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area seniors in the 2013-14 spotlight

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

JC HATCHER f FOR T DODGE (Page 2)

ROB BY BURK E f ST . E DMON D (Page 4)

L E XI AS TO R f F O R T D OD G E ( Page 3)

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

ALLI HUS S f ST . E DM ON D (Page 5)

EL LIE HERZ BE RG f MN W (Page 20)

R I L E Y P R E S C O T T f F T . D O D G E (Pa g e 6)

NI KK O W H EEL E R f HU M B OL D T (P a g e 4 0 )

V I N N I E H AR VE Y f S T . E D M O N D ( P a g e 7 )

R E E D T E L L I N G H U I S E N f E S C (P a ge 5 2 )

Algona ............................................21 Bishop Garrigan ..............................24 Clarion-Goldfield ............................34 Corwith-CWL ..................................57 Eagle Grove ....................................44 East Sac County ............................52 Emmetsburg....................................54 Greene County................................56 Humboldt ........................................40 Laurens-Marathon ..........................58 Manson Northwest Webster ............20 Newell-Fonda ..................................47 North Union ....................................59 Paton-Churdan................................52 Pocahontas Area ............................42 Prairie Valley ..................................32 Southeast Webster-Grand ..............28 Souh Central Calhoun ....................36 Webster City ..................................30 West Bend-Mallard..........................48

scheDuLes AND recAps ’13 State Basketball ........................26 ’13 State Wrestling..........................27 ’13-14 State College Basketball ......38 ‘13-14 State Wrestling ....................54

ON THE COVER: A photo collage of local and area seniors returning to lead their respective programs in 2013-14,  including Fort Dodge’s JC Hatcher and St.  Edmond’s All Huss (front). All players received either first team all-conference or all-state recognition last season as juniors. (Designed by Avis Keasey)


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fort dodge boys basketball

dodgers ready for a step forward HEAD COACH

Tom Daniel 6th year

ROSTER Seniors JC Hatcher ................6-1, G Zach Martinson ..........6-4, F Andrew Stover..........5-11, G Marquan Clayton ........6-4, C Blake Wilder ................6-3, F Krunal Thakor ............6-0, G Cody Ellis ..................5-8, G Cody Rivers ................6-0, F Juniors Kyle Hanson................6-2, F Ben Ahlers ..................6-3, F Alex Jackson ............5-11, G Sophomores Sam Kolacia ................6-1, G Kyle Beisch ................6-0, G Kit McCarville ..............6-2, C Coleton Hout ..........5-10, G Thomas Hartley ..........6-2, F Freshman Solomon Clayton ........6-1, G SCHEDULE Nov. 30 — St. Edmond (Hall of Pride scrimmage). Dec. 2 — at Webster City; 3 — Des Moines North; 10 — at West Des Moines Dowling; 13 — Marshalltown; 17 — Waukee; 20 — at Mason City. Jan. 3 — at Ankeny; 7 — Johnston; 10 — at Des Moines Roosevelt; 14 — Ankeny 17 — at Centennial; Urbandale; 21 — Waterloo West; 24 — at Ames; 28 — at West Des Moines Valley; 31 — at Marshalltown. Feb. 3 — Sioux City East; 4 — SE Polk; 7 — Mason City; 14 — Ames; 17 — at Humboldt; 18 — at DM Hoover.

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ForT DoDge BoYS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row (left to right): Kyle Hanson, Coleton Hout, Krunal Thakor, Cody Ellis and Alex Jackson. middle: JC Hatcher, Solomon Clayton, Sam Kolacia, Kyle Beisch, Cody Rivers and Andrew Stover. Back: Thomas Hartley, Blake Wilder, Marquan Clayton, Zach Martinson, Kit McCarville and Ben Ahlers.

Tested team hopes to show significant progress this season By ERIC PRATT sports@messengernews.net Head coach Tom Daniel believes the time is now for the Fort Dodge boys basketball program to start walking the walk. His players agree. Eight seniors — including four starters — return to the Dodger lineup this winter, representing over 80 percent of the scoring and rebounding from last year’s 8-13 squad. It’s the kind of veteran experience a coach loves to build around — as long as there isn’t a sense of entitlement, according to Daniel. ‘‘It’s good to hear that the bar is being set high by our kids — the idea of contending for a conference championship, securing a top seed in the substate and making a push for the state tournament isn’t just coach speak,’’ said

Daniel, who is 41-68 at the helm. ‘‘I’m not saying it for them. They’re saying it. But now it’s time to back up the goals and the expectations by getting the job done on the court. ‘‘We’re not just going to show up and win, though. I don’t care how many seniors we have, or how many varsity minutes we’ve (logged in the past). If we don’t put in the work, we’re not going to succeed at the level we’re expecting this season.’’ BACKCOURT Seniors JC Hatcher, Andrew Stover and Krunal Thakor return to a core unit that Daniel marks as ‘‘undoubtedly our strength.’’ Daniel plans on committing to an up-tempo, full-court, pressing attack, though it ‘‘all comes down to our execution.’’

‘‘The way our team is structured, we should be getting up and down the floor, running, and taking a lot of perimeter shots. Our strengths are definitely in the guardcourt with our shooting and ball-handling,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘I’d like to think that, given the varsity minutes JC and Andrew have accumulated (as three-year regulars) and the experience Krunal got (last winter), we’ll be able to depend on them quite a bit to both set the tone and dictate the tempo.’’ Hatcher, a 6-foot-1 guard, has already scored 596 career points. He averaged 14.1 points in 2012-13 to garner first team all-division and second team all-conference honors for the second straight year.

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fort dodge girls basketball

experience has squad hungry for more HEAD COACH

Scott Timmerman 4th year

ROSTER Seniors 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 Juniors Lani Van Zyl..............5-7, G Molly Matthes ............5-6, F Becca Sunken ..........5-6, G Brielle Ulrich..............5-6, G Mallory Kilian ............5-9, F Michael Hiracheta ......5-8, F Sophomore Madi Bennett ............5-6, G SCHEDULE —Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ForT DoDge girlS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row: Maddie Bennett. middle (left to right): Molly Matthes, Lani Van Zyl, Mallory Kilian and Becca Sunken. Back: Tiana Mericle, Rachel Herrington, Kari Grindberg, Brielle Ulrich, Michael Hiracheta, Lexi Astor and Ashley Altman.

Dodgers eager to leave recent frustrations behind on the court By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net After combining for just three victories over the past two years, the Fort Dodge girls basketball team is motivated for a breakout season. With their top five scorers, top eight rebounders and leaders in assists, steals and blocks all returning to the lineup, the Dodgers clearly have the potential to turn their fortunes around. “We have a lot of experience coming back, which makes for nice continuity and not having to teach more refining,” said fourth-year FDSH head coach Scott Timmerman. “We’ve been seeing things in practice that we haven’t seen

for a couple of years, and that comes from playing together. Now, we just need to find some consistency.” Seniors Lexi Astor, Ashley Altman and Tiana Mericle and juniors Mallory Kilian and Lani Van Zyl will all be leaned on heavily once again by Timmerman. That same quintet started all but five games last winter. “We started to see some glimpses of more competitiveness last year, but this year we have to make that big jump,” Timmerman said. “We can’t give the ball away, and we must makes teams work for it. “I think our ball handling will be better now that all five positions have a better understand-

ing of what to do against full-court pressure. Improving our shooting and shot selection will also be important.” Following consecutive wins over Des Moines Hoover and Des Moines North to open the 2012-13 campaign, the Dodgers went only 1-18 the rest of the way, including 0-6 in the CIC Northern Division. Just two of their setbacks came by single digits. “It’s always important to get off to a good start,” said Timmerman. “Our goal is to start dictating the tempo early and often.”

See FD GIRLS, Page 50

Nov. 30 — St. Edmond (Hall of Pride scrimmage). Dec. 3 — Des Moines North; 6 — Sioux City West; 10 — at West Des Moines 13 — Dowling; 17 — Marshalltown; Waukee; 20 — at Mason City. Jan. 3 — at Ankeny; 7 — Johnston; 10 — at Des Moines Roosevelt; 13 — at Humboldt; 14 — Ankeny Centennial; 17 — at Urbandale; 21 — Waterloo West; 24 — at Ames; 28 — at West Des Moines Valley; 31 — at Marshalltown. Feb. 3 — Sioux City East; 4 — Southeast Polk; 7 — Mason City; 14 — Ames.


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gaels take on different personality HEAD COACH

Adolph Kochendorfer 21st year

ROSTER Seniors Robby Burke ..............6-6, F Cal Coleman ..........5-11, G Konrad Laufersweiler..6-4, F Austin Boer ..............6-1, G Juniors Matthew Bocken ....5-10, G Landon Peed ............6-1, G Sophomores Robert Flattery ..........6-0, G Nick Doyle ..............5-11, G T.J. O’Tool ..............5-10, G Nick Lenane............5-10, G Andrew Kicklighter ....5-9, G Michael Sharkey ......5-10, G Ty Nelson ..............5-10, G Reid Johnson ............6-0, F SCHEDULE

Nov. 30 — Fort Dodge (Hall of Pride scrimmage). Dec. 3 — at Bishop Garrigan; 6 — ClarionGoldfield; 10 — HamptonDumont; 13 — Algona; 17 — at Webster City; 20 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 21 — at South Hamilton. Jan. 3 — Eagle Grove; 7 — Humboldt; 9 — at Clear Lake; 14 — at ClarionGoldfield; 17 — Bishop Garrigan; 21 — at HamptonDumont; 24 — at Algona; 28 — at Humboldt; 31 — Clear Lake. Feb. 1 — at Carroll Kuemper; 4 — Webster City; 6 — Pocahontas Area; 7 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 11 — at Eagle Grove.

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ST. eDmoND BoYS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, first row, left to right: Nick Lenane and Andrew Kicklighter. Second: Reid Johnson, Austin Boer, Nick Doyle, Cal Coleman, Colin Flattery, T.J. O’Tool and Thomas Schumack. Third: assistant Jacob Short, Matthew Bocken, Harrison Mayer, Landon Peed, Conley Messerly, Robert Flattery, Michael Sharkey and Ty Nelson. Fourth: Robby Burke, John Woodruff, Konrad Laufersweiler, assistant Jordan Slotten and head coach Adolph Kochendorfer.

Heavy graduation losses off-set by return of Burke and others By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net St. Edmond head boys basketball coach Adolph Kochendorfer had a nice problem on his hands this preseason. Kochendorfer, entering his 21st season directing the Gaels, put most of his practice plans on hold while the St. Edmond football team completed its run to a state championship game. “It’s a great thing to have,” said Kochendorfer, who won a title in 1999-2000 on the hardwood. “I would like to have everybody available for practice right now, but I’ll take waiting another week for these kids to live out their dreams on the football field. “Plus, the kind of energy and confidence they are gaining will only help us once we get into the stretch run of the basketball season.” Graduation took away a majority of the Gael

leaders from a season ago, but top scorer and rebounder Robby Burke is back to lead the charge. Key players such as David Flattery, Aaron Chalstrom, Aaron McElroy and Alex Mericle have all graduated, forcing Burke, Konrad Laufersweiler, Cal Coleman, Landon Peed and Matthew Bocken to pick up in the leadership department. “I expect to see more out of Robby as a vocal leader,” Kochendorfer said. “And we’re going to need Konrad, Cal, Landon and Matthew to do the same. “We are going to play a lot of sophomores, which we’ve done here before. I’m not sure how ready they are to see the court, but they are going to get thrown in there because we only have four seniors and two juniors. It’s going to be interesting in the early going, but the kids are eager to learn and improve.”

BACKCOURT One important area Kochendorfer will lean on came this past summer, when many members of the roster participated in basketball camps and tournaments. That’s one place he saw Peed, a junior, shine. Last year, Peed played in 21 games, scoring 36 points and dishing out 11 assists. He’ll move around from a guard to a wing to accommodate St. Edmond’s needs. “Landon’s confidence has grown so much since last year, especially after the season he had on the football field,” Kochendorfer said. “His shooting improved a lot over the summer, and his athletic skills make him an excellent rebounder and defender.

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st. edmond girls basketball

savvy gaels have something to prove HEAD COACH

Scott Messerly 9th year

ROSTER Seniors Alli Huss ....................6-0, F Maddie McCarville ....5-5, G Juniors Madeline Baldwin ....5-11, F 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 Sophomore Carter Waddell ..........5-7, F Freshman Megan Flattery ..........6-0, F SCHEDULE

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ST. eDmoND girlS VarSiTY BaSkeTBall Team, front row: Jaci Stumpf . middle (left to right): Carter Waddell, Maddie McCarville, Brgid Hanley, Drue Specht and Shannon Flaherty. Back: Clare Flattery, Megan Flattery, Madeline Baldwin, Alli Huss, Emily Johnson and Anna Yung.

Disappointing tourney finish last year drives Messerly’s squad By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net To say the St. Edmond girls were left feeling empty at the end of last season would be an understatement. After cruising to a 19-win campaign, the Gaels were ousted from the tournament in their first game — for the second consecutive year — by Carroll Kuemper. Now, after losing just one starter from the entire roster, ninth-year head coach Scott Messerly is banking on a deep run this February.

Junior Anna Yung, the leading scorer a season ago, is back, along with starters Alli Huss, Jaci Stumpf and Maddie McCarville. Huss and McCarville are seniors, while Stumpf is an 11th-grader. Madeline Baldwin, Clare Flattery, Brigid Hanley and Drue Specht all saw ample playing time, while Carter Waddell, Shannon Flaherty and Emily Johnson return a year stronger. Freshman Megan Flattery is expected to slide into a regular spot in the lineup this winter. In all, over 1,000 points, almost 700

rebounds and over 300 steals are back. The lone graduation came from a productive source, though, as Hannah Lentsch departs from her center position. Lentsch is currently at Iowa Central. St. Edmond has gone 39-5 overall during the past two seasons, including 34-2 in the North Central Conference. The Gaels are ranked sixth (Class 2A) in the IGHSAU’s preseason rankings.

See SE GIRLS, Page 13

Nov. 30 — Fort Dodge (Hall of Pride scrimmage). Dec. 3 — at Bishop Garrigan; 6 — ClarionGoldfield; 10 — HamptonDumont; 13 — Algona; 17 — at Webster City; 20 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 21 — at South Hamilton. Jan. 3 — Eagle Grove; 7 — Humboldt; 9 — at Clear Lake; 14 — at ClarionGoldfield; 17 — Bishop Garrigan; 21 — at HamptonDumont; 24 — at Algona; 28 — at Humboldt; 31 — Clear Lake. Feb. 1 — at Carroll Kuemper; 4 — Webster City; 6 — Pocahontas Area; 7 — at Iowa Falls-Alden.


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dodgers a work in progress on mat HEAD COACH

Bobby Thompson 9th year

ROSTER Seniors — Tien Nguyen, Cameron Hicks, Kole Evans, Cory Alexander, Nic Ganzeveld, Carlos Rocha, Riley Prescott, Patrick Keigher. Juniors — Derick Wilson, Tim Gailey, Hunter Doyen, Logan Kipfmiller, Erik Birnbaum. Sophomores — Cole Detmering, Kennan Cook, Ian Ebelsheiser, Bryce Huebsch, Jonah Egli, Nic Tracy, Justus Gamble, Devin Summers, Anthony Miller, Sam Cook, James Vanderpool, Kenny Kelly, Cole Johnson, Thomas Anderson. Freshmen — Noah Telfer, Keaton Dornath, Collin Leonard, Tristan Earnest, Tristan Lara, Colton Hogan, Tyler Nelson, Levi Trenary, Austin Porter. SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — at Urbandale; 7 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 12 — Johnston/Waukee; 14 — at Waterloo West Invitational; 19 — at Algona/Webster City; 21 — Fort Dodge Invitational. Jan. 3 — Marshalltown/Charles City; 6 — at West Des Moines Dowling; 9 — Ankeny Centennial; 11 — at Ames Invitational; 18 — at Cedar Rapids Jefferson Invitational; 23 — at Mason City; 25 — at Waverly-Shell Rock Invitational; 31 — Invitational at SE Polk. Feb. 6 — at Ames.

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ForT DoDge WreSTliNg Team, first row (left to right): Cameron Hicks, Tyler Nelson, Levi Trenary, Brandon Johnson, Cole Detmering, Tristan Lara and Colton Hogan. Second: Ian Ebelsheiser, Hunter Doyen, James Vanderpool, Collin Leonard, Keenan Cook, Devin Summers, Erik Birnbaum and Tien Nguyen. Third: Tristan Earnest, Kenneth Kelly, Thomas Anderson, Kole Evans, Logan Kipfmiller, Bryce Huebsch, Nic Tracy, Patrick Keigher and Cole Johnson. Fourth: Jesse Fisher, Derick Wilson, Nic Ganzeveld, Justis Gamble, Noah Tefler, Tim Gailey, Carlos Rocha, Riley Prescott, Sam Cook, Keaton Dornath and Cole Alexander.

Thompson’s squad builds around return of four state qualifiers By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net Numerous question marks surround the Fort Dodge wrestling team heading into this season. Despite returning four state qualifiers from a year ago, the Dodgers feature plenty of unproven young talent. Of the 36 grapplers on the roster, a total of 23 are underclassmen. Seniors Riley Prescott and Kole Evans, junior Erik Birnbaum and sophomore Cole Detmering will anchor FDSH on the mat. Gone from last winter is three-time state qualifer Duke Egli, who earned bronze in Class 3A at 170 pounds as a senior inside Wells Fargo Arena. Egli, now a member of the Iowa State University wrestling program, wrapped up his standout prep career with 111 victories. Egli, a defending CIML Conference champion, went 41-1 during the 2012-13 campaign, with his only loss coming in a 5-3 sudden-

death overtime decision to North Scott’s Mitch Bowman in the state semifinals. “We’re kind of a mixed bag right now,” said ninth-year Dodger head coach Bobby Thompson. “We had probably a half dozen guys that didn’t come out that could’ve contributed, which makes for a real spotty team. “Our experienced guys are really coming along well, though, and our inexperienced ones are making progress, too. We know it’s going to take some time for everything to come around.” Fort Dodge went 6-8 overall in dual meets last season, including 1-2 in the CIC Northern Division. Thompson is optimistic the Dodgers can take another step forward this time around. “Our focus is definitely on the bottom and getting away from our opponents,” Thompson said. “I think we should have a more solid team this year, but with a couple of big holes in our

lineup, we might be a better tournament team. “We’re real thin in juniors and seniors, so we’re going to need everyone to stick with it and stay committed.” LOWER WEIGHTS Tristan Lara, a freshman, will be counted on immediately at 106. “Tristan has pretty good experience coming out of the AAU program,” said Thompson. “He should be solid there.” Birnbaum has moved up to 113 after claiming a district title and placing eighth in the state at 106 a year ago. Birnbaum, who finished 379 as a sophomore, owns 57 career wins. Birnbaum’s dad, Ed, is a former head coach at FDSH. His brother, Matt, was also a three-time

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gaels feel it’s their time to shine HEAD COACH

Tanner Utley 2nd year

ROSTER

Seniors Vinnie Harvey, 220; Kaden McClintock, 120; Jimmy Averill, 182; Hank Crimmins, 170; Tristan Sitzmann, 145; Kyle Lawler, 152; Caelan Burbank, 285. Juniors Ryan Szalat, 113; Nick Hindt, 195; Scot Denklau, 152; Levi Hopkins, 138; Daman Perry, 138. Sophomores Jack Kersten, 145; Payton Sitzmann, 132; Colin Birzer, 106; Teagan Perrin, 138. —Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ST. eDmoND WreSTliNg Team, front row, left to right: Colin Birzer, Cole Allison, Payton Sitzmann, Hank Crimmins, Kaden McClintock, Jimmy Averill, Ryan Szalat and Andrew Lenane. Back: Jack Kersten, Daman Perry, Vinnie Harvey, Nick Hindt, Caelan Burbank, Scot Dencklau, Tristan Sitzmann and Kyle Lawler. Not pictured: Connor Allison.

Utley remains bullish on immediate future of SEHS mat program By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net Tanner Utley is banking on year two as head coach of the St. Edmond wrestling team being just as successful — if not more so — than the first. With three returning letterwinners back, along with the recent run the Gael football team put together, Utley looks at the winter on the mats as a chance to keep St. Edmond in the spotlight. “We have been missing some important guys because of the success of the football team, but that is great because success like that seems to be contagious sport-to-sport,” said Utley, a former football and wrestling standout himself for the green and white.

