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Warriors win two of three home matches

SWEA CITY—In their final meet before the Christmas break, the North Union Warriors wrestling squad won two out of three Top of Iowa Conference matches on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

The green-black-and-silver defeated Forest City 51-30 and Rockford by the score of 63-10 but fell to fifth ranked Nashua-Plainfield 72-9.

Golden Bears improve to 5-0 in league play

ALGONA—Second ranked Bishop Garrigan ripped off their fourth straight victory and fifth in conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 21, with an easy 78-24 victory over the North Iowa Lady Bison.

The black-and-gold raced out to a commanding 25-5 lead after the first period and took a 45-11 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The home team also led 58-16 at the conclusion of the third quarter of play.

Panthers top ice-cold WB-M

 

STORM LAKE—Storm Lake St. Mary’s remained undefeated on the year with a 36-22 Twin Lakes Conference girls basketball victory on Tuesday, Dec. 21, over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines in a low-scoring contest.

The home team blew out to a 14-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter and took a 25-9 lead to the locker room at halftime. The ninth-ranked Panthers also led 32-16 heading into the fourth quarter of action.

NU girls hit break at 6-2

LAKE MILLS—The North Union Warriors moved into the Christmas break the right way with a 61-38 Top of Iowa Conference win on Tuesday, Dec. 21, over the Lake Mills girls.

Bulldogs pull away in second half to beat BGHS

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan hung tough in the opening half but the Algona Bulldog boys basketball team took over in the second half to earn a 75-60 cross-town victory over the black-and-gold on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The two teams traded baskets to start the contest as with the game tied at 6-6, a field goal by Jack Grandgenett gave Bishop Garrigan their first lead at 8-6 with 4:45 left in the first stanza.

No. 2 BGHS girls roll by Bulldogs

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

ALGONA—Algona held a 7-2 lead early but it was all Bishop Garrigan after that as the second-ranked (Class 1A) Golden Bears rolled to a 71-28 non-conference girls basketball victory on Saturday, Dec. 18, over the red-and-black.

The first half was a game of runs as Audi Crooks opened the contest with a basket but Algona responded with the next seven points for a 7-2 lead 2:25 into the game.

WB-M boys edge Bison, 61-58, for first victory

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

WEST BEND—The West Bend-Mallard Wolverine boys basketball team built a big lead early in the final frame and held off a late North Iowa rally to defeat the Bison 61-58 on Thursday, Dec. 16, in non-conference play for their first victory of the season.

Wolverine girls top North Iowa for first win of season

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

WEST BEND—A strong second period gave the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine girls basketball squad a 12-point advantage and they never looked back on Thursday, Dec. 16, to capture their first victory of the 2021-2022 season.

The purple-and-gold defeated the North Iowa Lady Bison by the final score of 48-34 in the non-conference contest to end a four-game losing streak.

Good second quarter propels AHS girls to win

ALGONA—A 15-0 advantage in the second quarter propelled the Algona Bulldog girls basketball squad to a 49-27 North Central Conference victory over the Webster City Lynx on Friday, Dec. 17.

The home team scored the first eight points of the contest only to see Webster City answer with the next 10 points. The red-and-black scored the final three points of the first stanza for an 11-10 advantage at the quarter break.

No. 2 BGHS defeats No. 14 North Union

ARMSTRONG—Second-ranked Bishop Garrigan rolled out to a big lead early on Friday, Dec. 17, and never looked back in a 71-29 Top of Iowa Conference girls basketball win over the No. 14 rated North Union Warriors.

The black-and-gold raced out to a 22-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter and increased their advantage to 42-13 at intermission, The visitors took a commanding 63-19 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

AHS’s Wilson, Zabka champs at Spencer

SPENCER—Isaac Wilson and Jacob Zabka earned titles at the Austin Roberts Memorial Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 18, to highlight the performances of the Algona Bulldogs wrestling squad.

Algona finished in fourth place in the 15-team field in the team standings with 154.5 points. Hayden Thompson placed second as both Tate Slagle and Brandon Harris was third.

WB-M drops a pair of matches

EAGLE GROVE—The West Bend-Mallard Wolverines wrestling squad dropped a pair of non-conference matches on Thursday, Dec. 16. The purple-and-gold was defeated by the Eagle Grove Eagles by the score of 57-18 and fell to the Manson Northwest Webster Cougars by the score of 46-18.

Logan Grimm was the lone Wolverine to go 2-0 on the evening with a fall and a forfeit while teammate Coltin Hoover won by fall and Garrett Fehr, Ben Massner and Ethan Zaugg each won by forfeit.

 

Warriors topple Golden Bears

ARMSTRONG—North Union built a big lead and held off a late run by Bishop Garrigan on Friday, Dec. 17, in a 72-61 Top of Iowa Conference boys basketball victory over the Golden Bears.

The home team started fast by taking a 22-9 lead at the conclusion of the first stanza and built a 38-22 advantage at halftime. The green-black-and-silver took a 57-34 at the end of third period and held off a late run by the visitors.

Cardinals top Golden Bears in low scoring league contest

ALGONA—In a low-scoring Top of Iowa Conference boys basketball contest, the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Cardinals defeated the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears 48-32 on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The visitors held an 11-5 lead at the conclusion of the first eight minutes of play and took a 17-13 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The Cardinals extended the lead to 38-25 at the end of the third quarter.

Humboldt hands Bulldogs North Central league defeat

HUMBOLDT—Algona had the lead in the opening frame but the Humboldt Wildcats led the final 24 minutes on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and went onto a 51-43 North Central Conference girls basketball victory over the red-and-black.

The visitors held a two point lead at 7-5 at the conclusion of the first period but the blue-and-gold took a 21-17 advantage to the locker room at intermission and led 34-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Warriors improve to 3-0 in league

BELMOND—North Union improved to 3-0 on the year in Top of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball play with a hard-fought 44-33 victory on Tuesday, Dec. 14 over the Belmond-Klemme Broncos.

The 12th ranked Warriors started fast by taking an early 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 23-16 at halftime. The green-black-and-silver held a 34-24 advantage into the fourth period of action.

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