher, Austin Griffin and Dylan Huse all lettered for fourth-year head Eagle coach Aaron Schafer. “In terms of wins and losses, last season was not a successful one,” Schafer said.

“However, it served as motivation to work hard so that history does not repeat itself. “It is a long season and the key will be getting off to a good start and building upon early success. We have the talent if we can believe in our ability this this season is promising.” Aaron Schafer listed just four Schafer seniors on the roster, so youth will remain on the side of the Eagles going forward. “Underclassmen will be key to filling weights,” Schafer said. “We worked hard in the weight room over the year and had a very strong commitment to improving.” —By Dana Becker

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EAGLE GROVE BOYS Returning letterwinners (5): Brandon Johnson, 6-1, sr., G; Brennon Cameron, 6-0, sr., G; Chris Monley, 6-3, sr., F; Jake Wilde, 6-1, jr., F; Zach Ploeger, 63, jr., F. prospects: Oscar Top Hernandez, 6-0, sr., F; Maxx Asche, 5-9, jr., F; Dylan Thielan, 60, jr., F. Last season: 2-20 overall. Coach: Lanny Parrott is entering his fourth season with the Eagles. EAGLE GROVE GIRLS Returning letterwinners (8): Beth Mork, 5-11, sr., C; Josie Robertson, 5-7, sr., G; Lexi Miller, 5-7, sr., G/F; Megan Crail, 5-6, jr., G/F; Kylee Almond, 5-2, jr., PG; Steph Martin, 5-10, jr., C; Katie Spellmeyer, 5-7, jr., F/C; Sam Kruckenberg, 5-4, soph., PG. Last season: 1-21 overall. Coach: Aly Bowers will be entering her first season with the Eagles. She is a graduate of Simpson College. EAGLE GROVE WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (8): Dylan Sporaa, 106, jr.; Austin

Weland, 113, jr.; Damian Huffaker, 126, sr.; Devon Omvig, 138, soph.; Matt Garrison, 195, sr.; Cole Beecher, 152, jr.; Austin Griffin, 182, jr.; Dylan Huse, 132, soph. Top prospects: Parker Slagle, 113, fr.; Caleb Pohlman, 113, fr.; Jeremy Webber, 120, fr.; Tyler Burns, 120, jr.; Jas Jamison, 132, soph.; Nathan Cleveland, 132, sr.; Miguel Pacheco, 145, jr.; Tayler Cahalan, 132, sr.; Vincant Holseher, 132, jr.; Max Busnomo, 126, sr.; Deion Shivers, 160, jr.; Jared Beecher, 170, soph.; Drew Lowenberg, 182, jr.; Ben Bass, 285, soph.; Preston Jacobson, 170, jr. Coach: Aaron Schafer is entering his fourth season as head Eagle coach. EAGLE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — West Hancock; 27 — Clarion-Goldfield; 30 — at Bishop Garrigan. Dec. 4 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 7 — at Humboldt; 11 — Algona; 14 — at Webster City; 18 — Hampton-Dumont; 21 — at Clear Lake.

Jan. 4 — St. Edmond; 7 — at Humboldt (girls); 8 — Bishop Garrigan; 11 — at ClarionGoldfield; 15 — at Iowa FallsAlden; 17 — Prairie Valley; 18 — Humboldt; 22 — at Algona; 25 — Webster City; 29 — at HamptonDumont. Feb. 1 — Clear Lake; 4 — Corwith-CWL; 5 — at St. Edmond (boys). EAGLE WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 1 — Eagle Grove 6 — Clear Invitational; Lake/Hampton-Dumont; 8 — at Algona tournament; 13 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 15 — at ClarionGoldfield. Jan. 3 — at St. Edmond/Clarion-Goldfield; 5 — at Winterset; 10 — at Webster City; 12 — at Perry; 19 — at HamptonDumont; 24 — Humboldt; 26 — at Southern Cal.

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WARRIORS, Continued from Page 33 One area of concern for ago. Streit went 34-12 as a Prairie Valley looks to be a junior, while Klingson postlack of depth, according to ed a 30-19 record. Jaeschke. “Mathew, Taylor and — By Josh Meyer B r a n d o n (Ure) are WArrIor WrestLINg determined to their An abundance of talent make will return for Prairie Valley first trip to the head wrestling coach Jeff state tournament,” Miller Miller this year. The Warriors, who went said. “As sen10-13 a season ago in dual iors, we need Jeff action, boast 11 returning them to proMiller great letterwinners — three of vide which won 30 individual leadership for our program.” Clough won 26 matches matches. Mathew Streit, Taylor and Johnson won another Clough, Logan Klingson 25. Shane Promes, a sophoand Spencer Johnson were more, posted a 16-14 indiall district qualifiers a year vidual mark.

