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Wed
21
Mar

Indoor track opens in Waverly

Indoor track opens in Waverly

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The NFV boys’ and girls track teams opened the indoor season Tuesday, March 13, at the Wartburg High School Meet in Waverly.

No team scores are kept at this particular meet, but 36 schools from all four classes converged on the Waverly campus for this season-opener.

Jace Burrow (55 hurdles) and Marin Ehler (shot) each won gold medals; both athletes won the same event last season in Waverly.

Chandler Douglas and Caleb O’Hare finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 3200. Douglas also finished fourth in the 800, and O’Hare was sixth in the 1600.

Wed
14
Mar

UIU wrestlers fourth, crown 4 All-Americans

 

Upper Iowa University wrestlers brought home some very impressive trophies from the DII National Wrestling Tournament they hosted over the weekend in Cedar Rapids. The team won the fourth-place trophy (front, center). Individual awards went to (front, l-r) Maleek Williams (runner-up) at 125 and Josh Walker, the 133 pound champion; (back) NFV alum Nick Baumler (seventh at 197) head coach Heath Grimm (National Wrestling Coaches Association DII Tournament Coach of the Year) and Damien Penichet (fourth at 149). (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

UIU wrestlers fourth, crown 4 All-Americans

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Upper Iowa University wrestling program walked away from the DII National Wrestling Championships with enough trophies to fill another display case.

Of the six wrestlers who qualified for the National Tournament, which UIU hosted in Cedar Rapids Friday and Saturday, four earned All-American status by finishing in the top eight. 

As a team, the Peacocks finished fourth, marking the third time UIU has finished that high since joining DII.

Head coach Heath Grimm won a pair of honors. After the tourney, he was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association DII Tournament Coach of the Year.

Of the four new All-Americans, Josh Walker became the newest Peacock to win a national title. Maleek Williams was a runner-up, Damian Penichet finished third, and NFV alum Nick Baumler placed seventh.

Walker went 4-0 at 133.  The senior said afterwards, “I always wondered what it’d be like to be a national champion, but it’s still sinking in that I actually won.” 

Walker won two matches by fall and his quarterfinal on a 2-0 decision. 

In the championship match, Walker faced a wrestler he has beaten twice before in the season, 4-0 and 10-3.

“I knew he’d be studying a lot of film from those matches,” Walker commented.

The champion admitted, “I really didn’t study a lot of film. I decided not to worry about him. I only wanted to worry about myself and what I can do.”

While the champion had concentrated on his offense throughout the season, it was defense that won the title. He scored his only point on a second-period escape and held his opponent on the mat through the third period for a 1-0 victory. 

Wed
14
Mar

Monroe to NFV Wrestling HOF

 

LeVirgil Monroe and his wife, Marie, display with the plaque proclaiming LeVirgil as the newest member of the NFV Wrestling Hall of Fame. A wrestler for North High, Monroe went on to win 275 duals as the head coach at Valley High School. (submitted photo)

 

Monroe to NFV Wrestling HOF

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

In a special ceremony Sunday, March 4, LeVirgil Monroe became the latest member of the NFV Wrestling Hall of Fame.

According to NFV head wrestling coach Jacob Pedersen, “In addition to his stellar career, Monroe is a great ambassador for the sport. I have great respect for the way that Monroe carries himself and the way he can make kids love wrestling. That is what I am trying to model in my program. He has helped our wrestlers, and has helped me become a better coach, and has helped me find that middle ground with our student-athletes.”

“It’s quite an honor for a country boy who started wrestling for the high school so many years ago,” stated an emotional Hall of Famer.

Monroe wrestled for North High. However, the only way Monroe’s father would sign the paperwork to allow his son to wrestle in eighth grade was to get LeVirgil to agree to allow his brother, Leo, to play baseball in the summer.

“If you know anything about life on a farm, you know the difference in the level of chores from the winter season to the summer season, and who got the better end of that deal!” laughed Monroe.

Wed
28
Feb

UIU sends 6 to Nationals

 

UIU 197-pounder Nick Baumler works over an opponent during a recent home match. The NFV grad had a memorable weekend, being named to the NSIC Second Team All-Conference squad, then qualifying for the DII National Wrestling Tournament after finishing second at the Super Regional 3 in St. Cloud, Minn. (Kris Van Sickle photo) 

 

UIU sends 6 to Nationals

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

When Upper Iowa University hosts the 2018 DII National Wrestling Tournament on March 9-10 in Cedar Rapids, it will have six of its wrestlers competing for national titles.

