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Wed
01
Nov

Warrior VB season ends in semifinals

 

South Winn senior Jaden Schweinefus watches her kill attempt go over the net during recent Warrior volleyball action. In Thursday night’s season-ending loss against Wapsie Valley, Schweinefus had a team-high 12 kills and five digs. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warrior VB season ends in semifinals

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Warrior VB season ends in semifinals

By Zakary Kriener

The Warrior volleyball team saw its 2017 season come to an end Thursday night as it was ousted from the Class 2A Region 6 Tournament by Wapsie Valley, 3-0.

“We put up quite a fight against a very talented Wapsie Valley team,” said head coach Glenna Munuswamy following the loss. “We prepared for this match by trying to identify their weaknesses so we could exploit them. Unfortunately, those girls from Wapsie that had shown weakness in past matches played strong on Thursday.”

The Wapsie Valley Warriors defeated the hometown Warriors by scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-19.

Wed
01
Nov

South Winneshiek turns in season-bests at State

 

South Winn senior Felicity Taylor led the Warrior girls’ cross country team at Saturday’s State Meet in Fort Dodge. In the final race of her career, Taylor finished fifth with a time of 19:25.2, which helped the Warriors place fifth in Class 1A. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winneshiek turns in season-bests at State

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Both the South Winneshiek boys’ and girls’ cross country teams turned in the best performances of the season Saturday at the biggest meet of the year, the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. The efforts were good enough to earn fifth-place finishes for both squads.

“We went into the State Meet knowing we were probably around the fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-best team on both sides,” said coach Kevin Kearney in reference to how he expected the boys’ and girls’ squads to stack up. “Our primary goal was simply to run as well as we were capable and let the chips fall and see if it was good enough to challenge for a top-three spot. We ended up with our best overall team performances on both the boys’ and girls’ side, and we are very proud of the effort of our runners.”

Wed
01
Nov

Warriors fall to Regina in double overtime thriller

 

South Winn senior defensive linemen Manning Kuboushek (76) and Gabe Kipp (68) team up to stop the Regina ball carrier during Friday night’s playoff game against the Regals of Iowa City Regina. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warriors fall to Regina in double overtime thriller

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek football team didn’t care that it was going to battle with the No. 3-ranked team in Class 1A. It wasn’t impressed with the fact that Iowa City Regina had played in the State Championship game in each of the last seven seasons. The Warriors also didn’t care that the Regals had not been beaten on their home field since 2010.

Instead, South Winn was focused on the things it needed to do to advance to the next round of the 2017 Class 1A State Football Playoffs.

Up for the challenge, South Winn and Iowa City Regina exchanged blows throughout much of the first quarter, but neither team took command.

With 2 minutes left in the opening quarter, the high-powered Regal offense struck first with a 28-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead.

Midway through the second quarter, Iowa City Regina again found the end zone as it scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass to grab a 14-0 lead over the Warriors.

Later in the quarter, threatening to go up by another touchdown, the Warrior defense stepped up to the plate and said “not so fast.”

Wed
01
Nov

Gamm 40th at State

 

North Fayette Valley freshman Brynn Gamm finished 40th at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Posting a time of 20:52.9, Gamm had the sixth-quickest time among freshman runners in Class 2A. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Gamm 40th at State

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer

 

 

Freshman TigerHawk cross country runner Brynn Gamm finished 40th at Saturday’s Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge.

Gamm finished the course in 20:52.9, a mark good enough to be the sixth-quickest amongst freshman runners in Class 2A.

Mid-Prairie took first in the Class 2A girls’ race, led by sisters and top-two individual finishers Marie (17:51.2) and Anna (18:06) Hostetler.

 
Wed
25
Oct

State-Bound!

State-Bound!

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Both the South Winneshiek girls’ and boys’ cross country teams punched their tickets to the State Meet on Thursday at the State Qualifying Meet in Eagle Grove.

Girls

The Class 1A No. 3-ranked Warrior girls took care of business on the grueling Eagle Grove Golf Course, taking first place with an impressive 70 points.

South Winn was led by senior and No. 5-ranked runner Felicity Taylor, who crossed the line first overall with a time of 19:45.54. Her mark was nearly 45 seconds quicker than the runner-up finisher!

