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No. 1 Golden Bears cruise in regional opener



ALGONA—Top-ranked Bishop Garrigan opened defense of their Class 1A state title on Tuesday, Feb. 14 by cruising to an 80-27 win over the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans in the regional opener.

The black-and-gold wasted no time taking control of the contest as they scored the first 18 points of the game and led 22-2 at the conclusion of the first period.

Algona boys hand Lynx just third loss of year



WEBSTER CITY—Algona finished the regular season with a big statement heading into the post-season as the red-and-black handed the Webster City Lynx just their third loss of the season.

The Bulldogs went on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to conclude their North Central Conference schedule and came home with an impressive 65-50 win over the Lynx.

North Union boys advance to district finals


SHEFFIELD—North Union used a balanced scoring attack with seven players with at least six points to earn a spot in the Class 1A district finals after a 75-65 victory over West Fork on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Danyal Fothergill led a balanced Warrior scoring attack with 15 points as both Grady Madden and Aiden Lofstrom chipped in with 12 points.

Newman ends Golden Bear boys’ season 74-65



MASON CITY—Bishop Garrigan built a 10-point lead in the first half but the Mason City Newman Knights fought back to earn a 74-65 win on Thursday, Feb, 16 in the Class 1A boys’ basketball district semifinals.

The black-and-gold did a nice job of slowing down the Knights’ best two players but teammate Toby Kesten erupted for a career-high 23 points in the contest.

Algona boys’ wrestlers cruise to district title

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


Seven Bulldogs qualify for state


ESTHERVILLE—It was a dominating day for the Algona Bulldog boys’ wrestling squad on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Class 2A district meet.

Algona Bulldog girls win regional opener 71-49

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Algona built a 10-point first quarter lead and never trailed in a 71-49 win on Saturday, Feb. 11 over the Southeast Valley Jaguars in the opening round of the Class 3A regional girls’ basketball tournament.

Golden Bear boys rally for 80-71 win over WB-M

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan outscored West Bend-Mallard 33-23 in the final eight minutes to rally for an 80-71 victory on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Class 1A district opener.

The black-and-gold put the contest away in the final minute at the charity stripe by draining 11 of 14 free throws. The Golden Bears made 18 of 22 foul shots on the evening as the purple-and-gold hit just 14 of 24 attempts.

SLSM tops Wolverines in regular season finale

STORM LAKE—In a defensive Twin Lakes Conference girls’ basketball contest on Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers defeated the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines by the score of 39-27.

The home team led 6-4 at the conclusion of the first period and held a 19-7 advantage at halftime. The Panthers also led 27-14 heading into the fourth quarter of action.

Lake Mills upsets North Union Warrior girls 55-40

LAKE MILLS—In the final Top of Iowa Conference contest for both teams, the Lake Mills Bulldog girls’ basketball squad upset the North Union Warriors 55-40 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Bulldogs’ deadly shooting was the key to the victory as the purple-and-gold nailed 20 of 39 overall field goals for 51.2 percent, drained eight of 12 attempts behind the three-point arc for 66.6 percent and sank seven of 11 free throws for 63.6 percent.

Golden Bears prevail in battle of defending state champs

DIKE—In a battle of top-ranked and defending state champions, Bishop Garrigan (No. 1, Class 1A) was just too strong for Dike-New Hartford (No. 1, Class 2A) 62-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The win snapped a 26-game winning streak for the Wolverines with the last loss coming at Bishop Garrigan last February. It was also the first time since 2019 the blue-and-white have lost a contest on their home floor.

Five West Bend-Mallard Wolverines place third at districts

ODGEN—West Bend-Mallard did not advance any wrestlers to the state tournament from the Class 1A, District No. 7 meet held on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The purple-and-gold finished in fifth place in the team standings with 78 points of the total of 10 squads competing in the tournament.

Five Wolverines just missed a trip to Des Moines by finishing in third place on Saturday while another one ended up in fourth place.

North Union places sixth at Class 1A district tourney

LAKE MILLS—North Union finished in sixth place in the team standings with 70.5 points on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Class 1A district wrestling tournament and did not have any wrestlers advance to the state tourney.

Landon Price at 120 pounds along with Brennen Bollinger at 220 pounds placed third while teammates Ethan Preston (106), Kaleb Lufkin (195) and Kolton Walter (285) all ended up in fourth place for the green-black-and-silver.


Wolverines earn ninth victory of the season

STORM LAKE—West Bend-Mallard earned their ninth win of the 2022-2023 campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with a 53-32 Twin Lakes Conference boys’ basketball victory over the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers.

The purple-and-gold led 11-5 at the end of the first period before taking a 19-12 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The Wolverines also led 38-24 heading into the fourth quarter of action.

No. 8 Lake Mills edges North Union Warriors 67-64

LAKE MILLS—The eighth-ranked team in Class 2A had to battle hard to remain undefeated on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as the Lake Mills Bulldogs edged the North Union Warriors by the score of 67-64.

The visitors had a three-pointer with one second left bounce off the back rim for a chance to send the contest into overtime.

Algona Bulldogs runs past CGD Cowboys 83-51

CLARION—Algona completed a season sweep of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with an 83-51 North Central Conference boys’ basketball win over the Cowboys.

The Bulldogs topped Clarion-Goldfield/Dows 67-52 in Algona on Jan. 13 in the first meeting of the two conference foes.

The visitors started fast in the opening eight minutes by taking a 27-16 lead and was led by senior Simon Feucht, who poured in 14 points in the frame.

Algona finishes 2nd in NCC with 12-2 mark


CLARION—Algona secured a runner-up showing in the North Central Conference standings with a hard-earned 48-43 girls’ league victory over the Clarion-Goldfield/Ventura Cowgirls on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The red-and-black concluded the regular season with an overall record of 15-6 and ended up in 12-2 in the conference this winter.

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