Clark 2nd, Elizondo 3rd as Wildcat girls finish 2nd in state wrestling

Humboldt's Maria Elizondo (top) dominates her opponent in the 160-pound weight class in the girls' state wrestling tournament in Coralville on Jan. 22. Elizondo finished third. Teammate Kendal Clark was runner-up as Humboldt finished second as a team. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Kendal Clark finished runner-up at 170 pounds and Maria Elizondo placed third at 160 pounds to lead the Humboldt girls' wrestling team to a runner-up finish in the team scoring of the girls state wrestling tournament inside Xtreme Arena in Coralville on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Clark, ranked first and the defending state champion, took a 6-0 lead over Denver senior Morgan Smith midway through the first period. Smith reversed Clark and locked up the top position to win by fall.

Humboldt, which was seventh in the team scoring a year ago, finished runner-up to Waverly-Shell Rock. WSR totaled 256 points while Humboldt had 124. Colfax-Mingo was third at 119. Spencer was fourth at 115, followed by Osage (114), Charles City (109), Decorah (106), Bettendorf (87), Ridge View (87) and Anamosa (85) to round out the top 10.


NCC titles for Wildcats' Colten, Jase Goodell as Humboldt finishes 2nd in team scoring

Humboldt High sophomore 126-pounder Jase Goodell won his first North Central Conference title on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Webster City. Colten Goodell was the Wildcats' other champion at 220 pounds. Humboldt finished runner-up in the team scoring. Independent photo.

Jase Goodell won the 126-pound class and Colten Goodell won the 220-pound division to lead the Humboldt wrestling team to a runner-up finish in the team scoring of the North Central Conference wrestling tournament in Webster City on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Jase Goodell pinned Cale Kirstein of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in the finals to improve to 25-1 on the season. Goodell is ranked in the top five in two different polls.

Colten Goodell won by forfeit over Kain Nelson of CGD at 220. Goodell moves to 22-7 overall. The Wildcats' Colby Clarken was a runner-up at 138 pounds. The senior was pinned by Reed Abbas of CGD in 1:39. Clarken is now 23-8 on the year.


Wildcat girls 2nd after day one of the state wrestling tournament

The Humboldt girls wrestling team is in second place in the team scoring after the first day (Jan. 22) of the state wrestling tournament at Xtreme Arena in Coralville.

The Wildcats have 80 team points. Waverly-Shell Rock is the leader with 115 points. Osage is third at 76 with Colfax-Mingo fourth with 67.

Humboldt has three alive in the championship bracket and four in contention in the consolation bracket.

Wildcat 160-pounder Maria Elizondo went 2-0 on the day to advance to the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Humboldt 126-pounder Baylie Beers went 3-0 to stay alive. Wildcat senior Kendal Clark will wrestling in the 170-pound class on Saturday.

In the consolation side, the Wildcats have 106-pounder Lillian Morey (3-2), Deni McDaniel (2-1) at 132, Kali Beaman (2-1) at 145 and Alexa Hemmelrick (2-1) at 152.

Action begins Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.


Humboldt boys fall at Clear Lake, 69-49

Humboldt senior Gabe Gidel puts up a shot after driving past a defender in varsity basketball action earlier this season. Independent photo.

The Humboldt boys basketball team traveled to Clear Lake on Jan. 22 and lost a 69-49 contest to the Lions. The setback moved Humboldt to 6-5 overall, 3-3 in the North Central Conference.

Humboldt's Jan. 19 game at home with Webster City has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4.

Humboldt is slated to host Algona on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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McDaniel steps down as head volleyball coach

Humboldt head volleyball coach Justin McDaniel, shown here during the 2019 season, is stepping down from his position as head coach of the Wildcats. Independent photo.

Justin McDaniel, who has served as head volleyball coach at Humboldt High School for a little over six seasons, has stepped down from his position.

McDaniel’s resignation was approved by the board of education in their regular monthly meeting Monday night, Jan. 18.

McDaniel has been involved with the program for a total of 21 years, most of which in the capacity as assistant coach.

He became head coach in the final two weeks of the 2014 season. Since that time, McDaniel has guided the Wildcats to conference championships in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Most recently he guided Humboldt to the school’s first-ever state tournament trip at the end of the 2020 season. The Wildcats were sidelined in the first round by No. 1 seed and eventual state champion Osage.


