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Girls’ regional parings released on Wednesday

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

DES MOINES—Regional girls’ basketball pairings were released on Wednesday by the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union as the four area teams now know the teams that stand in the way of a trip to the state basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Fifth straight conference title for Golden Bear girls

BUFFALO CENTER—For the fifth consecutive season, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls’ basketball squad are the Top of Iowa Conference champions.

The black-and-gold wrapped up yet another crown on Monday, Feb. 5 with a 67-42 triumph over the North Iowa Lady Bison.

The Golden Bears led 18-8 at the end of the first period, took a 35-22 advantage at halftime and led 48-36 after three quarters of basketball.

Bulldogs hold off pesky Poky squad

POCAHONTAS—Algona led most of the game but could not pull away from a stubborn Pocahontas Area squad as the Bulldogs earned a 64-59 non-conference girls’ basketball victory over the Indians on Monday, Feb. 5.

Algona led 9-5 at the end of the first period and held a three-point advantage at 30-27 at halftime. The visitors also led 45-39 after three quarters of basketball.

Boys basketball assignments released

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

BOONE—Class 1A and 2A boys’ basketball pairings were released on Monday by the Iowa High School Athletic Association as the three area teams now know who stands between them and a trip to the state basketball tournament in Des Moines.

West Bend-Mallard (3-17) is the first area squad to hit the hardwood as the Wolverines will host North Iowa (2-18) on Friday, Feb. 9 in the top bracket of District No. 3.

Schwab’s 34 points leads Golden Bears past North Iowa

BUFFALO CENTER—Sophomore Carter Schwab poured in a career-high 34 points to help lead the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear boys’ basketball team to a 83-53 Top of Iowa Conference win over the North Iowa Bison on Monday, Feb. 5.

Schwab was successful on 12 of 18 overall field goals, including going eight of 13 behind the three-point line on the evening.

Montag scores 1,000th career point in loss to MNW

WEST BEND—Manson Northwest Webster outscored the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine girls’ basketball squad 7-2 in the final eight minutes to earn a narrow 35-33 Twin Lakes Conference victory on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The visitors led 12-9 at the conclusion of the first stanza and took a 22-20 advantage to the locker room at intermission. West Bend-Mallard led 31-28 at the end of the third quarter before the Cougars rallied for the win.

Forest City tops Golden Bear boys 53-40

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan led early but Forest City controlled the final three quarters to earn a 53-40 Top of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball win over the black-and-gold on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The home team led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter but trailed 22-19 at halftime and 46-29 going into the fourth period of action.

No Golden Bears reached double digits in the loss as Justin Bauer and Trayton Cink both led the way with nine points.

Forest City defeats Golden Bear girls

ALGONA—No. 13 (Class 3A) Forest City handed No. 6 (1A) Bishop Garrigan their first Top of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball loss in five years on Tuesday, Jan. 30 with a 58-50 win over the black-and-gold.

Two key factors in the win were turnovers and the free throw line as the Indians won the turnover battle 21-13 and doubled the home team at the foul line, sinking 15 of 25 charity shots and the Golden Bears went eight of 12.

Warrior boys run past Eagle Grove 78-45

EAGLE GROVE—One day after getting ranked for the first time in the school’s history, the North Union Warrior boys’ basketball team showed they deserved the honor.

The eighth-ranked Warriors cruised to a 78-45 Top of Iowa Conference victory over the Eagle Grove Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The green-black-and-silver started fast in the contest by racing out to a 24-4 lead at the conclusion of the first stanza.

Six Bulldog girls’ wrestlers qualify for state meet

 

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

SIOUX CITY—It was a very good day for the Algona Bulldog girls’ squad at the Region 2 super regional tournament held at the Tyson Events Center on Friday, Jan. 26.

The red-and-black had six young ladies qualify for the state tournament in Coralville, including three champions and placed second as team with a team score of 220 points, topped only by Ridge View’s total of 224.

Strong second half leads BG girls past Warriors

 

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

ALGONA—For the first 17 minutes of the game on Friday, Jan. 26, the North Union Warriors had Bishop Garrigan on their heels building a lead as high as 13 points.

But veteran Golden Bear head coach Brandon Schwab had his team go to a full-court press that changed the flow of the contest and forced seven turnovers in the third quarter alone.

Guerdet’s late triple leads NU boys past Golden Bears

 

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

ALGONA—Senior guard Preston Guerdet buried a three-pointer from the left wing with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the North Union Warrior boys’ basketball team to an exciting 53-50 Top of Iowa Conference win over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears on Friday, Jan. 26.

WB-M girls top St. Edmond 46-30

FORT DODGE—West Bend-Mallard stepped outside of Twin Lakes Conference girls’ basketball play on Thursday, Jan. 25 and earned a 46-30 non-conference win over the St. Edmond Gaels.

The purple-and-gold held a 13-6 advantage at the conclusion of the first period and increased their advantage at halftime. The visitors also led 38-25 after three quarters of play.

AHS girls defeat Cowgirls 77-42

 

CLARION—Algona overcame an early 10-point deficit to rally for a 77-42 North Central Conference girls’ basketball victory over the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows Cowgirls on Thursday, Jan. 25.

The 11th ranked Bulldogs trailed 12-2 early in the contest before taking a 20-15 lead at the end of the first period. The visitors led 32-22 at halftime and held a 55-37 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action.

AHS boys pick up NCC road win over Cadets

IOWA FALLS—Algona went on the road in North Central Conference boys’ basketball play on Friday, Jan. 26 and returned home to Algona after a 63-52 victory over the Iowa Falls-Alden Cadets.

Alex Manske poured in 21 points to lead the red-and-black, two more than teammate Ben Helmers with 19 points.

Gaels top WB-M boys in non-conference tilt

 

FORT DODGE—St. Edmond built a double digit first quarter lead and never looked back on Thursday, Jan. 25 in a 61-34 non-conference boys’ basketball victory over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.

Landon Montag was the only purple-and-gold player in double figures with 16 points as Abner Zaugg just missed with nine points.

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