Wildcats named to all-state, all-district teams

Humboldt, which won the Class 3A District 2 football title and advanced to the state semifinals for the second straight year, dominated the all-district team and also had five players named all-state.

Humboldt, which won the Class 3A District 2 football title for the second straight year as well as reaching the state semifinals, had five players named all-state and 13 players receive all-district honors.
Wildcat head coach Derrick Elman’s squad compiled a 10-2 won-loss record and went 4-1 and first in district play.
The Iowa Print Sportswriters Association and the Iowa Football Coaches Association released their all-state teams this week. Humboldt’s first-team selections include junior running back Lance Coon, senior offensive lineman Kaleb McCullough and senior Will Orness defensive utility.
Senior Tayeton Lohaus was named second defensive line. Senior Trever Beach was named second-team kicker.
Humboldt’s first-team all-district picks include lineman Kaleb McCullough, defensive back/quarterback Will Orness, running back Lance Coon, defensive end Tayeton Lohaus and senior linebacker Owen Hubbell.


Osage upends HHS girls on the mat, 57-18

Humboldt's Ashlynn Sutterfield and her Wildcat teammates will host LeMars in dual wrestling action on Monday, Nov. 28. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Osage won 10 matches and went on to defeat the Humboldt girls' wrestling team, 57-18 in a dual meet at Osage on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Wildcats who picked up victories include Abby Dorn at 115, Sami Varangkounh at 105 and Brooklyn Robinson at 235.

The Wildcats will return to the mat on Monday Nov. 28, when they host LeMars.

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Pocahontas holds off Humboldt in overtime, 63-62

Humboldt's Morgan Mann drives around a Pocahontas Area defender in the second half of the Wildcats' 63-62 overtime loss to the Indians in the Humboldt gym on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they host Manson-Northwest Webster in another non-conference game. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Pocahontas Area’s Natalie Point sank a 3-point basket with 10 seconds left in overtime to lift the Indians past the Humboldt Wildcats, 63-62 in a non-conference game in the Humboldt gym Tuesday night (Nov. 22).

Morgan Mann scored 21 points to lead Humboldt. Ava Fischer made 15 and Reagan Lee had 13 to aid Humboldt. The loss dropped Humboldt to 0-2 on the young season.

Megan Sump scored 18 points to pace Pocahontas Area. Abby Overhelman made 12 and Carly Janssen and Akaysa Duitscher each had 11.

HHS girls upended by Gilbert, 56-38
Humboldt opened their season on the road Monday night (Nov. 21) and fell to the No. 12 ranked Gilbert Tigers, 56-38 in non-conference play. Kayla Gieber scored 14 points to pace the Wildcat scoring.

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Cyclones blank Grand View in Humboldt, 40-0

Iowa State 165-pounder David Carr (top) controls Marty Margolis of Grand View University en route to a 17-1 technical fall victory over Margolis on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the Humboldt gym. Iowa State rolled to a 40-0 victory over the Vikings. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Iowa State University head wrestling coach Kevin Dresser brought his Cyclones back to the Humboldt gym on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 20) and they didn't disappoint the hometown fans as the Cyclones dominated Grand View University, 40-0 in a non-conference dual.

The Cyclones won all 10 matches and earned bonus points in five of the bouts. ISU has now won 18 consecutive duals, the fourth-longest streak in school history. They also snapped Grand View's 116 dual win streak, the longest ever at any level of collegiate wrestling, which began in 2013.

At intermission of the dual, Dresser and former Humboldt High standout Justin Hanson, now of Waverly, were both inducted into the newly-formed Humboldt Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Humboldt girls open wrestling season at Fort Dodge

Humboldt's Baylie Beers is shown here competing in the state wrestling tournament back in January. Beers and the Wildcats opened their new season at Fort Dodge on Nov. 17. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt opened its girls' wrestling season by competing in the Fort Dodge Scramble on Thursday, Nov 17.

The Wildcats, coached by Andy Newell and Deni McDaniel, won 19 matches and lost 18 overall.

Winning two matches on the night for the Wildcats include Mia Harris, Sophia Harris, Mackenzie McMahon, Claire Weydert, Baylie Beers, Jypsie Dudney and Catalina Elizondo.

Others who competed for Humboldt include Sami Varangkounh, Allison Lynch, Kennedy Robinson, Abby Dorn, Brooklyn Robinson, Ellie Kirchhoff, Lexi Roberts, Irelynn Peterson, Elsie Hubbell, Ella Olson and Macey Varangkounh.

Humboldt will compete in the Ridge View tournament on Saturday, Nov. 19. The Wildcats are at Osage on Nov. 22.

