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By Mike Simmons Sports Editor Starting around 10 years ago the Northwood-Kensett girls basketball team went on what was at the time, a historic run considering the programs past struggles. But in 2012, all that changed when N-K cracked the 10-win mark, going 17-8, starting a five-year period...
With the wrestling season slowly inching its way towards Wells Fargo Arena and the state wrestling tournament, the Northwood-Kensett boys wrestling team is busy mending injuries and overcoming illness. The Vikings, whose roster had dwindled to as low as just two athletes at a recent weekend...
N-K sophomore Colby Eskildsen glides to the basket with an easy layup last Thursday night in Northwood. Eskildsen scored 12 points, dished out seven dimes and grabbed five offensive rebounds in the Vikings 61-60 non-conference win over North Iowa.
The Northwood-Kensett boys basketball team won one of three games on the schedule last week, losing to North Butler and Newman Catholic in Top of Iowa Conference East action while registering the team’s fifth win of the year in the 61-60 non-conference victory over the Bison of North Iowa. With...
Annaston Stene faces off against Nashua-Plainfield’s Amberly Gerholdt in the championship round of last Friday’s super regional in Decorah. Stene beat Gerholdt by fall but finished the day at 2-2 after losing her fifth round consolation match.
It has been a season that has been filled with firsts for Iowa High School girls wrestling: the first sanctioned season, the first super regionals and of course the inaugural all girls state tournament, and the first ever North Central Trailblazers. This team, made up of young ladies from Saint...
As their inaugural season nears its end the North Central Trailblazers, the all-girls wrestling team consisting of athletes from Northwood-Kensett, Saint Ansgar, Central Springs, Lake Mills and Forest City, wrapped up their regular season schedule with two meets last week in Emmetsburg and Decorah...
N-K point guard Madalynn Hanson splashes a 3-pointer last Saturday in Northwood. Hanson scored five points and grabbed five rebounds in the 59-37 non-conference loss to Lake Mills.
The Northwood-Kensett girls basketball team continued to hold onto third place in the Top of Iowa Conference East standings after winning one of four games last week, a 55-20 blowout in Rockford that lifted the Lady Vikings to 7-4 in the conference. N-K’s week got started last Monday when it...
N-K big man Colby Eskildsen puts up a short jumper in last Saturday afternoon’s 72-43 loss to Lake Mills. Eskildsen leads the team in three offensive categories, including points per game (14.4), assists per game (3.6) and rebounds per game (8.9).
Hoping to pick up a few more wins before the postseason rolls around the Vikings of Northwood-Kensett had a busy schedule last week despite losing a game to the weather. The Vikings played four games last week and came away with one win, an 80-59 Top of Iowa Conference East win over Rudd-Rockford-...
The Trailblazers’ Abby Beaty slams her opponent to the mat last Tuesday night in Forest City. Beaty beat Clear Lake’s Shaelyn Ulrich by fall to score six of the team’s 27 points.
The North Central Trailblazers were in action twice last week, a 54-27 dual loss to Clear Lake last Tuesday night in Forest City and last Friday night at Denver, where the team crowned just one champion, N-K’s own Jessika Ausborn, who went 3-0 on the day with all three wins coming by fall. In last...
N-K’s Aden Bice fights off a leg shot by Newman’s Liam Stockberger last Saturday in Ackley at the AGWSR Cougar Invitational. Bice went 0-3 on the day but still picked up a sixth-place finish.
With smaller schools now having trouble fielding a complete wrestling team, unable to come close to filling the 14-man roster, teams are frequently looking beyond the team score and instead just concentrating on improving the individuals in the program. That seems to be where the Vikings are at...
Lady Viking Morgan Wallin slips behind Huskie defenders for an easy basket last Friday night in Nashua. Wallin is averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 assists and leads the team on the boards with 5.5 rebounds per game.
Winners of three in a row and five of their last seven, the Lady Vikings, despite a 6-5 overall record, are making some noise in the Top of Iowa Conference East after winning three consecutive conference games last week to improve to 6-2 in the TIC East, putting them solidly in third place behind...

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