Elman receives coaching honor


Humboldt High head football coach Derrick Elman, who completed his third season at the helm last fall, has been named Class 3A Region 1 Coach of the Year by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.

Elman also teaches fourth grade at Taft Elementary School in Humboldt.

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HHS boys fall at South Central Calhoun, 72-55

Humboldt guard Will Orness pushes the pace for the Wildcat basketball team in a recent home game. Independent photo. The Wildcats visit Clear Lake on Jan. 22 and host Algona on Jan. 26. Independent photo.

The Humboldt boys' basketball team came up short, 72-55 Tuesday night (Jan. 12) in non-conference action at South Central Calhoun. Gabe Gidel scored 14 points and Jacob Heier had 11 to pace Humboldt. Brennan Halder scored 28 to lead the Titans.

Humboldt, 6-4 overall, 3-2 in the NCC, will return to conference play on the road at Clear Lake on Friday, Jan. 22.

Humboldt's home game against Webster City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, was rescheduled for Feb. 4 due to inclement weather road conditions.

Humboldt's game at Clarion on Jan. 15 has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 30 due to inclement weather. Action that day begins at 1:30 p.m. with the JV girls, followed by the JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys.

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Wildcat girls top Titans, fall to Lions

Humboldt senior point guard Jori Hajek drives inside for the Wildcats in a recent home contest. Independent photo.

The Humboldt girls basketball team traveled to Clear Lake on Jan. 21 and lost a 71-33 North Central Conference game to the Lions. Humboldt's loss moved the Wildcats to 10-3 overall, 5-2 in conference play.

Humboldt rallied past South Central Calhoun, 68-67 in overtime on Jan. 12 in Rockwell City in non-conference action. It was Humboldt’s ninth straight victory as the Wildcats improved to 11-2 overall.

Wildcat girls clip Lynx, 48-31
The Humboldt girls' basketball team won their eighth straight game on Jan. 11 by stopping the Webster City Lynx, 48-31 in North Central Conference action at Webster City. Bae Arnold scored 14 points and Jori Hajek was next with nine to spark the Wildcats.

The Wildcats return to conference play on Jan. 26 at at home against Algona. Humboldt's Jan. 19 home game against Webster City was postponed due to inclement weather conditions. It will be played on Monday, Feb. 1.


Wildcat wrestlers 3rd in Atlantic

Humboldt's Ty Gargano (top), shown here competing in a home meet last month, won the 132-pound class for the Wildcats in the Dyer Invitational in Atlantic on Jan. 9. Independent photo.

The Humboldt wrestling team crowned one champion in Ty Gargano at 132 pounds and went on to place third in the team scoring of the Rollin Dyer Invitational in Atlantic on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Gargano went 4-0 on the day to lead the Wildcats. Runner-up finishers for Humboldt was Fletcher Satern at 160, Colby Clarken at 138 and Dylan Vaudt at 113.

Taking third was Jase Goodell at 126 pounds, Jayden Gargano at 106 and Colten Goodell at 220. Joe Weydert took fifth at 145 and DJ Muir was 6th at 120. Jordan Jensen was eighth at 152. Christian Alcala (170) also competed for Humboldt, which was open at three weights.

Sergeant Bluff-Luton won the team crown with 176 points. New Hampton-Turkey Valley was second at 174 and Humboldt third with 171. Bondurant-Farrar was fourth with 155 points. A total of 16 schools were on hand for the event.


Huge Cadet rally upends Humboldt boys, 69-65

Humboldt guard Caden Matson directs a play for the Wildcats in recent home court action. Independent photo.

Iowa Falls-Alden rallied from a 17-point second half deficit to upend the Humboldt boys basketball team, 69-65 in a North Central Conference game in Humboldt Friday night (Jan. 8). Gabe Gidel scored 21 points and Trevor Jacobson added 12 to lead the Wildcats, 6-3 overall, 3-2 in the NCC.

Cards snap Wildcat win streak at 3 games
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura snapped Humboldt's three-game win streak with a 57-53 victory over the Wildcats in non-conference action in the Humboldt gym on Jan. 5.

Humboldt, 6-2 overall, was paced by Will Orness with 12 points. Gabe Gidel netted 11. Kevin Meyers scored 20 points and Hayden Hutcheson added 18 to lead the Cardinals, 7-1 overall.

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