2019 Fall Sports Preview
Algona Bulldog Football: Making huge strides during the 2018 campaign, the 2019 Algona Bulldogs football team continues to move forward for more success on the field. A large group of 18 lettermen provide experience as 16 seniors will provide the squad with valuable leadership. The team numbers 67 strong, including 14 juniors, 16 sophomores and 21 freshmen.
AHS Volleyball: An Algona Bulldogs volleyball squad that played a lot of underclassmen in 2018 should lead to bigger things this fall as the team expects a very successful 2019 campaign. The red and black went 21-20 overall in matches and 55-53 in games while putting up a 4-3 match record in the North Central Conference, good enough for fourth place.
Algona Cross-country: After losing nine runners to graduation, young Algona Bulldogs boys and girls cross-country squads move forward looking to improve and gain experience. Head Coach Pete Waltz returns for his third year as he welcomed 12 members on each team with a total of seven returning letter winners.
Algona Girls Swim Team: A nice group of six letter winners are back for the 2019 edition of the Algona swim team. This year's squad numbers 23, including 18 swimmers from Algona. The team is made up of three seniors, 11 juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. Jim Fisher will again be the head coach of the squad, his 18th year.
BGHS Golden Bears Football: For the past four seasons, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears football squad has been the district champion with a perfect record. To repeat that feat in 2019, the black and gold must replace a talented group of 13 seniors lost to graduation. The team was 10-1 overall last year, topping Wapsie Valley 12-7 before falling to Edgewood-Colesburg 6-0.
BGHS Volleyball: With no seniors on last year's squad, the 2019 edition of the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears volleyball team returns a nice nucleus of players. The black and gold went 14-14 overall in matches and was 40-36 in games played and was 5-3 in Top of Ioea Conference matches, good enough for fourth place.
BGHS Cross-country: With only one runner graduating last spring, the 2019 Bishop Garrigan boys and girls cross-country squads have a nice group of returning letter winners. The black and gold has a total of 14 runners with nine members on the boys team and five girls. A total of nine letter winners are sprinkled among the group.
North Union Football: With just four players gone off last season's squad, a big group is back for the 2019 edition of the North Union Warriors football team. The green, black and silver squad numbers 28 strong with eight seniors, nine juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen; 10 lettermen return who have gained valuable experience on the field.
Warriors Cross-country: Heading into 2019, the future looks bright for the North Union boys and girls crosss-country squads as the teams have the largest number of runners with a total of 13. Head Coach Brooke Nelson will return for the fourth year. North Union opens the season Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Spencer Invitational.
Warriors Volleyball: A group of six letter winners will return for the 2019 edition of the North Union volleyball team. Head Coach Amanda Goche returns for her third year and will be assisted by Sarah Rolling and Lydia Schwartz. The Warriors were 8-21 overall last fall and were 25-52 in games played, while the team was 4-4 in Top of Iowa Conference matches.
WB-M Volleyball: A new head coach guides the 2019 edition of the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines volleyball squad which returns a group of seven letter winners. Head Coach Samantha Comer will be assisted by Kim Link. The Wolverines went 8-22 in overall matches last year and went 28-57 in games, while the team was 2-9 in Twin Lakes Conference matches.
WB-M Cross-country: The West Bend-Mallard cross-country program enters year number four with a total of 18 runners. The girls squad numbbers 10, and there will be eight youn men running this fall. The boys team has seven returning lettermen. The girls return six letter winners. Head Coach Ben Hellman returns for his fourth year.
WB-M Football: West Bend-Mallard is looking forward to a successful campaign this fall and has a nice group of six lettermen back. The Wolverines went 5-4 overall last season and were 4-3 in the eight-man, district number one, good enough for fourth place in the always tough district. Head Coach Shawn Morris returns for his third year with a career record of 8-9 at the school.
Get all the fall sports previews in the Aug. 29 Kossuth County Advance.