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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.

Algona squeezes past Hampton-Dumont 62-61

HAMPTON—Algona never trailed in the game but could not put away a stubborn Hampton-Dumont squad as the visitors squeezed out a narrow 62-61 North Central Conference boys’ basketball win on Friday, Feb. 9.

Algona led 62-55 with 37 seconds left after a triple by Evan Allie. But the home team scored the next six points to get within one point and a half-court heave at the buzzer for the win bounced harmlessly off the rim.

WB-M boys erupt for 86 points

WEST BEND—In their 2023-2024 regular season finale, the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine boys’ basketball team exploded for 86 points in a 86-17 Twin Lakes Conference victory over the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

The purple-and-gold started fast, racing out to a 28-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. The home team increased their advantage to 49-15 at halftime and led 71-15 heading into the fourth period.

Manske pours in 33 points to lead Algona to a win

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


FORT DODGE—Just 24 hours after giving Iowa State a verbal commitment to play football, Algona junior Alex Manske erupted for a career-high 33 points to lead the red-and-black to a 71-62 North Central Conference win over the St. Edmond Gaels on Friday, Feb. 2.

Bulldog girls top St. Edmond 56-38

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


FORT DODGE—Algona never trailed in a 56-38 North Central Conference girls’ basketball victory on Friday, Feb. 1 over the St. Edmond Gaels.

The two teams traded the first eight points of the contest before the visitors went on a 7-0 run to take an 11-4 advantage only to see the Gaels answer with a 6-0 run.

Six AHS girls compete at state tournament in Coralville

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


COARLVILLE—A total of six Algona Bulldog girls’ wrestlers competed at the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s state wrestling tournament on Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2 here.

None of the six girls placed in the top eight to earn a medal but earned a total of 32 team points during the two-day tournament and the red-and-black finished in 33rd place in the final team standings.

Poky tops WBM girls 56-41

WEST BEND—Pocahontas Area used a strong second quarter to build a big lead in a 56-41 Twin Lakes Conference girls’ basketball victory on Friday, Feb. 2 over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.

The visitors led 20-14 at the end of the first period before outscoring the purple-and-gold 16-4 in the second frame to take a 36-18 advantage at halftime. The red-and-white also led 46-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

Golden Bear girls defeat West Hancock 57-38

BRITT—Bishop Garrigan moved one game closer to yet another Top of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball crown on Friday, Feb. 2 with a 57-38 league victory over the West Hancock Eagles.

The black-and-gold took a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 31-21 at intermission. The visitors also held a 40-27 advantage after three periods 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.

Warriors earn 18th win of season

ARMSTRONG—It has been an incredible 2023-2024 season for the North Union Warrior boys’ basketball team and that continued on Friday, Feb. 2 with a 67-45 Top of Iowa Conference win over the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Cardinals.

The eighth-ranked green-black-and-silver improved to 18-2 overall and are 14-1 in conference games while the Cardinals fell to 6-12 and 6-8 in the league.

WB-M boys drop league contest to Poky

WEST BEND—Pocahontas Area raced out to a big first stanza lead and never looked back in a 72-55 Twin Lakes Conference boys’ basketball victory on Friday, Feb. 2 over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.

The purple-and-gold trailed 25-12 at the conclusion of the first period and 34-23 at intermission. The visitors held a 49-36 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of basketball.

Bishop Garrigan flies past Eagles 65-30

BRITT—Bishop Garrigan built a comfortable first period lead and was never challenged in a 65-30 Top of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball victor over the West Hancock Eagles on Friday, Feb. 2. 

The visitors took an 18-11 lead after the first eight minutes of action and increased their advantage to 33-19 at intermission. The black-and-gold took a commanding 53-26 lead after three quarters of play.

North Union girls win 14th game of season

EAGLE GROVE—Four players reached double figures scoring to lead the North Union Warrior girls’ basketball squad to their 14th win of the season in a 65-36 Top of Iowa Conference victory over the Eagle Grove Eagles on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

Ainsley Ulrich led the green-black-and-silver in scoring with 20 points and was joined in double figures by Naomi Jones with as both Libby Stevens and Olivia Merrill tossing in 11 points.

Cougars too much for WB-M boys 66-26

WEST BEND—Manson Northwest Webster raced out to an 11-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 66-26 Twin Lakes Conference boys’ basketball victory on Tuesday, Jan. 30 over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.

The Cougars increased that first stanza advantage to 30-9 as the two teams went to the locker room at intermission and led 57-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Algona boys wrestlers qualify for state dual meet

ALGONA—For the first time in the school’s history, the Algona Bulldog boys’ wrestling team will compete in the Class 2A state dual meet tournament in Coralville.

The red-and-black earned that right on Tuesday, Jan. 30 with a 43-24 win over New Hampton/Turkey Valley and take a 23-2 dual meet record to the state tourney.

After dropping the opening match, Hunter Kollasch got a late takedown for an exciting 5-4 victory at 285 pounds to get the home team on the scoreboard.

North Union wrestlers edge Wolverines 39-30

NORTHWOOD—West Bend-Mallard defeated North Union 39-30 in a non-conference quadrangular meet held here on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The Warriors also beat Northwood-Kensett 42-30 but fell to Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 42-33 while the Wolverines lost to G-T/R-A 54-28 and Northwood-Kensett 37-36 via a tiebreaker.

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