Central Springs’ Santee signs with NIACC
MANLY — Central Springs senior Zach Santee had himself quite the state tournament this year. He saw everything from last-second wins to bitter defeats, but he still came out with a podium finish in sixth place at 220 pounds in Class 1A.
On Thursday, Santee made the next step in his career by signing to wrestle next school year at NIACC.
Santee finished his senior season with a 45-5 record.
West Hancock’s Hagen heading to NIACC
BRITT — He’s the all-time wins leader at West Hancock, was a state runner-up as a junior and finished fourth at the state tournament as a senior. Now, Hunter Hagen is off to NIACC.
The West Hancock standout signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday to wrestle at NIACC starting next fall.
Hagen finished his career with a 159-27 record and was a three-time state qualifier. His 159 wins broke the previous school record of 139.
Simpson's Amsbaugh collects conference co-MVP honor
Former West Fork standout and current senior at Simpson College Sam Amsbaugh was named the Iowa Conference's co-MVP on Tuesday as the all-conference teams came out.
Amsbaugh, a three-time all-conference selection, averaged 18.7 points per game, 7.4 rebounds and and 3.9 assists in 16 conference games.
Earlier this season, Amsbaugh became the 20th player in Simpson history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for their career.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Mason City’s Watson takes 2nd at Wartburg meet
WAVERLY — In Mason City’s season opener Tuesday in an indoor meet at Wartburg, the Mohawks’ Piper Watson led the way with a second-place finish in the high jump at 5-foot-2.
Grace Tobin added a ninth-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 34-2 1/2.
“The effort of every girl was outstanding,” Mason City coach Jim Lee said. “As always, we learned with the first meet we are not in top shape yet, but the girls prepared for their events very well and competed hard.”
Mason City is at UNI on Monday.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Mason City opens indoor season
WAVERLY — The Mason City boys opened their indoor season Tuesday at Wartburg with a solid showing.
Michael Rowe turned in the Mohawks’ top finish with seventh place in the 3,200 in 10:33 and Joey Quintero was eighth in the long jump with a personal best of 20-2.
"Overall, it was a great meet experience, especially for our younger athletes," Mason City coach Tyler Ketelsen said. "Getting that first meet in is as much about learning how to navigate the procedures for track and field as it is about competing."