Van Pelt wins 600th career victory

Humboldt rightfielder Claire Varangkounh fields a bouncing ball in the Wildcats' 4-2 victory over Algona on July 2 in Humboldt. The victory clinched the North Central Conference title outright for the No. 2 ranked Wildcats. It was also a record fifth straight NCC title for Humboldt. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt softball coach Doug Van Pelt won his 600th career victory Thursday night as the Wildcats blanked Ames, 7-0.

Ellie Jacobson pitched a 4-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Jori Hajek and Kendal Clark each homered to lead the Wildcats, now 16-1 overall.

Humboldt shuts out Newell-Fonda 4-0
The Humboldt softball team returned to action Tuesday night (July 7) when they hosted Class 1A power Newell-Fonda in a non-conference play and posted a 4-0 shutout victory over the Mustangs. Ellie Jacobson pitched seven innings of two-hit ball with 11 strikeouts. Kendal Clark homered and Jori Hajek singled to lead the Wildcats, now 15-1 overall.


Wildcat baseball teams blanks Lions, 3-0

Humboldt's Levi Naeve sprints toward first base in a recent home game for the Wildcat baseball team. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt High baseball team moved to 3-0 in the North Central Conference by shutting out the Clear Lake Lions, 3-0 in Clear Lake on July 6.

Humboldt visited Webster City in a key conference clash on July 8 and fell to the Lynx, 5-2. The victory gave the Lynx the outright NCC title.

The Wildcats hosted Algona Bishop Garrigan on Thursday, July 9, and posted a 9-6 victory over the Golden Bears in non-conference action.

Humboldt fell to Spencer, 5-3 in a non-conference home game on July 10.

The Wildcats, 8-5 overall, host Algona on July 13 and visit Storm Lake on July 14 to wrap up their regular season.



The Humboldt softball team celebrates after winning the school's fifth straight North Central Conference championship on July 2 in Humboldt. The Wildcats held off Algona, 4-2. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The No. 2 ranked Humboldt softball team held off the Algona Bulldogs, 4-2 Thursday night (July) to become the outright North Central Conference champions!

The title is a record five straight league championships as the Wildcats move to 13-1 overall, 7-0 in the NCC.

Ellie Jacobson pitched all seven innings and scattered six hits and struck out 10. Humboldt had four hits and no errors.

Jori Hajek hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning to spark a four-run sixth. She was 2-for-3 on the night. Jacobson and Reagan Lee also hit safely.

Algona scored twice in the top of the seventh but couldn't advance any more runners as Jacobson and her teammates shut the Bulldogs down!

Humboldt will travel to Clear Lake on Friday, July 3, for a matchup with Clear Lake in a contest that will not count toward the league standings.

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Humboldt girls in 7-0 victory over Cadets

Humboldt's Alexis Hansen (left) charges toward home plate as a Webster City infielder makes the throw to first base on an infield grounder in the Wildcats' 6-5 victory over the Lynx on June 24 in Humboldt. In back is Humboldt head coach Doug Van Pelt instructing Hansen to run. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Ellie Jacobson pitched a one-hitter and struck out 14 Iowa Falls-Alden batters to power the Humboldt softball team past the Cadets in a North Central Conference game in Humboldt on July 1. Humboldt collected six hits and had no errors in moving to 6-0 in the NCC, 12-1 overall.

Mady Lange (triple) and Kendal Clark (double) each had two hits for Humboldt. Jori Hajek hit a double.

Wildcat girls in 10-0 victory
The Humboldt softball team shutout Pocahontas Area 10-0 in five innings Tuesday night (June 30) in Humboldt.

Reagan Lee earned the win pitching for Humboldt. Lee scattered four hits, struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.

Kendal Clark went 3-for-3 at bat with five runs batted in to lead Humboldt's batting order at the plate. Ellie Jacobson was 2-for-2.

The Wildcats host Algona on Thursday, July 2, in a game that will determine the outright champion of the NCC.

Humboldt visits Clear Lake on Friday, July 3.


HHS boys in 7-2 victory at Clarion

Humboldt second baserman Caden Matson tags out a Webster City base runner in the Wildcats' victory over the Lynx on June 17 in Humboldt. In back is shortstop Jacob Thurm. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt picked up another North Central Conference victory Monday night in Clarion by posting a 7-2 victory.

Cade Witzke earned the win on the mound for the Wildcats, who move to 6-2 overall, 2-0 in conference play.

The Wildcats traveled to Boone on Tuesday, June 30, and lost an 8-0 non-conference game to the Toreadors.