The six Peacocks earned the trip to Cedar Rapids by finishing in the top four at the Super Regional 3 Tournament in St. Cloud, Minn., over the weekend.

Fourth-ranked Josh Walker led UIU with a title at 133. He became the first Upper Iowa grappler to earn the honor since Trevor Franklin in 2012; ironically, Franklin also wrestled at 133.

NFV grad Nick Baumler was the runner-up at 197. The West Union resident moved to 30-9 on the season by winning three of his four matches.

Wed
21
Feb

SW stumbles in postseason play

 

South Winn junior Levi Lukes gets ready to fire a three-pointer during recent Warrior basketball action. In a tight 61-55 loss to Postville Thursday night, Lukes dropped 25 points, including five three-pointers. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW stumbles in postseason play

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Warrior boys’ basketball team began the 2017-2018 postseason Thursday night, Feb. 15, on the road against Postville.

After defeating the Pirates in both regular season matchups, the Warriors had high hopes of advancing; however, Postville had a different agenda as it ended SW’s season with a 61-55 loss.

“This was a tough one to swallow,” recapped Warrior coach Blake Moen. “Our guys gave a great effort in the third quarter to get a lead going into the fourth; we just did too many things to hurt ourselves and weren’t able to finish the game.”

Wed
21
Feb

South Winn Warriors fall to MFL/MarMac Bulldogs

 

South Winn guard Lexi Bohr dribbles around her opponent during last week’s second-round playoff matchup against MFL/MarMac. Despite the senior’s strong performance, the Warriors saw their season come to an end with a 62-39 loss to the Bulldogs. (submitted photo)

 

South Winn Warriors fall to MFL/MarMac Bulldogs

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek girls’ basketball team saw its 2017-2018 season come to an end Tuesday night, Feb. 13, in Monona as it fell to MFL/MarMac, 62-39.

Coming into the game on a three-game winning streak, the Warriors and Bulldogs were even after a quarter of play.

Wed
21
Feb

Kuboushek, Lukes finish on podium

 

Senior 182-pounder Manning Kuboushek works to get position against his first-round opponent, No. 5-ranked Tucker Kroeze of Belmond-Klemme. Despite losing his opening-round match, Kuboushek rebounded to take sixth place at the 2018 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines. (submitted photo)

 

Kuboushek, Lukes finish on podium

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Warriors sent two individuals to the 2018 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines and came home with two medals.

“What a great week in Des Moines!” commented a proud coach Jake Elsbernd. “Manning (Kuboushek) and Jackson (Lukes) showed everyone in the state what we already knew. They were able to place at the State Tournament and leave their mark on wrestling in the state of Iowa and at South Winneshiek.”

Kuboushek, who fell one match short of placing on the podium at last year’s State Tournament, made sure to reach his goal this season. The road to the podium for junior 182-pounder, however, was far from easy.

Wed
21
Feb

WC girls fall in second-round action

 

West Central fell to Turkey Valley, 54-42, in the first round of the Class 1A Region 2 playoffs on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Jackson Junction. Blue Devils’ senior Kenzie Squires is guarded by two Trojan defenders in an earlier home matchup with TV.

 

WC girls fall in second-round action

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The third time wasn’t the charm for the West Central girls’ basketball team as it fell to Turkey Valley, 54-42, in the second round of the Class 1A Region 2 playoffs. 

The Tuesday, Feb. 13, playoff matchup held in Jackson Junction saw Turkey Valley double up the Blue Devils on points, 18-9, in the first quarter.

The girls in blue fought back in the second quarter to outscore the Trojans, 15-11. However, the Trojans still held the lead at halftime, 29-24. 

Wed
21
Feb

Blue Devils fall to Kee High

 

West Central senior Collin Kime tries a contested shot against Kee High earlier in the season. The Blue Devils lost to the Kee Hawks in the first round of the Class 1A District 5 playoffs. 

 

Blue Devils fall to Kee High

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The West Central boys’ basketball team finished the season winless, 0-22, after a 63-44 road loss to Kee High in the first round of the Class 1A District 5 playoffs on Monday, Feb. 12.

It’s hard to beat any team three times, and the Blue Devils proved to be a formidable opponent for the Kee Hawks but were unable to capture their first victory. 

Wed
21
Feb

Bowlers end season

Bowlers end season

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

North Fayette Valley bowlers closed out their season Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the State Qualifying Meet in Decorah.

No TigerHawks qualified to advance to the State Bowling Meet at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 19-20.

However, both the boys’ and girls’ teams improved dramatically from last year, and two boys almost made the cut for State this season.

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