Vikes come up just short…twice

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:44 pm

The Decorah boys’ basketball team (1-2, 0-0 NEIC) will have to find a way to finish games in order to get back on a winning track after falling just short of the win column both Friday night and Saturday afternoon to Western Dubuque Epworth and Center Point-Urbana.

Late surge puts Vikings over CPU

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:43 pm

It was a test of endurance for the Class 4A No. 7 Decorah girls’ basketball team (2-1) as the Vikes traveled to Class 3A No. 4 Center Point-Urbana (4-1) Saturday and came home with a 57-52 win.
The two teams kept pace with each other early on, deadlocked at 11-11 after the opening period. At the break, the Vikes pulled ahead slightly, 23-21. That lead evaporated in the third as the Stormin Pointers outscored Decorah to take a 37-34 lead. The Vikings needed a big fourth quarter and that is what they got as they drained 23 points and held off the home team.

Stille on podium for Decorah at Coralville

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:42 pm

The Decorah boys’ wrestling team got in on the action at the Dan Gable Donnybrook tournament in Coralville over the weekend, with one grappler making the podium.
Senior Brady Stille wrestled his way into fourth place at 145 pounds to lead the Vikings.

SW fourth at Chris Davis Invite

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:41 pm

It was a good outing for the South Winn boys’ wrestling team as it competed in the first tournament of the year at Wapsie Valley. Despite being open at four weight classes, the Warriors secured a fourth-place finish in team standings with 132 points, behind champion Nashua-Plainfield, Wapsie Valley and Anamosa. 
South Winn had good performances throughout the day with three grapplers reaching the finals and crowning two champions. The Warriors also had a trio of wrestlers recover from early losses to finish the day in third.

Local gridders named all-state by INA

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 5:40 pm

Three local football players were recognized by the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) as all-state selections announced recently.
Honorees from all seven classes were chosen by sports writers from across the state.
Captains this year include Cael Ortmann of Remsen St. Mary’s, 8-man; Patrick Brown III of Grundy Center, Class A; Nolan Delong of Durant, Class 1A; Zach Lutmer of CLGLR, Class 2A; Aidan Hall of Harlan, Class 3A; Braylon Kammrad of Lewis Center, Class 4A; and Abu Sama of Southeast Polk, Class 5A.

Teams battle tested in Jackson Junction

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:18 pm

Down to the wire.
Playing fast-paced basketball, the Turkey Valley boys (1-1, 1-0 UIC) outlasted the visiting South Winn Warriors (0-1, 0-1 UIC) Tuesday night in Jackson Junction, 52-51.
Scrambling up and down the court, both teams put up a solid first eight minutes with South Winn leading 13-11. The Trojans went to work in the second period, spearheaded by back-to-back treys by Oliver Schmitt. The treys propelled TV out to a 27-22 halftime lead. Both squads continued to play hard in the third with the Warriors cutting the Trojan lead to one, 36-35. The game came down to the final shot taken by South Winn senior Carson Wenthold that was just shy of the three-point line, which would have tied the game and sent it into overtime. Instead, it was a two-pointer, leaving a sour taste in the Warriors’ mouth at the loss.

Vikes pounds Blackhawks at home

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:17 pm

It was an offensive explosion in the second half for the Decorah boys’ basketball team (1-0, 0-0 NEIC) Tuesday as the Vikes defeated Prairie du Chien (0-1) at home, 71-37.
Decorah struggled early and trailed 12-10 after the first eight minutes. However, things came together in the second, with the Vikings outscoring the visitors 19-9 for a halftime advantage of 29-21. The firepower continued in the third with Decorah going up 47-25 with eight minutes remaining.

Duwe, Whitsitt pace Decorah girls

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:16 pm

Playing halves in place of quarters in Wisconsin rules, the Decorah girls’ basketball team (1-1, 0-0 NEIC) picked up a road win Tuesday over Prairie du Chien, 76-61.
“I was pleased with our performance against a very competitive team,” noted Coach Shannon Quandahl.
The Vikes put together a 40-34 first half lead and extended their advantage in the second half for the victory.

Multiple Viking, Warrior champs crowned

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:15 pm

Getting back to action following the Thanksgiving break, the Decorah and South Winn girls’ wrestling teams competed at the Central Scramble Monday night in Elkader, with each team returning home with multiple champions.

SW grapplers split to start year

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:10 pm

South Winn’s boys’ wrestling team kicked off the 2022-23 season with one victory and one loss Tuesday night at home.
The Warriors defeated Central Elkader 54-12 but fell to New Hampton/Turkey Valley 54-25.
Four grapplers went 2-0 in the opener including Aiden Feickert, Collin Holm, Kyle Kuboushek and Parker Timp.