Vinnie Harvey, Kaden McClintock and Ryan Szalat all are back after finding themselves on the state podium in Des Moines a season ago. However, six important seniors have moved on, including former placewinners Teddie Harvey and Dillon Nelson. “There is no doubt we have our work cut out for us after losing that outstanding senior class,” he said. “To be a successful program, you have to have quality leaders, which we had last year. “These upperclassmen are taking on that role and are ready to step up.” Jimmy Averill, Tristan Sitzmann, Kyle Lawler and Caelan Burbank are all returning seniors with Harvey and McClintock, while newcomer Hank Crimmins joins the fray this

year. Szalat leads a six-member junior class, while four sophomores and three more freshmen round out the roster. “We are going to be relying on some young and inexperienced guys to fill some roles for us,” Utley said, “so we will have a learning curve ahead of us as we go through a tough conference and regular season schedule.” St. Edmond went 20-7 in duals a year ago and won the Doug Wood and Tiger/Knight Invitationals, while also claiming the St. Edmond, Coon Rapids-Bayard and South Central Calhoun dual tournaments.

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Freshmen Connor Allison, 126; Cole Allison, 106; Andrew Lenane, 106. SCHEDULE

Dec. 5 — at Clear Lake; 7 — at Doug Wood Invitational in Manson; 12 — host triangular; 14 — at Emmetsburg Invitational; 19 — at Perry; 21 — at Don Miller Invitational. Jan. 7 — at Algona; 9 — at Eagle Grove; 11 — host St. Edmond Duals; 14 — host triangular; 16 — Humboldt; 18 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 25 — host NCC meet; 30 — Hampton-Dumont. Feb. 1 — at South Central Calhoun Duals.


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fdsh mixing, matching in the pool HEAD COACH

Joel Greathouse 17th year

ROSTER Seniors Josh Lee, Nick Pecka, Zach Provin, Joey Sande, Tucker VanWey, Jon Odefey. Juniors Caleb Asay, Troy Brandt, Thomas Lang, Rob Leigh, Bryce Rogers. Sophomores Carter Bemrich, Ian Crowl, Riley Helmers, Brandon Lee, Justin Lofton, Nick Sanford, Cayden Taylor. Freshmen Nate Bentz, Cole Davis, Brennan DeCoursey, Mitchell Emery, Shane Greve, Tyler McCarville, Braydon Peterson, Trent Woodhouse. SCHEDULE

Dec. 3 — at Carroll, Spencer; 7 — at Boone Invitational; 10 — at Des Moines East; 12 — at Dowling; 19 — Waukee. Jan. 6 — at Ankeny; 9 — Marshalltown; 14 — at Mason City; 18 — host Rusty Garst Invitational; 25 — at CIC Invitational in Waukee. Feb. 9 — host district meet.

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—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The ForT DoDge BoYS VarSiTY SWim Team, first row, left to right: Brayden Peterson, Shane Greve, Brennen DeCoursey, Cole Davis, Trent Woodhouse and Nate Bentz. Second: Carter Bemrich, Brandon Lee, Caden Ayden, Ian Crowl, Nick Sanford and Justin Loftin. Third: Rob Leigh, Troy Brandt, Thomas Lang, Caleb Asay and Bryce Rogers. Fourth: Tucker Van Wey, Josh Lee, Nick Pecka and John Odendy.

Greathouse blending veterans with newcomers in early going By DANA BECKER sports@messengernews.net Fort Dodge head swim coach Joel Greathouse has an interesting task ahead this winter. Greathouse, entering his 17th season guiding the Dodgers, will be mixing a veteran group with several key newcomers. Returning letterwinners Josh Lee, Zach Provin, Nick Pecka, Rob Leigh, Bryce Rogers, Troy Brandt, Tucker VanWey, Caleb Asay and Nick Sanford are back.

“That group is obviously going to form our main core,” Greathouse said. “But we have a couple of freshmen that will be a vital part to what we do this year as well. “We’re going to really have to grasp that team attitude, because we’re going to have kids swimming events they might not normally swim just because we are weak in some areas.” Lee, a senior who is expecting to compete next year at the collegiate level, and Leigh, already accomplished individually as just a junior, were both part of two state-qualifying

relays a year ago. Lee also competed individually in the 50 freestyle. “I am looking to Josh and Rob to really lead the team,” Greathouse said. “They know what it is going to take to make it to state and I expect them to be right up near the front again. They have all the ingredients and I’m really looking forward to seeing what they can do.”

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fort dodge bowling

teams eager to show their potential

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

—Messenger photo by Josh Meyer

ForT DoDge BoYS BoWliNg team members are, front row (left to right): Orion Holder, Kolten Tinto, Joseph Rosalez, Donald Crouse-LaVanway, Justus McNeil, Trevor McCuddin and Chase Messerly. Back: Brandon Trueblood, Alex Markov, Colin Ricke, Austin Graves, Allen Crouse-LaVanway, Xavier Edgerton and Dylan Gurnett.

ForT DoDge girlS BoWliNg team members are, front row (left to right): Tonya Vanderpool, Shelby Jacobson, Ciara Sturm, Sam Witte, Francis Lee, Breana Heiter and Zoe Vaughn. Back: Christina Hemann, Michaela Spaulding, Allison Birnbaum, Carrie Anderson, Erika Farr, Cassondra Plagge, Ashton Stienblock and Ali Paulson.

Another state tourney push expected from both Dodger programs at the lanes By JOSH MEYER sports@messengernews.net Heading into the new season, the outlook appears to be bright once again for both the Fort Dodge boys and girls bowling teams. Last winter, the Dodger girls placed ninth at the Class 2A state meet after a runner-up regional effort. On the girls side, FDSH previously made state trips in 2009 (10th place) and 2010 (8th). “Unless we get some more injuries or the world comes to an end, I know both teams

are going back to state this year,” Fort Dodge head coach Don Ervin said. “The nice part is the talent we have coming in for the first time. I’m just feeling really confident about what we can do. It’s still early, but everything looks great right now.” Junior Ciara Sturm and seniors Michaela Spaulding, Allison Birnbaum and Samantha Witte, all returning state participants, will be leaned on heavily by Ervin. Sturm

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anchored the Dodgers in nearly every statistical category a year ago, including total pins (3,285), game average (182.5), high game (247), series average (365) and high series (445). “Ciara, Michaela, Allison and Samantha are the linchpins for our girls,” Ervin said. “ (Sophomore) Christina Hemann would be one of our top bowlers, too, but she’s out for the season with a shoulder injury from volleyball. Another new girl,

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fort dodge dodgers FD MAT, Continued from Page 6 state participant for the Dodgers. “Birnbaum was a placewinner in arguably the toughest weight class in the state, going up against four All-Americans,” Thompson said. “He’s bigger and stronger this year, and he’s real disciplined with his weight.” Detmering notched a 3215 mark as a freshman at 113, punching a state ticket. He will now compete at 120. Sophomore Devin Summers and junior Tim Gailey are also vying for action here. “Detmering is another guy that has gotten bigger and stronger,” said Thompson. Covering 126 will be Evans, who advanced to state at 120 a year ago. As a junior, Evans went 25-20. “Evans looks more sea—Messenger file photo soned this year,” Thompson said. “He’s really gained a ForT DoDge’S Sam cook wrestles as a freshman lot of confidence.” last season. Cook is slated to be the Dodgers’ 182-pounder Penciled in at 132 is sen- this year. ior Cameron Hicks, with freshman Collin Leonard, Huebsch and Cole Johnson senior Patrick Keigher and “We know it’s going and senior Tien Nguyen are sophomore Ian Ebelsheiser the contenders at 160. among the other possibili- to take some time for Nguyen is a transfer from ties. Chicago. Following the graduation everything to MIDDLE WEIGHTS of Duke Egli, freshman come around.” Junior Derick Wilson and Keaton Dornath is now slotsophomores Thomas ted at 170. BOBBY THOMPSON Anderson and Nic Tracy are UPPER WEIGHTS each battling for time at 138. FDSH wrestling coach At 182, sophomore Sam Occupying 145 will be Cook is being pushed by Cory Alexander or Logan “Kipfmiller classmate Kenny Kelly. Kipfmiller, a transfer from Thompson. Standish-Sterling High looks solid so far. Our front Cook recently landed on the School in Michigan. This four should be strong, and 4A-2 all-division top squad past summer on the baseball 45 and 52 should also be in football after establishing the new sophomore record diamond, Alexander was point getters.” Jonah Egli — Duke’s and tying Jontel Clayton’s named to the all-CIC Northern Division second younger brother — will be a 2009 performance for the regular at 152. Jonah deliv- best in Fort Dodge singleteam. “Cory needs to drop to 38, ered 26 triumphs as a ninth- season history. Last season, Cook recordso we can let Kipfmiller grader. Sophomores Bryce ed 29 wins. have the 45 spot,” said

FD SWIM, Continued from Page 8 “Cook will be tough to beat at 82,” Thompson said. “He looks ready to roll.” On the heels of an eighthplace state showing, Prescott is back at 195. Prescott, a two-time state qualifier, was 28-16 a year ago. Prescott, like Cook, was a 4A-2 all-division first team pick in football this past fall for the Dodgers. “Prescott is coming off a good football season, just like Cook,” said Thompson. “I actually thought Cook might be at 95 and Prescott at 220, but they kind of trimmed down the first week.” Senior Carlos Rocha is slated for 220 now, while heavyweight remains open. CONFERENCE OUTLOOK Fort Dodge and Mason City appear to be the frontrunners in the CIC Northern Division. Reigning 113pound state runner-up Kaz Onoo will lead the way for the Mohawks, along with returning state qualifiers Stone Sturges (152), Quinn Slaven (106), Mac Spotts (126), Jacob Carlson (132), Will Siglin (138), Andrew Bartel (160) and Tom Schiffer (285). “We will only have had 13 practices before our first meet of the year at Urbandale (on Dec. 5),” Thompson said. “It’s important that we’re already rolling going into our opener.” ASSISTANT COACHES Thompson will be assisted by Rod Riessen, Mike Zinnel, Pat Rial, Tim Scott, Dave Heatherington, Andy Kavanaugh and Tanner Kampen.

Provin, Pecka, Rogers, Brandt, VanWey, Asay and Sanford all got their feet wet a season ago, and Greathouse believes they will be even more ready this winter. “They know what it’s like to go through a varsity swim season now,” he said. “I expect them all to help lead the younger kids during practice and meets.” Emery and Davis are part of an eight-deep incoming group of ninth-graders. The reason Greathouse is expecting those two to jump right into the proverbial deep end is simple. “They both were part of our new USA swim program,” he said. “That is allowing them to come into the season in better shape, which definitely helps. “The times they have posted will place them right

FD BOWL, Continued from Page 9 For the Fort Dodge boys, juniors Drew Hanson, Chase Messerly and Alex Markov will be the catalysts. Hanson paced the Dodgers in total pins (4,114), game average (205.7), series average (411.4) and high series (480) during his sophomore campaign. Messerly competed at state, as well, as a ninth-grader. “One thing about our three ringleaders Chase, Drew and Alex is they can really blast those spares,” Ervin said. “Allen LaVanway also came out for the first time this year, and he’s looked a lot like his dad, Don, who at one time

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up among our top guys. Plus, they both swim events that we need help in, especially Cole, who enjoys distance swimming.” Once again, the Dodgers will face several challenges from the Central Iowa Conference. Waukee placed ninth at state a year ago, while Ames was 21st. Other CIC squads such as Dowling, Johnston and Valley earned top-five finishes. “It will be a tough test, especially at the conference meet,” Greathouse said. “Ames and Waukee are both up there, but I feel we can battle with Mason City and Marshalltown.” Fort Dodge will have its annual Rusty Garst Invitational on Jan. 18. The Dodgers will also once again host a district meet on Feb. 9.

could’ve been a pro bowler.” FDSH qualified for the boys 2A state field in 2010 (3rd), 2011 (6th) and 2012 (8th), which were their first three seasons as a sanctioned program. “I never would’ve dreamt I’d be able to coach teams like this,” said Ervin. “If it hadn’t been for (ex-FDSH activities director) Tom Kinseth, (FDSH administrative assistant) Carol Mann and a lot of parents, we wouldn’t be at this level. “Once (coaching) gets in your blood, you never want to give it up.” Mike Mericle will assist Ervin with the FDSH boys.

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FRONTCOURT Like Hatcher and Stover, seniors Zach Martinson (6foot-4) and Blake Wilder (63) are entering their third seasons at the varsity level. Martinson averaged 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds as a small forward last winter; Wilder, a power forward, checked in at 7.6 and 4.9, respectively.

“There has to be a sense of urgency from the start that carries over throughout the year.” TOM DANIEL

Boys basketball coach

‘‘If Zach finds a level of consistency to his game and keeps that motor going, he could have a big year,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘Blake has really dedicated himself in the weight room and basically transformed his body. He’s a bit undersized for the post, but he brings a versatility and toughness to the table that we need.’’ Seniors Marquan Clayton (6-4) and Cody Rivers (61), juniors Ben Ahlers (6-3) and Kyle Hanson (6-3), sophomores Kit McCarville (6-2) and Thomas Hartley (6-3), and freshman Solomon Clayton (6-2) are all options for Daniel. Clayton is the only other player who saw regular floor time a year ago. ‘‘Rebounding is a concern. We’re not the biggest team or the most physical,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘We have to learn how to grind out wins. That’s when we struggled

last season — when opponents forced us into a halfcourt game and fed their posts. We’re not built that way. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be effective (underneath) when we have to be. ‘‘We’ve preached this over and over again and it applies not just in basketball but all sports: a lot of our success will be determined by how each player accepts their given roles. We need kids that will play defense, rebound and take charges just as much as those who want to shoot and score. Everything has to be for the good of the program.’’ DIVISION OUTLOOK Daniel expects to contend with defending champion Ames for CIC North bragging rights. The Dodgers dropped a pair of close contests to the Little Cyclones a year ago and had to settle for second place. ‘‘Ames will be a very talented ballclub, like usual,’’ Daniel said. ‘‘Mason City returns some solid players. Marshalltown is young and rebuilding. Our success has to start right here. ‘‘There are no off-nights in this conference. The (nondivision) schedule is always incredibly difficult. If we can’t find a rhythm in our division (of the CIC), it’s going to be an uphill battle to

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st. edmond gaels SE BOYS, Continued from Page 4 “We’re going to need a lot out of Landon and he knows that.” Bocken, the starting quarterback, will likely handle the brunt of the point guard duties, replacing McElroy. He saw limited action in nine games as a 10th-grader. “Matthew, like Landon, looks like a completely different kid in terms of last year to this season,” Kochendorfer said. “I’m impressed with his growth and his leadership.” Coleman played in 11 games a year ago, scoring six points. Filling the gaps will likely be a slew of sophomores, most of which are also out for football. Kochendorfer declined to speak specifically about any of them, saying —Messenger file photo “we are going to rely on them once they get here. laNDoN PeeD fights for a St. Edmond rebound last Until that time, it’s hard to season as a sophomore. say exactly what we are going to get from that class.” Laufersweiler could be Clear Lake has its top two the key to all that happening, scorers back in Spencer as the senior has “really Davidson and Pete FRONTCOURT Burke, who is still consid- improved his outside shoot- Swenson, while Humboldt boasts Jaxon Heinz. ering his college options, ing,” Kochendorfer said. With the graduation of “I’d say Clear Lake is the was an elite player in the North Central Conference Flattery and Chalstrom, the favorite, even with Schlatter last winter, scoring 17 points Gaels return just two made back for Iowa Falls-Alden,” per game on 69-percent three-pointers from a year said Kochendorfer, who saw shooting from the floor. He ago — one each by Bocken his team go 12-6 in the league last winter. also grabbed nine rebounds a and Coleman. Doyle averaged 5.2 “Humboldt returns quite a game, including 71 total on points and 3.8 rebounds, bit of production, as does the offensive end. Kochendorfer, who has including four three-point- Bishop Garrigan. And Algona will also be directed many guard-domi- ers. “We’ve just got to work improved. nated teams in the past, “The best thing about knows balance is key to hard and make the most of what we have out,” playing in the NCC is that it Burke’s level of production. Kochendorfer said. “That’s gets us prepared for the post“In basketball, if you rely the joys of high school ath- season because we see bigon a guy inside like Robby, letics. You make do with ger, more athletic teams, coaches can really disrupt what you have and go from almost every night.” that and keep him from get- there.” Iowa Falls-Alden won the ting the ball,” he said. conference title last year, “We’ve got to get a consisCONFERENCE OUTLOOK followed by Clear Lake and tent effort from outside to As always, the NCC will Humboldt finishing in a tie free him up inside. be one of the better confer- for second. St. Edmond was “Robby does an excellent ences in the state. fourth, a game ahead of job when it comes to getting Iowa Falls-Alden returns Bishop Garrigan. loose balls, but if we can’t Drake University signee Kochendorfer will be make outside jumpers, we Casey Schlatter, who aver- assisted by Jacob Short and aren’t going to be able to get aged almost 26 points a Brian Remsburg on the him the basketball.” game. bench this season.

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kaDeN mccliNTock returns to the Gael wrestling lineup this year as a senior.

SE MAT, Continued from Page 7 LOWER WEIGHTS McClintock and Szalat anchor this unit, as both are coming off stellar seasons. McClintock finished 41-4 and sixth last year, reaching the state semifinal round. As a junior, he posted a 30-3 mark that included just one regular season loss and is now 107-12 in his career. Szalat, meanwhile, racked up 43 wins in securing a seventh-place medal. He is now 66-16 over two years, having reached the state quarterfinals. Both are expected to bump up just one weight class to 113 for Szalat and 120 for McClintock. That leaves 106 for a slew of newcomes, including ninth-graders Cole Allison and Andrew Lenane, and sophomore Colin Birzer. “I am just real excited about the guys we have coming back and the new guys on the team,” Utley said. “They all work hard and are dedicated to wrestling.” Connor Allison, another freshman, is the early leader at 126, while sophomore Payton Sitzmann is at 132. Teagan Perrin, Daman Perry and Levi Hopkins are vying for 138. Along with graduation losses, the Gaels were also dealt a blow when district qualifier Nick Johnson transferred to Davenport Assumption. He went 34-10 as a ninth-grader last year.

MIDDLE WEIGHTS Jack Kersten, Tristan Sitzmann, Scot Denklau and Lawler are the main threats at 145 and 152, with all four likely providing Utley with some flexibility in his lineup making. “We have kids who are willing to learn and willing to work,” he said. “We are trying to build that foundation, but to do so, we need to get more guys out from the lower levels.” Teddie Harvey, a threetime state qualifier, has moved on and is now at Iowa Central. He won 41 matches last year and entered the state meet unbeaten before falling in the quarters. For his career, Harvey went 147-27. Crimmins, a two-way starter on the football field and a former basketball player, is the early leader at 170. UPPER WEIGHTS As strong and experienced as the Gaels are at the lower weights, this is where they boast their strength. Vinnie Harvey, who etched his name into the history books on the gridiron this fall, is back after going 44-2 and placing fourth last winter. He scored 16.5 points at state for St. Edmond, helping them to a 10th-place finish. Harvey is now 120-20 through three seasons of wrestling.

Averill is slated for 182, while junior Nick Hindt holds things down at 195. Harvey will take his spot back at 220, with Burbank occupying the heavyweight role. “Having guys like Vinnie, Jimmy, Nick and Caelan back will be such a boost to our team,” Utley said. “Not only are they great wrestlers, but they can really rack up points in tournaments. “We are going to rely on them, and I feel they are up to the challenges and goals we have set before them.” Averill went 20-22 with 11 falls as junior. Burbank was 15-15. CONFERENCE OUTLOOK As always, the NCC will provide a challenge for the Gaels, as the conference constantly sends several wrestlers to the state meet. “It is real balanced at the top with a lot of teams in the mix,” Utley said. “Algona, Humboldt, Webster City, Clear Lake, ClarionGoldfield and ourselves are expecting to be competing in the top-half of the league.” The Cowboys placed fourth at state duals last winter, while a total of 21 wrestlers earned medals at state individual. Utley will be assisted by Justin McClintock, Luke Perrin, Jonny Koenig, Orlando Peace and Justin Faiferlick.


