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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.

Warriors drop league match to Forest City

FOREST CITY—Forest City remained undefeated on the season as the 13th ranked (Class 3A) Indians defeated the North Union Warriors volleyball squad in three straight sets on Thursday, Aug. 31.

The scores of the Top of Iowa Conference match were 17-25, 15-25 and 12-25 as the red-and-white improved to 3-0 both overall and in conference matches.

Algona drops NCC opener

CLEAR LAKE—Algona opened their 2023 North Central Conference volleyball season on the road on Thursday, Aug. 31 and fell in three straight sets to the Clear Lake Lions.

All three games were tight as the home team won the opener by the score of 21-25, took the second set by the score of 20-25 and won the final game in extra time by the score of 27-25.

Capesius places 40th at Newman Invitational

MASON CITY—In their season opener on Tuesday, Aug. 29, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls’ cross-country squad competed in the Mason City Newman Invitational meet.

Abbie Capesius was the top place winner for the black-and-gold as the senior ended up in 40th place overall with her time of 25:45.37.

Rosanne Curtis was the only other runner for the Golden Bears as she crossed the finish line in 78th place with her clocking of 30:12.53.

Bulldog boys win Webster City Invitational

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


WEBSTER CITY—Placing four runners in the top six finishers, the Algona Bulldog boys’ cross-country cruised to the team title at the Webster City Invitational on Monday, Aug. 28.

The red-and-black easily won the team title with a team score of 31, 27 points ahead of the runner-up squad, the St. Edmond Gaels.

Swim team falls to Spencer

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—In the 2023 season opener for both squads, the Spencer Tigers defeated the Algona Bulldogs swim team by the score of 698-540 in the season-opening meet held at the Algona YMCA pool on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The red-and-black had four individual winners on the night in Brooke Ludwig in the 200-yard freestyle race in 2:19.90 along with Natalee Reemtsma in the 200-yard IM with her time of 2:51.66.

Mistakes costly for Algona in loss

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Four turnovers and two key fourth down penalties that continued drives after a stop were too much for the Algona Bulldogs’ football team as Spirit Lake rallied late in the contest for a 30-22 victory.

Hagedorn leads Warriors past Okoboji 26-20

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ARMSTRONG—North Union senior running back Landon Hagedorn spent the past two seasons as the led blocker for two-time all-stater Bryce Prochniak.

On Friday, Aug. 25, Hagedorn got his opportunity to tote the football and made the most of his chance by rushing 42 times for 224 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the green-black-and-silver to a 26-20 season-opening victory over the Okoboji Pioneers.

St. Edmond outscores Golden Bears 42-34

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


FORT DODGE—St. Edmond scored the last 16 points of the game in the final six minutes to capture a 42-34 season-opening football victory over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears on Friday, Aug. 25.

The home team got on the scoreboard just 1:40 into the contest on a 35-yard pass play for an early 7-0 advantage in the battle of the two longtime rivals.

Wolverines run past Newell-Fonda 44-16

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


NEWELL—West Bend-Mallard’s powerful running attack rushed the football 56 times for 314 yards to control the clock in a convincing 44-16 season opening win over the Newell-Fonda Mustangs on Friday, Aug. 25.

Quarterback Landon Montag rushed 22 times for 147 yards while teammate Cole Fehr contributed 25 rushes for 143 yards and Logan Grimm added 24 yards in his nine carries.

Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears drop league opener

BELMOND—Opening their Top of Iowa Conference schedule on the road, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears’ volleyball lost three straight sets to the Belmond-Klemme Broncos on Thursday, Aug. 24.

The final scores of the match were 25-12, 25-19 and 25-22. The black-and-gold connected on 45 of 52 serves for 86.5 percent with one ace as a team during the evening.

AHS spikers go 3-0 in season opener

MILFORD—Opening the 2023 season in impressive fashion, the Algona Bulldogs’ volleyball squad went 3-0 on the night at the Spencer Early Bird Invitational on Tuesday, Aug. 22

The event was moved to Okoboji High School after the hot, humid day made the specious Spencer Fieldhouse very hot and not a very comfortable environment for the six teams involved.

Mara Davis 4th, AHS girls 3rd at Lynx Invitational

WEBSTER CITY—In their season opener on Monday, Aug. 28,  a young Algona Bulldog girls’ cross-country squad finished in third place with 83 points at the Lynx Invitational.

Every young lady that placed for the red-and-black on Monday competed in their first high school cross-country meet.

Freshman Mara Davis led the way for the Bulldogs in fourth place overall in 22:00.16 while classmate Hayden Kuhlmann was 17th with her time of 25:03. 21.

Kossuth County Speedway Top 10 Final Standings

Modifieds—1. Jeremy Mills, Clear Lake 573; 2. Cody Knecht, Whittemore 549; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore 517; 4. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Mn. 500; 5. Sam Hoffman, Spencer 389; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile 263; 7. Gerald Curry, LuVerne 210; 8. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, NM 138; 9. Mike Jensen, Spencer 127; 10. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Mn. 112

Featured Drivers

Sam Hoffman  ▪  Spencer



How many years have you been racing: 8 years

Who is the biggest influence or person that got you started racing: I had some friends in high school that raced

What is your most memorable racing moment: My first win felt pretty good in 2022 at Galva Speedway

What is your favorite food at Kossuth County Speedway: Cheeseburgers

Featured Drivers

Alex Smith  ▪  Algona

Sport Mods


How many years have you been racing: 7 years

Who is the biggest influence or person that got you started racing: My dad

What is your most memorable racing moment: Winning a feature here in Algona on June 1

What is your favorite food at Kossuth County Speedway: Steak sandwiches

What driver in Algona do you like to watch: Jeremy Mills

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