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Wed
17
Oct

Humboldt girls sweep Greene County in 3A Region 3 opener


Claire Varangkounh of the Humboldt volleyball team spikes the ball past a defender in a recent match in the Humboldt gym. Varangkounh and the Wildcats swept Greene County of Jefferson in their first round match in Humboldt on Oct. 17. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt High volleyball team opened post-season tournament play in winning fashion Wednesday night (Oct. 17) by sweeping Greene County of Jefferson in three sets. Humboldt won by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-10 to improve to 29-4 overall.

The Wildcats advance into a regional semifinal round match in Humboldt on Tuesday, Oct. 23, against Roland-Story. Roland-Story defeated Southeast Valley in another first round match by scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 25-22.

The other half of the regional has Osage meeting Forest City next week in a semifinal round match after Osage swept Clear Lake, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-12. Forest City topped Garner-Hayfield/Ventura 25-7, 25-17 and 25-8.

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Sun
14
Oct

Humboldt girls rally past Lynx to finish as NCC co-champions!


Humboldt's volleyball team, North Central Conference co-champions, front row (l-r): Jori Hajek, Mady Lange, Carlie Thompson, Claire Varangkounh and Kendal Clark. Middle row: Addie Birdsell, Kenzie McCartan, Jayda Hoefer, Hailey Clendenen, Emily Zaugg and Kyah Arnold. Back row: coach Kathi Beach, Macy Becker, Lily Groat, Deni McDaniel, Trinity Helmer, Kennedi Cran, Arielle Naeve, Ashlyn Clark, coach Brenda Larsen and head coach Justin McDaniel. Photo courtesy Justin McDaniel.

The Humboldt High volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to Webster City to post a five-set victory over the Lynx on Oct. 11 in the Humboldt gym. The victory in the Wildcats' regular season finale gave Humboldt an overall record of 28-4 and a 6-1 mark in the North Central Conference, tying Iowa Falls-Alden and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows for the league championship!

Webster City won sets one (25-21) and two (26-24) before Humboldt rallied to win the remaining sets by scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 15-13.

Humboldt will now move into post-season tournament play this week when they host Greene County of Jefferson on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in a 7 p.m. match. The winner will face Roland-Story or Southeast Valley on Oct. 23 in Humboldt in a Class 3A Region 3 semifinal round match.

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Fri
12
Oct

Carroll rallies past Humboldt, 27-24


Humboldt senior quarterback Joey Busse outruns a Carroll defender in the Wildcats' 27-24 loss at home to the Tigers on Friday, Oct. 12. The loss knocked Humboldt out of the Class 3A playoff picture. The Wildcats host Perry in their regular season finale on Oct. 19. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's hopes of qualifying for the Class 3A playoffs fell short in a heartbreaking, 27-24 loss at home to Carroll Friday night (Oct. 12) in District 2 football.

The Tigers' Draven Williamson scored on a one-yard run with 6:28 left in the game to put Carroll on top for good. The victory moved Carroll to 5-3 overall, 4-0 and alone in first place in the district standings. Humboldt fell to 3-5 overall, 2-2 in district play.

Lucas Volf scored on a three-yard run early in the second quarter and Joey Busse passed 20 yards to Jackson Fischer midway through the third quarter. Volf kicked a 25-yard field goal late in the third quarter to give Humboldt a 17-7 lead. Jamison Heinz returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Humboldt a short-lived 24-21 lead. Humboldt scored on a 70-yard pass play in the final minute of the game, but the score was called back on a holding penalty.

Thu
11
Oct

Wildcats sweep NCC cross country titles!


Humboldt swept the team titles in the North Central Conference Cross Country meet held in Iowa Falls on Oct. 11. The winning girls squad, top, from left: Kirstyn Beaman, Isabella Luu, Madeleine Ruzicka, Bryce Gidel, Elizabeth Hildreth, Brett Harklau and Kallie Nilles. Bottom photo, from left: Eric Wittrock, Nolan Jergens, Noah Helmer, Joe Kunert, Quinton Orr, Calvin Carlson and Devon Coon. Independent photos by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's girls and boys both won team titles in the North Central Conference Cross Country meet held Thursday at Iowa Falls. The girls finished with 44 team points to outdistance runner-up Fort Dodge St. Edmond which had 65. The boys totaled 34 points to easily surpass runner-up Clear Lake which had 67.

Humboldt's girls and boys took top honors in their races. Bryce Gidel was the overall winner in the girls race to lead Humboldt. She finished first in 18:26. Quinton Orr was second and Joe Kunert third to spark the Humboldt boys in winning their team crown. Orr ran 16:00.78 and Kunert finished in 16:15.02.

The Wildcats will now focus on the state qualifying meet to be held Oct. 18 at Spencer. The top three teams and the top 15 individuals in the meet at Spencer will advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 27.

Wed
10
Oct

Humboldt girls clinch NCC volleyball title!


Arielle Naeve receives serve for the Wildcats in their home victory over Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Oct. 4. Independent photo.

The Humboldt volleyball team overcame a scrappy Webster City squad Thursday night to finish in a three-way tie for the North Central Conference championship!
Humboldt rallied from a 2-1 deficit and won the fifth set 15-13 to defeat the Lynx. The victory improved Humboldt to 6-1 in the NCC, 28-4 overall. Humboldt shares the league title with Iowa Falls-Alden and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows who also finished 6-1. The victory ended the regular season for Humboldt with post-season tournament play coming up next week.

