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Golden Bears earn league road victory

EAGLE GROVE—Picking up their first Top of Iowa Conference volleyball victory of the season, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears defeated the Eagle Grove Eagles in three straight sets.

The black-and-gold started fast by taking the opening game by the score of 25-12 and squeezed out a tight 25-23 win in the second set. The Golden Bears ended the match with a 25-20 victory in game number three.

Warriors top West Hancock in three straight sets

ARMSTRONG—North Union earned a Top of Iowa Conference volleyball victory on Tuesday, Sept. 5 over the West Hancock Eagles in three straight sets.

The green-black-and-silver won the opener by the score of 25-13 before taking the second game by the count of 25-17 and ended the match with a 25-14 victory in set number three.

The Warriors were successful on 72 of 74 serves as a team on the evening in the win for 97.3 percent and served 15 aces.

Area girls perform well at Estherville Invitational

ESTHERVILLE—Each of the four area girls’ cross-country squads had some outstanding performances on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the Estherville Invitational meet.

The four schools placed seven runners in the top 20 finishers during the meet.

Algona finished as the runner-up in the team standings with 66 points with North Union taking fourth with 99 team points while both West Bend-Mallard and Bishop Garrigan did not have enough runners for a team score.

Golden Bear boys 4th at CYO Meet

HOLSTEIN—Competing in a pair of cross-country meets on Saturday, Sept. 9, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear boys’ team competed in both the Tim Thomas Classic and CYO meets.

The black-and-gold placed 11th in Class B in the Tim Thomas Classic with 304 points as East Sac County won the meet with a team score of 39 team points.

Taylor wins diving event at Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE—Reese Taylor won the one-meter diving event for the Algona swim team on Thursday, Sept. 7 at a triangular meet against Fort Dodge and Sioux City West.

Taylor scored a total of 228.35 points to win the event. Sioux City West placed first with 66 points as Fort Dodge was next with 32 and Algona finished third with 19 team points.

Roethler helps rally Golden Bears past WB-M 36-31

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


WEST BEND—Anyone who is familiar with the 2023 Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears’ football team knows that senior Caden Roethler is one of the leaders the team looks to make big plays.

Bulldogs go 2-3 in Algona Invitational

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Entertaining five other teams on Saturday, Sept. 2, the Algona Bulldogs’ volleyball squad compiled a record of 2-3 in the annual Algona Invitational. The team went 6-6 in games played during the day.

The red-and-black opened the day with a 21-17 and 21-8 victory over the Storm Lake Tornadoes and then defeated the Spirit Lake Indians by the score of 21-18 and 21-16.

Big play Bulldogs top Forest City 44-16

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Algona used their big plays to roll to a convincing 49-16 non-district football victory over the Forest City Indians on Friday, Sept. 1 inside Bulldog Stadium.

The high octane Bulldogs had 10 plays of 15 yards or more during the evening to earn their first win of the 2023 season.

Saint Ansgar topples North Union Warriors 42-7

ARMSTRONG—A physical Saint Ansgar football squad was too much for North Union to handle as the Saints defeated the green-black-and-silver on Friday, Sept. 1 in the Class A district opener for both teams.

The Saints rushed the ball 39 times for 261 yards in the victory and added 106 yards in the air for 367 total yards during the evening.

The visitors scored once in the opening frame, twice in the second period and put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter.

BG boys open season at Mason City

MASON CITY—Competing for the first time this fall, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear boys’ cross-country team ran in the Mason City Newman Invitational held on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The black-and-gold had just three runners on the day as Ethan Kuper led the way in 66th place in 23:31.32 while teammate Corbin Darling was 80th with his time of 29:07.77 and Nathaniel Darling was 82nd in 30:40.34.

Gavyn Morphew just misses top 10 finish at Milford

MILFORD—North Union’s Gavyn Morphew just missed a top 10 finish to highlight the performances of a pair of local boys’ cross-country teams at the Okoboji Invitational on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Morphew crossed the finish line in 11th place overall with his time of 18:03.71. The green-black-and-silver had just four runners and no team score in the season opener for the squad.

Schupbach 1st, Cummins 2nd at Okoboji Invitational

MILFORD—Two area girls’ cross-country runners finished first and second to highlight the performances of a pair of area squads on Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Okoboji Invitational.

Tyra Schupbach of West Bend-Mallard finished in first place with her winning time of 19:35.68 as Alexis Cummins of North Union ended up in second place in 19:43.60.

Wolverines win exciting five-set league match

WEST BEND—It took all five sets to determine a winner on Thursday, Aug. 31 in a Twin Lakes Conference volleyball match between the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines and Manson Northwest Webster Cougars.

The home team lost the first game 19-25 before winning the second set 25-23 and took the third game by the score of 25-19.

The Cougars earned a 19-25 victory in the fourth set to force a final game to 15 won by the Wolverines by the slimmest margin of 15-13.

Lady Bison rally past North Union spikers

ARMSTRONG—North Union won the first game but North Iowa rallied to win the next three sets to earn a Top of Iowa Conference match victory on Tuesday, Aug. 29 over the Warriors.

The home team took the opening set by the score of 25-19 before the Lady Bison responded with three straight wins of 19-25, 20-25 and 22-25.

Lake Mills cruises past Golden Bears

ALGONA—Lake Mills showed they are ready to defend their Top of Iowa Conference volleyball title in a convincing three set league win over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears on Thursday, Aug. 31.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in the both the conference and overall as the scores of the match were 17-25, 9-25 and 18-25.

Wolverines go 1-2 in Okoboji tourney

MILFORD—Playing in the four-team Okoboji Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 29, the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines’ volleyball squad went 1-2 during the tourney.

The purple-and-gold defeated Okoboji by the score of 17-21, 21-14 and 15-5 but fell to Estherville-Lincoln Central 12-21 and 16-21 along with Sibley-Ocheyedan by the score of 16-21 and 9-21.

The Wolverines went 84 of 102 as a team during the tournament serving for 82.3 percent and served a total of 12 service aces.

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