Monday night was a big one for many area teams, including the Clear Lake boys basketball team. The Lions knew they would be in for a challenge, as Class 3A No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock was visiting for a non-conference battle.
Clear Lake showed no quit and challenged the Go-Hawks from start to finish. In the end, the Lions sent Waverly-Shell Rock packing with a 46-42 loss – the first of the season for the Go-Hawks.
Senior Andrew Formanek led the Lions with 15 points, senior Eric Ritter had 13 points and junior Carson Toebe finished with 12 points.
The win improves the Lions to 6-1 on the season, and will likely get AP voters' attention.
West Fork 77, Osage 44: Monday's matchup between Osage and Class 1A No. 7 West Fork had big implications for the Top of Iowa East. The two teams were projected to finish near the top of the conference when the season started.
For two quarters, the squads battled as such. Then, the Warhawks dominated the second half, earning a 77-44 victory over the Green Devils.
West Fork held a slim 14-12 lead over Osage after a quarter of play, and led by 8 points at the half. The Green Devils struggled to keep up with the Warhawks in the third quarter.
Then West Fork blew it wide open in the fourth quarter, outscoring Osage 27-8 in the final eight minutes of play. The win keeps West Fork undefeated on the season.
West Fork boasted a balanced offensive attack with three players scoring 15 points or more. Senior Jakob Washington had 17 points, senior Cail Weaver had 16 points and senior Kayden Ames had 15 points.
Junior Nathan Havel led the Green Devils with 18 points. Osage dropped to 4-2 on the season with the loss.
Northwood-Kensett 38, Riceville 35: Northwood-Kensett earned its second victory of the season when the Vikings traveled to Riceville on Monday night and beat the Wildcats, 38-35.
The Vikings trailed throughout much of the game. Down by 2 points to start the fourth quarter, Northwood-Kensett outscored Riceville, 14-9, in the final eight minutes to steal a 3-point victory.
Junior Jason Hanson recorded a double-double for the Vikings with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Caden Roberts also had 14 points. There were no additional stats available for Riceville.
Riceville 45, Northwood-Kensett 29: The Riceville girls basketball team continued its stellar start to the season with a 45-29 victory over visiting Northwood-Kensett on Monday night.
After one quarter, Riceville held a five-point lead. But the Wildcats dominated the second quarter by outscoring the Vikings, 17-2, to blow the game wide open.
There were no additional stats available for either team. Riceville is now 7-2 on the year, while Northwood-Kensett dropped to 1-5.
Mason City hosts own triangular
The Mason City wrestling team hosted its first home meet of the season and had a solid day. The Mohawks went 1-1, beating Des Moines Lincoln, 51-30, and losing a close one to Ames, 36-35.
Class 3A No. 5 Jace Rhodes continued his hot start to the season with a pin in both of his matches in the 132-pound weight class.
Outside of Rhodes, Kale DiMarco (106), Gabe Rolan (126), Cooper Wiemann (138), Seth Ihlenfeltd (152) and Ethan Olsen (160) won both of their matches on the night, according to Mohawk Wrestling on Twitter.
Gunnar Davis covers education and sports. Reach him via email at Gunnar.Davis@GlobeGazette.com or by phone 641-421-0598.