Sports

Wed
10
Nov

NFV comes up short against returning champ Waukon

The 2021 TigerHawk football team stepped up to the plate and produced one of the best records in school history. North Fayette Valley ended it’s season in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A playoffs with a 9-2 record and both losses coming to last year’s State champion team, Waukon. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

 

NFV comes up short against returning champ Waukon

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Friday night featured a clash of Class 2A titans as the hometown TigerHawks traveled to Waukon to take on the reigning State champion Indians in the Quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

With both teams putting it all on the line, the TigerHawks ultimately came up short (28-14) to Waukon after a hard fought battle between the two northeast Iowa teams.

Wed
03
Nov

Cross Country State Champions!

The South Winneshiek girls’ cross country team won the 2021 State championship on Saturday in Fort Dodge. Runners (l-r) Eryn Sabelka, Billie Wagner, Josie Tieskoetter, Karissa Wenthold, Ella Willey, Anna Dietzenbach, and Megan Hageman (coaches Scott Conway and Kevin Kearney) finished with 104 points to capture the first ever State title for the Warrior girls’ program. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Cross Country State Champions!

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

Their ticket has been redeemed! The South Winneshiek girls’ cross country team cashed in on Saturday at the State Meet in Fort Dodge to claim the school’s first-ever State title.

“Our girls’ team was not going to be denied this year,” said a proud co-coach Kevin Kearney after the big day. “They were as determined as any group we have ever coached. We were not at 100 percent in terms of health, and it just never occurred to them that it was going to impact their goals.”

Wed
03
Nov

Blazek posts second-fastest time ever at State XC

Turkey Valley senior Jalyssa Blazek posted one of the most impressive times in Class 1A girls’ State cross country history on Saturday as she finished in 18:36.25. The time broke the previous record, but she finished second behind Calamus-Wheatland’s Noelle Steines who set the new Class 1A record with a blazing time of 18:20.91. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Blazek posts second-fastest time ever at State XC

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Turkey Valley senior runner Jalyssa Blazek had a historic day at Saturday’s State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge. Blazek finished second in Class 1A, making it four career top-six finishes at the State Meet. Her runner-up finish was also the second-fastest time ever recorded at the State Meet in Class 1A.

Wed
03
Nov

NFV overcomes fast Monticello start to win, 27-14

It takes all 11! NFV fullback Blake Reichter carries the ball as several of his teammates engage their blocks and make room. On the night, the TigerHawks rushed for 332 yards total with Reichter leading the way with 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

NFV overcomes fast Monticello start to win, 27-14

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

It wasn’t the way anyone wanted to start, but it was definitely the finish everyone in TigerHawk black and blue was looking for.

“I think it was partly the kids getting used to the speed of their offense,” said coach Justin Heins in reference to NFV getting behind by two touchdowns early in Friday night’s round two playoff win over Monticello. “We switched from running more zone defense to more of a man-to-man defense.”

Wed
27
Oct

SW girls take District title, Kruckman also on to State

Eryn Sabelka, the lone senior member of the No. 2-ranked Warrior girls’ cross country team, returned to the course last week as she placed 12th and helped South Winn capture the District title with 47 points. Sabelka crossed the finish line at 21:49.3. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW girls take District title, Kruckman also on to State

 

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

On Thursday afternoon at Guttenberg Golf Course, the South Winneshiek girls’ and boys’ cross country teams both put forth gutsy performances that resulted in the No. 2-ranked Warrior girls and No. 13-ranked individual Isaiah Kruckman both qualifying for State!

Wed
27
Oct

SW netters fall to #9 Green Devils in quarterfinals

South Winn senior Ruthie Frana makes the dig as fellow senior Eryn Luzum watches closely during a recent Warrior volleyball match. Last week, the SW girls picked up a postseason win over West Fork before falling to No. 9-ranked Osage in the Region 6 quarterfinals. (Zakary Kriener photo - file)

 

 

SW netters fall to #9 Green Devils in quarterfinals

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

South Winn’s volleyball season came to an end Wednesday night, Oct. 20, on the road at No. 9-ranked Osage.

“The Green Devil offense came out strong and put a lot of pressure on us,” said coach Alex Smith. “Osage is ranked (No. 9) and is last year’s State championship team.”

Wed
27
Oct

Blue Devils fall to Tripoli in postseason

West Central outside hitter Aaliyah Gordon goes for the dig during recent volleyball action. Last week, Gordon and the Blue Devils fell to Tripoli in the first round of the Class 1A Region 5 tournament. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Blue Devils fall to Tripoli in postseason

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The Blue Devil volleyball team had its 2021 season come to an end Monday night, Oct. 18, as Tripoli got the 3-0 victory in the first round of the Class 1A Region 5 bracket.

Wed
27
Oct

NFV boys 4th, girls 8th at State Qualifying

A theme to the North Fayette Valley boys’ season has been running as a pack. At Thursday’s State Qualifying meet at Anamosa, TigerHawk runners Dillion Sparrgrove (far right) placed 27th in 18:37, Nathan Crooker (second in line) placed 28th in 18:37, Davan Crooker (first in line) placed 29th in 18:38, and Ben Miller (third in line) placed 30th in 18:39. (Zakary Kriener photo - file)

 

 

NFV boys 4th, girls 8th at State Qualifying

 

by Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishingcom

 

 

It was a valiant effort by all runners and coaches, but the 2021 North Fayette Valley cross country season came to an end last week.

Both the TigerHawk girls’ and boys’ teams competed at their Class 2A State Qualifier meet at Anamosa on Thursday. The TH boys just missed qualifying as a team as it took fourth, while the NFV girls were eighth. Neither team advanced any individual runners.

Wed
27
Oct

TigerHawks win at the wire over New Hampton

With defensive tackle Israel Hernandez (bottom) initiating the tackle, fellow TigerHawk defenders Tyler Menne (66) and Jacob Germann (21) rush in to secure the stop. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

TigerHawks win at the wire over New Hampton

 

By Zakary Kriener

zkriener@fayettepublishingcom

 

 

The TigerHawks are moving on! It came down to the wire Friday night, but North Fayette Valley was able to put away New Hampton by a score of 29-28 to advance in the playoffs.

“We don’t quit!” said coach Justin Heins after the big win. “Much like being down to Union, we just keep playing. We had to face some adversity with having to kick off at the start of both halves and with trailing late after not getting the two-point conversion, but we overcame  it.”

Wed
20
Oct

SW girls, Kruckman take 1st of UIC meet

Junior runner Anna Dietzenbach helped lead the Warrior girls to another Upper Iowa Conference title last week as she placed 12th in a time of 23:03.3. The finish earned her All-UIC honors as well. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

SW girls, Kruckman take 1st at UIC Meet

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

South Winneshiek hosted the 2021 Upper Iowa Conference Cross Country Meet on Thursday afternoon at Silver Springs Golf Course in Ossian and the Warriors did not disappoint. With both teams running at less-than-100 percent, the SW girls claimed the team title and the boys had the top individual performer.

“We were very pleased with our efforts overall,” said Kevin Kearney, SW co-head coach. “We were a bit shorthanded on both the boys and girls teams, but we had a lot of kids step up and compete well for us and we finished as well as we had hoped for on both sides.”

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