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North Union boys top Alta-Aurelia 58-39

ARMSTRONG—North Union moved one step closer to a first-ever school appearance in the state basketball tournament with a 58-39 victory over Alta-Aurelia on Thursday, Feb. 15 to advance to the Class 1A district final.

The home team got out to a good start and led 14-10 at the end of the first period and took a 30-21 advantage to the locker room at intermission. The Warriors also led 46-31 at the conclusion of the third quarter.

Hot shooting Comets upset Algona boys 60-50

ALGONA—Last season, the Algona Bulldog boys’ basketball team had a magical post-season run to qualify for the 2023 Class 3A state tournament in Des Moines.

But this winter was a different story as North Polk connected on eight of nine field goals in the pivotal third quarter and drained 12 of 14 charity shots in the final eight minutes to hand the Bulldogs a 60-50 season-ending loss on Monday, Feb. 19 in the Class 3A sub-state opener.

Bulldog boys finish 9-5 in NCC games

WEBSTER CITY—Algona concluded the 2023-2024 regular season on Tuesday, Feb. 13 with a 56-41 North Central Conference victory over the Webster City Lynx.

The red-and-black ended the regular season with an overall record of 14-7 and was 9-5 in the conference, good for a fourth place tie with Hampton-Dumont.

The Bulldogs finished the season strong as they compiled a 10-3 mark in their final 13 games. They opened post season on Monday when they hosted the North Polk Comets.

North Union’s Morphew qualifies for state tourney

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

LAKE MILLS—Senior Gavyn Morphew of the North Union Warriors placed second at 144 pounds to qualify for the state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Morphew opened the day with a fall in 2:49 over Winton Hogen of Central Springs and pinned Saint Ansgar’s Caleb Lavan in 3:31 in the semi-final round.

Knapp, Grimm qualify for state tournament

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

EMMETSBURG—A pair of West Bend-Mallard Wolverine wrestlers earned a trip to the Class 1A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines with their performances here on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Sophomore Mason Knapp placed first and took home the title at 113 pounds while teammate Logan Grimm finished second at 165 pounds.

“Magnificent Seven” lead Algona boys to district title

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor

 

ESTHERVILLE—Last year the Algona Bulldog boys’ wrestling team sent a total of six young men to the Class 2A state meet in Des Moines.

On Saturday, Feb. 10 at the District No. 2 tournament, the red-and-black upped that number by one and claimed the district title easily with a team score of 218 points.

Wolverine girls cruise in regional opener

WEST BEND—West Bend-Mallard came out on fire and cruised to a 60-26 Class 1A first round regional girls’ basketball victory on Thursday, Feb. 8 over the Ar-We-Va Rockets.

The purple-and-gold erupted for 30 points in the first eight minutes, taking a 30-5 advantage at the end of the first stanza. The home team went 13 of 20 from the field, including four of eight on three-pointers in the period.

Warrior girls end regular season at 16-5 overall

ARMSTRONG—Finishing the season with a conference win, 12th ranked North Union concluded the regular season with a hard-fought 38-28 Top of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball victory over the Lake Mills Bulldogs on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The home team led 6-4 at the end of low scoring first frame and took a 16-8 advantage to the locker room at intermission. The Warriors led 25-20 heading into the fourth quarter of play.

Algona girls win NCC crown

ALGONA—For the first time since 2018-2019, the Algona Bulldog girls’ basketball squad are the champions of the North Central Conference.

The red-and-black wrapped up the conference title with a 56-45 victory over the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows Cowgirls on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The 11th ranked Bulldogs had 13-1 mark in the league to claim the crown and head into Class 3A tournament play with an overall record of 17-4.

Garrigan boys hold off stubborn West Hancock squad

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan had beaten West Hancock quite easily twice in the regular season but the Eagles gave the black-and-gold a good battle before succumbing 63-56 in the Class 1A district quarterfinal round contest on Monday, Feb. 12.

Bishop Garrigan held a three-point lead at 17-14 after the first eight minutes of play and took a 30-23 advantage to the locker room at intermission.

Tigers surprise Algona boys 68-42

SPENCER—Spencer played their best game of the season and upset the Algona Bulldogs 69-42 in a non-conference boys’ basketball contest that took place on Monday, Feb. 12.

The victory improved the Tigers’ season overall record to 7-13 while the red-and-black fell to 13-7 overall on the year with the loss.

Irmiter’s career high leads North Union to win

ARMSTRONG—Senior Kody Irmiter poured in a career-high 29 points and ripped down 11 rebounds to lead eighth-ranked North Union to a 77-34 victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan on Monday, Feb. 12 in the Class 1A, District No. 1 quarterfinals.

The visitors started fast with 5-1 advantage but the green-black-and-silver responded with a 16-4 run to close the opening frame with a 16-9 lead.

No. 4 Lake Mills ends Wolverines’ season

LAKE MILLS—Fourth-ranked Lake Mills scored the first 11 points of the game and were never challenged in a 73-27 Class 1A district quarterfinal round victory on Monday, Feb. 12 over the West Bend-Mallard.

The Wolverines concluded the 2023-2024 season with an overall record of 5-18 while the Bulldogs will advance to the district semi-finals with a sparkling 21-1 mark.

Lake Mills edges Warrior boys 70-68 for league title

ARMSTRONG—They came into the game as the best two teams in the Top of Iowa Conference this season and everyone expected a great basketball game.

After 32 minutes of well-played basketball, no one in the packed gymnasium in Armstrong on Tuesday, Feb. 6 went away disappointed with the play as fourth ranked Lake Mills nipped eighth-rated North Union 70-68 to claim this year’s conference title.

WB-M boys edge North Iowa 49-48

WEST BEND—In the opening round of Class 1A boys’ district basketball action, the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines nipped the North Iowa Bison by the final score of 49-48 on Friday, Feb. 9.

Trailing 46-45 with 1:06 remaining in the contest, Abner Zaugg scored a field goal to give the home team the lead. Mitch Stevens sank a pair of charity shots with 13.6 seconds left to make the score 49-46.

Bulldog boys rally past Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 

ALGONA—Algona scored 12 of the last 15 points of the game to rally to defeat the Clarion-Goldfield/Dows Cowboys by the final score of 55-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The North Central Conference contest was played on Tuesday, Feb. 6 as the Bulldogs improved to 12-6 overall and 7-5 in the conference as the Cowboys fell to 5-14 and 0-14 in the league.

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