“We are hoping for a successful season,” Miller said. “We didn’t have a single senior last year, so we have plenty of experience on our roster.” Sophomore Riley Rittgers, who went 34-10 as a ninth-grader, suffered a knee injury over the summer and will be out. “Riley’s injury has forced us to alter our plans a bit,” Miller said. “But I feel like we have the type of kids that will pick up the slack and fill the weights.” The Warriors wrestle on Tuesday at the Manson Northwest Webster tourney. —By Dana Becker

WARRIoRs At A glAncE PRAIRIE VALLEY BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (9): Cole Black, 6-2, sr., F; Jordan Samuelson, 6-1, sr., F; Trey Kehoe, 6-1, sr., C; Corey Wood, 6-1, sr., G; Lukis Anderson, 5-10, sr., G; Clayton Taylor, 6-0, jr., F; Austin Wood, 6-2, jr., F; Ethan Wiederin, 510, jr., G; Nick Carlson, 6-3, sr., G. Top prospects: Tyler Hanna, 510, sr., G; Logan Boerner, 5-11, fr., G; Konor Conrad, 5-11, fr., G; Dylan Anderson, 6-2, soph., F. Last season: 8-12 overall, 5-5 in Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Kyle Johnson is entering his third season with the Warriors. PRAIRIE VALLEY GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Jaclyn Rittgers, 5-10, sr., F; Chelsea Anderson, 5-10, sr., G; Katie Clough, 5-6, jr., G; Clara Pearson, 58, jr., G. Last season: 13-8 overall, 7-3 in Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Sharon Jaeschke is

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entering her first season as Warrior head coach. PRAIRIE VALLEY WRESTLING Returning letterwinners (11): Mathew Streit, 195/200, sr.; Taylor Clough, 152/160, sr.; Brandon Ure, 132/138, sr.; Logan Klingson, 126/132, jr.; Wyatt Hanna, 145, jr.; Douglass Jorgenson, 182, sr.; Grant Bockoven, 220, jr.; Spencer Johnson, 106/113, soph.; Tom Nahnsen, 182, soph.; Shane Promes, 113/120, soph.; Riley Rittgers, 160, soph. Last season: 10-16 in duals. Coach: Jeff Miller is entering his 19th season with the Warriors. In his career, Miller has won 171 duals. WARRIOR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — Belmond-Klemme; 30 — at East Sac County. Dec. 4 — South Central Calhoun; 7 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 11 — at Manson NW; 14 —


at Alta-Aurelia; 20 — Pocahontas Area. Jan. 4 — Sioux Central; 5 — at Jefferson-Scranton; 7 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 8 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 11 — at NewellFonda; 15 — East Sac County; 17 — at Eagle Grove; 22 — at South Central Calhoun; 25 — at LaurensMarathon; 29 — Manson Northwest Webster. Feb. 1 — at Pocahontas Area; 5 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 8 — at Northeast Hamilton. WARRIOR WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — at Manson tournament. Dec. 1 — at Gilbert invitational; 6 — at South Central Calhoun tournament; 8 — at MVAO; 13 — at Panora; 15 — at Roland-Story; 18 — Manson NW/Kuemper. 5 — at St. Edmond tournament; 10 — at Laurens-Marathon; 12 — at TLC (Laurens); 18-19 — at BC-IG tourney; 24 — at Alta-Aurelia; 26 — at Guthrie Center tourney.

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Things returned closer to normal for the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team a year ago. After going 3-18 in 2010-11, the Mustangs won 18 games and posted a 9-1 Northwest Conference record. Now, with seven returning letterwinners, including four starters, Newell-Fonda and legendary head coach Paul Loos are looking for more. “We have a very athletic group who will challenge each other to get better throughout the season,” said Loos, who has directed the Mustangs to four state titles in 24 seasons with the program. “Our shooting has improved over the offseason, and will continue to take advantage of our speed, quickness and strength.” Dillon and Dalton Anderson, a pair of junior forwards, posted double-figure scoring averages a year ago as 10th-graders. Dillon led Newell-Fonda at 11.4 points per game, while Dalton scored 10.3 and had a team-high 5.3 rebounds. Andrew Temple and Rigo Johnson also return to the starting five. Temple posted 6.6 points and Johnson 4.3, while also dishing out 75 assists and swiping 72 steals. “Our success will be directly linked to how hard our team is willing to work for improvement,” Loos said. “Working hard in practice will have a direct correlation to our success this season.” Brady Bohe, Jake Hahn and Jon Johnson all saw extensive action a season ago, with Bohe posting 9.4 points.

Fresh off a Twin Lakes Conference title and berth in the Class 1A regional finals, the Newell-Fonda girls basketball team will look to take that next step this season. Several vital cogs return, including leading scorer Renee Maneman. The junior posted 15.2 points per game on 58-percent shooting from the floor as a 10th-grader, including 50-for-107 from the three-point line. Senior Andrea Christensen and junior Claudia Larsen return to the starting lineup for Dick Jungers, who has won 81-percent of his games (203-47) since taking over the Newell-Fonda program. “We are a year older and should be able to build on the growth and strides that we made through the season a year ago,” Jungers said. “Our team worked hard in the offseason to improve ourselves as individuals and as a team. We do have some size and we have guards that can shoot from the outside.” Larsen, Christensen and Maneman were the leading rebounders for the Mustangs last year, with Larsen pulling down 5.6 per game and Christensen another 5.1. Maneman also led Newell-Fonda in assists with 126 and steals with 78. “We need to make sure that we come to play every night,” Jungers said. “We had nights a year ago where our youth and inexperience showed.” The Mustangs lost to West Sioux in a 1A regional last year. West Sioux went on to reach the state semifinals, falling to eventual state champion North Mahaska by eight.

