Sports

Wed
11
Mar

UIC seniors and fans have fun

UIC seniors and fans have fun

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The 2015 UIC Senior All-Star Basketball Games provided a Fun evening for players and fans.

The rich, full night of exciting basketball featured two games and five contests.

The two games were played with college rules of 20-minute halves, and the teams were comprised of players regardless of school affiliation. Thus, teammates faced each other as rivals for the first time. So, Thomas Hanson could steal the ball from fellow TigerHawk Trystan Riley, or Joe Wolfe could block the shot of West Central teammate Matt Langel on the break.

The evening started with the girls’ game as 18 young ladies stepped onto the court for their last appearance as high school basketball players.

Wed
04
Mar

North Fayette Valley athletes honored

North Fayette Valley athletes honored

 

The four North Fayette Valley athletes competing with the conference champion Decorah Swim team were honored during a recent Awards banquet. All four earned varsity letters and each received an Iowa High School Athletic Association "Excellence in Academic Achievement" Award for being part of a team that had have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0-3.24. The four scholar-athletes are (l-r) Sam Poppen, Trevor Massman, Matt Appler, and Justin Kueker. (submitted photo)

 

Thu
26
Feb

SW girls' season comes to an end

 

South Winneshiek senior Payton Poshusta closed out her senior season with a loss in the second round of the Class 2A Region 4 girls’ basketball playoffs on Tuesday night, Feb. 17, in Arlington. Poshusta led the Warriors in scoring this season, averaging 12.6 points per game. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW girls' season comes to an end

 

 

By Zakary Kriener
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek girls’ basketball team continued its postseason play last Tuesday, Feb. 17, traveling to Arlington to take on the Starmont Stars.

Despite playing well for the majority of the contest, the Stars pulled away in the final quarter of play to claim the 37-33 victory.

Thu
26
Feb

Warriors wrap up impressive season

 

Warrior senior Cody Fisher works his first-round opponent back down to the mat in the 106 pound bracket Thursday at the State Wrestling Meet. Fisher picked up a 14-2 major decision in the first round of the consolation bracket later in the day. 

Warriors wrap up impressive season

 

 

By Zak Kriener
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

South Winneshiek completed a successful wrestling season at the State Wrestling Meet Saturday in Des Moines, finishing 13th as a team and placing two wrestlers on the podium.

At 170 pounds, senior Ryan Hageman closed out his career in a Warrior singlet with a victory to take home third place. Junior teammate Landers Kuboushek finished a strong season by placing fourth at 182 pounds. The Warriors also received team points from their remaining two State qualifiers, Cody Fisher (106) and Luis Uribe (138).

Thu
26
Feb

Devils bruise Vikings to advance

 

Ethan Steinbronn towers over a pair of Ed-Co defenders in the District 6 playoff game Thursday in Elkader. Steinbronn’s double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds helped the Blue Devils win, 57-23. (Sharon Pape photo)

 

Devils bruise Vikings to advance

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Central boys’ basketball team advanced in District 6 basketball action Thursday, Feb. 19, with a 57-23 bruising of Ed-Co in Elkader.

WC had an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 14-6. Then the Devils stepped on the gas, outscoring the Vikings, 29-5, over the next eight minutes.

Wed
25
Feb

Best-ever finish at State Wrestling

 

These wrestlers made all NFV coaches and fans proud after all four earned places on the awards stand while placing sixth overall with 58.5 points at the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines last weekend. No North Fayette or Valley team has done that well in any of those three categories. The four and their placement are (l-r) Tyler Johansen, third at 220; Ethan Lape, fourth at 285; Nick Baumler, second at 170; and Zach Bruns, sixth at 152. Only Johansen and Bruns are seniors.

 

Best-ever finish at State Wrestling

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The 2015 State Wrestling Tournament didn’t start out the way North Fayette Valley wanted as three of its four wrestlers lost in the first round. However, by the time the smoke cleared, TigerHawk wrestlers set some high marks for future teams to try to match.

As a team, the TigerHawks finished sixth and placed all four grapplers on the awards stand.

The sixth-place finish with 58.5 points is the best in 

North/North Fayette/North Fayette Valley history; the previous best was three wrestlers on the awards stand. Valley’s best finish at State came in 2011 when Joe Koehn and Lincoln Monroe finished second and third, respectively.

This year for NFV, Nick Baumler was the runner-up at 170, while Tyler Johansen was third at 220, Ethan Lape was fourth at heavyweight, and Zach Bruns was sixth at 152.

