Tuesday night we had 3 of our area high school basketball teams in action.
The Eagle Grove Eagles took part in the Top of Iowa Conference Crossover Games. For this endeavor, teams from the Top of Iowa West Division battle their counterparts of the same standing in the TOI-East.
The Eagles boys drew the lot of winless Northwood-Kensett at N-K Junior High School. Eagle Grove trailed by just a single point headed to the 4th quarter but the Vikings closed out the final frame with a 10-6 run to take the game 50-45 for their first victory of the season.
Eagle Grove boys basketball closes out their regular season with a 1-20 overall record and will visit South Hardin Monday in the 1st round of the Class 2A District 3 Playoffs Monday, February 11th.
The Clarion Goldfield Dows Cowboys basketball team was idle Tuesday after taking a loss to Algona Monday night. The Cowboys did find out their seeding as they join the Eagle Grove Eagles and South Hamilton Hawks in District 3. The Cowboys will open at the Roland-Story Norsemen Monday with the winner of that game visiting the South Hamilton Hawks in the 2nd round.
The Cowboys finished their regular season with a 3-17 overall record including just a single victory in North Central Conference play.
The Clarion Goldfield Dows wrestlers also hit the mat Tuesday night looking to secure their 2nd consecutive berth into the Class 2A State Duals after finishing 2nd to New Hampton-Turkey Valley in the 2018.
The Cowboys would open with a dominating 56-15 victory over the Spencer Tigers that saw Colby Lienemann (195), Spencer Trenary (285), Remington Hanson (132), Reed Abbas (138), Sam Wigans (170), and Camden Hanson (182) all gain pins as CGD put that match to rest early on.
In the 2nd match, it was IWCOA’s 8th ranked Cowboys battling the 9th ranked Osage Green Devils.
Starting the matches at 220, the Cowboys would jump out to an early 12-0 lead on pins from Kain Nelson (220) and top-ranked Spencer Trenary (285). A Spencer Adams (Osage) pin of Kaeden Langfitt at 106 would tighten it but the Cowboys rebounded with a 7-3 decision at 113 from Tyler Stein to extend the lead to 15-6. The Cowboys suffered tough losses at 120, where Garrett Seaba took an 11-3 Major Decision to 10th ranked Joe Sullivan, while district qualifier Bryce Allen was pinned at 126 by 10th ranked Averee Abben as Osage took their first lead at 18-15. 9th ranked Remington Hanson would put the Cowboys back up 21-18 with a 1st period pin at 132 but a swing match went wrong for CGD at 138 to start a downward trend. 8th ranked Reed Abbas, a 2018 state qualifier and 2019 district participant coming up Saturday, took a 9-5 loss to Osage’s unranked Brody Roll to tie the score at 21. Keaton Wilson’s pin at 145 gave the Cowboys the lead back but wouldn’t stand long as Cael Ahrens took a 24-9 Tech Fall at 152 and Trenton Jergenson was pinned by the Green Devils’ 4th ranked Zach Williams to give Osage a 32-27 lead they would never relinquish. Carter Dietz and Sam Wigans took close decision losses at 170 and 182 to seal the Cowboys’ fate before a forfeit at 195.
The Cowboys would go down 45-27 to end their dual season. Clarion Goldfield Dows will still have 9 wrestlers headed to the Class 2A District 3 tournament in Clear Lake Saturday at noon.
The South Hamilton Hawks closed out the Heart of Iowa Athletic Conference portion of their regular season schedule Tuesday in what was also their final girl/boy doubleheader of the season.
In the first game, the Hawks girls were searching for their 8th win of the season against a Nevada team that they lost to by just a single point in the first meeting back in December. South Hamilton would lead 7-4 after the first period but a 14-2 Cubs second quarter would give them a lead that they would never relinquish in a 39-34 Nevada victory. The Hawks girls will now close out their regular season Thursday with a trip to Webster City for matchup between two teams from the same county that haven’t met on the basketball court in over a decade.
In the nightcap, the South Hamilton Hawks boys basketball team just showed up and did what they do. Smothering defense and efficient offense gave the Hawks a 25-4 lead after one quarter was in the books and despite using a myriad of 13 total players in the game, the Nevada Cubs would never get much closer. Sophomore Cade Balvanz led the way with 20 points while Senior Logan Peters added 13 of his own as the Hawks had 9 players reach the scoresheet.
It should be noted that Junior Guard Aaron Hegland was not suited up as his status remains up in the air for the remainder of the season after suffering a serious medical emergency in the Hawks’ Saturday victory over Gilbert. Hegland sent out a message Saturday night saying that he was doing well and would be fine.
The victory over Nevada gave the Hawks their 3rd consecutive Heart of Iowa Athletic Conference Crown, albeit this one was a tight race. The Hawks finished conference play with a 13-1 record while Gilbert, the only team to beat Nathan Hill’s squad this season, finished 2nd at 12-2.
South Hamilton Boys Basketball will now close out the season with games Thursday at Kuemper Catholic in Carroll and Saturday at home against an upstart Iowa Falls-Alden team. The Hawks will then have a first round by in the District 3 tournament before hosting the winner of Clarion Goldfield Dows and Roland-Story.
Below is a Link the District 3 bracket with the South Hamilton Hawks, Eagle Grove Eagles, and Clarion Goldfield Dows Cowboys