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Algona improves to 7-0 in NCC contests

ALGONA—Algona remained undefeated in North Central Conference girls’ basketball play with a 65-36 victory over Hampton-Dumont on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The home team held a narrow 10-8 lead at the conclusion of the first period before extending the advantage to 25-18 at halftime. The Bulldogs also led 45-28 at the end of the third quarter of play.

Lake Mills boys run past Golden Bears 76-57

LAKE MILLS—Lake Mills kept pace with North Union for first place in the Top of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball standings on Tuesday, Jan. 16 with a 76-57 victory over the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bears.

The game was tight after the first eight minutes as the home team led 20-18 before extending their advantage to 40-29 at intermission. The Bulldogs also led 55-39 heading into the fourth quarter of action.

Algona wins NCC game in overtime

ALGONA—Algona outscored Hampton-Dumont 9-4 in overtime to squeeze out a 73-68 North Central Conference overtime victory boys’ basketball contest on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Algona led 18-16 after a tight first quarter and took a narrow 40-35 advantage to the locker room at intermission. The home team led 51-49 after three period and the contest was deadlocked at 64-64 at the end of regulation.

WB-M girls win 8th game of the season

LAKE VIEW—Earning their eighth victory of the 2023-2024 campaign, the West Bend-Mallard Wolverine girls’ basketball squad squeezed out a hard-fought 49-45 Twin Lakes Conference win over the East Sac County Raiders on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The purple-and-gold trailed 16-10 at the end of the first period before taking a 25-22 advantage to the locker room at halftime. The visitors also led 39-35 at the end of the third quarter.

WB-M boys drop league road contest

LAKE VIEW—West Bend-Mallard went on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 16 in a Twin Lakes Conference boy’ basketball contest and dropped a 69-33 decision to the East Sac County Raiders.

The home team led 11-5 at the end of the first period and extended their advantage to 31-11 at intermission. The Raiders also led 54-20 at the conclusion of the third quarter of play.

North Union boys improve to 12-2 overall

ARMSTRONG—North Union remained in a first place tie with Lake Mills in the Top of Iowa Conference boys’ basketball standings with a 64-45 victory over the Forest City Indians on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The green-black-and-silver led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter; 31-19 at intermission and held a 44-34 advantage after the conclusion of the third period.

Warrior shock No. 10 Forest City in overtime

ARMSTRONG—North Union shocked No. 10 (Class 3A) Forest City 47-46 in a huge Top of Iowa Conference girls’ basketball upset on Tuesday, Jan. 16 in overtime.

Ainsley Ulrich sank two free throws with six seconds left to give the green-black-and-silver the victory. Hayden Brown drained a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation for the visitors to force the extra period.

Algona gets share of NCC title

ALGONA—Algona had a chance to have sole possession of a North Central Conference title but the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs had another idea on Thursday, Jan. 11 in boys’ wrestling action.

Hampton-Dumont won five of the last six matches to rally for a 39-37 win as the two squads shared the conference title with the Humboldt Wildcats in a three-way tie.

Bishop Garrigan girls cruise past Knights 69-31

MASON CITY—Graclyn Eastman and Abbie Capesius both recorded a double-double to lead seventh-ranked Bishop Garrigan to a 69-31 girls’ non-conference basketball victory over the Mason City Newman Knights on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Eastman poured in game-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds while teammate Capesius contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds and Zoe Montag added 14 points and five caroms.

Stevens 17 points lead North Union past Titans 46-25

ARMSTRONG—Senior point guard Libby Stevens tallied a game-high 17 points to lead the North Union Warrior girls’ basketball squad to a 46-25 non-conference victory on Thursday, Jan. 11 over the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans.

Stevens connected on eight of 16 overall field goals, including one of two attempts behind the three-point line to produce her total of 17 points.

North Union wins 11th game of season

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ARMSTRONG—Earning their 11th victory of the 2023-2024 season, the North Union Warrior boys’ basketball team defeated the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans on Thursday, Jan. 11 by the final score of 61-29.

Warrior wrestlers earn pair of league wins

By Greg Grabianowski 

Sports Editor 


SHEFFIELD—A long trip to Sheffield on Thursday, Jan. 11 proved to be a successful one for the North Union Warriors wrestling squad as the team picked up a pair of Top of Iowa Conference victories.

The green-black-and-silver pounded West Fork 72-3 in their opening match of the evening and finished the night with a 55-22 win over the Mason City Newman Knights.

Golden Bears nip Newman 63-59

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


MASON CITY—Bishop Garrigan built a sizeable lead only to see Mason City Newman storm back in the final eight minutes but held on for a 63-59 non-conference boys’ basketball victory over the Knights on Thursday, Jan. 11.

The black-and-gold improved to 8-5 overall with the win and sit at 5-3 in Top of Iowa Conference contests while Mason City Newman fell to 6-4 overall on the year.

AHS Sports Hall of Fame

The new inductees into the Algona Sports Hall of Fame included top from left, Austin Steenhoek, Tora Solbach, A’Lailah Perry, Tristin Larsen, Caden Weber and Lamorn Ulfers; bottom from left, Allison Casey, Carlos Gomez-Banchs, Jensen Eischen and Lily Elsbecker and missing from the event were inductees Brooklyn Helmers, Lillian Etherington, Moriah Knapp, Eliza Schultz and Ryan Stundahl.

Algona boys wrestlers win Clear Lake Invitational

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


CLEAR LAKE—Crowning four champions along with five runner-ups, the Algona Bulldog boys’ wrestling team captured the title at the Clear Lake Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6 with a team score of 236.5 points.

AHS boys defeat Cardinals 56-42

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Rebounding from a conference loss less than 24 hours earlier, the Algona Bulldog boys’ basketball team defeated the Garner-Hayfield/Ventura Cardinals by the final score of 56-42 on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The home team built a 20-point advantage after the first three quarters of play as they improved to 5-4 overall while the Cardinals fell to 3-8 on the year.

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