—By Dana Becker

—By Dana Becker

MustAngs At A glAncE NEWELL-FONDA BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (7): Dillon Anderson, jr., F; Dalton Anderson, jr., F; Andrew Temple, jr., F; Rigo Johnson, sr., G; Brady Bohe, jr.; Jake Hahn, sr.; Jon Johnson, sr. Last season: 18-5 overall, 9-1 in Northwest Conference. Coach: Paul Loos is entering his 25th season with the Mustangs. He has guided Newell-Fonda to four state titles. NEWELL-FONDA GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (7): Renee Maneman, jr., PG; Claudia Larson, jr., F; Andrea Christensen, sr., F; Marianna Overgaard, jr., F; Taiyler Schrank, jr., G; Brianna Wells, soph., G; Hailey Falline,

soph., F. Top prospects: Jade Hess, jr., G; Abby Christensen, jr., F; Missy Morenz, jr., G; Haley Voss, jr., F; Taylor Lago, sr., F. Last season: 19-6 overall, 9-1 in Twin Lakes Conference (first). Coach: Dick Jungers, entering his 10th season, sports an overall record of 203-47. MUSTANGS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — at Ridge View; 29 — Spencer; 30 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s. Dec. 4 — at Laurens-Marathon; 6 — at North Union; 7 — at East Sac County; 11 — O-A/BC-IG; 14 — Manson Northwest Webster; 18 — at

Alta-Aurelia; 20 — at Hinton. Jan. 4 — at Pocahontas Area; 8 — Sioux Central; 10 — EsthervilleLincoln Central; 11 — Prairie Valley; 15 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 18 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 22 — Laurens-Marathon; 24 — Spencer; 25 — South Central Calhoun. Feb. 1 — Alta-Aurelia; 5 — at Sioux Central; 8 — at GraettingerTerril.

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The West Bend-Mallard boys basketball team enters the season with high expectations behind returning starters Jason Zinnel, Jesse Zinnel and Jordan Buhs. The Wolverines went 11-10 overall last year, but finished a strong 8-4 in the Cornbelt Conference, good enough for a third place finish. Jason Zinnel led the way, averaging just under 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year. Jesse posted 9.2 points and Buhs contributed just over nine. “We feel like this should be a good year for the Wolverines,” WB-M head coach Paul Peppmeier said. “Both Jason and Jesse will be starting for a third year (as juniors), and we feel like 15 wins and a chance at the conference title are realistic goals.” Nathan Grimm and Kurt Banwart both saw varsity time last year, but will be counted on to replace Chris Schmidt, Mitch Bonnstetter and Kolten Goodchild. While all five returning letterwinners are right around 6-feet, they do have size from underclassmen. Shawn Nafe is a 6-6 junior, while Cole Banwart is a 6-4 ninth-grader. “We need to learn to be a disciplined team,” Peppmeier said. “Our defense should be strong, but we are small and will need to play help defense against bigger teams.”

Contending for a Cornbelt Conference title is the goal for the West Bend-Mallard girls this season. On the heels of a 14-7 overall finish and 9-3 league mark last winter, the Wolverines return four starters to their lineup. “We’re looking for a winning season and high finish in the conference,” WB-M head coach Eugene Ruppert said. “We must have better post play and better perimeter shooting to move up.” Kayla Banwart, a senior guard, will be the focal point in the Wolverine offensive charge after producing 7.8 points, 3.4 stelas and 2.4 rebounds as a junior. McKenzie Grimm (6.3 points per game), Courtney Bargman (3.0) and Ashley Schmidt (2.5) are the other regulars back for the Wolverines. Grimm also pulled down 7.1 rebounds a night “We have to keep healthy and use our speed and quickness to our advantage,” said Ruppert. Heather Fehr, Kaylee Lanus, Sarah Mader and Liesel Schwartzkopf supply WB-M with quality depth. Mader chipped in 3.4 points and 3.4 boards off the bench a year ago. Aside from his Wolverines, Ruppert tabbed North Union and Harris-Lake Park as the league favorites.

