Mason City volleyball falls to New Hampton
NEW HAMPTON 3, MASON CITY 0: The Mason City volleyball team lost to New Hampton on Thursday night, with set scores of 25-15, 27-25, and 25-20. With the loss, the Mohawks are 1-1 on the season. Their next match will be Saturday, in a tournament a Charles City High School.
"We competed all night with a quality opponent and had many outstanding moments throughout the match," head coach Curt Klaahsen said. "We need to develop more consistency defensively with our blocking and coverage but continue to improve as the season continues."
Hampton-Dumont volleyball sweeps West Fork
Hampton-Dumont 3, West Fork 0: The Hampton-Dumont volleyball team came out on top in its season opener on Thursday, sweeping West Fork 3-0.
The Bulldogs came out in strong in the first set, as they beat the Warriors, 25-14. In set number two, Hampton-Dumont won 25-11, and then 25-10 in set three.
Senior Kirsten Suntken led the way for the Bulldogs with nine kills, while Courtney Miller and Tara Krull were close behind, with eight and seven, respectively.
Krull also had 17 assists in the match, to go along with seven digs.
Hampton-Dumont is 1-0 on the season, and will play again next Thursday against St. Edmond. West Fork will play Tuesday against Rockford.
Osage volleyball dominates Newman Catholic
Osage 3, Newman Catholic 0: The Osage volleyball team came out on top Thursday, dominating the Knights in three sets by scores of 25-7, 25-14, and 25-9.
Juniors Danielle Johnson and Paige Kisely did the lions share of the scoring, as they each contributed 13 kills, while sophomores Meredith Street and Kaebre Sullivan each had eight.
Junir Ellie Bobinet had an impressive 40 assists, out of 43 total for the team. Bobinet also had a team-high four assists.
The Green Devils are 1-0 on the season, and will face Central Springs on Tuesday. Newman Catholic's next game will be on Tuesday at North Butler.
Saint Ansgar volleyball tops Central Springs
Saint Ansgar 3, Central Springs 0: Saint Ansgar volleyball beat Central Springs three sets to zero on Thursday night. Despite the lop-sided result, the match was a close one.
In the first set, the Saints won by only two points over the Panthers, 25-23. In the second set, they won by seven points, 25-18. In the third and final set, the Saints won by four points, 25-21.
Juniors Braxton Pinske and Alivea Harms tied for the team lead with five kills apiece. Coleman had 16 digs in the loss.
Rockford volleyball beats Nashua-Plainfield in five sets
The Rockford volleyball team came out victorious in a five-set match against Nashua-Plainfield on Thursday, battling back from a two-set deficit to take the 3-2 win.
Early in the match, things looked to be going the Huskies' way. They won the first set over the Warriors, 25-12, and then beat them in set two, by a 25-22 score. But in the third set, Rockford held off defeat, winning 26-24 in both the third and fourth sets. In the final set, Rockford won 15-12, for their second victory of the season.
Rockford is now 2-0, and will play against at West Fork on Tuesday.
North Butler beats Northwood-Kensett in four sets
North Butler 3, Northwood-Kensett 1: North Butler volleyball came out on top over Northwood-Kensett, 3-1 on Thursday. The Bearcats on the first set, 25-28, before dropping set two by a 25-17 score. In the third set, the two teams battled to the wire, with North Butler winning 25-23. In the fourth and final set, the Bearcats beat the Vikings, 25-14.
With the win, North Butler is 1-0 on the season, and will play at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Saturday.
Brylee Hoeppner had a team-high six kills for Northwood-Kensett, also leading the team with eight digs. The Vikings next game will be on Tuesday, at Nashua-Plainfield.
Forest City crushes Eagle Grove in three sets
Forest City 3, Eagle Grove 0: The Forest City volleyball team dominated Eagle Grove in three sets on Thursday, by set scores of 25-8, 25-12, and 25-10.