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st. edmond gaels SE GIRLS, Continued from Page 5 BACKCOURT Like the majority of teams in Iowa, St. Edmond runs with a three-guard lineup, allowing for quick transitions up the floor. Stumpf spearheads the attack, as the point guard racked up 115 assists last season. She also averaged 8.8 points and hit on 44.5-percent of her shots from the floor. “Jaci has two years of running the team under her belt,” said Messerly, who is 128-48 in his career. “She’s really developed her game over the summer.” Along with directing the offense, Stumpf was a pest on defense, swiping a team-best 80 steals. Joining her is Yung, who moves around as a wing along the perimeter. She improved her scoring from just under five points a night as a freshman to 14.4 last season. “I am expecting significant improvement in Anna’s game again this year,” Messerly said. “She was good last season, but I think she can be even better (this winter). “She is our go-to-player and has so much skill.” Yung made a team-high 21 threepointers, shot almost 50-percent from the field and was second to Stumpf in assists with 99 and steals with 66. “Jaci and Anna played a lot of basketball with the other juniors and Megan this spring and summer,” Messerly said. “They have done that in the past and it shows. The chemistry they have really allows us to be flexible with our lineups.” McCarville contributed four points a game, along with 37 assists and 38 steals. “Our depth is going to allow us to really press the ball on defense,” Messerly said. “We won’t have to worry about Jaci or Anna picking up fouls and sitting on the bench as much as years past because we have depth that can step right in. That’s a luxury not many teams at our level have. We’re very fortunate.”

“These kids have seen what it takes to win on this level.” SCOTT MESSERLY

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Baldwin played in 21 games as a sophomore, averaging four points and grabbing almost four rebounds a night. Flattery comes from an athletic family that has helped provide state playoff runs for several Gael programs. “These kids have seen what it takes to win on this level,” Messerly said. “I’ve been very fortunate to coach some really great kids and very good teams.”

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maDDie mccarVille goes to the basket for St. Edmond last year. FRONTCOURT Huss returns to work down low after posting 13.1 points and a team-leading 8.5 rebounds a game. She had 63 offensive boards, a key for Messerly. “Alli is a lot stronger than last year,” said Messerly of Huss, who is still fielding offers to continue playing basketball collegiately. “She is a tough match up inside, but can also step outside and hit the three.” It wasn’t just scoring that Huss contributed, as she also had 58 assists, 66 steals and 41 blocked shots. And now, with Lentsch gone, she will be counted on for even more production. “Alli had a really good summer and played a lot all around the state,” he said. “Her confidence right now is skyhigh.”

CONFERENCE OUTLOOK The Gaels finished with a 16-2 mark in the NCC a year ago, the same as Hampton-Dumont. The Bulldogs swept —Messenger file photo the season series from SEHS. Unlike St. Edmond, though, H-D gael TeammaTeS Anna Yung (above) and Jaci graduated three members of its starting Stumpf both return to the lineup this season. five in Taryn Barz, Rachel Miller and Meg Hanson. They do boast sophomore Jessica Speake, who averaged 10 points a game as a freshman last year. Clear Lake, which took both games from Hampton-Dumont, had just three losses in conference play a season ago. The Lions lost Megan Loux and Kristen Hewett to graduation, but return Logan Anderson, Trudy Peterson and Bailey Kibsgaard. Iowa Falls-Alden, Humboldt and Algona will also be in the mix, jockeying for position within the rugged NCC. “I think the NCC will be a lot tougher this year,” Messerly said. “There are a lot of good, experienced coaches in the conference and some really good players coming back.” Messerly will be assisted by Roxanne Kuhlman and Alex Nagel this year.

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FORT DODGE DODGERS CHEERLEADERS

Row 1: Emma Bruen, Shelby Portz; Row 2: Erin Ruden, Stephanie Dunbar, Cheyanne Egeland, Emily Parsons, Emma Dornath, Taylor Hancock, Erin Trunnell, Hailey VanOrnum, Sarah Amhof; Row 3: Sarah Browning, Taylor Hammersland, Marissa Sebring, Taylor Maguire, Hailee Richardson, Lexi Wilcox, Kylie Kuiper, Morgan Hanus, Kelsey Beck, Chloee Narber Row 4: Alex Craig, Devin Ulstad, Tony Thompson, Grant Hendrix, Jonathan Bowden

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BASKETBALL Date Dec. 2 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 17 Dec. 20 Jan. 3 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Jan. 28 Jan. 31 Feb. 3 Feb. 4 Feb. 7 Feb. 14 Feb. 17 Feb. 18

Time 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:30 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45

Opponent at Webster City Des Moines North Sioux City West at Dowling Catholic Marshalltown Waukee at Mason City at Ankeny High School Johnston at Des Moines Roosevelt Humboldt Ankeny Centennial High School at Urbandale Waterloo West at Ames at WDM Valley at Marshalltown Sioux City East Southeast Polk Mason City Ames at Humboldt at Des Moines Hoover

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Date 12-05-13 12-05-13 12-07-13 12-07-13 12-12-13 12-14-13 12-14-13 12-19-13 12-21-13 01-03-14 01-06-14 01-09-14 01-11-14 01-11-14 01-11-14 01-18-14 01-23-14 01-25-14 01-25-14 01-31-14 02-01-14 02-04-14 02-06-14 02-13-14

Time Opponent 6:30PM at Urbandale 7:30PM atUrbandale 9:00AM at Ames 11:00AM at Eagle Grove 5:30PM Johnston, Waukee TBD at Waterloo West 9:00AM Ankeny , Ames, Webster 6:00PM at Algona 10:00AM Many 5:30PM Marshalltown, Charles City 6:30PM at Dowling Catholic 6:30PM Ankeny 8:00AM at Ogden 10:00AM at 11:00AM at Ames 10:00AM at Jefferson 6:30PM at Mason City 10:00AM at Waverly Shellrock 10:00AM at Mason City 4:00PM at Southeast Polk 10:00AM Many 5:00PM at Mason City 6:30PM at Ames 5:30PM at Boone

FD BOYS & GIRLS BOWLING Date 12-09-13 12-12-13 12-16-13 01-06-14 01-09-14 01-14-14 01-16-14 01-23-14 02-04-14 Ankeny 02-10-14 02-13-14 02-20-14 02-28-14

Time 3:45PM 3:45PM 3:30PM 3:00PM 3:30PM 3:45PM 3:45PM 3:45PM 3:30PM 3:45PM 12:30PM 12:00PM 1:00PM

Opponent Johnston at Marshalltown at Dowling Catholic at Southeast Polk at Des Moines Hoover Marshalltown at Mason City Waukee at Ankeny Johnston at Ankeny at Johnston Des Moines

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Back row left to right: Ashlee Lansman, Katie Ahlers, Meggie Frischmeyer, Marissa Anderson, Emma Nostrom Front row left to right: Miranda Dencklau, Rachel Walter, Cassie Stumpf, Libbie McClintock, Jessica McClintock Missing: Melissa Mikos, Madi Tarbox, Abby Doster, Jericka Fitzgerald

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ST EDMOND GAELS Date Nov. 30 Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 10 Dec. 13 Dec. 17 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Jan. 3 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Jan. 28 Jan. 31 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 7 Feb. 11

Time TBA 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45 7:45

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Opponent ICCC Jamboree at Bishop Garrigan Clarion-Goldfied Hampton-Dumont Algona at Webster City Iowa Falls-Alden at South Hamilton Eagle Grove Humboldt at Clear Lake at Clarion-Goldfield Bishop Garrigan at Hampton-Dumont at Algona at Humboldt Clear Lake at Kuemper Webster City at Iowa Falls-Alden at Eagle Grove

Date Dec5 Dec7 Dec12 Dec14 Dec19 Dec21 Jan3 Jan9 Jan11 Jan14 Jan16 Jan 18 Jan25 Jan30 Feb1

SE WRESTLING Time 7:00 10:00 6:00 10:00 5:30 6:00 7:00 6:00 10:00 6:00 7:00 10:00 10:00 7:00 10:00

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manson northwest webster COUGAR BOYS Coming off another successful campaign, the Manson Northwest Webster boys basketball team has its sights set on a Twin Lakes Conference title this season. A year ago, the Cougars went 16-6 overall and 7-3 in the league, tying with East Sac County for third in the TLC. “With several returning players, we expect to be competitive with the top teams in the conference,” said sixth-year MNW head coach Mark Pearson. “We need to stay healthy, and we Mark Pearson need our younger players to step up and accept their roles on this team.” Seniors Hudson Spedding and Braden Moser return to the Cougar starting lineup. Spedding, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 2.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game last winter. Moser, a 5-foot-11 guard, chipped in 6.3 points and 2.0 assists. “Hudson is our returning all-conference player at guard, and he will be a big key to our success,” Pearson said. “However, more importantly will be the other players around him that can take the pressure off Hudson

and be productive on the court.” Fiedler, Collin Holden Christensen, Ty Condon, Jackson Johnson, Cal Twait, Earl Witham, Alex Bush and Coy Snell provide Manson Northwest Webster with a dependable supporting cast. “We have several weapons that can be a threat on the offensive side, which will make us harder to defend,” said Pearson. “One area that will be a question mark will be our ball handling. We need to take care of the ball and limit our turnovers.” Gone from last season is unanimous first-team all-conference performer Brody Eischeid, who led the Cougars in scoring (19.0), made field-goals (144), free throws (85) and three-pointers (27). —By Josh Meyer

COUGAR GIRLS Ellie Herzberg returns for her senior season at Manson Northwest Webster. Before shipping off the Northern Iowa next fall, Herzberg would like to get the Cougars back to the state tournament. Last year, Manson NW went 21-3, falling to Panorama in the postseason.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The maNSoN NW girlS are, front row, left to right: Brenna Peters, Hunter Jud, Kourtney Condon and Faith Troshynski. Back: Jocelyn Keller, Ellie Herzberg, Alexis Caquelin and Taylor Wood.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The maNSoN NW WreSTlerS are, front ToP reTurNiNg PlaYerS For The maNSoN NW BoYS row, (left to right): John Calmer, Skyler Michalski, Nathan Krueger, Dylan Samuelson, Phil Dorage and are (left to right): Braden Moser, Holden Fiedler, Cal Twait, Collin Christensen Eric Wedemeyer. Back: Payton Rice, Tanner Peterson, Tim Butcher, Thomas McColley, Collin Bulten, and Hudson Spedding. Westley Aden and Chase Bulten.


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Three returning starters return for the Algona boys this winter on the hardwood. Senior Justin Raymond and juniors Trevor Loeschen and Luke TerHark helped the Bulldogs to eight wins last year, including a seventh place finish in the North Central Conference. Raymond averaged almost nine points a game, four assists and 3.5 rebounds, while TerHark posted 7.5 points, two assists and Noel 1.2 steals. Loeschen, a 6-footMcLaughlin 5 center, dropped in 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Ethan Poeppe, a senior, saw several minutes a game. “We feel that we have the players to play with anybody in the conference,” said Noel McLaughlin, who is entering his ninth season as head coach. “We hope to be in the mix of the top-three and give ourselves a shot at the league title.” Algona will need to replace leading scorer Sawyer Frideres and Cole Nielsen, along with Luke Arrowood, Clay Collison and Brandon Bentschoter. “We lack size, but have good experience at the guard positions,” McLaughlin said. “Also, our depth is a strength and team quickness.”

Michael Ford has two returning starters and four other letterwinners back from a 13-win season for the Algona girls. Tangy Wiseman and Abby Strohman helped the Bulldogs win 11 games in the North Central Conference, good enough for a fifth-place finish. Wiseman averaged nine points and had 50 steals, while Strohman posted 6.5 points and almost four rebounds a game. “We have some athMichael letic players and will Ford hope to get up and down the court more this year,” said Ford, who is entering his third season as Algona head coach. “These girls are very competitive and have worked very hard botht his summer and in their fall sports.” Lacey Seely, Reba Zeller, Ali Grein and Courtney Groen will be counted on to replace Paige Yi, a second team all-conference selection last year, Rachel Teague, Nicole Kenne and Heather Ziesman. “Both Tangy and Abby will be our leaders,” Ford said. “Courtney really came on late last year, Lacey is an excellent passer, Ali a very good athlete and Carly (Seely) should provide valuable depth.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The algoNa BoYS are (left to right): Ethan Poeppe, Luke TerHark, Trevor Loeschen and Justin Raymond.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The algoNa girlS are (left to right): Abby Strohman, Lacey Seely, Reba Zeller, Tangy Wiseman, Ali Grein and Courtney Groen. —Photo by Greg Grabianowski

reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The algoNa WreSTlerS are, front row, (left to right): Josh Strohman, Dylan Wait, Kory Kuecker. Back: Chandler Holmes, Joe Teague, Jeff Buchanan, Austin Long. Not pictured: Tyler Frideres, Matt Hutchinson.

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bishop garrigan GOLDEN BEAR BOYS The Bishop Garrigan boys will need to find a way to replace 20-plus-point scorer John Burns this season. Burns, who exhausted his eligibility and now at the University of Creighton, left the Golden Bears in good hands. Returning senior starters Nathan Krieps, Chris Loss and Brayton Loss are back, along with five others who saw plenty of time on the court. “To have any success this year, we must play great defense an d take care of the ball,” BGHS head coach Roger Froehlich said. “Our strength should be rebounding.” Krieps averaged 15.6 points per game last season, as Garrigan won 17 games and placed fifth in the North Central Conference. He made 12 three-pointers and shot 56-percent from the field. Chris and Brayton Loss will need to up their point production after scoring 5.5 and 4.2 a year ago. Krieps led the team in assists with 95 and steals with 53, while committing just 66 turnovers from his

point guard position. Chris Loss averaged six rebounds. “Nathan needs to be a leader for us,” Froehlich said. “And we need to find others to score.” Burns, a three-year varsity player who scored over 1,000 points, was named first team all-state on the hardwood last winter. He scored over 35 points twice. —By Dana Becker

GOLDEN BEAR GIRLS All early signs point to a more successful campaign for the Bishop Garrigan girls. With four starters back in the mix, head coach Brandon Schwab has a v e t e r a n nucleus to build around. “W e Brandon return some Schwab good experience and depth, so I feel that we’ll be a competitive team this year,” said Schwab, who is entering his third season at the helm. “If we keep

improving, we should be a tough team once districts come around.” Senior guards Nicole Behr and Kristin Condoleon will be the main offensive weapons for the Golden Bears. Behr tallied 7.2 points and 2.1 rebounds last winter, while Condoleon notched 6.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.4 steals. “I feel we have good shooters and scorers back on this team,” Schwab said. “We had a great summer and got a ton better. We have many roles not yet defined, which should lead to some very competitive practices.” Taylor Hovey, Emily Marlow, Betty Straub, Aisha Miller, Johanna Vaske, Olivia Vaske, —Photo by Greg Grabianowski Kelsey Hovey and Avriel Miller are among the other reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The BiShoP garrigaN BoYS players being leaned on by are, front row, (left to right): David Klein, Brayton Loss, Reece Wadle and Michael Berke. Schwab. Back: Neal Koob, Chris Loss, Nathan Krieps and Tyler Schnurr. Garrigan compiled an 815 overall mark a year ago, including 6-12 in the North Central Conference. Schwab envisions a balanced NCC race, with Hampton-Dumont, St. Edmond and Clear Lake all contending. — By Josh Meyer

goldEn bEARS AT A glAncE BISHOP GARRIGAN BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Nathan Krieps, sr., 6-0, G; Chris Loss, sr., 6-4, F; Brayton Loss, sr., 6-1, F; Tyler Schnurr, jr., 6-2, F; David Klein, sr., 5-10, G; Reece Wadle, jr., 5-7, G; Neal Koob, sr., 64, F; Michael Berke, sr., 5-10, G. Last season: 17-9 overall, 11-7 in North Central Conference (fifth). Coach: Roger Froehlich is entering his 11th season with the Golden Bears. He is 150-86 overall in his head coaching career. BISHOP GARRIGAN GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (6): Kristin Condoleon, 5-6, sr., G; Nicole Behr, 5-7, sr., G; Emily

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boYS RoUndUP CLASS 4A Quarterfinals Dubuque Senior 58 ..............................DM Roosevelt 41 Iowa City West 63 ..................................Dowling 59 (OT) Cedar Falls 57 ..................................Sioux City North 46 Bettendorf 62 ..............................................Urbandale 53 Semifinals Bettendorf 39 ............................................Cedar Falls 36 Iowa City West 52 ............................Dubuque Senior 36 Third place Dubuque Senior 52 ..................................Cedar Falls 46 Championship Iowa City West 54 ......................................Bettendorf 36

CLASS 2A Quarterfinals Sheldon 63 ..........................................Pella Christian 57 Carroll Kuemper 61 ..........................Nodaway Valley 54 MFL-MarMac 67 ......................................North Cedar 64 West Fork 45 ................................Dike-New Hartford 36 Semifinals West Fork 51..........................................MFL-MarMac 38 Sheldon 49 ........................................Carroll Kuemper 42 Third place Carroll Kuemper 80................................MFL-MarMac 52 Championship Sheldon 48..................................................West Fork 36

CLASS 3A Quarterfinals Waverly-Shell Rock 54 ..............Mount Pleasant 49 (OT) Davenport Assumption 55 ........Dallas Center-Grimes 45 MOC-Floyd Valley 52......................................Grinnell 44 Harlan 67 ........................................Vinton-Shellsburg 56 Semifinals Harlan 45........................................MOC-Floyd Valley 42 Waverly-Shell Rock 36............Davenport Assumption 32 Third place MOC-Floyd Valley 64..............Davenport Assumption 48 Championship Waverly-Shell Rock 48......................................Harlan 41

CLASS 1A Quarterfinals North Tama 47 ................................Ankeny Christian 45 Boyden-Hull 58 ..........................................Lone Tree 54 Storm Lake St. Mary’s 73 ............................Riverside 51 Danville 78, Wapsie Valley 46 Semifinals Storm Lake St. Mary’s 61 ..............................Danville 55 Boyden-Hull 77 ........................................North Tama 52 Third place Danville 80................................................North Tama 56 Championship Boyden-Hull 49 ........................Storm Lake St. Mary’s 45

gIRlS RoUndUP CLASS 5A Quarterfinals Ankeny 66 ........................Cedar Rapids Washington 58 Southeast Polk 48 ......................................Muscatine 45 Dowling 47 ............................................DM East 41 (OT) Mason City 72 ....................................Iowa City West 53 Semifinals Southeast Polk 40 ..........................................Ankeny 38 Dowling 50 ................................................Mason City 43 Championship Southeast Polk 43 ..........................................Dowling 34 CLASS 4A Quarterfinals Harlan 52 ......................................Benton Community 42 Waverly-Shell Rock 67 ................................Winterset 45 Cedar Rapids Xavier 50 ........................Lewis Central 45 Sioux City Heelan 63 ......................Dubuque Wahlert 47 Semifinals Harlan 41......................................Waverly-Shell Rock 36 Cedar Rapids Xavier 68 ................Sioux City Heelan 57 Championship Cedar Rapids Xavier 53....................................Harlan 52 CLASS 3A Quarterfinals Davenport Assumption 71 ............................Red Oak 25 Cascade 33......................................Bondurant-Farrar 26 MOC-Floyd Valley 51 ................................Mid-Prairie 30 Estherville-LC 55 ........................................Spirit Lake 39

Semifinals Davenport Assumption 63 ............................Cascade 26 Estherville-LC 49............................MOC-Floyd Valley 46 Championship Davenport Assumption 62 ....................Estherville-LC 40

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eaST Sac couNTY’S reeD TelliNghuiSeN (30) returns after averaging 25.3 points per game for the Raiders a year ago as a junior.

CLASS 2A Quarterfinals Hull Western Christian 65 ....................Pella Christian 28 Aplington-Parkersburg 48 ..........................Panorama 38 Lawton-Bronson 71 ..........................Iowa City Regina 67 Maquoketa Valley 65 ............................IKM-Manning 57 Semifinals Hull Western Christian 64........Aplington-Parkersburg 40 Lawton-Bronson 59 ........................Maquoketa Valley 44 Championship Hull Western Christian 75 ................Lawton-Bronson 58 CLASS 1A Quarterfinals Newell-Fonda 75 ..............................................Villisca 28 Bellevue Marquette 65 ........................Ar-We-Va 57 (OT) Burlington Notre Dame 60 ........................Colo-Nesco 43 Central Lyon 67..............................................Earlham 43 Semifinals Newell-Fonda 69 ..........................Bellevue Marquette 52 Central Lyon 76 ......................Burlington Notre Dame 53 Championship Central Lyon 63 ....................................Newell-Fonda 61

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ellie herZBerg and the Manson Northwest Webster girls are ranked No. 1 in the preseason (Class 2A) by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.