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WolVERInEs At A glAncE WEST BEND-MALLARD BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (5): Jason Zinnel, 6-1, jr., G; Jesse Zinnel, 6-1, jr., G; Jordan Buhs, 6-0, jr., G; Nathan Grimm, 6-0, jr., G/F; Kurt Banwart, 6-1, sr., F. Top prospects: Brady Jensen, 5-10, jr., G; Shawn Nafe, 6-6, jr., C; Braden Knobloch, 6-0, jr., F; Cole Banwart, 6-4, fr., C. Last season: 11-10 overall, 8-4 in Cornbelt Conference (third). Coach: Paul Peppmeier is entering his third season with the Wolverines. WEST BEND-MALLARD GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Kayla Banwart, sr., G; McKenzie Grimm, sr., F; Courtney Bargman, sr., F; Heather Fehr, sr., F; Kaylee Lanus, sr., C; Sarah Mader, sr., C; Liesel Schwartzkopf, sr., F; Ashley Schmidt, jr., G. Last season: 14-7 overall, 9-3 in Cornbelt Conference. Coach: Eugene Ruppert is entering his eighth year with the Wolverines. WOLVERINE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — at North Iowa; 27 — at Graettinger-Terril; 30 — Clay Central-Everly. Dec. 4 — at Harris Lake-Park; 10 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 14 — at CorwithCWL; 17 — Pocahontas Area; 21 — at North Union. Jan. 4 — Manson Northwest Webster; 8 — Graettinger-Terril; 11 — at Clay CentralEverly; 14 — at Northeast Hamilton; 15 — Harris Lake-Park; 21 — at West Hancock; 25 — Corwith-CWL. Feb. 1 — North Union; 4 — at Emmetsburg; 8 — Laurens-Marathon (boys).

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corwith-cwl PANtHer BoYs The Corwith-CWL boys basketball team was dominated by underclassmen a year ago, giving them plenty of experience for this year. Seniors Josh Hilbert and Derek Studer return as the leading scorers, along with sophomore Esden Carroll and senior Randy Cram. Hilbert posted 9.6 points per game a season ago, while Studer and Carroll averaged six and five. Hilbert averaged 10.2 rebounds a night, including 49 offensive boards. —By Dana Becker

PANtHer gIrLs Senior Megen Studer is the leading scorer back for the Corwith-CWL girls basketball team. Studer, who averaged 5.4 points, is joined by seniors Sadie Poldervaart, Elizabeth Carlton, Lauran Chambers, Shali Nygaard, Kate Mohr and Christie Schutter, who all saw substantial playing time last year. Also, sophomores Starr Haler and Hailey Hanselman suited up as ninth-graders. —By Dana Becker

pAnthERs At A glAncE CORWITH-CWL BOYS Returning letterwinners (6): Josh Hilbert, sr.; Randy Cram, sr.; Esden Carroll, soph.; Andy Hauswirth, sr.; John Genrich, soph.; Jared Haler, jr. Last season: 0-17 overall. Coach: Mel Haler is the head coach for the Panthers. CORWITH-CWL GIRLS Returning letterwinners (8): Starr Haler, soph.; Megen Studer, sr.; Sadie Poldervaart, sr.; Elizabeth Carlton, sr.; Lauran Chambers, sr.; Shali Nygaard, sr.; Kate Mohr, sr.; Christie Schutter, sr. Last season: 2-16 overall. Coach: Kevin McPeak is the Panther head coach. PANTHER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless) Nov. 26 — at Belmond-Klemme; 27 — North Iowa; 30 — Graettinger-Terril. Dec. 4 — at Clay Central-Everly; 7 — HarrisLake Park; 8 — at Northeast Hamilton; 10 — at CAL; 14 — West Bend-Mallard; 20 — CAL. Jan. 4 — North Union; 11 — at GraettingerTerril; 15 — Clay Central-Everly; 17 — Northwood Kensett; 18 — at Harris-Lake Park; 22 — Graettinger-Terril; 25 — at West BendMallard; 29 — at North Union.

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emmetsburg e-HAWK BoYs Fresh off another strong football season, the Emmetsburg boys will look to carry that momentum to the hardwood. Senior Jake Jackson is the main threat back, however, from a senior-dominated lineup. Gone are Ryan Kliegl, Marcus Akridge, Michael Wolff, Jake Carlson, Zach Overberg and Brady Berkland. All were strong contributors, including Kliegl, who scored a teamhigh 275 points. Jackson, however, was the leading scorer by average, posting 15.4 per game last year and hitting 30 three-pointers. He made 57percent of his shots overall. Juniors Austin Krause and Michael Pugh saw limited action last year. —By Dana Becker

e-HAWK gIrLs Anny Fiene will rely on three returning letterwinners to help ease her transition in year one coaching the Emmetsburg girls basketball team. Ashton Connelly, a 5foot-10 sophomore guard,

scored 7.5 points and grabbed five rebounds a game last year, as the EHawks went 9-13 overall. Alexa Naig, another 5-10 sophomore forward, added 4.5 points and 2.5 boards, while junior guard Hadley Egland scored three points. “We are very young and inexperienced, but I feel we can develop that youth into success,” Fiene said. “We must embrace new philosophies with an open mind.” Paige Naig, Emmetsburg’s leading scorer at 16.1 points per game a year ago, has graduated. Naig shot 62-percent from the field a year ago. Faith Schmidt and Kaity Degen, who each started all 22 games, have also moved on. “We must be able to handle pressure defense and get the ball to key players in crucial situations,” Fiene said. “Everyone must embrace their role and work together in order to be successful.” —By Dana Becker

e-HAWK WrestLINg The Emmetsburg wrestling team qualified five wrestlers for the state

state wrestling schedule meet last winter, and three will return for an encore performance. Senior Andrew Wellik was one of the biggest threats in Class 1A football, rushing for 2,734 yards and 38 touchdowns. Now after leading the E-Hawks to a state semifinal match up Wellik must switch gears. Last season, Wellik battled through injuries and built a 14-0 record heading into the state meet, where he finished third. Wellik won his first two matches before losing. He bounced back with two victories to finish third and grab a 20-1 record. Senior Austin McCartan also had a solid run at state, placing third. He lost his first match, but reeled off five consecutive victories to finish third at 182 pounds. Senior Brady Bailey also had a solid state run at 152 pounds. He advanced to the semifinals and ended up in fifth place. He finished with a 31-9 record. Senior Nick Schany also qualified. Graduate Justin Studer was also a state qualifier. —By Chris Johnson