Senior Kallista Larson had a team-high seven kills of the Indians, while sophomore Shae Dillavour was close behind, with six.
Senior Emma Hovenga had an impressive 22 assists, out of 24 total for the Indians.
The Indians are now 1-0 on the season, and will play on Tuesday at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
Bishop Garrigan beats Belmond-Klemme in three sets
Bishop Garrigan 3, Belmond-Klemme 0: Bishop Garrigan's volleyball team beat Belmond-Klemme in three sets on Thursday, by scores of 25-15, 25-17, and 25-16.
Senior Katie Noonan led the team with seven kills, while Mackenzie Meister had 16 out of the Golden Bears 21 assists.
Senior Hailey Beminio had a team-high seven kills for the Broncos. Sophomore Jennah Meyer had 14 kills.
Belmond-Klemme fell to 0-1, and will play on Saturday at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows. The Golden Bears are 1-0, and will play on Saturday at St. Edmond.
Lake Mills sweeps West Hancock volleyball
Lake Mills 3, West Hancock 0: The Lake Mills volleyball team swept aside West Hancock 3-0 on Thursday, as the Bulldogs beat the Eagles by scores of 25-11, 25-19, and 25-13.
Senior Megan Groe led the team with nine kills, while Kylie Greenfield was behind, with eight. Senior Jessa Gasteiger had 23 assists, while also contributing nine aces.
Lake Mills next match is Tuesday, against Belmond-Klemme. West Hancock will play on Tuesday, against Eagle Grove.
North Iowa volleyball beats Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in four sets
North Iowa 3, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 1: The North Iowa volleyball team beat the Cardinals 3-1 on Thursday.
The Bison dropped the first set 25-20, and then swept the final three sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-22. Leah Kramersmeier had 11 kills to lead the Bison. Ella Hughes had 10 kills.
Senior Hannah Main had 26 assists to lead the team. Sydney Sabin led the teams with 18 digs.
North Iowa will play against on Tuesday, against North Union. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura will play on that same day against Forest City.
West Hancock rushing game leads to beat-down of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
West Hancock 48, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 26
Three West Hancock backs eclipsed 100 yards rushing as the top-rated (Class A) Eagles rolled to a 48-26 win over Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in its season opener on Friday.
Tate Hagen totaled 196 yards on the ground with three scores while Josef Smith had 123 yards and Cole Kelly added 114.
Both Smith and Kelly rushed for touchdowns.
Hagen also led the West Hancock defense with eight tackles.
The Eagles finished the game with 440 yards on the ground and 497 total yards.
West Hancock (1-0) travels to Emmetsburg on Friday while the Cardinals (0-1) head to Humboldt.
Belmond-Klemme rides offense to win over Eagle Grove
Belmond-Klemme 40, Eagle Grove 20
Belmond-Klemme racked up nearly 500 yards of total offense and downed Eagle Grove 40-20 in its season opener on Friday.
Jaace Wiedemann rambled for 185 yards and two scores on the ground.
The Broncos passing game was also effective as Wiedemann and Jordan Meyer combined to go 9-for-11 for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
Belmond-Klemme (1-0) opens its home schedule on Friday when it entertains Nashua-Plainfield.
Saint Ansgar football crushes West Fork
St. Ansgar 66, West Fork 14
St. Ansgar rushed for nearly 400 yards as the Saints rolled to a 66-14 win over West Fork on Friday.
Jack Sievert had 11 carries for 137 yards and five touchdowns and added a sixth score on a 35-yard pass from Cade Duckert.
Ryan Cole added 102 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
St. Ansgar (1-0) travels to Osage on Friday.
West Fork (0-1) heads to Lake Mills on Friday.
Rockford football wallops West Central
Rockford 78, West Central 20
Will Bushbaum threw for 161 yards and five scores and rushed for 103 yards and three more touchdowns as defending Eight-man runner-up Rockford rolled to a 78-20 win over West Central in its season opener.
