Humboldt baseball team in 14-4 romp

Jacob Thurm fires a pitch for the Humboldt baseball team in a recent home game. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt baseball team avenged an early season loss at Hampton by rolling to a 14-4 victory over Hampton Dumont CAL Monday night (June 24) in a Humboldt. Michael Brightly earned the win pitching for Humboldt, which clubbed 11 hits.

Humboldt improved to 12-8 overall, 5-2 in conference play.


Wildcat girls pound Pocahontas Area, 13-0

Humboldt shortstop Jori Hajek makes the tag on an opposing base runner at second base in a varsity softball game earlier this month. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's varsity softball team pushed its season record to 20-2 by pounding Pocahontas Area, 13-0 in three innings Tuesday night (June 25) at Pocahontas. Jori Hajek drove in four runs and Ellie Jacobson knocked in two runs to power the Wildcats. Jacobson pitched all three innings and allowed one hit.

Wildcat softball team in 7-3 victory
The No. 3 ranked Humboldt softball team improved its North Central Conference record to 6-1 Monday night (June 24) in a 7-3 victory over Hampton-Dumont-CAL. The Wildcats moved to 19-2 overall. Ellie Jacobson scattered 8 hits pitching and struck out 9 while Kendal Clark went 4-4 at bat to lead Humboldt’s 9-hit offense.

The Wildcats visit Webster City Wednesday night in a key North Central Conference game with the Lynx, who are 9-0 in the league. HHS plays at Algona Friday night.


Humboldt baseball team goes 0-2 in ELC tourney

Humboldt senior outfielder Michael Brightly fields a bouncing line drive in one of the Wildcats' recent home games. Independent photo.

The Humboldt baseball team’s overall season record slipped to 11-8 after the Wildcats went 0-2 in the ELC tournament on June 22 in Estherville. Humboldt fell to Okoboji (6-3) and Estherville-Lincoln Central (7-4).

Humboldt downs St. Edmond 6-3
The Humboldt High baseball team got back on the winning track Friday night (June 21) at home by rallying past Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 6-3 in a North Central Conference game played in Humboldt. It was a makeup game from the postponement on June 17.

The Wildcats scored three runs in each of the third and sixth innings to upend St. Edmond. Cade Witzke earned the win pitching for Humboldt. The Wildcats improved to 11-6 overall, 4-2 in the NCC.


Wildcat softball team in 9-0 victory at Garrigan

Kyah Arnold makes contact at the plate for the Wildcat softball team. Independent photo.

Humboldt bounced back from a loss the previous night by shutting out Algona Bishop Garrigan, 9-0 in Algona on Thursday, June 20. Ellie Jacobson pitched a 1-hitter and struck out 13 to lead Humboldt. The Wildcats clubbed 15 hits, led by Carlie Thompson and Kendal Clark with three each. Humboldt moved to 18-2 overall.

Wildcats upset at Clear Lake, 4-1
The No. 3 ranked (Class 3A) Humboldt softball team suffered their first conference loss of the season Wednesday night (June 19) at Clear Lake as the host Lions pulled out a 4-1 victory over Humboldt. Ellie Jacobson pitched six innings of 8-hit ball with 2 strikeouts. Claire Varangkounh was 2-for-2 to pace Humboldt at the plate. The Wildcats fall to 17-2 overall, 5-1 in the NCC.

The Wildcats' home games with Fort Dodge St. Edmond on June 17 were postponed due to weather. The varsity game will now be played on Tuesday, July 2, 6 p.m. at Rogers Park north of Fort Dodge.


Zylstra finishes his career with a flourish

Austin Zylstra

After sitting out the 2018 collegiate baseball season, Humboldt native Austin Zylstra was more determined than ever to go out in style.
The Northwestern College (Orange City) senior followed through by putting together his best campaign in his final season with the Red Raiders in 2019.
Zylstra was named second-team all-conference by the league coaches in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

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


All-state golf honors for Carlsons, Boleyn

Nora Carlson (left), Frances Carlson (center) and Kelly Boleyn all were named second-team all-state by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association. Boleyn also received academic all-state honors. Independent photo.

Humboldt High golfers Frances Carlson, Nora Carlson and Kelly Boleyn earned all-state honors last week after helping the school place second in the Class 3A State Golf Tournament in Ankeny.

All three earned second-team all-state honors by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association. Boleyn was also named to the academic all-state list.

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Humboldt girls edge Lisbon, 2-1

Humboldt's Ellie Jacobson winds up before firing a pitch in a recent Wildcat home softball victory. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

In a battle of ranked teams, Humboldt scored two runs in the ninth inning to edge Class 1A power Lisbon, 2-1 on Saturday (June 15) in Humboldt. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, improved to 17-1 overall on the season against Lisbon, ranked No. 2 in its class. Ellie Jacobson pitched a 4-hitter for the Wildcats with seven strikeouts. Humboldt totaled nine hits as Jori Hajek, Jacobson, Kyah Arnold and Mady Lange each hit a double.

Humboldt girls top Southeast Valley, 5-1
Humboldt's varsity softball team kept up its winning ways by stopping Southeast Valley, 5-1 on Friday night (June 14) in Humboldt. Ellie Jacobson pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Humboldt. Jacobson and Carlie Thompson each hit a double and Mady Lange singled twice for Humboldt, which moved to 15-1 overall on the season.


Wildcat boys shutout Spirit Lake, 12-0

Humboldt's Owen Newton hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Wildcat baseball team past Algona, 3-2 on June 10 in Humboldt in North Central Conference action. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt baseball team ended its week by shutting out Spirit Lake, 12-0 in five innings in a non-conference game in Humboldt on June 13. Humboldt, 10-5 overall on the season, scored four runs in each of the first, second and third innings to end the game early. Michael Brightly earned the win pitching for the Wildcats.

Humboldt whips Cadets, 14-4
Cade Witzke pitched six strong innings to lead the Humboldt baseball team past Iowa Falls-Alden, 14-4 Wednesday night (June 12) in Humboldt. The victory improved the Wildcats' record to 9-5 overall, 3-1 in the North Central Conference.


Austin Morrow wins George Lee golf tournament

Austin Morrow of Fort Dodge shot a one-under-par 107 to win the 68th annual George Lee Memorial Golf Tournament held on Saturday, June 8 at Humboldt Country Club.

Morrow edged Cole Jaeschke by one stroke in the championship flight to win the event for the first time. Jordan Morrow was third with 110 and Steve Cero fourth at 111. Defending champion Eddie Doyle was fifth with 112 and Tom Schill was sixth at 113.

A total of 81 golfers took part in the event. See full story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper. Subscribe today for print/digital access by selecting the link on this page to get started!


Humboldt falls to Fort Dodge, 6-1

Mady Lange drills a line drive for a base hit in a recent home softball game for Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

In a battle of ranked teams, the No. 2 (Class 3A) ranked Humboldt softball team lost their first game of the season Friday night (June 7) at No. 3 ranked ( Class 5A) Fort Dodge, 6-1. Jori Hajek hit a triple and scored on an error on the play for Humboldt’s only run of the game. HHS had 5 hits and 1 error. Ellie Jacobson scattered 8 hits and struck out 3. Humboldt is now 12-1 overall. Fort Dodge slipped to 9-2.

Humboldt 11, Belmond-Klemme 1
Humboldt collected nine hits, including a home run and double by Jori Hajek, to power past Belmond-Klemme, 11-1 in five innings on June 6 in Humboldt. Ellie Jacobson pitched all five innings for the Wildcats in the non-conference game. She allowed two hits and struck out 10. The victory moved Humboldt to 12-0 overall on the season.

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