Sports

Mon
13
Aug

Derrick Elman era begins for Humboldt


Humboldt head football coach Derrick Elman (center) begins his first year at the school after serving the past 14 seasons as an assistant coach in the Iowa Falls-Alden Community School District. Humboldt will hold its sport drink scrimmage with Clear Lake on Friday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. in Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Derrick Elman era is now under way for the Humboldt High School football program. Elman, a Buffalo Center native and a 14-year teacher/coach in the Iowa Falls-Alden School District, begins his first year leading the Humboldt Wildcats.

Humboldt will hold its Sports/drink scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m. at Mason Maach Field in Humboldt. Clear Lake will visit Humboldt to take part in the scrimmage, which will include the freshman squad right away, followed by the varsity and junior varsity athletes.

Humboldt will begin its regular season at home on Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. against long-time area rival Algona. The freshmen kickoff at 4:45 p.m. that night.

See the full pre-season story on the Wildcats in the Aug. 23 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!

Mon
13
Aug

Woeste excited to be at Northwestern


KENT WOESTE

When fall training camp arrives for the Northwestern College football team, Humboldt’s Kent Woeste is excited to be a part of it.
Woeste, a 2017 Humboldt High School graduate who will be a sophomore at NWC in Orange City, looks back on the growth he made after he completed his first year on the Red Raider football team.
Woeste is a 6-foot-4, 285-pound reserve offensive lineman. Northwestern finished the 2017 season with a 10-2 overall record, 7-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
NWC qualified for the NAIA playoffs and whipped No. 7 Langston, 55-7 in the first round of the playoffs. NWC was eliminated in the next round on Nov. 25 when they fell to No. 7 St. Francis, 30-3, in a game played in Fort Wayne, IN.
NWC was ranked No. 10 in the final Coaches Poll. They finished second in the conference behind No. 3 ranked Morningside (8-0).

Mon
13
Aug

Zylstra focused on one more season


AUSTIN ZYLSTRA

Former Humboldt High baseball standout Austin Zylstra has a new appreciation for any athlete who has had to overcome a major injury.
Zylstra, who will be a fifth-year senior at Northwestern College in Orange City in the fall, has spent the majority of the 2018 season recovering from shoulder surgery back on March 6.
Instead of playing a key role for the Red Raiders, who qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, Zylstra was forced to spend time on the sidelines as a cheerleader.
The Red Raiders compiled a 30-20 won-loss record and won the Great Plains Athletic Conference title to earn a trip to nationals, where they were eliminated after going 0-2. NWC suffered narrow losses to Taylor University (2-1) and to Cumberland University (8-7).
Not being able to be a part of the dog pile celebration on the field when the team edged Midland 2-1 in the conference final to earn a trip to nationals was a difficult pill to swallow.

Mon
13
Aug

Thomas paying his dues at Iowa


DREW THOMAS

You could say Humboldt’s Drew Thomas is starting his college football career at ground zero.
Thomas, a 2017 Humboldt High School graduate and a sophomore at the University of Iowa, is set to begin his second year as a member of the Hawkeye football team.
But nothing has come easy for Thomas, who set all kinds of passing records at Humboldt High School. He joined the Hawkeyes last August as a regular walk-on, the most difficult path to start out on a Division I-A program. On top of that, he is trying to learn a new position at wide receiver.
“You come in on the first day of school as a regular walk-on. You are the lowest man on the totem pole,” Thomas said.
“You have to keep your head down, find your role on the team and work hard, keep your mouth shut and try to earn some respect from your teammates and coaches and try to let them know that by hard work you want to be there and are serious about the program,” Thomas said.

Tue
31
Jul

Wildcats named 3A all-state softball

Jacobson, Thompson and Lange selected

The Humboldt softball team, which placed third in the Class 3A state tournament last month, is represented with three players on the all-state team.
The Coaches Association released their all-state team last week and sophomore outfielder Carlie Thompson, sophomore catcher Mady Lange and sophomore pitcher Ellie Jacobson received honors.
Jacobson and Thompson were named to the first team while Lange was a second team pick. They helped Humboldt finish the 2018 season with an overall record of 32-4 and the best finish in school history by bringing home a third-place trophy.
They also helped Humboldt win its third straight North Central Conference title as the Wildcats finished the NCC campaign at 13-1.

See full story in the Aug. 2 issue of the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access by selecting the link on this page to get started!

Tue
31
Jul

Conference champion Humboldt has 8 All-NCC selections

Wildcats place 6 on 1st team

North Central Conference softball champion Humboldt dominated the coaches’ post-season all-conference selections.
The Wildcats, who won the league title for the third consecutive year, had eight players altogether selected, including six on the first team unit and two on the second-team.
First team selections include sophomore pitcher Ellie Jacobson, sophomore catcher Mady Lange, junior utility player Ashlyn Clark, sophomore outfielder Carlie Thompson, freshman shortstop Jori Hajek and freshman third baseman Kendal Clark.
Jacobson, Lange and Thompson were unanimous selections. Junior first baseman Kyah Arnold and senior leftfielder Rachel Darling were chosen to the second team.

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

Tue
31
Jul

Wildcats named to all-NCC, all-district baseball teams

Humboldt baseball was well represented on the latest post-season all-conference and all-district teams.
The Wildcats, who finished 19-15 overall, 9-5 and fourth in the North Central Conference standings, had seven players named all-conference by league coaches and two all-district.
Senior catcher Isaac Thurm, junior centerfielder Hudson Gargano and junior infielder Joey Busse were named to the first-team unit while junior first baseman Owen Newton and junior outfielder Sawyer Savery were named second-team.
Third-team selections for the Wildcats were freshman Cade Witzke and sophomore Jacob Thurm.
The Class 3A Northwest Iowa All-District team had Isaac Thurm on the first-team unit and senior infielder Reese DeWinter chosen second-team. In addition, Isaac Thurm was named first-team all-academic all-state by the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association. Their selections were announced by Wildcat head coach Jason Thurm at the team’s dinner banquet recently.

Mon
30
Jul

Bigger, Faster, Stronger


Humboldt High sophomore Jayda Hoefer is shown here lifting weights in the high school multi-purpose room during a July workout. Independent photo.

Humboldt High School and middle school students have been working hard this summer to become bigger, faster and stronger for their upcoming sports seasons, now that a multi-sport, comprehensive strength training program is in place.

See full story in this week's Humboldt Independent Newspaper.

Mon
30
Jul

Humboldt hosts volleyball camp


Emily Zaugg spikes the ball over the net as Will Baumann, head clinician, looks on during a one-day volleyball camp session held in the Humboldt High School gym on July 23. Humboldt begins fall practice on Aug. 6. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

NCAA volleyball coaching great Will Baumann was in Humboldt on July 23 to lead a one-day session in the Humboldt High School gym.

Practice for Humboldt will begin on Monday, Aug. 6, under veteran head coach Justin McDaniel, who begins his fourth full year at the helm.

Fri
20
Jul

BEST FINISH IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR HUMBOLDT SOFTBALL!!


The Humboldt softball team with their third place trophy after topping Albia 5-4 in the consolation round of the Class 3A State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge on Friday, July 20. Humboldt Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt High softball team capped the best finish in school history on Friday afternoon (July 20) by holding off No. 2 seeded Albia, 5-4 in six innings in the consolation final at Rogers Park in Fort Dodge in the Class 3A State Softball Tournament.

Humboldt finishes with a mark of 32-4 while Albia ends at 32-6. Humboldt dominated most of the game and took a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning where Albia scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one run of Humboldt. The game ended at that point due to the 90-minute time limit for state consolation games, one inning shy of going the distance.

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