Sports

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Aug

Ross to play ‘integral role’ on Iowa football team


Former Humboldt High standout Brady Ross is poised for another season playing fullback and special teams on the Iowa Hawkeye football team. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

By Phil Monson
Ever since Brady Ross stepped onto the practice field and joined the University of Iowa football team two years ago, big things have happened.
Now entering his third season with the Hawkeyes, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Ross isn’t letting up.
The 2015 Humboldt High School graduate, who has a huge internal motor to succeed, is looking to build on the success he had last year as he saw extensive playing time at fullback and on special teams.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
16
Aug

Jones set for final year at Waldorf


Former Humboldt multi-sport standout April Jones is starting her final year on the Waldorf University volleyball team.

Collegiate dual sport athlete April Jones is entering her final year at Waldorf University in Forest City.
Jones, a 2014 Humboldt High School graduate, has been playing both volleyball and basketball in college. She spent two years at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls before transferring to Waldorf last year.
Jones, a 5-10 middle hitter up front, saw significant time in the lineup for the Warriors, who finished 17-22 overall last year.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
16
Aug

Thomas, Wartburg women have high goals this fall


Humboldt native Madison Thomas is set for her final season on the Wartburg College women's soccer team.

Humboldt’s Madison Thomas feels 2017 can be a special year for the Wartburg College women’s soccer team.
Thomas, a 2014 Humboldt High School graduate, begins her fourth and final year with the Knights, who finished 10-5-4 overall in 2014, 5-2-1 in Iowa Conference play.
She played in 13 games in 2016 and earned academic all-conference for the second straight year for the Knights, coached by Tiffany Pins, a Wartburg graduate in her seventh season as head coach.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
16
Aug

Zylstra finds a home at 3rd base for NWC


AUSTIN ZYLSTRA

Austin Zylstra has found a home at third base on the Northwestern College baseball team.
Zylstra, a 2015 Humboldt High School graduate, finished his second year last spring playing for the Red Raiders out of Orange City. He came to Humboldt as a standout at shortstop for the Wildcats.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

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16
Aug

Pogge set for final year on Coe soccer team


WILL POGGE

Humboldt native Will Pogge is feeling pretty good as he enters his final season playing soccer at Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
Pogge, a 6-3, 190-pound senior and 2014 graduate of Humboldt High School, is optimistic as he looks back on how his career has evolved and the enthusiasm in team camp as they prepare for the 2017 season.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

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16
Aug

Vitzthum looks back on 2 years on Morningside baseball team


CONNOR VITZTHUM

After battling nagging injuries, Humboldt’s Connor Vitzthum is calling it a baseball career at Morningside College in Sioux City.
Vitzthum, a 2015 graduate of Humboldt High School, decided at the conclusion of his sophomore season to discontinue his baseball career for the Mustangs and concentrate on academics.

See full story in the Aug. 17 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access to the Independent by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Wed
09
Aug

Witzke excited about 2nd year at DMACC


CHRIS WITZKE

Usually the first year of college is about young adults finding themselves.
Former Humboldt High all-state baseball player Chris Witzke has appeared to have found a new home at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone.
A year ago Witzke, a 2016 HHS graduate, headed off to the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he joined the NCAA Division II program. But after the first semester, Witzke opted to transfer back to Iowa and play for the DMACC Bears. Witzke made a significant contribution this past season and is now looking forward to his second year with the junior college program.
“It was tough leaving UIS, but I got a really good deal financially over at DMACC. I decided over the long term I would be saving some money by starting out at DMACC. I would also have a chance to have a different role at DMACC than I did at Springfield,” Witzke said. “I felt like I could have a better impact at DMACC.”

Wed
09
Aug

Larson begins final year at ISU on 2-deep roster at guard


Humboldt's Bryan Larson is battling for playing time in the offensive line for the Iowa State football team as he enters his fifth and final year with the Cyclones. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt’s Bryan Larson stood at midfield inside the Bergstrom indoor practice field on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Aug. 3 and soaked in the atmosphere.
It was media day for the Cyclone football team and Larson looked every bit like a confident, fifth-year senior.
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Larson enters his final year with the Cyclones after having earned a scholarship prior to the start of the spring semester last January. Not only is he on scholarship, he’s listed on the two-deep depth chart for the Cyclones, listed as No. 2 at left guard behind senior Robby Garcia.
Not bad for a young guy who earned a spot on the team as a regular walk-on on the first day of school in 2013 and paid his dues. If the 2017 season unfolds like Larson is hoping, he could become one of many hard-working success stories for the Cyclones, who look to improve from last year’s 3-9 record.

Wed
09
Aug

ISU wrestling RTC fundraiser Aug. 19 in Humboldt


KEVIN DRESSER

The Iowa State Cyclone Wrestling Regional Training Center fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Rustix Restaurant (716 Sumner Avenue) in downtown Humboldt.
The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP meet and greet with coaches, open bar and appetizers. The general admission opening with pork chop dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Coaches will speak at 7:15 p.m. with a raffle, auction and the Kris Karr band performing at 8 p.m.
Humboldt native and Cyclone head coach Kevin Dresser will be on hand along with coaches Mike Zadick, Derek St. John and Brent Metcalf. The raffle will have cash prizes totaling $2,000.
Dresser is excited to be returning to his hometown and north central Iowa as he works to rebuild the Cyclone wrestling program, which he took over in late February.

Wed
09
Aug

Greg, Drew Thomas look back on Shrine Bowl experience


Humboldt football coach Greg Thomas keeps an eye on a young quarterback during last week's Humboldt Football Camp. Greg and Drew Thomas recently participated in the Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star game. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Wearing his blue-colored Humboldt football helmet one last time, Drew Thomas made the most of it playing in the 45th annual Iowa Shrine Bowl All-Star game on July 29 in Cedar Falls.
Thomas played quarterback in the first and third quarters for the North squad and helped his teammates to a 30-13 victory over the South in the annual contest, which raises funds for Shriners hospitals around the United States.
Thomas rushed for 54 yards and completed nine of 15 passes with one touchdown (55-yards) and one interception.
“It was just an amazing experience. I felt really blessed to be able to be a part of that game. It is for a great cause, raising money for the kids in Shriners hospitals. I got to meet a lot of awesome guys…a couple future teammates and a couple future opponents,” Drew said. “It was a really good time.”
“It was fun to get the pads back on. It is time for football again,” Drew said.

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