South Winn’s Andre Walz (l) and Adam Lensing double-team a Decorah player in the first half of Friday’s nonconference contest. Despite the two big guys combining for 13 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots, the Warriors fell short, 66-56. (Becky Walz photo)
The Warriors were hoping to return to the hardwood with tenacity after the holiday break on Friday as they traveled to Decorah, but passing troubles and the inability to stop the Vikings from knocking down treys sidetracked SW.
It was a tight first quarter between the two teams that fell in Decorah’s favor, 15-14, thanks to a trio of three-point shots that kept the Vikings in control of the nonconference tussle.
The West Central boys’ basketball team swept a pair of home games over the weekend. Friday, the Blue Devils trounced Ed-Co, 68-32, and on Saturday, Kee fell, 67-58.
Center Ethan Steinbronn started 2014 with a pair of monster games, recording a triple-double both nights.
Saturday, the Devils had to rally from an early hole to pick up their third UIC win. Kee broke to a 24-13 lead by the end of the first quarter, but WC went on an 18-9 run in the second period to trail, 33-31, at halftime.
UIU freshman center Josh Weeber eyes the basket in recent action. Over the weekend the Dubuque Senior alum led the Peacocks with 19 points in a 97-66 win Friday, Jan. 3, at Minnesota-Crookston. Saturday, Weeber put in 13 points in a 102-89 loss at Bemidji State. (Upper Iowa photo)
Upper Iowa heavyweight wrestler Logan Hopp, shown in recent action, won all four of his matches by pin Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Chuck Porter Duals. His first fall came in 0:54; the final three took 2:48. 2:09, and 2:10, respectively. (Upper Iowa photo)
UIU wrestlers win Chuck Porter Duals
By Jerry Wadian Sports Editor
Upper Iowa wrestlers won the championship of the Chuck Porter Duals in Galesburg, Ill., on Saturday, Jan. 4. UIU won all four matches on the day, two by shutout.
The Peacocks currently ranked 10th in DII, were a perfect 20-20 before losing the first match of the semifinals against Augustana (Ill.), which is ranked 30th in DIII. UIU went on to win eight of the next nine matches for an easy 33-6 win.
The North Fayette Valley girls played the Sumner-Fredericksburg girls’ basketball team as hard as they could on Friday, Jan. 3, but came up short, 54-38.
Saturday, the TigerHawks did not play as well in losing at Turkey Valley, 54-29. Both games were on the road.
After Friday’s contest, NFV head coach Sean Leonard said, “This was the best game we’ve played all year. If we play that well, that smart, and that hard every game, we’ll be okay the rest of the season.”
North Fayette Valley’s Hunter Hoopes stops between a pair of Sumner-Fredericksburg players Friday, Jan. 3, to put up this little jumper for two of his six points in the TigerHawks’ 55-48 victory. The versatile senior also dished out four assists, stole two passes, and hauled down a pair of rebounds. Saturday at Turkey Valley, Hoopes scored eight more points and grabbed six rebounds in NFV’s 54-44 win. (Jerry Wadian photo)
The North Fayette Valley boys’ basketball team started the 2014 part of the schedule with a pair of victories. Friday, Jan. 4, the TigerHawks beat Sumner-Fredericksburg, 55-48, in West Union. Saturday, they beat Turkey Valley in Jackson Junction, 54-44.
Upper Iowa’s Carl Broghammer gets a pin in recent action. Sunday, Dec. 22, the Manchester native was 3-1 at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev. Broghammer, currently ranked second in DII at 197, placed sixth, the best of the 15 Peacock grapples who attended what has been called the “toughest tournament in the country.” (Upper Iowa photo)
The whole-grade sharing agreement that produced the North Fayette Valley TigerHawks was celebrated with the mascot logo painted on the football field in Columbia blue, black and silver for all to see. (Jerry Wadian photo)
South Winn’s Ben Meyer works to get the advantage over a wrestler at the recent SW Invite. The sophomore was the only SW man at Jesup on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to wrestle and win all four duals. (Becky Walz photo)
With the small squad improving daily, the South Winn wrestling team traveled to Jesup on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and finished 2-2 in dual competition.
Facing an even smaller Belle Plaine squad, Luke Massman (120) and Ben Meyer (160) were the only two Warriors to take the mat, both winning by falls. SW shut out Belle Plaine, 60-0, to take the team victory.