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Emotional farewell for coach Clasen

Humboldt veteran coach Dean Clasen (right) gives instructions to Wildcat runner Meg Zweibohmer in a meet back on Oct. 19 in Humboldt. Independent photo.

Banquet honors Wildcat program

By Phil Monson

An emotional Humboldt cross country banquet last week (Nov. 8) not only paid tribute to the 2022 Wildcats, but closed out the outstanding career of long-time Wildcat head coach Dean Clasen, who is retiring after 25 seasons.

The evening was capped by a video tribute, which featured brief messages from past and current cross country athletes who thanked Clasen for inspiring them to do better in the sport, in the classroom or even give the sport a try.

“Humboldt cross country has usually always had good numbers. In the girls’ NCC meet, there were only five teams out of the eight that had a complete team,” Clasen said. “When you look at where we are at on an annual basis, where we have 20 girls and 20 boys, we’ve done that on a consistent basis.”


Wildcats place 6 on all-conference volleyball

Humboldt's all-conference selections, top row, from left: Addison Thompson, Jennika Beach and Live Becker. Bottom row: Shelbie Heinz, Kayla Gieber and Tayla Wempen. Independent photo.

HHS finished 2nd in NCC at 6-1

Humboldt, runner-up in North Central Conference volleyball, placed six players on the all-conference team selected by the league coaches.

Humboldt’s all-league selections were announced by Wildcat head coach Kara Waldorf at the team banquet held last Sunday at the high school.

The banquet recognized the Wildcat program, which finished 19-13 overall in varsity matches, 6-1 and second in the NCC standings.

Wildcat senior setter Livvy Becker was selected to the first-team, along with senior libero Jennika Beach and senior outside hitter Addison Thompson.

Becker was one of four players who received unanimous recognition from the league’s coaches.

Wildcats selected to the second-team include senior rightside hitter Kayla Gieber and senior middle hitter Shelbie Heinz. Junior outside hitter Tayla Wempen was chosen to the third-team unit.


Humboldt hosts Iowa State, Grand View dual Sunday


The Iowa State University wrestling team, coached by Humboldt native Kevin Dresser, will return to the Humboldt High gym for the second straight year when the Cyclones host Grand View University in a dual meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.

A sellout crowd in the Humboldt gym witnessed Iowa State’s thrilling victory over Purdue back in December of 2021. Purdue is led by Humboldt’s Tony Ersland. Grand View, a NAIA national power for many years, is led by Johnston native Nick Mitchell. He is assisted by former Emmetsburg wrestler Paul Reedy.

Humboldt wrestling coach Chad Beaman is excited about the opportunity to host the event.

“This is an awesome opportunity. Last year’s event was a big success. It was exciting bringing both Kevin and Tony back to the Humboldt gym,” Beaman said. “It was a very competitive dual and it was a lot of fun. This year is kind of the same thing.”


Humboldt falls to Mount Vernon in state semifinals

Humboldt senior lineman Kaleb McCullough holds the state participation trophy surrounded by teammates after the Wildcats lost 14-6 to Mount Vernon in the semifinals of the Class 3A state football playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 12 inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The greatest 2-year run in Humboldt football history came to an end Saturday night (Nov. 12) in the Class 3A state semifinals inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

No. 2 seed Mount Vernon held off Humboldt in the final minute for a 14-6 victory over the Wildcats in what proved to be a battle of two of the best defenses in the state.

Mount Vernon (12-0) will meet Harlan (11-1) in the state championship game on Friday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Humboldt bows out at 10-2 overall.

The Wildcats' only points came on a pair of field goals by senior Trever Beach as Mount Vernon led just 7-3 at halftime.


Wildcats are heading back to the Dome!!!

Humboldt football players Lance Coon (left), Will Orness (center) and Corey Dettmann celebrate a late touchdown by the Wildcats late in their game with Independence to seal their 34-26 victory over the Mustangs in a Class 3A quarterfinal round game in Humboldt on Nov. 4. Humboldt will meet Mount Vernon in a semifinal game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt Wildcat football team, in the midst of one of the greatest 2-year runs in school history, is heading back to the UNI-Dome after beating Independence, 34-26 in a Class 3A quarterfinal round game on Mason Maach Field Friday night in Humboldt.

The Wildcats, 10-1 on the year, will travel to Cedar Falls on Saturday, Nov. 12, to face Mount Vernon in the semifinals. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Mount Vernon (11-0) shutout Solon, 17-0, to earn a trip to Cedar Falls. The other semifinal game has No. 1 seed Harlan (10-1) facing Adel-ADM (10-1) at 4 p.m. The 3A finals will be on Friday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.

Humboldt scored on the opening drive of the game on a 45-yard pass from Will Orness to Corey Dettmann. Early in the second quarter Lance Coon scored on a 70-yard run to make it 14-0 Humboldt.

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