With the start of this week nearly all of our KQWC area high school sporting teams will begin the postseason portion of their winter sports year.
Eagle Grove Eagles
The Eagle Grove Eagles Girls Basketball team began their postseason Saturday with a loss at Lake Mills in the opening round of the Class 2A Region 3 Tournament.
The Eagles would ultimately fall to the Bulldogs to end their season but not without giving it a solid fight. The Eagles took a 61-20 loss to Lake Mills on December 11th in what was never a tight game. In the two Top of Iowa- West teams’ second meeting Eagle Grove brought a better matchup and lost just 45-57.
Well with the season on the line Saturday the Eagles had the lead down to just a single point headed to the 4th quarter but the Bulldogs would close out the game to win 57-52.The game would be the final in an Eagles uniform for Seniors Natalie Vrba, Jordan Kastler, Olivia Flummerfelt, Alicia Anderson, McKenzie Crail, Brittney Osborn, and Mariana Gonzalez. Eagle Grove girls went 3 and 19 this season.
The Eagle Grove Boys were scheduled to open their district playoff schedule Monday on the road at South Hardin. The first round of the Class 2A District 3 Basketball playoffs would see each game postponed to Tuesday 2/12.
The Eagles enter the game with South Hardin with a 1-20 record overall and did not see the South Hardin Tigers at all. As of this post, the district basketball game against South Hardin has not been postponed but it’s highly possible that it will with Eagle Grove school district cancelling classes today due to the weather.
The Eagles headed to Lake Mills Saturday to take part in the Class 1A District 4 tournament.
The Eagles would come away with 3 state tournament as Sophomore Gabe Rolon took 2nd in the 120 pound bracket to punch his ticket to Wells-Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Junior Mark Dawson would also gain entry as the 2nd place finisher in the 145 pound bracket.
And finally, 220 pound Junior Joel Mendoza reached his 2nd consecutive State Tournament with a victory in his division.
The Class 1A wrestlers, including Eagle Grove, will hit the mat at Wells Fargo at 1:30PM for the first round and 1st round consolations Thursday.
Clarion Goldfield Dows
The Clarion Goldfield Dows Cowboys Basketball teams both continue their seasons with postseason matchups this week.
The Cowgirls got a 50-36 victory over Nevada in the 1st round of the Class 3A Region 6 playoff opener. With that victory the Cowgirls move to 11 and 11 this season and are set to visit Iowa Falls-Alden Wednesday night at 7PM for a matchup with the 8th ranked Lady Cadets. The Cadets went 18-2 this season and defeated the Cowgirls in both regular season North Central Conference matchups.
The Cowboys have been idle since last Monday when they took a 74-32 loss to Algona to close out their regular season. CGD boys went 3 and 17 this season and will now visit South Hardin High School for a matchup with the Roland-Story Norseman Tuesday at 6:30PM in a game that was postponed from Monday night. As of this post, that matchup is also still a go despite school in Clarion being cancelled today.
The Cowboys took 9 wrestlers to the Class 2A District 3 wrestling tournament in Clear Lake Saturday.
The Hawks would come away with 6 state tournament qualifiers with Senior top-ranked 285 pounder Spencer Trenary being the only District champion.
2nd place winners and fellow state tournament qualifiers included Jr. Tyler Stein (113), Fr. Garrett Seiba (120), So. Remington Hanson (132), Sr. Keaton Wilson (145), and Sr. Sam Wigans (182).
The Cowboys wrestlers will head to Des Moines to wrestle at 6PM in the Class 2A 1st round at 6PM Thursday and can be heard live on KQWC 95.7FM.
The South Hamilton Hawks Girls Basketball team had their season come to an end Saturday as they took a 37-46 loss in the opening round of regional play to the Ogden Bulldogs. The Lady Hawks finish their season at 7 and 14 in the final year of basketball for seniors Breanne Diersen, Sydney Friest, Rylee Woodall, and Krista Swenson.
