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GOLDen Bears

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Leading 50-46 with 35 seconds remaining, Bishop Garrigan head coach Brandon Schwab told his team they needed one stop and two free throws to win a state title.

Tigges wins 2022 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award

JOHNSTON— Meredith Tigges, a senior at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona was recently honored as the 2022 Class 1A recipient of the Iowa Bankers Association’s Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament held March 4-5 in Des Moines. The award recognizes a graduating senior student-athlete who not only excels in athletics but also in the classroom and the community.

Crooks, Joyce named first-team all-state

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—For the third consecutive season, juniors Audi Crooks and Molly Joyce of Bishop Garrigan were chosen first-team all-state by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association this past weekend.

Crooks led the state in scoring with 659 points in 28 games for a season scoring average of 23.53 points per contest. The Golden Bear junior center buried 284 of 393 overall field goals for 72.2 percent.

Bishop Garrigan reaches state finals again

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—For the third straight season, the Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls basketball squad will be playing for the Class 1A state title.

The black-and-gold advanced to the finals for third consecutive season with a hard-fought 74-57 win over scrappy North Linn team, which was a state qualifier last winter in Class 2A with good nucleus returning from that squad.

Golden Bears cruise in state tourney opener

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Second-ranked Bishop Garrigan made an early statement in the opening round of the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament on Wednesday, March 2 with a convincing 77-42 win over previously undefeated Burlington Notre Dame.

Algona YMCA Wahoos excel at state

ALGONA— On March 5-6, the Algona Wahoo swim team competed at the State YMCA swim meet. This season 21 swimmers qualified for a variety of individual events and relays. This season, the Wahoos were able to take 45 total events to state. This was exciting as it almost doubled the total number of events from the previous season. 

Bulldog girls compete at Dickinson Relays

CEDAR FALLS—A group of eight Algona Bulldog girls’ track members competed in seven different events at the annual Dickinson Relays in the UNI-Dome on Monday, March 7.

Junior Moriah Knapp was the top place winner for the red-and-black as she finished in sixth place in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:03.22 and also ended up in 23rd place in the 1,500-meter run in 5:19.56.

GIRLS STATE HOOPS: Bishop Garrigan Beats MMCRU, 52-49, To Win 1A Title


Even without a big game from star center Audi Crooks, Bishop Garrigan of Algona still had enough to win a state championship.

But it sure wasn’t easy.

Everyone played a role as Bishop Garrigan erased the disappointment of championship game losses the last two years with a 52-49 victory over MMCRU for the Class 1A title and a wrap to the 2022 state tournament.

Manske selected to play in Shrine Bowl

ALGONA—Senior quarterback Tyler Manske of Algona has been selected to play in the 50th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl for the North team on Saturday, July 23, at 4 p.m. at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

The North squad will be coached by head coach Steve Milder of West Central Maynard along with assistant coaches Tim Laven of Linn Marr, Jim Tighe of Spencer, Derrick Ellman of Humboldt, Chad Beerman of Waukon, Brad Schmid of Waterloo Columbus and Eric Walkingstick of Akron-Westfield.

NCC Announces Girls All-Conference Hoops Team; Top of Iowa West announces Boys and Girls All-Conference Teams

Here are the all-conference basketball teams selected by North Central Conference girls coaches and the Top of Iowa West boys and girls teams selected by coaches.


NCC Girls All-Conference 2021-22

First Team

*Jaden Ainley Clear Lake 12

*Morgan Mann Humboldt 9

*Lauren Meader Hampton-Dumont/CAL 12

*Emily Theiss Clear Lake 12

Avery Hanson Hampton-Dumont/CAL 12

Price goes 1-2 at state meet

DES MOINES—North Union freshman Landon Price went 1-2 at 113 pounds at the Class 1A state wrestling meet on Feb. 17-19. The freshman concluded a nice 2022 campaign with a season record of 37-5.

Price opened the tournament on Thursday with a tough draw against top-ranked Corbin Reisz of Logan-Magnolia and lost to him by fall in 2:47.

Fourth-ranked Spencer ends Algona’s season

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


SPENCER—Fourth-ranked Spencer broke open a three-point game at halftime with a big second half to hand the Algona Bulldogs a 78-45 defeat on Monday, Feb. 21, in the opening round of the Class 3A substate boys basketball tournament.

Wilson, Slagle each win one match at state tourney

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


DES MOINES—Algona freshmen Isaac Wilson and Tate Slagle went 1-2 at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 17-19 to gain valuable experience for the future. The Bulldogs finished in 51st place overall in the team standings with six points.

Wilson had a tough opening round match against second-ranked Carter West of Burlington Notre Dame and lost by the score of 7-0.

Hot-shooting Lynx top Algona 64-59

WEBSTER CITY—A hot-shooting Webster City Lynx boys basketball team fought off a pesky Algona Bulldogs squad on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in a North Central Conference contest by the score of 64-59 in the team’s regular season finale.

The Lynx were on fire on the night from the floor, connecting on 24 of 38 attempts from the field in the victory for 63.2 percent and hit six of 11 three-point field goal tries.

Golden Bears roll past WB-M 63-20

ALGONA—Would a week layoff hurt the second-ranked Bishop Garrigan Golden Bear girls’ basketball team in their Class 1A regional opener on Tuesday, Feb. 15?

The black-and-gold made sure that the answer to that question was no as they started the game with an early 31-0 run and cruised to a 63-20 victory over the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines.

Golden Bears advance to another regional final

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan advanced to the Class 1A regional final for the third straight year and the fourth in the last five seasons with a 70-34 thrashing of the Nashua-Plainfield Huskies on Friday, Feb. 18, in the Class 1A regional semifinal round.

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