With North Fayette Valley cheerleaders and crowd urging him on, Nick Baumler sets up round one opponent Seth Niichel of Charles City for the winning throw. In the crowd (l-r) are NFV FB coach Clint Rodgers, former wrestling coach Jim Guyer, assistant FB and SB coach Justin Heins, NFV boys’ golf coach Derick Heins, and assistant wrestling coach Moss. On the far right are NFV wrestlers Ethan Lape and Austin DeMuth. Baumler gos into the State tournament with a 38-match win streak. (Kris Van Sickle photo)
Monica Schwartzhoff is sandwiched by a pair of West Central defenders during South Winn’s contest on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The junior tallied eight points in the Lady Warriors’ 63-18 victory. (Becky Walz photo)
South Winn’s Landers Kuboushek works his way into pinning his West Fork opponent at the Sectional Wrestling Tournament in Nashua on Saturday. The sophomore had been ranked in the top 10 but finished the day in third, just missing a berth to advance to District competition. (Becky Walz photo)
“Just like every year, the Sectional Tournament is unpredictable, and anything can happen. Our guys know that the start of the postseason puts everyone at 0-0. If you win, you keep moving on; if you lose, you make things more difficult for yourself,” said SW coach Jake Elsbernd.
The Warrior bench is full of excitement as the winning basket is made by Trevor Schweinefus (not pictured), while West Central fans stare in disbelief in the background in Tuesday’s (Feb. 4) game. Pictured on the South Winn bench are (l-r) Carson Lensing, Logan Schweinefus, Treyton Jacobsen, Andre Walz, assistant coach Joel Hageman, and head coach Chris Streeter. (Becky Walz photo)
With the season winding down, the Warrior basketball team had nothing short of a busy week with four games in five days, making for some tired legs by the end of the week as South Winn defeated Starmont in both outings and West Central, but falling to North Fayette Valley.
Surrounded by his parents, Renee and Bob, Dalton Lape signs his national Letter of Intent to play football at Upper Iowa University. Both Bob and Renee are UIU alums. Afterwards Bob, who is the head football coach for North Fayette Valley said, “It’s a great moment anytime you can get a kid into a DII level program, but when it’s your son and your alma mater its very special, and I’m very proud. Lape quickly added, “But it was his decision. He has to live there, he has to play with the guys, so it’s his decision where he wants to play.” (Jerry Wadian photo)
Leah Reierson drives by two South Winn Warriors on Thursday, Feb. 6, in West Union. The NFV senior led the team in rebounds with five and hit the only TigerHawk 3-pointer of the game; she also led the team in steals with four. (Jerry Wadian photo)
North Fayette Valley guard Trystan Riley drives by a South Winn defender in NFV’s Thursday, Feb. 6, victory over the Warriors. Riley had a 51 points in the four games last week, including 20 against SW. For the week, the junior went 9-12 from 3-point range. (Jerry Wadian photo)
North Fayette Valley came out of the Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Meet by advancing four grapplers to this week’s District Meet Saturday, Feb., 15 in New Hampton.
Nick Baumler (160), Tyler Johansen (220), and Dalton Lape (Hwt) all won two matches apiece to win their respective weight classes; all three are ranked in the top 10 in Class 2A. Zach Bruns, ranked fourth at 138, lost in the title match to the third-ranked wrestler, but he advances as the runner-up at 138.
Mother Nature intervened again. Instead of playing a trio of conference games last week, the South Winn boys’ basketball team was left to settle for one, but it was a big rival win over neighboring Turkey Valley, 79-51.
The Warriors put up a first quarter that tops all others this season with 28 points; Trevor Schweinefus scored 15 of those for South Winn.