E-hAWks At A glAncE EMMETSBURG BOYS Returning letterwinners (2): Jake Jackson, sr.; Michael Pugh, jr. Last season: 15-9 overall. Coach: Mike Brennan is the head coach of the E-Hawks. EMMETSBURG GIRLS Returning letterwinners (3): Ashton Connelly, 5-10, soph., G; Alexa Naig, 5-10, soph., F; Hadley Egland, 5-6, jr., G. Last season: 9-13 overall. Coach: Anny Fiene is entering her first season with the school. E-HAWK BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — Pocahontas Area. Dec. 4 — at Estherville-Lincoln Central; 7 — Le Mars; 10 — at Harris Lake Park; 11 — Spencer; 14 — Storm Lake; 15 — South Central Calhoun; 18 — at Sioux Central (boys); 20 — Okoboji; 21 — Western Christian. Jan. 8 — Spirit Lake; 11 —

Editor’s Note: Emmetsburg wrestling letterwinners were  unavailable at press time.

Sunday, Nov. 25 Old Dominion at Iowa State, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20 Iowa at Michigan State, 1 p.m. \Northern Iowa vs. Edwardsville/Northwestern, noon.

Saturday, Dec. 1 Iowa State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 Northern Iowa at UNI Open, TBA. Sunday, Dec. 16 Iowa vs. Hofstra/Bucknell, 9:30 a.m. North Dakota State at Iowa State, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27 Missouri at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17 Iowa vs. Buffalo, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1 Penn State at Iowa, 8 p.m. Arizona State at Iowa State, 7 p.m. Northern Iowa at South Dakota State, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4 Ohio State at Iowa, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2 Northern Iowa at Loras Open, TBA.

Saturday, Jan. 5 Iowa State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Iowa Western at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3 Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Purdue at Iowa, 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8 Iowa at Illinois, 7 p.m. Northern Iowa at Iowa State, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 Iowa State at Rutgers, 6 p.m. Northern Iowa at Northern Colorado, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10 Nebraska at Iowa, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13 Iowa at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m. Iowa State vs. Drexel/Pennsylvania, 9 a.m. Northern Iowa at Air Force, 3 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 Iowa State at Michigan State, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 Edinboro at Iowa, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 Iowa State at Eastern Michigan, noon.

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auSTiN mccarTaN competes at the state wrestling meet. McCartan, who is a senior, was third at state.


Saturday, Jan. 26 Iowa at Minnesota, 3 p.m. Iowa State at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Northern Iowa at Grand View Open, TBA.

Thursday, Dec. 6 Lehigh at Iowa, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Iowa at Michigan, 6 p.m. Oklahoma at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

Cherokee (girls); 15 — EsthervilleLincoln Central; 18 — at Le Mars; 22 — at Spencer; 25 — at Storm Lake; 29 — at Western Christian. Feb. 1 — at Spirit Lake; 4 — West Bend-Mallard; 5 — at Cherokee; 7 — at Manson Northwest Webster. E-HAWK WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — at Forest City. Dec. 1 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 4 — at SibleyOcheyedan; 6 — at Cherokee/AltaAurelia; 8 — Emmetsburg Invitational; 13 — at Western Christian/Spencer; 15 — at Fort Dodge Invitational. Jan. 3 — Spirit Lake/Storm Lake; 5 — at Forest City; 10 — Manson NW/South Central Calhoun; 12 — at Lake Mills tournament; 17 — at Estherville-Lincoln Central/Le Mars; 18-19 — at BC-IG tourney; 22 — Algona/Pocahontas Area; 25 — at Le Mars.

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greene county HAWK BoYs Reed Ostrander returns for his senior season after averaging 20.6 points per game on 55-percent shooting from the field a year ago. Ostrander is one of several returning letterwinners for Greene County, which has entered into a wholeschool sharing with Jefferson-Scranton. Ostrander hit 182 of 331 field goal attempts a year ago, and is joined by the likes of Wyatt Beaman, Tory Beger, Alex Gordon and Cody Hidlebaugh. Beaman averaged 13.5 points, making 58 threepointers. Beger and Gordon

each posted eight points per game, as well. Ostrander also averaged 15.3 rebounds last year. —By Dana Becker

HAWK gIrLs For the first time as a consolidated school, Greene County will enter the basketball ranks. Jefferson-Scranton finished 5-17 last season, while East Greene was 220. This season the team enters with three seniors and three seniors along with eight sophomores who saw playing time as freshman. Senior Jennifer Kennedy

led the Rams last season with 16.5 points per night. As a freshman Kayla Mobley scored 8.8 points per night for the Rams. Sophomroe Stacy Mears scored at a 5.5 point clip. Sophomore Hannah Onken led East Greene last season with 10.2 points per night. Sophomore Jolee Wessling scored at a 5.5 clip last year. —By Chris Johnson

HAWK WrestLINg In its first season on the mat as a consolidated program, Greene County will try to ride the success that

paton-churdan the JSPCEG team was able to recently estbalish. Last winter, senior Clint Flack entered the state tournament with a mark of 38-7 and finished seventh at 126 points. Classmate Brandon Silbaugh went to Des Moines with a 35-4 record as a senior. As a team last season, the Rams were the dual meet conference champions for the third time in school history. They were also the team conference tournament champs with a 16-5 overall record.