The Hawks boys basketball team continue run hot gaining their 12th straight victory last Tuesday, a 75-42 blowout of Nevada that moved them to 18-1 this season and sealed them their 3rd outright Heart of Iowa Athletic Conference basketball championship. The Hawks also moved up another spot Monday in the Associated Press Class 2A High School Basketball poll. They now sit at #3 ahead of their regular season finale at home against Iowa Falls-Alden, a game that was rescheduled from February 2nd to Monday before being postponed again until Tuesday. That match is still a go as of now.
The Hawks will then open District 3 basketball play Tuesday in Jewell against the winner of the Clarion Goldfield Dows vs. Roland-Story game tonight. The District final will take place Tuesday, February 19th at 7PM at the Webster City Competition Gymnasium.
The Hawks Wrestling team sent just one wrestler onto the Class 1A District 4 tournament and that was Sophomore 195-pounder Trevor Thompson who took 4th in his bracket to conclude his season.
Webster City Lynx
The Lynx girls basketball team has been idle since last Tuesday when they closed out their regular season on a 2-game win streak with victories over Humboldt and St. Edmond (Monday). The Lynx now sit at 7 and 13 ahead of their Class 4A Region 1 opener with the Storm Lake Tornadoes. The Tornadoes enter the game with just 3 wins while the Lynx will look to win their playoff opener for the 2nd consecutive season.
Lynx Junior Guard Taylor McKinney sits at 949 career points as she looks to become the program’s first ever 1,000 point scorer. The Webster City Girls lost a game Thursday due to weather in what would have been the first matchup in over a decade between the South Hamilton Hawks and Webster City Lynx, the two teams representing Hamilton County.
The winner of Wednesday’s regional opener in Webster City will head to Sioux City Saturday for a matchup with top 10-ranked Bishop Heelan Catholic. The regional playoff game between the Lynx and Tornadoes can be heard live on KQWC 95.7FM and streaming online here at KQRadio.com beginning at 7PM.
The Lynx boys basketball team had a busy schedule last week closing out their North Central Conference schedule with 3 wins, over St. Edmond, Humboldt, and Algona respectively.
As such the Lynx now sit at 14-6 this season and tie last season’s win total while guaranteeing themselves an improvement in win percentage from a year ago as they have just one regular season game left.
The Lynx will host the Boone Toreadors Thursday at Webster City to put a cap on an impressive season. Boone enters the game with an 11-7 record out of the Raccoon River Conference.
Following their regular season finale, the Lynx will host the 9-12 Decorah Vikings in the 1st round of the Class 3A Substate 2 bracket Monday, February 18th.
The Webster City Lynx took a contingent of 7 wrestlers to the Class 2A District 1 Tournament at ADM High School in Adel, IA Saturday.
The Lynx would come out of the first 2 rounds with 3 champions and 3 more wrestlers vying for true 2nd place matches.
Freshman Camron Phetxoumphone prevailed easily in the 106 pound bracket as did Sr. Drake Doolittle in the 120 tourney. Caleb Olson also took the 195 pound championship for his 3rd consecutive state tournament bid and 1st district title. For Doolittle, the win meant his 4th district title and 4th state tournament appearance.
Sr. Sean Godfredsen would get a 2nd place wrestleback in a loaded 160 pound division but ultimately fall to Van Meter-Earlham Jr. Caleb Swalla to end his senior season with a 22-22 record.
Sophomore Chase Rattenborg would get a wrestleback for 2nd after being Tech Falled by top-ranked ADM Sr. Andrew Flora. Rattenborg took a 6-2 lead into the 2nd period against Gilbert’s Cael Ihle, who pinned Rattenborg 1 week earlier. Ultimately a reversal would lead to an Ihle pin to end Rattenborg’s strong sophomore season.
And in the most emotional bracket of the day for Lynx fans, 2nd year wrestler and senior Michael Gilbert defeated 2 wrestlers who had beaten him earlier in the year to wrestle his way back to a 2nd place finish in the 182 pound bracket to snag his first ever trip to Des Moines for the individual tournament.
The Lynx will open at 6PM from Wells Fargo Arena Thursday and each match will be aired live on KQWC 95.7FM.