Sports

Mon
13
Nov

Thomas retiring as Humboldt football coach


Greg Thomas

Greg Thomas, who has guided the Humboldt High School football team for the past 18 seasons, has announced he is stepping down from his position.
His departure as head coach is contingent upon action by the Humboldt School board at their regular monthly meeting on Nov. 20. He will remain as athletic director and assistant principal at Humboldt.
Thomas came to Humboldt in 2000 after an eight-year run at Galva-Holstein, where he went 44-24. Thomas has compiled a won-loss record of 79-93 during his time in Humboldt, which includes a state championship in 2006 and six state playoff appearances, along with three district championships.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Thu
09
Nov

Dresser expects a ‘bumpy’ first year at ISU


Humboldt native and current Iowa State University head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser is shown here on media day in Ames on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy ISU sports information.

Humboldt native excited to be back in home state

Tue
07
Nov

8 Wildcats named to 3A-1 all-district football team


Humboldt's first-team all-district picks, from left: Jamison Heinz, Jack Arndt, Owen Terwilliger and Tyler Vitzthum.

The Humboldt High football team has eight players selected to the coaches' all-district team in Class 3A District One. Their selections were announced by Wildcat head coach Greg Thomas at the team's potluck dinner banquet on Nov. 6.

First-team picks for the Wildcats include junior running back Tyler Vitzthum, sophomore wide receiver Jamison Heinz, junior defensive end Jack Arndt and junior defensive tackle Owen Terwilliger. Honorable mention selections include senior linebacker Hunter Egdorf, junior defensive tackle Justin Jones, junior offensive lineman Owen Newton and junior safety Sawyer Savery.

See full story with a season wrap-up and district awards in this week's Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Mon
30
Oct

Humboldt falls to Sioux Center in region one final


Humboldt volleyball players celebrate after scoring a point against Sioux Center Monday night in a Class 3A Region One championship match in Cherokee. Humboldt fell to the top-ranked Warriors in three sets to end their season. Pictured, from left: Jori Hajek, Sydney Lane, Cassie Peyton, Rachel Darling and Kyah Arnold. Independent photo.

The Humboldt volleyball team gave top-ranked Sioux Center a bit of a challenge in the first set of their Class 3A Region One championship match Monday night in Cherokee, but it wasn't enough as the Warriors went on to sweep the Wildcats in three sets. Sioux Center defeated Humboldt by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-10 to advance into the state tournament.

Humboldt, meanwhile, ends its season with an overall match record of 26-8.

See full story, photos and statistics in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Sat
28
Oct

Humboldt girls 7th in state cross country


Bryce Gidel ran fifth overall to lead the Humboldt volleyball team to a seventh-place finish in the Class 3A state cross country championships in Fort Dodge on Oct. 28. Independent photo.

Led by Bryce Gidel's fifth-place finish, the Humboldt girls' cross country team placed seventh in the Class 3A state championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Lakeside Golf Course north of Fort Dodge.

Gidel finished in 18:59 to lead the Wildcats, who totaled 199 points. Wahlert Dubuque won the team title with 72 points, followed by Pella with 104 and Decorah at 150. Dallas Center-Grimes (157), Charles City (177) and Bishop Heelan Catholic of Sioux City (184) finished ahead of the Wildcats in the 15-team field of schools.

Humboldt senior Gabby Kent ended her career by placing 17th in 19:27. Isabella Luu ran 69th in 20:37 and Lauren Erickson was 90th in 20:56. Elizabeth Hildreth was 109th in 21:21, Madeleine Ruzicka 119th in 21:38 and Kallie Nilles was 126th in 21:48.

Humboldt freshman Quinton Orr was the boys' lone entry at state on Saturday and Orr ran 23rd overall in 16:48.

