January 2023


Dance Team show postponed to Feb. 17

The Humboldt Dance Team was scheduled to be performing Broadway Dance Team Showcase this Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Humboldt High School gym. The event has been rescheduled for Feb. 17.

Due to the expected winter storm Saturday, the Humboldt Dance Team has postponed its clinic and show to Feb. 17. More details will be available as the date approaches.


Humboldt wrestlers are NCC dual champions!

The Humboldt Wildcat boys' wrestling team after winning the North Central Conference dual team title at Clarion on Jan. 24. Independent photo.

The No. 6 ranked Humboldt wrestling team won the North Central Conference dual team championship in outright fashion Tuesday night, Jan. 24, by beating Fort Dodge St. Edmond (63-18) and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows (28-27).

The triumph gives Humboldt a 14-2 overall record, 7-0 and first in the NCC.

The Wildcats won three duals in easy fashion on Jan. 26 at Gilbert in non-conference action. Humboldt whipped Gilbert 72-0, Perry 70-0 and West Marshall 46-24, moving to 17-2 overall on the season.

The Wildcats will compete in the South Central Calhoun tournament on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Wildcat girls, boys sweep Hampton-Dumont-CAL

Humboldt freshman Ava Fischer drives inside with the ball for the Wildcats in a recent home contest. Independent photo.

Humboldt's varsity girl-boy basketball teams swept Hampton-Dumont-CAL in Humboldt on Jan. 27.

The Wildcat girls won, 48-33, as Ava Fischer scored 18 points to pace the Wildcats. Morgan Mann had 14 and Reagan Lee was next with six. The conference victory improved Humboldt to 10-6 overall, 8-3 in the NCC.

Evan Hatcher scored 30 points to lead the Wildcat boys to a 92-83 triumph over the Bulldogs. Elliot Carlson added 18, Josh Thurm 14 and Will Orness made 13. Corey Dettmann added nine. Humboldt improved to 12-2 overall, 9-1 in the NCC.

Late rally lifts HHS boys over Algona, girls fall
Humboldt divided a pair of games with Algona on Jan. 24 in Algona in North Central Conference play.


Boil order lifted for Dakota City

The boil order for the city of Dakota City has been lifted, as of 9:45 this morning. All water in the city is now safe to drink and use without boiling. The city reported that sometime early Monday morning, a water main break occurred near the intersection of 4th Street North and 4th Street North. One pipe was about six inches below the other, forcing water to leak out, draining the city's 150,000-gallon water tower. The leak was discovered and repaired and the city conducted testing upstream, downstream and at the tower location. The city had to wait 24 hours before getting the OK from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to life the boil order. There was no contamination to the system and the city refilled the water tower supply in a timely fashion.


Humboldt crowns 3 champions, 2nd in NCC wrestling

Ty Gargano (left) at 160, Cyler Cirks at 113 and Jase Goodell at 152 won individual titles for the Humboldt boys wrestling team in the conference tournament at Hampton on Saturday, Jan. 21. Independent photo.

The Humboldt boys' wrestling team crowned three individual champions and finished runner-up in the team scoring of the North Central Conference tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Hampton.

The Wildcats finished with 189 team points. Webster City was the team champion with 218.5 points. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows was third with 173.5.

Humboldt sophomore Cyler Cirks (23-7) was the 113-pound champion. Wildcat seniors Ty Gargano (25-7) and Jase Goodell (30-2) were champs at 160 and 152, respectively.

Tyce Clarken (26-6) was second at 120 pounds, as was Adam Halverson (21-12) at 170 and Gaige Allen (20-12) at 182. Jayden Gargano was third at 126.

Aden Prenger at 106, Owen Mayall at 132 and Brady Beers at 138 placed fourth. Ethan Kunert at 220 and Kyle Caquelin at 220 both placed fifth. Placing sixth was Zayn Feaster at 145 and Cael Newell at 285.


Humboldt boys in 67-57 victory at Fort Dodge St. Edmond

Humboldt's Cameron Hoag drives against Fort Dodge St. Edmond in the Wildcats' victory over the Gaels back in December. Humboldt defeated the Gaels, 67-57 Friday night, Jan. 20 in Fort Dodge to move to 10-2 on the season. Independent photo.

Will Orness scored 24 points to lead the Humboldt boys' basketball team to a 67-57 victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmond Friday night (Jan. 20) in a North Central Conference game in Fort Dodge.

Orness was backed by Owen Hubbell with 12 points. Evan Hatcher and Elliot Carlson each had 10 for the Wildcats, who improved to 10-2 overall, 7-1 in the NCC.

St. Edmond was led by Jackson Palmer with 20 points. Sam Mericle added 18.

Humboldt will visit Algona on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Wildcats host Hampton-Dumont-CAL on Jan. 27.

Humboldt plays host to Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Jan. 30. They host CGD on Feb. 2.

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Wildcat girls pull away for 51-30 victory at St. Edmond

Humboldt's Morgan Mann, shown here earlier in the season, scored a school-record 33 points to lift the Wildcat girls past Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 51-30. Independent photo.

The Humboldt girls' basketball team moved their record to 7-2 in the North Central Conference, 9-5 overall by stopping Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 51-30 Friday night (Jan. 20) in Fort Dodge.

Humboldt sophomore guard Morgan Mann set a school single-game record by scoring 33 points to power the Wildcats. Mann made 20 in the first half alone. Kaitlyn Nelson added 11 points. Reagan Lee and Bella Opheim each had two while Paige Nelson netted one.

The Wildcats visit Algona on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Humboldt hosts Hampton-Dumont-CAL on Friday, Jan. 27.

The Wildcats will host Garner-Hayfield/Ventura on Monday, Jan. 30, in a game that has been rescheduled due to bad weather. Humboldt hosts Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Feb. 2.

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Elman named Regional Coach of the Year

Humboldt fifth-year head football coach Derrick Elman was named Class 3A Regional Coach of the Year for the third straight year. Independent photo by PHIL MONSON.

Humboldt head football coach Derrick Elman, who has compiled a won-loss record of 26-7 over the last three seasons, recently named Class 3A Regional Coach of the Year.

Elman shared the award with North Polk coach Tim Tebrink. It is the third consecutive year Elman has received the regional award in 3A.

Elman, who completed his fifth season as head coach of the Wildcats, guided Humboldt to the 3A District 2 title for the second straight year and led Humboldt to the semifinals of the state playoffs for the second straight year.

Humboldt was 10-2 overall and 4-1 in district play. Elman has a combined won-loss record of 32-19 at Humboldt, including 16-9 in district play.