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2013 state wrestling tournament

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ST. eDmoND’S rYaN SZalaT was seventh as a sophomore at state last season. Szalat returns to the Gael lineup this year.

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TaYlor lehmaN of Clarion-Goldfield finished fifth at state last year. Lehman is a senior this season. TEAM STANDINGS Class 3A Fort Dodge ................................................................20th Algona........................................................................23rd Webster City ............................................................32nd Class 2A Humboldt ..................................................................20th Greene County ..........................................................45th South Central Calhoun ..............................................48th Class 1A Emmetsburg................................................................2nd St. Edmond ................................................................10th Clarion-Goldfield ........................................................12th Manson Northwest Webster......................................52nd Prairie Valley..............................................................56th INDIVIDUAL AREA RESULTS Class 3A Erik Birnbaum, Fort Dodge ..........................................8th Kory Kuecker, Algona ..................................................8th Weston Shaw, Algona..................................................8th Duke Egli, Fort Dodge ................................................3rd Joe Teague, Algona ....................................................7th

Dylan Fielder, Webster City ........................................6th Tyler Frideres, Algona..................................................7th Riley Prescott, Fort Dodge ..........................................8th Class 2A Jeremy Scheuermann, Greene County ......................8th Nikko Wheeler, Humboldt............................................6th Reed Dreyer, Humboldt ..............................................6th Dylan Hendricks, Humboldt ........................................8th Class 1A Ryan Szalat, St. Edmond ............................................7th Kaden McClintock, St. Edmond ..................................6th Taylor Lehman, Clarion-Goldfield ................................5th Tyler Leuer, Emmetsburg ............................................8th Payton Rice, Manson NW............................................5th Brady Bailey, Emmetsburg ..........................................7th Jake Haberman, Clarion-Goldfield..............................2nd Nick Schany, Emmetsburg..........................................2nd Andrew Wellik, Emmetsburg........................................3rd Dillon Nelson, St. Edmond ..........................................5th Austin McCartan, Emmetsburg ..................................2nd Vinnie Harvey, St. Edmond..........................................4th Tayler Wegner, Emmetsburg ......................................6th Mitch Gambrill, Clarion-Goldfield ................................5th

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erik BirNBaum of Fort Dodge returns for his junior season after placing eighth at the state meet a year ago.

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southeast webster-grand EAGLE BOYS Southeast Webster-Grand secondyear head coach Ryan Dahlstrom experienced a tough debut last season. The Eagles went winless, but gained valuable experience and now return four starters to the hardwood this winter. Curt Castenson averaged 8.5 points and grabbed 2.5 rebounds, while fellow seniors Ryan Zeka and Trey Kahl-Long also started. They are joined by 10th-grader Cade King,w ho scored 5.8 points last year. “We showed improvement as the season went on,” Dahlstrom said. “We Ryan Dahlstrom had some close nonconference games and we gained experience. “We will be young again and will need great teamwork and leadership from our seniors to succeed.” Dahlstrom pointed to Castenson as a key, saying “Curt will need to provide leadership for the young athletes who will be competing for varsity action. His three-point shooting is also important for us.” Castenson made 45 triples last year

and also shot 68-percent at the free throw line. King sank 15 three-pointers, while Zeka lead the team in rebounding with 5.2 a night. Zeka and King, though, will miss time due to injuries sustained in the fall. “We need to limit our turnovers and support each other on the floor,” Dahlstrom said. “If we do that, we can continue to improve with each practice and game.” —By Dana Becker

EAGLE GIRLS After making continued progress last season, the Southeast WebsterGrand girls will try to take another step forward this winter. The Eagles compiled an 11-13 overall record a year ago, including 28 in the Twin Lakes Conference, upping their wins total by four games over the previous campaign. “Our goal is .500,” said fourth-year SW-G head coach Ashley Coffman. “We compete in a conference with tough competition and bigger schools. We need to get better every day.” Jossie Ferrari, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, returns to the lineup after leadSee SW-G, Page 29

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The SouTheaST WeBSTer-graND girls are, front row (left to right): Cade King, Joe Sedlacek, Trey Kahl-Long, Curt Castenson, Ryan Zeka and Cameron Anderson.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The SouTheaST WeBSTer-graND wrestlers are, left to right: Spencer Fluckiger, Kenny Carstensen, Bryce Scott, Caleb Hemmestad and Hunter Nepereny.

reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The SouTheaST WeBSTer-graND girls are, (left to right): Josie Breitsprecher, Macy Devries, Jossie Ferrari, Nicole Williams and Kierra Eldridge. Not pictured: Emma Clausen.


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SW-G, Continued from Page 28 ing Southeast Webster-Grand in scoring (9.6 points a night) as a junior. Ferrari also delivered 85 rebounds, 44 steals and 40 assists in 24 games. “Jossie will be a go-to person for us,” Coffman said. “Our keys to success will be the ability to execute offensively and the ability of former role players to step up into bigger roles.” Senior Kierra Eldridge also contributed 93 points and 100 boards last season. Macy DeVries, Emma Clausen, Nicole Williams and Josie Breitsprecher supply the Eagles with a reliable supporting cast. Williams was second on the team in rebounds a year ago, pulling down 135. “We bring back three of our top four rebounders from last year,” said Coffman. “We lost two of our main ball handlers, though.” — By Josh Meyer

Spencer Fluckiger, a senior, won a conference title and went 20-6 last year to lead the way for the Eagles. Kenny Carstenson, another senior, posted a 10-4 record, while Hunter Napereny and Bryce Scott combined to win 20 matches. “Our numbers have rebounded with the addition Tim of six underclassmen, and Anderlik we will need to get the most out of every single one of them,” SW-G head coach Tim Anderlik said. “Everyone has wrestling experience and we will be refining our skills and working to get back to our aggressive style.” Anderlik stated plans to use “several freshmen to fill out remaining varsity spots. EAGLE WRESTLING “(The five returning letterwinners) will A quartet of returning letterwinners will have to set the pace in the wrestling room be counted on to lead the Southeast and on the mat.” Webster-Grand wrestling team on the mats —By Dana Becker this winter.

SOUTHEAST WEBSTERGRAND BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Curt Castenson, 6-2, sr., F; Ryan Zeka, 6-1, sr., F; Trey Kahl-Long, 6-2, sr., F; Cade King, 5-10, soph., G; Cameron Anderson, 5-9, soph., G; Joe Sedlacek, 6-0, jr., G. Top prospects: Tristan Ewing, 5-8, fr., G; Sam Berglund, 6-3, fr., F; Josh Gibbons, 5-9, soph., G; Owen Oeltjenbruns, 5-8, soph., F; Chaz Newholm, 6-4, jr., F. Last season: 0-22 overall, 010 in Twin Lakes Conference (10th). Coach: Ryan Dahlstrom, an ex-Eagle standout, is entering his second season as head coach. SOUTHEAST WEBSTERGRAND GIRLS Returning letterwinners (6): Jossie Ferrari, 5-10, sr., G; Kierra Eldridge, 5-10, sr., F; Macy Devries, 5-3, sr., G; Emma Clausen, 5-10, sr., C; Nicole Williams, 5-10, jr., F; Josie Breitsprecher, 5-8, so., G. Last season: 11-13 overall, 28 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Ashley Coffman, an Iowa State University graduate, is in her fourth year as Eagle head

coach. She owns a 27-44 career record. SOUTHEAST WEBSTERGRAND WRESTLING letterwinners: Returning Spencer Fluckiger, 170, sr.; Kenny Carstenson, 195, sr.; Hunter Napereny, 145, jr.; Bryce Scott, 152, soph. prospect: Caleb Top Hemmestad, 138, soph. Last season: 2-25 in duals. Coach: Tim Anderlik, a graduate of Northwestern College, is beginning his 17th season with the Eagles. EAGLE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — at Ogden; 3 — at Paton-Churdan; 6 — Manson Northwest Webster; 10 — at Pocahontas Area; 13 — at Laurens-Marathon; 16 — at West Bend-Mallard; 17 — South Central Calhoun; 20 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s. Jan. 3 — at East Sac County; 6 — Corwith-CWL; 7 — Madrid; 10 — at Alta/Aurelia; 14 — at Prairie Valley; 17 — Sioux Central; 21 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 23 — at Madrid; 24 — at Newell-

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webster city LYNX BOYS The Webster City boys will lean on a handful of returning letterwinners to make a run in the rugged North Central Conference. Junior guard Mason Myers, who led the team in scoring a year ago, is back and will be counted on to replace the departed Boone Myers and Nick Olmstead. Boone Myers and Olmstead were the second- and third-leading scorers, combining for over 20 points. Marty Mason Myers, McKinney meanwhile, averaged 13.5, hitting 41 three-pointers and making 45-percent of his shots overall from the field. He was also a 74-

percent free throw shooter, had 39 assists and 34 steals. Joining him will be senior Ben Mossman and sophomores Colt Richardson, Avery Fuhs and Alec Fuhs. “We’re still a work in progress,” said Webster City head coach Marty McKinney. “We have some solid pieces back in place with Mason and Ben, but we are going to have to rely on younger kids to fill in the other gaps.” The Lynx also lost guard Trey Tesdahl to a broken hand during the football season. Mossman averaged five points last year. —By Dana Becker See LYNX, Page 31

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The WeBSTer ciTY BoYS are, front row (left to right): Ben Mossman, Trey Tesdahl, Doug Stoakes and Mason Myers. Back: Colt Richardson.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The WeBSTer ciTY girls are, front row (left to right): Lynne Chalfant, Alex Dinsdale. Back: Hannah Myers, Mikaleh McCoy, Mikala Harrill.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The WeBSTer ciTY WreSTlerS are, front row (left to right): Collin Oswald, Ryan Ferrari, Cole Nokes, Freddie Seeley and Gage Sadler. middle: Tanner Hoveland, Andrew Straw, Nelson Ball, Jacob Powers and Alex Oswald. Back: Gavin Dinsdale, Brandon Patten, Dylan Fielder, Connor Larson, Gus Gasca, Tanner Hild and Brandon Jensen.


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LYNX, Continued from Page 30 LYNX GIRLS To improve upon a 2-20 season a year ago, the Webster City girls will be looking for more out of a slew of underclassmen. Hannah Myers, Mikaleh McCoy and Mikala Harrill — all juniors — are back. Myers averaged 5.2 points per game a year ago. Myers, McCoy and Harrill are the three leading rebounders, as Myers grabbed six a game. McCoy and Harrill each averaged just under five boards a night. Nicole “We have a large Muhlenbruch sophomore class that will get plenty of time,” second-year WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “My absolute hope is that the girls would finish at the top

of the (North Central Conference). qualified for state three times. “That’s my goal for them that they’ll Connor Larson went 34-7 and is a give everybody a challenge.” three-time defending North Central McCoy had 27 assists and 23 blocks Conference, while Jacob Powers won last year, both tops on the Lynx. 30 matches, as well. Rachel Kauffman, Cambria Both Larson and Hoffmann, Emily Elm and Kelsey Powers, along with Lindmark were all regulars a year ago sophomore Gavin and must be replaced. Kauffman led Dinsdale, qualified for the team in scoring. state last winter. “We’re going to kep —By Dana Becker rolling right along where we left off last season,” WCHS head LYNX WRESTLING Ted coach Ted Larson said. The Webster City wrestling team Larson “I’m expecting an even will return to Class 2A after another better season, but we stint among 3A last winter. While the jump up to the biggest have to avoid giving up falls in duals.” Dinsdale won 14 matches, while class proved difficult, the Lynx still Alex Oswald went 25-12. found plenty of success on the state Tanner Hild went 18-5, with level. Dylan Fielder placed sixth, earning Brandon Patten and Gus Gasca each his second state medal. The senior winning over 20. posted a 39-5 record and has now —By Dana Becker www.messengernews.net

WEBSTER CITY BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Mason Myers, jr., G; Ben Mossman, sr., G; Colt Richardson, soph., F; Avery Fuhs, soph., G; Alec Fuhs, soph., G. Last season: 10-12 overall. Coach: Marty McKinney is the head coach for the Lynx. WEBSTER CITY GIRLS BASKETBALL letterwinners: Returning Hannah Myers, jr.; Mikaleh McCoy, jr.; Mikala Harrill, jr. Last season: 2-20 overall. Coach: Nicole Muhlenbruch is entering her second season with the Lynx. WEBSTER CITY WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: Dylan Fielder, sr.; Connor Larson, sr.; Jacob Powers, sr.; Gavin Dinsdale, soph.; Brandon Patten, sr.; Tanner Hildt, sr.; Gus Gasca, sr. Coach: Ted Larson is back as head coach for the Lynx. LYNX BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — Fort Dodge (boys); 3 — Algona (girls); 6 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 10 — at Clear Lake; 13 — ClarionGoldfield; 17 — St. Edmond; 20 — at Humboldt. Jan. 3 — at Hampton-Dumont; 7 — Bishop Garrigan; 10 — at Eagle

Grove; 17 — at Algona; 18 — Waverly Shell-Rock; 21 — Clear Lake; 24 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 25 — Gilbert; 28 — at Bishop Garrigan; 31 — Eagle Grove. Feb. 4 — at St. Edmond; 7 — Humboldt; 11 — Hampton-Dumont; 14 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 18 — Algona (boys); 20 — at Boone (boys). LYNX WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — Hampton-Dumont; 7 — at Dallas-Center Grimes; 12 — at St. Edmond/Iowa Falls-Alden; 14 – host Kennedy duals; 19 — at Algona/Fort Dodge; 21 — Fort Dodge Invitational. Jan. 4 – Lynx Duals; 9 — Clear Lake/Humboldt; 11 — at Ames tournament; 16 — at Eagle Grove; 18 — at ADM tournament; 25 — at NCC (St. Edmond); 30 – Clarion-Goldfield. Feb. 1 — at Roland Story tournament.

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Kyle Johnson and the Prairie Valley boys are ready to turn the page this season. A year ago, the Warriors went 517 overall and 2-13 in the Twin Lakes Conference. “The upperclassmen will have to learn to play with the younger players,” said Johnson, who is beginning his fourth year at the helm. “We have no stars, just a bunch of kids with heart, and we’ll try to compete hard every game.” Kyle Senior Clayton Johnson Taylor is the lone starter back for Prairie Valley, which must replace its top two scorers in Cole Black and Jordan Samuelson, who combined for 494 points. Black also led the team in total rebounds (121), assists (51) and steals (42). As a junior, Taylor averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 boards. “We need to play tough defense and have kids step up to the opportunities that are presented to them,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of young talent and a lot of inexperience.” Austin Wood, Ethan Wiederin, Conner Conrad, Logan Boerner, Dylan Anderson and Skylar Warehime all have a chance to play

heavy minutes, as well, for the Warriors. East Sac County and NewellFonda were pegged by Johnson as the TLC favorites. —By Josh Meyer

WARRIOR GIRLS Four starters return from a 10-win Prairie Valley girls basketball program. Seniors Clara Pearson and Katie Clough will anchor the Warriors after posting 7.0 and 6.9 points, respectively, last season. Pearson also led the team in assists (60), while pulling down 51 rebounds. Pearson grabbed 91 boards and collected 30 steals as well for Prairie Valley. Erica Rittgers, Katie Kehoe and Zoe Schneider are the other letterwinners back. As a freshman, Rittgers accumulated 82 points, 56 rebounds and 21 steals in 17 games. Second-year head coach Sharon Jaeschke must find a way to fill the void left by Prairie Valley’s two top scorers and rebounders in Jaclyn Rittgers and Chelsea Anderson, who combined for 19.2 points and 12.1 boards a night.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The Prairie ValleY BoYS are front row (left to right): Logan Boerner and Conner Conrad. Back: Ethan Wiederin, Austin Wood, Skylar Warehime and Dylan Anderson.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The Prairie ValleY girls are, (left to right): Clara Pearson, Katie Clough, Erica Rittgers and Zoe Schneider.

reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The Prairie ValleY WreSTlerS are, front row (left to right): Nick Montgomery and Logan Klingson. Back: Spencer Johnson, K.C. Bockoven, Tom Nahnsen and Grant Bockoven.


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With a whole new starting five, the Clarion-Goldfield boys will be forced to grow up in a hurry to compete on a nightly basis in the North Central Conference. Last season, the Cowboys finished 8-15 overall and 5-13 in the league, upping their victory total by five over the previous campaign. “We are coming off a season which saw eight wins and seven losses by six points or less,” said second-year C-G head coach Scott Herrig. “We plan to build on last year by showing the same heart and determination.” Herrig has the unenviable task of replacing Stephen McAtee, Max Gangestad, Ryan Waters, Adam Stevens and Luke Maxheimer, who combined for 82.5 percent of Clarion-Goldfield’s scoring (953 of 1,155 points) and 79.9 percent of its rebounding (493 of 617) output. “We have the ability to execute on offense and keep oposing teams off the boards,” Herrig said. “Athleticism, hustle and speed will be our strengths.” Seniors Austin Keller, and Chris Staudt and juniors Trenton Sann, Cody Kapka and Kenton Waters will each see their roles expand now for the Cowboys. — By Josh Meyer

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Behind the return of starters Jossie Sann and Jenalee Hinkle, the ClarionGoldfield girls will look to climb the ladder in the North Central Conference. Last season, the Cowgirls were 5-17 overall and 4-14 in the league. “We are a young team with limited experience, but we expect to compete in all games,” said C-G head coach Kevin Kakacek. “We need to Kevin Kakacek shoot for the top half of the conference for this group.” Jossie Sann, a senior guard, will once again be the catalyst for ClarionGoldfield after leading the team in scoring (11.4) and steals (2.1) a year ago, while also grabbing 5.4 rebounds. Hinkle, a junior guard, added 4.5 points and 2.7 boards. “We need some kids to find their strengths and focus on helping the team by working hard on the defensive side of the ball,” Kakacek said. “We have good upperclassmen and a lot of potential with the younger kids.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The clarioN-golDFielD BoYS are (left to right): Cody Kapka, Austin Keller, Chris Staudt and Trenton Sann.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The clarioNgolDFielD girlS are (left to right): Hope Polzin, Jossie Sann, Megan Hoing and Brook Boyd.

reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The clarioN-golDFielD WreSTlerS are front row (left to right): Joel Haberman,Taylor Lehman, Brady Brott and Lucas Lienemann. Back: Logan Nelson, Elliott Ahrens, Caleb Hanson, Ryan Anderson and Colby Eberhard.


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C-G, Continued from Page 36 We should be quicker this year, so we will Seniors Taylor Lehman and Mitch be able to defend better.” Gambrill each settled for fifth at traditional Hope Polzin, Brook Boyd, Celeste state a year ago. Lehman Swanson, Megan Hoing, Maddie Disney, notched 36 victories as a Hannah Kapka, Ashley Keller and Kenzie junior at 132 pounds, while Kolb should each also see substantial playGambrill added 25 wins at ing time. 285. A lack of experience and height will be Joel Haberman also weaknesses for the Cowgirls, according to reached state at 126 for the Kakacek. Cowboys, accumulating 33 — By Josh Meyer triumphs. Gone from a year ago is Jake Haberman, who COWBOY WRESTLING was a state runner-up at 160. Kurt Calen Rosenbaum (132 Morgan Under the direction of head coach Kurt pounds), Brady Brott Morgan, the Clarion-Goldfield wrestling team has become a consistent force on the (138/145), Logan Nelson (160), Ryan Anderson (182), Bailey Kothe (170), mat. Now, the Cowboys bring back a group of Elliott Ahrens (195), Caleb Hanson (220/285), Mitch Gambrill (220/285), 14 letterwinners to their roster. Last season, C-G placed fourth at the Brandon Flurer (285), Jordan Lee (152), Class 1A state duals meet en route to a 14- Lucas Lienemann (106) and Mason Willey 4 overall record. The Cowboys also quali- (145) are familiar names back for C-G. fied for state duals in 2010 and 2012. — By Josh Meyer

CLARION-GOLDFIELD BOYS Returning letterwinners (4): Trenton Sann, 6-2, jr., F; Austin Keller, 6-1, sr., F; Chris Staudt, 6-0, sr., G; Cody Kapka, 6-0, jr., G. Top prospects: Kenton Waters, 6-1, jr., G. Last season: 8-15 overall, 5-13 in the North Central Conference. Coach: Scott Herrig, a University of Northern Iowa graduate, is in his second season with the Cowboys. CLARION-GOLDFIELD GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (6): Jossie Sann, sr., G; Jenalee Hinkle, jr., G; Hope Polzin, jr., G; Brook Boyd, sr., G; Celeste Swanson, jr., F; Megan Hoing, sr., F. Top prospects: Maddie Disney, so., G; Hannah Kapka, so., F; Ashley Keller, so., G; Kenzie Kolb, jr., F. Last season: 5-17 overall, 4-14 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Kevin Kakacek is in his fourth year with the Cowgirls. He sports an overall mark of 26-42.