Tue
24
Oct

Humboldt girls sweep Cherokee in region one semifinal

The Humboldt High volleyball team advanced within one match of the state tournament by sweeping Cherokee in three sets inside the Cherokee gym Tuesday night, Oct. 24. Humboldt won the Class 3A Region One semifinal round match by scores of 25-11, 25-17 and 26-24. The victory sent the Wildcats into a regional championship against top-ranked Sioux Center on Monday, Oct. 30 in Cherokee. Sioux Center swept Sheldon by scores of 25-22, 25-7 and 25-15 in a semifinal round match at Sioux Center.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Fri
20
Oct

Wildcats win overtime thriller over LeMars, 29-22

Tyler Vitzthum scored on a one-yard touchdown run in overtime to lift the Humboldt Wildcat football team to a thrilling, 29-22 victory over LeMars Friday night (Oct. 20) in a Class 3A District One contest in Humboldt. Humboldt, which had the ball first in overtime, stopped the Bulldogs on four tries to hold on for its incredible comeback in which the Wildcats trailed 22-0 at halftime. Humboldt sent the game into overtime when Jamison Heinz teamed up with Eli Sande on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds left in regulation. Heinz then passed to Sawyer Savery for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 22-22.

The victory, in a regular season finale for both teams, gives Humboldt an overall record of 3-6, 2-5 in district play. LeMars finishes 1-8 overall, 1-6 in district play.

Thu
19
Oct

Humboldt girls advance to state cross country!


The Humboldt girls' cross country qualified for the state championships after winning the team title in a qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 19. Team members pictured, from left: Kallie Nilles, Elizabeth Hildreth, Bryce Gidel, Shelby Hayden, Isabella Luu, Katelyn Skow, Madeleine Ruzicka, Kirstyn Beaman, Gabby Kent, Tabitha Jergens and Lauren Erickson. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Led by Bryce Gidel's first-place individual finish, the Humboldt High girls' cross country team earned another trip to the state championships after winning the team title in a state-qualifying meet in Spencer on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The Wildcats, who have won the team title in every meet they've competed in for the 2017 season, totaled 57 points to claim the top spot. Spencer was second at 79 and Bishop Heelan Catholic of Sioux City was third with 85 points. The top three teams advance to the state meet, along with the top 15 individual runners.

Gidel finished first in 19:16.34 while teammate Gabby Kent ran third in 19:59.32. Isabella Luu was 11th in 20:24.89 and Lauren Erickson ran 19th in 21:07.94. Elizabeth Hildreth was 23rd while Madeleine Ruzicka was 30th and Kallie Nilles ran 37th to round out Humboldt's lineup for the day.

Wed
18
Oct

Wildcat volleyball team wins regional opener in 3 sets


Claire Varangkounh (left) and Kyah Arnold (13) double-blocked this spike attempt by a Pocahontas Area opponent in Humboldt's 3-0 sweep over Pocahontas Area Wednesday night in a Class 3A Region One volleyball tournament opening round match in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats advanced into a semifinal round match at Cherokee on Oct. 24. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt volleyball team won its first round Class 3A Regional Tournament match Wednesday night (Oct. 18) in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats swept Pocahontas Area by scores of 25-17, 25-9 and 25-13 to advance into a regional semifinal round match at Cherokee on Oct. 24 against Cherokee, which upset No. 10 ranked MOC-Floyd Valley in 5 sets. The victory boosted Humboldt's record to 25-7 overall.

See full story, photos and statistics in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
18
Oct

Mooney to coach in all-star series


Humboldt coach Rodd Mooney is shown here directing a pre-season practice in November of 2016. Mooney has been selected to coach in the all-star series in April. Independent photo.

Veteran Humboldt girls’ basketball coach Rodd Mooney has been chosen to coach in the Iowa Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game next spring.
Mooney is one of two coaches from Class 3A to coach in the event, which takes place April 7 in Cedar Rapids. The IGCA All-Star Game honors 120 senior athletes from across the state.
In early January, Mooney will be involved with the selection of the players in 3A. The all-star series will take place at Kirkwood Community College. Mooney will run a practice in the morning and then coach an all-star team later in the day.
Mooney is about to begin his 17th season as head coach of the Wildcats.

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