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The Paton-Churdan boys are looking to break into the win column this season as they struggled last season. The good news for the Rockets is they have seven sophomores who saw action in a lot of games last season, with one lone senior. Sophomore Jake Carey paced Paton-Churdan last season, averaging 13.3 points per contest. He also hit 26 three pointers. Colton Fitzpartrick averaged 6.6 per night, while Dylan Burgart (4.3) and Jacob Bundt (3.2) were next in the scoring column.

The Paton-Churdan girls already have one game under their belt, knocking off Madrid in their season opener. Now the Rockets are hoping to ride that momentum and build on 2011’s three win season. Marissa Minnehan averaged 8.6 points as a freshman last season and is the leading scorer back this year. Senior Brianne Gerwulf averaged 6.6 while classmate Taryn Jewett checked in at six points per contest for the Rockets.

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hAWks At A glAncE GREENE COUNTY BOYS Returning letterwinners (6): Reed Ostrander, sr.; Wyatt Beaman, sr.; Tory Beger, sr.; Alex Gordon, sr.; Cody Hidlebaugh, jr.; T.J. Lint, sr. Last season: 12-12 overall. GREENE COUNTY GIRLS Returning players: Jolee Wessling, so., 5-7; Thea Ballard, jr., 5-6; Brittany Gunn, sr., 5-6; Tressa Rasmussen, so., 5-5; Abby Bravard, jr., 5-6; Stacy Mears, so., 5-8; Jennifer Kennedy, sr., 5-10; Emma

Saddoris, so., 5-6; Emily Christensen, so., 5-6; Allie Stoline, jr., 5-8; Marissa Promes, so., 5-7; Kayla Mobley, so., 5-9; Quinn Flack, sr., 5-10; Hannah Onken, so., 5-9. RAMS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 27 — at Roland-Story; 30 — PCM. Dec. 4 — at Colfax-Mingo; 7 — at CMB; 8 — Panorama; 11 — South Hamilton; 14 — Nevada; 15 — at Perry; 18 — Gilbert; 20 — at North Polk.

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Jan. 4 — Saydel; 5 — at Prairie Valley (girls); 8 — Roland-Story; 11 — at PCM; 15 — Colfax-Mingo; 18 — CMB; 22 — at South Hamilton; 25 — at Nevada; 29 — at Gilbert. Feb. 1 — North Polk; 5 — at Saydel (boys). RAMS WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 29 — at Ogden. Dec. 1 — Jefferson-Scranton meet; 6 — at Roland-Story; 8 — at Ogden; 13 — at CMB/Saydel; 15 — at Roland-Story; 18 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 20 — South Hamilton/North Polk.

Jan. 5 — at Boone; 10 — Woodward-Granger/Nevada; 12 — at South Hardin; 15 — at Gilbert; 19 — at Saydel; 26 — at Guthrie Center. Editor’s Note: Greene County wrestling letterwinners were  unavailable at press time.

ROCKET BOYS Returning letterwinners: Jake Carey, so.; Garion Consier, so.; Marcus Castillo, so.; Matthew Burgart, sr.; Colton Fitzpartrick, so.; Collin Wilson, so; Dylan Burgart, so.; Jacob Bundt, so. ROCKET GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Marissa Minnehan, so.; Taryn Jewett, sr.; Brianne Gerwulf, sr.; Makayla Minnehan, sr.; Emma Tilley, jr.; Bayllie, Flinn, so. ROCKET BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — Ankeny Christian Academy; 29 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 30 — at Glidden-Ralston. Dec. 4 — Orient-Macksburg; 6 — at Glidden-Ralston; 7 — at Elk Horn

Kimblaton; 14 — at Anita-Cam; 18 — at Grand View Park Baptist; 21 — at Iowa Christian Academy. Jan. 4 — Adair-Casey; 5 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 8 — at Ankeny Christian Academy; 11 — Glidden-Ralston; 15 — at OrientMacksburg; 17 — Coon RapidsBayard; 18 — Elk Horn Kimblaton; 25 — Anita Cam; 29 — Grand View Park Baptist. Feb. 1 — Iowa Christian Academy; 5 — at Adair-Casey.