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CLARION-GOLDFIELD WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (14): Lucas Lienemann, 126, jr., Mason Willey, 145, jr.; Joel Haberman, 132/138, sr.; Calen Rosenbaum, 132, so.; Brady Brott, 138/145, so.; Logan Nelson, 160, jr.; Ryan Anderson, 182, jr.; Bailey Kothe, 170, sr.; Elliott Ahrens, 195, jr.; Caleb Hanson, 220/285, sr.; Mitch Gambrill, 220/285, sr.; Brandon Flurer, 285, jr.; Jordan Lee, sr., 152. Top prospects: Dakota Hennigar, 152, fr., Ben Powers, 160, fr., Tristan Mewes, 170, fr. Last season: 14-4 in duals (placed fourth at state). Coach: Kurt Morgan is starting his sixth year with the Cowboys. BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 6 — at St. Edmond; 10 — Algona; 13 — at Webster City; 14 — North Iowa; 17 — at Iowa FallsAlden; 20 — Hampton-Dumont. Jan. 7 — Clear Lake; 11 — West Hancock; 13 — at Bishop Garrigan; 17 — at Eagle Grove; 21 — at Algona; 24 — Webster City; 25 — at

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Belmond-Klemme; 28 — at Clear Lake; 31 — Humboldt. Feb. 4 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 7 — at Hampton-Dumont; 11 — Bishop Garrigan (boys). WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — Iowa FallsAlden/Central Springs; 7 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 12 — at 14 — at Humboldt/Algona; Aplington-Parkersburg; 19 — Clear Lake. Jan. 9 — at Eagle Grove/St. Edmond; 11 — at Ames; 16 — at Hampton-Dumont; 18 — Glen Brand Invitational; 20 — at BelmondKlemme; 25 — NCC Meet (St. Edmond); 30 — at Webster City. Feb. 1 — at Guthrie Center.

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south central calhoun TITAN BOYS With three starters back, the South Central Calhoun boys are determined to regain their winning form this winter. Last season, the Titans went 10-12 overall and 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Senior Jake Petzenhauser, classmate Jace Neubaum and junior Ryan Daisy will shoulder a majority of the offensive load for SCC. Petzenhauser delivered 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junClive ior, while leading the Clark team in total assists (49), steals (48) and blocks (20). Neubaum chipped in 5.1 points and 2.1 boards, while Daisy grabbed a team-high 8.5 rebounds to go along with 6.1 points. Trevor Bounds, John Curran, Anthony Handlos, Derrick Henkenius, Zach Ludwig and Sam Spencer are the other letterwinners returning for head coach Clive Clark’s squad. The Titans must fill the void left by top scorer Nathan Christensen, who

netted 16.9 points per game. —By Josh Meyer

TITAN GIRLS Veteran head coach Dave Birks will be surrounded by plenty of talent once again this season. After going 19-5 overall and 8-2 in the Twin Lakes Conference last winter, the South Central Calhoun girls bring back four starters to their lineup. “We lost one starter from a 19-5 season, so our expectations are high,” Birks said. “We expect to compete for a conference championship.” Dave All-stater Haley Birks Birks — Dave’s daughter — returns as the focal point in the Titan attack. The 6-foot-0 junior guard/forward paced SCC in nearly every major statistical category as a sophomore, including scoring (15.1 points), rebounding (5.8), steals (3.0) and blocks (1.6). She also made a team-high 64 free throws and 39 See TITANS, Page 46

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The SouTh ceNTral calhouN BoYS are, front row (left to right): John Curran, Ryan Daisy and Derrick Henkenius. Back: Zach Ludwig, Anthony Handlos, Jake Petzenhauser, Jace Neubaum and Trevor Bounds.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The SouTh ceNTral calhouN girlS are, front row (left to right): Maria Dischler, Ashley Henkenius and Michaela Graffunder. Back: Hannah Corey, Haley Birks, Tyffaney Toms and Kori Assman.

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state basketball schedule MEN Sunday, Dec. 1 Drake at CSU Bakersfield ..........................................1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 Auburn at Iowa State ..................................................6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 Northern Iowa at Milwaukee ......................................7 p.m. Notre Dame at Iowa ..............................................8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Northern Iowa vs. Iowa State......................................5 p.m. Iowa at Drake ........................................................7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 Fairleigh Dickinson at Iowa ........................................6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 Savannah State Northern Iowa ..................................7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 Iowa at Iowa State ................................................8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 VCU at Northern Iowa ..............................................11 a.m. New Mexico State at Drake ..................................7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 Western Michigan at Drake ..................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 Northern Iowa at Virginia ............................................3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Iowa........................................1 p.m. Iowa State vs. George Mason ..............................4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 Albany at Drkae ....................................................7:05 p.m. Iowa State vs. Oregon State..........................................TBD Wednesday, Dec. 25 Honolulu tourney............................................................TBD Saturday, Dec. 28 Iona at Northern Iowa ................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 Drake IUPUI................................................................1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 Nebraska at Iowa ........................................................6 p.m. Northern Illinois at Iowa State ....................................6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 Evansville at Drake ....................................................7 p.m. Bradley at Northern Iowa ............................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 Iowa State at Texas Tech ....................................12:45 p.m. Drake at Bradley ........................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 Northern Iowa at Wichita State ..................................1 p.m. Iowa at Wisconsin ..................................................6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 Iowa State at Baylor....................................................6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 Indiana State at Drake ................................................7 p.m. Northern Iowa at Evansville ........................................7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 Northwestern at Iowa ..................................................8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 Iowa State at Oklahoma ..........................................11 a.m. Drake at Northern Iowa ..............................................7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 Iowa at Ohio State ........................................................TBD Monday, Jan. 13 Kansas at Iowa State..................................................8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Northern Illinois at Southern Illinois ............................7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 Drake at Loyola ..........................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 Missouri State at Northern Iowa ..................................noon Iowa State at Texas ....................................................3 p.m. Illinois State at Drake..................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 Minnesota at Iowa ........................................................noon Wednesday, Jan. 22

Iowa at Michigan ........................................................6 p.m. Bradley at Northern Iowa ............................................7 p.m. Drake at Southern Illinois ......................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 Iowa at Northwestern ................................................11 a.m. Kansas State at Iowa ..........................................12:45 p.m. Drake at Loyola ..........................................................3 p.m. Wichita State at Drake ..........................................7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 Michigan State at Iowa ..............................................6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 Evansville at Drake ....................................................7 p.m. Missouri State at Drake ........................................7:05 p.m. Iowa State at Kansas..................................................8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 Oklahoma at Iowa State ............................................3 p.m. Drake at Illinois State ............................................3:05 p.m. Iowa at Illinois ........................................................6:30 p.m. Indiana State at Drake ................................................7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 Iowa State at Oklahoma State ....................................8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Ohio State at Iowa ......................................................6 p.m. Southern Illinois at Drake ......................................7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 Drake at Illinois State..................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Michigan at Iowa ........................................................1 p.m. TCU at Iowa State ......................................................3 p.m. Wichita State at Northern Iowa ..................................8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 Drake at Indiana State ..........................................2:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 Iowa State at West Virginia ........................................6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 Drake at Missouri State ..............................................7 p.m. Loyola at Northern Iowa..............................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Iowa at Penn State........................................................noon Texas Tech at Iowa State ....................................12:45 p.m. Northern Iowa at Missouri State ................................8 p.m. Loyola at Drake......................................................7:05 p.m. Northern Iowa at Missouri State ................................8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Texas at Iowa State ....................................................6 p.m. Iowa at Indiana............................................................8 p.m. Northern Iowa at Drake ..............................................8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Wisconsin at Iowa ....................................................11 a.m. Iowa State at TCU ......................................................3 p.m. Drake at Wichita State ................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 Illinois State at Northern Iowa ....................................4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 Iowa at Minnesota ......................................................6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa ..............................7 p.m. Saturday, March 1 or March 2 Drake at Evansville ....................................................1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 West Virginia at Iowa State ........................................7 p.m. Purdue at Iowa ..............................................................TBD Saturday, March 1 Iowa State at Kansas State ........................................6 p.m. Northern Iowa at Indiana State......................................TBD Bradley at Drake ............................................................TBD Tuesday, March 4 Iowa State at Baylor....................................................6 p.m. Thursday, March 6 Iowa at Michigan State ..............................................8 p.m. Saturday, March 8 or 9 Oklahoma State at Iowa State ....................................1 p.m. Illinois at Iowa ................................................................TBD

WOMEN Wednesday, Dec. 4 Northern Iowa at Iowa State........................................7 p.m. Thrusday, Dec. 5 Syracuse at Iowa ........................................................6 p.m. Idaho State at Drake ..............................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 Saint Louis at Northern Iowa ......................................2 p.m. Idaho State at Iowa ....................................................2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Cal State Fullerton at Iowa State ................................2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 South Dakota at Northern Iowa ..................................7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 Iowa at Iowa State ......................................................7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 SIU-Edwardsville at Drake....................................12:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 Northern Iowa at Northern Illinois................................1 p.m. Drake at Iowa ..............................................................4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 North Dakota at Drake ................................................2 p.m. Holy Cross at Iowa State........................................3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29 Milwaukee at Drake................................................2:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 Iowa at Indiana ............................................................6 p.m. Iowa State at TCU ......................................................7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3 Northern Iowa at Indiana State ..................................6 p.m. Drake at Illinois State ..................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 Iowa State at Oklahoma ..............................................1 p.m. Drake at Indiana State............................................1:05 p.m. Penn State at Iowa ......................................................2 p.m. Northern Iowa at Illois State ..................................4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 Minnesota at Iowa ......................................................7 p.m. Texas Tech at Iowa State ..........................................7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 Evansville at Northern Iowa ........................................7 p.m. Southern Illinois at Drake ......................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 Oklahoma State at Iowa State ....................................6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 Iowa at Wisconsin..........................................................noon Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa ..............................2 p.m. Evansville at Drake ................................................2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 West Virginia at Iowa State ........................................7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 Michigan State at Iowa ................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 Drake at Missouri State ........................................12:05 p.m. Northern Iowa at Wichita State ..............................5:45 p.m. Iowa State at Kansas State ........................................7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 Iowa at Ohio State ......................................................2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 Drake at Wichita State............................................3:30 p.m. Northern Iowa at Missouri State..................................7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Oklahoma at Iowa State ..............................................6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 Bradley at Northern Iowa ............................................7 p.m. Loyola at Drake ......................................................7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25 Indiana at Iowa ............................................................6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 Loyola at Northern Iowa ..............................................2 p.m. Bradley at Northern Iowa........................................2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 Iowa State at West Virginia ........................................6 p.m. Iowa at Minnesota ......................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 Nebraska at Iowa ........................................................2 p.m. Kansas State at Iowa State ........................................8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 Drake at Northern Iowa ..............................................2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 TCU at Iowa State ......................................................7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 Iowa at Penn State ......................................................5 p.m. Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois ..............................6 p.m. Drake at Evansville......................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Northern Iowa at Evansville ........................................1 p.m. Drake at Southern Illinois ......................................1:05 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 Iowa State at Texas ....................................................2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 Northwestern at Iowa ..................................................6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 Illinois at Iowa..............................................................8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 Missouri State at Northern Iowa..................................7 p.m. Wichita State at Drake............................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Kansas at Iowa State ..................................................6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 Wichita State at Northern Iowa ..................................2 p.m. Missouri State at Drake ..........................................2:05 p.m. Iowa at Purdue ..............................................................TBD Wednesday, Feb. 19 Iowa State at Baylor ....................................................7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 Northern Iowa at Loyola ..............................................7 p.m. Drake at Bradley..........................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 Iowa at Michigan ..................................................12:30 p.m. Texas at Iowa State ....................................................7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 Northern Iowa at Bradley ............................................2 p.m. Drake at Loyola ..........................................................2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Iowa State at Oklahoma State ....................................7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Ohio State at Iowa..........................................................TBD Saturday, March 1 Iowa State at Kansas ..................................................7 p.m. Sunday, March 2 Northern Iowa at Drake ..............................................2 p.m. Iowa at Illinois ................................................................TBD Tuesday, March 4 Baylor at Iowa State ....................................................7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 Illinois State at Northern Iowa ....................................7 p.m. Indiana State at Drake............................................7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 8 Indiana State at Northern Iowa ..................................2 p.m. Illinois State at Drake ............................................2:05 p.m.

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Herzberg was the second-leading scorer in the state, averaging 25.6 points. The 5-foot-10 point guard shot 55-percent from the field and knocked down 31 three-pointers. “We have high expectations and lofty goals this season,” said third-year head coach Bret Larson. “Our girls were disappointed with how the 2012-13 season ended in the regional finals. “They worked extremely hard this offseason to prepare themselves.” Herzberg isn’t the only returning starter for Bret Larson, as Faith Larson Troshynski, Jocelyn Keller, Hunter Jud and Brenna Peters all saw plenty of action. Troshynski averaged 13.2 points and made 23 three-pointers, while also shooting 71-percent from the free throw line. Keller averaged seven points a night. Herzberg showed her versatility by averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists, with Keller and Peters right behind at five and four. “Our seniors will be crucial to our success,” Larson said. “Ellie is our floor leader and she has so many weapons. Jocelyn has shown great

improvements and Hunter plays exceptional defense.” Herzberg also had a team-leading 142 steals and nearly a 2-to-1 assistto-turnover ratio. “As a team, we need to focus on the process of the season,” Larson said. “We need to get better each and every day. The results will take care of themselves.” —By Dana Becker

COUGAR WRESTLING Manson Northwest Webster will have a familiar look on the wrestling mat this winter. The Cougars return 18 letterwinners from last year’s team, which posted a 16-3 overall duals record. “We have some kids bunched together at weights and will need to get things sorted out quickly,” said ninthyear MNW head coach Stacey Rice, who is Stacey 152-37 at the helm. “As usual, injuries will Rice play a big role in the season as we don’t have much depth at some weights.” Three-time Class 1A state placewinner Payton Rice — Stacey’s son — is

back for his senior campaign after settling for fifth inside Wells Fargo Arena at 138 pounds last season. Payton, who owns a career mark of 127-13, was previously a state runner-up as a sophomore, while finishing sixth as a freshman. Sophomores Chase Bulten (106) and Tim Butcher (285) each posted 33 wins for Manson Northwest Webster a year ago. Senior Lucas Dolder (170) and sophomore Nathan Krueger (182) also combined for 62 victories. “The expectations for this team are that we will wrestle hard and aggressive for six minutes, while continuing to develop and improve throughout the season,” Rice said. In addition, Dylan Samuelson, Skyler Michalski, Jordan Rozenboom, Tanner Peterson and Bryce Birkey all managed at least 20 triumphs last year. Last season, the Cougars won the Alta Invitational, and placed second at the Doug Wood Cougar Invitational, Tiger-Knight Invitational, Guthrie Center Invitational and sectionals. Gone from a year ago are defending state qualifiers Harley Janssen (120) and Connor Alne (145). Rice directed Manson Northwest Webster to the 1A state duals meet in both 2009 and 2011. — By Josh Meyer

coUgARS AT A glAncE MANSON NORTHWEST WEBSTER BOYS Returning letterwinners (4): Hudson Spedding, 6-1, sr., G; Braden Moser, 5-11, sr., G; Holden Fiedler, 6-2, sr., F; Collin Christensen, 6-2, sr., C; Ty Condon, 6-0, sr., F. Top prospects: Jackson Johnson, 6-4, so., F; Cal Twait, 6-5, jr., F; Earl Witham, 6-4, jr., C; Alex Bush, 6-1, jr., G; Coy Snell, 6-0, jr., G. Last season: 16-6 overall, 7-3 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Mark Pearson is entering his sixth year with the Cougars. The Iowa State University graduate owns a 73-39 career mark. MANSON NW GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Ellie Herzberg, 5-10, sr., PG; Faith Troshynski, 5-9, soph., G; Jocelyn Keller, 5-10, sr., P; Hunter Jud, 5-4, sr., G; Brenna Peters, 5-9, soph, F; Kourtney Condon, 5-9, soph., G; Taylor Wood, 5-10, soph., P; Alexis Caquelin, 5-11, jr., P. Last season: 21-3 overall, 9-1 in Twin Lakes Conference.

Coach: Bret Larson is entering his third season overall at the head of the Cougar program. The Northwestern College graduate is 39-8 in his career. COUGAR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader unless noted) Nov. 26 — Estherville-LC (girls only). Dec. 2 — at Cherokee; 5 — Ridge View (boys only); 6 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 10 — East Sac County; 13 — at Sioux Central; 14 — at Humboldt (boys only); 17 — at Prairie Valley; 20 — Newell-Fonda. Jan. 7 — at South Central Calhoun; 10 — West Bend-Mallard; 14 — Pocahontas Area; 16 — at North Union; 17 — LaurensMarathon; 21 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 24 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 28 — at East Sac County; 31 — Alta/Aurelia. Feb. 4 — Prairie Valley; 7 — South Central Calhoun; 11 — at Pocahontas Area; 13 — at Emmetsburg.

COUGAR WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: (18) Chase Bulten, 106, so.; Collin Bulten, 113, so.; Dylan Samuelson, 120/126, so.; John Calmer, 138/145, so.; Eric Wedemeyer, 120/126, so.; Skyler Michalski, 138.145, so.; Nathan Krueger, 182, so.; Tim Butcher, 285, so.; Westley Aden, 132, jr.; Thomas McColley, 152/160, jr.; Phil Dorage, 285, jr.; Jordan Rozenboom, 138, sr.; Payton Rice, 145, sr.; Lucas Dolder, 170, sr.; Tanner Peterson, 195, sr.; Bryce Birkey, 220, sr.; Kody Butler, 220, sr.; Alex Reicks, 170, sr. Top prospects: Kaleb Simacek, 132, fr.; Dominic Morris, 126, fr.; Tucker Thomas, 170, fr.; Collin Harris, 220/285, fr. Last season: 16-3 dual record. Coach: Stacey Rice is entering his ninth year with the Cougars and holds an overall dual record of 15237. COUGAR WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — at Prairie Valley/Southeast Webster-

Grand/Coon Rapids-Bayard; 12 — Laurens-Marathon/Southeast Webster-Grand; 14 — at MVAO; 21 — at Carroll (Tiger Knight Tournament). Jan. 9 — at Pocahontas Area/East Sac County; 11 — at Alta-Aurelia tournament; 14 — at South Central Calhoun/Emmetsburg; 18 — at Twin Lakes Conference Meet (Rockwell City); 21 — Prairie Valley/Kuemper; 23 — AltaAurelia/Laurens-Marathon; 25 — at Hartley; 28 — at GraettingerTerril/Estherville-Lincoln Central. Feb. 1 — at Guthrie Center; 4 — at SW-Grand/South Hamilton/West Hancock.

valuable depth. “These girls have had a lot of success this past fall and we hope to continue all that success this winter.” —By Dana Becker

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bUlldogS AT A glAncE ALGONA BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Justin Raymond, 6-1, sr., G; Trevor Loeschen, 6-5, jr., C; Luke TerHark, 6-2, jr., G; Ethan Poeppe, 6-0, sr., F. Top prospects: Adam Poeppe, 5-9, sr.; Mason Altman, 5-11, sr.; Jeremy Rurup, 6-4, sr.; Bo Hjelle, 62, jr.; Brandon Lloyd, 6-3, jr.; Peter Hollinger, 6-3, jr.; Nathan Benson, 62, jr; Michael McCauley, 6-3, jr.; Landon Rash, 6-0, soph.; Quinton Nielsen, 6-3, soph. Last season: 8-14 overall, 8-10 in NCC (seventh place). Coach: Noel McLaughlin is entering his ninth season as head coach and 11th overall with the program. He is 79-134 in his coaching career and 77-98 at Algona. ALGONA GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Tangy Wiseman, 5-7, sr.; Abby Strohman, 5-11, sr.; Lacey Seely, sr.; Reba Zeller, sr.; Ali Grein, sr.; Courtney Groen, sr. Top prospects: Jilie Grether, sr.; Anna Zeller, sr.; Carly Seely, soph. Last season: 13-9 overall, 11-7 in North Central Conference (fifth place). Coach: Michael Ford is entering his third season as head coach and 21st overall. He is 27-17 with Algona and 55-58 in his coaching career. ALGONA WRESTLING Returning state qualifiers: Kory Kuecker, sr., Austin Long, sr., Weston Shaw, sr., Joe Teague, jr., Tyler Frideres, sr. BULLDOG BASKETBALL SCHEDULE (boy/girl doubleheader

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unless noted) Dec. 2 — Charles City (boys); 3 — at Webster City (girls); 6 — Hampton-Dumont; 7 — at Charles City (girls); 10 — at ClarionGoldfield; 13 — at St. Edmond; 17 — Humboldt; 20 — Bishop Garrigan. Jan. 3 — at Clear Lake; 7 – Eagle Grove; 10 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 11 — at Garner-Hayfield (boys); 17 — Webster City; 21 — ClarionGoldfield; 24 — St. Edmond; 25 — Forest City (boys); 28 — at Eagle Grove; 31 — Iowa Falls-Alden. Feb. 4 — at Humboldt; 7 — at Bishop Garrigan; 11 — Clear Lake; 13 — at Hampton-Dumont; 18 — at Webster City (boys). BULLDOG WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — at Eagle Grove; 7 — Eagle Grove Invitational; 12 — at Humboldt/Clarion-Goldfield; 14 — at Algona tourney; 19 — Webster City/Fort Dodge; 21 — at Iowa Falls Invitational. Jan. 3 — St. Edmond; 9 — Hampton-Dumont/Iowa Falls-Alden; 11 — at Clear Lake tournament; 14 — at Okoboji; 18 — at Ankeny tournament; 21 — at Osage/West Hancock; 25 — at NCC Meet (St. Edmond); 28 — Emmetsburg/Pocahontas Area; 30 — at Clear Lake/St. Ansgar.