Wed
25
Oct

SW VB takes care of business at home

 

The Warriors were fired up for Monday night’s Class 2A Regional Volleyball Tournament match in Calmar against Nashua-Plainfield. South Winn took care of business, beating the Huskies in three consecutive sets to advance to the Region 6 semifinal round. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW VB takes care of business at home

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The South Winneshiek volleyball team put on one last show for the Warrior faithful as it hosted its final home action of the 2017 season. However, while the home gym action may be wrapped, the Warrior season is far from it, thanks to a 3-0 shutout over Nashua-Plainfield in Monday night’s Class 2A Region 6 Tournament tilt.

While the final score may not reflect it, the play on the court was competitive all night as South Winn claimed wins, 26-24, 26-24, and 25-18.

Wed
25
Oct

Warriors notch 'statement win' over B-K

 

South Winn running back Rodney Schwartzhoff was able to run around, over, and – when needed – through the Belmond-Klemme defense Friday night as he eclipsed 228 rushing yards on the night. The effort was good enough to move him into the top spot in South Winn’s all-time leading rushing category as the senior is up to 3,629 yards over his career. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warriors notch 'statement win' over B-K

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Warriors traveled to Belmond-Klemme Friday night, knowing they would need to be on top of their game with the District 2 runner-up spot and an automatic playoff berth on the line.

South Winn had a rough start to the 2017 football season, going 0-3 in its first three games. Since then, however, the Warriors had put together a string of five straight wins to remain alive in the playoff picture.

With the No. 9-ranked Belmond-Klemme Broncos the only remaining hurdle between the Warriors and a seventh straight postseason appearance, the goal was simple for the squad: win.

Wed
25
Oct

Bearcats top West Central in Regional firsst round

 

West Central senior Kenzie Squires scores a kill during the first set of a 3-1 loss to the North Butler Bearcats on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the first round of the Class 1A Region 5 Tournament in Greene. The Blue Devils finished the year with a 10-21 record. Chris DeBack photo

 

Bearcats top West Central in Regional first round

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Central volleyball team’s season came to an end at the hands of North Butler, 3-1, in the Class 1A Region 5 Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Greene. 

The Blue Devils came into the matchup 10-20. It is the first time the team’s record has reached double-digit wins since it finished the 2011-2012 season 13-13. The Bearcats, who play in the Top of Iowa Conference, entered the matchup with a 15-16 record.

While on paper, the Bearcats had a decided advantage, especially in height, the Blue Devils came in relaxed, composed, and ready for action. 

Wed
25
Oct

West Central Blue Devils close out football season

 

West Central lost its final football game of the season Friday, 59-7, to visiting Kee High. Head coach Steve Milder has been pleased with how well his young players are learning to get into position to make a tackle this season. Here, leading tackler Decker Wirtz (78) puts the squeeze on the ball carrier in recent action as Joe Lamphere (62), Adam Michels (20) and Taylor Hepperle (30) are in perfect position to seal the deal. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

West Central Blue Devils close out football season

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

West Central football closed out the 2017 season with a 59-7 loss to Kee High Friday night in Maynard.

The Kee Hawks opened with a bang, scoring twice in the opening quarter and adding four TDs in the second quarter to lead, 44-0, at the half.

AS in the rest of the season, the Blue Devils did not quit; they were just outmanned.

Lacking much of a ground game (27 yards in nine rushes), the Devils went to the air early and often.

Wed
25
Oct

Gamm to run at State XC

 

Brynn Gamm keeps ahead of a Garner-Hayfield- Victor runner Thursday at the State Qualifying Meet in Dike. Only the top 15 runners in the field of over 100 earned the right to compete at the State Meet in Fort Dodge. Gamm finished in 21:10, placing her 12th overall. The freshman was the only NFV runner to qualify for the State Meet; she will run at 1 p.m. Saturday in the field of Class 2A runners. (Amy Cummings photo)

 

Gamm to run at State XC

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The NFV cross country teams ran well Thursday at the Class 2A State Qualifying Meet (SQM) at Dike.

There were 15 schools and over 90 runners per race at the meet. Only the top three teams and fastest 15 runners from each race would qualify to compete at the State Cross Country Meet Saturday in Fort Dodge.

The TigerHawk girls and boys each finished sixth. Only Brynn Gamm made the cut to run at State with her 12th-place finish. Weller Clark was close for the boys, finishing 19th

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