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east sac county rAIDer BoYs Reed Tellinghuisen is back to lead the East Sac County boys basketball team. The junior will be counted on to help replace 20plus-point scorer Collin Schrader who has graduated. Tellinghuisen posted 17.8 points per game last year, hitting 69 of 152 three-point attempts. Classmate Justin Kraft is also back, as he made 36 triples and averaged six points. Juniors Carter Niehaus and Shawn Freier, along with sophomores Michael Halbur, Tyler Jacobsen and Taggart Phillips will help provide depth. —By Dana Becker

rAIDer gIrLs The East Sac County girls will be leaning on a pair of returning starters from a 17-win season last year. Dakota Blum, a 5-foot-9 senior, posted 11.2 points and six rebounds per game last season, while classmate Kaitlin Bass averaged 7.4 points and three assists.

Both Blum and Bass were also all-Twin Lakes Conference selections a year ago. The Raiders, who are coached by Kyle Stribe, went 17-6 a season ago and finished 7-2 in the TLC — good for second place in the league. “We have several girls stepping into increased varsity action,” Stribe said. “I feel like we have the ability to have a strong year but will need to work hard to reach our goals.” Shae Blum, Makayla Ernst and Jenna Peters are all juniors who saw action as 10th-graders a season ago. “We just need to improve on the little things,” Stribe said. “We should have a good inside-outside presence, and will be a good shooting team. “Our depth and ball handling are weak spots, but I am hoping some girls will step up and make us a deeper team.” Stribe, who was a standout for the Buena Vista men’s team from 2006-09 and finished third in schoolhistory in terms of free throw percentage, sees Newell-Fonda, Manson

Northwest Webster, South Central Calhoun and Prairie Valley as the league favorites, adding, “this conference will be very deep.” —By Dana Becker

rAIDer WrestLINg Just four letterwinners return for the East Sac County wrestling team, so co-head coaches John Smith and Sam Ellis will rely on youth this season. Kyle Bennett, Caleb Heun, Colin Haberl and Manny Magana saw mat time last year, combining to win 20 matches. “Our freshmen need to keep their heads up and grow up in a hurry,” Smith said. “We will be very young. Hopefully, we can fill a complete roster. “The kids are hard workers and have been great to work with in the room. We have a very optimistic feeling about the season.” Haberl won nine of those 20 matches as a 10th-grader a year ago. “We need to improve each time we take to the mats,” Smith said. —By Dana Becker

RAIdERs At A glAncE EAST SAC COUNTY BOYS Returning letterwinners (3): Reed Tellinghuisen, jr.; Justin Kraft, jr.; Carter Niehaus, jr. Last season: 18-6 overall. Coach: Todd Bontrager is the coach for the Raiders. EAST SAC COUNTY GIRLS Returning letterwinners (5): Dakota Blum, 5-9, sr., C; Kaitlin Bass, 5-6, sr., G; Shae Blum, 5-7, jr., F; Makayla Ernst, 5-6, jr., G; Jenna Peters, 5-8, jr., F. Top prospects: Shay Quirk, 5-6, jr., G; Jordan Fischer, 5-7, soph., G; Morgan Wolleson, 5-8, jr., F; Sidney Herrig, 5-8, jr., F. Last season: 17-6 overall, 7-2 in Twin Lakes Conference (second place). Coach: Kyle Stribe, a graduate of Buena Vista University, is entering his second season coaching the Raiders. EAST SAC COUNTY WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (4): Kyle Bennett, 220, sr.; Caleb Heun,

160, jr.; Colin Haberl, 138, jr.; Manny Magana, 132, soph. Last season: 3-21 in duals. Coach: John Smith and Sam Ellis will be co-coaches for the Raiders this year. RAIDER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — at OA/BCIG; 30 — Prairie Valley. Dec. 1 — at Alta/Aurelia; 4 — Manson Northwest Webster; 7 — Newell-Fonda; 11 — at Pocahontas Area; 17 — Cherokee; 18 — at Southeast Webster-Grand. Jan. 4 — Laurens-Marathon; 5 — at Carroll Keumper; 8 — at South Central Calhoun; 11 — at Storm lake St. Mary’s; 15 — at Prairie Valley; 18 — Alta-Aurelia; 22 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 25 — at Sioux Central; 29 — Pocahontas Area. Feb. 1 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 5 — South Central Calhoun; 8 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s (boys).

RAIDER WRESTLING SCHEDULE Nov. 27 — at South Central Calhoun/OA-BCIG. Dec. 1 — at Manson tournament; 4 — at South Central Calhoun/Ridge View/Humboldt; 8 – at MV-AO tourney; 11 — at Southeast WebsterGrand/SCC; 13 — at CRB/Kuemper; 15 — at Cherokee tournament. Jan. 3 — at Manson NW/Pocahontas Area; 5 — at CR-B tournament; 10 — at Alta/Aurelia/Graettinger-Terril; 12 — at Laurens (TL, NW tourney); 22 — at Laurens-Marathon/SCC; 24 – at Alta/Prairie Valley/SW-G; 28 — at Audubon tournament; 29 — at Storm Lake/Alta-Aurelia/Ridge View.

