Category: Sports

Alumni hoops tourney to benefit U of Iowa Cancer Center

On Saturday, March 31 the 1st Annual Union Basketball Alumni Charity Classic will be held at Union High School to benefit Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.
The event is organized by Jared Wauters, Michael Wauters and Garrett Woodson and will consist of an all-afternoon basketball tournament highlighted by former Knights of all ages. There will be special performances by our future Knights in the Little Joe Knights basketball program.
The action will begin at 10 AM with games played in both gyms. Little Joe Knights will play from 2–2:45 PM. A partner three-point contest will start at 4 PM. Choose a sharp-shooter, donate $5 and see how many 3’s your tandem can make in one minute. The pair with the most 3’s wins back half the pot; the rest will be donated. T-shirts will be sold to highlight the generous event sponsors. Concessions will be available.There is no admission, but free-will donations will be accepted. Please make all checks out to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, contact Jared Wauters at 319-231-3719.
All proceeds from the event will be directed to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the University of Iowa. You can visit their website at

Keune commits to Hawkeye Volleyball program

Hawkeye Community College is excited to announce the signing of Union High School standout Haylee Keune to the RedTail Volleyball team.
Keune put together an impressive career for the Knights, tallying 45 kills, 59 assists, and 477 digs in 311 total games. She also had an 86.4 serving percentage, including 75 aces. Keune was a member of the 2016 Union State Volleyball Championship team, and also earned a second team All-Conference volleyball selection during her senior campaign.
“Haylee is such a versatile player that adds a dimension to our defensive depth that we really needed,” said Scott West, RedTail Volleyball head coach.
“What I immediately noticed is she’s aggressive on the floor regardless of what position she might be playing. She had 65 service aces her senior season, so she’s not afraid to take some chances. She’s just one of those tenacious players who has the ability to make a positive impact.”
Keune is the daughter of Kenny and Tammy Keune of La Porte City.
For more information on Hawkeye RedTail Athletics, call 319-296-4430 or visit

2018 State Wrestling Tournament Summary

Union Knights at the State Wrestling Tournament
Kolten Crawford (36-9)
4th at 2A-106
ROUND 1: Won 2-1 over Tyler Stein (Clarion-Goldfield)
Quarterfinal: Lost by Fall to Matthew Lewis (Centerville), 1:52
CONSOLATION: Won by fall over Johnathon Erp (Red Oak), 2:52
CONSOLATION: Won by decision over Mason Hill (Cherokee, Washington), 5-2
CONSOLATION: Won by fall over Colby Lilligard (Bondurant-Farrar), 5:23
3RD PLACE MATCH: Lost by decision to Benjamin Schmitz (Caroll-Kuemper), 2-1
Jack Thomsen (42-2)
3rd at 2A-120
ROUND 1: Won by tech. fall over Joe Jacobs (Osage), 20-3 (4:17).
Quarterfinal: Lost by majority decision to Aden Reeves (Albia), 20-9
CONSOLATION: Won by majority decision over Ryan Munoz (Woodward-Granger), 12-3
CONSOLATION: Won by majority decision over Curtis Krager (OA-BCIG), 12-1
CONSOLATION: Won by decision over Drake Doolittle (Webster City), 5-1
3RD PLACE MATCH: Won by majority decision over Zeb Gnida (Solon), 13-5
Adam Ahrendsen (34-17)
ROUND 1: Lost 13-5 to Tanner Probasco (South Tama County)
CONSOLATION: Won by fall over Kruise Kiburz (Winterset), 1:39
CONSOLATION: Lost by decision to Easton Graf (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 10-3
Payton Pelke (33-15)
8th at 160
ROUND 1: Won by decision over Alex Freiberg (Sergeant Bluff-Luton), 6-4
Quarterfinal: Lost by majority decision to Luke Hageman (Dyersville Beckman, 9-0
CONSOLATION: Won by decision over Austin Beaver (West Liberty), 4-2\
CONSOLATION: Lost by decision to Calvin Malloy (Williamsburg), 8-4
7TH PLACE MATCH: Lost by majority decision to Colter Bye (Crestwood-Cresco), 12-2
Lane Albertsen (35-14)
ROUND 1: Lost 10-1 to Nick Dickerson (Shenandoah).
CONSOLATION: Lost by fall to Dalton Rosenburg (South Tama County), 4:21
2018 State Wrestling Tournament Team Scores
Class 2A Team Scores
1. Wahlert, Dubuque 94.0
2. New Hampton/Turkey Valley 80.0
3. South Tama County 75.0
4. Ballard 69.0
5. PCM 62.5
6. Centerville 59.0
6. West Liberty 59.0
8. Assumption, Davenport 58.0
9. Webster City 46.0
10. Atlantic-CAM 45.5
11. Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 44.0
12. Union 41.5
Class 1A Team Scores
1. Lisbon 127.5
2. Don Bosco-Gilbertville 121.0
3. Denver 86.0
4. Wapsie Valley, Fairbank 66.5
5. Underwood 58.0
6. Martensdale/St. Mary’s 57.0
6. Missouri Valley 57.0
Class 3A Team Scores
1. Fort Dodge 144.0
2. Waukee 139.0
3. Southeast Polk 134.5
4. Valley, West Des Moines 106.5
5. Glenwood 76.5
6. Johnston 74.5
7. Iowa City, West 73.5

Union’s Emily Schmidt: All-Conference Honorable Mention

The lone senior on a Union High School girls basketball roster dominated by freshmen and sophomores has been recognized as an All-NICL East Honorable mention.
Union’s Emily Schmidt, the team’s leading rebounder and second leading scorer was the only Knight to receive All-Conference recognition.
After graduating eight seniors from a 21-3 team in 2017, a very young Union team struggled to a 5-17 record in 2018, as a host of underclassmen made the transition to competing at the varsity level.
Schmidt averaged 6.8 points per game and hauled in a team-best 4.7 rebounds per game. Union Head Coach Robert Driscol lauded Schmidt’s leadership and contributions to the team.
“Emily has been with our program for four years. She has been a consistent player for us this year being one of our leading scorers, the leading rebounder, the most free throws made, and a good free throw percentage. Emily was not only a consistent player, but also a good teammate, which is appreciated,” he stated.

Union trio places at State Wrestling Tourney

Led by sophomore Jack Thomsen, five wrestlers from Union High School served notice that the future of the school’s storied program looks bright, indeed. One year after a 7th place finish at State, Thomsen’s only defeat at the 2018 tourney came at the hands of the eventual champion at 120 lbs., unbeaten Aden Reeves of Albia.
Freshman Kolten Crawford, also defeated by the eventual state champion, had a very strong showing, placing 4th at 106.
Payton Pelke, Union’s lone senior at the tournament, was the third Knight to medal, placing 8th at 160.
Along with freshman Adam Ahrendsen (138) and junior Lane Albertsen (182), Union’s team at State was small, but mighty, racking up enough points to finish an impressive 12th in the Class 2A team standings.


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