By Bob Bakken
Wrestling: Five Selected for Hall of Fame Induction
Five Iowa high school wrestlers and coaches will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association's Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The group to be inducted on Feb. 16 includes Ankeny's Jason Smith, who won a state title for the Hawks in 1966 before becoming a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State. Others include Daryl Weber of Gilbertville-Don Bosco, who was a two-time state champion and NCAA champion at Iowa, Doug Schwab, a three-time state finalist at Osage and NCAA champ at Iowa, Wapsie Valley's Chris Davis, a coach who retired with 314 wins, and the late Dick Kennedy of Webster City, who died of cancer last year at the age of 50.
Wrestling: Waverly-Shell Rock Wins Five Seasons Title
In a battle of No. 1-vs.-No. 2, Waverly-Shell Rock defended its ranking as the top Class 3-A high school wrestling team in Iowa, defeating second-ranked Iowa City West 39-33 to win the Five Seasons Duals tournament in Cedar Rapids.
Five Go-Hawks won their matches by falls over their opponents from Iowa City West in the championship meet. Waverly-Shell Rock reached the finals with wins over Cedar Rapids Xavier (83-0), Davenport West (71-3), and Urbandale (56-9).
Wrestling: Dodgers Win Emmetsburg Title
Fort Dodge feels it has a pretty good wrestling team this season, and made a strong statement in that regard with its team title at the Emmetsburg Invitational, a tournament that included the second-ranked team in Class 1-A.
Fort Dodge defeated that particular school, Central Lyon 225-177, with host Emmetsburg taking third place with 156.5 points. Dodger coach Bobby Thompson told the Fort Dodge Messenger newspaper, "We had a very strong day. We went 13-1 in the first round and had seven in the finals. We were pretty dominant."
Individual champions from Fort Dodge included seniors Jason Trushcheff (160 pounds), Matt Springer (189), and sophomore Cole Clarken (130).
Girls Basketball: Dubuque Senior Coach Resigns
The head girls basketball coach at Dubuque Senior has resigned in the middle of the current season.
Kevin Steines tells the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald newspaper that he is leaving in the middle of his fifth season with the Rams for personal reasons.
"It got to the point where I lost the passion and fire," Steines said. "I wasn't doing as good a job of coaching these kids as I should have been doing."
A successor has not been named and assistant coach Julie Binneboese coached the team during last weekend's schedule of games. Steines was an assistant coach and later head coach at Bellevue Marquette. His twelve-year overall record is 139-117. This year's team is 1-5 overall and 0-4 in Mississippi Valley Conference play.
Volleyball: Hanna Named SWI Player of the Year
Red Oak's Alex Hanna has been named the Southwest Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year by the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil newspaper.
This season, Hanna led Red Oak in kills with 428 and in blocks with 66. Her play helped the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the Hawkeye 10 Conference, followed by a long run in the postseason, climaxed by her team's second appearance in the state tournament in three years.
She told the Daily Nonpareil, "Every time I put the uniform on I knew I had to work hard to get it, and I knew I had to keep working hard to keep it on."
Hanna will be playing college volleyball at Northwest Missouri State next season.