Kolton Lyman hauled in five passes for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Justice Jones caught three passes and scored on each of his receptions.
The Warrior defense forced six turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Trey Norby.
Rockford (1-0) travels to Kee on Friday.
Fort Dodge crushes Mason City football
Fort Dodge 65, Mason City 0
Things got off to a rough start in 2019 for the Mason City football team, as the Mohawks lost the season opener at Fort Dodge by a score of 65-0.
The score was the most lopsided in the 107-year history of the series between the two schools.
The Dodgers took a 36-0 lead in the first quarter, and kept their foot on the gas pedal. At halftime, they had a 43-0 lead, and scored twice more in the third quarter to go ahead 57-0. After a 23-yard jet sweep touchdown pass from Bradley Vodraska, the Dodgers led 65-0.
Fort Dodge had a chance to score again at the end of the game, but took a knee at the one-yard line. The win was the 16th straight Dodgers victory against Mason City.
Algona football team beats Humboldt by 34
Algona 61, Humboldt 27
The Algona football team beat Humboldt by a score of 61-27 in the season opener on Friday.
The Bulldogs again next Friday, at Hampton-Dumont.
Charles City football loses opener to Crestwood
Crestwood 34, Charles City 27
The Charles City football team fell by a touchdown on Friday night, in the Comets' season opener against Crestwood.
The Comets will play again next Friday, at New Hampton.
Forest City football loses to Estherville Lincoln Central
Estherville Lincoln Central 26, Forest City 12
The Forest City football team lost by two touchdowns to the Midgets on Friday night, as Forest City dropped their first game of the season. It was Forest City's 20th straight loss, dating back to the final game of the 2016 season.
The Indians will play at home next Friday against Spirit Lake.
Hampton-Dumont loses to Southeast Valley by three touchdowns
Southeast Valley 27, Hampton-Dumont 6
The Hampton-Dumont football team lost Southeast Valley by three touchdowns on Friday night, as the Bulldogs offense struggled to score points.
The Bulldogs next game will be at home against Algona on Friday.
Bishop Garrigan football drops opener against Emmetsburg
Emmetsburg 12, Bishop Garrigan 8
The Bishop Garrigan football team lost its season opener against Emmetsburg on Friday by a score of 12-8, the Golden Bears first regular season loss since the 2014 season.
The Golden Bears will look to bounce back next Friday, as they go on the road to face Newman Catholic.
North Butler football wins close game against Nashua-Plainfield
North Butler 6, Nashua-Plainfield 2
The North Butler football team won a low-scoring game against Nashua-Plainfield on Friday night, as the Bearcats beat the Huskies, 6-2.
North Butler quarterback Kolben Miller was 3-of-9 passing, with 27 total yards through the air. Miller was also the team's leading rusher on the night, as he ran for 62 yards on 10 carries.
Sophomore Isaac Baker had a team-high 11 tackles.
North Butler's next game will be on the road, against Central Springs.
Central Springs football falls to North Union
North Union 26, Central Springs 6
The Central Springs football team by 20 points on Friday to North Union.
The Panthers will look to rebound next Friday against North Butler.
North Iowa football loses big to Harris-Lake Park
Harris-Lake Park 58, North Iowa 18
After beginning the season with a 34-30 win over West Bend-Mallard last Friday, the North Iowa football team was dealt a tough loss against Harris-Lake Park, as the Bison lost to the Wolves by 40 points.
The Bison will play again next Friday, at Tripoli.
Northwood-Kensett wallops Siouxland Christian
Northwood-Kensett 69, Siouxland Christian 8
The Northwood-Kensett football team got a big win over Siouxland Christian on Friday, as the Vikings dominated en route to a 69-8 win.
Quarterback Kael Julseth threw only two passes on the day, as the rushing game was the star of the show. Three running back ran for more than 70 yards, while junior TJ Whitelow came close, with 67,
Sophomore kicker Logan Mayberry also had a great day, as he completed nine PATs, tied for 13th-most in Iowa eight-man football history.