Wed
25
Feb

TigerHawks stay with #1 for a half

 

Austin Callahan goes up between a pair of New Hampton defenders to can this little jump shot. Playing in his final game in an NFV uniform, the TigerHawk center scored nine points, including a trey; most of the points came in the first half. Callahan also hauled down six rebounds and blocked a shot. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

TigerHawks stay with #1 for a half

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

North Fayette Valley knew it was going to be tough to beat New Hampton, the No. 1 basketball team in Class 2A, especially on the Chickasaws’ home court.

To their credit, the TigerHawks hung with the Chicks for the first half before New Hampton pulled away in the final 16 minutes to win, 77-41.

Both teams played ferocious defense with no one able to score for over a minute. The Chickasaws opened with an 8-4 lead only to see NFV come back and knot the score at 10-10.

Thu
19
Feb

South Winn boys out of playoffs

 

Warrior senior Christian Kleve boxes out the NFV defender as the senior grabs a defensive rebound in SW’s heartbreaking, 67-61, loss Monday, Feb. 16, in New Hampton. Kleve had four points and numerous boards in the District 6 playoff opener. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

South Winn boys out of playoffs

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The South Winn boys made a valiant effort, but came up just short in the Class 2A District 6 playoff game Monday, Feb. 16, in New Hampton.

The Warriors lost a heartbreaker to North Fayette Valley, 67-61, to end the season at 7-15.

The District opener was close all the way. Playing as the visiting team, SW’s desperation bomb from midcourt went wide and the Warriors trailed, 12-9, at the end of the first eight minutes.

Carson Lensing took over for SW in the second quarter, scoring nine of his game-high 17 points. However, the Warriors still trailed, 34-26 going into the halftime break.

Thu
19
Feb

Warrior girls keep season alive

 

South Winneshiek advanced to the second round of the Class 2A Region 4 girls’ basketball playoffs Saturday night with a 57-17 win over Denver. Sophomore Abby Hageman (43) and senior Brittany Shindelar close down on a Cyclone player shortly before forcing one of the Warriors’ incredible 22 steals in the game. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior girls keep season alive

 

 

Zakary Kriener
News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek girls’ basketball team came into Saturday night’s matchup with only one thing on its mind — winning. The girls were able to do just that, knocking off the Denver Cyclones, 57-19, winning their third consecutive game. They now advance to the second round of the Class 2A Region 4 playoffs against Starmony on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Warriors relied on a huge defensive effort, forcing a total of 22 turnovers and not allowing the Cyclones to score more than six points in a quarter.

South Winn scored a season-high 57 points to go along with its stellar defense.

Thu
19
Feb

Four Warriors punch tickets to State

 

The Warriors were impressive at Districts on Saturday, advancing four wrestlers to this week’s State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. Cody Fisher, Ryan Hageman, Landers Kuboushek, and Luis Uribe (l-r) will begin their pursuit of a championship title beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Wells Fargo Arena. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Four Warriors punch tickets to State

 

 

Zakary Kriener
News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

South Winneshiek wrestlers competed at the Class 1A District 3 Tournament in Jesup on Saturday. In a highly competitive tournament, four Warriors walked away with top-2 finishes, meaning they can pack their bags for the State Wrestling Tournament this week in Des Moines.

Senior Cody Fisher got his team fired up with a 15-2 major decision over Maquoketa Valley’s Greg Guetzko. Fisher lost by fall to North Linn’s No. 2-ranked Brock Henderson in the finals, but was still able to punch his ticket to Des Moines.

At 138 pounds, senior Luis Uribe trailed East Buchanan’s Braydon Nunemaker going into the final period. Uribe used a quick takedown and back points to take the lead and pull away for the opening-round victory. Uribe lost by an 18-0 technical fall in the first-place match to Alburnett’s Tanner Sloan. Despite the loss, Uribe became the second Warrior to earn a trip to State on the day.

Ryan Hageman fought off Alburnett’s Austin Hoyle to earn a 3-1 decision in the 170 pound opening-round match before making quick work of North Linn’s Dakota Lopata in the championship match, thanks to a fall at the 1:00 mark of the first period. The win made Hageman the District champion and sent him to the State Wrestling Tournament for the second consecutive year.

At 182 pounds, junior Landers Kuboushek kicked his day off with a third-period fall over Jesup’s No. 9-ranked Riley Murray. Kuboushek was unable to keep the momentum going, however, as he dropped a close 7-6 decision to Maquoketa Valley’s Steve Huber. Despite the loss, Kuboushek made it four state qualifiers for the Warriors.

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