Trojan girls fall at New Hampton in non-conference action

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:09 pm

After kicking off the season last week with a conference win, the Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (2-1, 2-0 UIC)  had a tough first half at New Hampton (1-1, 0-0 NEIC) Monday, falling 55-40.
The Trojans were close at the end of the first period, trailing 12-10 before the Chickasaw defense stifled the visitors to pull ahead 25-15 at the break. Despite TV picking up the pace in the second half, New Hampton outscored the Trojans 32-25 to claim the non-conference victory.

Chickasaws best Trojans 51-44

Friday, December 2, 2022 3:08 pm

A sluggish second half spelled doom for the Turkey Valley boys’ basketball team as the Trojans (1-1, 1-0 UIC) fell to New Hampton (1-0, 0-0 NEIC) on the road Monday, 51-44.
The Trojans had a solid first half, keeping pace with the Chickasaws for a 10-10 knot after the opening period and took a 23-17 lead into the locker room at the half. In the third quarter, TV held on to a slim 36-34 advantage despite New Hampton putting down 17 points. The Chickasaws doubled down in the final stanza, outscoring the Trojans 14-8 to clinch the victory.

Decorah girls claim three victories at tourney

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:44 pm

The Decorah girls’ wrestling team fared well in the East vs. West tournament held in Fort Dodge Tuesday night, picking up three wins, a tie and losing just one in dual action.
The Vikings defeated Ridge View 48 to 36, Riverside 60 to 18 and S.W.A.T. 48 to 30. With a score of 42-42, it was a tie with Spencer and the lone loss was to Lewis Central 30-48.
The trio of Kaitlyn Bjork, Ashley Bjork and Naomi Simon went 5-0 for the tournament to lead the Vikings.

Lady Warriors get season under way

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:42 pm

It was a pair of close contests that could have gone either way as the South Winn girls’ basketball team (1-1, 1-0 UIC) opened the season this week, falling to North Butler by three points and defeating Clayton Ridge by one.

Vikings take down Waterloo, Dubuque Senior

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:41 pm

In the first competition of the season, the Decorah boys’ swim team bested the field in a triangular Tuesday at Waterloo East.
The Vikes defeated Waterloo 125 to 44, as well as beating Dubuque Senior 113 to 55 in varsity action. The junior varsity squad also won 42 to 14 over Waterloo and 42 to 21 over Dubuque Senior.
Decorah won all three relays and came in first in five individual events.
The night started with the 200 medley relay. Isaac Knaack, Mason Cote, Simon Kutz and Dylan Hogan combined to post a gold-medal finish in the event, touching the wall in 1:47.30.

Viking keglers sweep Sumner-Fred

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:40 pm

The Decorah girls’ and boys’ bowling teams were in the driver’s seats Tuesday night as they opened their seasons with wins over Sumner-Fredericksburg on the road.
In the girls’ match, the Vikings defeated the Cougars 2,428 to 1,802. Baker game scores were 148, 176, 158, 167 and 115.
Leading the way for Decorah was freshman Karlie Einck with games of 203 and 168. Senior Lily Iverson was also at the top of the field with games of 138 and 200, as was Sydney Hageman (140, 193). Other varsity bowlers for the girls were Hannan Schnitzler (126, 195), Rebecca Bruening (151, 150) and Anika Grinna (157, 136).

TV girls double Hawks

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:39 pm

The Turkey Valley girls’ basketball team (1-0, 1-0 UIC) exploded into action with a 52-27 win over Kee High (0-1, 0-1 UIC) on the road Tuesday night.
Shots were falling nearly effortless for the Trojans as they opened the season with a 15-4 first quarter lead. The gap opened to 27-12 by halftime and the Trojans never looked back as they held the Hawks to single digits in each of the four stanzas.

Decorah girls fall to top-ranked Wolverines

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:34 pm

Kicking off the season against the top-ranked and returning champions in Class 2A, the Class 4A No. 7 Decorah girls’ basketball team (0-1, 0-0 NEIC) fell to Dike-New Hartford (1-0) on the road, 59-49.
After a close 9-7 first quarter, the Wolverines pulled ahead to a 31-19 halftime lead that the Vikings were unable to recover from despite their best efforts to close the gap.

DHS participates in state bowling

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:32 pm

Six Decorah High School students traveled to Maple Lanes in Waterloo to participate in the Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 21. To qualify, each bowler had to win their division in the Northeast Iowa Regional tournament held in October.

Alberts to compete at Minn. St.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022 5:32 pm

Julia Alberts recently signed her national letter of intent to participate in track and field at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.    
Alberts has been a three-year letter winner at Decorah High School and two-time state qualifier in discuss for the Vikings. During the 2021 and 2022 seasons, Albert was the Northeast Iowa Conference Champion in the discus. In 2022 meet she placed third in Class 3A in the discuss with a throw of over 134 feet which also earned her elite all-state honors for the meet as it was third longest throw in all classes.  
Julia is the daughter of Tom Alberts and the late Deb Alberts.