The Vikings will next Friday, at home against Harris-Lake Park.
Riceville gets season-opening win over Kee
Riceville 26, Kee 6
The Riceville football team beat Kee by 20 points on Friday night, as the Wildcats improved to 1-0 on the season.
Senior quarterback Sully Fair went 4-for-8 passing the ball, and also ran for two touchdowns.
Senior Judge Losee had a team-high seven tackles.
The Wildcats will play next week, at Central Elkader.
Mason City cross country has solid showing at Cedar Rapids Prairie Invite
The Mason City cross country team had a solid showing at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Invite on Saturday, as the girls team finished 11th overall, and the boys finished 15th.
For the girls, Hannah Thomas had the best finish. She finished 35th in the varsity race, with a time of 21:50.9. Teammate Sami Miller finished 52nd overall, at 22:32.9.
On the boys side, junior Christian Rodriguez had the best finish for the Mohawks, finishing 84th overall, with a time of 18:46.2. Brayden Christiansen was the second finisher for the Mohawks, as he ran an 18:54.7.
Mason City's next race will be on Thursday, at Charles City.
North Butler volleyball beats Newman Catholic
North Butler 3, Newman Catholic 1
The North Butler volleyball team came out victorious against Newman Catholic on Tuesday, as the Bearcats beat the Knights three sets to one.
It was an offensive outburst for the Bearcats. Three players finished with double-digit kills, led by Sydney Eiklenborg, with 13. Cassidy Staudt was second with 12, while Kristin Dralle was third on the team, with 10.
Junior Brooke Trees had a team-high 13 digs for the Bearcats.
North Butler won the first set, 25-19, and then lost set two to the Knights, 25-22. But the Bearcats bounced back, and took sets three and four by scores of 25-21, and 25-19.
The win the fifth straight for North Butler, which will play against on Thursday, at Central Springs.
The loss dropped Newman Catholic to 0-2. The Knights will play on Thursday, against Nashua-Plainfield.
Algona volleyball beats Fort Dodge
Algona 2, Fort Dodge 0
The Algona volleyball team swept Fort Dodge, 2-0, on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs dominated the Dodgers by set scores of 21-8, and 21-5.
Senior Molly McCauley had a team-high six kills in 15 attempts, while senior Abby Holmes was close behind, with five kills of her own. Holmes also had eight digs on the day.
The win was the Bulldogs' first victory of the season. They will play at home on Thursday, against Webster City.
Mason City volleyball sweeps aside Des Moines North
Mason City 3, Des Moines North 0
The Mason City volleyball team made quick work of Des Moines North on Tuesday night, dominating the Polar Bears in their own gym, by set scores of 25-6, 25-7, and 25-4.
Grace Tobin led the Mohawks with 10 kills, followed by Jada Williams, who had seven.
Emily Wiitnebel has a team-high 10 digs.
"We kept our intensity up throughout the match and were able to play all 13 players in all 3 sets," head coach Curt Klaahsen said. "We look forward to continuing to get better in practice to get ready for a tough stretch of matches coming up."
Saint Ansgar volleyball loses to Decorah in four sets
Decorah 3, Saint Ansgar 1
DECORAH | The Saint Ansgar volleyball fell to Decorah by a 3-1 score on Tuesday.
After falling in the first set, 25-14, the Saints snagged the second set by a close 27-25 score. But the Vikings took the next two frames 25-21, and 25-17, to send the road team to their first loss of the year.
Saint Ansgar will play on Thursday against Osage.
Rockford volleyball beats West Fork in five sets
Rockford 3, West Fork 2
The Rockford volleyball team beat West Fork in a five-set match on Tuesday, storming back from an 0-2 deficit to take the victory.
Senior Kayla Carroll has 17 kills in the match, along with three digs, and six blocks.
