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Tall, lengthy Bluejays to long for Algona boys

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—A langy, tall top-ranked Bondurant-Farrar Bluejays proved to be too long for the Algona Bulldog boys’ basketball team in the opening round of the Class 3A state tournament on Tuesday, March 7 as the Bluejays handed the red-and-black an 81-52 defeat.

Helmers named third-team all-state by IPSWA

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Algona sophomore Ben Helmers was chosen to the Class 3A third-team all-state team this past weekend by a vote of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association.

Helmers led the state qualifying Bulldogs in scoring by tossing in 443 points in 25 games for a season scoring average of 17.72 points per contest.

Bulldog boys compete at IATC meet in Ames

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


AMES—The Algona Bulldog boys’ track team ran at the IATC state indoor meet at Iowa State University on Friday, March 10. The red-and-black finished in 18th place overall with eight team points.

WB-M girls run at IATC meet in Ames

AMES—The West Bend-Mallard Wolverine girls’ track squad ran at the Iowa Track Coaches Association state indoor meet held on Thursday, March 9 at Iowa State University.

Allie Fehr was the top finisher for the purple-and-gold by taking 10th place overall in the high jump with her leap of 4’ 11”.

The Wolverine sprint medley relay quartet of Hannah Fehr, Maddie Fehr, Hannah Stalzer and Shaylee Wise ended up in 27th place with their clocking of 2:03.93.

Algona girls track runs at Dickinson Relays

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


CEDAR FALLS—A group of 10 young ladies on the Algona Bulldog girls’ track squad competed at the Dickinson Relays on Monday, March 6 and no team scores were kept during the meet.

Moriah Knapp was the top place winner on the day as the red-and-black senior ended up in sixth place overall in the 3,000-meter run in 10:55.18.

Basketball fans brave the cold

Fans of the Algona High School Boys Basketball team lined the streets by the Kossuth County Fairgrounds to show their support and excitement as the team, band, coaches and parents headed to Wells Fargo in Des Moines for the State Tournaments. Amy Frankl-Brandt photos

Twin Lakes Boys’ All-Conference Teams


First Team

Carter Boettcher Sioux Central 12

Mason Dicks Newell-Fonda 12

Jacob Hargens Sioux Central 12

Eric Heinrichs G-T/R-A 12

Bryon Maina Emmetsburg 10

Drew Schnell G-T/R-A 12

Carter Sievers Newell-Fonda 12

Eli Wheelock South Central Calhoun 12

Coach of the Year—Stephen Tjaden, Sioux Central


Second Team

Gavin Batta South Central Calhoun 11

Twin Lakes Girls All-Conference Teams


First Team

Riley Batta South Central Calhoun 12

Morgan Christian Sioux Central 11

Akayaa Duitscher Pocahontas Area 12

Carly Janssen Pocahontas Area 12

Kierra Jungers Newell-Fonda 11

Kylee Schlesman South Central Calhoun 12

Olivia Sturgis Manson Northwest Webster 12

Mary Walker Newell-Fonda 12

Coach of the Year—Dick Jungers, Newell-Fonda 12


Second Team

North Central All-Conference Boys’ Teams


First Team

*Jamie Grossoehme Webster City 12

*Trevaughn Luyobya Clear Lake 12

Scott Harr Hampton-Dumont 11

Ben Helmers Algona 10

Thomas Meyer Clear Lake 10

Will Orness Humboldt 12


Second Team

Evan Hatcher Humboldt 11

Briar Klaver Webster City 11

Alex Manske Algona 10

Ty McKinney Webster City 12

Joshua Thurm Humboldt 12

Cael Stephany Clear Lake 11

Boys Top of Iowa All-Conference Teams

Boys Top of Iowa

All-Conference Teams

First Team

Rylan Barnes West Hancock 12

Drew Britson Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 12

Drake Canavan Eagle Grove 11

Lance Helming Lake Mills 11

Kyan Jones North Union 11

Denton Kingland Lake Mills 12

Aiden Stensrud Lake Mills 10

Player of the Year—Denton Kingland, Lake Mills

Coach of the Year—Alex Fisher, North Union


Second Team

Golden Bears win second straight basketball title

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—It is never easy to win a state title in any sport but it is even harder to win two in a row. But Bishop Garrigan was not going to be denied, led by a state tournament record setting performance out of the 2023 Miss Iowa Basketball honoree Audi Crooks.

Crooks named Miss Iowa Basketball

DES MOINES—Audi Crooks of Bishop Garrigan was selected as the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association’s Miss Iowa Basketball.

The 6’ 3” Iowa State Cyclone recruit concluded her fabulous high school career with 2,734 points to rank third behind Elle Ruffridge and Deb Remmerde.

Twice As Nice

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—For the second straight season, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls’ basketball team is the Class 1A state champions.

The black-and-gold used a new-state all-time record performance from the 2023 Miss Iowa Basketball in Audi Crooks, who poured in 49 points to lead the Golden Bears to 68-57 triumph over their old nemesis Newell-Fonda.

Bishop Garrigan rolls in state tourney opener 67-44

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Defending Class 1A state champion Bishop Garrigan scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back on Wednesday, March 1 in a 67-44 opening round win over Martensdale St. Mary’s.

“We were really solid defensively the first half,” said Golden Bear head coach Brandon Schwab after the win. “We stayed true to our assignments and we trusted each other.

Golden Bears in state finals for fourth straight year

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Four straight years in the state championship game. That is the feat the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears accomplished on Friday, March 3 as the defending Class 1A state champs pounded No. 4 Remsen St. Mary’s Hawks by the score of 73-39.

Joyce, Crooks named 1st-team all-state Capesius selected to third team

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Seniors Molly Joyce and Audi Crooks were selected to the first-team all-state team for the fourth straight season by a vote of the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association this past weekend by the sportswriters.

Golden Bear teammate Abbie Capesius was selected to the third team after a solid campaign as eight players were chosen to the three all-state squads.

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