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Schupbach top area girls’ finisher at Algona Invite

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—West Bend-Mallard freshmen Tyra Schupbach placed seventh to highlight the performances of the four area girls’ cross-country squads on Monday, Sept. 26 at the annual Algona Invitational held at the River Road Golf Course.

Schupbach crossed the finish line with a clocking of 20:27 while teammate Lilly Morey was 36th in 22:34 and Lexi Welter took 61st place with her time of 24:07.

Bulldogs finish second at Algona Invitational

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—The Algona Bulldog boys’ cross-country team finished as runner-up in the annual Algona Invitational meet held at the River Road Golf Course on Friday, Sept. 26 to highlight the performances of the four area squads.

Hemphill spoils Golden Bears’ homecoming

By Greg Grabianowski

Sports Editor


ALGONA—Caleb Hemphill scored five touchdowns to help lead the Harris-Lake Park Wolves to a 38-14 victory on Friday, Sept. 23 over Bishop Garrigan to spoil the Golden Bears’ homecoming festivities.

The senior caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Lucas Ahrenstorff, returned a kickoff and ran back an interception in the eight-man, district number two contest.

Warriors fall to top-ranked West Hancock

BRITT—North Union scored with a nice drive to start the game but it was all top-ranked West Hancock after that in a 60-27 Class A district victory over the green-black-and-silver on Friday, Sept. 23.

The Eagles led 22-7 after the first 12 minutes of action and took a commanding 46-21 advantage to the locker room at intermission.

No. 9 Titans top West Bend-Mallard 38-24

RUTHVEN—West Bend-Mallard gave ninth-ranked Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire their toughest battle of the season before bowing to the Titans on Friday, Sept. 24 by the final score of 38-24.

The Wolverines led 16-14 at the conclusion of the first quarter as the home team took a 22-16 advantage to the locker room at halftime and led 30-16 heading into the final 12 minutes of action.

Algona falls to No. 5 Comets in district opener

POLK CITY—Fifth-ranked North Polk showed why they are the Class 3A District No. 2 favorites with a 55-28 victory over the Algona Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 24 in the district opener for both teams.

The Comets took advantage of a couple of short fields in the opening period to take a 14-0 lead and extended their advantage to 27-6 at intermission.

Swim falls to Spencer 139-39

ESTHERVILLE—The Algona swim team dropped a 139-39 decision to the Spencer Tigers in a meet held at the Estherville Wellness Center.

The highlight of the meet for the red-and-black was in the diving event where freshman Reese Taylor set a new school record with her winning total of 195.40 and the Bulldogs also took second place in all three relays.

Golden Bears win BGHS Tournament

ALGONA—Bishop Garrigan won all six matches to place first in the annual BGHS volleyball tournament held on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Saint Ansgar went 5-1 on the day with North Iowa going 4-2. Southeast Valley, Belmond-Klemme and Garner-Hayfield/Ventura all were 2-4 with West Hancock going winless in six matches.

The black-and-gold opened the day with a 21-13, 21-12 victory over West Hancock before defeating Garner-Hayfield/Ventura by the score of 21-3 and 21-12.

Strong serving leads Warriors to pair of wins

WEST BEND—A strong evening of serving propelled the North Union Warriors volleyball squad to a pair of non-conference victories on Monday, Sept. 26 as three area teams tangled.

In the first match of the night, the Warriors outlasted the home school by the score of 25-20, 23-25 and 15-13. The green-black-and-silver missed only one serve in that contest as they went 62 of 63 for 98.4 percent with five service aces.

Wolverines topple G-T/R-A in four sets


GRAETTINGER—West Bend-Mallard edged closer to the .500 mark on the season in overall matches with a four-set Twin Lakes Conference volleyball victory on Tuesday, Sept. 20 over the Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire Titans.

The Titans took the opening game by the score of 21-25 before the visitors battled back to take the second set 25-13. The Wolverines then won the final two games by identical scores of 25-18.

Algona bulldogs split pair of non-conference matches

ALGONA—The Algona Bulldogs’ volleyball squad split a pair of non-conference matches at home on Tuesday, Sept. 21 against Pocahontas Area and Clarion-Goldfield.

The red-and-black opened the night with a 25-19 and 25-16 victory over Pocahontas Area. The Bulldogs were successful on 44 of 49 serves as a team in that win for 89.8 percent with eight aces.

Algona Swim team competes at Perry

PERRY—The Algona swim team competed at Perry in a meet against the Bluejays and the Fort Dodge Dodgers on Thursday, Sept. 22 as the Dodgers placed first with 86 points followed by Perry with 78 and Algona was third with 47 points.

Brooke Ludwig was the top individual place winner for the red-and-black as she took second in the 100-yard freestyle event as did the Bulldogs’ 200-yard medley relay squad while a pair of relays finished third.

Bulldogs go 1-3 at Boone Tourney

BOONE—The Algona Bulldogs’ volleyball squad went 1-3 at the Boone Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 24 against some tough competition. The red-and-black’s lone win of the day was a 21-10, 20-22 and 15-10 victory over the Ames Cyclones.

The Bulldogs fell to Forest City by the score of 23-21 and 21-19; lost to Knoxville by the count of 21-12 and 12-15 and were defeated by No. 9 (Class 4A) Waverly-Shell Rock 21-13 and 21-16.

No. 14 Lake Mills too much for Warriors

ARMSTRONG—Lake Mills remained undefeated in Top of Iowa Conference volleyball matches on Tuesday, Sept. 20 as the No. 14 (Class 2A) Bulldogs defeated the North Union Warriors in three straight games.

The purple-and-gold won the first two games by the identical scores of 25-17 and ended the match by winning the third set by the score of 25-15 to improve to 19-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the league.

Golden Bears sweep league road contest

BUFFALO CENTER—Bishop Garrigan went on the road in Top of Iowa Conference volleyball action on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and came home with a victory in three straight sets.

The black-and-gold took the opening game by the score of 25-21 before winning the second set by the count of 25-14. The Golden Bears used a late rally in the third game to end the match with a 26-24 win in the set.

No. 9 Mustangs defeat West Bend-Mallard

WEST BEND—West Bend-Mallard dropped a Twin Lakes Conference volleyball match on Thursday, Sept. 22 in three straight sets to No. 9 ranked (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda.

The Mustangs won the first games by the identical scores of 25-19 and ended the match with a 25-11 victory in game number three.

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