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For a third straight year, the Humboldt boys basketball team will be under new leadership. Jake Mohling takes over the reins of the Wildcats this season after the departure of Daryl Short. Last winter, Humboldt went 16-7 overall, including 13-5 in the North Central Conference. Jaxon Heinz is the top returning scorer for the Wildcats. The junior point guard tallied 237 points last season to go along with 47 rebounds and a team-high 53 assists, earning a spot on the all-NCC second squad. Brady Ross, another junior, paced Humboldt in boards (125) a year ago, while netting 185 points. The Wildcats won 10 straight games midway through the 2012-13 campaign, with seven of those coming by double figures. Gone are Humboldt’s two leading scorers in 2012-13 seniors Michael Orness and Bryan Larson, who combined to average 27.1 points. Seniors Alex Nelson, Nick Heider, Jack Curran and Ben Madison and junior Austin Zylstra are the other top players back for Humboldt. —By Josh Meyer www.messengernews.net

WILDCAT GIRLS Rodd Mooney is optimistic about what lies ahead for his Humboldt girls this season. Last winter, the Wildcats went 914 overall and 6-12 in the North Central Conference, matching their victory total from the previous campaign. “This season we would like to finish in the top half of the conference and challenge for the title,” Mooney said. “We have a good mix of youth and expeRodd rience and players who Mooney have some positive attitudes.” Guards Lauren Friesth and Maddie Thomas, both seniors, will be the catalysts for the Wildcats. Friesth posted a team-high 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals as a junior, while Thomas added 4.9 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals. “We hope to be able to push the ball and play fast this year,” said Mooney, who is entering his 12th year at the helm. “We have numerous kids who can help us on the floor in different ways and would like to try to find strength in our numbers.”

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The humBolDT girls basketball team are, front row (left to right): April Jones, Lauren Friesth and Kessa Kuyper. Back: Sam Kruckenberg, Maddie Thomas and Karlee Peyton.

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The humBolDT WreSTlerS are, front row, (left to right): Mike Madsen, Tate Illg, Cordes Olthoff, Thaylan Bowman and Adam Mickelson. middle: Nikko Wheeler, Reed Dreyer, Dylan Hendricks, Malcom Boyd, Collin Flick and Chris Witzke. Back: Dakota Applegate, Jake Miller, Austin Meier, Austen Gargano and Levi Sawyer.


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HUMBOLDT, Continued from Page 40 Junior Kessa Kuyper and vital seniors to that crew, senior Karlee Peyton will Wildcat head coach Chad each see their roles expand Beaman will rely on 16 returning letafter netting 75 and 37 terwinners. points, respectively, a year Leading ago. that group is “We have good depth and three returnwill look to be aggressive ing state offensively,” Mooney said. placewinners “We will not be very big, so in seniors we will need to rebound as a Reed Dreyer, team.” N i k k o Mooney picked two-time Wheeler and Chad defending league champion St. Edmond and Clear Lake Beaman D y l a n Hendricks. A as the NCC favorites. fourth, Thaylon Bowman, —By Josh Meyer has qualified twice for state. Dreyer and Wheeler were WILDCAT WRESTLING each sixth, while Hendricks The Humboldt wrestling placed eighth. Dreyer went season put together a year to 38-7 and was a league remember in 2012-13, champion, while Wheeler claiming the North Central went 40-12. Hendricks posted a 37-15 Conference title and capturing four other tournaments. record. Austen Gargano, a junior, Now, after losing four

was a runner-up at the league tournament last year, going 27-16. Mike Madsen, Levi Sawyer, Adam Mickelson and Jake Miller all won at least 20 matches. “We have a lot of experience coming back,” said Beaman, who is entering his 11th season with Humboldt. “We won the conference last year based on our depth. We will have to continue to develop all of our weights and get our team spread out.” Beaman also pointed to the senior class, saying “they will have to take on that leadership roll to keep us moving forward.” Humboldt went 22-1 in duals a year ago, earning the Humboldt and Glen Brands invites, along with titles at Ogden and Lake Mills. —By Dana Becker

HUMBOLDT GIRLS Returning letterwinners (4): Lauren Friesth, 5-8, sr., G; Maddie Thomas, 5-6, sr., G; Kessa Kuyper, 5-10, jr., F; Karlee Peyton, 5-6, sr., G. Last season: 9-14 overall, 6-12 in the North Central Conference. Coach: Rodd Mooney, an Iowa State University graduate, is in his 12th year with the Wildcats. Mooney sports a career mark of 114-168 in 14 seasons. HUMBOLDT BOYS Top returning players: Alex Nelson, sr.; Nick Heider, sr.; Jack Curran, sr.; Ben Madison, sr.; Jaxon Heinz, jr.; Brady Ross, jr.; Austin Zylstra, jr. Last season: 16-7 overall, 13-5 in the North Central Conference (third). Coach: Jake Mohling, a Wartburg College graduate, is entering his first year with the Wildcats. HUMBOLDT WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: Malcolm Boyd, 152/160, soph.; Austin Meier, 113/120, soph.; Chris Witzke, 120/126, soph.; Dakota Applegate, 195/220, jr.; Austen Gargano, 126/132, jr.; Mike Madsen, 138, jr.; Levi Sawyer, 113, jr.; Cordes

Olthoff, 195/220, jr.; Adam Mickelson, 170/182, jr.; Tate Illg, 160, sr.; Jake Miller, 138/145, sr.; Thaylon Bowman, 145/152, sr.; Spencer Naeve, 138/145, sr.; Reed Dreyer, 195/220, sr.; Dylan Hendricks, 285, sr.; Nikko Wheeler, 170/182, sr. Top prospects: Korey Kasperbauer, 113/120, fr.; Jaden Kampen, 120/126, fr.; Jaxon Kampen, 132/138, fr.; Gus Arnold, 132/138, fr. Last season: 22-1 in duals, won Humboldt Invitational, Ogden Duals, Glen Brand Invitational, Lake Mills Duals, NCC tournament. Coach: Chad Beaman is entering his 11th season with the Wildcats. He is 92-58 at Humboldt and 253155-3 in 20 years. WILDCAT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE boy/girl doubleheader unless noted Dec. 3 — at Hampton-Dumont; 6 — at Clear Lake; 10 — Bishop Garrigan; 13 — at Eagle Grove; 14 — Manson Northwest Webster (boys); 17 — at Algona; 20 — Webster City. Jan. 3 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 7 — at St. Edmond; 10 — ClarionGoldfield; 13 — Fort Dodge (girls); 17 — Hampton-Dumont; 21 — at

Bishop Garrigan; 24 — Eagle Grove; 28 — St. Edmond; 31 — at ClarionGoldfield. Feb. 4 — Algona; 7 — at Webster City; 10 — at North Union (girls); 11 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 13 — Clear Lake; 17 — Fort Dodge (boys); 20 — at Storm Lake (boys). WILDCAT WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — Estherville-Lincoln Central; 6 — Humboldt Invitational; 10 — East Sac County/Ridge View/South Central Calhoun; 12 — Algona/Clarion-Goldfield; 14 — at Ogden tournament; 17 — Iowa FallsAlden; 19 — at Hampton-Dumont; 21 — at Spencer tournament. Jan. 9 — at Clear Lake/Webster City; 11 — at Ames tournament; 16 — at St. Edmond; 18 — at Lake Mills tournament; 25 — NCC Meet (St. Edmond); 30 — Eagle Grove. Feb. 1 — at Guthrie Center tournament.

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pocahontas area INDIAN BOYS Change is in the air this winter for the Pocahontas Area boys basketball team. Brian Heide replaces Roger Francis on the bench for the Indians, who must also fill the glaring void left by five of their top six scorers and rebounders from a year ago. Last season, Pocahontas Area posted a 15-9 overall record, including 55 in the Twin Lakes Conference. “We must develop team play with our new faces and outwork our opponents to have any early success,” said Heide, who previously directed Pomeroy-Palmer to back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. “Our strengths will be attitude and hustle.” Aaron Youngberg, Brandon Hersom, Jay Brinkman, Logan Jepsen and Austin Behrendsen are now gone after combining for 79.3 percent of the scoring (1,163 of 1,466 points) and 71.7 percent of the rebounding (525 of 732) production during the 2012-13 campaign. Junior Aaron Aljets will be the new focal point in Pocahontas Area’s attack. The 6-foot-5 center tallied 247 points and 175 boards in 24 games as a sophomore. Sophomore Tanner Youngberg is the only other

letterwinner returning to the Indian roster. “Aaron Aljets and Tanner Youngberg need to lead by example, and a variety of newcomers need to step up,” Heide said. “We will have reasonable height and good quickness to build on.” Dominic Johnson, Todd Pratt, Ryan Grebner, Ben Olson and Devin Weidauer will all help provide depth. Heide sees East Sac County, Newell-Fonda and defending 1A state runner-up Storm Lake St. Mary’s as the top contenders for the TLC crown. — By Josh Meyer

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Three starters return for the Pocahontas Area girls, including all-Twin Lakes Conference performers Hannah Stafford and Macey Bales. Stafford, a 5-foot10 senior forward, paced the Indians in scoring (11.1), rebounding (7.3) and

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eagle groVe EAGLE BOYS With the slate wiped clean from last season, the Eagle Grove boys are hoping to turn the corner this winter. The Eagles went just 2-20 overall, including 1-17 in the North Central Conference a year ago. Only three of those losses came by single digits. “My expectation is to be more competitive than in the past,” said EG head coach Lanny Parrott. “We need to play a lot better defense this year and improve on our rebounding.” Lanny Seniors Zach Parrott Ploeger and Jake Wilde will lead the way for Eagle Grove. Ploeger paced the Eagles in scoring (194 points) as a junior, while contributing 83 rebounds and 20 assists. Wilde recorded 89 points, 54 boards and 36 assists during the 2012-13 campaign. Others looking to play key roles for the Eagles are Brian Yackle, Dylan Thielan, Maxx Asche, Jordan Wieth, Colton Pickering and Brett Maier. Parrott envisions a wide-open NCC race, with Clear Lake and defending league champion Iowa Falls-Alden as the likely frontrunners. “It’s going to be a dogfight every night,” Parrott said. “I’m really look-

ing forward to it.” — By Josh Meyer

EAGLE GIRLS The Eagle Grove girls will lean on two returning starters this season to build off a three-win campaign last year. Seniors Kylee Almond and Megan Crail combined for over 10 points a night, while Katie Spellmeyer, Stephanie Martin, Leslie Cooper and Sam Helmke all saw ample playing time for head coach Aly Dahlhauser. “The key to having a successful season is playing as a team,” said Dahlhauser, who is entering her second year. “We need to play solid defense and cut down our turnovers.” Crail averaged just under seven points a night last year, while Almond posted five. Almond also had 68 steals, while Crail grabbed 5.5 rebounds. Replacing Beth Mork — who is currently at Iowa Central — and a slew of other departed seniors will be the task of the returning letterwinners. “We have girls who are energetic and ready to work hard,” Dahlhauser said. “We don’t have much height, so rebounding will be a struggle if we don’t remember to box out.” Along with leading the team in steals, Almond was also the top

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reTurNiNg leTTerWiNNerS For The eagle groVe boys are, (left to right): Jake Wilde, Zach Ploeger.

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EAGLE GROVE GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Kylee Almond, 5-4, sr., G; Megan Crail, 57, sr., F; Katie Spellmeyer, 5-7, sr., F; Stephanie Martin, 5-9, sr., C; Leslie Cooper, 5-6, soph., G; Sam Helmke, 5-6, soph., G. Last season: 3-19 overall, 2-16 in North Central Conference (ninth). Coach: Aly Dahlhauser, a graduate of Simpson College, is entering her second season with the Eagles.

provider last year, dishing out 46 assists. Senior Cole Beecher (152), junior Dylan Huse (138), senior Dylan Sporaa (106) —By Dana Becker and sophomore Devon Omvig (145) spearhead the Eagles. Beecher and Sporaa were EAGLE WRESTLING both Class 1A district qualifiers a year ago, A new leader will take over the reins of combining for 32 victories. Huse recorded the Eagle Grove wrestling program in 18 wins as a sophomore, while Omvig pre2013-14. vailed 13 times in his freshman campaign. Jake Groth replaces Aaron Schafer as the “Our guys must commit to the sport and head coach of the Eagles, who posted a 1- want to compete,” said Groth. “Although I 14 duals record last winter. would love to win the conference this year, “For the 2013-14 season, I have a good Eagle Grove is very inexperienced.” feeling about our returners, and especially Austin Weland (113), Parker Slagle the new freshmen we add to our lineup,” (120), Preston Jacobson (160) and Derek Groth said. “One of my goals for our guys is Hammitt (220) all hope to make the most working to get better with coordination on of their opportunities, as well, for the our feet. We also need to learn how to fight Eagles. on the mat and hold our own by constantly — By Josh Meyer moving.”

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EAGLE GROVE BOYS Returning letterwinners: Zach Ploeger, sr.; Jake Wilde, sr. Top prospects: Brian Yackle, jr.; Dylan Thielan, sr.; Maxx Asche, sr.; Jordan Wieth, so.; Colton Pickering, so., Brett Maier, so. Last season: 2-20 overall, 1-17 in the North Central Conference. Coach: Lanny Parrott is beginning his fifth season with the Eagles.

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EAGLE GROVE WRESTLERS Returning letterwinners (8): Cole Beecher, 152, sr.; Dylan Sporaa, 106, sr.; Austin Weland, 113, sr.; Dylan Huse, 138, jr.; Devon Omvig, 145, jr.; Parker Slagle, 120, so.; Preston Jacobson, 160, sr.; Derek Hammitt, 220, sr. Last season: 1-14 in duals. Coach: Jake Grothm a Wartburg

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College graduate, is entering his first year with the Eagles. EAGLE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — at West Hancock; 3 — at Clarion-Goldfield; 6 — Bishop Garrigan; 10 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 13 — Humboldt; 17 — HamptonDumont; 20 — Clear Lake. Jan. 3 — at St. Edmond; 7 — at Algona; 10 — Webster City; 14 — at Bishop Garrigan; 17 — ClarionGoldfield; 21 — Iowa Falls-Alden; 23 — at Prairie Valley; 24 — at Humboldt; 28 — Algona; 30 — Belmond-Klemme; 31 — at Webster City. Feb. 4 — at Hampton-Dumont; 7 – at Clear Lake; 10 — at CorwithCWL (boys); 11 — St. Edmond (boys). EAGLE WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — Algona; 7 — Eagle Grove Invitational; 12 — at Hampton-Dumont/Clear Lake; 14 — at Algona tournament; 19 — at Iowa Falls-Alden; 21 — at Roland Story. Jan. 7 — at Lake Mills/West Hancock/Clarion-Goldfield; 9 — Clarion-Goldfield/St. Edmond; 11 — at Winterset tournament; 16 — Webster City; 18 — at Perry tournament; 25 — at NCC Meet (St. Edmond); 30 — at Humboldt. Feb 4 — at Roland-Story.


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campaign. Klingson finished with 25 victories, while Bockoven added 16 wins. “Logan is a three-time district qualifier that can hopefully take the next step and reach the state tournament,” Miller said. Spencer Johnson (106/113), Wyatt Hanna (145), Tom Nahnsen (182), Riley Rittgers (160/170), K.C. Bockoven (152) and Nick Montgomery (106) are the other familiar names back for the Warriors. Johnson actually led the team with 33 triumphs a year ago. Rittgers, who was sidelined all of last season with a knee injury, prevailed 34 times as a ninth-grader.

three-pointers. Senior Ashley Henkenius and juniors Kori Assman and Hannah Corey are the other top threats back for the Titans. Henkenius led South Central Calhoun in assists (82) a year ago. Corey produced 8.0 points and 3.7 boards during the 2012-13 campaign, while Assman tallied 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. “We have seven returning letterwinners of which five lettered as sophomores,” said Birks. “This will create a solid nucleus of which to build. Our strengths are experience, height, good athletes and a winning mentality. We need our guards off the bench to develop.” Others hoping to play key roles for the Titans are senior Maria Dischler and juniors Tyffaney Toms and Michaela Graffunder. Aside from SCC, Birks tabbed — By Josh Meyer defending Class 1A state runner-up Newell-Fonda and Manson Northwest Webster as the TLC frontrunners. WARRIoRS AT A glAncE —By Josh Meyer

The Prairie Valley wrestling team will rely on eight returning letterwinners to comprise a majority of their lineup this season. Last winter, the Warriors compiled a 12-15 mark in dual action. “Our numbers are going to be down this year, therefore returning letterwinners really have to make a concerted effort to step up,” said PV head coach Jeff Miller, who is in his 20th year at the helm. “We must work extremely hard and become leaders in the room.” Seniors Logan Klingson (132/38) and Grant Bockoven (195) were each district qualifiers for Prairie Valley during the 2012-13

PRAIRIE VALLEY BOYS Returning letterwinners (7): Clayton Taylor, 6-2, sr., F; Austin Wood, 6-2, sr., F; Ethan Wiederin, 61, sr., G; Conner Conrad, 6-0, so., G; Logan Boerner, 5-11, so., G; Dylan Anderson, 6-1, jr., F; Skylar Warehim, 6-3, jr., F. Last season: 5-17 overall, 2-13 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Kyle Johnson is starting his fourth year with the Warriors. Johnson holds a career mark of 2342. PRAIRIE VALLEY GIRLS Returning letterwinners (5): Katie Clough, 5-6, sr., G; Clara Pearson, 5-8, sr., G/F; Katie Kehoe, 5-7, sr., F; Zoe Schneider, 5-7, sr., G; Erica Rittgers, 5-7, so., G. Top prospects: Angela Dopita, 6-0, jr., F. Last season: 10-11 overall, 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Sharon Jaeschke, a Central College graduate is in her second year with the Warriors. PRARIE VALLEY WRESTLING Returning letterwinners (8): Logan Klingson, 132-38, sr.; Wyatt Hanna, 145, sr.; Grant Bockoven, 195, sr.; Spencer Johnson, 106/113, jr.; Tom Nahnsen, 182, jr.; Riley Rittgers, 160/170, jr.; K.C. Bockoven, 152, so.; Nick Montgomery, 106, sr.. Last season: 12-15 in duals. Coach: Jeff Miller, an Iowa State University graduate, is beginning his 20th season. Miller has won 183 duals. WARRIOR BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — at Belmond-Klemme; 6

— East Sac County; 10 — at South Central Calhoun; 13 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 17 — Manson Northwest Webster; 20 — AltaAurelia. Jan. 3 — at Pocahontas Area; 10 — at Sioux Central; 11 — at Greene County; 14 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 17 — Newell-Fonda; 21 — at East Sac County; 23 — Eagle Grove; 28 — South Central Calhoun; 31 — Laurens-Marathon (boys). Feb. 4 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 7 — Pocahontas Area; 11 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 14 — Northeast Hamilton (boys). WARRIOR WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — CR-Bayard/SWGrand/Manson NW; 7 — at Gilbert Invitational; 12 — at Pocahontas Area/Graettinger-Terril/SC Calhoun; 14 — at MVAO Invitational; 19 — at Ogden/Panorama/Guthrie Center; 21 — at Roland-Story Invitational. Jan. 11 — at St. Edmond Duals; 16 — Laurens-Marathon/Pocahontas Area/Sioux Central; 18 — at Twin Lakes Conference Meet (at Rockwell City); 21 — at Manson NW/Kuemper; 24-25 — at BCIG Invite; 30 — at SW-G/Alta-Aurelia/East Sac County. Feb 1 — at Guthrie Center tournament.

