Sports

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.

Fri
13
Oct

Heelan turns back Humboldt, 22-7


Humboldt's Jacob Volf (67) and Matt Miller bring down Sioux City Bishop Heelan running back Saybein Clark in the Wildcats' 22-7 loss to the visiting Crusaders on Oct. 13 in Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

An inspired effort by the Humboldt High football team against Bishop Heelan Catholic of Sioux City wasn't enough Friday night (Oct. 13) as the visiting Crusaders scored two second half touchdowns to pull away to a 22-7 victory over the Wildcats in a Class 3A District One contest at Mason Maach Field in Humboldt.

Humboldt's only score of the game came in the second quarter on a 25-yard run by Tyler Vitzthum. Lucas Volf kicked the point-after to make it 14-7 with 3:03 left in the first half. Heelan scored with 1:00 left in the game on a run by Saybein Clark to add some insurance after Humboldt turned the ball over on downs late in the game on a drive that came up short.

The Wildcats, 2-6 overall, 1-5 in district play, close out their season at home on Friday, Oct. 20, when they host LeMars. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Thu
12
Oct

Wildcat volleyball team sweeps St. Edmond


Humboldt's Sydney Lane (left) and Ashlyn Clark go above the net to block this spike by an Algona opponent in a Wildcat home volleyball match back on Oct. 5. Humboldt will host Pocahontas Area in their Class 3A first round region 1 tournament match on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's volleyball team swept Fort Dodge St. Edmond in 3 sets Thursday night in Fort Dodge to end their regular season. HHS won by scores of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-18. Humboldt improves to 24-7 overall, 5-2 in NCC play. Next action for Humboldt is an Oct. 18 first round Class 3A Regional tournament match at home with Pocahontas Area.

Tue
10
Oct

HUMBLDT GIRLS REIGN SUPREME IN NCC CROSS COUNTRY!!


Humboldt claimed its fifth straight girls' conference cross country championship at Algona on Oct. 10. Squad members pictured, from left: Kallie Nilles, Elizabeth Hildreth, Bryce Gidel, Gabby Kent, Lauren Erickson, Madeleine Ruzicka and Isabella Luu. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

There was nothing surprising about Humboldt's dominating performance in the North Central Conference girls' cross country meet held Tuesday, Oct. 10 at River Road Golf Course north of Algona.

Humboldt, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, won the school's fifth straight conference title, scoring 24 points to easily outdistance runner-up Iowa Falls-Alden at 77. Fort Dodge St. Edmond was third with 81.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore sensation Bryce Gidel, who finished first overall in 19:19. Teammate Gabby Kent ran third in 19:48 and Isabella Luu was fifth in 20:51. Lauren Erickson ran sixth in 21:07 and Medeleine Ruzicka was ninth in 21:23.

Humboldt will now prepare for the state qualifying meet to be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, in Spencer. The top three teams and top 15 individuals from the meet will advance to the state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Tue
10
Oct

HHS boys edged by 2 points in NCC cross country


Humboldt's Joe Kunert (left) and Quinton Orr finished second and third, respectively, to lead the Wildcat boys to a runner-up team finish in the North Central Conference cross country meet on Oct. 10 at River Road Golf Course north of Algona. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's hopes of winning the North Central Conference cross country championship for the second straight year came up short Tuesday night at Algona – by two points.

The Wildcats finished with 40 team points but Clear Lake was two points better at 38 to take the team crown. Webster City was third at 89.

Humboldt was paced by Joe Kunert, who ran second in 17:02. Teammate Quinton Orr was third at 17:10 and Denny Pederson ran sixth in 17:21. Devon Coon checked in 10th in 18:08.

Humboldt will now set its sights on the state qualifying meet at Spencer on Oct. 19. The top 3 teams and top 15 individuals in the meet will qualify for the state meet in Fort Dodge on Oct. 28.

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
07
Oct

Wildcats fall to No. 3 ranked Warriors, 40-7


Humboldt quarterback Joey Busse (4) looks for running room behind blockers Brandon Johnson (58) and Jacob Weisbrich (77) in a home victory over Spencer earlier this season. The Wildcats return home on Oct. 13 to host Bishop Heelan of Sioux City in another Class 3A District One football game at Mason Maach Field. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

District leader Sergeant Bluff-Luton showed why they are unbeaten and leading Class 3A District One after they handed the Humboldt Wildcats a 40-7 loss tonight at Sergeant Bluff.

The loss dropped Humboldt's record to 2-7 overall, 1-4 in district play. Humboldt will return home on Oct. 13 when they host Bishop Heelan of Sioux City in another district contest.

See full story in the Humboldt Independent Newspaper.

Thu
05
Oct

Humboldt volleyball team goes 2-2 in MC tournament


Humboldt senior Kyah Arnold scored off of this spike attempt against Algona last week in high school volleyball in the Humboldt gym. The Wildcats fell short in four sets. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt's varsity volleyball team went 2-2 in the Mason City tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7. Humboldt defeated Clear Lake (2-0) and St. Ansgar (2-0) and lost to Waverly-Shell Rock (2-1) and Osage (2-0).

Humboldt fell at home to Algona Thursday night in four sets in North Central Conference action. The Wildcats fell by scores of 22-25, 25-17, 25-27 and 24-26.

Humboldt is now 22-7 overall, 4-2 in conference play. Humboldt will play at home against Bishop Garrigan on Tuesday, Oct. 10. They'll visit Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Oct. 12 in their final game of the regular season. Humboldt opens Class 3A Regional tournament play at home against Pocahontas Area on Wednesday, Oct. 18. See full story with stats and action photos in 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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