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remembering 'Coach P'

Longtime area coaching legend Monte Pearson passed away on Feb. 22, just one day after his 80th birthday and ironically, three years to the day of the death of his longtime friend and mentor who he coached under in Gene Meister.
The funeral for Coach P, as he is known to everyone, will be on Saturday, March 2, at St. Cecelia's Church, and the visitation is 4-7 p.m., Friday.
Read all of Grab's tribute in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

Wegener, Winkel draw D-1 attention

A pair of all-state football players in town are drawing the attention of Division 1 coaches heading into their senior season on the gridiron next fall.
Both Wyatt Wegener of Algona and Cade Winkel of Bishop Garrigan recently visited the University of Iowa.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Advance.

four area girls, coach get all-district hoops honors

Four area girls basketball players were recently named to the all-district squads by the Iowa Girls Basketball Coaches Association, and one area coach was named as the district coach of the year.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Kossuth County Advance.

wahoos at sectional

The Algona Wahoos swim team competed in the sectional meet at Spencer on Saturday, Feb. 10, against clubs from LeMars, Forest City, Spencer and Bedell to end their regular season. Several swimmers qualified for the state swim in Marshalltown March 2-3.
Get all the details in the Feb. 28 Advance.

Devine goes 1-2 at state

Carson Devine went 1-2 and fell one win short of placing in the top eight wrestlers at 160 pounds at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament held at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines last week.
The 10th-rated Algona senior had a tough draw as he drew fifth-ranked Baylor Crigger (45-2) of Camanche in his opening match on Thursday and lost by an 11-2 decision.
Read all about it in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Golden Bears ousted

Sixth-ranked Clarksville used a strong second half to pull away from a one-point halftime lead to hand Bishop Garrigan a 54-35 Class 1A regional semifinal defeat to the black-and-gold on Friday Feb. 15.
The maroon-and-white outscored the Golden Bears 35-17 in the second half to reach the regional finals in Denver against the Bearcats of North Butler with an overall record of 19-2 while Bishop Garrigan ended the year with a season mark of 16-7.

Foul line, 'D' aid Dogs

No. 1 Clear Lake wrapped an undefeated regular season and a North Central Conference boys basketball championship with a 70-57 league victory over the Algona Bulldogs.
Both squads shot the ball well from the floor as the red-and-black was successful on 19 of 38 overall field goals for 50 percent while the home team connected on 22 of 40 attempts from the field for 55 percent.
Read all about it in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

E-Hawks top North Union 47-42

Emmetsburg defeated the North Union Warriors 47-42 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A regional girls basketball tournament.
The E-Hawks advanced on in the tournament with an overall season record of 15-7 while the green-black-and-silver bowed out with a season mark of 13-7.
Read all about it in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

E-LC stuns No. 4 Algona 67-54

Estherville used a huge run in the final 12 minutes of the game to post a stunning 67-54 Class 3A regional semifinal victory over the fourth-ranked Algona Bulldog girls basketball squad.
The Midgettes trailed 41-31 with 4:25 to go in the third quarter but outscored the home team 36-13 from that point on to rally to advance to the regional final to take on Sioux Center.

BGHS defeats Knights 58-35

Bishop Garrigan advanced to the Class 1A regional semifinal at Clarksville with a 58-35 victory over the Mason City Newman Knights.
The black-and-gold built a 10-point lead at the conclusion of the first quarter and gradually pulled away for the win to improve to 16-6 overall and the Knights ended the year with a mark of 13-9.
Get all the action in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

WB-M boys season comes to an end

West Bend-Mallard bowed out of the Class 1A boys basketball district tournament as the purple-and-gold dropped a 60-32 decision to IKM (Manning).
The Wolves started fast and led 21-5 at the completion of the first eight minutes of action. IKM increased the advantage to 42-15 at halftime and led 55-26 at buzzer at the end of the third quarter.
Read all about it in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

Golden Bears win district opener

Bishop Garrigan erupted for 64 points in the second half to roll to a 95-33 victory over the North Union Warriors in Class 1A district quarterfinal round boys basketball action.
The black-and-black had two 7-0 runs in the first stanza and held an 18-12 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter. The lead remained around 10 points most of the second period as the Golden Bears took a 31-17 advantage into the locker room at intermission.

Warriors cruise in district opener

North Union cruised to a 64-39 victory over the Northwood-Kensett Vikings in the opening round of the Class 1A district boys basketball tournament.
The home team scored the first six points of the contest and concluded the first eight minutes with a slim 12-11 lead. In the second frame, the green-black-and-silver dialed long distance, making six three-pointers to increase their advantage to 38-20 at intermission.
Get all the action in the Feb. 21 Kossuth County Advance.

BGHS girls cruise in regional opener

Bishop Garrigan opened their quest for a second straight trip to the state tournament in impressive fashion in Class 1A regional basketball play as the black and gold defeated Northwood-Kensett by the score of 58-27 in a game played Feb. 8.
the Golden Bears improved to 15-6 overall with the win while the Vikings ended the year at 5-17.
Get all the details in the Feb. 14 Advance.

strong 2nd half leads warriors by WB-Mallard

After a slow start, the North Union Warriors boys basketball squad used a strong second half to hand West Bend-Mallard a 51-41 nonconference defeat in the final regular season for both teams.
West Bend-Mallard started fast by scoring the game's first eight points before the home team finally got on the scoreboard with 5:25 left in the frame on a hoop from Elliott Hagebock.
Get all the action in the Feb. 14 Advance.

Christensen speaks at Motorsports museum fundraiser

Kossuth County Agricultural and Motorsports Museum held a fan forum Feb. 3 to raise funds for repairs to the museum's recently acquired Bob Trostle sprint car. The event brought fans together to listen to Clayton Christensen, a successful racer in this region.
Read the full story in the Feb. 14 Kossuth County Advance.

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