WILDCATS SWEEP BISHOP GARRIGAN
The No. 14 ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt volleyball team pushed its season record to 27-4 overall by sweeping Algona Bishop Garrigan in three sets Tuesday night in Algona.

The Wildcats won by scores of 25-9, 25-15 and 25-19.

Humboldt will host Greene County of Jefferson on Oct. 17 in a first round Class 3A Region 3 match at 7 p.m.

Fri
05
Oct

Wildcats shutout Webster City, 21-0


Humboldt defenders put the squeeze on a Storm Lake ball carrier in a varsity game last month. The Wildcats put the squeeze on Webster City Friday night in a 21-0 shutout. Independent photo.

The Humboldt High football team put together an impressive performance Friday night by shutting out Webster City, 21-0 in a Class 3A District 2 clash at Webster City.

Humboldt scored twice in the first half on screen pass plays from Joey Busse to Jamison Heinz, covering 38 and 57 yards, respectively to put the Wildcats on top. Heinz scored on a 3-yard in the third quarter to make it 21-0.

Humboldt is 3-4 overall on the season, 2-1 in district play. Webster City is 3-4, overall, 1-2.
Humboldt returns home on Oct. 12 to host Carroll in another district matchup.

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Wed
03
Oct

Wildcat girls go 2-2 in Mason City tournament


Humboldt senior front row player Kyah Arnold goes above the net to score a point for the Wildcat volleyball team in a recent home match. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The No. 14 ranked Humboldt volleyball team went 2-2 in the Mason City tournament last Saturday, Oct. 7. The Wildcats lost to Osage (15-21, 9-21) and Waverley-Shell Rock (13-25, 19-25) and defeated St. Ansgar (21-18, 21-14) and Clear Lake (21-10, 21-14). Humboldt is now 26-4 overall on the season.

Wildcat girls shutout St. Edmond in 3 sets
Humboldt maintained its first-place standing in the North Central Conference by shutting out Fort Dodge St. Edmond in three sets Thursday night (Oct. 4) in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcat volleyball team won by scores of 25-6, 25-10 and 25-14. Humboldt improved to 5-1 in conference play.

No. 14 HHS girls sweep Bulldogs in 3 sets
The No. 14 ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt volleyball team improved to 4-1 in the North Central Conference, 23-2 overall, by sweeping Hampton-Dumont in three sets on Oct. 2 at Hampton. The Wildcats prevailed by scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-17.

Wed
03
Oct

Wildcat boys 1st, girls 4th in Eagle Grove Invitational


Devon Coon ran ninth in 18:03 to help lead the Humboldt boys to the large school team title of the Dick Bell Invitational Cross Country meet at Eagle Grove on Oct. 2. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's boys placed first while the girls were fourth in a strong field of schools in the Dick Bell Invitational Cross Country meet at Eagle Grove on Oct. 2.

The boys totaled 39 points to outrun runner-up Charles City, which had 61 points. Quinton Orr was first individually overall to pace Humboldt with a time of 16:58. Joe Kunert was third in 17:19 and Devon Coon ninth in 18:03. Eric Wittrock ran 10th in 18:07.

Bryce Gidel was first overall in 18:58 to lead the girls race. Elizabeth Hildreth was 17th in 22:06 and Isabella Luu 19th in 22:17. Kirstyn Beaman was 21st in 22:23.
Humboldt totaled 84 points in the team scoring. Charles City was first with 37, followed by Spencer with 63 and Gilbert at 79.

Humboldt will now prepare for the North Central Conference meet at Mayne's Grove south of Hampton on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Fri
28
Sep

Wildcat football team dominates Dallas Center-Grimes, 28-6!


Humboldt senior running back Lucas Volf and his Wildcat teammates defeated Dallas Center-Grimes, 28-6 Friday night in Grimes. Independent photo.

The Humboldt High football team got back on the winning track Friday night (Sept. 28) by drubbing Dallas Center-Grimes, 28-6 in a Class 3A District 2 contest in Grimes.

Joey Busse passed 27 yards to Caiden Baker for the Wildcats' first score and Jamison Heinz returned a punt 67 yards to give Humboldt a 14-0 halftime lead.

Heinz returned the second half kickoff 87 yards to make it 21-0. In the fourth quarter, Busse passed seven yards to Lucas Volf for a score with 7:08 left. Volf kicked all point-after attempts. DCG scored with 17 seconds left in the game to avoid a shutout on their homecoming night.

Humboldt returned to 2-4 overall, 1-1 in district play. DCG fell to 1-5 overall, 1-1 in district play. The Wildcats will travel to Webster City on Oct. 5 for another district clash.

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Thu
27
Sep

Wildcat volleyball team rallies for 3-2 victory


Jori Hajek spiked the ball over the net past an opposing blocker in a home volleyball match in mid-September. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt volleyball team picked up a key North Central Conference victory Thursday night in Clarion, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to upend Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in five sets by scores of 18-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-20 and 15-11.

The victory improved Humboldt to 22-2 overall, 3-1 in the NCC and in a three-way tie for first with CGD and Iowa Falls-Alden.

Humboldt will visit Hampton on Oct. 2 for another conference match before returning home to host Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Oct. 4.

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