High School Basketball Friday:
Webster City Girls move above the .500 mark with a 41-35 victory over Hampton-Dumont Friday in 41-35 victory. The Lynx would lead throughout the game but could never separate, entering halftime up just 20-17. Turnovers stifled the Lynx on offense as they gave the ball away 15 times but 11 came in opening half. The Lynx would go on to win on the power of their defense which rarely gave up points off of the turnovers. Sr. guard Haley Flaws led the Lynx with 12 in the victory. The Bulldogs employed a defensive strategy that Lynx Coach Nicole Muhlenbruch is likely to see utilized against her top scorer, Taylor McKinney. While 4 of the Hampton-Dumont girls switched back and forth between zone and man defense, the Bulldogs always had one girl playing tight, ball denial, man coverage on McKinney at all times. If McKinney came out beyond the 3 point arc to receive the ball she was promptly double-teamed upon gaining possession. As such McKinney tied for second with Cassidy Nerland with 10 points for the Lynx. The girls then fell back to 6 and 6 Saturday when they lost 57-25 to Waverly Shell Rock at home. Nerland grabbed her 4th rebound of the game in the 1st quarter which marked her 494th while wearing a Lynx uniform, setting a new school record. The senior forward currently leads Iowa Class 4A in rebounds at 12.2 per game.
The Lynx boys exploded for 25 points in the third quarter en route to a rout over Hampton Dumont Friday 75-45 on the road. Webster City would go up early and often despite the fact that all-conference caliber point guard Jordan Tanner played less than 15 minutes with a right knee injury. Two other offensive leaders for the Lynx would pick up the slack however, as junior center Henry Hoversten contributed 17 points including 11 of 14 shooting from the charity stripe. The biggest difference in Friday’s game was simple, Webster City had Cameron Moen. The senior shooting forward started the season on fire from deep, averaging more than 22 points per game through a few games. Moen had cooled off for a 4 game stretch but Friday the bottom of the net was where a vast majority of his shots ended up, no matter where he shot from. Moen would go 7-10 from long distance en route to 25 points. The Lynx would be right back in action Saturday but would be without the services Tanner, who sat out the nonconference game in hopes that some rest would allow his knee to heal headed into the homestretch of the season. . Despite being shorthanded, the Lynx would compete with Waverly-Shell Rock but would ultimately fall 45-40 at home to fall to 7-3 this season. Both Lynx teams will host Iowa Falls-Alden Tuesday in a game that can be heard live on KZWC with pregame starting at 6PM.
The Lynx girls check in at 6 and 6 while the cadets sit at 7 and 5.
The Lynx boys sit at 7 and 3 while IAF is 4 and 6.
High School Wrestling Saturday
The Webster City Lynx wrestling team put together the tournament showing that we’ve been waiting for all season Saturday in the Perry Invitational. The Lynx were one of just 15 teams that featured a grand total of 25 ranked wrestlers, several #1, that invaded Perry Saturday. In the end the Lynx would come away with 189 points, good enough to finish 4 points ahead of runner up Panorama for the championship in the team standings. James Cherry, Luke Rohmiller, and Drake Doolittle would all bring home runner up trophies. Taking home championships for the Lynx were Carson Hartnett, Zane Williams, and Cooper Lawson, whose 100th career victory came in a pin 28 seconds into the first period of the 285 pound championship that sealed the Lynx championship. The Lynx will now wrestle a makeup Triangular Tuesday at St. Edmond’s with Humboldt.
Webster City’s Howard Wins Prestigious State Football Association Award
Congratulations are in order for Webster City High School Head Football Coach Bob Howard. The Iowa Football Coaches Association Walt Fiegel Coaching with Character Award recognizes a person who embodies the high character, integrity, concern for kids, and service to the profession that were evident during Coach Fiegel’s career. Howard was named the recipient of this heralded award over the weekend. Howard has been a high school football coach in Iowa for 41 years and has led his teams to 15 playoff trips, 3 state titles, and 11 total undefeated seasons. The Madrid High School and Central College alum took over the Webster City program in 2007 and has positioned them in the state tournament in 10 straight seasons including a runner-up finish in 2016. Congratulations to Hall of Famer Bob Howard on cultivating not just top-notch athletes, but responsible young men.