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Wed
20
Dec

Bowlers come close

 

Shelby Holden is one of three freshmen rolling varsity for the NFV girls’ bowling team. Shown in recent action at Lilac Lanes, Holden had a personal-best 127 Friday in Tripoli. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Bowlers come close

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The NFV bowling team came close Friday in Tripoli, but both the boys’ and girls’ teams were a couple of hundred pins short.  

The boys lost to the Panthers, 1787-1561. Colin Gavin rolled a team-best 167-182-349. Trevor Rowray was just four pins off the pace with his 163-182-345.

Also bowling for NFV were Trenton Clausen (134-166-300), Hunter Kelly (134-156-290), Dakota Cooley (127-103-230) and Zach Schroeder (57-74-131).

The girls lost by 191 pins, 2394-2203, but had some real highlights to take home from the meet.

Wed
20
Dec

Boys' BB edged by Pirates

 

Postville players get out of the way as Carter Haught flies down the lane for the layup Friday in West Union. The TigerHawk senior scored eight points to go with four assists, two steals, and three boards in the 55-49 loss to the visiting Pirates. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Boys' BB edged by Pirates

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

In their only game last week, the TigerHawk boys lost their Friday home contest to Postville, 55-49.

Last week TigerHawk head coach Dan Hovden commented, “We’re turning the ball over too much, which limits our shooting opportunities.”

Using their quickness and double-teaming press, the Pirates made Hovden’s remarks seem very prophetic through most of the first half. 

Wed
20
Dec

NFV wrestlers 5th at North Linn

 

NFV’s Joel Grimes is about to roll Maq. Valley’s Tim Harmon on his back Saturday at North Linn. Grimes won by fall in 5:09 of the match at 138. (Kris Van Sickle photo) 

 

NFV wrestlers 5th at North Linn

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The North Linn Invitational in Troy Mills is always one of the toughest tournaments of the holiday preseason.

Saturday, NFV finished fifth in the 13-team field with Jordan Baumler winning the 220 pound title.

The fifth-place finish was really good considering the TigerHawks could only fill 10 of the 14 weights.

Wed
13
Dec

SW boys notch pair of UIC wins

 

South Winn guard Levi Lukes splits a pair of TigerHawk defenders as he goes to the rim during the Warriors’ 63-44 win over North Fayette Valley last week. Lukes dropped 19 points in the win, as well as 33 points Friday night in a win over Clayton Ridge. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW boys notch pair of UIC wins

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Warrior boys’ basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season after notching wins over North Fayette Valley and Clayton Ridge last week.

North Fayette Valley

South Winn played host to the NFV TigerHawks Tuesday, Dec. 5, and prevailed with a 63-44 win.

“We had some hiccups in the first half, but we continued to show our improvement throughout the game,” said coach Blake Moen after the win. “I was very proud of how our guys responded to some halftime adjustments and really stepped up in the defense in the second half.”

Wed
13
Dec

Warriors place six in top 3 at SW Invite

 

South Winn’s Manning Kuboushek works the banana split on his way to a win by fall at Saturday’s South Winneshiek Invitational. Kuboushek, raked No. 8 in Class 1A at 195 pounds, took home runner-up honors with his only loss coming to Class 2A No. 7-ranked Harrison Goebel of West Delaware. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Warriors place six in top 3 at SW  Invite

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

In one of the toughest tournaments in northeast Iowa, which included a pair of top-3 ranked teams and 19 individually ranked wrestlers, the Warriors finished fourth at Saturday’s South Winneshiek Invitational in Calmar.

“We competed very hard this weekend, and I feel pretty good about how we finished the day,” said Warrior coach Jacob Elsbernd. “We talked about how tough of a tournament it was (going to be) before the day began and focused on effort and doing things right, instead of necessarily worrying about winning.”

South Winn was led by three runners-up and three third-place finishers in the tournament, which helped lead to 144.5 team points.

Wed
13
Dec

Blue Devils fall short of first win

 

West Central’s Bryliegh Rouse scores a layup in transition against Class 1A No. 10 Kee High on Friday, Dec. 8. Rouse finished with 11 points in the, 66-45, loss.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Blue Devils fall short of first win

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The West Central girls’ basketball team is still in search of its first win of the season after two home losses and a neutral-site loss to a team from Minnesota last week. 

The Blue Devils continued to be competitive in all three of their losses against Central Elkader, 42-3; Kee High, 66-45; and Rushford-Peterson from Rushford, Minn., 47-31, which was played at Luther College in Decorah. 

The Blue Devils played good defense against the Central Elkader Warriors. The girls in blue held the Warriors to just 25 points through the first three quarters and found themselves up one headed into the fourth, 26-25. 

Wed
13
Dec

West Central shows improvements early on

 

West Central’s Taylor Hepperle tries to pass the ball as he falls to the ground during a fast break against Kee High on Friday, Dec. 8.  Chris DeBack photo

 

West Central shows improvement early on

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The West Central boys’ basketball team has shown improvement during the early parts of the high school basketball season.

Despite those improvements, the team fell short of its first win of the season with losses to Central Elkader, 65-39, and Kee High, 77-39, last week. 

“We are getting better, we really are,” said Darrin Lockard, Blue Devils head coach. “Our guys aren’t quitting, and we are showing improvement in every part of the game. The two parts we are struggling with the most is ball-handling and rebounding, and I think we have come quite a ways from where we were [at the beginning of] the season. Everyone in the locker room knows that we have a long way to go yet. We are working hard and trying to get better. This is a great group of guys to be around.”

Wed
13
Dec

Bowlers fall to Charles City

 

TigerHawk senior Paige Woodson paves the way with this shot Friday against Charles City at Lilac Lanes in West Union. Woodson shot a team-high 141-134-275 against the Comets. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Bowlers fall to Charles City

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The North Fayette Valley boys’ and girls’ bowling teams both lost to visiting Charles City on Friday at Lilac Lanes in West Union.

The boys lost to the Comets, who are in Class 2A, 2805-2408, while the girls fell, 2721-1718.

Wed
13
Dec

Girls' BB goes 2-1

 

With the NFV girls playing four games in five days, head coach Jim Calkins used a lot of players, hoping to keep fresh legs in the game. Here, freshman Abby Reichter scores on the break against an Indee player on Monday, Dec. 4. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Girls' BB goes 2-1

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The NFV girls’ basketball team won two of its three games last week, beating Independence at home, losing to SW on the road, and closing with a win over Starmont on Friday in Arlington. No individual stats were available at press time.

Monday’s (Dec. 4) contest was all defense in the first eight minutes. The visitors went on a short run late to lead, 8-7, at the end of the first quarter.

The next eight minutes belonged to the TigerHawks as the defense stayed hot and the shots finally started to fall. With an 18-8 advantage, NFV had a 25-16 lead going into the locker room.

Wed
13
Dec

Rough week on the road for boys' BB

 

NFV’s Croy Schott (34) gets fouled as he drives to the basket against South Winn Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Calmar. The TigerHawk senior led the team with 16 points; he also hauled down six rebounds. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Rough week on the road for boys' BB

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It was a tough week for the NFV boys’ basketball team. After sweeping a pair of conference games the opening week of the season, the TigerHawks lost four games last week, all on the road.

The week opened Monday, Dec. 4, in Independence. The TigerHawks kept it close for the first eight minutes, but the Class 3A Mustangs outscored NFV, 15-10 and 12-8, in the next two quarters to coast to a 52-42 win.

NFV hit over half of its shots but could only get off 28 shots against the rugged Indee defense. The TigerHawks also had trouble at the foul line, hitting just six of 15 attempts.

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