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The Lady Vikings may have been outplayed by Saint Ansgar in last Tuesday night’s sweep, but they did have some bright spots, despite the loss. One was the play of Ruthie Conlin, who led the team with two kills (N-K had just four kills). And while the team stepped to the service line just 24 times in the 3-set match, Conlin accounted for four of those serves, going a perfect 4-4 on the night. The talented senior now has 19 kills, seven assists, 15 blocks and 28 digs and is 100-100 at the service line.
While the Lady Vikings played their hearts out in last Tuesday night’s 3-0 (9-25, 7-25, 11-25) loss to Saint Ansgar, there is just no getting around the fact that at this time, the Saints are just a better volleyball team, and with a 15-4 record, there is no shame in admitting it. The Saints are...
In the play that changed the game, N-K’s Carter Severson returns a kickoff 48 yards to the Warriors' 21-yard line. Severson has nine returns this season for 159 yards, an average of 17.7 yards per return.
By Mike Simmons Sports Editor You could see what I’m sure Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock would call confidence in its players as they warmed up for last Friday night’s game, while many on the Northwood-Kensett side saw nothing but the arrogance of a team that has had the Vikings' number the past two...
Just to show how far the N-K cross country teams have come in the last few years, this week’s paper will have its first boys cross country Stat of the Week. With Lindsey Davidson and now Megan Ocel dominating for the girls team, it’s been a struggle to get people to even know that the boys run as well, but no longer, Hayden Moore is changing all of that. Moore had some very successful races last week, placing 14th at West Fork and 30th at Central Springs, leaving a much brighter outlook for the future of no
While this year's Northwood-Kensett cross country teams, without the services of a superstar like a Lindsey Davidson, have yet to win a meet crown, they have nonetheless shown vast improvement as a team, in numbers and times. The boys and girls teams are led this season by Hayden Moore and Megan...
Lady Viking Carley Hengesteg returns a serve in last Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to Central Springs. Hengesteg has seen time in all seven matches this season and is fourth on the team with 34 digs.
The Northwood-Kensett volleyball team fell below the .500 mark with last Tuesday night’s 3-0 (14-25, 13-25, 16-25) Top of Iowa Conference East loss to its Highway 65 rival Central Springs. The Panthers have had N-K’s number the last few years. With Tuesday’s win they have won 10 straight matches...
One thing I always like about N-K’s Brandon Varner is how easy he makes it for me to select a Stat of the Week. When Brandon gets the ball in his hands, he delivers. Varner touched the ball 12 times in last Friday’s 62-30 win over Riceville and he scored on half of those touches, scoring six touchdowns to run his season total to a team high 11, 10 rushing and one receiving.
By Mike Simmons Sports Editor You could see it in the way they walked, in the way they talked, this was new territory for most of the young men wearing a Northwood-Kensett football jersey to see the team surrender 110 points in two consecutive losses. But that swagger, that feeling that if we do...
N-K halfback Brandon Varner runs for positive yardage in Friday night's 62-30 win at Riceville.
The Northwood-Kensett football team snapped its two-game losing streak Friday night in Riceville with a 62-30 win over the Wildcats. The Vikings win was the third in a row over Riceville, N-K has now won seven of the last eight games in this rivalry. The Wildcats got on the board first but by...
Lady Viking Olivia Stilley taps the ball back over the net in last Tuesday’s TIC East loss at Newman. Stilley had six assists and three kills in the 19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 23-25 loss.
In high school volleyball the only thing worse than getting beat 3-1 is getting beat 3-0. Both losses signify that the two teams playing on that night might not be very close to each other when it comes to how competitive they are. But that was not the case in the Lady Vikings' 3-1 (19-25, 25-20,...
Following in the footsteps of a legend is never easy. I know, I walk in the shadow of the legendary Ron Olson every day. But if anyone on this year’s cross country team can make a name for herself and secure her spot among the greatest in the sport at their respective school, it might just be N-K’s Megan Ocel. The talented freshman, who, when it’s all said and done, will have had one more season under her belt than superstar Lindsey Davidson when it’s all over and done with, placed 14th in last Tuesday’s me
With the rain at times and the cooler weather this fall the area high school cross country season has seen just a handful of meets so far. But despite that lack of competition for its runners, the Northwood-Kensett boys XC team had a pretty successful run at it last week, placing eighth at Sunny...
When your team racks up 50 points in a game there is usually more than one or two players that had outstanding games, but one player did catch my eye when looking over the stats for the Vikings' 60-50 loss to Turkey Valley. Senior Carter Severson led the team on the ground against the Trojans with 113 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Severson also had a nice game on the defensive side of the ball, collecting seven tackles, three solo. Severson leads the Vikings on the year with 250 yards rushing.
Even though this will be the ninth year that Northwood-Kensett has played 8-man football, the run and gun, both teams racking up 50 some odd points has not really been the way the game has been played. With N-K still running the ball and eating up the clock on most nights, there just hasn’t been...
Although the Vikings' 66-12 win two weeks ago over Clarksville didn’t exactly call for any heroics, they got some performances that could go in the hero category nonetheless. TJ Whitelow is one example, the talented senior did it all for the Vikings against the Indians, with one fumble recovery, one interception, three solo tackles and four punt returns for a total of 161 yards (40.3 per return) and two touchdowns.
By Mike Simmons Sports Editor One week after the Vikings scored 66 points against Clarksville to improve to 1-1 on the year, they’ve had the favor returned to them after Tripoli came to town last Friday night and hung 50 points on the home team in the 50-6 loss. The Vikings, who were outdone on...

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