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TITAN WRESTLING The South Central Calhoun wrestling team will move down to Class 1A for the first time as a joint school this winter. And the Titans have the firepower to compete right away. Rylan Richardson, just a sophomore, earned state experience last year and is back, along with a handful of letterwinners. Tyler Kutz, Zayne Lance Barrett and Aron King Schultz were all district qualifiers last year, as South Central Calhoun went 34-5 overall in duals and captured four tournament titles. South Central Calhoun also won the Twin Lakes Conference dual title, going a perfect 9-0 under long-time head coach Lance Schultz. “We look again to build off the success we had last season,” said Schultz, who is on the verge of winning his

300th dual with the program. “We have six individuals with district experience and 14 who have either won a tournament or were in the finals. Richardson won 45 matches as a ninth-grader, while Kutz went 48-8 and has 70 career wins. Colin Corey earned 42 victories for the Titans, while fellow juniors Logan Peed, Barrett and Jeff King all won at least 30. “We need to improve every day in practice and at every meet,” Schultz said. “That way, we can peak at sectional time. “Our seniors will be key, as their leadership will take us as far as the team wants to go. It all starts with them.” The senior class at South Central Calhoun is 94-17 in duals over the past three years, including a 22-1 TLC mark. Cody Schoop returns after winning 43 matches two years ago and qualifying for districts. —By Dana Becker

TITAnS AT A glAncE SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN BOYS Returning letterwinners (9): Trevor Bounds, 5-11, sr., F; John Curran, 5-10, jr., G; Ryan Daisy, 63, jr., F; Anthony Handlos, 5-11, sr., F; Derrick Henkenius, 5-10, so., G; Zach Ludwig, 6-1, jr., G; Jace Neubaum, 6-0, sr., G; Jake Petzenhauser, 5-11, sr., G; Sam Spencer, 5-10, sr., G. Last season: 10-12 overall, 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference (tied for fifth). Coach: Clive Clark is entering his 25th season overall. The Cornell College graduate holds a career mark of 388-295. SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN GIRLS Returning letterwinners (7): Ashley Henkenius, sr., G; Maria Dischler, sr., G; Kori Assman, jr., C; Haley Birks, jr., G/F; Hannah Corey, jr., G/F; Tyffaney Toms, jr., C; Michaela Graffunder, jr., G. Top prospects: Kellsie Knapp, sr., G; Jenn Hood, jr., G; Shelby Kingery, so., G; Cali Miller, so., G/F;

Jadyn Khommanyvong, so., G. Last season: 19-5 overall, 8-2 in the Twin Lakes Conference (tied for second in the TLC). Coach: Dave Birks, a Central College graduate, is beginning his fourth year as head coach of the Titans. Birks owns a 440-205 career record through 28 seasons. SOUTH CENTRAL CALHOUN WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: Tyler Kutz, 160/170, sr.; Cody Schoop, 195/220, sr.; Aron King, 285, sr.; Zeb McCubbin, 195/220, sr.; MJ Sittig, 126/132, sr.; Ben Sexton, 160/170, sr.; Jayme Martinez, 160/170, sr.; Colin Corey, 120/126, jr.; Logan Peed, 145/152, jr.; Zayne Barrett, 182/195, jr.; Jeff King, 160/170, jr.; Nick Henry, 195/220, jr.; Mason Machovec, 145/152, jr.; Tanner Steig, 220/285, jr.; Caleb Maguire, 145/152, jr.; Jordan Payne, 106/113, soph.; Landon Makinson, 113/120, soph.; Keilund Steinborn, 132/138, soph.; Nick Robinson, 152/160, soph.; Ty Riley,

152/160, soph.; Rylan Richardson, 182/195, soph. Last season: 34-5 in duals, 9-0 in Twin Lakes Conference (dual and tournament champions). Won Greene County Duals, Central Springs Duals, Ridge View Duals. Coach: Lance Schultz is entering his 17th season as head coach and 21st overall with the Titan program. He is 298-113-1 with SCC and 325-123-1 in his overall dual career. TITAN BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — at Audubon; 6 — at Pocahontas Area; 10 — Prairie Valley; 13 — West Bend-Mallard; 17 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 20 — Laurens-Marathon; 21 — Emmetsburg. Jan. 3 — Carroll; 7 — Manson Northwest Webster; 10 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 14 — at East Sac County; 17 — Alta-Aurelia; 18 — at Glidden-Ralston; 21 — Pocahontas Area; 24 — at Sioux Central; 28 — at Prairie Valley; 31 — NewellFonda.

Feb. 4 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 7 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 11 — East Sac County; 13 — at Storm Lake. TITAN WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — at OA-BCIG/East Sac County; 7 — at Greene County tourney; 10 — at Humboldt/East Sac County/Ridge View; 12 — at Pocahontas Area/Prairie Valley/Graettinger-Terril; 14 — at Central Springs tourney; 17 — at SW-G/East Sac County/Audubon; 21 — at Ridge View tournament. Jan. 7 — at Woodbury Central/Alta-Aurelia; 11 — at Coon Rapids-Bayard tourney; 14 — Manson Northwest Webster/Emmetsburg; 18 — Twin Lakes Conference Meet (Rockwell City); 21 — at Southeast WebsterGrand/ Guthrie Center/West BendMallard; 24-25 — at OA-BCIG tourney; 28 — East Sac County/Laurens-Marathon/Sioux Central. Feb. 1 — South Central Calhoun Dual Tournament.

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newell-fonda MUSTANG BOYS Optimism abounds for the Newell-Fonda boys this winter. The Mustangs return their top four scorers and top four rebounders from a team that finished 18-6 overall and 91 in the Northwest Conference. Senior Dillon Anderson, twin brother Dalton Anderson, juniors Brady Dicks and Andrew Temple and senior Brady Bohe are all back in Newell-Fonda’s lineup. Dalton Anderson, a Class 1A all-state pick as a junior, led the Mustangs in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (5.1), while shooting 59.5 percent (135 of 227) from the field and dishing out a team-high 69 assists in 22 games a year ago. Bohe (10.7) and Dillon Anderson (10.4) were the other top offensive performers for Newell-Fonda last season. Temple was second on the team in total boards (96), and Dillon Anderson was second in total assists (52) and total steals (58). — By Josh Meyer

MUSTANG GIRLS The Newell-Fonda girls came oh-so-close to claiming the Class 1A state title last season. The Mustangs were defeated in the championship round by Central Lyon, 63-61. Now, with four returning starters back from a 24-win team, N-F head coach Dick Jungers has another viable state contender.

Renee Maneman was the ninth-leading scorer throughout Iowa a year ago, posting just over 17 points per night. The senior shot 41-percent from three-point range and 50percent from the field. Fellow classmates Claudia Larsen and Taiyler Schrank also return, along with junior Brianna Wells. The trio combined for over 23 points a game. “We are a year older and should be able to build on the growth and strides that we made throughout the season a year ago,” said Jungers, who is entering his 11th year with the team and is 227-50. “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.” Maneman also had 149 assists, 94 steals and just 69 turnovers as a junior, while Larsen dished out 65 assists, had 53 steals and blocked 69 shots. Larsen also led the team in rebounds with 165. “We have a lot of varsity experience,” Jungers said. “We have a variety of options on offense and we should be more productive on defense, along with being stronger and quicker.” Maneman scored 18 points in the title game, as NewellFonda rallied late to get within striking range. The Mustangs do lose Andrea Christensen, who averaged 11 points and four rebounds a game last year. —By Dana Becker www.messengernews.net

MUSTAngS AT A glAncE NEWELL-FONDA GIRLS Returning letterwinners: Renee Maneman, sr., PG; Claudia Larsen, sr., F; Taiyler Schrank, sr., G; Brianna Wells, jr., G; Marianna Overgaard, sr., F; Jade Hess, sr., F; Abby Christensen, sr., F; Hailey Faline, jr., F; Jordan Wilken, soph., G. Top prospects: Morgan Magnussen, jr., F; Abby Smith, soph., F; Courtney Temple, soph., G; Maddi Morenz, soph., G; Mallory Sievers, soph., F. Last season: 24-3 overall, lost in state championship game to Central Lyon. Coach: Dick Jungers is entering his 11th season with the Mustangs. He is 227-50 directing the program. NEWELL-FONDA BOYS Team members: Graham Brown, Brady Dicks, Gabe Podraza, Brady Bohe, Dillon Anderson, Dalton Anderson, Zach Hecht, Lucas Koster, Jason Hess, Mason Scheidegger, Adam Mullen, Reed Kruse, Dustin Johnson, Cole Wise, Connor Wolterman, Ben Lindstrom, Aaron Mandernach, Payton Crilly, Dontea Drapeaux. Last season: 18-6 overall, 9-1 in the Twin Lakes Conference (second). Coach: Paul Loos is entering his 26th season with the Mustangs. He

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Dan Savery will have a veteran nucleus to work with in his first year at the helm of the West Bend-Mallard boys basketball program. Four starters return to the lineup for the Wolverines, who finished 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the Cornbelt Conference last season. “We want to compete in every game, gel as a team and play together,” said Savery. “Our senior leadership and experience will be our strengths.” Senior Jason Zinnel anchored WB-M in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (7.7) as a junior. Twin brother Jesse Zinnel chipped in 13.3 points and 3.4 assists, while Jordan Buhs managed 12.8 points and 2.1 steals. Nathan Grimm, Brady Jensen, Cole Banwart, Jack Fehr, Sam Frieden, Tyler McKimmey, Oliver Bjorkkrist and Max Lehner provide the Wolverines with a dependable supporting cast.

The West Bend-Mallard girls will have new leaders out on the floor this year after the graduation of Kayla Banwart and Kenzie Grimm. Banwart and Grimm combined to average 17.5 points per game, as the Wolverines went 10-11. Now, the burden of leadership falls to returning starters Ashley Schmidt and Cassie Gearhart. Schmidt, a senior guard, averaged 5.2 points, while Gearhart posted 6.8 and a team-best 6.1 rebounds a night. “We are a young team that will need some even younger kids to step up,” WB-M head coach Eugene Ruppert said. “Our goal is to have a winning season, and I think we can do that if we improve every day.” Schmidt also led the Wolverines in assists and was second in steals, while Gearhart added 15 blocks and 12 steals.

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blocks (1.4) last season, while shooting a team-high 83.9 percent (52-for-62) from the free throw line. Bales, a 5-foot-10 senior center, added 7.8 points and 5.4 boards. “I think we have a great opportunity to turn the corner this year,” said sixthyear PA head coach Robert Maske. “We have progressively gotten better, and I look for this year to be a break out.” Rose Meyer, Bailee Taylor, Janie Brinkman and Mady Gardewine will also be leaned on heavily. Meyer led Pocahontas Area in steals (63) a year ago to go —By Josh Meyer —By Dana Becker along with 123 rebounds and 68 points. “We will really push the WolVERInES AT A glAncE tempo while playing a very 7, jr. W; Taylor Elbert, 5-7, soph., G; 21 — Lake Park; 27 — West aggressive defense,” Maske WEST BEND-MALLARD BOYS Returning letterwinners: (6) Anna Zaugg, 5-7, soph., P; Laura Hancock; 31 — at Corwith-CWL said. “I see us creating Jordan Buhs, 5-11, sr., G; Jason Fehr, 5-3, fr., G; Megan Garrard, 5- (boys). havoc defensively and creatFeb. 7 — at Armstrong-Ringsted; Zinnel, 6-2, sr., F; Jesse Zinnel, 6-1, 2, soph., W. ing easy baskets from it.” Last season: 10-11 overall. 10 — Emmetsburg. sr., G; Brady Jensen, 5-10, sr., G; Newcomers Elle Coach: Eugene Rappert is enterNathan Grimm, 5-10, sr., G; Cole Ruffridge, Grace Meyer, ing his ninth season with the WOLVERINE WRESTLING Banwart, 6-4, so., C. SCHEDULE Top prospects: Jack Fehr, 6-0, Wolverines. twin sister Faith Meyer and Dec. 7 — at Manson Northwest sophomore Autumn Radig jr., F; Sam Frieden, 5-11, jr., F; Tyler WOLVERINE BASKETBALL Webster; 10 — at Graettinger-Terril. McKimmey, 5-11, sr., F; Oliver SCHEDULE Jan. 11 — at Graettinger-Terril; are the others looking to Bjorkkrist, 5-11, jr., F; Max Lehner, 5-10, sr., F. Last season: 10-9 overall, 7-3 in the Cornbelt Conference. Coach: Dan Savery, a Wayne State College graduate, is in his first year at West Bend-Mallard. WEST BEND-MALLARD GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Ashley Schmidt, 5-6, sr., PG; Portlind Schmidt, 5-4, sr., W; Cassie Gearhart, 5-10, sr., P. Top prospects: Lauren Link, 5-

Dec. 3 — Graettinger-Terril; 6 — at Clay Central-Everly; 9 — Laurens-Marathon; 10 — HarrisLake Park; 16 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 20 — Corwith-CWL (boys); 20 — South Central Calhoun (girls). Jan. 4 — at Bishop Garrigan (girls); 6 — at Pocahontas Area; 7 — North Union; 10 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 14 — at Ruthven-Ayrshire; 17 — Clay Central-Everly; 18 — at Sioux Central; 20 — Northeast Hamilton;

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make an impact. “I see a combination of returners and some young talent really getting us going this season,” said Maske. “We have good shooters, fast athletes and a huge drive from the girls to be successful.” The Indians finished 9-14 last winter, improving their wins total by three games from the previous campaign. Maske views defending Class 1A state runner-up Newell-Fonda and Manson Northwest Webster as the TLC favorites once again. — By Josh Meyer

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A new, but familiar face, will lead the Pocahontas Area wrestling program this winter. Tony Johnson has taken over for Mitch Parker after spending the past five seasons working with the Indians. He inherits a group that won 18 duals a year ago, including one tournament

title. “We had a good team last year,” Johnson said. “We should be a team to watch if we wrestle to our potential. “State duals and a conference title are not out of the question.” Joe Minkler, Mitch Brinkman and Tyler Hubrich were all qualifiers and return to anchor the lineup, which boasts 11 starters. “I feel like we have a solid dual team and we should be a good tournament team, as well,” Johnson said. Other returning letterwinners include Edgar Ayala, Connor Schoening, Danny Sommerlot, Matt Lenz, Tyler Case, Zach Schott and Jesse O’Tool. Senior Jeremy Watson is expected to miss the 201314 season with a torn ACL. Parker, who left Pocahontas Area to become the elementary principal at BCLUW, is not coaching this winter. —By Dana Becker

IndIAnS AT A glAncE POCAHONTAS AREA BOYS Returning letterwinners (2): Aaron Aljets, 6-5, jr., C; Tanner Youngberg, 6-0, so., G. Top prospects: Dominic Johnson, 5-10, jr., G; Todd Pratt, 5-10, jr., G; Ryan Grebner, 6-2, jr., F; Ben Olson, 6-0, so., G; Devin Weidauer, 6-2, so., F. Last season: 15-9 overall, 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Brian Heide is entering his first year as the head coach of the Indians. He owns a career mark of 148-62. POCAHONTAS AREA GIRLS Returning letterwinners (6): Hannah Stafford, 5-10, jr., F; Macey Bales, 5-10, sr., C; Rose Meyer, 5-8, jr., G; Bailee Taylor, 5-8, sr., G; Janie Brinkman, 6-0, so., C; Mady Gardewine, 5-5, jr., G. Top prospects: Elle Ruffridge, 52, fr., G; Grace Meyer, 5-8, fr., G; Faith Meyer, 5-7, fr., G; Autumn Radig, 5-10, so., F. Last season: 9-14 overall, 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Head coach: Robert Maske is beginning his sixth year with the Indian program. The Buena Vista University graduate carries a 32-76 career record into this season’s action.

POCAHONTAS AREA WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: Joe Minkler, 106, soph.; Mitch Brinkman, 113, jr.; Edgar Ayala, 120, sr.; Connor Schoening, 132, soph.; Danny Sommerlot, 145, soph.; Tyler Hubrich, 152, sr.; Matt Lenz, 160, soph.; Tyler Case, 182, soph.; Zach Schott, 195/220, jr.; Jesse O’Tool, 182/195, soph. Top prospect: Clayton Reis, 106/113, fr. Last season: 18-4 in duals, won Kingsley-Pierson tournament. Coach: Tony Johnson takes over for Mitch Parker. He has been with the Indians for the past five seasons. INDIAN BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — Emmetsburg; 6 — South Central Calhoun; 9 — at EsthervilleLincoln Central; 10 — Southeast Webster-Grand; 13 — at Alta/Aurelia; 16 — Bishop Garrigan; 17 — at East Sac County; 20 — Sioux Central. Jan. 3 — Prairie Valley; 6 — West Bend-Mallard; 10 — at Newell-Fonda; 14 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 16 — Graettinger-Terril; 21 — at South Central Calhoun; 23 — at Clay Central-Everly; 24 — at LaurensMarathon (boys); 28 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 30 — at Storm Lake; 31 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s.

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fort dodge FD GIRLS, Continued from Page 3 As a team, the Dodgers shot just 31.4 percent (255 of 813) from the field last season, while committing 24.1 turnovers per contest. BACKCOURT Van Zyl will continue to run the show from her point guard spot. The 5-foot-7 Van Zyl paced FDSH in points (181), steals (53), assists (38) and made three-pointers (30) in 20 games a year ago en route to earning second-team all-CIC Northern Division honors. Van Zyl also received IGCA all-state recognition on the softball diamond this past summer. “Lani’s going to be one of our top scorers again,” Timmerman said. “She was our best three-point shooter last year, and she’ll only continue to get better on both ends of the floor.” Kilian accumulated 126 points, 62 boards, 28 steals and 28 assists, while shooting a team-high 72.5 percent (50 of 69) from the free throw line as a sophomore. The University of Northern Iowa softball commit was another all-state pick on the diamond over the summer. “Kilian can contribute in so many ways,” said Timmerman. “Her versatility just gives us a lot of options.” Senior Kari Grindberg and sophomore Madi Bennett will both see plenty of minutes off the bench. Grindberg tallied 25 rebounds, 18 points and 13 steals in limited duty last season. Bennett saw action in just four contests as a ninth-grader, notching four boards, two assists and two steals. “Kari had it rough last year with a broken nose and then a knee injury,” Timmerman said. “We’re looking forward to seeing what she can contribute with her outside shooting and ball handling. Madi really excelled at the end of the last year in JV, too.” Becca Sunken, Molly Matthes and Brielle Ulrich, all juniors, could also make an impact at various points. FRONTCOURT Astor, a 2013 all-state softball player and all-CIC Northern Division volleyball selection, delivered 103 points, 101 rebounds, 31 steals and 18 assists a year ago. “Lexi has good length and excellent athleticism and quickness,” said Timmerman. “She’s our best defensive player, and I think she has the ability to match up with some of the better players in the state. Hopefully, we can get some shutdown minutes from her.” At power forward, will be the 5-foot-10 Altman, who produced 128 points, 86 rebounds, 19 blocks and 15 steals as a junior. This past fall, Altman was named to the

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aShleY alTmaN drives to the hoop for Fort Dodge last season. all-CIC Northern Division second squad in volleyball. “We’re expecting Ashley to be in the top three in every possible statistical category,” Timmerman said. “We also need her to show more leadership on the court.” Patrolling the paint is the 6-foot-0 Mericle, who managed 114 points and teambests in boards (159) and blocks (30), while firing at a 44.7 percent clip from the field (46 of 103) last winter. “I feel Tiana is going to have a breakout year,” said Timmerman. “She can dominate at both ends of the floor is she stays consistent and out of foul trouble.” Senior Rachel Herrington and junior Michael Hiracheta should also join the rotation underneath. CONFERENCE OUTLOOK Defending Class 5A state semifinalist Mason City (21-4 overall, 5-1 in the league a year ago) and Ames (16-7, 5-1) were tabbed by Timmerman as the CIC Northern Division favorites. Marshalltown (4-18, 24) rounds out the four-team league. “Mason City has a couple of tremendous players back (Creighton University recruit Myah Mellman and University of Iowa commit Makenzie Meyer),” said Timmerman. “Ames obviously does a great job of reloading every year, too. Our schedule in general is just loaded with teams in the Top 10.” Mellman, a senior, and Meyer, a sophomore, combined for 20.3 points and 5.5 rebounds last season. The Little Cyclones bring back starters Kiana Peterson, Jamie Steyer and Molly Sanders, while the Bobcats return regulars Samantha Hughes, Amanda Hughes and Rachel Blagg. Assisting Timmerman are Ryan Maehl, Kendra Crooks and Russ Martin.

