August 2022


Malo, Thumma lead HHS runners at Webster City

Humboldt freshman Brynn Malo led the Wildcat girls in the Webster City Lynx Invitational held on Monday, Aug. 29 at Links Golf Course in Webster City. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

A pair of freshman runners led the Humboldt High cross country team in their meet at the Webster City Lynx Invitational on Monday, Aug. 29.

Brynn Malo finished 19th overall in 22:27 to pace the Humboldt girls to a seventh-place finish in the team scoring. Meg Zweibohmer ran 27th in 23:31 and Alana Malo was 35th in 24:35 to lead the Wildcats.

Gabe Thumma ran 42nd in 19:54 to lead the Wildcat boys to 12th-place. Hayden Hansen ran 65th in 21:05 and Daylin McDaniel 67th in 21:08. Jayden Gargano was 74th in 21:27.

Ballard Huxley (26) edged North Polk (28) for the girls team title. Paitlyn Noe of Ballard was the overall winner for the girls with a meet-record time of 17:23.60. She shattered the old record set by Humboldt's Bryce Gidel in 2019.

North Polk (46) won the boys crown. Algona (51) was runner-up. North Polk claimed the first five runners individually, led by Zach Spore in 15:58.


HHS girls go 3-3 in own tournament

Humboldt's Larsen Bonnstetter soars above the net to score against Fort Dodge in the Humboldt Invitational volleyball tournament last Saturday, Aug. 27. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

A 3-3 record in their own Humboldt Invitational last Saturday (Aug. 27) wasn’t what Humboldt volleyball coach Kara Waldorf had in mind.
That said, Waldorf is using it as a learning tool going forward.
The Wildcats defeated Grand View Christian (21-13, 21-13), Fort Dodge (21-8, 21-15) and Spirit Lake Park (24-22, 21-15). Humboldt fell to South Central Calhoun (19-21, 17-21), Carroll Kuemper (21-14, 19-21, 12-15) and tournament champ South Hardin (16-21, 19-23).
South Hardin went 6-0 to claim the title with South Central Calhoun and Carroll Kuemper both went 4-2. After Humboldt at 3-3, it was Grand View Christian 2-4), Spirit Lake Park (1-5) and Fort Dodge (0-6).
“It was a rough day. We dropped a couple of matches that we should have won. We struggled all the way around with both passing and offense,” Waldorf said.



Thomas S. Colvin, 75, formerly of rural Cambridge died August 25, 2022, at Green Hills Health Care Center.



Desiman “DJ” Stone Jr., age 19 of Livermore, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2022. Online condolences may be left at


Wildcat football team blanks Webster City, 10-0 in opener

Humboldt senior defensive end Tayeton Lohaus pressures Webster City quarterback Ty McKinney (10) in the first half of the Wildcats' 10-0 victory over the Lynx at Mason Maach Field in Humboldt on Friday, Aug. 26, in a non-district season opener for both schools. Independent photo by Phil Monson.

The Humboldt football team scored late in the game for a 10-0 victory over the Webster City Lynx in a non-district season opener in Humboldt Friday night (Aug. 26).

Trever Beach kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:30 left in the third quarter and Kaleb McCullough returned a pass interception 60 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game to lift Humboldt.

Humboldt quarterback Josh Thurm completed 11 of 19 passes for 124 yards and also rushed for 36 yards as the Wildcats totaled 223 yards of offense. Lance Coon rushed for 48 yards. Will Orness caught four passes for 63 yards. Ty Gargano led the Humboldt defense with 3 solo tackles and 11 assists.

Jaxon Cherry led Webster City with 19 carries for 76 yards rushing. Ty McKinney completed four of 11 passes for 47 yards for the Lynx.

Humboldt will travel to Garner on Friday, Sept. 2, for a non-district matchup with the Cardinals.


Girls 5th, boys 6th in cross country opener

Gabe Thumma

Humboldt’s girls placed 5th and the boys were 6th Thursday night in their cross country meet at Iowa Falls to begin the season.

Brynn Malo was 7th in 21:54 to pace Humboldt’s girls. Meg Zweibohmer was 21st in 24:09 and Alana Malo 29th.

Gabe Thumma ran 31st in 20:34 to pace the Humboldt boys. Hayden Hansen was 45th in 21:15 and Jayden Gargano 45th in 21:18.

Clear Lake won both team titles.

Humboldt runs next in the Webster City invite on Aug. 29.

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Wildcat girls rally past Bondurant-Farrar, 3-2

Jennika Beach receives serve for the Wildcat volleyball team during the Humboldt tournament on Aug. 27. Independent photo.

The No. 6 ranked Humboldt volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Bondurant-Farrar in five sets Thursday night at Bondurant.

Match scores were: 15-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20 and 16-14.

Humboldt is now 2-0 on the young season and will host their own tournament on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Shirley Leadley, age 95, of Humboldt passed away on Sunday Aug. 21, 2022 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Online condolences may be left at