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The Laurens-Marathon boys struggled at times during a 7-14 campaign last season, but with their top two scorers returning and a solid group of letterwinners, the Chargers are ready to make a run. Senior Seth Hersom led the Chargers last season, averaging 12.6 points. He hit a team high 23 three pointers and shot 74 percent from the line. Sophomore Tyler Stumbo had a strong rookie campaign, scoring 11.6 a night. He hit 22 threes and was also a 74 percent free throw shooter. Other returning players for the Chargers are Ben Fuchs, Matt Cleveland, Will Cleveland, Justin DaSilva, Keegan Jamison and Chase Oehlertz.

The Laurens-Marathon girls are hoping to pick up the pace after a down season last winter. Sophomore Lauren Link led the Chargers a year ago, averaging 6.8 points in her rookie campaign. She hit a team high 21 three-pointers for L-M. Briley Sullivan is the next leading scorer for LaurensMarathon. She averaged 4.3 points a night. Also back for the Chargers are Lauren Link, Kaitlyn Pinney, Brooke Runneberg, Allison Hofmaster and Tiffani Reese. —By Chris Johnson

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chARgERs At A glAncE CHARGER BOYS Returning players: Ben Fuchs, sr.; Matt Cleveland, sr.; Will Cleveland, sr.; Justin DaSilva, sr.; Tyler Stumbo, so.; Seth Hersom, sr.; Keegan Jamison, so.; Chase Oehlertz, jr. CHARGER GIRLS Returning players: Lauren Link, so.; Kaitly Pinney, sr.; Brooke Runneberg, so.; Allison Hofmaster, jr.; Briley Sullivan, jr.; Tiffani Reese, jr.

CHARGER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Nov. 30 — at Sioux Central. Dec. 4 — Newell-Fonda; 7 — at SW-G; 18 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s. Jan. 3 — at Graettinger-Terril; 4 — at East Sac County; 8 — at Clay Central-Everly; 11 — Manson Northwest Webster; 15 — Sioux Central; 17 — Clay Central Everly; 21 — Hartley-HMS; 22 — at NewellFonda; 25 — Prairie Valley; 29 — Alta-Aurelia.

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breakout performance this season. Last winter, the Charging Rebels posted a 6-16 overall duals mark. Finding a capable replacement for Ethan Lindquist is the top order of business for SC/L-M. In his final prep campaign, Lindquist placed fifth at 182 pounds in the Class 2A state meet, while earning 40 victories. Senior Cole Moens, sophomore Jordan Gunnarson, senior Cameron Graff and sophomore Wyatt Shannon return to the Rebel lineup after notching double digit win totals a year ago. Moens, who is a defending Twin Lakes Conference champion, previously qualified for state as a sophomore at 135 pounds. Graff was also a sectional runner-up last season at 220 for SC/LM.



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CHARGER WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 1 — at Okoboji; 6 — Manson Northwest Webster; 8 — at Hull Western Christian. Jan. 10 — at Pocahontas Area/Prairie Valley; 12 — TLC (at Laurens); 15 — at East Sac County; 17 — Manson NW/Alta-Aurelia; 19 — at Hartley-HMS; 22 — at South Central Calhoun/East Sac County. Editor’s Note: Greene  County wrestling letterwinners were  unavailable at press time.

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The North Union boys basketball team will lean on a handful of experienced players this year. Shane Mills, a senior, posted five points per game a year ago and is the leading returning scorer. Travis Larson and Evan Hagebock have graduated, leaving holes to fill. Jacob Braddock, Matt Adams, Aric Runge and Brian Becker all saw ample time a year ago, and will be counted on for even more this season for the Warriors. North Union was 8-14 overall last winter on the boys side.

The North Union girls basketball team will need to replace several vital cogs to an 18-win program a year ago. Leading scorer Kelsey Gerhart is gone, but Collete Haag returns for her senior year. Haag made 33 three-pointers and averaged 9.3 points per game as a junior. Jasmine Claussen, Madison Bollig, Cheyanne Boland and Aurora Oliver all saw extensive playing time a year ago, as the Warriors a deep squad. The three leading rebounders are gone, as Bollig is the top one back after grabbing three boards per contest.

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—By Dana Becker

WARRIoRs At A glAncE NORTH UNION BOYS Returning letterwinners (8): Shane Mills, sr.; Jacob Braddock, jr.; Matt Adams, sr.; Aric Runge, jr.; Brian Becker, sr.; Ty Anderson, sr.; Brandon Kollasch, sr.; Colton McConnell, sr.; Kaleb Olson, jr. Last season: 8-14 overall. NORTH UNION GIRLS Returning letterwinners (8): Collete Haag, sr.; Jasmine Claussen, sr.; Madison Bollig, jr.; Cheyanne Boland, sr.; Aurora Oliver, jr.; Dena

Looft, jr.; Megan Runksmeier, sr.; Morgan Rahm, jr. Last season: 18-5 overall.

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WARRIOR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Dec. 7 — Graettinger-Terril; 11 — at Clay Central-Everly; 14 — Harris-Lake Park; 21 — West BendMallard. Jan. 4 — at Corwith-CWL; 18 — at Graettinger-Terril; 22 — Clay

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Winter Sports 2012  

A preview of local high school basketball, wrestling, swimming and bowling teams.

Winter Sports 2012  

A preview of local high school basketball, wrestling, swimming and bowling teams.