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Golden Bears roll to conference win over Cardinals

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan remained undefeated in Top of Iowa Conference play as the second-ranked Golden Bears started fast on Tuesday, Dec. 14, as they went onto a 72-32 girls basketball victory over the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Cardinals.

The black-and-gold got out quickly by taking a 20-5 advantage at the conclusion of the game’s first eight minutes. The home team also led 36-10 at halftime and 58-18 at the end of the third period.

Montag’s big night leads WB-M to second straight win

WEST BEND—Sophomore Kierstin Montag poured in 17 points and yanked down 18 rebounds to help lead the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine girls basketball squad to their second straight win on Friday, Dec. 17, with a 53-47 Twin Lakes Conference victory over the Alta-Aurelia Warriors.

The home team trailed 8-6 at the conclusion of the game’s first eight minutes but took a 23-18 advantage at halftime. West Bend-Mallard also led 39-27 after three quarters of basketball.

Bulldogs earn three wins on the mat

HUMBOLDT—The Algona Bulldogs wrestling squad picked up a trio of victories on Thursday, Dec. 16, including a pair of North Central Conference matches.

The red-and-black won a pair of close league matches as they beat Humboldt 42-34 and Hampton-Dumont by the score of 37-36 and also won a 42-36 non-conference match over the Ballard Bombers.

Tobin is runner-up at Cherokee tourney

CHEROKEE—Dalton Tobin placed second at 145 pounds on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Paul Fuhrman Invitational to highlight the performances of the North Union Warriors wrestling squad.

Both Ethan Preston and Liam Kollasch were third as Breenan Bollinger and Kolton Walter took fourth place. Gavyn Morphew and Talan Priester each finished in fifth place as Lucas Dreyer was sixth. The Warriors scored 96.5 points to place sixth in the team standings.

Lucas Fehr 2nd at Britt, two finish fifth

BRITT—Lucas Fehr finished in second place at 126 pounds to highlight the performances of the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines wrestling squad on Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Al DeLeon Invitational.

Both Ben Massner and Alphonso Martinez placed fifth for the purple-and-gold while teammates Logan Grimm and Trenedy Allen were sixth. The Wolverines scored 32 team points to finish in sixth place in the team standings.

NU wrestlers go 3-0 in home matches Tuesday

SWEA CITY—North Union wrestled at home for the first time this season on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and did not disappoint the hometown fans as they earned three victories.

The Warriors defeated Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 42-39 before topping Northwood-Kensett 54-40 and ended the evening with a 60-24 victory over West Bend-Mallard.

Two victories in a row for West Bend-Mallard boys

WEST BEND—For the second time in less than 24 hours, the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine boys basketball team is in the win column with an exciting 46-45 victory over the Alta-Aurelia Warriors on Friday, Dec. 17.

Alta-Aurelia led 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and took a 24-20 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The home team led by one point at 37-36 heading into the final eight minutes of action.

Hot-shooting Lynx top Algona

ALGONA—Webster City went 9 for 11 behind the three-point arc to hand the Algona Bulldogs an 85-65 North Central Conference loss on Friday, Dec. 17.

The Lynx connected on 36 of 57 overall field goals on the evening for a sizzling 63.1 percent to earn their third victory of the season.

Warriors double win total from last year

BELMOND—Just six games into the 2021-2022 season, the North Union Warrior boys basketball team has doubled their victory total over last season.

The latest win for the green-black-and-silver came on Tuesday, Dec. 14, as the Warriors defeated the Belmond-Klemme Broncos 73-47 in Top of Iowa Conference action.

Wildcats top AHS in high scoring NCC game

HUMBOLDT—In a game featuring 172 points, the Humboldt Wildcats topped the Algona Bulldogs boys basketball team, 89-83, on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The home team started fast by taking a 22-11 lead at the end of the first stanza. The Wildcats took a 42-28 advantage to the locker room at halftime and led 63-52 at the conclusion of three quarters of North Central Conference basketball action.

AHS overcomes slow start to steamroll Forest City

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

FOREST CITY—Algona trailed early but a 13-0 run late in the first quarter got the engine warmed up as the red-and-black rolled to 65-39 non-conference boys’ basketball victory on Thursday, Dec. 9 over the Forest City Indians.

The home team scored the opening basket of the evening that was answered by a field goal by Tyler Manske. A three-pointer by Forest City was followed by another hoop by Tyler Manske.

No. 1 N-F stops No. 2 BGHS in OT

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

NEWELL—Top-ranked Newell-Fonda out-scored second-rated Bishop Garrigan 8-4 in overtime to earn a 74-70 girls’ basketball victory on Thursday, Dec. 9 in a rematch of the Class 1A state championship games the past two seasons.

The contest was a game of numerous runs and each team led during the game by at least 10 points at one point only to see the other squad rally back.

North Union wrestlers defeat Wolverines, 48-33

By Greg Grabianowski, Sports Editor

WEST BEND—North Union defeated the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines 48-33 on Tuesday, Dec. 7 in a non-conference wrestling match.

The Warriors also topped Sioux Central narrowly by the score of 43-42 but fell to Pocahontas Area by the score of 42-30 while the Wolverines lost to Pocahontas Area 42-29 and Sioux Central by the count of 34-33.

Mustangs gallop past BGHS boys

NEWELL—A high powered Newell-Fonda team was in road gear on Thursday, Dec. 9 and handed the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears a 97-52 defeat in non-conference boys basketball action.

The blue-and-white led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter before increasing their advantage to 58-24 at halftime. The Mustangs took a commanding 82-42 lead into the fourth period.

Warriors earn third win – more than last year

NORTHWOOD—Surpassing their win total of the entire 2020-21 campaign, the North Union Warriors earned their third victory of the season with a 62-48 win over the Northwood-Kensett Vikings.

The visitors led 15-7 at the end of the first period but trailed by one point at 26-25 at intermission. The Warriors took a 41-33 advantage into the fourth quarter of action.

Bulldogs win Ogden Duals

OGDEN—With a perfect 5-0 mark on the day, the Algona Bulldogs wrestling squad won the championship on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Ogden Duals.

Algona opened the day with a 45-33 victory over Carroll High School and followed that up with a 51-27 triumph over the Gilbert Tigers.

The red-and-black then defeated Woodward-Granger by the score of 72-12 and ended pool play at a perfect 4-0 with a 56-21 win over Greene County.

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