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Jacobson reaches 1,000 career strikeouts in 12-0 victory

Humboldt pitcher Ellie Jacobson surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark in the Wildcats' 12-0 victory at Clarion on June 29. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt senior pitcher Ellie Jacobson passed 1,000 career strikeouts in the Wildcats’ 12-0 shutout victory over Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Monday night in Clarion.

Jacobson made seven strikeouts and scattered three hits for Humboldt, which improved to 10-1 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Jacobson now has 1,002 strikeouts. Carlie Thompson was 2-4 at bat with a triple to lead Humboldt’s 10-hit attack. Addie Thompson was 2-3 with a double and Kendal Clark hit a double.

Humboldt hosts Pocahontas on Tuesday in a varsity only game at 7 p.m.

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Wildcats go 1-1 in ELC tournament

Humboldt's Cade Witzke is off to a 2-0 start on the mound this season for the Wildcat baseball team. Independent photo.

Humboldt divided 2 games in the Estherville tournament on Saturday, June 27.

Humboldt lost 5-3 to Sioux City North and won 10-2 over Estherville-LC.

Humboldt is 5-2 overall.

Wildcats top Bulldogs in 11 innings, 11-3
The Humboldt baseball team had to go 11 innings but the Wildcats got the job done and earned their first North Central Conference victory with an 7-3 victory over Hampton-Dumont-CAL on June 25 in Hampton.

Humboldt improved to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the NCC.

Wildcat boys improve to 3-1 with victory over Lynx
Humboldt's varsity baseball team improved their season record to 3-1 overall by turning back the Webster City Lynx, 7-5 on Wednesday night (June 24) in Humboldt.

Cade Witzke earned the win on the mound for the Wildcats in a contest between two North Central Conference schools that does not count toward the league standings.


Wildcat girls to 9-1 overall

Humboldt's Kendal Clark homered in this at-bat against Clear Lake on June 17. The second ranked Wildcats opened their first week at 3-0. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

Humboldt’s second ranked softball team topped Des Moines Christian and Perry in the second day of the Boone tournament on Saturday, June 27. The victory moved the Wildcats to 9-1 overall.

Wildcats top Boone, fall to Ogden
Humboldt's softball team split two games in the Boone tournament on Friday, winning 8-4 over Boone and falling 8-0 to Class 2A power Ogden. The split moves Humboldt's record to 7-1 overall.

Ellie Jacobson pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts against Boone. Humboldt made 11 hits as Kendal Clark homered, Jori Hajek, Mady Lange and Carlie Thompson each hit a double.

Reagan Lee took the loss pitching in the five-inning game with Ogden. Carlie Thompson was 2-for-3 at bat to lead Humboldt's offense.


Wildcats rally past Clear Lake, 4-3

Humboldt senior pitcher Jacob Thurm shown here on the mound during the 2019 season. Thurm and the Wildcats dropped their season opener at Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Monday, June 15. Independent photo.

The Humboldt baseball team picked up their first win of the season Wednesday night (June 17) by rallying past Clear Lake, 4-3. The victory improved Humboldt to 1-1 on the season.

Wildcat baseball team falls in opener at St. Edmond, 3-1
Humboldt opened their season at Fort Dodge St. Edmond Monday night (June 15) and suffered a 3-1 loss to the Gaels in seven innings.

Humboldt scored its only run on the night when Caden Matson came home on a wild pitch and passed ball in the sixth inning. St. Edmond scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jacob Thurm started on the mound for Humboldt and took the loss.

Humboldt returns to action at home against Webster City on June 24.

The Wildcats travel to Hampton on Thursday, June 25, for a varsity-only contest with the Bulldogs that was rescheduled from June 22 due to wet grounds in Hampton.

Humboldt will play in the Estherville-LC tournament on Saturday, June 27.


Humboldt girls drill St. Edmond, 15-5

Humboldt senior Carlie Thompson connects at the plate for a base hit during the 2019 softball season. Humboldt opened its season with a 3-0 week in beating Fort Dodge St. Edmond twice and Clear Lake once. Independent photo.

Humboldt's varsity softball team pushed their season record to 3-0 after beating Fort Dodge St. Edmond for the second time this past week, rolling past the Gaels 15-5 in Humboldt on Friday night (June 19).

Humboldt slugged 16 hits and had no errors to back the six-hit pitching of Ellie Jacobson, who struck out nine.

Mady Lange homered to help spark Humboldt's offense. Alexis Hansen was 3-for-3 with three RBI, a double and three runs scored.

Wildcat girls slug Clear Lake, 11-0
Humboldt's second-ranked softball team improved to 2-0 on the season, 2-0 in North Central Conference play with an 11-0 drubbing of the Clear Lake Lions on Wednesday night (June 17) in Humboldt. Ellie Jacobson earned the win pitching for the Wildcats. Kendal Clark blasted a 3-run home run with two out in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early.

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