Senior Amber Reams contributed 11 kills, with six digs, and five aces, as Rockford won their third straight match. The Warriors will play again on September 10, at Northwood-Kensett.
West Fork is now 0-2 on the season, and will play on Thursday at Northwood-Kensett.
Nashua-Plainfield volleyball beats Northwood-Kensett in four sets
Nashua-Plainfield 3, Northwood-Kensett 1
The Northwood-Kensett volleyball team fell to Nashua-Plainfield in four sets on Tuesday, as the Huskies forged ahead by winning the first two sets by scores of 25-14, and 25-23. The Vikings won the third set, 26-24, and then dropped the final frame, 25-11.
Senior Peyton Pangburn led the Vikings with five kills.
Northwood-Kensett is 1-3 on the season, and will play on Thursday, against West Fork.
Forest City volleyball sweeps aside Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
Forest City 3, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
The Forest City volleyball swept GHV in three sets on Tuesday night, with the Indians winning the three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-19, and 25-8.
Junior Kaylee Miller had a team-high 15 kills in the match. The win improves the Indians to 2-0 on the season. Their next game will by on Thurday, against North Union. For the Cardinals, the loss dropped them to 0-2. Their next match is Thursday, at West Hancock.
Lake Mills volleyball beats Belmond-Klemme in three sets
Lake Mills 3, Belmond-Klemme 0
The Lake Mills volleyball team made quick work of Belmond-Klemme on Tuesday, as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on the season. Lake Mills won the sets by scores of 25-8, 25-16, and 25-21.
Megan Groe had a team-high eight kills, and also contributed three blocks and eight digs. Server Jessa Gasteiger had an impressive 26 assists in the game.
Lake Mills will play again on Thursday, at Bishop Garrigan.
Belmond-Klemme fell to 2-6 with the loss. The Broncos next game will be on Saturday at South Central Calhoun.
West Hancock volleyball sweeps Eagle Grove
West Hancock 3, Eagle Grove 0
The West Hancock volleyball swept aside Eagle Grove on Tuesday, winning in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-20, and 25-13.
It was the first victory of the season for the Eagles. They will play again on Thursday, against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.
North Iowa volleyball victorious in close match over North Union
North Iowa 3, North Union 2
The North Iowa volleyball team won a close battle with North Union on Tuesday, as the Bison beat North Union three sets to two. The Bison lost the first set by two point, 25-23, and then battled back to win set two 26-24, and set three 25-18.
North Union managed to win set four 25-16, but the Bison took set five by a 15-9 score.
Sophomore Leah Kramersmeier had a team-high 14 kills for North Iowa, while senior Cassie Peterson was second, with nine.
Senior Hannah Main led the team with 30 assists.
Riceville volleyball swept by Tripoli
Tripoli 3, Riceville 0
The Riceville volleyball team was swept by Tripoli on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats lost by set scores of 25-12, 25-21, and 25-7. The loss dropped the Wildcats to 0-2 on the season. Their next match will be September 10, at Turkey Valley.
Newman Catholic girls win cross country home invitational
The Newman Catholic girls cross country team won the Newman Catholic Invitational on Tuesday, the first home invite win in the team's history.
Chloe Nelson was the top finisher for the Knights, running the 5K in 22:37.8, good for fifth overall. Ellie Meyer of Iowa Falls-Alden came in first place overall, with a time of 19:30.6.
For the Knights, Olivia Schissel was second, with a time of 23:02.9, good for 12th overall, while Lilly Stockerberger and Josie Fritz finished 15th and 16th.
Osage finished third as a team, while Saint Ansgar came in fifth.
On the boys side, West Fork took the team victory, with Saint Ansgar finishing runner-up, and Clear Lake and Newman Catholic finishing in third and fourth place, respectively.
Carson Rygh was the top overall finisher in the boys varsity race, at 17:08.4, while Seth Hershey was second, at 17:24.5