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east sac county RAIDER BOYS The East Sac County boys were one win away from reaching the state tournament. Now, behind four returning starters, the Raiders will try to send a strong senior class out in style. Reed Tellinghuisen is back to lead the charge. The 6-foot-7 first team all-stater averaged 25 points and 7.5 rebounds we game last year. Tellinghuisen has already accepted an offer to continue his playing career at South Dakota State next fall. “Our strength this year will be the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter and break teams down off the dribble,” said ESC head coach Todd Bontrager. “We will also be much improved on the defensive side of the floor and will have the ability to push the ball.” Tellinghuisen shot 47percent from the floor and made 84 three-pointers last

year. Classmate Justin Kraft averaged 10 points and made 43 triples, while juniors Tyler Jacobsen and Michael Halbur were also starters. Jacobsen averaged nine points and 6.5 rebounds, while Halbur posted four points, 3.5 assists and was a 70-percent free throw shooter. “Tyler is a very good rebounder and Michael will get our fast break going,” Bontrager said. “We want to become a more consistent rebounding team this year.” Juniors Taggart Phillips and Nick Wright will also be counted on after seeing action in 24 and 23 games, respectively, a season ago. —By Dana Becker

RAIDER GIRLS Another winning season appears to be on the horizon for the East Sac County girls. The Raiders bring back three starters from a team

paton-churdan that finished 14-9 overall, including 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Seniors Shae Blum, Makayla Ernst and Jenna Peters form a reliable trio for ESC. Blum, a 5-foot-7 forward, produced 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 23 contests last year. Ernst notched 9.3 points and 3.8 boards, while Peters recorded 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds to go along with a team-high 71 assists. Others hoping to make key contributions are Shay Quirk, Jordan Fischer, Sydney Schwanz, Sidney Herrig, Kendal Herrig and Lexi Willson. Third-year head coach Kyle Stribe must find a way to replace ESC’s top two scorers in Dakota Blum and Kaitlin Bass, who combined for 25.7 points per game. — By Josh Meyer *Note: East Sac County  wrestling information was not provided before press time.

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Youth will be served for the Paton-Churdan boys this year, as the top three scorers from a season ago were underclassmen. Junior Jake Carey returns after posting 12 points a night, including 21 threepointers and shooting 79percent at the free throw line. Sophomore Noah Juergensen averaged 11 points on 43-percent shooting from the floor, while also grabbing a team-high 6.8 rebounds a night. Colton Fitzpatrick, a junior, led the Rockets in assists with 46, while Carey was tops in steals (52) and Juergensen blocked shots (23).

To get over the .500 mark, the Paton-Churdan girls will need more production from a group of returning underclassmen this winter. Carleigh Paup, now a sophomore, led the Rockets last year, averaging 11 points per night. Junior Marissa Minnehan averaged another 6.4 points, while sophomore Sydney Koch contributed almost five. Paup was helped her own cause by swiping 108 steals in just 19 games for PatonChurdan, while Minnehan added 49 steals and teamhighs in assists (29) and blocked shots (15). —By Dana Becker —By Dana Becker

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RAIdERS AT A glAncE EAST SAC COUNTY BOYS Returning letterwinners: Reed Tellinghuisen, 6-7, sr., W; Justin Kraft, 6-3, sr., G; Shawn Freier, 5-11, jr., G; Tyler Jacobsen, 6-3, jr., W; Michael Halbur, 5-10, jr., PG; Taggart Phillips, 6-3, jr., W; Nick Wright, 6-3, jr., F. Last season: 18-7 overall, third in Twin Lakes Conference. Lost in substate final to eventual state runner-up West Fork. Coach: Todd Bontrager is entering his 22th season as a head coach. EAST SAC COUNTY GIRLS Returning letterwinners (9): Shae Blum, sr.; Makayla Ernst, sr.; Jenna Peters, sr.; Shay Quirk, sr.; G; Jordan Fischer, jr.; Sydney Schwanz, jr.; Sidney Herrig, sr.; Kendal Herrig, so.; Lexi Willson, so. Last season: 14-9 overall, 5-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. Coach: Kyle Stribe, a Buena Vista University graduate, is entering his third year with the Raiders. Stribe

owns a 31-15 career mark. RAIDER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 6 — at Prairie Valley; 10 — at Manson NW; 12 — OA-BCIG; 13 — at Newell-Fonda; 17 — Pocahontas Area. Jan. 3 — at Cherokee; 10 — at Laurens-Marathon; 11 — Carroll Kuemper; 14 — South Central Calhoun; 17 — Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 21 — Prairie Valley; 23 — Maple Valley/A-O; 24 — at Alta/Aurelia; 28 — Manson NW; 29 — Sioux Central. Feb. 4 — at Pocahontas Area; 7 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 11 — at South Central Calhoun; 14 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s (boys only). RAIDER WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 3 —OA/BCIG/South Central Calhoun; 7 — at Manson Invitational; 10 — at Humboldt/Ridge View/ South Central Calhoun; 14 — MV-

AO tournament; 17 — SW-G/South Central Calhoun/Audubon; 21 — at Cherokee tournament. Jan. 9 — at Pocahontas Area/Manson NW; 11 — Coon Rapids-Bayard tournament; 16 — at Alta-Aurelia/Graettinger-Terril; 18 — at Twin Lakes Conference Meet (Rockwell City); 23 — at MVAO/West Monona/Hinton; 28 — at South Central Calhoun/LaurensMarathon; 30 — at Southeast Webster-Grand/Prairie Valley/Alta. Feb. 1 — at Audubon tournament; 4 — at Storm Lake/Ridge View.

RockETS AT A glAncE PATON-CHURDAN BOYS BASKETBALL letterwinners: Returning Colton Fitzpatrick, jr.; Jake Carey, jr.; Noah Juergensen, soph.; Dylan Burgart, jr.; Jacob Bundt, jr. Last season: 7-13 overall. PATON-CHURDAN GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Carleigh Paup, soph.; Marissa Minnehan, jr.; Sydney Koch, soph.; Crystal Sabus, jr.; Bayllie Flinn, jr. Last season: 9-10 overall. ROCKET BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 3 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 6 — at Charter Oak-Ute; 10 — Elk Horn-Kimbalton; 13 — at Ar-We-Va; 14 — Anita-CAM; 17 — at Coon Rapids-Bayard; 20 — West Harrison. Jan. 3 — at Glidden-Ralston; 7 — Adair-Casey; 10 — at Boyer Valley; 11 — Woodbine; 16 — Charter Oak-Ute; 17 — at Elk Horn-Kimbalton; 21 — Ar-We-Va; 24 — at Anita-CAM; 25 — Coon Rapids-Bayard; 31 — GliddenRalston. Feb. 1 — at West Harrison; 4 — at Adair-Casey; 7 — Boyer Valley; 10 — at Woodbine.

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emmetsburg E-HAWK BOYS The Emmetsburg boys were forced to play without leading scorer Jake Jackson last year for a handful of games. This season, the EHawks will be minus Jackson completely, as he has taken his 18 points per game and graduated. However, the cupboard is still pretty full, as a number of seniors return to the court. Erik Drost averaged 10.2 points a game last year, while Michael Pugh made 43 three-pointers — tops on the team — and averaged 8.2. Austin Krause and Mike Meyers each contributed five a night, including 24 triples from Meyers. Drost grabbed 9.3 rebounds, followed by Krause’s 5.1 a game. Drost also blocked 76 shots. —By Dana Becker

E-HAWK GIRLS Experience will be on the side of the Emmetsburg girls basketball team this season. After going 4-19 overall

and 2-12 in the Lakes Conference a year ago, the E-Hawks bring back four starters. “We are excited about our upcoming season,” said EHS head coach Anny Fiene. “We hope to build on the improvements we made last year and use our returning experience to help us be more successful.” Juniors Ashton Connelly and Alexa Naig will once again be the catalysts for Emmetsburg. Connelly, a 5-foot-11 guard, led the E-Hawks in scoring (12.4) and rebounding (6.9) as a sophomore. Naig, a 5-foot-11 post player, also contributed 8.9 points and 6.9 boards. “We will work hard as a team,” Fiene said. “Everyone will play a valuable role in our successes.” —By Josh Meyer

E-HAWK WRESTLING The Emmetsburg wrestling team added another strong season to their legacy, placing second at the state tournament. Jared Pickett will look to notch another mark this

state wrestling schedule winter behind a slew of returning letterwinners, who also helped the program finish sixth at state duals. Jake Miller is the lone state qualifier back after going 25-14 as a sophomore. Dillon VanOosbree placed third at districts as a ninth-grader, while senior Brett Steinkamp has 64 career wins. “We graduated an outstanding senior class that saw six place at the state tournament,” Pickett said. “Expectations, as they should be, are always high. “We will boast depth and experience in the lower weights, while working out new kids at the upper ones.” VanOosbree won 27 matches last year, tops among those coming back. Steinkamp added 25, while Caige Elbert won 18. Gone from last year are runners-up Nick Schany and Austin McCartan, along with third place finisher Andrew Wellik and state placers Tayler Wegner, Brady Bailey and Tyler Leuer. —By Dana Becker

E-hAWkS AT A glAncE EMMETSBURG GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners (6): Ashton Connelly, 5-11, jr., G; Alexa Naig, 5-11, jr., P; Hadley Egland, 5-6, sr., G; Michaela Rehm, 5-4, jr., G; Tegan Olson, 5-8, sr., P; Kaity Mason, 5-6, so., F. Top prospects: Bailey Naig, 510, fr., P; Kate Jackson, 5-7, fr., G. Last season: 4-19 overall, 2-12 in the Lakes Conference (seventh). Coach: Anny Fiene is in her second year with the E-Hawks. EMMETSBURG WRESTLING Returning letterwinners: Dillon VanOosbree, 120/126, soph.; Conner Crosgrove, 113/120, soph.; Brett Steinkamp, 126/132, sr.; Jake Miller, 120/126, jr.; Joe Lowman, 138/152, jr.; Chris VanHeuvelen, 138/152, soph.; Caige Elbert, 138/152, soph.; Joe Schmidt, 152/160, jr.; Jas Jamison, 132/145, jr.; Wes Brennan, 170/182, jr.; Robert Nelson, 182/195, soph.; Pat Brennan, 220/285, sr. Last season: 20-6 overall, 6-1 in Lakes Conference (second). Placed

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Central; 13 — Manson Northwest Webster. E-HAWK WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — at West Hancock/Forest City; 7 — at Eagle Grove Invitational; 10 — GraettingerTerril/Sibley-Ocheyedan; 12 — at Cherokee/Alta-Aurelia; 14 — at Emmetsburg Invitational; 19 — Western Christian; 21 — at Fort Dodge Invitational. Jan. 4 — at Maple River; 9 — at Storm Lake/Spirit Lake Park; 11 — at Clear Lake; 14 — at South Central Calhoun/Manson NW; 17 — at West Lyon tourney; 23 — Le Mars/Estherville-Lincoln Centra; 28 — at Algona/Pocahontas Area; 31 — at Spencer tournament.

Saturday, Nov. 30 Wisconsin at Northern Iowa ....................................7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11 Central Michigan at Northern Iowa ........................7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1 Iowa at Iowa State ..................................................2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12 Indiana at Iowa........................................................2 p.m. Oklahoma at Iowa State..........................................1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 Iowa at Edinboro ....................................................6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 Iowa State at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ........TBA Northern Iowa at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ..TBA Saturday, Dec. 7 Iowa State at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ........TBA Northern Iowa at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational ..TBA Thursday, Dec. 12 Buffalo at Iowa ........................................................7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 Iowa State at North Dakota State ..........................7 p.m. Northern Iowa Open................................................9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 Penn State at Iowa ................................................8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 Iowa State at Southern Scuffle ..................................TBA Thursday, Jan. 2 Iowa State at Southern Scuffle ..................................TBA

Friday, Jan. 17 Rutgers at Iowa State ............................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 Iowa at Nebraska ..............................................4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 Northern Iowa at Oklahoma ....................................2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 Missouri at Northern Iowa ......................................7 p.m. Iowa State at Oklahoma State ................................7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 Minnesota at Iowa ..................................................1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 Iowa at Northwestern ..............................................7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 Ohio/South Dakota State at Northern Iowa ..............noon Iowa State at Arizona State ....................................9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 Iowa State at Northern Iowa ..................................7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3 Iowa at Purdue ..................................................6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9 Michigan at Iowa ....................................................2 p.m. Kent State at Northern Iowa ..................................1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4 Michigan State at Iowa............................................7 p.m. Northern Iowa at Buffalo ........................................1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 Iowa at Lehigh ........................................................6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5 Northern Iowa at Eastern Michigan ........................2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 Oklahoma State at Iowa..........................................7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16 Purdue at Northern Iowa ........................................2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 Iowa at Wisconsin ..................................................1 p.m. Minnesota at Iowa State ........................................2 p.m.

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Junior Kayla Mobley is the top scorer back at 9.9 The Greene County boys per contest. will have to replace most of their scoring from last sea—By Josh Meyer son. Junior Landon Braun is the top offensive option RAM WRESTLERS back. The Greene County Reed Ostrander (16.4) and Justin Ostrander (15.5) wrestling team sent three were the top scorers last sea- wrestlers to the state wrestling meet last season son. Braun averaged 10.1 and two return this year. Junior Jordan Challen and points a night. senior Jeremy Scheuermann —By Josh Meyer competed in the state meet last year. RAM GIRLS Challen, who compiled a The Greene County girls 37-9 record before state, finished at .500 last season, competed at 132 pounds. Scheuermann was 39-5 with an 11-11 mark and will before state and wrestled at strive to jump up a level. Graduate Jennifer 145 pounds. Kennedy scored at a 17.4 —By Josh Meyer clip.

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Junior Esden Carroll returns to lead the Corwith-CWL boys after averaging 11.4 points per game a year ago. The Panthers went 5-16 overall, but will need to replace three other top seniors who graduated. Carroll made 31 three-pointers. Grant Carroll, a sophomore, posted just under four points a night.

The Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne girls basketball squad will be replacing the four leading scorers from their squad of a year ago. Starr Haler, a junior, scored 2.5 points a night for a 1-19 team. In terms of returning players, she also had the most rebounds, assists and steals coming back for the CWL program.

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CORWITH-CWL GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Starr Haler, jr.; Ali Foth, soph.; Jessica Nielson, soph.; Marilou McPeak, soph. Last season: The Panthers were

1-19 overall. PANTHER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — Belmond-Klemme; 3 — at North Iowa; 7 — St. Ansgar; 10 — Clay Central-Everly; 13 — at Harris Lake Park; 14 — at Northeast Hamilton; 16 — at CAL-Latimer; 20 — at West Bend-Mallard. Jan. 3 — at North Union; 4 — Bishop Garrigan; 6 — at Southeast Webster-Grand; 17 — GraettingerTerril; 21 — at Clay Central-Everly; 23 — at Northwood-Kensett; 24 — Harris

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PAnThERS AT A glAncE CORWITH-CWL BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Esden Carroll, jr.; Grant Carroll, soph.; Jared Haler, sr.; Stefan Chambers, sr.; Sam Ludwig, sr. Last season: The Panthers were 5-16 overall.

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laurens-marathon CHARGER BOYS Fresh off a winning season, the Laurens-Marathon boys will look to keep climbing the ladder in the Twin Lakes Conference. Tyler Stumbo, a junior, returns as the top threat for the Chargers. Stumbo led the team in points (465), assists (79) and steals (49) a year

ago, while shooting 80.2 percent (134 of 167) from the free throw line. Stumbo contributed 109 rebounds. Senior Chase Oehlertz and juniors Devin Grossnickle, Keegan Jamison and Tre Seiler and sophomore Riley Maschino will also be counted on. heavily by L-M.

chARgERS AT A glAncE CHARGER BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 6 —Sioux Central; 9 — at West Bend-Mallard; 10 — at NewellFonda; 13 — Southeast WebsterGrand; 17 — Alta-Aurelia; 19 — at Graettinger; 20 — at South Central Calhoun. Jan. 7 — at Storm Lake St. Mary’s; 9 — Graettinger-Terril; 10 — East Sac County; 14 — Clay Central-Everly; 17 — at Manson Northwest Webster; 21 — at Sioux Central; 23 — at Clay Central-Everly; 24 — Pocahontas Area; 31 — at Prairie Valley. Feb. 3 — at Alta-Aurelia; 6 — Newell-Fonda; 7 — St. Mary’s; 14 — West Bend-Mallard. CHARGER WRESTLING SCHEDULE Dec. 5 — Pocahontas Area/Storm Lake; 7 — at Okoboji tournament; 10 —

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The North Union boys will look to pick up the pace after finishing 4-19 last season. Seniors Jacob Braddock and Aric Runge returning as the leading scorers. Braddock averaged 6.6 a night and Runge scored at a 6.1 clip. Braddock hit 12 three-pointers for the squad. Also back will be sophomore Colin Runsmeier (3.0).

A pair of seniors and two more underclassmen will be the catalysts for the Eagles this season. Senior Aurora Oliver returns as the leading scorer, averaging 7.4 last season and scorig 163 points. Classmate Madison Bollig averaged 6.2 last season with 130 points. Sophomore Sarah Rolling scored 5.8 a night and senior Dena Looft was at 4.2.

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WARRIoRS AT A glAncE EAGLE BOYS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Jacob Braddock, sr.; Aric Runge, sr.; Colin Runksmeier, so.; Kaleb Olson, sr.; Alex Krantz, jr.; Corey Vaske, jr.; Dyson Umscheid, jr.; Logan Hellman, jr.; Jacob Govern, jr. EAGLE GIRLS BASKETBALL Returning letterwinners: Aurora Oliver, sr.; Madison Bollig, sr.; Sarah Rolling, so.; Dena Looft, sr.; Madison Imiter, jr.; Peyton Oleson, jr. EAGLE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Dec. 2 — Bishop Garrigan (boys); 3 — Garner-Hayfield; 6 —

North Iowa (boys); 12 — NewellFonda; 13 — at Graettinger-Terril; 16 — at Estherville-Lincoln Central; 17 — Clay Central-Everly. Jan. 3 — Corwith-CWL (boys); 6 — West Hancock; 7 — at West Bend-Mallard; 11 — at Spirit Lake (boys); 13 — Emmetsburg; 16 — Manson Northwest Webster; 18 — at Garner-Hayfield; 20 — at Northwood-Kensett (girls); 21 — at Ruman (boys); 24 — GraettingerTerril; 28 — at Clay Central-Everly; 31 — Harris Lake Park. Feb. 1 — at Granada Huntley East; 4 — at Corwith-CWL (boys); 7 — West Bend-Mallard; 10 – Humboldt; 11 — at Lake Mills.

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